Posts tagged ‘doughnuts’

April 4, 2011

Love is Sweet (French Toast Casserole)

Happy Monday! Let’s make this week a good one πŸ™‚ I’ve been on the go since Friday and finally have a chance to get back to my computer – 3 days without a computer is unheard of for me! I’m ready to take it easy and get back into routine.

Weekend recap:

Friday – Sushi & Fro Yo with my friend Jenn

Can you guess which fro-yo is mine??? I’m a toppings kind of girl!

Saturday was spent getting together last-minute things for Β a Bridal Shower for my friend Ali aka running around like a chicken with my head cut off. I’m happy to say everything turned out successful and just the way I imagined, beautiful! Here are a million pictures to prove it πŸ™‚

The Dessert Bar πŸ™‚

Some of the food before my camera died :/

Some of the decorations

The girls

The favors

I want to open up my own wedding/event planning company. Who wants to hire me πŸ˜‰

Are you ready for the easiest and yummiest French Toast recipe you’ve ever come across? This is perfect for two reasons. 1. You make it the night before and just stick it in the oven when you’re ready. 2. It feeds a small army. 3. I’ve never loved a breakfast food more than I love this. I know I said 2 reasons but I had to add the third.

Warning: This is NOT healthy. But it is tasty. A little piece goes A LONG way.

Overnight French Toast Casserole

Ingredients

  • 24 eggs
  • 32 pieces of white bread
  • 3 cups of milk
  • 3 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 2 cups of brown sugar
  • 1 cup of butter
  • 2 HEAPING tsp of butterscotch instant pudding
  • 4 tbsp maple syrup
  • dash of nutmeg

Directions

  • Grease a 9×13 inch pan
  • Mix eggs, milk, cinnamon and vanilla in bowl.
  • Dredge bread in egg mixture and layer in pan (makes 4 layers)
  • Pour remaining egg mixture over slices of bread
  • Mix brown sugar, melted butter, butterscotch instant pudding, syrup and cinnamon.
  • Pour paste over bread like icing.
  • Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  • Next morning stick in oven at 350 degrees for 40-45 degrees
  • Serve immediately!!

If you have company over this is the meal to make – All you have to do is pop it in the oven in the morning and serve your guests a warm, fluffy, sweet breakfast casserole. MAKE THIS!! That is a demand πŸ™‚

I’ve been feeling extremely blah today – Hope I’m not getting sick!! See you tomorrow πŸ™‚

January 31, 2011

Girls Night Out & Munchkins

I feel like I haven’t written a post in weeks! That was the longest/shortest weekend of my life… Friday night I stayed in to prepare for my girls night out Saturday – Good thing I did because we were up until 5 am! We started out with dinner and drinks at Rio and then headed downtown DC to Eden Nightclub. Dinner was kicked off with chips, salsa, queso, guacamole and frozen sangrias.

We all basically ordered the same dinner with different variations. I insisted on ordering dessert…

I’m a good decision maker. Sopapillas (hot mexican doughnut w/ powdered sugar and caramel sauce) with a large scoop of ice cream in a toasted coconut and pecan shell, drizzled with more chocolate and caramel sauce. We took this down in about 3.4 seconds… I’m not gonna lie, I ate more than half. Someone had to finish it πŸ™‚

Clean Plate Club. Don’t judge.

Eden was crowded but we still managed to make room so we could dance and burn off some of those dinner calories! I love girls night outs and my pretty friends.

Sunday was one of those cheat days where you don’t photograph anything you eat… Pizza, Girl Scout cookies and homemade doughnuts. Everything was unhealthy but I don’t regret it – You have to give yourself some cheat days πŸ™‚ I only made one thing this weekend BUT it was one of the best “fat snacks” I’ve ever made.

I saw that Julie made some homemade munchkins with her mom Β this weekend and I was craving some but didn’t have any biscuits on hand. However, I did have this…

Score.

My cousin wanted to help so we put on our aprons and got to work.

Try and remember I was up til 5 am and woke up at 9…

Homemade Munchkins

Ingredients

  • 1 package of cinnamon rolls
  • Canola Oil
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Cinnamon Sugar

Directions

  • Remove rolls from package

  • Cut each roll into 4 pieces.

  • In a skillet heat a layer of canola oil and drop the pieces in one by one

  • Let them brown for about 35 seconds and flip them until the brown on the other side for about 35 more seconds.
  • Sprinkle your choice of topping (caramel sauce, chocolate sauce, powdered sugar, cinnamon sugar etc…)

Make sure you eat them when they’re warm! I also dipped mine in the icing that comes with the cinnamon rolls. I told you it was a cheat day!

Looks like I have some catching up to do on my 30 day challenge…

Day 3: Your first love
Day 4: Your parents
Day 5: A song to match your mood

Day 3: My first love… Well, to tell you the truth I think you only fall in love once. I was in 3 serious relationships for 10 years of my life without being single for longer than 2 weeks. When I finally gave myself some time to figure out what I want in a relationship (3 months) I started dating my current boyfriend. I went to Atlantic City to meet Brody Jenner with my girlfriends because #1 I’m obsessed with him and #2 I was going to move to Florida and thought this would be the perfect way to say goodbye. We got to the casino/hotel and checked into our room. There were some guys staying in our suite but I kind of gave it the shrug off because helllllo I was about to meet my future husband (brody). We all got ready and headed to the club for one of the BEST nights ever… After hanging out at Brody’s table, I somehow stumbled into one of the guys that were staying in our hotel room. Since it was late/early we went out to breakfast and ended up hitting it off. He sneakily got my phone number and we talked all day everyday until I saw him again a month later. I ended up changing my mind about moving to Florida because I knew our relationship would instantly fail if I was over 1,000 miles away; 200 was already far enough! Everything happens for a reason… I had a good feeling about him and knew it would be worth it to give this a chance. Every time I “fell in love” before it felt different and once I fell again I knew that what I had in the past wasn’t true love… But this time it feels right…and I hope that it continues to stay that way. SO yes the moral of my story is that my current boyfriend is my first true love πŸ™‚

Day 4 – My parents

My parents are no longer married but I have still kept strong relationships with each of them. I lived with my mom (and my 2 brothers) from 4th grade on and when we moved to Maryland my dad stayed in Florida. My mom has done a great job providing us with everything we need, want and wish for. My dad has taught me a lot of lessons in life whether he meant to or not. I love them both and don’t know what I would do without either of them in my life πŸ™‚

Day 5: A song to fit my current mood: Since I just talked about my boyfriend, my friends and my parents I was thinking “My life would suck without them” So, thank you Kelly Clarkson… This song fits perfectly.

I am pretty sure I’m getting sick so I’m headed to bed with some NyQuil and hoping to feel better by tomorrow!!

 

QUESTIONS: Do you believe you can only fall in love once? Have you ever made doughnuts? How often do you go out for a girls night out?

 

β™₯Alyssa