Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Stuffed French Toast Recipe

Hello all I have a great way to use up a lot of eggs and it taste amazing too. I even took this to the Teacher Appreciation Day at school. I was giving this recipe back when I was 19-20 years old while I was working at the hospital in Virginia Beach on the third floor which was a satellite unit for Children's Hospital of the Kings Daughters. I worked with a wonderful day nurse Dee Paske who was also an amazing cook. She was around my age now then and was a great mentor and friend. She had wrote this recipe on a recipe card in her own handwriting which I want to share the actual recipe card. 

 I know it's defiantly worn and has an ink spot, you can tell how old it is. I will be 47 this year so its at least 27 years old then.

You can read the recipe top half.

The bottom half of the recipe.

Stuffed French Toast (my version) 
- I use one whole loaf of the cinnamon raisins bread (any brand)  I used Natures Own

-1 package of cream cheese I use Kraft Philadelphia Brand 

-16 eggs I use this amount because I use the pullet eggs that I don't sell because they are smaller but the yolks are normal size. Plus I'm using a whole loaf with the crust on. 

-2 cups of milk I use whole milk

-1/2 cup of real maple syrup 

-1 tsp of maple extract 

-1 tsp of vanilla extract 

-2 tsp of cinnamon 

I use a 9x13 glass pan, spray with Pam or grease with Crisco then break the cinnamon raisin loaf into pieces. 

Top the bread with cream cheese into pieces. 

Now in a large mixing bowl mix the eggs, milk, maple syrups and extracts and the cinnamon. Mix well. Pour on top of the bread and cream cheese mixture. Cover with foil and place in refrigerator for approx. 8 hours or overnight. I have made this for dinner and breakfast also for brunches. It really makes a great meal. Bake at 350 degrees until the middle comes clean. Try to avoid poking a knife in the middle where the cheese is. 
My ovens are slow I've had them calibrated and still slow. The oven on the third floor is normal and it takes approx 1 hour. My ovens on the second floor the about and 1 1/2. Allow to cool a bit and then top with warm maple syrup. Yummy! 

I took some pics while making it. 

Tearing the bread pieces. In the grease 9x13 pan.

The cinnamon raisin bread I used Natures Own.

Cutting the cream cheese into pieces patting them onto the bread.

Mix your eggs then pour in the milk. I only use farm eggs so they are much darker in color.

Pour the milk in.

Pot in the maple syrup, I only use real maple syrup.

Add the cinnamon and extracts.

Pour egg mixture on top of the bread and cream cheese.

Cover now and refrigerate for approx 8 hours.


Again Petunia laying her egg. Lately I am getting 105 eggs a day!!

They usually will pick one or several boxes and everyone lays in the same place. Aren't they beautiful eggs?

Ok enough! No cameras please!!!

I'm always looking for help with eggs.

I have been busy canning again. Strawberry jam! Amazing!
Well I hope you enjoyed the recipe. 
Wishing you a great week!! 
Cyber Hugs, 
Dawn Gallop

Monday, April 27, 2015

A Beautiful Day at the Smithfield Farmers Market

Hello lovelies!! I know (head hung low) I have been mia again....but short term not too long. I tell you sooo much to do and no time it seems, I know most DIYers know the whole scenario. So many ideas running thru your head and so little time. Well on Saturday April 18, 2015 it was another wonderful day at the Smithfield Farmers Market in Smithfield Virginia. It had been a very busy week the week leading up to the market day. The boys had their school science night on Tuesday the 14th, which of course meant science projects......finishing them up and getting them to school. I will share the science projects later. Oh yeah back to the farmers market, I made my pecan pies like always, and the maple cinnamon buns.  We had our wonderful Leaf Love Soaps, our It's All About #9 Farms eggs from our beautiful very much loved hens. We have even had many customers who have come back to us and told us "we have been looking all over the market for you guys" which makes us happy!! We only go every other week so we don't have a permanent site, we move around to accommodate the other vendors who also are not there every week. It all works out very well. We also had some of my handmade jewelry too. I am still working on a complete set up, since I rotate back and forth with art and craft shows and the farmers markets. 

One of the yummy pecan pies. I had sold several before the market.

I even used my pie slicer to make some of my customers wishes come true. They had asked for smaller pies and/or slices. Well you got your wish!

