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6.20.2016

Raspberry Baked French Toast

Hi guys!  It's been a while since I shared a recipe around here, but do I have a winner for y'all today!  We've made a couple of variations of this Baked French Toast recipe for events around here lately and it is ALWAYS a hit.  Not necessarily a traditional "french toast", the result is somewhere between a breakfast dish and a bread pudding that will knock your socks off with yumminess.

Delicious Raspberry Baked French Toast -- a cross between a traditional breakfast dish and a bread pudding that will knock your socks off from my3monsters.com
Normally we make a plain version of this recipe {sans raspberries} served with homemade buttermilk syrup and my family INHALES it.  We served it that way at our daughter's graduation brunch a few weeks ago and it was the star of the buffet table.  The plain version is also delicious with fresh strawberries and whipped cream on top.  

Delicious Raspberry Baked French Toast -- a cross between a traditional breakfast dish and a bread pudding that will knock your socks off from my3monsters.com
For Father's Day yesterday, I tried something just a little bit different.  My husband is a huge fan of the raspberry bread pudding at Kneader's, so I thought it might be fun to try baking the berries into the french toast and topping it with ice cream to mimic the vanilla sauce they drizzle on top.  It did not disappoint!  The end result was very similar to the Kneader's version and would be equally suited for brunch or dessert.


Delicious Raspberry Baked French Toast -- a cross between a traditional breakfast dish and a bread pudding that will knock your socks off from my3monsters.com
It just takes a few minutes to prepare.  Begin by cutting a loaf of french bread into bite-sized cubes.  Whisk eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon and sugar together in a bowl.  Then gently toss the raspberries with  a little flour.  


Delicious Raspberry Baked French Toast -- a cross between a traditional breakfast dish and a bread pudding that will knock your socks off from my3monsters.com
Spray a 9x13 pan with non-stick cooking spray.  Place the bread cubes in the bottom of the pan.  Top with raspberries and douse the whole thing with the egg mixture.  Gently stir to make sure all the bread gets coated in liquid. Let sit for at least 30 minutes before baking so the bread can soak up all the liquid.

Yesterday we tried baking it in the crock pot for the first time and it turned out perfectly.  By cooking it in a slow cooker I was able to prepare it when I woke up and have it ready and waiting for us when we got home from church at noon.  No waiting!  See the slow cooker variation on the recipe below.

Bake french toast at 350* for about 30 minutes {or in slow cooker on LOW for 3-4 hours}.


Delicious Raspberry Baked French Toast -- a cross between a traditional breakfast dish and a bread pudding that will knock your socks off from my3monsters.com
Serve warm french toast with a scoop of ice cream and enjoy!!


Raspberry Baked French Toast

1 loaf french bread, cubed {approx. 8 cups}
2 C. raspberries
1 Tbsp. flour
6 eggs
1 1/2 C. milk
2 tsp. vanilla
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 C. sugar
vanilla ice cream {optional}

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Cut french bread into bite-size cubes and set aside.

Place raspberries in a bowl with flour and gently toss to coat.

In a mixing bowl whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and sugar.

Spray a 9x13 casserole dish with non-stick cooking spray.  Place bread in bottom of pan.  Top with raspberries.  Pour egg mixture over bread and berries.  Gently stir to coat bread evenly.  Allow to sit at least 30 minutes before baking.

Bake for 30 minutes or until top is golden brown and center is set. Serve while warm with a scoop of ice cream on top.

** Plain French Toast Variation:  Omit berries and flour.

** Slow Cooker Variation:  Spray crock of slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Layer bread and berries in four layers {1/2 of bread, 1/2 of berries, remainder of bread, remainder of berries}.  Pour egg mixture on top and stir gently to coat.  Cook on LOW 3-4 hours.


Enjoy!!

Amy



6.18.2016

FREE Patriotic Printables

Hi guys!  Are y'all getting excited for the 4th of July in a couple weeks?!  We are, for sure.  I'm sharing some hand lettered Patriotic Printables over at Lolly Jane that would be perfect to decorate your home for the big day. 

Darling Patriotic Printables -- free downloads from my3monsters.com available at Lolly Jane.
We even created a version for all our Canadian friends, since Canada Day is on July 1st.  My husband is a Canadian and they have some seriously impressive national pride.  I love it!  Because I adore my options, each print comes in two sizes and two colors.  Hopefully everyone will find something they like.

Darling Patriotic Printables -- free downloads from my3monsters.com available at Lolly Jane.
Head on over to Lolly Jane to download the files.

Have a great summer!

Amy


6.04.2016

Vintage Floral Party Printables

Hi guys!  I shared these fun Vintage Floral party printables on Lolly Jane a few months ago, so I thought it was high time I shared them here with y'all as well.  Before my newest neice was born, we hosted a shower for my little sister.  I designed the invitations along with a small set of coordinating party printables that would be lovely for any kind of get-together from baby or bridal shower to birthday party.

Darling Vintage Floral party printables at my3monsters.com
Every great party starts with a great invitation, in my opinion.  It sets the mood for the whole party and gets people excited about coming.  Of course, you may not be hosting a baby shower so I included a version that says "Bridal Shower" and a version that just says "Celebration" to cover all the bases.   To personalize the templates, simply open the file in a photo editing program like Photoshop, or on a website like PicMonkey and add your own information. in the blanks. 

Darling Vintage Floral party printables at my3monsters.com
Invitations are kinda' my forte, but I tend to get overwhelmed with all the other details when I plan a party or shower.  The coordinating printables take away that stress.  You can download and print water bottle wrappers, cupcake toppers and straw flags to coordinate with the theme.  Just add an arrangement of fresh flowers to create a simple, beautifully coordinated luncheon or get-together.

