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Tuesday Breakfast Tutorial: Crockpot French Toast (Or: How to Wake Up to a Hot Breakfast)

Mrs Pen's Crockpot French Toast

I chose this for today’s breakfast because I had a loaf of bread on the fritz and I haaate throwing food away. What is cool about it, though, is this morning when we woke up, breakfast was ready! No cutting, frying, cooking, and a pile of dirty dishes left for me to wash! It felt like Mother’s Day (hint hint honey).

Mrs Pen's Crockpot French Toast

So last night, I started out by mixing 6 eggs and two cups of milk in the crockpot bowl. And added a healthy pinch of pumpkin pie spice.

Mrs Pen's Crockpot French Toast

I threw in the loaf of bread, cut into quarters.

Mrs Pen's Crockpot French Toast

I mixed the eggs, milk, and bread up real good and popped it in the fridge for a few hours.

Side Note: Next time I make this, I’m going to mix some blueberries in this concoction. Or pumpkin! Or cream cheese! The sky is the limit. Let your imagination run wild!

Mrs Pen's Crockpot French Toast

In a separate bowl, I mixed 1/4 cup of butter and 1/2 cup of brown sugar.

Side Note: Next time I’m going to add more of this mixture… Let’s say 1/2 cup of butter and 1 cup of brown sugar. My hubs said this was the best part.

Ok here’s the tricky part… If your crock pot has a timer, just set it to start on high 4 hours prior to when you want to eat (or to cook for 4 hours and then switch to warm until you’re ready to eat, however your crockpot works.). My crockpot doesn’t have any kind of magical setting; LUCKILY, I do have a 4-month-old who wakes up all night. So when he woke me up at 5:00, I put the pot with the bread concoction in the crockpot, threw in about half a cup of walnuts, and layered the butter/brown sugar on top. I put a paper towel over the top and then put the lid on it (this is to prevent the condensation from making your french toast soggy) and put the crock pot on high. Sorry folks, at 5-in-the-morning I wasn’t concerned with taking pictures.

Mrs Pen's Crockpot French Toast

When we woke up at 9:00, the house smelled like delicious breakfast!

Mrs Pen's Crockpot French Toast

Now I just took a giant scoop, added powdered sugar and warm syrup and devoured! Yum.

Today’s Recipe:
6 Eggs
2 Cups- Milk
Large Pinch – Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 Loaf- Bread
1/2 Cup- Butter or Margarine
1 Cup- Brown Sugar
1/2 Cup – Walnuts
Optional- half cup berries or cream cheese or pumpkin

-Mix eggs, milk, and pumpkin pie spice in a crockpot bowl.
-Slice Bread into quarters and mix into egg mixture
-Optional- add berries or whatever extras you want to bread mixture.
-Refrigerate for a few hours.
-Meanwhile, in a separate bowl, mix butter and brown sugar
-Once the bread mixture has chilled, put it in the crockpot, layer walnuts and brown sugar mixture on top.
-Cover with paper towel and lid and cook on high for 4 hours.

Tuesday Breakfast Tutorial: 10 Minute Homemade Buttermilk Biscuit Sandwich

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I was debating whether or not to do a “Tuesday Breakfast Tutorial” today because my poor hubs had to go to work this morning and take a class on hydrolical things or something like that. But then I thought “What the hey?” and decided to write about what we eat when he has to go to work before the sun rises. Have I mentioned how much I adore this hardworking man?!

So buttermilk biscuit sandwiches are one of my favorite early morning recipes because they’re quick, delish, and don’t get many dishes dirty for me to wash afterwards (we are currently in dishwasher purgatory).

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For the buttermilk biscuits, I like to use a baking mix. I have made biscuits from scratch, however they are kind of a pain in the tuckus and these ones taste just as good. And they’re like a bazillion times better than the kind that come in a can. Although that can is fun to open. I like to use Pioneer Brand baking mix because it has a cool looking box.

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Here’s my biscuit secret: I use one half buttermilk and one half normal milk. Then I just knead it a few times and cut the dough into circles with the lid of a cup, and throw em in the oven for a few minutes until they’re golden.

While the Biscuits are Baking… Ok, this is where the corner-cutting really starts.

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I spray some oil in a mug, crack an egg in it, whip it up with a fork and pop it in the mic for 60 seconds. (thanks for the great Chicago mug Aunt Erika… It gets put to good use!)

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TA-DA! I now have the perfect biscuit-shaped-egg.

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This part is a trick I just learnt from my friend Claressa last week. I just take a piece or two of bacon, cover it with a paper towel and put it in the microwave for 3 minutes. Magically, it turns into crisp bacon.

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By now the biscuits are perfectly golden.

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I just put a little butter on them and the layer the bacon, egg, and a slice of American cheese and send my cowboy off to work with a warm hearty breakfast to eat.

As you can tell, we take breakfast very seriously in our house. If you have any good breakfast ideas, please share! I am always looking for new ideas.Thanks!

All my love,
Mrs. Pen

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