Make Ahead French Toast Casserole Breakfast Recipe

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If you love French Toast…you will love this French Toast Casserole. In fact you may never make it the old way again.  This recipe is so easy because you can make it the night before!  It’s perfect for Easter, for Company or for just a regular Sunday with Family.

First you cut a french bread loaf into slices and stack the slices so that they are semi-standing

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Next you make the egg mixture and pour it on top. Then you make the Pecan Topping.

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Cover both and refrigerate overnight.  In the morning spread the pecan topping on top and bake for 40 minutes.  What you get is this ooey-gooey-goodness.

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Here’s what you’ll need.

Ingredients:

1 Large French Bread Loaf, Cut into 1 Inch Thick Slices

8 Eggs

2 Cups of Milk

1 Cup of Half-n-Half

2 Tablespoons Sugar

1 and 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

Dash of Salt

Pecan Topping

2 Sticks of Butter, Softened

1 Cup of Brown Sugar

1 Cup of Pecans

2 Tablespoons of Light Corn Syrup

1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

Directions:

1) Grease a 13×9 Pan with butter.  Cut your slices of bread and place in pan, standing slices up.

2) In a bowl, whisk  together: eggs, milk, half and half, vanilla, cinnamon and salt.  Pour egg mixture over bread.  Make sure you lift up the pieces of bread so that the mixture soaks the bread.  Cover the casserole dish and let french toast soak overnight.

3) In a separate bowl, mix together: butter, brown sugar, pecans, corn syrup and cinnamon together.  Cover and refrigerate.

4) The next morning, pre heat the oven to 350 degrees.  Microwave the pecan mixture for 30 seconds just to soften a bit.  Spread mixture over french toast casserole.  I find using your fingers works best.  Bake the casserole for 40 minutes.  Serve with maple syrup. Yum!!!!

This recipe is adapted from Paula Deen and adjusted to my taste a bit.

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Simple Make Ahead Easter Brunch {Easy Overnight Breakfast Recipes}

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I’m not sure why, but when it comes to Easter, I get more excited about what I’m going to eat before church than after.  I just love waking to a huge breakfast spread Sunday morning.  However, it’s really too hectic to throw together a breakfast/brunch before getting everyone out the door for church…especially because you want to leave early before all of the parking spaces are full!  That’s why I created this simple make ahead/ overnight menu.  There is something on here for everyone, I assure you!

First up, French Toast Casserole.

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Ingredients:

1 Large French Bread Loaf, Cut into 1 Inch Thick Slices

8 Eggs

2 Cups of Milk

1 Cup of Half-n-Half

2 Tablespoons Sugar

1 and 1/2 Teaspoon Vanilla Extract

1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

Dash of Salt

Pecan Topping

2 Sticks of Butter, Softened

1 Cup of Brown Sugar

1 Cup of Pecans

2 Tablespoons of Light Corn Syrup

1 Teaspoon Ground Cinnamon

Directions:

1) Grease a 13×9 Pan with butter.  Cut your slices of bread and place in pan, standing slices up.

2) In a bowl, whisk  together: eggs, milk, half and half, vanilla, cinnamon and salt.  Pour egg mixture over bread.  Make sure you lift up the pieces of bread so that the mixture soaks the bread.  Cover the casserole dish and let french toast soak overnight.

3) In a separate bowl, mix together: butter, brown sugar, pecans, corn syrup and cinnamon together.  Cover and refrigerate.

4) The next morning, pre heat the oven to 350 degrees.  Microwave the pecan mixture for 30 seconds just to soften a bit.  Spread mixture over french toast casserole.  I find using your fingers works best.  Bake the casserole for 40 minutes.  Serve with maple syrup. Yum!!!!

This recipe is adapted from Paula Deen and adjusted to my taste a bit.

 

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Next up, Sun Dried Tomato and Spinach Muffin Quiches

This makes 6 jumbo muffin quiches.

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Ingredients:

3 Eggs

1/2 Cup Milk

1 Cup Half-n-Half

Salt

Pepper

Dash of Nutmeg

Sun Dried Tomatoes, drained (You’ll need about 3-4 per muffin cup)

Chopped Spinach, Cooked and Drained

1/4 Cup Diced Onions

6 Cheese Blend, Shredded

1 Package of 2 Pie Crusts

Directions:

1) Whisk together: eggs, milk, half and half, several dashes of salt and pepper and 1 single dash of nutmeg.  Set aside

2)  Lay pie crust over the backside of a muffin cup.  Using a sharp knife, cute circles in the pie crust to fit muffin cup.

3) Grease Muffin Pan and layer 2 circle pie crust cutouts in each tin.  Place a few sundries tomatoes and a little bit of spinach in each muffin cup.  Pour egg mixture on top.  Top with shredded cheese.  Cover and refrigerate over night.

4) The next day, pre heat oven to 375 degrees.  Uncover quiche and bake for 25-30 minutes until golden.

