Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Cap'n Crunch French Toast and New Year's Resolutions

Hungover me wanted this soooo bad this morning.

Oh hi there!

A very merry 2013 to you! I hope that your new year’s eve was filled with dancing, debauchery and delectable company. I know mine was. 

This year I have a few things that I want to change and a few things that came to be in 2012 that I was extremely proud of and hope to continue into the new year. Resolutions are a very hated tradition, but I think that spring cleaning your attitude is needed sometimes (and now seems as good a time as ever)

I hope that you can look back on 2012 today and remember the best bits of it and then wipe the slate clean for yourself. Every day is a chance to start anew, but today seems like the best day to make a bit of a change (even if it is just hitting the snooze button less). 

I’m also going to share a bit of a mini recipe. Something that I think would be a perfect tradition to start in 2012. On the weekends, my roommate and I have a big breakfast, we chat about the night before and then we clean up the apartment and tackle the day. This recipe is a great way to start a weekend off right, and even if all you have in your kitchen is one pan, a bowl and a fork, you’re set! 

Ok, let’s start with the things that made 2012 AWESOME:


1.  Writing in a journal every day. In 2012 I started writing a journal each night before I sleep that has a few components; one of which is the top 3 things I was grateful for that day. It’s made a big difference in my perspective. 


2.  Being brave. This year I tried really hard to step out of my comfort zone. I put myself out there in so many ways and I haven’t regretted a single one of them. Filling my life with new experiences has definitely prepared me for the current journey I’m on. 


3.  Change of headspace. Moving out of my apartment in Etobicoke changed way more than my address. Somehow, making the shift made me into a whole new person. A person that I really like and respect. 


4.  Learning that being happy is independent of external conditions. This was a big one for me. Moving definitely helped, but realizing that being happy is a choice has really changed the way I look at life. Your state of mind is a choice, and I choose happy (except at work. there I choose “indifferent”).

Now for the big stuff. Things that will make 2013 MORE AWESOME:

5.  Trying to love the daytime. I’m currently trying to figure out what the heck I should do with myself once I get those lovely letters on the end of my name, and I hope that in 2013 I’ll be able to wake up and be excited for the challenge of the day, instead of dreading the next 10-14 hours. 

4.  And on that note, in 2013 I am going to try and hit the snooze button less. It doesn’t make me less tired and it’s just a bad habit. 50 times is too many. 1 is ok. Cheer me on.

3.  In 2013 I would like to post more. Nuff said. 

2.  I would like to be extremely clear how much I appreciate and love all of the wonderful people in my life. I tried to do this in 2012, but I think I can be better at it. I’ll start now: if you’re in my life, even in a small way, I appreciate all you bring to it and everything you do. I’m going to say it more, so get ready for some mush.

1. Someone I know and like an awful lot has a great attitude towards life, it’s very carefree (read: the opposite of mine) but very thoughtful at the same time. It’s starting to rub off on me and I’d like to continue that process and see where it goes. I know I need to stress less (to save my body and my mind), so that is going to be my main goal for 2013. 

I’m about to start a few months of busy season tomorrow, which also happens to coincide with the switch of my relationship from short distance to long distance and I’m a little worried. This seems like the best time to test my stress-dealing abilities. Wish me luck! 

Now to the stuff you really want to know.

This french toast is magic. I promise. Mom and dad discovered it on an episode of Diners Drive-ins and Dives and we’ve been making it ever since. The cereal gets all crispy and it adds a bit of a twist to plain ‘ol french toast. You’ll love it.


his eyebrows are on his hat! 



Cap’n Crunch French Toast
Serves 4

Ingredients:




  • Crusty french bread or challah
  • 4 eggs
  • 3/4 cup milk or egg nog
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla 
  • 2 tbs sugar
  • 1 cup of Cap’n crunch cereal, crushed (we put ours in a bag and smack it with a rolling pin)
  • roughly 1-2 tbs of butter for frying (enough to cover the bottom of the pan)
  • Syrup and berries to top
  • Bacon (optional, but, not really optional, you know?)
This photo is pre me putting syrup all over my bacon and berries. I didn't think it was appropriate for the photo.

Cut the bread into 1/2 inch slices. Mix the eggs, milk, cinnamon, vanilla and sugar in a low, flat bowl or 9x9 baking tin (it’s the easiest) and set aside. Put the cereal on a plate. 

Get your pan heating up on medium to medium high (depending on your stove - you want it to get crispy, but you don’t want it scorching). Pop in the butter. 

Dunk bread slices in the egg mixture and then press into the cereal before setting them into the melted butter. 

Cook for about 2-3 minutes per side (until the outside looks all crispy and wonderful). 

Serve with syrup, berries and bacon. 


So obsessed. 

xx

-BBC
A few more things I'm thankful for. New iphone lenses. Family at christmas and my since-departed tree! 



5 comments:

  1. I think bacon is optional, but bacon definitely makes it better - just eat in moderation. Great french toast - can the captain crunch be optional? - just sayin' because I like bacon much more than Cap'n Crunch!

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  2. I resolve to feel better and try and live life better too! Thanks BBC. Sometimes you get it right, sometimes you don't - but the only way never to fail, is to never try!

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  3. I think french toast may just have to be on the menu tomorrow. I wonder if apple cinnamon cheerios would work too?

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  4. Wow that looks amazing that french toast.

    Simon

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