Friday, November 30, 2012

Weekly Capture XXXI




In honor of observing the Season of Advent and trying to remain simple in our traditions and acts this year, we haven't done much in the way of "holiday" activities other than introduce Blaise to the beauty of Christmas lights. He was enthralled. Our tree is simply decorated with just lights for now, and we are going to put some simple greenery in mason jars around our house. Our nativity has already gotten some love - Dom added Lightening McQueen to the gathering almost right away, forewarning him that Jesus wouldn't be arriving until Christmas. 

Tomorrow, with the arrival of December, marks 3 years of parenthood for David + me, and 3 years of our sweet, wonderful boy, Dominic. It has been such a beautiful journey watching the alert little face that finally arrived after several long days of labor to greet me with a screech. The face, still alert and curious, has grown into a little boy, a boy with a comment to go with every happening, an imagination that every mother should hope for, a liveliness that energizes every day, and an all around excitement for everything from learning his prayers by heart to greeting his brother every morning with an "I love you," I'm so thankful to be the one chosen to be this guy's mama.

Out of the Mouth of Dom
In honor of his birthday, you'll have to wait til tomorrow until I showcase some of my favorites from the past year.

Blaise Updates
B has refined his own method of getting around. It is basically a scoot on his bum, but with one leg tucked behind and one in front as though half in a sitting position, half in a crawling. It's odd, but for now it's doing the job for him, and he seems to have no desire to change. He is uttering new sounds, and trying hard to say "water" and "more" vocally instead of just in sign language. 

Watching
David + I are making our way through Upstairs Downstairs: Season 2. I find it a wee bit more enjoyable than the first probably due to the fact it is during the period of time right on the brink of WWII, a period I find most fascinating. It's available streaming online on PBS if you are interested in watching it - not sure how much longer it'll be there. It's the perfect buffer for us to fill the time until...


Listening to
Advent at Ephesus by the Benedictines of Mary Queen of Apostles and a few songs from Advent, Vol. 1. by The Brilliance. Missing my Christmas music for sure, but enjoying these gems for now. Any other Advent-esque tunes out there?

Recommended Links

Also, don't forget to link up on Monday with your Advent + other holy days posts at the Little Holy Days Link Up!

                                                 Little HolyDays Link-up

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DIY: Advent Countdown Craft



Don't have an Advent calendar in your stash? No problem! A few items from your arts + craft stash, and you can make your own. This is a perfect craft for little one ages 2-6 to help teach them physically about the counting down until Christmas Day. We've added this countdown to our family traditions of observances that I noted yesterday.

I always made a chain until Christmas when I was little, but we used the liturgical colors of Advent: purple and pink instead to keep our focus on Advent rather than on Christmas. Christmas Day is signified with a white loop for the last day. Church tradition uses these colors to signify the following:

Purple: a color of penance and fasting as well as a royal color to welcome in the King
Pink: used to signify that we rejoice in that the penitential season is almost over
White: is sometimes used to represent purity and the end of penitence; for instance, in an Advent wreath, sometimes there is a white Christ candle lit in the center on Christmas Day

To make this simple countdown, you will need:
Construction paper (2-3 purple, 1 pink, 1 white)
Scissors
Paper trimmer/cutter (optional)
Glue sticks
Stapler
Pencil
Verse printed or handwritten on paper


:: Instructions ::

{1}
Print out or write bible verse onto paper (plain ol' white is fine). You want end result to be about 2" x 3". We used Isaiah 9:6, but there are many other great verses referencing Christ's birth.

{2}
Using paper trimmer or scissors, cut 1" strips width wise (8.5" long when cut) from construction paper. You will need 1 white strip, 7 pink strips, and 16 purple strips (can vary depending on year).

{3}  
Draw a star on the remaining white construction paper. Either have your child cut out the traced shape, or cut it out for them. Glue bible verse to the middle of the star.

{4}
Staple the white strip of paper to the bottom of the star creating a loop. This will be your first part of the chain. From here, you will create your chain to represent December 24th backwards. For 2012, this means you want 2 purple, 7 pink, and then 14 more purple. Use glue stick and a strip of paper to make each loop.


And TaDa! Hang somewhere prominent that your child will see and remember to remove a link each day. We are going to try and memorize our verse at the top by reciting it each day before removing that day's chain. Another lesson that can be taught from this: as we get closer to the coming of the Christ child, we remove the chains. The chains are like our sin and our ties to this earth. In His coming to be with us, Christ freed us from that bondage!




