Sunday, July 19, 2009

Lavender French Toast Bake

Since my derriere is expanding and I know I need to do something about it, I'm doing what I always do before making the plunge into the 'D' word.... I'm eating all my favorite things.

Why do I do that? Am I the only person that does that?

The more I realize I need to do something about the poundage, the more I fantasize about my favorite things. This then leads me to having to lose the weight I gained while preparing to go on a diet. Therefore, I just pretty much stay at my baseline weight....

Last night while powdering my robust butt and thighs after taking a luxurious lavender bubble bath, I thought of something else I like to powder: French Toast with a powdering of powdered sugar....

At that very moment I just knew I would wake up with a hankering for my lavender french toast bake. I mean - why not? It would be Sunday.... Who diets on Sunday? So - I went to the kitchen in my robe with my powdered buns wiggling while I walked and prepared for my breakfast feast:

Lavender French Toast Bake:
1 stick of butter
1-1/4 cups of packed dark brown sugar
2 tablespoons of maple syrup (or any other pancake syrup)
1 large loaf of bread with crusts removed (I have found that denser, nuttier breads are best)
1 teaspoon dried culinary lavender buds
1-1/2 cups half-and-half
5 large eggs
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt

Pour half-and-half and lavender in a small saucepan and warm gently over low to moderate heat for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside and let cool.

In a small saucepan, melt butter, brown sugar, and maple syrup over moderate heat, stirring until smooth and sugar dissolved. Pour into a 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish. Arrange bread slices in one layer over the sugar mixture. Fitting the bread slices tightly is best.

In a bowl, whisk together eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Pour half-and-half through a strainer to remove lavender buds. Add the lavender infused half-and-half to egg mixture. Whisk into egg mixture and pour over the bread slices. Cover and place in the refrigerator overnight.

When you awake the next morning from a blissful night of lavender dreams, go into the kitchen and take the casserole out of the refrigerator and let sit at room temperature while pre-heating the oven to 350. Bake for 35-40 minutes. Serve hot with a sprinkling of powdered sugar and a light drizzle of maple syrup. I like to serve it with fresh fruit. Jack likes it with bacon.

This is a great dish for Easter or Mother's Day breakfast/brunch. Or in my case, great for the before the diet diet. I have also enjoyed making it for breakfast or brunch for brides on the morning of the big day. I gain great joy in tempting the emaciated bride with french toast.... Am I evil?


P.S. Be sure you use culinary grade dried lavender buds. If you are using fresh lavender, double the amount to 2 teaspoons. Let me know if you're unsure about how to confirm you are using culinary grade lavender. Maybe I need to post about culinary lavender?

Friday, July 17, 2009

Blogging has made my butt blow up

Which is why you haven't heard from me lately. It's big.

Real big.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

18-Wheels & Two New Roommates

Remember the cowboy that moved in a few months ago? For a recap, Jack met a cowboy in the checkout line at Walmart back in February who was in a bit of a quandary and needed a place to bunk for a while. Because Jack is Jack, he invited the cowboy to stay with us. Anyway – after a few months of living here, the cowboy pulled himself up by his boot straps and rode away. We still talk to him and he stops by every now and then, but for now he’s out ridin’ new fences…

Because there’s always something going on at Hummingbird Farms, let me tell you what happened today. A big semi-truck was making a delivery out here. Now what the semi-truck was delivering is a whole other story… So, for purposes of not dragging this out I’ll just skip to the truck part.

A bit of a mishap occurred while the truck was pulling into the gate which led to the truck breaking down and now the truck needs a new part; and until then, it’s not going anywhere. So - someone from San Antonio was supposed to bring them a part so they could get truckin’ down the highway. Well, that just never happened. As dinner time rolled around Jack went to check on the two drivers still waiting for the part to arrive and realized they were pretty hungry. And hot. It was only 102 degrees here today. Being that we had no groceries in the house because I’ve been gone for the last 2 weeks (this is my first night home), Jack took to the two starving truck drivers to our local diner for a meal.

It’s now after 9:00 at night and Jack has just informed me that the part coming from San Antonio isn’t going to arrive until tomorrow. So take a great big guess what Jack did….

He invited them to just spend the night here with us.

Let’s just hope that part shows up tomorrow…..

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Do you consider this a mean girl?

Caring for Aging Relative Pits Husband Against Wife - ABC News

I don't know how to upload videos.... Just can't figure it out. I think if you click on that stuff above it will link to the video. As hard as I tried to post the video, the best I could do was the link up above. I'm clueless in this techno world.... Anyway - not sure how many of ya'll may have caught ABC Primetime last night (Tuesday) about a family struggling with Alzheimer's. It was a very sad story.

You want to know something else sad? The daughter-in-law in this story chased me on my bicycle when I was 8-years-old, causing me to crash and burn and having to get stitches in my chin.

I still have the lovely scar.

And the childhood trauma of being chased by a girl that was about 4 years older than me and riding a 10-speed. I was on my cute little purple (lavender) bike with the banana seat and little white basket.

That's all I have to say about that....