French Toast with Toasted Pecans, Banana, and Strawberries

One of my favorite breakfast foods is French toast. It’s so simple to make and easy to dress up. And it’s even more delicious when you’re having it for dinner, right? 🙂

French Toast with Toasted Pecans, Banana, and Strawberries
Serves: 2-3 people

1/4 cup chopped pecans
5 strawberries, sliced
1 banana, sliced
4 eggs
1/4 cup milk (almond milk or other alternatives will work here too)
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg (or eyeball how much you want if you’re grating it yourself)
1 tsp vanilla
6 pieces whole wheat bread
Syrup

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Place pecans onto cookie sheet, place in the oven. Set a timer for 4 minutes and make sure to stir the pecans around every 2 minutes.
2. Mix together egg, milk, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla into a flat dish or wide bowl. Set aside.
3. Take out pecans from oven.
4. Heat up a skillet on medium heat.
5. Dip both sides of bread into the egg mixture and cook in skillet until brown on both sides.
6. Once you’ve finished all six pieces, put your syrup in a microwave-safe container and heat for 15 seconds.
7. Top your toast with toasted pecans, banana, strawberries, drizzle on the syrup and enjoy!

Now that’s how breakfast for dinner is done. 🙂

What I’m Reading: Winter Edition

Good morning and happy Monday everyone! I hope you had a relaxing and smile-worthy weekend.

To kick off the week, I thought I’d share a few books (and other things) I’ve been reading to keep the chill off.

(Yes, I’m still reading The Night Circus. I’ll finish it, I know I will.)

Books

The Night Circus, Erin Morgenstern
Mini-Shopaholic, Sophie Kinsella
Safe Haven, Nicholas Sparks
Operation Beautiful, Caitlin Boyle

Blogs

Reading My Tea Leaves
Dashing Dish

Magazines

Life-Beautiful

Poetry

A Night Without Armor, Jewel

And here a few books I’m looking forward to reading:

The Pug’s Guide to Etiquette, Gemma Correll
Stern Men, Elizabeth Gilbert
The Art of Dancing in the Rain, Garth Stein
The Storyteller, Jodi Picoult
The Last Camellia , Sarah Jio
Love in the Time of Global Warming, Francesca Lia Block

What books have you been reading lately?

Stay warm and have a great start to the week:)

~Ashley

Winter Ghosts

When the leaves are changing and the wind blows
cold and the storm clouds pile up on the horizon,
I will remember the warmth of summer nights and
the look in your eyes when I said we’d last forever
under a blanket of stars and planets and pale
moonlight.

When the snow starts falling and the festivity starts,
I will remember how it was when I was with you, making
snowmen and kissing under the mistletoe and
the look in your eyes when you said we’d last forever
on a frostbitten nights standing on a blanket of white.

When the new year starts, will you think of me?
Will you wander as far as I have?
Will they tell our stories bundled up by fires, roasting marshmallows?
I will long to hear your voice
telling me we’d last forever– but,
until then, our secrets are protected
in the snow, in the stars, under the mistletoe.