French Toast Sticks

So… obviously my skillet skills need some work, but here is my first try at french toast sticks!  I had a good chunk of this Sweet Hawaiian bread left and thought it would come out best as sticks!  It did not disappoint.

French Toast Sticks @ Happy Wifey.netFrench Toast Sticks

Ingredients:

  • Bread, cut into sticks [I used this bread, and it was a few days old]
  • 2 or 3 eggs, depending on how many you’re making
  • Splash of milk or cream
  • Vanilla, cinnamon, and/or nutmeg to taste
  • Butter, for your skillet

Directions:

  • Cut your bread to desired strip size.
  • Whisk eggs with a splash or two of milk or cream in a bowl.
  • Add in vanilla, nutmeg, and/or cinnamon.
  • Soak the bread strips in the mixture, turning to coat.
  • Add at least 1 tbsp of butter to a skillet (I used a cast iron pan).
  • When hot and butter begins to melt, add battered sticks to pan.
  • Let each stick cook on all four sides until they turn a desired color and texture.  I don’t like soggy french toast, which is why mine turned out a little “well done”.

I have no doubt that french toast turning will improve with practice!  Enjoy :)  You can also add a little bit of orange juice to the batter to give your french toast sticks a little more flavor.  I love mine dipped in pancake syrup!

 

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Cinnamon Rolls

Greetings!  I know, I have been away for quite some time.  The hustle and bustle of the season, along with me still trying to figure out how to juggle my full-time and consultant work, has left me with not much time to update my blog.  But, rather than apologize some more, here is a snap of the most delicious cinnamon rolls I have ever tasted…

Of course, they are Pioneer Woman’s famous Cinnamon Rolls.  I have been wanting to make them for YEARS and I finally did it!! Here is the handy link: Cinnamon Rolls

The cats helped:

kittiesThis upcoming year, I will be back soon with delicious recipes and interesting things.  I love being able to share a little slice of my life with those of you who have taken the time to stop by.  Happy New Year, and I hope that your holidays were merry and bright!

 

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Banana Bread French Toast

Banana Bread French Toast @ HappyWifey.net

We love making fancy breakfast once in a while!  Some time ago, I decided to clean out my frozen, ripened bananas and used TWELVE of them to make three loaves of banana bread.  I normally make banana cake but wanted to go for something a little different.  I used this recipe to make the banana bread (times three) and I really liked how it cake out.

After taking one to work, giving one to our new neighbors, and tasting part of our loaf, we decided to use the rest to make this delicious breakfast treat!  I also added raisins to mine.

Banana Bread French Toast

Ingredients:

  • Banana Bread, sliced into inch slices (I used this recipe – it is best if the bread is NOT uber fresh)
  • 2 eggs
  • half and half
  • cinnamon
  • nutmeg
  • butter

Directions:

  • After slicing your bread, set aside.
  • In a medium bowl or pie pan (much easier, as we have deep square bowls), wisk together the eggs, a splash or two of half and half, cinnamon, and nutmeg.
  • Heat a sturdy skillet (we prefer our cast iron flat circular pan) and add a square of butter to the pan once it is hot.
  • While the butter starts to sizzle, dip a slice of banana bread in the egg mixture and coat both sides.  After dripping a bit of the mixture off, add the slice directly to the hot, buttery pan.
  • Add as many coated slices to the hot pan as will fit, with room in between so you can flip.
  • You are aiming for the french toast to turn a nice golden brown and get crispy.  Let it cook at least 2-3 minutes on each side but keep an eye on it.  Flip each slice and cook the same on the other side.
  • If you’re making a lot, you may need to add more butter to the pan or make more egg mixture.

Top with sugar (what MIke likes), or top with pure maple syrup (what I like).  I also love serving it with fresh fruit on the side!  I bet bananas would be great on the top too!  Enjoy <3

 

Banana Bread French Toast @ HappyWifey.net

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Guess what I found at the market yesterday?  Poppy Seeds!

SOO, the only thing I could think of to do was to find a delicious poppy seed recipe.. stat.  The winner came to be Orange Poppy Scones from Shutterbean (I have an addiction to that site! So so good!  If you don’t recall.. that’s where the recipe for Homemade Amaretto came from :)  YES!)

Here we go…

Glazed Orange Poppy Scones @ HappyWifey.net

I love how easy this recipe came together!  I have never made scones before.  They sound so.. complicated!  But with the recipe’s easy steps, I had these babies in the oven in NO TIME!

I did go one step further and decided to glaze these… I have only had scones from say, Panera, where the orange scones are dipped in this delicious, sugar-laced glazed.  I put a small glaze together by combining powdered sugar, orange juice, and milk.  Whisk away, let sit a bit, and then I dunked the scones in after they had cooled a while.

Glazed Orange Poppy Scones @ HappyWifey.net The insides were fluffy, moist, delicious, and OH MY.  Definitely a splurge (calorie wise).  Thank God there are only 8 of these.. any more and I would have a serious scone-eating-problem on my hands.  Make these soon and enjoy!

Click here for the recipe…

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Ohh muffins.  Muffins are delicious but are probably one of the most dangerous foods on the planet.  So flour-y, so sugar-y – but there blueberries in them so they are healthy right?! ha…

Blueberry Crumb Muffins @ HappyWifey.netThankfully, most of these muffins made it into the freezer.  They are so so tempting but I really need to start NOT eating muffins everyday.  So in the freezer they will sit, until I feel like I can splurge on one and eat plain lettuce for lunch :-/  Kidding, but you get the idea.

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Buttermilk Waffles and Fresh Fruit

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Buttermilk Waffles @ HappyWifey.net

These waffles are so so good.  I actually sat down thinking that I was sharing a new recipe with you all, but I had forgotten that I shared with you back in August!  I guess you really can’t beat a favorite. [See recipe – Basic Waffles]

Hubby actually cut up the strawberries the day before… sometimes he likes to mix fresh strawberries with a bit of sugar so they break down a little and form this amazing strawberry sauce. Mmmmm.  So naturally the strawberries HAD to go on these waffles, and they were even accompanied by a nice, ripe banana!  Top with maple syrup and you’ve got a splurge breakfast!

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