Hopefully it meets all expectations thrown at it. In my opinion, it doesn’t have to be perfect. As long as it has the ability to make us feel like the princesses we are then it will be great. 🙂
I’m going to tell you a little story. When Andrew and I were still dating, his mom made “lazy man’s french toast” for breakfast for everyone headed to their ball hockey game (I think it’s called ball hockey) that day. It was delicious. Imagine a mix of bread pudding, cinnamon buns, raisins and cream cheese. I knew she had the recipe hidden somewhere in their house. I was just a bit shy to ask.
Fast forward to about 3 years when I’ve already moved in and we were looking through one of my mother-in-law’s casserole cook books. All of a sudden, I spotted this French Toast Strata on the page. I was beyond excited to learn this was the recipe I have been looking for. I quickly gathered (or shopped) certain things we needed because we have a lot of stale bread and I wouldn’t want that to go to waste. Especially now when I finally found the recipe for their “lazy man’s french toast”.
Andrew and I have had this for breakfast twice in 3 weeks. I can’t make it all the time because of all the dairy involved into making it. Sidetone: Andrew is allergic to dairy. This doesn’t stop him from consuming huge amounts of ice cream and cheese.
FRENCH TOAST STRATA
- 4 ounces day-old French or Italian bread cut into 3/4 inch cubes (4 cups)
- 1/3 cup golden raisins
- 1 package (3 ounces) cream cheese, cut into 1/4-inch cubes
- 3 eggs
- 1 1/2 cups milk
- 1/2 cup maple flavoured pancake syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 tbsp sugar
- 1 tsp ground cinnamon
- Additional maple flavoured pancake syrup (optional)
- Spray an 11×7 baking dish with a cooking spray. Place the bread cubes in the prepared dish in an even layer. Sprinkle over raisins and cream cheese evenly.
- Beat eggs in a medium bowl until well blended. Add milk, 1/2 cup syrup and vanilla. Mix well. Pour egg mixture over the bread mixture. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- Pre-heat oven to 350 F. Combine sugar and cinnamon, mix well, and sprinkle evenly over strata.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes or until it’s puffed, or when a knife inserted into it comes out clean.
We modified ours a little after making the first one exactly how the recipe said. On our second strata, we didn’t add any raisins or pancake syrup until after everything was done and baked. It wasn’t as sweet as the first one which I find better because it will allow your guests to sweeten their plate up however much they want.
Remember my previous post about the Saskatoon Expo? On the same weekend was a book and magazine fair held in downtown Saskatoon: Word On The Street.
I have first heard of Word On The Street last year by accident. I can’t remember how I even came across it. I do however remember making plans to go the following year. I was looking forward to it. I enjoy going to comic expos but books and reading is something I love and knowing where I currently reside celebrates this as well is a big deal for me.
I was a little bummed out there aren’t any other authors I know or recognize. It got me thinking if this event is exclusively for Canadian authors (maybe I’m wrong) because if it is, I’m going to need to consciously start reading works by Canadian authors to better enjoy this.
Any suggestions on where to start?
Last week, me and family together with some of our friends attended Saskatoon’s Comic and Entertainment Expo which was held at Prairieland Park. I was particularly excited this year because of the media guests they have lined up. They got Carrie Fisher (yes, the Carrie Fisher), Bob Morley (The 100), James Marsters (Buffy The Vampire Slayer), Tom Felton (Harry Potter Series), and Randy Havens and Shannon Purser (Stranger Things) to name a few.
As usual there were a lot of exhibitors. However, day 1 seemed to lack of people in costumes. I told Andrew we’d go during the first day since the costume contest usually happens on the first day. It did. There just wasn’t a lot of people in costumes compared to the last 2 years we went.
I have a two-year-old daughter who love tea parties. She would always ask me or her dad to sit with her and have tea. She would ask if we would like some milk and sugar, and will then proceed to tell us to mix our teas. Taylor isn’t new to drinking tea. As long as the tea is herbal and/or decaffeinated we let her have a sip of it.
A few weeks ago, we decided to give her a mini tea party during lunch time. We took out grandma’s tea pot, sugar and milk bowl (the milk bowl look more like a tiny pitcher), and cups. We also made sandwiches, cupcakes, and a carrot cake. We’ve also included some left over homemade mini donuts.
I don’t think I have ever been to a real tea party before but I am very glad I got to experience this with her. She enjoyed having her tea and milk poured. I would say she also liked mixing them together with her spoon. She’s currently at an age where there is simply too much enthusiasm and curiosity in everything and as a result I have had to constantly tell myself “it’s ok, she’s fine, it’s all good”.
Wold we do this again? Of course we would. We still got a lot of tea left. *wink*