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Thursday, November 29, 2012

6 Points of Slapdashery

Sticking to 6 this week

{1}
Did you know mayo removes tree sap? Yup, weird, but tried and true way to get the sticky goop off your hands. Give them a lotion like experience until you smell like an egg salad, and then wash. Weirdly works. To be noted, it was the husband, not I, who had to slather up with condiments.

{2}
I'm pretty sure there's a blog post eater out somewheres in the ether. I know I have added to this list as I've thought of things... then I come back, and I, once again, am back at 1. It's like that not-so-wonderful 90s song:


{3}
My sister (one of them), brothers, and I have been reminiscing lately over 90s/early 00s tunes. There were some zany tunes, ridiculous, yet sometimes still pretty awesome. You know: Sk8er Boi, Blue (Da Ba Dee), and such.

{4}
Found these awesome mobiles by Etsy artist, A Continual Lullaby. So much fun, and she picked some of my favorite children's tales to replicate.

                


{5}
I've been masquerading as an eskimo lately. Seriously though, my winter coat is epic. $30/bag sale at one of my favorite vintage stores last spring is definitely paying off! (Photo, you say? Perhaps later.)

{6} Some days coffee is more than a must. And some days round 2 of coffee needs to come sooner. Sooner, as in before I go stealing my husband's super warm + comfy flannel shirts and making weird faces to be shared with the interwebs.

Little Holy Days : Link Up!

Little HolyDays Link-upHey folks!

Just a quick, informative note to let you know I'll be participating in this new Link-Up being put on by Carrots for MichaelmasMolly Makes Do, and Dualing Moms. I'm new to this world of link-ups and other random blogging lingo, so as I continue learning about this excitement, I wanted to extend the invite to you, my readers!

Please read the following note from Haley (Carrots for Michaelmas) for information about what, when, and how you can be involved!

We want to encourage and inspire each other to observe the liturgical year to deepen our families’ faith and build up the domestic church (especially during this Year of Faith!) by sharing posts about observing feast days, liturgical seasons, and more in the Christian Year.
We hope you’ll participate by linking up with your posts (old or new!) that have to do with the season of advent, including (but certainly not limited to!):
  • simple holidays traditions
  • music
  • crafts and activities
  • reflections and essays on the season
  • food and recipes
  • sustainability and responsible gift giving/food
  • charity
  • teaching and learning about the Christian Year with children
Our first linkup will open Monday, December 3rd, and might include posts on topics such as:
  • the season of Advent
  • the first and second Sundays of Advent
  • the Feast of St. Nicholas
  • the Feast of the Immaculate Conception
We hope to share seasonal reflections, ideas for family togetherness, crafts, recipes, and anything else that might come to mind.
The link up will be up until that Thursday evening, December 6th. There will be a new link up open the following Monday, December 10th, and we will highlight some of our favorite links from the previous week in the new post, and on a Little HolyDays Pinterest board.
For the three of us, this link up is a way in which we plan on exploring and deepening our Catholic faith, but we would really love to hear from bloggers of all denominations.
We welcome you to share your own feast, festivals, and celebrations that fall within each week of December.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Advent: Starting Family Traditions



As I shared in yesterday's post, Advent: Embracing the Season Fully, this year the weeks leading up to Christmas will look a bit different in our house. We are still planning to observe the Season and begin what I hope will be long-lasting family traditions. But, it will definitely take on a different look than it has in past years.

I am sharing with you what we are hoping to continue this year from past years as well as some brand new traditions for us. Once again, I was inspired by Haley at Carrots for Michaelmas - check out her post: How We Celebrate Advent as well. Some of the comments below her article were great, so make sure you read those as well.


First off, an Advent Wreath + Candles will grace the center of our dining table. This is something both my husband and I grew up with and thus will be a continuing tradition rather than a new. The candles are lit each night at dinner in our house, with one candle candle being added to the lit each week of Advent signifying the hope and expectation of the coming of Christmas. We have read Advent and Christmas with Thomas Merton each night the past few years before we begin dinner. There are many great books to accompany the Wreath with devotions, prayers, and scripture readings. I also received a copy of God with Us: Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas that we will fit into our family's practices this year hopefully, too. Here's an article that includes the background story as well as prayers that can be prayed nightly as you light the candles.

