Archive for May, 2010

A Magical Breakfast Dish

This is a recipe I tried from The Pioneer Woman’s Tasty Kitchen site.  It’s called Baked French Toast and is listed under the Breakfast section.   Between you and me, it’s really a dessert posing as breakfast… so heavenly and magically, I’m almost certain it’s a sin to eat this for breakfast.

I’ve made this dish two times; each a bit differently.  The first time I made ‘sides’ – an apple side, a blueberry side and a plain side and used a loaf of french bread as called for in the recipe.  The second time was yesterday morning and it was on a whim so I used hamburger buns rather than the french bread.  Since I was in a hurry I skipped on the fruit.  Although it was still delectable I missed the fruit.  In both cases I altered the recipe to make it a bit more healthy (see below).  Even so, oh my gosh!  Yummy, yummy!

Baked French Toast

Ingredients:

Part 1: The Meat of the Recipe

  • 1 Loaf Crusty Sourdough or French bread
  • 8 Whole Eggs
  • 2 cups Whole Milk (I used 2% to cut down on the calories)
  • 1/2 cups Heavy Whipping Cream (both times I skipped this entirely and added a bit more milk instead)
  • 3/4 cups granulated sugar
  • 2 tbsp. Vanilla

Part 2: The Topping

  • 1/2 cups All-purpose Flour
  • 1/2 cups Firmly packed brown sugar (I didn’t pack my cup all the way full)
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. Salt
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) Cold butter, cut in pieces (I could not bring myself to use that much and only used 1/2 to 3/4 of a stick)

What to do…

Grease 9X13 inch baking pan with butter.  Tear bread into chunks (or cut into cubes) and evenly distribute in the pan.  Mix together eggs, milk, cream, sugar and vanilla.  Pour evenly over bread.  Cover tightly and store in the fridge several hours or overnight.

In a separate bowl, mix flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and salt.  Add nutmeg if desired. **  Add butter pieces and but into the dry mixture until mixture resembles fine pebbles.  Store in a Ziploc in the fridge – I saved a bag and used a covered bowl.

When you’re ready to bake the casserole, preheat over to 350 degrees.  Remove casserole from refrigerator and sprinkle crumb mixture over the top.  (If you’re using fruit, sprinkle on before the crumb mixture.) Bake 45 min. for a softer, more bread pudding texture.  Bake 1 hour or more for a firmer, crunchier texture.

Scoop out individual portions. Top with butter and drizzle with maple syrup.  (I didn’t bring out the butter and syrup…just to save on calories)

Enjoy with a nice cup of coffee on your front porch on a Sunday morning!

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Introducing….

I’ve added Miss Terry and Miss Lona to our starting line-up.  They are both great looking heifers and it’s a lot of fun watching them.

Miss Terry and Miss Lona

'Strike a Pose'

They are like a couple of kids as they run through the pasture.

This also helps with the ‘mowing’.  Mr. Sampson and Dahalia were having a little trouble keeping up with all of the rain we’ve received in the past month.


Fresh Start

Like so many other moms I’ve been busy being a mom. I’m plum full of ideas and each day spend time thinking about things that I could put on my blog…then someone needs a drink, can’t find their baseball pants, a snack, help coloring or the baby has an unpleasant gift in his diaper. I quickly become a classic ‘She,’ a.k.a, Sidetracked Home Executive – checkout FlyLady.com for a great definition.

My goal today was to allow myself 15 min. to complete a post on the blog. I’m calling it my ‘Fresh Start.’

I’ll sum up the last two months of no-posting…

  • At the end March we purchased 10 baby chics and 3 ducks – ducks are full grown and chics are nearly so
  • Pickle started baseball and hasn’t even played his first game due to rain.  Today will be the 4th rainout.
  • Willis has struggled with allergies, asthma and skin issues.
  • We put in another water pump near the pasture.
  • At age 4, Willis lost his first TWO teeth and made his first visit to the dentist.
  • Pudder began saying ‘big boy’ words
  • We caught the kids holding and then flinging the chics as high in the air as possible – they were ‘just helping them learn to fly mama!’ I’ll write a longer post on this subject.
  • Willis participated in a Lapbooking class and finished his first year of Pre-K.
  • We visited two zoos.
  • And, my babe started to work overtime for the first time in almost 3 years. Yay!
  • We had Field Day at school and Pickle placed third out of about 70 kids for the Fun Run.
  • We moved two heifers from the farm to our place to get them off grain.  ‘Terry’ and ‘Lona’ are two of the up and coming showgirls of our famous showstring.
  • Oh, and we planted part of our garden and I’ve expanded one of my flower gardens.

There I did it!!  Maybe not the most exciting post ever written but it’s done.