The Build: Week 12

The Build: Week 11

The Build: Week 10

Take that, Starbucks

About a month ago I ordered the Anova Sous Vide Precision Cooker, available on Amazon here, with the sole intent of recreating the creamy, bacon and gruyère egg bites that Starbucks serves up.

I know that purchasing yet another kitchen gadget may not seem practical, especially when you consider not only the $130 price tag of the Sous Vide, but also the jars to make them in, the tub and lid for the water bath, and the weekly, yes weekly, ingredients I’d need to purchase to keep this dream alive. But spending $5 a day at Starbucks, plus the time and gas to drive to the closest location, which I should add was frequently out of my beloved bacon egg bites, made it all worth it. I could also make a number of other tasty recipes with this magical device. Sold!

My first step was to convince a coworker of mine to make egg bites at our company meetup. He already had the same sous vide and swore it was a game changer. He happily obliged and began his research. Meanwhile my sous vide sat in it’s box, silently waiting to be explored.

Fast forward to our meetup where he made egg bites the team happily consumed. There was the bacon and cheese variety I had requested, and also a vegetarian option. They were a hit! I was stoked to return home and begin my research.

When you search the internet for sous vide bacon egg bite recipes, the most popular result is from the Anova website. I however wanted them to be as close to the Starbucks recipe as possible, minus the preservatives. I compared the ingredients on the Starbucks website to the Anova recipe and came up with my own version which I’ll share with you below. I feel as though my version is closer to what Starbucks serves than the Anova recipe with the main difference being the texture.

Keri’s Bacon & Gruyère Egg Bites     (12 servings)

*Note: You’ll need 4oz canning jars, with lids, which are available from Amazon or many local stores such as Wal-Mart and Target

  • 12 whole large eggs
  • 12 strips of bacon, cooked crispy
  • generous 1/2 cup 2% cottage cheese
  • 1/2 cup gruyère cheese
  • generous 1/2 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
  • 2 tbsp salted butter
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 40 drops of hot sauce, depending on taste
  1. Set your Anova Precision Cooker for 170ºF. I allow mine to fully reach temperature before adding the jars. There’s plenty to keep me busy while it preheats.
  2. Add all ingredients, aside from the bacon, to a large food processor or blender and combine until smooth and no large chunks or lumps remain.
  3. Place a slice of bacon in the bottom of each jar. I roll mine up and stand them on edge in the bottom of the jar so they gently unroll and make a little spiral.
  4. Pour your egg and cheese mixture evenly among the jars, directly over the bacon slices.
  5. Gently screw the two-part lids onto the jars. You’ll want to tighten them so they’re securely on, but do not over tighten them or they may EXPLODE!
  6. Drop/place your 12 jars into the water bath so they’re fully submerged and let cook for 45 minutes.
  7. Remove after 45 minutes with tongs, let cool for a few minutes, and remove the eggs bites from their jars by running a butter knife around the edge.

I store my egg bites in a large ziplock bag or container in the refrigerator for up to a week, but they rarely last that long. When I’m ready to reheat them, I set the oven to broil with the rack in the upper/middle section of the oven and immediately place the egg bites inside on a piece of aluminum foil. I broil ours for 20-23 minutes, but adjust according to how crispy you like the top.


While I have yet to use my Anova sous vide for anything but bacon and gruyère egg bites, I am looking forward to creating additional egg bite recipes and perhaps trying my hand at something other than breakfast food.

The Build: Week 9

The Build: Week 3

Wednesday, August 22nd – Tuesday, August 28th

Because I don’t have anything new to share for week three, I decided to use this post to answer one of the many questions we were asked when we started this adventure: “Why?”

This is something we were asked by a number of people when we first decided to sell our house and build a new one.

Why are you selling? Why are you building and not buying an existing home?

Like many personal decisions individuals and couples make throughout their lives, the simple answer can be: “It’s none of your business.” And for some people, that may be the answer we gave them, and the answer they deserved to hear. But for the sake of this post, I will share why we decided to do what we’re doing.

The home we were living in was absolutely fine. We enjoyed the location and the home itself. We had put a lot of time and thought into the changes we made and the upgrades we invested in. We were happy there.

Fast forward to January/February of 2018. We started noticing a number of homes in the area selling quickly, and for more than we would have expected. John had owned the house for 5 years at that point and we seriously started crunching some numbers.

We also started looking at upgrades and repairs that we would need to make within the next few years:

  • New fence for the backyard
  • Siding
  • Roof
  • Flooring for most of the house

Upgrades and repairs quickly add up and it started to look like it’d be silly not to sell.

Once we decided that spring/summer of 2018 would be a good time for us to sell, we started looking at where we’d go. We always knew we’d want to build at some point, why not now?!

We had a mental list of things we’d want in our next house and we knew we probably wouldn’t get everything we wanted if we bought an existing home. We’ve attended the Parade of Homes together every year since we got married and we knew what we liked and didn’t like. We also had a builder in mind. Building sounded perfect!

The only other piece of the puzzle was where. We wanted to stay in East Troy, preferably in the Village, but there weren’t a lot of options. Actually, there weren’t any. Not a single parcel of vacant, residential, land was for sale within the Village of East Troy. We spent a fair amount of time researching lots and driving around. At the time, finding the location proved to be the most challenging task.

We did eventually pick a 1 acre lot in the Troy Hill Estates subdivision in the Town of East Troy. While we won’t be in the Village any longer, it is a nice area and we’re thrilled to have such a large lot for us, and the puppies, to one day enjoy.

When it comes down to it, the decisions you, or you and your spouse, make are your own, and no one else is entitled to know the “why” behind what you did.

3 weeks down, 22 to go.