Cinnamon French Toast Sticks with Spicy Cider Syrup


Things I learned today: I’m a fan of french toast sticks. Also, I’m NOT a fan of “spicy cider syrup”.

Never really been a fan of apple cider in general. Also, I’m not completely convinced I even made this recipe right. Also also, I prefer my syrup straight-from-the-refridgerator cold.

Factor all these together and I wasn’t a fan of the syrup. I did try it though! And then promptly took the bottle of maple syrup out of the fridge and poured it over my cinnamon sticks.

The french toast sticks part of this meal was easy peasy. I even let my husband prepare the liquid that the bread is dipped in! I wish I had some type of bread other than regular white sandwich bread. I’ve heard there’s a specific type of bread that’s the best to use for french toast. Please advise.

Another husband approved meal (even though he’s a type 1 diabetic and really shouldn’t be eating so much sugar. whoops!)!

Recipe here.

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Cinnamon Rolls with Vanilla Glaze/Sangria/Grilled Mediterranean Foil Packs

Oooo these cinnamon rolls. They’re sweet, gooey, and all around delicious. Heaven will be a room filled to the brim with these babies.

As long as you’re patient, these rolls are a breeze. I made double the amount of filling asked for. Smart choice. You can’t have enough cinnamon filling.

I made some vanilla glaze to go on top and just poured it right on. If heaven isn’t a room filled to the brim with these cinnamon rolls, it will be a room filled to the brim with this vanilla glaze.

The recipe I used is found as an alternative to the caramel sticky roll recipe and has the dough made from scratch. I found this recipe on the website that I’m sure is equally as amazing.

I’d heard of sangria and figured it was a juicier wine drink. I hit the nail on the head. Literally just orange juice, lemon juice, sugar, and wine. If you don’t like the bitterness of wine, this recipe is for you.

Of course the wine was a little watered down so you’d really drink this mostly for the taste.

Easy, simple, idiot-proof. That’s the kind of recipe I need!

Recipe here.

I had to defrost the chicken for these foil packs which took awhile and it caused there to be a ton of juice in the pack once everything was cooked.

No problem. I just put everything on a plate before serving it up.

I usually cook chicken by tossing it in the oven on a baking sheet frozen so I’m used to my chicken turning out super dry. This foil method trapped the steam in with the chicken so it was really moist and juicy. I LOVED it! Two of my roma tomatoes were looking a little worse for wear so I tossed in some cherry tomatoes to make up for it.

My husband declared today that he really likes cherry tomatoes. I’m so good.

He’s still not a fan of roma tomatoes though. We’ll get there.

Recipe here.

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Almond Poppy Seed Muffin/Strawberry Smoothie/Meatballs/Homemade Pasta

These muffins were easy and great! I felt semi-healthy because of the almonds included. Will for sure be making again!

I love easy recipes like this because they’re a little confidence booster and make me feel like I sort of know what I’m doing.

Recipe here.

This strawberry smoothie was also super easy. Only 3 ingredients!

I loved it because I usually make smoothies with ice. I like the texture and the temperature it helps keep the smoothie.

I used frozen fruit and it was a great substitute for ice. It kept the smoothie cold while giving it the texture I love.

I used frozen bananas and strawberries and it made the smoothie turn out suuuuper bubble gum pink!

Recipe here.

My meatballs looked a little sad when they came out of the oven. I didn’t have an onion to add to the dish so there was too much liquid put into the meat.

They were still delicious. I also didn’t have bread crumbs so I toasted some slices really quick and tossed them in. It seemed to work out okay!

Recipe here.

Omg y’all. My pasta was an interesting experience to make. I will never, I repeat never, make homemade pasta without a pasta maker again.

The pasta was too sticky and I couldn’t keep it from sticking to itself. I had to cut with a pizza cutter. Every piece was uneven. It was just a mess. You can tell in the picture that the noodles are all different sizes. Whoops!

It wasn’t terrible to eat, however, just terrible to make.

Recipe here.

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Crepes/Mimosa/Artichoke-Spinach Lasagna

Alright alright. Crepes are another repeat recipe. But I’ve made them because I love them and I haven’t fully grasped the concept of making a regular pancake correctly. Plus, you can’t have too much practice on a good dish.

I didn’t have fresh fruit, so I just filled them with syrup and the poured even more syrup on tom. Just call me Buddy the Elf!

Recipe here.

I have been looking forward to this recipe alllll week! I’ve been dying to try a mimosa. You get to day drink AND it tastes like juice!? It was……just as I expected. I was hoping to have some divine revelation like: Now you’re a sophisticated woman who eats mimosas and brunches! But I was just like: Now you’re a normal person who drinks spiked juice.

That’s all it tasted like… juice. I also discovered that I’m not really a fan of mango juice and now I have a gallon I have to somehow drink (The recipe in my book calls for half orange, half mango juice). Wahh

Recipe here.

This was the big letdown of the evening. They should rename it to arti-CHOKE spinach lasagna. I aptly renamed my dish artichoke spinach dip surprise. The surprise being lasagna noodles buried inside.

The really sad part of this is that I had invited my sisters over to my parents house and I was so excited to get to show off my new found cooking skills!

The first mishap of the evening happened when my mom’s not-at-all-frustrating double oven shut off immediately after I put the lasagna in without me realizing it. It “cooked” for 40 minutes and when I took it out, I realized the oven wasn’t on the whole time. *facepalm* I tried to see the humor and laugh it off. Dinner was postponed 45 minutes.