The Christmas Tree, as I mentioned yesterday, is one of my favorite Christmas time traditions. That being said, this year we're mixing it up completely. We did already cut down our tree and put it up. However, in keeping with the simplicity of Advent, we only decorated with lights in honor of the Light of the World. Throughout Advent we will work on popcorn and cranberry strands, and add some over time. On Gaudete Sunday (the 3rd Sunday of Advent), we will add the ornaments, and then our tree will remain up through The Feast of the Epiphany (January 6th).

My house growing up was always filled with Crèches as my mama had numerous sets, collected over time from all over. Our house only has one right now, but I hope to keep in that tradition and collect more. I would also love advice on kid-friendly ones that are not plastic.  We've always kept Jesus and the Three Kings hidden until their respective days of coming, but this year I am planning to try a new tradition for our family. On Christmas I will have the Jesus figure wrapped up like a gift, and we'll unwrap Him. I'm hoping this will help our children to remember the best gift we received. Yes, maybe a little cheesy, but for small tots and kiddos, I am hoping it works.

St. Nicholas Day is celebrated on December 6th. If you don't know anything about him, please check out this link that includes a bio as well as some traditional tales. In some homes (ours included), children put their shoes outside their doors the night before to be filled with candy and small treats in the morning. This is something my mama also taught me, and we've done it with Dom the past two years.

Neither David or I "celebrated" Santa Claus growing up, but Presents were still a part of our Christmas celebration. We have decided for our children that we will keep gifts limited to 1 stocking filled with small treats (and of course an orange in the toe!), a book, and then a shared gift for the family. I would like to see our children removed from any "gimmie" attitude as much as we can help it.
In attempting to make my Advent calmer and simpler this year, I completed almost all my gift shopping (and this included birthday gifts as we all have December and January birthdays) before Thanksgiving. This keeps us away from the capitalist Christmas as much as possible. We can stay home and away from the ridiculous bustle and shopping frenzy.
David + I have also decided that almsgiving is to be a part of our home during Advent and Christmas. We choose local and church organizations and charities to support each year. We also lead a Diaper drive for the local Crisis Pregnancy Center through our church each Advent through Epiphany to provide for families in need.

Christmas music is the major thing we've given up this year. This is such a hard one for me, but wow, it has helped me focus so much. I am constantly reminded to focus on hope, expectation, and preparation for Christmas when the itch to switch on "O Holy Night" (my personal fave) shows up. This is obviously something I can only control in our house and our car, but that is where we are 95% of the time, so it's a pretty huge thing for us. I am certain, without a doubt, that ALL 12 Days of Christmas we will be blasting us some Christmas-y tunes.

Alongside music, we are holding off on Christmas movies, too. I look forward to the library having anything I want though as everyone else will be done with their festivities the day after Christmas.

Christmas Books were hard for me to decide on since I had already planned to wrap one up for each day of Advent. We are going to proceed with that game plan for this year, but I might just wrap them for the 12 days of Christmas next year. I think I have enough to open several a day then, not just one. I'll share some of the favorites I've found soon.


I don't have an Advent Calendar for our house, though typically I find they count out the days of December rather than the actual days of the Advent season. I did come across this beautiful, wooden one by Etsy artist, Wooden Creations.  Lovely, right? Hopefully it's in our budget to purchase next year!

Another tradition I hope to begin next year is a Jesse tree. As I have only known about them for a few weeks, there won't be one in our house this year, but I think they're a great idea. If you want to know more or see ideas on how to make your own, just search 'Jesse tree' on either Etsy or Pinterest, and there will be more than you can imagine.

I would love to hear about others Advent traditions as well, so please share. I already received a lovely Blessing of the Christmas Tree from a cousin, that I think we might do despite having already lit our tree. (We'll aim to have our order more correct for next year).


Does your family have an Advent wreath, Jesse tree, or other special Advent tradition? What are ways you help your children to observe this time of Preparation? 




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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Advent: Embracing the Season Fully



    Advent is right around the corner - for those of you who don't know, it starts this coming Sunday, December 2nd. It is a time of Preparation as we ponder the Mystery of the Incarnation, the great wonderment of Christ with us. Whilst the rest of the country has been celebrating the "holiday/Christmas" craze since swallowing the last of their Thanksgiving leftovers, I have been formulating in my head how our family will celebrate the season of Advent, which is the Church season Before Christmas. I recently read and re-read (and maybe even re-re-read) these fantastic articles: Holy Time: Observing Advent Instead of Fighting Santa by Haley of Carrots for Michaelmas and Advent's Coming: Keep in Simple! by Simcha Fisher. I encourage you to read them as well. They truly have had me thinking about Advent more than I ever have before. I would like to thank them both for all the pondering moments I have had this past week completely due to these two pieces.

