Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Week 56 Wednesday (2/4/15)

A big Happy Birthday to my 
nephew and God Son, 
Shane Valkenberg

Recipe Review       
Today’s Recipe and Location:           Coconut-Ginger Baked French Toast        
Found in: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays
                  Pages: 10 - 11      Copyright:  2013  Harper Collins

I figured out that there are 443 calories per serving, if 15 servings are made. (Please note that the calorie counts vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients that you choose to use.)

         This dish was a HUGE success at school. I absolutely love coconut and it really made this dish. My friend, Amy Geyer, said it was in the top two Pioneer Woman dishes that I have served her. That is an enormous endorsement. The staff at Norton Creek have really enjoyed the French Toast recipes. There is one more to come.

We begin with the first of the coconuts and gingers

This time I used crusty French bread

Then I added the eggs, milk and cream

The liquid mixture was then poured over the bread.
Look at that coconut!

The topping is now added to the bread mixture

This is the piece that I enjoyed.
At first I was unsure, but then it was great

Gabbin’ About Gratitude

         I am extremely grateful for finding Ree Drummond. I actually have Megan Mkrtschjan to thank for that one. Megan helped me receive her blog The Pioneer Woman as well as turned me on to the TV show. Ree’s cooking and books have made a huge impact on the last year of my life. I love you Ree and you, too, Meggie!!

Memory Musings

         One of the things I believe strongly in is that if you truly want something, then you need to work to get it. It may require you to work more than one job, but if you set a realistic goal that is possible, then you can achieve it with hard work. When I wanted to be debt free, I began working three jobs to achieve my goal. With the exception of my home, I am currently debt free. I achieved this by tutoring, becoming a college professor at Aurora University as an adjunct, and working weekends and nights at Jenny Craig. Was it hard work? Lord, yes! It is hard to work all day, and then go to a job in the evening, but I am extremely goal driven. I rarely ever fail to reach my goals. If you truly want it – make it happen!!

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