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french toast dinner night
March 26, 2011, 6:35 pm
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French toast for dinner?!! You betcha! I love French toast! And French toast for dinner is where it’s at, like you can get with this or you can get with that, ’cause this is where it’s at at! Okay, that was just a very bazaar sentence. Seriously, though, serious, I hope you enjoy this french toast for dinner montage as much as we enjoyed making it!

french toast montage

How we make French Toast

Butter
4-6 Slices of bread (any kind *using real french bread is Ahh-mazing! but this time we used potato, and it was yums too)
1/4 C. Milk (or milk substitue)
1/2 tbls. Cinnamon
1-2 Eggs
Syrup (Blue Agave Sweetner is yum sans the spike to your glucose! Honey works too.)
Fruit if you’d like!
Powdered Sugar is also optional

fred french toast press

Heat your skillet up on medium heat.

Next, in something with a flat bottom, pour the eggs and milk (or milk sub) together. You can add a little more milk if you want to stretch the egg wash to make a few more slices or you can use less if you want a more eggy french toast. We use this awesome round silicone baking thingy (called a thingy ’cause it’s not really a dish or a pan) but you can use anything that will hold liquid and still allow you to submerge the bread. Mix in the cinnamon and whisk them all together.

Now here’s where you gotta be kinda quick. If you have a helper that rocks! If not… it’s still totally doable. You just use one hand to submerge a slice of bread in the egg wash, wet on both sides, then lift it out of the wash and let it slightly drain off the excess wash. Then with the other hand, cut a small pad of butter off of the stick and throw it into the skillet. Place the slice of bread on top of the sizzling butter.

I guess this does seem a little complicated, but if you put the butter in first and then wet the bread the butter could burn off before you place the bread over it. Aaaaand I suppose we could butter the bread before we submerge it, but eh—it’s all relative—this works for us! Really, once you get the hang of it, it goes really fast and it can be done by one person, and it saves on using more butter than necessary.

Now that you’ve got that sweet piece of bread turning brown and smelling yummy you can sit back and enjoy some chocolate milk (or milk sub) and chat it up with your helper or make some eggs or coffee or flip the bacon. Depending on how brown you like your toast you can flip it when you like and then just repeat the above bread dunking, butter sizzling steps with each slice you want to french up. Add fruit and or powdered sugar to the plated slices and drizzle with your choice of syrup!

When we were in Austin last summer, we stopped by Toy Joy. Their website is a little crazy, but if you ever actually find yourself in Austin, you must check out Toy Joy! While we were there perusing, we found the French toast press made by Fred, who incidentally makes some of the cleverest devices. As a French toast lover, I could not pass it up! Simply press it into your slice of bread and voilà! Your French toast is instantly that much more French, which I know, is not really French at all. You can read the French bread history, of sorts, here, interesting stuff.

Yay for French toast dinner! Now who’s with me? :P

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pizza action

Cooking dinner tonight gave me the perfect opportunity to try out a new Photoshop action that I downloaded. I’ve been using Photoshop for over a decade, and I have made my own actions in the past for many different things, especially anything I have had to do more than a few times. Really good photo touch up and manipulation takes major time, no if’s, and’s, or buts. I’ve put in that time; I feel like I’ve seriously paid my dues over the years, so when I was recently encouraged by a friend who is just learning Photoshop to check out all the free actions online, I did—and wow. There are tons! Not all of them are seriously incredible, but I did find one that I really like and after seeing it in action was really impressed. It’s called Polaroid Generator V1. There is also a V2 available, which I have yet to try, but I am sure I’ll love it.

pizza dinner

I say cooking dinner tonight was the perfect opportunity because the raw pictures I took of us cooking were terrible. Not entirely my fault, though. First off, the lighting in our kitchen is for the birds (kaw, kaw) and well, honestly, food never really photographs that well—I think—even in good lighting, without serious photo touch up. So I figured, if I’m going to be touching up the pictures anyway, I might as well try this new action and save myself some long hours! Also, I thought the vintage Polaroid look would work really nicely with the pizza theme… kinda like I was a kid again.

pizza slice

I got a Fuji Instax Mini 25 last Christmas and so enjoyed using up the two boxes of film that came with it. It is such a fun little camera, but ‘alas, I am out of film and it is not in our budget to purchase more right now, so this Polaroid action will have to do until I can take the real thing again! Man, I really loved my parent’s old Polaroid camera circa 1970–something, instant gratification! Hey, kinda like this action!



cute isn’t she.
March 6, 2011, 3:37 pm
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I caution you.

girl scout cookies

You are looking at the world’s most unsuspecting drug dealer. Sure she’s all cute and wearing a fireman’s hat and that’s how they get you! I ask you; is she selling cookies or crack? Really? ‘Cause I am clearly addicted to these things…

samoas

And don’t even get me started on Thin Mints. Serious. It’s that time of year again and we might need an intervention over here folks… I’m just sayin’.

