Tuesday, June 17, 2014

French Toast Bake

This is one of my son's favorite breakfasts!  Since is has a caramel sauce on the bottom, he has always called it "Jelly French Toast."  If I ask him what he would like for breakfast, that is usually his request. 

I have been wanting to post this recipe for quite a while.  However, my pictures have not turned out so great.  So this morning I finally got one that we thought was decent.  

For this recipe, you do need to plan ahead since it needs to refrigerate overnight.  It comes together in a flash, though.  It's also a great way to use up your bread that has gotten a bit too stale for sandwiches.  Sometime I hope to make it using some homemade French bread.  (I'll update when I do!)

French Toast Bake (From Recipes and Memories--Sharon Springs Wesleyan Church Cookbook, recipe submitted by Carmen Selzer)

1 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
2 teaspoons light corn syrup
12 slices sandwich bread
6 eggs, beaten
1 1/2 cups milk
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)

In a saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter, and corn syrup.  Cook over medium heat until thickened, stirring constantly (here is a great way to involve the kids--Maddie stirred this for me while Evan and I prepared the rest of the ingredients.)  Spray a 9 by 13 inch pan with nonstick spray and pour syrup on the bottom.  Place 6 slices of bread on top.  Sprinkle with cinnamon and top with the remaining slices of bread.  Combine eggs, milk, vanilla and salt if desired.  Pour egg mixture over bread.  Cover and chill at least 8 hours or overnight.  Bake, uncovered, at 350 degrees for 40-45 minutes or until lightly browned.  

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Anna's Doll

I suppose it's no secret that I like making things for my girls.  Anna kept saying that she wanted a doll with hair that she could braid.  So,when I stumbled across this cute pattern for a doll on one of my favorite blogs--Crazy Little Projects, I knew I had to make it for her.  

I made the doll with super-long hair so that she could braid it.  My sister-in-law had some leftover yarn that she gave me to use.  It is really soft with sparkles in it.  I knew Anna would love the sparkles.

I made the doll similarly to what the tutorial said.  However, I did not sew the arms in at the same time that I sewed the front and back pieces of the doll together.  I left openings for the arms and sewed them on by hand.  

I used this paint for the doll's face.  I was nervous about painting on the finished doll face and possibly ruining it.  I used disappearing ink to draw on the doll's face and used a toothpick to apply a small amount at a time.  I think it turned out pretty well.  Next time I may draw on the face first before sewing the doll.  

I also made a few pillowcase dresses for her doll (tutorial coming soon.)  She's played with Tara (named after the queen from the movie Epic) quite a bit and has enjoyed changing her outfits multiple times a day.

And, of course, it's fun to accessorize with flowers!

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