Cinnamon French Toast and Spiced Sautéed Apples

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Since it's the first cold weekend of the season I decided to celebrate it with a warm, delicious  breakfast. I first found this recipe in an outdoors cook book but I took the liberty of changing a few things to accommodate my tastes and, well, a lack of certain ingredients. 

Here's what you'll need:

3 tablespoons of unsalted butter                                3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon               
2 firm ripe Gala apples (cored and cut                        1/4 teaspoon sugar
into chunks)                                                           8 slices of wheat bread
1/4 cup( 2 fl oz/60ml orange juice                              maple syrup, warmed
6 eggs
1/2 (4 fl o/125ml) milk

*Melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the apples and cook, stirring, until softened, about 4-5 minutes. Pour in orange juice, raise the heat to high, and cook, stirring, until the liquid is reduced to a glaze and the apples are soft, about 4-5 minutes. Remove apples and sauce from pan and keep warm.

*In a large shallow bowl, beat together eggs, milk, sugar, cinnamon. Place 4 slices of bread in the eggs mixture ad let soak for about 1 minute and turn it over.

*In the same frying pan over medium-high heat melt 1 tablespoon of the butter. Working with four slices at a time transfer the soaked bread. Be sure to hold soaked bread over mixture bowl to remove excess mixture.  Transfer to the pan and cook, turning once until golden brown, about 4-5 minutes total.
Transfer to plate and keep warm. Then soak and cook the remaining 4 bread slices, using the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter.

*Divide the french toast among warmed plates, and top evenly with warm maple syrup. Add the apples and sauce and lightly dust with ground cinnamon.

*serves four*


Saturday, October 27, 2012

Top: Forever 21similar
Jeans: Hollister (old)
Shoes: Ralph Lauren last season
Accessories: Nixon watch, handmade bracelet, Forever 21 necklace

Well I've been off of work almost an entire week now and it feels wrong... so, so wrong.
I feel like a bum. Everyone says I should be relaxing and just enjoying it but I haven't taken a vacation in years so my brain and my body doesn't know what to do. So now I'm off for two weeks waiting to transition to a new, exciting job. I refuse to sleep in so everyday my alarm clock goes off at 8 a.m. and I get up with absolutely nothing to do. Except for today. Today I need to go to the bank, and I need to get my house back in order like stat. The end result of me being off for this long with not much to do has destroyed my lovely dwelling. I mean, looking around right now theres make up and jewelry on the fire place mantle, clothes that need to be folded from Wednesday, and a pile of winter clothes I pulled form the attic just staring at me from the foot of my bed.    Lazy mode: OFF
Anyway, moving on...
Yesterday I wanted put together an outfit post. For this, I reach for my destroyed (really destroyed from '09) jeans and my super dependable and ever so comfy heels and a loose cotton button down. Honestly, you cant go wrong with this combo. I wore this on a casual date a few weeks ago to a nice little seafood restaurant in the Clear Lake area called Bonefish Grill. It was perfect for a calm evening paired with cocktails and great food. 
FYI get the Bang, Bang Shrimp and the Lily's Chicken if you ever go. You won't regret it.

Cheers and happy Saturday! 


Peacock Blue

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Six months. That's how long it's been since my last blog post.
I've really let my little blog fall to the wayside BUT today I have a post..or really just something  unimportant to share. I just need to get back on the horse. This is a good post breaker, I think. 

My friends and family have decided that this season my color is peacock blue. 
I say this because so far I've received a clutch, a scarf, a dress ...and another scarf all in this color all in one birthday.  
I decided to make a little collage inspired by this color and I actually had a lot of fun making it. Yes, I know it's bad but I spent the better part of my afternoon making this thing in photoshop. Amateur, I know. 

Scarf : gift
Shoes: Nine West
Jeans: Forever21
Top: Eyeshadow

Here I'm just showing off the two main color pieces of the outfit.

The beautiful scarf was a gift and the heels? Well, they were a treat to myself. 
Texas just isn't cool enough for an entire fall get up but, technically, it is fall so if I'm wearing a thin shirt or something sleeveless I'll opt for a scarf almost every time. 

On a side note I can honestly say the heels are incredibly comfortable! Which is great for wearing to the office or just casually. Which I plan on doing!