Breakfast in Bed – Delightful French Toast

We’re still celebrating our Mothers!

I am always trying to dream up different and new ways to surprise my mom for Mother’s Day. Let’s face it – she is my world and she is always doing extra special things for me all of the time. One of my favorites when I was a kid was breakfast in bed. Today we are going to be making some super delicious french toast. It is perfect for a very scrumptious breakfast in bed surprise for that very special mother. It is a really simple thing to make and it is just a touch bit fancier than the usual pancakes. So take a leap and do something easy and fun, that will make your mom feel extra special and loved by you. I promise you that she will not forget it.

Delightful French Toast

Ingredients:

  • 8 thick slices of French Bread
  • 4 Eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup Half & Half
  • 2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 2 Tbsp. Sugar
  • 2 tsp. Cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. Butter
  • Powdered Sugar, for dusting
  • Boysenberry Syrup

Directions:

  1. In a wide shallow dish, combine eggs, half & half, vanilla extract, sugar, and cinnamon. Beat together until combined.

  1. Place bread in egg mixture and let soak for a minute. Then flip to soak on the other side.

  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, melt 1 tablespoon of butter. Add 4 bread slices to skillet and cook for 2 minutes. Then flip and cook on other side for 2 minutes. Repeat with remaining slices of bread.

  1. Dust french toast with powdered sugar if desired. Add butter and boysenberry syrup to your liking.

Serve to your very special mother while she’s still in bed. She’ll love it!

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Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

My husband and his family are constantly telling me how great their Grandmother’s cooking was when they were growing up. As an Italian and the Matriarch of the family, she was adept at bringing the whole family together for a meal. They all get so excited when they recount all the tasty meals she used to prepare from scratch. That’s right! Those spectacular home cooked recipes from the old country are the stuff that myths are made of (something I know nothing about). Especially since Nana Onusic cooked by feel. Meaning? A pinch of this and a snip of that. Not exactly helpful when once she’s passed away, and you want to recreate the meals she used to make. So I have been on a hunt for a spaghetti sauce recipe that is both delicious and easy to produce. This is the first one that my husband has liked. And believe me, I have tried tons! So, in honor of Nana Onusic, I have decided o start some of our own Garcia Family traditions. So if you too are looking to make some spaghetti sauce from scratch, here is a little recipe from me to you.

This recipe makes about ten servings. So you can have yummy leftovers or freeze the extra sauce for another week. Or you can use it as the sauce for a yummy lasagna for the end of the week. Believe it or not, my husband loves it so much, that I have to double this recipe, in order to have leftovers. This is one of the base recipes for my Garcia Family Cookbook. Enjoy!

Mama Kerrie’s Spaghetti Sauce

Ingredients:
2 lbs Ground Italian sausage
1 small onion (chopped)
4 garlic cloves (minced)
1 (28 oz) can diced tomatoes
2 (6 oz) cans tomato paste
1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
2 cups water
3 teaspoons basil
2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
1 ½ teaspoons brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes (I usually put 1/2 teaspoon)
¼ teaspoon pepper

Cooking Instructions:
-In a large skillet brown Italian sausage. It is much easier to stir without spilling. Break up sausage into bits as you stir. When sausage is about halfway cooked, add onions and continue to cook until they have become soft and sausage is cooked through. Then drain grease and set aside.

In a large pot, add garlic, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, tomato sauce, and water. Mix them well. Add the sausage and onion mixture and mix until combined.

In a small bowl, mix basil, parsley, brown sugar, salt, red pepper flakes, and black pepper. Add spices to the pot and mix well. Bring sauce to a boil for a few minutes, then reduce heat to low.

Simmer on low stirring frequently for at least 2 hours. Serve over cooked spaghetti noodles. Or use as it as the base for your lasagna.

Enjoy!

Not your mama’s rice krispy treats

We all love rice krispy treats. Some of my favorite childhood memories are of making them with my mom. To this day, I still love mixing up a batch of those delicious gooey treats. They don’t seem to last very long in our house either. If I’m being honest, most desserts don’t. This weekend I wanted to whip up my version of this yummy dessert. I love the traditional ones, but these are my favorite. I have told you all that I think that peanut butter and chocolate can make the world a better place. There is no better combination. My Rice Krispy Treats recipe incorporates my love of this duo. I thought I might share it with you all. Happy Baking.

Peanut Butter Rice Krispy Treats

1/2 cup Butter
1 cup Peanut Butter
1 pkg. Miniature Marshmallows
1 cup Chocolate Chips or M&Ms
8 cups Rice Krispies

Directions:

  1. Grease a large baking dish and set it aside.
  2. In a large pot, melt butter and peanut butter over medium heat. Stir occasionally to keep from burning.  When mixture is completely smooth, add all of your marshmallows. Stir marshmallows until they have completely melted.
  3. When mixture is completely smooth, remove pot from heat and add chocolate chips and Rice Krispies. Stir mixture with a spatula until all of the cereal is coated with the marshmallow mixture.
  4. Scoop mixture into the prepared pan, using spatula to press mixture evenly into the pan.
  5. Refrigerate pan for an hour before cutting into squares.

ENJOY!