I have to be honest though. When I first read Haley's article, this was pretty much my initial thought process, "Wow. She's a brave soul. Really, decorating the tree? And NO Christmas music. I don't think I could ever do that. I just love it too much." And, that, my friends, is when I began thinking of Advent in a whole new way.

Although I grew up "celebrating" Advent with a family wreath of candles lit in the middle of our dinner table each night, accompanied by prayers and Bible reading, I never gave much thought to purposefully observing out the season of Advent before giving in to the full celebration of the Feast day of the Nativity and the 12 days of Christmas. (Yes, 12 Days of Christmas is after, not before as the radio stations and nearly ever major corporation are convinced of). I'm so grateful for my parents giving us the gift of learning about Advent as well as other traditions that they laid down for our family in preparation for Christ's birth. Most of the churches we attended in my childhood years did not observe the season of Advent. so I'm so thankful for that continuity that my parents ensured was there.

Christmas is my absolute, absolute favorite time of year. As I believe I said in an earlier post, Autumn is a close second. But above all else, I love pretty much everything about Christmas. To be noted, I am talking about the home-y, cozy, being all out ecstatic for the greatest gift of Our Lord given to us, a lowly people Christmas, not the corporate America one (that one makes me shudder). You know the decorating the tree with so many ornaments you wonder if it will stay standing, stringing popcorn and cranberries while watching It's a Wonderful Life, breathing in fresh pine scent while sipping hot cocoa, bursting stockings with oranges in the toe, attending Christmas mass in PJs (well, dressed down for the older folks...), preparing fresh baked goodies for friends + neighbors, ambling around neighborhoods singing with pure joy, setting up nativity creches everywhere, reading the Nativity story from the Gospel of Luke while devouring Jesus' birthday cake... that kind of Christmas.

But this year, our house is going to take on a different approach. We will still fully and all out-ly celebrate Christmas, just not yet. After reading the above two articles, I have been encouraged to rethink how we observe the season of Advent. In the past though observing Advent, I think we've really just put it onto a side by side path with Christmas celebrations as opposed to having Advent practices and then Christmas traditions. My favorite quote from the articles mentioned was this:
"Advent (not New Years) is the beginning of the Christian year and it’s considered a ‘little Lent.’ It’s quiet. It’s somber. It’s full of waiting and hoping. Just as there can be no real celebration of the Resurrection without the pain of Good Friday, there can be no real Christmas without the expectation of Advent."                                                          Haley, Carrots for Michaelmas

So this year, we are aiming to be more somber, less fanfare. More simplicity, less celebration. It will be a sacrifice, perhaps for me even more so than the rest of my family. Sacrifice is healthy for the soul though. Giving and emptying of oneself. Removing distractions, so we can more fully focus.

Then, when Christmas Day does arrive, we will fully embrace each and every exciting moment with new wonderment. I am a lover of tradition, of stories, of passing down one's family heritage to the next generation, so check back tomorrow for the Part II: Advent: Starting Traditions as a Family. I am so excited to begin new things with our family as we begin the true start of the year this coming Sunday, the first Sunday of Advent.



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Sunday, November 25, 2012

Musings for a Sunday




“Because children have abounding vitality, because they are in spirit fierce and free, therefore they want things repeated and unchanged. They always say, "Do it again"; and the grown-up person does it again until he is nearly dead. For grown-up people are not strong enough to exult in monotony. But perhaps God is strong enough to exult in monotony. It is possible that God says every morning, "Do it again" to the sun; and every evening, "Do it again" to the moon. It may not be automatic necessity that makes all daisies alike; it may be that God makes every daisy separately, but has never got tired of making them. It may be that He has the eternal appetite of infancy; for we have sinned and grown old, and our Father is younger than we.” 
                                                                            ― G.K. Chesterton

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Visual Recap :: November Week 3




Bed Hog.



Post Birthday fun.



Snuggley Boy.



Camera fun.



Daddy love.



Never to young to learn Carcassone.

