Friday, May 27, 2011

Baked French Toast Casserole by Paula Deen

Prep Time: 20 mins
Inactive Prep Time: 8 hrs.
Cook Time: 40 min
1 loaf French bread (I just bought a loaf of texas toast)
8 large eggs
2 cups half and half
1 cup milk
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
dash salt
Praline Topping, recipe at the end.
Maple syrup
Slice French bread into 20 slices, 1-inch each.  Arrange slices in a generously buttered 9 by 13 flat baking dish in 2 rows, overlapping the slices.  In a large bowl, combine the eggs, half and half, milk, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt and beat with a rotary beater or whisk until blended but not too bubbly.  Pour mixture over the bread slices, making sure all are covered evenly with the milk-egg mixture.  Spoon some of the mixture in between the slices.  Cover with foil and refrigerate overnight.
The next day, preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Spread Praline Topping evenly over the bread and bake for 40 minutes, until puffed and lightly golden.
Praline Topping:
2 sticks butter
1 cup packed light brown sugar
1 cup chopped pecans
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
combine all ingredients in a medium blown and bled well.  Makes enough for Baked French Toast Casserole....

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Storms Again

Aye...will they ever go away? From this spring alone I have added basement to my wish list if we ever build a home. Holy Moly.....Lord have mercy on us I pray! My heart aches for those affected in Joplin, MO and in goodness.  I don't know that I have ever seen anything like this year, not that I can remember anyway.

We are bracing for storms tonight but I think they are only supposed to be thunderstorms and tomorrow is supposed to be bad too.

Well since we will be up for a while I may go on and scrapbook some.....we'll see if I can concentrate. I have no new pictures for you's been a crazy few weeks with storms, end of school year stuff, I made savannahs teacher a thank you gift set of cards and I didn't take pictures of them. :(

I pray you all are staying safe tonight.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Cricut now has a Blog!

I am sooo super excited! I LOVE my cricut and I am always looking for new and better ways to use it....guess what! They are launching a brand NEW blog today!!!! Go over and check em out!

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Happy Mother's Day! :D

I hope you all have a Happy Day!


Saturday, May 7, 2011

O Exhausting Day!

My's national scrapbooking day and i am exhausted and it's not from scrappin! :( I have been in and out running errands, taxi-ing to soccer, playin with kiddos and puppy and managing to squeeze in 1 layout! I got more done last night....but don't count me out yet! I am planning to scrap a little more tonight after the littles are in their respective places!

I made a layout for the current challenge over at noel for the i love challenge.  This really was a challenge for me because I took my cue from Michelle I believe who scrapped with no pictures...and the funny thing is I used the mamma razzi line from bo bunny which is ALL ABOUT PICTURES!! How oxymoron is that? Anyway, I've had these papers in my stash for a while and decided to use them for this because I loved the color pallette.  I had fun pushing myself outside the box and i found stickers with words on them that represented things i love in my life right now. i didn't put scrapbooking because that goes without sayin right?!?!?!?!  Anyway, here's my layout! Hope you all enjoy and have a GREAT NSD!

Friday, May 6, 2011

National Scrapbooking Day!

I can hardly believe tomorrow is National Scrapbooking Day! I am soooo excited! If you know me at all you know that I am a BIG crafter/scrapbooker! I look forward to this day almost every single year! It's the one day a year I get to have, ahem, "reason" to lock myself in a room or go to a crop and scrap ALL. DAY. LONG. WOOHOO! Well this year is no exception except that I don't have a local crop, I have soccer games to attend, mother's day preparations and 2 small children to take between all of that I have planned to put ALL housework on hold until monday and I plan to take over the dining room table starting today! As soon as we get finished with kindergarten registration....(insert tears here!) I am certain savannah will be joining me for some crafting!

There are LOTS of great deals this weekend on websites....a few of my faves are:

elle's studio...oh my I discovered much goodness there this morning and she is offering FREE SHIPPING and lots of inspiration throughout the weekend!

Noel of course you all know she is my most FAVORITE kit maker and supplier of scrapping needs of ALL TIME! She has been doing a deal of the day every day so make sure you check her site EVERY. SINGLE. DAY!

two peas is having an all weekend crop going on this weekend....and some garden girls chats....stop by over there because they are having LOTS of prizes.

crate paper has become one of my FAV paper companies...holy moly...who knew they have sooo much goodness going on! They have their new color challenge up on the blog today so stop by there too!

I'm sure there are lots and lots of other fun things going on today and this weekend but I would be here all day posting links!!!!!! So go check them out and start scrappin!!!! :D

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Alabama Tornado Relief

My heart has been heavy over the past week after the tornadoes did so much devastion in alabama! We suffered some demolishing in our state too but nothing like it was to our neighbors.  I have cried a lot and I don't have much connection to alabama....just with a few sweet friends I have met online through our wonderful hobby of scrapbooking.  And I am so GRATEFUL God has placed them in my life. (V you have no idea how much inspiration you give to me.)

Anyway my sweet sweet friend Virginia is having a sale over on her blog.  She has made some mixed media canvases that are TO. DIE. FOR! I would love to have them all.  And the most amazing Noel from donated some awesome stuff for her to raise money.  Please, if you can help in ANY way stop by her blog and pick up something special or just give a donation.  I have put in a special order myself! :) I fully trust in Virginia to make sure the right people get what is needed and some who may be overlooked otherwise.

Thank you in advance for your love and donations! :D

Monday, May 2, 2011

Birthday Goodness

Yesterday was my birthday...ugh...the big 3-0! I did enjoy the celebrations though. i think i will post pics tomorrow of that....however it was a week long celebration, sort of! I had a box arrive weds that was a beautiful afghan that my granny made me! i have waited my whole life for that thing and i cherish it with each stitch made with love! then on thursday i received this beauty:
from my mom!
today i ordered the tape that goes in it and i am dying to use it!!!!!!

my in laws came for the weekend and brought me 5 crosses for my cross wall....something i'm currently working on.  then my mother in law took me shopping, without children, for scrapbooking stuff....and then got starbucks!!!! what a treat! i picked out all but 2 things from tim holtz....i did not know that was my style but i am super duper excited to use those new goodies!

then yesterday on the actual day, my mil and my daughter made me a cake, they shampood my carpets, we lounged, i got jewelry, my hubby did some of my honey-dos and then we went to dinner and was a great day! :D

i hope you all have had a happy monday! i'm off to feed the littles, bathe them, put them to bed and get in some much needed scrappy time for myself. :D