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Cinnamon Raisin French Toast: Loaf cinnamon/raisin bread
1/4 cup milk
1 tsp. vanilla
Scramble the eggs,milk and vanilla in bowl. Using a non-stick pan pre-heat about 4-6 tablespoons of oil in pan. Just enough to get the crunchy taste in frying. Now take a slice of your cinnamon bread and drench it in the egg mixture on both sides. Carefully add to pan...remember you have hot oil if your doing this with your kids. Brown on both sides, plate/cover, repeat process. Recipe makes about 4 servings. Drizzle your favorite syrup on top, dust with powdered sugar and slices of strawberries.
FREEZER TIP: Take your cinnamon loaf and divide it into the amount of slices that you would use for you or your family in one meal. Place in freezer friendly container. To thaw out before just let slices come to room temperature on a plate or set in refrigerator the night before. Convenient and easy.
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German Fried Potatoes: (My son-in law's favorite)
4-6 medium Idaho potatoes
8 strips of bacon
1 green bell pepper chopped
1/2 yellow onion chopped
1 clove garlic (optional)
Boil potatoes with their skins on until fork tender. Remove and cool. In non-stick pan fry bacon until crispy (it's o.k. the bacon gets soft again as it cooks with the potatoes). Remove bacon and let cool on a plate with paper towel. Depending on the fat content of your bacon you should have enough grease to fry the potatoes (about 8 TB). If not you can add a little oil. On medium heat add minced garlic if using or just add your chopped bell pepper and onions. Cook until tender. In meantime, cut your potatoes and add to pan. Mix well and now take your bacon and shred into pieces over potatoes. Salt and pepper to taste and cook for about 20 minutes. Stirring occasionally as it cooks. This is where your options come into play...remove half and let cool down.
TWIST: Add about 4 scrambled eggs to cooked potatoes and cook on low/med heat until eggs are cooked. Remove. Warm a tortilla, top with potato mixture and shredded cheddar cheese and your favorite hot sauce.
FREEZER FRIENDLY: Place your reserved cooled German fried potatoes and place in a freezer friendly container. You now have an excellent side dish to your favorite meat during the week. Thaw container in refrigerator the night before using. Convenient and easy.
Tip: Warming a tortilla...take a paper plate and cover it with a moistened paper towel, add 2-3 tortillas and cover with another moistened paper towel. Zap in microwave for about 20 seconds (until warm).
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DESIGN TIP: Accessorizing...for a "casual look" accessorize in odd numbers. Stagger your heights. (example candles) add your favorite photo next to two candles. Use books if you need the extra height. I love to go antiquing and find books at a great price.
For a "traditional look" accessorize in even numbers. Example two lamps on the back of a sofa table. The secret is you are creating a "mirror image" while you are decorating.
Always remember that no matter what the current trend is make your home functional for your family's lifestyle.