Friday, October 30, 2009

French Toast Bake

Happy Friday, everyone!!  Sorry, no pictures to post in this one! :o(

Boy, where to start!  I have been so busy lately, which I’m sure many of you can relate!  I’ve been working on some craft projects, which I’ll share in later post,  but mostly, I’ve been working on mundane things like washing windows and removing the screens, putting away patio furniture (which snowballed into cleaning and rearranging the garage to accommodate stuff), cleaning out flowerbeds and planters, putting away summer clothes and getting out the winter ones (which led into cleaning and organizing the closets) and all of the other wonderful things that need to get done before winter arrives.  And when you add those on top of the already every day things like cleaning, cooking, laundry and shopping, it makes for a very busy day!

I apologize for slacking off in leaving comments on your blogs or returning emails or even communicating on other social forums.  I’ve been on periodically to check in to see what’s going on, but have been horrible about making my presence known!  I do try to keep up!!  I even went to the extent of buying a laptop from my sister Val’s place of employment. (They buy numerous laptops to use in setting up programs and networks for businesses and colleges, and when they’re done with them, they sell them for half of the price you’d pay for a new one!)  It has been so convenient to be able to pop online throughout the day in between doing tasks.  The other night dinner was a matter of “let this simmer for 15 minutes and then add that and let simmer for another 10 minutes” type of meal and it was great because, instead of running downstairs to my family room to use my desktop, I had my laptop sitting on the kitchen counter and while things were simmering, I popped online and read a couple of blogs!  The only draw back is – I don’t like the keyboard!!  It has such a different feel to it than a regular desktop keyboard and I’m having a hard time getting adjusted to it.  So that’s partially to blame for me not leaving comments also.


On to my “Back-to-School Fall Recipe”!  I completely forgot about posting one last week, so I sincerely apologize for that!!  Again, it was that “being too busy” thing!  lol  I make this recipe ALOT!!  Every year we do a brunch for 2 of my kids’ birthdays, which are both in January, and this is much requested dish!  It’s very easy to make and quite delicious!

French Toast Bake

1 loaf day-old French bread

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/2 c. chopped walnuts

1/2 c. chopped pecans

1/3 c. raisins (optional)

6 eggs

2 c. milk

1 c. maple syrup – divided

1/3 c. light brown sugar

1/3 c. melted butter

Spray 9x13 pan with nonstick cooking spray.  Cut French bread into 1” pieces.  Place bread in baking dish until it mounds up high.  Add cinnamon, walnuts, pecans, and raisins. 

Beat together the eggs, milk and 3/4 c. syrup.  Pour over bread mixture.  Sprinkle top with brown sugar, melted butter and 1/4 c. syrup.

Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes.  Serve with hot maple syrup.


As always, if you’d like to see who else is participating in Colleen’s (And Baby Makes Five)  recipe pool, click here:



This will be the last week for the Back-to-School recipe pool.  Colleen is starting a new recipe swap next Friday called  “Homemade Holiday Recipe Swap”.  I’m really looking for to it!!  Thanks, Colleen, for a fun way to share our recipes!!

wirebtrswetdiva I hope everyone enjoys the Halloween weekend!!

Until Next Time. . . .Kris


  1. Happy Friday to you, too, Kris. I will have to make that French Toast recipe for my family. Thank you.

  2. This sounds yummy! I so understand the snowball effect of getting ready for different seasons! So much to little time to BLOG!!!!
    Thanks for this recipe....will be trying it soon!

  3. OH Kris, sounds like the same stuff I have been doing when I am not helping my folks or watching Lili. I am the same way with laptops too - hate the keyboards!

    That recipe sounds yummy! I have to try it sometime!

    Have a great weekend!

  4. Love the recipe...Stush would just love it too, he likes french toast, maybe I should surprise him:D

  5. It seems we're living parallel lives this week, Kris! So much to clean, organize, do, and arrange. One project always leads to another at my house too.

    This breakfast bake sounds wonderful! I make something similar with cinnamon swirl bread and cream cheese. I love the ease of recipes like this one. And I'm so glad you're excited about the Homemade Holidays idea. I thought it might be a fun twist.

    Have a lovely weekend, my busy friend...

  6. I do enjoy the change of the seasons but you're right, it certainly does make for more work.

    My laptop lives on the kitchen counter too so when I'm cooking I have to set the timer for those simmering times because I get so involved in what I'm reading I forget all about dinner.

    Your French Toast recipe sounds very yummy! I love it when everything can be put together and thrown in the oven. The Homemade Holiday swap sounds fun. Colleen is always thinking!

    Hope you find time to relax this weekend.


  7. Your recipe sounds GREAT!! I can't wait to try it. I know about the always turns out to be alot more than you think. Here in Germany, it got cold early, so I have already done the switch. Thank you, Kris, for such an interesting blog. I always love to read what you have written! Blessings~Rachel

  8. Hi Kris, Sounds like we had the same busy week.
    But, I still have my windows to clean. Hopefully the rain will end soon so I can get that job done. Your french toast bake sounds yummy!!
    Take care,

  9. WOW-you've been a busy girl :) one thing always leads to another!
    I have my laptop in the kitchen too...makes it so nice, I am used to the key board now ;) I don't like the mouse pad tho, so I had to get a wireless mouse.
    Your recipe sounds good, We like to have breakfast for dinner sometimes, I will have to try it! Hope you're having a wonderful weekend!

  10. Looks so yummy - printed it off for the recipe box. I so relate to the laptop - it's all I use now, but I miss the desktop keyboard, but this does make like more simple. Boy some days go by in a blur don't they?

    Hugs - Karen


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