Mommy Project – menu planner

I feel like I am the most unorganized person out there. Which is incredibly frustrating, because I really do try to be organized. I never used to be this way. I had the greatest memory and I never ever forgot things. Ever since I became a mom, I feel like I am so scatter brained. I am constantly losing things, like my cell phone. Which is probably still somewhere on the 22 freeway, because I left it on the roof of my car one day back in December. I am also constantly forgetting things, like Aaliyah’s doctor appointment last Thursday to get her second flu shot. The worst part is – I didn’t even know that I had forgotten until my mom asked me how her appointment went the next day. If it wasn’t for her mentioning it, I probably still wouldn’t know that I had forgotten about it. But you get the picture.

My newest Mommy Project is intended to help me bring a little more organization to my messy life. I created a Dinnertime Menu Chart for my kitchen. I figured it would be a huge asset for my personal organization. At the end of each week, I will use my board to create a meal menu for the following week. Then I will go through all of the ingredients I will need to complete each of my planned dinners. Once I know everything I will be needing, I can go through my cupboards and refrigerator to see what I have and what I need. At which time, I can create a shopping list for my trip to the store that weekend. Then on Monday I will do all of my mixing and chopping and what not to prepare for the upcoming week. Sounds good in theory, right? We’ll see. If anyone can mess this up, I probably could.

Meal Planning Chart

I created a cute little board out of a picture frame that I write on with a dry eraser marker. And it is really easy to do.

Materials Needed:
11 x 14″ Picture Frame
Glue
Markers
Card stock paper
Scissors
Dry Erase Marker

This is an easy project. One that allows you to get really creative. So have fun with it! I really did.

On the left side of your paper you’ll want to create 7 separate blank rectangles. Each one should be labeled for one day of the week. I recommend starting with the day of the week that you typically do all of your meal prepping. For me, it’s always Monday.

Then on the right side, you’ll want to make one long blank rectangle that will be labeled Ingredients and one small square labeled Grocery List.

Now it’s time to come up with a fun title for your board. And put that at the top. I chose Mom’s Cafe.

Once you have finished creating your meal planning page, put it inside your picture frame and close it. And you are finished.

Now it’s time to find a place in your kitchen to hang it up! Hopefully you’re feeling inspired like I am and are ready to start planning your family’s meals. Hopefully this will help us all get more organized when it’s Dinnertime.

Enjoy!

Blackberry Cobbler Recipe – it changed my life!

Fresh baked blackberry pie.  There’s nothing like it!  It’s one of the few things that takes me back to my childhood.  My grandmother always baked them for dessert on Thanksgiving and Christmas every year.  And I looked forward to it always.  Last week I wrote about my Turnbull Family traditions and following in my grandma’s footsteps.  Learning how to make Blackberry pie is one of my favorite things she has taught me.  It is a skill that is linked to so many of my childhood memories.  And I look forward to sharing that tradition with my Baby Girl when she gets older.

But there is just one thing about making homemade pies – it takes a whole lot of work.  And it can be downright messy.  It seems like not such a big deal around the holidays, because we are whipping up so many things.  If you are looking to just make dessert for one evening and very few people, it doesn’t seem worth the all the trouble.  But I am happy to report that I have found a solution to my dilemma.  A friend of mine gave me this recipe, and I felt that I should share it with all of you. It is just too delicious to keep to myself.  It is a super simple recipe for the most divine Blackberry Cobbler.  That’s right, we can now have a Blackberries for dessert any night of the week.  Or, if you’re bad like me, breakfast on any morning.  Some people eat breakfast for dinner, but I like dessert for breakfast instead.  Side note – that’s not something I plan to pass on to my children.  It’s a terrible habit I picked up a long time ago.

So here it is, my gift to all of you – an easy 5 ingredient recipe for a Blackberry Cobbler.  Try it.  I promise you will love it.  I recommend using frozen blackberries, that way you can have it anytime.  No paying high prices or waiting for them to be in season.  I promise it will change your life.  It changed mine.  It’s been permanently added to my Garcia Family Cookbook.  Enjoy!

Blackberry Cobbler Recipe

  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 1 stick Butter, melted
  • 1 cup Milk
  • 1 cup Self-rising Flour
  • 2 1/2 cups Blackberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 1/4 cup Sugar (plus some for dusting)

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Grease a 10″ deep pie dish or tart pan.  Set aside.

If using fresh berries, rinse and pat dry.  If using frozen berries, make sure they are thawed and drain excess juice.  Set aside.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine 1 cup of sugar, self-rising flour, and milk with a whisk.  Set aside.

Place your stick of butter in the microwave for 30 seconds until melted.

Add melted butter to your Sugar mixture.  Mix until combined.

Pour batter into your prepared baking dish.

Sprinkle berries evenly over batter.  Try to cover all of the batter with berries.  Don’t leave any bare spots.

Sprinkle berries with a 1/4 cup of sugar.

Bake cobbler for one hour.

Remove from oven and dust the top of your cobbler with 1 Tablespoon of sugar.  Let cool for about 20 minutes before serving.

Cobbler tastes best when served warm and with vanilla ice cream.

Happy Baking!