Friday, November 23, 2012

DIY Holiday Air Freshener





The smells of this time of year are one of my favorites. From Thanksgiving pretty much through the entire winter, I can always imagine a cosy home smelling just like this. Spicy, with low undertones of sweet, and a faint reminder of citrus fruits (which here in the way north, we pretty much only buy/eat in the colder months). 

This is one easy + quick way to capture that and recreate it for your home. I have been using this as a natural air freshener for the past week's in hopes of squelching out my downstairs neighbor's not so savory odors of stale cigarettes and so forth. It's a perfect fix for my home to once again smell lovely. I only wish there were some way to spread it to the bedrooms... camping stoves are out (I can't even imagine that combo with my boys...).

Here's the recipe I have been using:
3-4 cups water
peel of 1 clementine/tangerine/orange 
(if you don't have the above, you can use 1/2 - 1 tsp. dried orange peel, or a few drops of orange essential oil)
1-2 sticks cinnamon
8-10 whole cloves
dash of vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients in a saucepan, and simmer over low heat. Please make sure to keep an eye on the water level, so you don't burn your pot or start a fire. =)


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Thursday, November 22, 2012

Weekly Capture XXX

Happy Thanksgiving, folks! (or as the Dom says 'solks') Today's post will be extra short as I only have a minute. We're not hosting Thanksgiving today - joining my in-laws instead, so I have a moment here as I listen to Dom and his Daddy playing a rousing game of Veggie Tales 'Go Fish' in the room one over.



I've been mulling over people, opportunities, events, things, and such that have happened over this past year that I'm so thankful for. I stayed out of the whole Facebook "thankful thought a day" status update, but it did make me stop and think each day as I read others' posts.
I am so thankful for my sweet boys, spending each day living beside them as they grow into young men, watching their personalities come out and encouraging their heroics (already sending many prayers heavenward simultaneously). I'm thankful for my husband, as he cares for each of us, being a wonderful husband and terrific father - cooking when I'm just too worn out, doing many a push-up doubled as a "ride" for one boy or another, reading bedtime stories, working tirelessly (and commuting via bike this year when one of our cars died), and all around loving like only he can.


I'm thankful for my fabulous parents + siblings, most of whom have chipped in to help me for a week at a time this year (the youngest two are on pins + needles waiting for their turn) - how lovely it is to have them want to help me so much. I love them all like crazy. My extended family as a whole have given me much reason to be thankful, from in-laws, to cousins, to grandparents - what a wonderful gift they are to me and to my menfolks.


Out of the Mouth of Dom: His Thankfulness List
Curry, water, "That guy over there" (Blaise), Mater... oh, and Mama and Daddy.

Blaise Updates
No more teeth to help out in his trying of turkey and other Thanksgiving goodies, but the boy has learned how to pull himself up this week. We've been encouraging the room switch more and more as I'm not getting quite enough sleep these days, and it's starting to wear on me. Blaise has let his complaints be heard, but with enough singing, rocking, and patting of his butt, he has complied to take at least one nap in his crib in the boys' room.



Sunday, November 18, 2012

Musing for a Sunday



                                                                                                                              
"Good can exist without evil, whereas evil cannot exist without good."

St. Thomas Aquinas




(May have used this one before, but it's a good one.)

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Visual Recap :: November week 2


Date with the big boy last week included 5 Guys (his request)
and a showing of "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown."



Bathtime!






Blaise so proud of his drinking abilities.



My blue eyed boys.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Weekly Capture XXIX



My boy + me at his 1st play last weekend

Out of the mouth of Dom
Me (to David): "You're going to be..."
David: "28."
Me: "You're going to be 28."
Dominic (with his impeccable timing): "Lame!!!"

Science lesson from Dom:
"What's an owl?"
Dom: "It's a thing that goes 'Hooo! Hooo!'"
"Is it a bird?"
Dom: "No. It's an owl."
"Does it have feathers?"
Dom: "No, it has wings."

Blaise Updates
Not quite crawling, but on his way! He is loving mobility and has discovered the joy of dumping, whether it be books or blocks. We've slowly been adding meat to his diet, and today he tried some lunch meat turkey in prep for the real thing next week. His only "not so favorite" food is oatmeal. It's the one thing he'll turn down after only half a bowl.

Listening to
Discovered this song a few months back, and this past week it's made the playlist several times. Plus always nice to have happy music when we're having a bad week with the neighbors. 