Here are the maple cinnamon buns which are absolutely out of this world amazing!! More pics of the pecan pies too.

Here is the whole set up. The art bags hanging up which the customers really enjoyed them, I got lots of great compliments on them.

I had some of my mixed media art jewelry too. The cuffs have been published in Cloth Paper Scissors Art Magazine. On my side bar you can see the actual cover of the magazine it was in.

Here are our wonderful Leaf Love Soaps. I had repeat customers and many who came back and told me how much they loved the soap......HAPPY MOMENT!!!

More pics of the our amazing Leaf Love Soaps.

We also have our african black soap which is totally exfoliating and has tremendous powers for the skin.

We also had our farm sign to represent all we have at the market, from the eggs, to baked goods, to soaps, home canned goods, and many fruits and vegetables. I have been working everyday in our huge gardens to make sure I am able to bring amazing goodness to the market as well as feed my own family. 

I also had all the adorable art bags to give as gifts for the soaps. I hand paint each and everyone of the 100% canvas bags using high grade art paints like Golden Paints, Liquitex Paints, and many more.

Another art bag I love the crab.....happy!

This has been one of my favorites so far. Love this art bag... Again HAPPY!

Fairy Lights who sells beautiful designs and who is a beautiful soul. I enjoyed talking to her and of course have my eye on a pair of earrings. You can find a list of the vendors HERE.

Doves Under the Son. Stunning works of hand crafted wood and walking sticks! You can find a list of some of the vendors HERE

Oh do we love springtime when planting is so precious and how all the farmers are here with the most gorgeous plants and trees. DK Arbor Nursery.

Look under the table! How PRESH!!!! (Kisses) DK Arbor Nursery

Sweets Enshante has yummy treats for your sweet tooth. She had her adorable little helpers too.

Windsor Castle Park

Handcrafted with Wood who I absolutely love and YES I did get the rolling pin I wanted!!! Score! ***note now all my art buddies we will even more rolling pins*** (for our pizza parties) CAN I HEAR A YAY! You can find a list of vendors HERE

Yep it's the third one from the left!! #love oh my they are stunning and not to mention the sweetest man you will ever meet and he is very knowledgable with chickens so of course we talked and talked!! My next purchase is going to be one of those beautiful wooded spoons! #happycook

See............ amazing #happycook ( this is my next purchase from HandCrafted with Wood)

See what I mean just GORGEOUS!

Fashionably Graphic who has works of art jewelry! Stunning dichroic glass, polymer clay pendants!  #swoon they even gave me a calendar. Thank you!!! The refrigerator magnet is perfect! ;o)

 See here is the info, stunning work! Fashionably Graphic

Another new so very sweet artist Marsh Landing she had home grown mushrooms.... Amazing! She sold out fast!! #soldout what every artist wants! WTG!!! (Extreme happy clapping here) See list of vendors HERE

The sweet yummy jams from Fresh Batch Jams. I bought the Aloha jam and oh my sweet yumminess at its BEST! #yum I loved her sample set up too, see below.

See the Aloha Jam oh my it is amazing! Fresh Batch Jams

Rainbow Gardens has lovely green goodness of plants! #iloveplants You can find a list of vendors HERE

I love my customers!!! Thank you for all your support we are so very THANKFUL!

Here I hung up the curtains for my girls who like privacy while laying their eggs.

They are very happy with nesting boxes. Here are some of my Rhode Island Reds. Each one has a unique personality.

Meet Petunia I'm really thinking she is saying Are you Serious? What do you think?

Baby Daisy says hello (technically she is saying pick me up mommy) 

They all love to use the same nesting box #communitynestingbox

Of course here are a few of my already 97 tomato plants. With these cooler night I added fresh compost around the bottoms to add heat, nitrogen, and protection. We dropped down to 37 degrees and 39 degrees. Tomatoes don't like their leaves wet nor do they like temperatures below 50 degrees.

As far as the eye can see plants. I have straight neck squash planted too, many seeds started carrots, peas ( which already have blooms on them), Swiss chard, gourds, radishes, onions, oh my so many! I love love love gardening.

Picture taken by Cheryl at the Smithfield Farmers Market. Thank you Cheryl!
Hope to see you at the market! 
Bye until next time! 
Eat healthy and be happy....
Cyber Hugs, 
Dawn Gallop
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