Merry Christmas and/or Happy Holidays everyone :) I love all holidays but I think Christmas (and probably Halloween) win on the most spirit and cheer! I really enjoy the whole month of December. Though, Christmas started off a bit gloomy in Texas with it raining all night and morning. But now, with no snow, the sun is shining very brightly! :)
We woke up early-- and opened our presents as I clicked away on the camera. The hubby really liked the game I got him for Christmas, so yay! And he spoiled me, by not sticking to our "one" present agreement- and got me a bath set, a heated back cushion for the home and for the car (on those long drives)--because as I shared before my back gets pretty stiff, very fast, a steam mop, and a MINI DONUT MAKER! I get to cross one off my Wish List :) I am really excited to make a mess making donuts and cleaning it up using my steam mop!
Ninja was very involved in opening his presents but got a bit distracted with the wrapping paper and box. And in fact, I think he wanted every one else's present, insisting that they were his. And afterwards insisted that he needed to stick his butt in every picture. Gotta love my Ninja face :) He really enjoyed his doggie smoothie that we got him too! He then spent the morning playing with his new toys and is now passed out and snoring (yes- Shar Pei snore, its cute...when you get used to it)!
Well after opening our presents, I wanted to make the hubby a delicious breakfast and of course, try a new recipe, while he got to try out the the new game. I decided to make french toast, because I know he is a big fan. I am not really a breakfast person (unless its donuts ;) and so I made a small batch just for him. It did not create a mess at all and was quite simple to make :) Have a wonderful Christmas with your loved ones :) I know I am sure enjoying my time!
3 tbsp. all purpose flour
3 tbsp. sugar
1 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/8 tsp. salt
3/4 c. milk
2 tsp. vanilla extract
4 tbsp. shortening (1 tbsp for each batch made)
7-8 slices of bread (the thicker the bread the better)
Powdered sugar for garnish
1/2 c. whipping cream (whipped) or whip cream (can) for garnish
In a small bowl combine flour, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt. Set aside. Then in medium bowl, combine egg, milk, and vanilla extract. Add dry ingredients and whisk together. Then pour into a casserole dish (or flat dish).
Heat one tbsp. of shortening in a non-stick skilled over medium heat. Dip bread into egg mixture, coating each side well. Lightly shake bread, to remove any excess liquid. Then place bread in skillet, and sprinkle additional cinnamon on top (just a little pinch). Cook the toast 2-3 minutes on each side or until browned (when I first started off it was about 3 minutes, as the skillet got increasingly hot it was 2 minutes). Repeat for remaining slices of bread.
If desired, dust french toast with powdered sugar and top with whipped cream (if using heavy cream- use a hand mixer to whip the cream until it becomes whipped cream). Serve with fruit (also if desired).