Maple Pecan French Toast

Maple Pecan French Toast is decadently delicious! A perfect start to the weekend.

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Every time I have french toast, I think why don’t I do this more often. It is one of my favorite meals. I mean honestly, what is better on a lazy Sunday than a brunch consisting of a thick slice of french toast, custard-y in the middle with slightly crisped edges. Delicious and easy and quick. My three favorite words.

In the past few years, I graduated from the sticky sweetness of “pancake” syrup (which is just another name for flavored corn syrup) to maple syrup. Maple syrup is just so much better in so many ways and though it costs more money up front, I have started to train my brain to not justify buying pancake syrup because of price. Along with the hint of a few toasted pecans, mmmm…. delicious.

Maple Pecan French Toast

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Winter Meal Plan – 6

 

Breakfast

Snack 1

Lunch

Snack 2

Dinner

Monday

2 Scrambled eggs and a grapefruit

2 handfuls of dried fruit

Turkey Wrap and Apple

Gorilla Bar

Fish Tacos

Tuesday

Maple Pecan French Toast & banana 2 handfuls of dried fruit Salad and apple Carrots & hummus Jambalaya

Wednes-day

Omelet & Yogurt Gorilla Bar Frozen Black Bean Burrito & apple String Cheese Leftovers

Thursday

Banana Crumb Muffin 2 handfuls of dried fruit Salad and Apple Carrots & hummus Veggie Burger, side salad, beer battered zucchini fries

Friday

Scrambled eggs and Grapefruit String Cheese Mediterranean Hummus Wrap and Apple Almonds Fancy Fish Sticks with a side salad

Saturday

Omelet & Grapefruit

 

String Cheese Leftovers and apple Almonds Rotisserie Chicken, side salad, peas and carrots

Sunday

Omelet and banana Gorilla Bar Eat Out 2 handfuls of Dried fruit Leftovers

 

In order to save time and money, I make a meal plan every week. This is my meal plan for next week.

Also, I like to have a good mix of quick to grab convenience foods and fast prep meals interwoven into my week. I have lots of recipes that are consistently in our diet, but I also like to try new recipes. Next week I will be trying a couple of new recipes that get pretty high ratings on other cooking sites.

Anyway, happy cooking everyone!

 

Rosemary Cayenne Oven Fries

This recipe is so good. I have been coming back to it for years!

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My New Year’s resolution this year was to start living a life of gratitude and adventure. I really didn’t see it turning into a journey for my health, but it came to my realization that I can not be truly grateful for anything exterior to me, if I am not grateful for the interior of me. You know the whole rigamarole of  treating yourself with respect and love before being able to give it out to the world. It is true, I put my health and well-being at the bottom of the list of things to do.

I think I graduated to the next stage of adulthood a couple of nights ago. Something inside of me clicked and I realized that it was me and only me, baby. Sure I have family and friends, but in that moment I felt alone, not lost or scared; just focused and independent, on…

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Broccoli Salad

This simple little salad is so easy and delicious. Perfect as a side and a quick pre-made lunch.

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This is a recipe that is a shout out to my Mom. It is one that she made for us all the time, be it a side dish, a snack or something to take to a covered-dish supper. As with most things with my mother, it had to be delicious but also simple, which I appreciate now that I have to replicate my childhood food memories.

As an adult, I have found myself using this as a quick complete grab and go lunch item that I can make at the beginning of the week and throw into containers in the fridge. Grab this, an apple and a water; and I am ready for a day at the office. So yes Mom, you are still feeding me, even a million miles away!

Broccoli Salad 

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Taco Salad

What I would say about this amalgamation, is don’t knock it until you try it!

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Normally I write about my food memories, those all important recipes that make up the fabric of my existence in one way or the other. Today, however, I am presenting you with a food memory that is all my husband.

When I married into his family, I had never heard of this concoction of ingredients, taco meat thrown into a mixed salad that was topped with crushed Doritos and doused with french dressing.  It sounded odd and hokey, I have to admit I was a little intimidated at how this southern girl was going to be able to swallow it all down with polite gracefulness. I wasn’t used to eating salad, much less something that sounded as crazy as this. My husband, though, I could see the anticipatory giddy in his eye and I knew in that moment that this would be a meal that I would have to learn how to make for him. As I…

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Baked Oatmeal

Baked oatmeal is wonderful way to make something nutritious for your family and a perfect breakfast for a weekend morning.

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Yesterday, my post was about handling expectations in a healthy manner so that it can help you on your journey. One person who follows my blog asked a few questions that I thought were interesting enough to delve into them for the next few posts, as a quick response would never be sufficient for these questions.

The question I will focus on today is, ” Why are we never good enough?” See I told you this wouldn’t be easy!!! Anyway, thank you Viveka, I really enjoy your comments and I am happy to give you my point of view. And that is just it, really there is no right or wrong answer.

In my world, I feel that I am good enough, but that also includes room for improvement. For me to take time out of my day to check in with myself, making sure that I am happy and…

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Winter Meal Plan – 5

 

Breakfast

Snack 1

Lunch

Snack 2

Dinner

Monday

2 Scrambled eggs and a banana

Gorilla Bar

Frozen Black bean burrito and Apple

Handful of fruit

Taco Salad

Tuesday

Omelet and Yogurt Handful of Nuts or seeds Leftovers and apple String cheese Grilled Chicken and broccoli salad

Wednes-day

Omelet and Yogurt String Cheese Leftovers Hummus and baby carrots Broiled Salmon in herb mustard glaze and side salad

Thursday

2 Scrambled Eggs and 1 large grapefruit Hummus and snap peas Turkey Wrap and Apple Handful of almonds and a Yogurt Lo Mein with Mushrooms and Snow Peas

Friday

Baked Oatmeal and grapefruit String cheese Leftovers Broccoli Salad Garlic Roasted Chicken with carrots and potatoes

Saturday

Peanut butter on Toast and 1 banana

 

Hummus and cherry tomatoes Chicken salad Sandwich and apple Handful of almonds Eat Out

Sunday

Omelet

Yogurt

Gorilla Bar Frozen Black bean and cheese burrito and apple string cheese Grilled Hamburger, side salad and Rosemary Cayenne Oven Fries

 

In order to save time and money, I make a meal plan every week. This is my meal plan for next week.

Also, I like to have a good mix of quick to grab convenience foods and fast prep meals interwoven into my week. I have lots of recipes that are consistently in our diet, but I also like to try new recipes. Next week I will be trying a couple of new recipes that get pretty high ratings on other cooking sites.

Anyway, happy cooking everyone!

 

Spicy Baked Sweet Potato Cubes

I love sweet potato fries and this baked version is one of my go to sides. Enjoy!

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Most of the time, I don’t use spice blends, opting instead to make my own, but we received a free spice blend called Arizona Dreaming with one of our orders to my favorite spice store. I will stop here and let you all know, I do not get paid by or receive any gifts from the company that produces this spice blend. Not that I would be opposed to it, I love their spices and would be honored to represent them, but I don’t.

With that said, Arizona Dreaming  is absolutely delicious and one of the few blends that I have specifically sought after. Another reason why I love it, it is salt free.  If you are watching your salt intake, you know it is hard to find spice blends without lots of salt in them.

Anyway, I used it to make some spicy baked sweet potatoes, which really enhanced the earthy flavors of…

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