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April 4, 2011

Love is Sweet (French Toast Casserole)

Happy Monday! Let’s make this week a good one ๐Ÿ™‚ 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 ย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚

The Dessert Bar ๐Ÿ™‚

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 ๐Ÿ˜‰

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve been feeling extremely blah today – Hope I’m not getting sick!! See you tomorrow ๐Ÿ™‚

January 21, 2011

Fashion, Fitness, Favorites & FRIDAY!

Happy Friday Everyone ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m pretty sure it’s impossible to not be in a good mood on Friday! I love the guy on the radio who screams It’sssssssssssss Friiiiidayyyyyyyyyyyyyyy! Always puts a smile on my face ๐Ÿ™‚

Yesterday I only made ONE thing… That’s so not like me. I was really tired and needed to relax so I took the easy way out. My meals were still great, just not as fresh!

Breakfast: 2 brown rice cakes w/ Better n Peanut Butter and blueberries

Snack: Protein bar

Lunch: Vegetable Lasagna (leftovers)

Dinner: OK – Confession time… I had been craving something cold ALL DAY LONG. I’m not sure if I’m getting sick or I’m extremely dehydrated (I drank 5-6 bottles of water today) but my body was telling me it wanted something cold – so for dinner I made a banana split!

A banana sliced in half topped with leftover Smore’s Ice Cream (from last night), a graham cracker, and a little more better n Peanut Butter. It hit the spot… I usually don’t just eat dessert for dinner but I made an exception tonight. It happens, right?

When the girls woke up from naptime they said they wanted to bake a cake… We didnt have enough ingredients to bake an entire cake and ice it… So i thought we could make 3 ingredient cookies.

Flourless Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Peanut Butter
  • 1 Egg
  • 1 cup of Sugar

Mix all (3) ingredients together.

Let the girls plop them onto a baking sheet.

Bake them for 8-10 minutes at 350 degrees.

They also BEG for candy every single day so we put some hershey kisses on top of a couple of these as soon as they came out.

It doesn’t get much simpler than that!

The invitations were finished for the 4-year-olds upcoming Birthday Party! It’s a tangled theme – They turned out so cute!

After work aka watching 4 different G-rated movies with 2 sick little girls I headed to the gym for Boot camp class. This boot camp is different from the one I took last week… It’s an hour long – 5 minutes of warm-up, 3 minutes intense cardio, 3 minutes weights – repeat this 5 times (all different stations) – 5 minutes of Tabata – 10 minute abs – 5 minute cool down. I enjoy this class and the variety it offers. It was extremely packed today so the stations were a little crowded. After boot camp I decided to run 1 mile uphill on the treadmill. I ran 5.8 mph at a 3-4 incline. My legs are already starting to feel like jello! A yoga video might be in order for today…

I was supposed to attend Happy Hour with some girlfriends but we decided to reschedule for next week!

Yesterday’s warm weather had me dreaming about Spring…. I also bought new bathing suits the other day so I’m ready for it to arrive! Since I know that (spring arriving) will be a while I’ve booked a trip to Florida for the first weekend in March ๐Ÿ™‚ Thank god because this girl NEEDS a tan. I’m pretty sure I haven’t been this pale in the past 10 years – but I’ve given up tanning beds for good so I guess I better get used to it.

Me now: (after a workout)

Me when I was tan:

Me when I was clearly tanorexic:

Don’t laugh… Looking back on this I was seriously RIDICULOUS! I’m actually embarrassed I looked like this during my senior prom.

Anyways… Back to my Florida talk. I found some things i need want for the Spring season!

1. Michael Kors Bag

2. Gucci Aviators

3. Beccaย Coverup

4. Steve Maddenย Sandals

5. Julie Dillonย Dress

I might have to get a second job ๐Ÿ˜‰

Since Spring IS right around the corner and we will all be resorting back to tiny shorts, bikinis and sleeveless tops it’s really time to hit the gym hard! Try to get in a little workout EVERYDAY if possible. I know its not easy to get to the gym every single day of the week but you could always take a walk (around the mall), take the stairs instead of the elevator or do this quick 10 minute workout in your own home.

UCML (Upper, Cardio, Middle, Lower)

– Do as many pushups as you can with good form

– Cardio for 60 straight seconds (Jump rope, mountain climbers, run in place) for 60 seconds.

– 30 reps of your favorite ab move (plank, crunches, bicycle)

– 20-30 reps of a squat & plyometric jump

Repeat 3-6 times! No excuses…You can do it!

Now for my favorite Friday section… 10 random things!

1. Favorite way to update my LBD (little black dress) – Add a glitzy broach to a belt. Instantly Fabulous.

2. Favorite way to put myself in an instantly good mood: Do Less. – Sometimes you need the down time. You cant always be go, go go!

3. Favorite afternoon snack: Apple and Peanut Butter – Fiber & Protein = Full & Energized!

4. Favorite celebrity crush: Brody Jenner. Enough said.

5. Favorite Mascara: Hypnose Drama by lancome

6. Favorite Winter Nail Color: You don’t know Jacques! -OPI

7. Favorite thing I made this week: Smores Ice Cream..DUH

8. Favorite Hostess Gift: Cocktail Napkins

9. Favorite Flowers: Gerbera Daisies (Orange)

10. Favorite Singer: Miss Britney Spears – Always and Forever.

I hope everyone has a great weekend! I have nothing planned… I’m starting my house-sitting duties today so if I do anything it will be a last minute decision.

Picture courtesy of my dad – The moon 40,000 feet high headed to Florida!