The Wife Hat: I made Blueberry French Toast Casserole and it was good

Nothing compares to Vanilla-Crusted French Toast (recipe here) but this is still very tasty. For Ryan’s birthday, I baked Blueberry French Toast. You can prepare it the night before and then stick in the oven that morning. Saves time (which I love).

Next time, I might make my cream cheese a spread versus cubes and try it with Challah bread. Assuming it cooks the same. Enjoy!

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Makes: 8 servings
Prep 25 mins
Chill 2 hrs to 24 hrs
Bake 375°F 50 mins
Stand 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 12 slices dry white bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (about 8 cups)
  • Two (8) ounce packages cream cheese, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 12 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup or maple-flavor syrup
  • Blueberry-flavor, maple, or maple-flavor syrup

Directions

1. Place half of the bread cubes over the bottom of a well-buttered 3-quart rectangular baking dish. Sprinkle cream cheese and blueberries over bread cubes. Arrange remaining bread cubes over blueberries.

2. In a large mixing bowl beat eggs with a rotary beater; beat in milk and the 1/2 cup syrup. Carefully pour egg mixture over the bread mixture. Cover dish with plastic wrap and chill for 2 to 24 hours.

3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Remove plastic wrap and cover dish with foil. Bake for 25 minutes. Uncover and bake about 25 minutes more or until a knife inserted near the center comes out clean, and topping is puffed and golden brown. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving. Serve warm with blueberry-flavor or maple syrup.

Tip!

To dry bread slices, arrange bread in a single layer on a wire rack; cover loosely and let stand overnight. Or cut bread into 1/2-inch cubes; spread in a large baking pan. Bake, uncovered, in a 300 degrees F oven for 10 to 15 minutes or until dry, stirring twice; cool.

The Foodie Hat: Breakfast in Portland

Mother’s Bistro is a darling little breakfast spot that we stumbled upon this morning. This Portland restaurant featured wood floors, rose-colored bench cushions, white cabinet doors, yellow vintage chairs and antique chandeliers overhead. I didn’t get any photos of food – mostly because I ate it so fast – but it was very good and the service was prompt. We recommend.

The Hostess Hat: Breakfast Baby Shower

I’m going to host an itty bitty baby shower for my friend in the next few weekends. I say “itty bitty” because it’s her second baby and we want to keep it very small, very low-key and simple. Just a few friends. Nothing too elaborate. And it will be from 9am – 11am so the babies can play before nap time.

My problem is breakfast food isn’t the most attractive. I didn’t want to just do bagels – so, I did a little research online to see what kind of breakfast foods would be great for a small party. I came across this charming farmhouse brunch party from Hostess with the Mostess. I stopped in my tracks when I read this sign.

The quote is from one of my favorite books (here). I challenge you – any of you – to read this children’s storybook and not cry. It gets us every time. Besides the melt-your-heart-quote – isn’t the rest of the party charming? I love the french toast samples.

I had no clue what a “chummie” was – so I did a bit more digging. These are actually hand-dipped decorated Oreo cookies. A little too creative for my tastes, but darling nonetheless.


Did you know the “milk bottles” are actually Starbucks Frappuccino bottles with the label torn off? Frugal, crafty and creative – my kind of party. You can read more about the party here.

Now that I have my inspiration, it’s time to start planning!

{images via Hostess with the Mostess}

The Friendship Hat: Brunch, Baby.

This morning, Kelsey and I went over to my VERY best friend, Angie’s house for brunch. We had eggs benedict, Starbucks and watched this little girl run through the house. It is a house that I used to live in and it holds many, many, great memories for me. Angie is such a special person and one that I’m so blessed to know. unfortunately, we didn’t get a photo of the three of us – all eyes (and camera lenses) were on this cutie and her signature pout.  
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Thanks, Smee for a wonderful morning and for taking this great photo for me!