 



free stuff on FREEBEE FRIDAYS!
January 14, 2011, 5:24 pm
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There a whole-lotta FREE love going on over at hanasaurusrex.com. Check out the my newest FreeBee Friday download! It’s a Foxy Cupcake Wrapper set… just in time for Valentines Day.

hanasaurusrex foxy cupcake wrappers

too cute and foxy!

Of course, cupcakes are a welcome site any day of the year…



Christmas Scones
matryoshka measuring cups

my lovely little matryoshka measuring cups

Every year for Christmas, I bake—see above picture of cute Matryoshka measuring cups. It’s a great option for gift giving in my husband’s large family, and who doesn’t love a yummy treat-you-can-eat?! Each year, though, it seems my ambitions grow larger and larger. And this year was no exception. This year I decided to bake scones. Scones, in and of themselves, are not really all that difficult. Add to the recipe: making 3 batches and 4 different flavors on Christmas eve and you’ve got a recipe for being up until 5:30 am Christmas morning, which it seems is becoming a tradition.

I was admittedly intimidated by scones at first, but after the first two batches I was on a roll. The flavors I chose to make where:

Smitten Kitten’s Meyer Lemon and Fresh Cranberries Scones
I followed this recipe for the amount of cranberries and lemon zest to use, except for the Meyer lemon part—it’s hard to find certain things here in Hawaii, so I just used regular lemons, BUT I used the Dreamy Cream Scone recipe for everything else… And I have to say, the Dreamy Cream scone is my new forever go-to recipe for scones. It is absolutely d-lish!

The next recipe I tried was Crystallized Ginger and Chocolate Scones (made with oat flour)
I followed this recipe to a tee, but the first batch of scones came out really crumbly, like falling apart. I tried the recipe again with the second batch reducing the amount of oat flour used (you make the oat flour yourself) adding in some coconut. The second batch only slightly less crumbly so for the third batch I went back to the Dreamy Cream scone recipe. Total winner! I decided to stick to this recipe for the remaining 2 flavors and 6 batches, which were…

 

crystallized ginger

crystallized ginger

chocolate chip dough

chocolate chips in the dough

Asian Pear and Pecan and Blueberry. Just going to show you can switch out ingredients, easy peasy, customizing this recipe to your little heart’s content.

blueberry scones

my favorite - blueberry

Another thing I did a little differently than the recipe was to increase the amount each batch yielded by cutting the scones in half once they came out of the oven. The recipe was true to it’s count, yielding 12-14 scones per batch. This is why I initially chose to make so many flavors and batches… but had I known that if I cut them in half i’d end up with double the amount, I think I would have saved myself by making only 2 batches of each flavor or only 2 flavors. When cut in half they make sweet little petite scones, perfect for tasting—great with tea and coffee too!

5:30 am and +/- 330 scones later… (yeah.) My husband’s family loved their tasty presents. And I am a scone master! Well, maybe not a master, but I know for the rest of my life i’ll be able to drop some scone knowledge on… well, on whoever is willing to listen.

scones

yummy Christmas gifts - scones

p.s. Surprisingly, the Asian Pear and Pecan were the favorite at our house…

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Apple Cider DONUTS!
November 7, 2009, 3:16 pm
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OMfrickin’ werd!!!

With the holidays quickly approaching, I’m busy breaking out the cinnamon candles and pumpkin recipes; wishing ever so slightly that I could live in a part of the world where you can rake the yard only to pounce on the pile strewing golden leaves up in the crisp fall air. All the while laughing and playing, wearing a cozy sweater and scarf… football playing on a 42″ flat screen in a holiday decorated home that smells like…. Apple Cider DONUTS!!! aaaaahhhhh…… Okay yes, I’m really wishing hard that I had a 42″ flat screen.. and a kitchen where I could make these!

hearth restaurant apple cider donuts

and theses….

hearth restaurant apple cider donuts

I’m drooling.

Find the recipe at Smitten Kitchen! Which is seriously one of the BEST food blogs ever! Try clicking on “Surprise Me!” (a link under the logo) or just browsing Deb’s recipes… she’s hilarious and informative… and a fabulous photographer! I want to eat it all! :D




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