Finally, everything is in order, the lasagna is on the table I’m just serving the first portion, and it’s SOUP! The whole thing is soupy and creamy and does NOT stay together like a lasagna should!

I can’t blame my girl betty. She had nothing to do with this.

My sister’s informed me that when you use frozen spinach, you have to really drain it on a towel and get allllll the water out. So essentially, my lasagna was 50% spinach water.

Good thing us girls go with the flow. One of my sisters grabbed a bag of tortilla chips from the pantry and we dug into our spinach artichoke dip surprise!

Recipe here.

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Apple Butter/Easy Cream Biscuits/Fried Rice

Y’all, let me tell you, this apple butter was so much fun to make! I felt totally legit chopping up chunks of green apples and tossing it into a dutch oven with the spices and letting it simmer for hours! Plus, I got to use my new massive dutch oven I just got from my sweet mom for my birthday!

My favorite part about getting to make this recipe is that it made a ton of apple butter that I get to share with my family. I distributed it into 5 mason jars and will be their personal delivery girl tonight! I love being able to love them with food!

I had never had apple butter before either, but it was delicious! I always shied away from it at Cracker Barrel because, I mean, the strawberry jelly was right there. But I’m a believer. And this stuff is goooood. I googled what else you can put apple butter on and there are options! It’s not just for biscuits!

Recipe here.

Biscuits are a southern staple and these Easy Cream Biscuits don’t lie. They are super easy! Plus, they’re impossible to mess up unless you just forget them in the oven. I topped them with the homemade apple butter and it made a perfect start to my day.

I learned that I need a biscuit cutter. I had to use a mason jar lid for these!

Recipe here.

I have to admit, I’ve made this fried rice recipe before. I LOVE chicken fried rice and this is a foolproof recipe. I still remember the first time I made it, it changed my life (you think I’m kidding). It was shortly after my husband and I got married and I remember thinking, “hey, I could actually do this. I can COOK!”

For some reason, ever since then, I have been absolutely unable to cook rice so that it doesn’t turn out mushy. I can’t get the hang of the boil-then-simmer. Simmering is an anomaly to me. Advice is much much needed/appreciated!

I ran out of chicken after the previous night’s dinner, the husband was out of town, and I was feeling lazy, so I didn’t bother adding meat to this dish. It was still good!

Plus, I love feeling like a serious cook by getting to use my wok!

Recipe here.

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Puffy Omelet/Dijon Chicken Smothered in Mushrooms/Herbed Tomato and Potato Salad

The puffy omelet was exactly what it sounds like…. a puffy omelet.

I was a little sleepy when I cooked this dish and forgot to mix the egg whites and yolks back together before starting to cook it. So I had to scrap my cooking egg yolks and crack four more eggs.

I’m learning people! Also, I’m still working on my food photography skills. Sorry!

I made some cheese sauce to go with it. It tasted like eggs and cheese. Not a bad combination!

Recipe here.

I can’t say enough about this chicken recipe. I discovered my love of dijon mustard not too long ago so I was excited to get to add it to another dish!

The breaded chicken was good in itself, but when I added the dijon-mushroom sauce, it sent it over the top. My husband was a huge huge fan. He even sheepishly fessed up later that he was beginning to like mushrooms! Score!

Recipe here.

The tomato and potato salad recipe was very different from things I usually make in the kitchen. I don’t usually go for cold salads so I had to branch out a little on this one.

I have to confess…. I liked it a little. You know how much I love cooked tomatoes. This dish included raw ones. Alas, I’m determined to become a grown up so I beared it and popped the smallest piece I could find into my mouth. Not bad!

The vinegar added a tanginess that really complimented the sweetness of the tomatoes! I couldn’t get my husband on board but I gotta keep thinking, “baby steps.”

Recipe here.

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Upside-down Date-Bran Muffins/Couscous and Sweet Potatoes with Pork/Sesame Buttered Broccoli

The first thing I thought of when I saw this recipe was, “Dates? EW.” A la Jimmy Fallon.

Nevertheless, I plunged ahead staying loyal to my good friend Betty. Let me tell you, dates are GOOD. They’re like less tangy grapes and they’re not shriveled up like raisins. They have a mild flavor but are still sweet. I’m a fan and can’t wait to see what other recipes I can add dates to (since you can’t buy only 3/4 cup of dates at a time).

My recipe says “Jumbo muffins” but apparently I can’t read so I only made 6 regular sized muffins.

Recipe here.

I also had never cooked couscous before. Both my husband and I thought it was a type of duck meat. Surprise! It’s like qinoa or rice! It’s essentially tasteless and only add texture. Interesting. It wasn’t bad.

The pork was AMAZING. It was so easy to cook. The salsa added so much flavor to the dish and actually paired really well with the sweet potatoes. The recipe calls for a couple of tablespoons of honey, but it didn’t stand out in the dish. Maybe my palette isn’t refined enough.

I went through all the trouble to buy and chop up cilantro then forgot to add it to the top of the dish. FAIL. Just look at the picture and imagine fresh cilantro sprinkled on top.

Recipe here.

I’m not usually a fan of broccoli, but this side dish was amazing. I will warn that the sesame seed oil is very very strong. The soy sauce just adds so much flavor.

My husband was convinced I was trying to feed him some sort of asian dish. I guess the broccoli fitted that theme, but I’m not sure that pork loin and salsa is asian cuisine.

Recipe here.

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