Sunday, March 27, 2011

Home, French toast, and spring.


+ I spend approximately eight hours a day staring at blank computer screens, wondering what to write.
+ I'm writing this post in list form to avoid spending my Sunday afternoon staring at the computer screen, wondering what to write.
+ I also feel really bad for only writing two posts in February and, until today, one in March. I'm sorry.
+ I blame it on the weather. The sky is blue today, and the sun is out, and that helps.
+ It's still cold out, though.

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+ Around this time last year, I was wearing flip flops. Flip flops! 2011, please step up your game.

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+ These are corners of my sister's house. She has a window in her kitchen, and it makes me jealous.
+ We ate french toast there on Saturday morning.
+ I've been thinking a lot about home lately, and how to make mine a happier space.
+ Right now, our apartment is mostly clutter and cat hair. Sometimes I feel like moving into a two-bedroom is the only solution.
+ And then I look at my bank account. I think we'll be staying here a while.
+ So my new goal is to stop daydreaming about the greener grass on the other side, and to start making my current home into a place I'd like to stay.
+ Pinterest helps. My bank account doesn't.
+ French toast always helps.
+ Is it spring yet?


French Toast (adapted from Alton Brown)

1/2 cup half-and-half (I think Jenny used regular milk)
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon honey
4 slices day-old bread
2 tablespoons butter
cinnamon
salt

Whisk together milk, eggs, honey, and a pinch of salt. Dip bread into the mixture one at a time, letting each piece soak for about 30 seconds on each side. Set aside in a medium bowl and let sit for 1 to 2 minutes. Sprinkle bread with cinnamon, if you're into that kind of thing.

Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Place bread into pan two at a time and cook until golden brown, about 2 minutes on each side. Remove bread and set on a plate (we covered ours with paper towel and put in the microwave to keep warm), add more butter, and repeat with remaining slices of bread.

Makes two servings. Enjoy with maple syrup, a sprinkle of powdered sugar, and jam.

20 comments:

  1. Lovely post, and I can certainly relate!

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  2. I only wrote a few posts last month and a few this month. I think I was in a bit of a mental slumber, preferring to snuggle on the couch with my sweetie and my dogs rather than spend the energy being thoughtful about food. It was good for me, and I am glad I try to keep this blog as a hobby and not a job! I enjoy your writing and photographs very much, so whenever you want to update I will read.

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  3. I love posts in list form :)

    Wishing I could send some of our spring weather over to you!

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  4. Even when you write a post in list form, it's still some of the best food blog writing out there. I love the way you did this, and I love that you're nesting. Good post, good thoughts! As always.

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  5. Oh how I've missed you on the interwebs! I just nodded my head through your feelings about apartment clutter and moving to a two bedroom but your checking account not having any of that. There's mounds of stuff everywhere I look! I feel like we've outgrown this place but I think it just means we have to stop hoarding and start organizing. Like, do I REALLY need that 1984 Olympic poster in that 80's style metal frame that's falling apart? Probably not. Goodwill, here we come.

    I hope your flip-flops get to come out soon...sending you rays of sunshine from Cali!

    P.S. - your sister has exquisite taste!

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  6. Jacqui:
    + You are adorable.
    + Also, smart.
    + These photos are gorgeous.
    + And I'm with you.
    + It's time for spring.

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  7. Alejandra - Thank you!

    Jen - Thanks for the kind words! I was definitely on the couch with my sweetie and my cat all month, thinking I should probably blog, but not really wanting to. You're so right -- it's a hobby, not a job!

    Laken - I wish warm weather could be boxed up and sent to those in need! Photos of spring work just as well, though. :)

    Shanna - Ha, nesting! I didn't want to call it that, but you're so right. Thanks always for your sweet words. Really.

    Stephanie - I've missed you too! :) Organizing is the hard part -- I'm so bad at it! I usually just end up finding a hiding spot for stuff and then stashing it away so I don't have to look at it. Currently building up the courage to tackle my closet...

    Jess - xo.

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  8. Love the pictures!!
    And the list
    yay for Spring
    even if it is cold!

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  9. lovely, lovely post! i too can't wait for spring. and now i can't wait to make some french toast. yum. xo

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  10. The solution to the cat hair problem: shave your cat. Lion cuts are where it's at (when it comes to cleanliness, though probably not style). :)

    But seriously, I hear you on all fronts! Especially that pesky bank-account one. With pictures like yours, though, you can feel free to bullet-point away.

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  11. The warm is coming. The sun is out, the warm must be on it's way.

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  12. Antonietta - Thanks! And yes, at least we can say that winter is over, even if our spring is still chilly...

    Molly - I've got tulips on my table and asparagus in my fridge and I am sooooo ready for the weather to catch up! :) thanks for your nice words.

    Maddie - Oh no, shave Tim?! I couldn't. He had his neck shaved during an emergency visit to the vet a couple years ago and it was so sad. And as for the bank account, yeah. Sucks to that.

    Dana - Yes, at least there is sun. :)

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  13. oh yes, i adore french toast. yum.

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  14. oh sweetness. *hug* I know that feeling, of being mired in one bedroom and clutter. Spring will come, the clutter will part, the sun will shine and it will look up. *hug*

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  15. I hope you're over your dreary weather slump, soon :) We all have those days! Keep those flip flops ready, it will be here before we know it!

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  16. I'm so happy I've stumbled across your delightful blog. Your photos are absolutely stunning.

    And I'm a little relieved to know I'm not the only one who has a sister who knows what to do with things like candlesticks and empty bottles, while I have a dining room table covered in cat hair.

    My husband makes the French toast, though. I'll have to tell him about the honey tip.

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  17. "So my new goal is to stop daydreaming about the greener grass on the other side, and to start making my current home into a place I'd like to stay."

    Yes, yes and again yes! Even though we're still not 100% unpacked in our place (we moved in August), I find myself watching HGTV and dreaming of Buying A House With A Yard And Craftsman Charm And OMG I'd So Be A Grown Up. Except, duh, we are not doing that now. So in the meantime, I want to focus on making our place better. Settling in. Hanging artwork. And um, finding places for the content of those boxes.

    I used to think it was something we had to do together, even though "nesting" isn't really his idea of a good time. Now I realize that there's nothing stopping me from just doing it if I want to. Consulting on certain design things, asking for input, of course. But not waiting for him to decide he wants to talk about pictures and curtains :)

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  18. You guys are so nice. Seriously. These comments make my day, and keep me going, and are definitely the best part about blogging. I want to hug all of you.

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  19. i found your recipe from pinterest and after waking up four hours earlier than i needed to, i decided to try it.. omg AMAZING!!! i substituted egg whites and low fat margarine and it still tasted really good.

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  20. Laura - That's awesome! So glad you tried it and liked it. Looove me some French toast. :)

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