This week I’ve challenged myself to prepare meals by using four different kitchen appliances. Crockpot, microwave, and griddle meals are doable. Pop-up toaster meals require a bit more creativity. I shared my griddle and pop-up toaster French Vanilla French¬†Toast meal previously. It turned out successful, so much that I’ve made it twice already. The crockpot meal, Crockpot Pork Chops, turned out great. I’ll make that one again for sure. The recipe is for four pork chops, servings for up to four people. I also made a crockpot chocolate pudding brownie dessert. While that was cooking (1-1/2 hours), I cooked the chocolate frosting in the microwave.Read More →

This week I’ve taken on the challenge of cooking a daily meal by using either my crockpot, griddle, microwave, or pop-up toaster – absolutely no stove or oven cooking. The first three seem easy to do, but that last one requires diligent creativity. The fourth kitchen appliance of my meal quest resulted in the perfect answer – French Toast Sticks. Great idea! It’s a prepare-ahead recipe, and you freeze them and pop them into the toaster whenever you want a quick breakfast. I found the idea at happyhealthymama.com, a blog with wholesome recipes and healthy living. Next on my toaster breakfast plan was to tryRead More →

This new year has started off with a different twist for me. A vanilla latte the morning of January 1st. I was warming up for my intended every-day-blogging routine for 2016. The new routine took the warming up with coffee and a yummy comfort meal before the actual blogging began. Yesterday’s¬†dinner breakfast omelet was wonderful, and I finally managed to get the post published around midnight I think. What made the meal delightful, though, was adding French toast as a side. Omelets and French toast fit very nicely in my comfort food list. French toast sprinkled with powdered sugar has shown up on menus forRead More →

Breakfast is a good way to start the day. On holidays and special occasions, like when company came, my mother used to cook French Toast. Since she didn’t make it often, I suppose that is why I never did. I preferred toast, pancakes or biscuits except on vacations and occasionally at a restaurant (if it looked too good to pass up). Then I would order a fancy meal – French Toast with bacon and eggs. Dining at restaurants is a luxury most of us in the fast-paced living of the 21st century are accustomed to, including expectation of top-notch service. But how many people considerRead More →