15 on the 15th – April


As always go over and see my friend Tracy who’s doing this with her family too. Did you try it this month??


Relearning how to make French Toast

A few months ago the cable company called and asked if we wanted to try out cable and a PVR for 6 months for free. I thought of Food Network for 2 seconds and said yes. I’ve set it up to record all my favorite Food Network shows and then at night when I am too tired to do anything but stare blankly at the wall, I watch Food shows. Regan had come home one night after the kids were in bed and found me snuggled up on the couch in my coziest pjs watching recorded cooking shows. He sat down beside me in the dark and watched for a few minutes, before asking “Don’t you ever think, why I would need to watch a show where she was talking about making a chocolate cake, when I could easily do that?”  He got bored relatively quickly and moved on to doing some of his never-ending doctorly paperwork. I kept watching and started a new episode that happened to have french toast in it. Well I watched, even though I know how to make french toast. Or so I thought!

I have never really loved french toast. It’s okay. In my mind, it’s just above cold cereal and way below good waffles and other tasty hot breakfasts. (To me cereal is like eating old, tasteless, soggy, cardboard….not to say that my kids don’t eat it pretty much every day….)  French toast is a I-don’t-want-cereal-but-i-dont-have-much-time kind of breakfast. The thing I don’t like about french toast is the sogginess and the egginess. When you cook the bread, but the inside is still a soggy, eggy sponge. No thanks. (I bet you can guess how I feel about bread pudding…)

Because I watched a Cooking show that showed lowly french toast, I will never make french toast my old way again!

3 things about this french toast:

  1.  The Bread matters. Thickly cut, old, dry Bread. Not that I’ve had this in my cupboard for 2 weeks and it’s got a bit of a green ting but I can’t quite see any green growth…. Not that bread. But maybe you’ve got a loaf in your freezer that’s been there a little too long and it’s a bit dried out. Or you made a rustic loaf a few days ago and you have some thickly cut slices. Yum.
  2. Lemon Zest. My first thought was “really…. isn’t that a bit over the top!” Nope. It’s not. I couldn’t believe the difference the little punch of lemon added. Do it.
  3. Just Yolks: One of the reasons I never really loved French toast was the fear of having one of the slices that ended up with the big clump of egg whites, know what I’m talking about? No thank you!

So. Give this recipe a try. French toast has officially climbed the taste latter at my house thanks to Ree Drummond!

The Pioneer Woman's French Toast


  • 1 loaf Crusty Bread: Baguette, French Loaf, Etc.
  • 4 whole Egg Yolks
  • 2 cups Half-and-half
  • 1 Tablespoon Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Vanilla
  • Zest Of One Lemon
  • Maple Syrup For Serving
  • Sifted Powder Sugar, For Serving (optional)


  1. To make the french toast, cut bread into slices 1/2 inch thick. In a dish, mix together egg yolks, half-and-half, sugar, lemon zest and vanilla. Whisk to combine. Dip bread slices in mixture, coating both sides, then remove from dish and set aside. Repeat until all bread is coated.
  2. Heat iron skillet or griddle over medium heat. Sizzle butter in the pan when hot. Cook French toast on both sides until golden brown, being careful not to burn.
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You can find her witty-as-always original post here. 

How do you feel about french toast??

10 on Tuesday

First up, go over to Lolly Jane where I’m a new monthly food contributor. It’s my first recipe I’ve shared there. The perfect soup to make with Easter leftovers.

10 Things to Remember from the past week.

1. Eli was so proud to do his own FHE last week. He chose to show us Mormon Messages and then we talked about the lessons in them.

2. The huge snowflakes coming down in the morning. Oliver was amazed. 

3. We went out to enjoy the snow. Well, at least try to.

4. Perfect light and a perfect little subject. She just sat and smiled at me so sweetly. 

5. Norah makes a HUGE mess every time she eats lately. Oliver has noticed…. he was trying to help out.

6. The chocolate mousse explosion that happened all over the kitchen and living room. Terrible picture of me… but look how much mousse and liquid is all over me! Alden was the smart one who got the camera out and took pictures. 

7. Oliver helping Norah with her soothers. He would pull them out and switch to the next one. Then do it again and again. Norah never got mad at all.

8. This is her one of her new expressions. She is getting really expressive in her face and it is really funny.

9. Oliver wanted to walk with Lucy and I when I took her out to take pictures. He was loving it all.10. Lucy playing “I am a Child of God” in Sacrament Meeting while I played the piano. She was so proud and I was so proud of her. It is really motivating to her to be able to perform.

5 Minutes

In the Snow with Lucy.



I love that she’ll just come and do this with me pretty much whenever I ask.


Project Life Fridays

I’ve got another installment of a Project Life Spread. This is the week of March 9-15, 2014. It was a very regular week at our house except finally there was a day nice enough for the kids to be outside. (This winter has seem SO LONG this year!) The page has iPhone and my D800 photos all together.  It also has a new favorite Eli quote. If you can’t read it is says “Eli: “Mom, can we do something fun with me and you and Norah?” Me: What is it? Eli: It involves just a little bit of crime fighting.” hahahaha. He cracks me up!

I loved capturing Ollie and Norah in the little tent I made in Oliver’s room. And the graph…. made on a Studio Calico filler card. My true feelings about Southern Alberta weather;)Aren’t those little acrylic clouds so stinking cute???

I love paper doilies. And washi tape. And sewing.

For that card with Regan and I, I just printed the iPhone picture out on my printer as a 3.5×3.5 and left the white space. Then I added all those little lovely wooden pieces from Studio Calico.

It’s kind of exciting working so close to life! I find it’s easier to write down things because my I’ve-had-5-kids-and-my-memory-left-me brain.


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