Tuesday, November 24, 2009

recipe for caramel french toast

ok ok ok....here it is...

*this needs to be chilled 8 hrs or so
(or over night) BEFORE baking

1 c brown sugar
1 c butter (divided)
1/4 light corn syrup
10 thick french toast 4 eggs (beaten)
2 c half n half
1 T vanilla
1/4 t salt
3 T sugar
1 t cinnamon

combine brown sugar, 3/4 c butter n corn syrup in a med saucepan....cook over med heat, stirring constantly for 5 minutes or until bubbly...pour into a lightly greased 13x9 baking pan...arrange bread in pan and set aside...combine eggs, 1/2 n 1/2, vanilla n salt...gradually pour egg mixture over bread...cover n chill @ least 7-8 hours (over night is good)...combine sugar n cinnamon n sprinkle over bread...melt remaining butter n drizzle over bread....bake uncovered @ 350 for 45-50 min until golden n bubbly...serve immediately....makes 10 servings.

**last time i made it i didn't have time to chill it and the caramel sauce was too runny so dont skip that step :)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

my senses are singing...

i adoooore laurel's kitchen cookbook.....

baking has so much more in store for one than the bliss of the finished product ...
here's what i mean....

another beautiful autumn day today here in northern alabama....70 n sunny....the leaves are on fire w/ color...
w/ our men folk @ a football game my oldest (married) daughter came over to spend the day w/ me n her sisters...one will never know the joy i feel @ having all of my girls under my roof...

my wheat grinder makes quite a mess so it prefers to do it's job on the porch...because of the beautiful day this task was a pleasant one...especially because my daughters followed me out n visited w/ me n each other...the warmth of the sun n the fragrance of the wheat being crushed n the softness of the cats as they wound around my ankle n the sweet singsong of my daughters voices was so delightful.....

oh yes back to the baking...

the kitchen held it's own delights....the sun streaming in the window catching little dancing flecks of  floating flour...the smell of mashed bananas n pecans n sugar as they do their magic in the warm oven n mix w/ the fresh potted herbs from the window sill who offer up the fragrance of their oils to the warm sunshine....the warmth of the floor on my bare feet where the sun lies across it....hmmmmmmm

.......my senses are singing

Friday, November 13, 2009

just have to brag a bit...

i was "just looking" around a local "junk" store yesterday n walked away w/ aaaaaaalllllll this for only $25! the yellow USA pottery basket was 75% off n each frame (2 tin n 3 wooden) was under $5!!!

look @ the hand carved little detail on this german frame
this USA pottery basket was $4.50 w/ nary a crack r chip!

this was part of the booty too...i originally bought it for the (tho in rough shape) hand carved wooden frame....

...but this sweet girl is startin to grow on me

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

the vintage moth....

I found the most wonderful vintage clip art site today and its FREE! 


...caramel french toast...

the fixins....

hot outta the oven...

about to be eaten...

Monday, November 9, 2009


i found a new (to me) artist! her name is susan hodgin. i looove her work...it's so...bubbly!! "falling" is my fav....i would have called it "floating" it feels to me that i'm floating in a glass of champagne!


Friday, November 6, 2009

mums the word

 i was so impressed w/ mums today...i woke to a heavy frost...but there in the sparkly glitter ground stood these sweet flowers...i want to be like a mum...even when this earth thrust it's cold icy blanket upon me i want to remain delicate...yet strong...colorfully lifting all the gray around me.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

OH i loooove wool & goats....

my latest project....just need to decide...pillow or wall hanging

Sayin's I Love...

pretty is as pretty does
clear as mud
actions speak louder than words
easy as pie
as a twig is bent - the tree grows
honest as the day is long
as neat as a pen
back in the good ol' days
don't burn your bridges
don't cut what you can untie
a watched pot never boils
a stitch in time saves nine
a labor of love
miles in 6ft of snow-up hill both ways
warm as toast
snug as a bug
sweet as pie