It's been a wild ride. Corporate food-gal, wife, mom of twins, and radio host finds her way back to a life of simplicity. My road is a bumpy one, filled with a lot of love and even more self-discovery!
Fine, I will admit it. I love the colorful holiday candies. The moment I am done with one season I am ready for the next. Mostly for the goodies. This COULD be why I am not skinny. That and the fact that I sit at my computer all day, then for several hours at night….I digress.
This was a brainchild of mine when I came upon a bag of Starburst brand jelly beans. My brain got cranking. This madness came to fruition. EASTER POPCORN BALLS!!
It was eaten before bed time….(hangs head in shame).
I really see no reason to grow out of food we loved as children! Of course we can make them a little more fun and healthy (sort of) but this is fridge to oven in 30 minutes, so there is merit in that at least…..right?
Simple recipes seem to be the easiest to forget. There are a million recipes for glamorous food, but we need to remember where we came from as well. I am a child of the late 70s/early 80s where fast easy food was king and sadly a lot of that food is processed, and that is probably why it tasted so good. Now, my parents were pretty progressive and we ate really healthily. Juice instead of pop, stir frys, chicken breast and lean cuts of meat…..but OH how I loved eating at my friends house…..because of foods like this!
Orange Cake Mix and ingredients on box ( they are all a little different)
3 large eggs
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon (or 3-4 shakes)
3 tbs half and half (I use fat free....in an attempt to be healthy but I do not judge)
Powdered sugar as garnish
Make cake per directions but bake in a loaf tin - make sure to use cooking spray so that the bottom does not stick. Try not to over bake it or it will become "crumbly" which doesn't make awesome French toast.
Allow loaf to sit out over night to crust up a bit.
Slice in the morning into 1.5 inch slabs.
Whisk eggs, vanilla, cinnamon and half and half together in a pie dish or square baking dish.
Dip each side of the cake into the egg batter. Not too much as it could fall apart! then put onto a pre warmed ( medium heat) and WELL sprayed frying pan.
Cook until golden brown on both side and put in an oven at 200 degrees to hold while cooking whole batch.
Serve immediately with syrup. Forks as well, because you are a kind host.
You are welcome for another awesome recipe from www.mrsmakicooks.com
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1. I love every season. Even the rain.
2. I have the soul of a 6 year old. Never get enough pink, tiaras, glitter and ballerinas.
3. I am starting IVF and cannot wait to start my family.
4. My husband is my best friend.
5. I have run 5 half marathons and have recently re-hit the pavement.
6. Both my husband and I are of Swedish descent.
7. I started blogging to refocus my energy from our struggles with infertility and I love to cook and bake….and eat!
Now, I know that cheese is a very sensitive subject. There are a lot of cheese snobs out there, but I will be straight with you – I am an equal opportunity consumer of cheese. I will gobble up goat cheese one day then the very next slap a bunch of American cheese on a sandwich. What does this mean? It means you can TRUST ME. I like cheese for it’s flavor. Not because it makes me look like a fancy-pants magilicutty. (Yes, I made that up.) Anyhoo….I was stalking Facebook the other day and my cousin put this ridiculously awesome looking Mac and Cheese picture up (Rikki Lee…if you are reading that please forward the recipe!) and said something about “Cougar Gold”. I had no clue what it was and said so. The response was something akin to my family members wondering if I have been living underneath the city where there is no communication from the outside world. Well….here is the deal. Washington State University has a creamery. At this creamery they make cheese, and the cheese has an almost cult like following. I read on their website that during the economic crunch it was the popularity of these cheeses that kept the creamery going! A few days later….BOOM! My Eastern Washington family sent me a pound of this cheese. Guess what? It’s FRIKKING DELICIOUS!
Here is one of a few recipes I will post based around this cheese.
Jessica, darlin’ hit my contact tab and send me your mailing info – I will get your treat in the mail right away!
BIG NEWS: My blog is being professionally overhauled and sent over to WordPress. It should be finished on Saturday and I will be doing a “welcome” post and tweeting and sending out all types of annoying hellos across the social network to get you to all come visit!