Darling Vintage Floral party printables at my3monsters.com

Darling Vintage Floral party printables at my3monsters.com

Darling Vintage Floral party printables at my3monsters.com


Darling Vintage Floral party printables at my3monsters.com
All the files can be downloaded here and printed for your personal use.   Hopefully they will take some of the stress out of your next girly get-together!

Have a great day, friends!

Amy


You might also like these other party invitation printables:

Darling Vintage Floral party printables at my3monsters.com


Darling Vintage Floral party printables at my3monsters.com

Darling Vintage Floral party printables at my3monsters.com

5.11.2016

Buy a Box, Give a Free Box PLUS a Delicious Churro-Inspired Snack Recipe

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #GiveABox #CollectiveBias


Hi guys!  Today I have a delicious snack recipe to share with y'all, but first let me explain the inspiration for it.  Do you have any silly little traditions in your family?  Maybe tradition is the wrong word.  I’m not talking about the biggies – like, anything involving Christmas or the major holidays.  Just silly little things you have always done, and maybe you don’t even remember why?  Like how I cut pizza with scissors because that’s just how my mom did it when I was growing up.  I didn’t even know that it was weird until long after I got married.  Or how my kids settle every argument by rolling dice, instead of Rock-Paper-Scissors style like normal people.

A big one in our family was the “Church Cheerios™”.  For years we marched our three small children into church every week in their Sunday best with baggies of cereal in hand. An hour is a long time for little kiddos to sit quietly and it was a fairly mess-less, wholesome snack to keep their busy hands, mouths, and minds occupied during church services.  This went on, Sunday after Sunday, for nearly a decade – from the time our oldest was a toddler until our youngest was well into Kindergarten.  My older sister did the same thing with her kids.  Maybe we learned it from our mom.  And I’m sure my daughter will someday take her kids to church, cereal in hand, because “that’s just what you do”.

It’s amazing when you realize how much of what we do as adults is influenced by our mothers. The way they do things day-in and day-out becomes etched in our memories and becomes a part of who we are. I think of my mom countless times every day as I find myself doing things that I have watched her do my whole life.  Whenever I make sloppy joes in my electric skillet.  Whenever I make my kids do “big cleaning” on Friday afternoon.  Whenever I sew something. Whenever I sit at the table long after I have finished eating so that my slowpoke eater will not have to sit there alone after everyone else has abandoned him. The way I make my grocery list and answer the phone.  All influenced by my mom. 

I feel blessed beyond reason with the family I was born into.  On days when I can barely keep it together raising my three teenagers, I remember my mom’s example.  If she could somehow manage to make seven kids (whose ages span fifteen years) each feel uniquely special and loved, I can do the same for my three.  And on days when I drop the ball a little, I take comfort in the fact that my kids have a pretty amazing grandma to turn to.

Delicious Churro Cheerios Snack recipe at my3monsters.com
While doing my grocery shopping at Walmart the other day I saw these exclusive, specially marked "Buy a Box, Give a Free Box" packages of Cheerios. All you have to do is buy a box of specially marked Cheerios™ at Walmart, visit the website to enter the code on the box, and fill out an E-card online for your special person to redeem at Walmart and receive a free box of cereal. Cool, right?  I immediately thought of my baby sister who recently had her first baby.  Who better to pass the "Church Cheerios™" tradition on to than our sweet baby Clara?!  It's fun to see my sister become a mother and join the rest of us in passing some of our mother's goodness along to another generation.   


My children have long since outgrown taking snacks to church and, much to their chagrin, are now expected to sit quietly through Sunday services sans cereal.  But we do have three giant glass jars of cereal sitting on the kitchen counter top at home for convenient after church -- or school, or late night -- snacking.  


Delicious Churro Cheerios Snack recipe at my3monsters.com
I wanted to try something a little different for an after school snack this week, so I made my kiddos some Churro Cheerios™ Snacks, or Churrios as my son called them.  It's a super simple recipe that is a riff on the old Hot Buttered Cheerios™ of the 80's.  I'm bringin'em back, baby!  I'm not even kidding when I say these only took about 5 minutes to cook up -- and barely longer than that for the fam to scarf them down.  These are so stinkin' yummy!

Churro Cheerios™ Snacks

4 C. Cheerioscereal
1/4 C. butter
1/4 C. sugar
1/4 tsp. cinnamon

Melt the butter over medium heat in a large skillet.  

When butter is completely melted, add cereal and stir to coat.  

Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until cereal starts to turn golden brown.  Watch it carefully because it will burn quickly if you leave it on the heat too long.  

Dump the hot, buttery cereal into a large bowl and add sugar and cinnamon.  Stir well to coat.  

Serve immediately.


Delicious Churro Cheerios Snack recipe at my3monsters.com
Who will you give your gift box of Cheerios™ to? A special teacher?  A neighbor or friend? Go ahead, brighten someone's day with a special gift!

Have a great day, friends!

Amy


5.10.2016

My Printable Confetti Banner Letters Today on Lolly Jane

Adorable set of Printable Confetti Banner letters by my3monsters.com for Lolly Jane.
Hi guys!  Today I am sharing these Printable Confetti Banner Letters over at Lolly Jane.  School is winding down and we are gearing up for summer pool parties and the many summer birthdays in our family.  This set of letters -- including the full alphabet, numbers 0 through 9, plus a few extras -- is perfect for making banners for all your summer get-togethers.  Head on over to Lolly Jane for the download link and instructions {along with a free coordinating party invitation template}!  

Adorable set of Printable Confetti Banner letters by my3monsters.com for Lolly Jane.

 Have a great day, friends!

Amy


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