Monthly Archive: September 2012

Sep 27

We came, we saw, we conquered Key West

Our first cruise port was Key West.

We cruised around the island on an electric car, making stops at a national park, cafe for key lime pie and bars for some island brew and chew. It was beautiful, sunny and fun!

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Sep 25

We’re Baaaack!

Well hello! We sure have been M.I.A for a while. We’re back from our vacation on a Caribbean cruise. It was sunny, warm and wonderful. Although I love traveling, it’s always nice to come home to your own bed…and our pet children, of course.

We’ve decided to split the trip up in a couple different posts to cover it all. Let’s just say I wasn’t shy about taking pictures on this trip. I came home with 450 pictures to upload. It’s a bit daunting to edt, yet awesome to have captured the memories in photos.I have opted to not edit any of these, so they’re all straight out of the camera. Editing might have to happen later.

The following pictures are from our time just on the ship, no excursions yet.

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That’s all for now! To Find out more about the stops we made check out the links below!

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Sep 10

PW’s Baked French Toast

PWs Baked French Toast Who doesn’t love the Pioneer Woman? There are few things more exciting on a Saturday morning than watching her show on the Food Network. Saturday morning routine: make breakfast, sit on the couch, watch her show, talk about how awesome she and her family is and dream about living in the country.

So when we saw her make baked french toast a couple weeks ago, I got right to making it after peeling myself off the couch.

I happened to have a loaf of french bread that was going stale. I cut that up into pieces and poured the egg mixture over it.

PWs Baked French Toast Then I made the butter/cinnamon mixture. I didn’t have a stick of butter, so I used spreadable butter. It didn’t quite make the consistency that Ree’s did, but I’m sure it tastes the same.PWs Baked French Toast The I plopped the butter mix all over the dish.PWs Baked French Toast And baked it for 45 minutes in a 350 degree oven! It was definitely worth the wait.

It’s great to have another go-to breakfast dish when entertaining. This is sure to be a crowd -pleaser!

PWs Baked French Toast PIONEER WOMAN’S BAKED FRENCH TOAST

  • Butter, For Greasing
  • 1 loaf Crusty Sourdough Or French Bread
  • 8 whole Eggs
  • 2 cups Whole Milk
  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons Vanilla Extract
  • Topping
  • 1/2 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup Firmly Packed Brown Sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • Freshly Grated Nutmeg, Optional
  • 1 stick Cold Butter, Cut Into Pieces
  • Warm Syrup, For Serving
  • Butter, For Serving
  • 1 cup Fresh Blueberries, For Serving

Preparation Instructions

For the Baked French toast: Grease the baking pan with butter. Tear the bread into chunks, or cut into cubes, and evenly distribute in the pan. Crack the eggs in a big bowl. Whisk together the eggs, milk, cream, granulated sugar, brown sugar and vanilla. Pour evenly over the bread. Cover the pan tightly and store in the fridge until needed (overnight preferably). Or you can make it and bake it right away—delicious no matter what!

For the topping: Mix the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and some nutmeg in a separate bowl. Stir together using a fork. Add the butter and with a pastry cutter, and mix it all together until the mixture resembles fine pebbles. Store in a plastic bag in the fridge.

When you’re ready to bake the casserole, preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Remove the casserole from the fridge and sprinkle the topping over the top. Bake for 45 minutes for a softer, more bread pudding texture or for 1 hour-plus or more for a firmer, crisper texture.

Scoop out individual portions. Top with butter and drizzle with warm pancake syrup and sprinkle with blueberries.

Sep 07

The Wooden Folding Chair

This is a story of a magnificent wooden folding chair.

 

Ok, it’s really not a story at all and it’s a cool chair but not quite of the magnificent variety.

I’ve always been in love with antique wooden chairs. So when I found this one at a garage sale for $1, of course I snatched it up. $1? Are you kidding me? One man’s trash is another man’s treasure!

The Wooden Folding ChairThis is the chair before it’s clean up job.

I like to think about who sat in it, and when, and the stories it could tell. There’s something about a chair, a resting place, that makes my mind wander.

The Wooden Folding ChairIn order to clean this baby up, I first got all of the dust off with a damp rag. Then, I used a wood wax to bring it back to it’s original beauty. And it’s a beauty, I tell ya what.The Wooden Folding ChairThe Wooden Folding Chair

I’ve thought about painting it, or even just roughing it up a little to give it the rustic feel. But I find myself wanting to keep it just as it is. I don’t have any room in my house to showcase the guy (as we’ve filled about every possible spot), but I’m saving it for a future house or remodel.

I’m sure lots of people have stumbled upon cool wooden folding chairs just like this one…which kind of takes the novelty out of it, but it’s still a treasure to me.

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