Links recommended
Holy Time: The Gift of the Liturgical Year :: Carrots for Michaelmas
When Motherhood is Hard :: Another great article from Carrots (Read this one for sure!)
How Many Baby Steps Have You Taken? :: Kitchen Stewardship


If you or someone you know is planning a trip to the most Magical place in the world, please check out this excellent, well-organized overview put together by one of my best friends:
31 Days to Plan Your Disney Trip :: His Frugal Servant



Thursday, November 15, 2012

6 Points of Slapdashery

Edit: Mama brain on full force today... named this '6 points...' and then you'll see there are 7. 

I have a random spiel of information circling through my head at any given moment. Just ask my husband - I can barely get through a 5 minute conversation without being reminded of something else and taking the talk in another direction. It's slightly crazy (Am I the only one? Anybody else feel like their head has way too much randomness in it?)
In lieu of that I am going to try to share 6 random finds/creations/discoveries each week, so you, too, can join in my madness.

{1}
Mason jars are an excellent way to transport beverages for kiddos. We went to dinner last weekend and needed milk for Dom - he insists it's part of each and every dinner, but my in-laws don't drink it. So, into the mason jar (a jelly jar for this occasion) went some milk, and spill it did not.

{2}
I am so excited about this ridiculously cute stuffed creature I just bought for B's 1st birthday! (Can't believe he's getting close to a year... see, another rabbit trail! I'm doomed.)


Cutest guy ever, right???  I've been staring at him for a few months, and finally went ahead and ordered it. See more like it in Bijou Kitty's Etsy shop.

{3}
I was a little overzealous this year in completing Christmas/birthday gift shopping early and in a timely manner. Now I'm a little sad that I have maybe 3 items left to buy and still over a month til Christmas... poo for being super organized this year. 

{4}
In other handmade goody news, check out this shop that features Magnetic Saint sets : Magnetic Catholic. My boy would be in love with this St. George set:


{5}
I am a pom-pom making extremist. Got these nifty tools (Clover Extra Small Pom Pom Maker) awhile back, and I finally put them to good use this past weekend making 30+ red pom poms that I transformed into a garland for...

{6}
THE LUMBERJACK PARTY that we are throwing in honor of Dom's 3rd birthday. Party is Saturday, and I still have a lot to do... I am attempting to encompass most of our family's philosophies into it all (handmade, simple, less is more, reusable, books/stories, and eco-friendly). Hopefully I will have an epic post next week if I pull it all off.

{7}
Lastly, a tip I heard on Facebook a few days ago... and by heard, I suppose 'read' would be a more appropriate term. I am anxious to give this idea a try, so just know that it has not been tested by me as of yet. Tip: If you're out of bittersweet chocolate baking squares, instead substitute 3 TB cocoa powder mixed with 1 TB coconut oil for every 1 ounce chocolate called for. Melt oil, and stir together to create paste. Tada!


Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Cranberry Cream Cheese French Toast {Recipe}




I remixed the recipe that I had made and posted here last week. With a few additions, it made a perfect lunch for the boys and I. Annnd, it was absolutely delicious, so I figured I'd share it with you. =) So, with the recipe for Cranberry Orange Bread, here is what you do:

1/3 of a loaf of cranberry orange bread, let it sit out overnight to dry out or use it after it's several days old
cream cheese (about 1/4 block)
1 egg
1 TB melted butter, cooled + butter for frying
3/4 cup milk
1/2 TB sugar or other sweetener
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
a dash of cinnamon

  • Whisk together egg, melted butter, milk, sugar, vanilla, salt, and cinnamon until a smooth batter is formed.
  • Slice the bread into 1/2" thick slices, and spread cream cheese on half of the slices. Place the 2nd half of the slices on top of the cream cheese covered onces, creating "sandwiches."
  • Pour part of the batter into a shallow dish, and lay several of the sandwiches in it to soak. After 1 minute, turn over to let other side soak.
  • Melt butter in skillet over medium heat.
  • Remove sandwiches from batter and start frying them. Pour remaining batter in dish, and soak the rest of the bread.
  • Fry the French toasts until crisp and brown, about 1.5 - 2 minutes on first side and an additional minute on the 2nd side.


Serve with powdered sugar or plain.


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This post Cranberry Cream Cheese French Toast {Recipe} first appeared on Two Os Plus More on 14 November 2012


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