Here’s what the progression of this looks like:

 

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Third Up, Oven Baked Bacon

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Ingredients:

Thick Cut Bacon

Directions:

1) Line a baking sheet with tin foil. Line with several pieces of bacon. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

2) The next day, pre heat oven to 375.  Cook bacon for about 25 minutes.

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Lastly, combine your favorite fruit to make a fruit salad.  No directions needed!IMG_2642

 

I hope everyone has a wonderful Easter Sunday.

 

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Want more special family meals?  Check out these recipes from my Sabbath Sunday Series. Fried Gnocchi with Goat Cheese, Sweet and Crunchy Pork Chops, Chicken Eggplant Parmesan in One

 

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Black Bean- Corn- Feta Cheese Dip Recipe

Black Bean Corn Feta Dip

 

My mother in law made this black bean dip with corn and feta over Christmas and let me tell you it did not last long…everyone loves this easy recipe.  We’ve had perfect weather here in Las Vegas lately and I decided it was time to share this appetizer  with some friends.  And once again it was gone pretty quickly.  I hope you enjoy this lightened up dip with friends!

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Black Bean-Corn-Feta Dip Recipe

1 Can of Black Beans, Drained

1 Can of Whole Kernel Corn, Drained

1/4 Cup of Purple Onion, Diced (Add more onion if you prefer!)

1/4 Cup of Apple Cider Vinegar

1 Tablespoon of Sugar

1 Container of Crumbled Feta Cheese

Directions:

Stir together first 5 ingredients together with a spoon in a serving bowl.  Once ingredients are mixed, gently stir in crumbled feta.  Serve with tortilla chips…and a corona or margarita if you’re up to it!

Blackbean Corn Feta Dip

5 Things You Learn Baby’s First Year

 

 

 

 

5 Things you Learn Baby's First Year

As we celebrate Violet’s first birthday this week, I wanted to take some time and look back at what we’ve learned in her first year of life—the only time she’ll ever be a baby. I hope these little lessons help other new parents out there.

Five Things You Learn the First Year

1)  A FLEXIBLE Schedule is King. I read something before quitting my job and following my husband to Vegas (read more here) that stay-at-home moms can become too obsessive about scheduling. I thought “Yeah, right!” Then it happened. My girlfriends asked me to do lunch one day and I told them that I had to grocery shop. What? Why? Because Tuesdays at 11 (after Violet’s morning nap) is when we go to the grocery store. I quickly called them back and told them I’d be there. I went to the grocery store at 3 and we both survived. On the other hand, I’ve seen moms not put babies on a schedule at all and it seems too chaotic. Without a schedule, how do you know when your baby is hungry verses tired or just cranky? Your baby needs a schedule, but you need to live life, too. I really believe a flexible schedule…one that you stick to, but can bend the rules sometimes too, is the best medicine.

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2)   SLEEP Makes the World Go Round. When you first have a baby…you are pumped. You run on adrenalin. The baby wakes up every 3 hours, no problem because you’ve got this! Then…that adrenalin runs out. For me it was around 6 weeks. At 7 weeks we started sleep training Vi and it worked like a charm. Get this book “12 Hours Sleep by 12 Weeks Old” and get it now! I knew it was special when she was 10 weeks old. Andy and I put Violet down for the night, we went down stairs and his parents (who had 3 babies) said, “That’s it?” They were amazed that we could just put her down and she went to sleep…and stayed asleep for nearly 12 hours! You have to let them cry it out at first, but it’s better (and healthier) for everyone once the baby is sleeping through the night.

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3)  Carve out Time for your Baby. As Violet turns 1, I’ve been having a lot of “Did I soak it all in?” feelings. You know what? I think I did pretty well. Babies are babies for only a year. I’ve heard that a lot. It’s true, even though the days can be long, it still goes by fast. Once all of the craziness of Violet’s first few months was over (quitting, being homeless, being separated from Andy and a cross-country trip) and we moved to Vegas, I knew I needed to make sure I was really enjoying her and that she really got quality mommy time. So, each morning she gets 1 hour of my full attention. No phone, no computer, we do nothing but play and learn until it’s time for breakfast. That way I know that no matter what happens that day, I appreciated her and all of her baby cuteness.

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4)  Buy a FEW Outfits you Love. This one may seem kind of random, but it’s one thing I would change. If you don’t care what clothes your baby wears (and there’s nothing wrong with that) skip to number 5. Violet has some beautiful clothes, most of them were gifts. I hardly every put her in play clothes. By that I mean, I bought some cheap outfits (or received some cheap outfits that I didn’t take back) that she has never worn. Because of that I have major guilt when I look into her closet. If I could do it over again, I would buy a few nice (but comfortable) things from stores I love and do her laundry more often. I know this will change as she gets older and starts coming home with popsicle and grass stains on her clothes, but babies are so fun to dress up…and again, they are only babies for a year.

