Decadent French Toast Topper

Yesterday was one of the best days I’ve had in a while! I got some work done in the morning and then my friend Gavin picked me up for lunch at 12:30. We headed to El Cazador since I’ve been craving Mexican food like crazy, and it was delicious!

ElCazador-BOM2012That guy wasn’t there though. Sad day. I had a bean enchilada on a corn tortilla with some rice, yum 😀 After lunch we walked around downtown for a while before stopping at the Big Dipper for ice cream.

BigDipper2copyrightmargaretdewilliamhorton-300x200This place has some of the best ice cream around and if you walk by around 7 or 8 on a summer night, you wouldn’t believe how long the line is. Luckily we didn’t have much of a wait at all and I got my white chocolate oreo scoop in a snap!

Around 3:30 Gavin and I met up with some of his friends from the football team along with some of their sisters/girlfriends/friends who are girls, ect. We floated on the river (I’m not sure which river it was…hmmm…) for a few hours just enjoying the sun and the cool water. There’s really no better way to spend a summer afternoon than being lazy on a river.

clarks-fork-river01All the boys had to be back for football practice at 6, so I went home to make myself dinner. Organic beef, roasted sweet potato, and peas were on the menu. I was super hungry and everything tasted great!

IMG_4055After I ate and showered, Gavin came back over and we watched “The Intouchables” on Netflix. It’s in French with subtitles so you have to pay attention, but this is an awesome movie. I was laughing SO hard at some parts and crying at others. Watch it!!

The-Intouchables-French-Movie-PosterThe fun continued today when I took the girls to the library and met them for lunch at the Tamarack with their mom, Jill. I had a salmon caesar without croutons and left happy.

lThe rest of the day has been spent doing homework, lounging around, and waiting for it to cool off a little so I can go on a walk. I wanted to share a little recipe I accidentally came up with for dinner tonight, though.

I had french toast with my gluten-free bread and was going to top it with strawberries and some marionberry syrup. Well, I over microwaved the strawberries and they got mushy and runny, so I just mixed two tablespoons of syrup right in!

IMG_4060The result was a decadent topping for my french toast. Um, yum! Just microwave 1/2 cup of frozen strawberries for 2 minutes, then stir in any fruit syrup of your choice. Pour over two slices of french toast and enjoy!

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A Craving That Wouldn’t Quit

In the quaint and beautiful little town of Moscow, Idaho, a little cafe sits on the corner of a cobblestone courtyard. Beautifully decorated with large windows to let in the light and scrumptious pastries sitting on their magnificent bar, they serve up fresh organic fair. The name of this cafe is Bloom, and during my three weeks at Washington State (which is 6 miles away) I discovered my breakfast soul mate. Brioche French toast. So yesterday my dad and I headed out to reunite me with my love.

photo-62It was incredible. For those of you who may not know, brioche is a special type of bread that is basically packed with a ton more butter and slightly more sugar to give it this wonderful dense yet simultaneously flaky texture. It’s the perfect french toast bread. Combine that with cardamom syrup, fresh cream, and strawberries…it’s a winner. If you’re ever in Austin and get the chance to go to Mulberry for brunch, GO!

mulberry1It’s a very fancy joint in an expensive part of town, but my dad’s and mine breakfast wasn’t  unreasonable and the portions were huge. With my  belly full of sweet deliciousness, I tacked tons of studying and cleaning the rest of the day. It was wonderful!

Workout 

I was planning to take a rest day, but after studying on the couch for hours and hours my brain really needed some cobwebs shaken out of it. I did another 45 minute nike circut workout that destroyed me (in a good way) and I am for sure taking my rest day today. Gotta give those muscles time to recover!

What is the best breakfast you’ve ever had?? 

Winter Wonderland

You might be wondering why I am not in Bozeman right now preparing to hit the road after an amazing night with incredible friends. Well…Mother Nature had a different idea yesterday when she hit Montana with a huge snow storm. All the road reports were for ice and snow and limited visibility. I was disappointed I didn’t get to see my friends, but I’d rather not end up crying on the side of the road somewhere because I can’t see and I’m a big baby.

tumblr_luoxd3Wg8P1r6aoq4o1_250This morning when I woke up the snow had covered everything. Despite not being a winter fan, this type of snow is insanely beautiful. My yard looks like it is covered in diamonds and when you look at the right angle, you can actually see the individual crystals of snow. AND they really are shaped like the drawings! I felt like a little kid seeing snow for the first time when I saw that.

photo-20On this wintry morning I created one of the most decadent tasting breakfasts I’ve ever had. I say “decadent tasting” because it really only had 405 calories! Two tablespoons whipped cream cheese and a tablespoon of strawberry jam between two slices of wheat bread. Whip together some vanilla, an egg, and a splash of milk. Dip the sandwich and grill. Sprinkle with a dash of powdered sugar and viola!

photo-19It tasted like strawberry cheesecake, I kid you not. Try it out and prove me right, I dare you! As I ate this delicious breakfast looking out at the snow and listening to Christmas music, I really felt the Holiday Spirit. I am so excited for Christmas this year and for the month that follows…so many exciting things coming up!

What puts you in the Holiday Spirit?

When my whole house is decorated that really helps, but I think it’s mostly the music! Music is so incredibly powerful and when you blast cheery Christmas music you can’t help but be excited and sing along.