french toast

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When I woke up this morning I was starving- but when I got to the kitchen and took out my eggs to make my usual omelet, I realized just how sick I was of eggs. I eat them all the time, and they begin to lose some of their excitement after a while. So, I dug around my kitchen to try and find something to whip up, and I remembered I had the last little bit of a baguette sitting out, which would mean it would be just stale enough for french toast! Growing up french toast was one of the family favorites, and it had been way too long since I had any.

Ingredients

slightly stale bread
1 1/2 cups of milk, half and half, or heavy cream (I actually used an almond and coconut milk blend)
2-3 eggs
vanilla extract (I use vanilla bean paste)
cinnamon & nutmeg (Wholefoods makes a great blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, allspice, lemon & orange zest that I used)

Instructions

Mix together the milk, eggs, and spices until combined. Place sliced bread into the mixture and let it soak up some of the liquid. Flip over and allow the other side to absorb some liquid as well. Once all of your bread is dunked, melt some butter in a skillet and place the slices of bread into the pan. Cook until golden brown on both sides, and serve with your favorite maple syrup!

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a filling breakfast!

i started my new job this week, and unfortunately i don’t get a break during my four hour shift. so, to make sure i don’t get hungry while i’m working, i made sure i had a very filling, long lasting breakfast!

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yesterday, i made myself a spinach and gruyere omelet with quick home fries! omelets are great because you can use up a bunch of stuff from your fridge and they’re so easy. first, i sauteed my spinach with some butter, salt, and pepper in a pan until it was wilted and dark green. then i poured 2 or 3 eggs right over the spinach and let it cook most of the way. to finish it off i added my cheese (gruyere and some ricotta) and put a lid over it to melt the cheese and cook the rest of the egg. after a couple minutes, i folded the egg over and, voila! a perfectly delicious omelet. and because i can’t just half do anything, while preparing the omelet, i had thrown some chopped potatoes in a pan with some butter, onion, rosemary, salt, pepper, and a touch of cayenne pepper. this was such a good breakfast and it lasted me all day at work.

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also this weekend i made oatmeal chocolate chip pancakes. i got the idea originally from Nuts and Bolts, but ended up changing up the recipe a little bit. the main reason i did that was because i didn’t have a lot of the ingredients from that recipe, so i made a basic pancake batter i found on martha stewarts website, found here. i just eyeballed the oatmeal and chocolate chip amounts, mixed, and served! they were also very yummy, and a nice sweet treat to start the day. the oatmeal makes them much more filling than regular pancakes which was pretty cool!

i hope everyone had a great weekend!