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5)  Make the Best Plans…Then LAUGH on the Days They don’t work. You have to plan ahead once you have a baby.   You can’t go grocery shopping if it’s time for the baby to eat or sleep…and when you do go to the grocery store you better have a paci, diapers, wipes and maybe a burp cloth or two. You have to plan ahead in order to avoid little disasters. However, some disasters are unavoidable. You’re going to get peed on at some point…or even worse. Your baby will have a public meltdown. She will projectile vomit on a relative. These things happen and there’s no sense in worrying or making a big deal over it. Your life isn’t awful because your baby decided to be a baby today. Catalog the memory and remember that one day it will make a great story.

 

And remember this “Comparison is the thief joy.”

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What you Learn the First Year

 

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Violet’s Purple Themed First Birthday Party {Easy, Thrifty}

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We threw Violet her first birthday party over the weekend in the theme of her nursery: purple and sweet.  Partly because I still love her nursery (read about it here) but also because I didn’t want to spend an absurd amount of money on a party that was more for our enjoyment than for hers.  Chances are, you spent months picking out things for your baby’s nursery…and chances are not that many people have actually seen his/her nursery…why not show it off and same some money in the process?

Purple Bday Party

All of the pictures and candles are from her nursery, smart, right?  I did however spend money on this table setting.  Since we realized the party would be for us than for her…we wanted it to be something we enjoyed.  So, why not a dinner party?  P.S. I’ll use this again for Easter!

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Isn’t it pretty?  Purple overload I…

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Violet’s Purple Themed First Birthday Party {Easy, Thrifty}

1st Bday

We threw Violet her first birthday party over the weekend in the theme of her nursery: purple and sweet.  Partly because I still love her nursery (read about it here) but also because I didn’t want to spend an absurd amount of money on a party that was more for our enjoyment than for hers.  Chances are, you spent months picking out things for your baby’s nursery…and chances are not that many people have actually seen his/her nursery…why not show it off and same some money in the process?

Purple Bday Party

 

All of the pictures and candles are from her nursery, smart, right?  I did however spend money on this table setting.  Since we realized the party would be for us than for her…we wanted it to be something we enjoyed.  So, why not a dinner party?  P.S. I’ll use this again for Easter!

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Isn’t it pretty?  Purple overload I know, but I wouldn’t change a thing.  Most of the things on this table were purchased from: Michaels, Bed Bath and Beyond and Table Linens Dot Com.

Purple Table

 

Here’s another table.

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My mother in law did this sweet high chair banner.  Pretty self explanatory: Cut scrapbook paper in triangles, thread a string threw it and hot glue on letters.  By the way, Violet ate 2 cupcakes!

High Chair Banner

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Violet with her Momma Debs and Pop!

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We were thoroughly impressed with how much she ate!

 

Here are some more purple details up close.

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I LOVE this idea.  This purple bucket with the chalkboard front was in her nursery.  My mother in law made this tutu. We dipped some big pretzels in cane coating and sprinkles and VOILA–party favors!

Party Favor, Candy Dipped Pretzels

Here’s what we did for the entrance.  My mom just bought Violet these sweet purple chairs from Pottery Bark Kids.  I already had a Purple Chalk Board from here room.

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Oh Yeah, I almost forgot about the food.  I kept it simple.  For an appetizer I made this pinecone cheese ball–get the recipe here

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We had Spinach Lasagna Roll Ups and Meatballs for dinner.  Get the Recipes here and here.

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For Dessert we had Raspberry Filled Almond Cupcakes with a Butter Cream frosting.  Sounds Complicated, but it’s not.  Get the recipe here.

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My mother in law also made cake pops…these are the best!  Get the recipe here.

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I hope you enjoyed reading about our daughter’s purple themed birthday party. I’d love to hear about your kids’ first birthdays in the comment section!

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Quick and Easy Raspberry Almond Cupcakes

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My mom made these Raspberry filled Almond Cupcakes for my baby shower…and I just made them for Violet’s 1st birthday party.  If you don’t love to bake—this recipe is for you.  I use cake mix.  The horror, I know!  People love these things…the leftovers went to the dental clinic at Nellis Air Force Base and I was told that they didn’t last long.

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Easy Raspberry Filled Almond Cupcakes

Makes 24

Ingredients:

1 Box of Vanilla Cake Mix

1 Box of Vanilla Pudding

1 Jar of Seedless Raspberry Jam

1 Teaspoon Almond Extract

For the Frosting:

1/2 Cup of Butter, Softened

3-4 Cups of Powder Sugar

1 Tablespoon of Vanilla Extract

2-3 Tablespoons of Whipping Cream

Directions:

Prepare cake mix as directed, also adding Pudding mix and Almond Extract. Pour into cupcakes liners and bake as directed.  Let cool.

Using the small end of a melon baller or 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon, scoop out the center of each cupcake, don’t discard the top!

Insert 1/2 Teaspoon-1 Teaspoon of Raspberry filling into the cupcake. Place the top back on.

Prepare frosting:

Beat together softened butter, powdered sugar, vanilla extract and whipping cream.  Place frosting into a piping bag.  Top the cupcakes with the icing.

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