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Happy New Year’s Eve!!!
Do you have exciting plans tonight? I’m looking forward to getting together with my family and some of my beautiful housewives to enjoy prime rib (and other food!) and just have a fun family night together.
Until the evening festivities begin though we’re working on the house. I think Nate and I have finally agreed on a paint color for the main floor of the house. Maybe we’ll finally be able to post pictures of the new floor, new trim and of course my fun new couch sometime this month.
One of my resolutions for the year sort of started this last year. Before everyone started getting sick this last month I had been getting up each morning and making breakfast for the family. Our evenings are pretty busy with the kids stuff so sitting down to dinner together every night isn’t always possible but breakfast should be something we can do. I had gone a few weeks of making them something every morning and they were loving it and I was loving how much easier it made the mornings go.
The resolution begins again today. My goal is to make breakfast for the family each morning that they have to get up and go to school. I figure on the weekends we can mix it up a bit and let other people cook. This resolution of course means I am going to need to add some breakfast recipes to my recipe box.
Last night at Sunday dinner I was given this book:
I am not a food channel fan like some of the housewives so the name Tyler Florence meant nothing to me at all but as we were driving home last night I was flipping through the book and I was immediately drawn to how real it seemed. I loved that there were pictures of his children drinking out of sippy cups and that his kitchen wasn’t spotless while he was cooking. I also loved what he had to say at the beginning of the 1st chapter.
“…I like to think that I have a good perspective, both as a chef and a father, on what it means to sit around a table and eat a daily meal with your family. Now, more than ever, families need to stick together. And it has been proven that there’s a direct relationship between the well-being of your kids and how often you have regularly scheduled family meals.”
Man after my own heart right there!
One of his recipes under the “Brunch” category is Waffle French Toast with Warm Berry Compote. I read through the recipe and thought “I can do this!”. My approach is a bit simpler because I am cooking for my sweet children who prefer syrup and powdered sugar on their french toast. He has a compote recipe and a french toast recipe but since I didn’t actually follow those I’m not going to post them here, instead I’m just going to share with you what I did.
1st I wanted to show you the waffle iron I’m using. I actually don’t own one so I borrowed Paula’s. I can only fit one piece of bread in this but it still went quickly and I didn’t have anyone waiting around for me.
I am sure we all have a french toast recipe we use. I don’t do any measuring when I make mine it just depends on how many I want to make. My ingredients include:
I just throw it all in and figure it all out based on consistency and like I said how many pieces I need to make.
Next step is to dunk in the bread. I just used regular sandwich bread.
Then I put the piece of bread into the waffle iron and close that puppy up.
Here it is done and about ready to be popped out of the waffle iron.
I will tell you here that I loved this way of making french toast because you don’t have to worry about any parts not being cooked all the way through. No soggy pieces in the middle and no burns on the outside trying to make sure it’s cooked all the way through.
Here are a couple pieces ready to be topped.
With just syrup:
With syrup and powdered sugar (our family favorite).
I had enough pieces left over to throw in the freezer. I am excited to see how they reheat. I love things that I can make up and freeze and then the kids can warm up in the toaster.
Everyone loved them. I didn’t take pictures of them gobbling them up because the house is in a state of Christmas take-down and is looking less than photo-worthy and the kids were all preshower messes 🙂 Mister B told me they were his new favorite and he ate 3 (he’s 6) so I’d make sure and cook up plenty.
I will say if you’re not a fan of french toast this is not going to make you love it. It still tastes just like french toast it’s just a fun different way to cook it up and like I said it does help make it a bit crisper which made it much more enjoyable for me. Nate ate 2 and I now have plans for buying my own waffle iron. I’ll need one a bit bigger and it would be idea if the plates came out of it so they can be really washed. I’m on the hunt!
Have a beautiful day and be safe tonight!!!
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