Eggnog Baked French Toast

Strange can be simple.

Simple is strange in my kitchen!

This recipe consists of simply two things: bread and eggnog.  It’s what we had for breakfast brunch lunch linner (we like to sleep) on Christmas morning.  And a giant side of champagne because all the rum Mom dumps in her eggnog would have cooked out. ;)

Eggnog Baked French Toast

We did get a little complex with the homemade eggnog and using chocolate chip brioche.  I neglected a picture, but I also made fresh whipped cream with coconut rum to top.  You don’t have to get that fancy… but it didn’t suck.

Also served was scrambled eggs with spinach and onion for protein and greens.  And bacon.  Because bacon.

Eggnog Baked French Toast and Bacon

Mom likes to set a fancy table.  This one had a gorgeous centerpiece, a charcuterie, ambrosia, and a magnum bottle of sparkling from Schramsberg.

It was so good we didn’t worry about opening presents until almost 2!

Christmas morning

It’s a little past the holidays, but why not keep celebrating and try this out?  It’s strange… but good!  Besides, the eggnog is on sale at Whole Foods! ;)


Eggnog Baked French Toast

Eggnog Baked French Toast

  • 1 loaf bread, cubed
  • 2 C eggnog

Dip cubes of bread in the eggnog.  Place slices evenly in a greased pyrex dish.  Pour any remaining mixture over the slices.

Cover and refrigerate overnight.  In the morning, preheat oven to 400.  Bake for 20-25 minutes (until poofed up and golden brown on top).

Place on rack to cool slightly before cutting and serving.

Makes 8-10 servings.


How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.

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Remember to use #strangebutgood in any Tweets and Instagrams of your creations. :)


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That magnum bottle was goooooone, plus 2 more standard sized ones.  There were 7 of us!  5 of the 7 were drinking…

Do you like eggnog?  I never have… but I love it baked!

How was New Years Eve?  I have much to share!  Later…

Top 10 in 2014

Happy 2015!

Almost.

Vegas and I escaped to Lake Tahoe for NYE and some other shenanigans, so today’s WIAW post is a look back on the top posts of 2014.

Thank you to everyone for helping make 2014 one of the best yet.  I’ve loved making new friends, learning a lot, and eating a TON of (strange but) good food.

Without further adieu, here are the top 10 posts you thought were good (and likely a little strange) in 2014.

Top 10 in 2014

10. 3 Surprisingly Quick Meals

Stuffed French Toast Egg Wrap
Here are three meals that I threw together quickly when what I had on hand.  They look fancy-ish, but they were incredibly easy (and fun) to make: Stuffed French Toast Egg Wrap, Squachos (nachos… but with squash), and a Pressed Bison Wrap…. 

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A Perfect 10

I am not-so-secretly a teensy bit Type A.

In my head, I hide it well… but no.  

1 more day until Vegas gets here for the holidays.  I Can’t Focus.  So I make lists (you’re not the only one Meghan).  Lists of things to cook, places to take Vegas, items to remember to bring to mom’s for Christmas, errands to run, random tasks to complete before Vegas gets here… it’s all fun to me though.

So today I bring you a list of fun things I’m focusing on to pass the time while waiting for Tuesday.  It’s a perfect 10.  Because I like lists of prime numbers or 10.

1. House Plant’s Mate

Flowers arrive from Vegas on the regular.  Last week’s delivery was a friend for House Plant – Christmas Cactus.  Now we both have mates from the desert.

House Plant's Desert Mate… 

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Treat Yo’ #strangebutgood Self [Holiday Cookie Recipes]

Happy Month of Indulgence!

You know it’s true.

A lot of people try to fight it… but this is the one month of the year when you have to indulge a bit.  I’m not saying go overboard with a bean feast, but don’t be trying to deprive yourself.  It will only drive you crazy.  Treat ‘yo self!

In the spirit of treats, today’s #strangebutgood is dedicated to some of my favorite holiday cookie recipes.  Some strange, some just indulgent, and one that’s even healthy.

Chocolate Sea Salt Cookies… 

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Apple Carrot Protein Muffins [Recipe]

I’m not big on repeats.

There are too many new things to try!

A new twist on an old recipe seems acceptable though.  Especially when you don’t have much else in your fridge!  I’ve been meaning to make my Apple Carrot Muffins for a while, actually.  They were really good, and I remembered that the originals led to a great race time.  A time I could never hit 3.5 years later…

Saturday morning had a similar results though!  I ate 2 muffins before heading to the gym and PR’d a couple of tricep exercises on sleepy, rainy morning.

Apple Carrot Protein Muffins… 

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Strange But Good Halloween Recipes

If there’s ever a time to let your freak-flag fly*, it’s Halloween.

*Assuming you ever bother to hide it.

This Halloween I’m letting my flag fly in full-on Rocky Horror fashion.  Complete with a costume I cannot believe I’m actually going to leave the house in.

In lieu of a new recipe this week, I thought it appropriate to round up some of my favorite not-so-normal recipes.  Translation: I got busy and haven’t taken pics of anything I’ve made.  Or made much, for that matter.

1. Roasted Pumpkin

Pumpkin itself isn’t all that strange, but I’m willing to bet most of you have never roasted your own.  They’re delicious – 100x better than the canned stuff.  I don’t do it all the time… because patience… but you owe it to yourself to do it at least once this fall.

Roasted pumpkin… 

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Baked Banana Oatmeal Protein Bites

Have you ever eaten warm banana?

Think pie… bananas foster… breads.

When you bake a banana it becomes a gooey, caramel-y treat.  You don’t even need to use sugar.  Like in these muffins.

I’m not one to take the time to make a baked oatmeal in the morning, but I love having it for breakfast.  Especially as it gets colder outside!  Bake it in advance and you have a delicious instant breakfast, portioned out perfectly.  That’s the idea behind these.

Baked Banana Oatmeal Protein Bites… 

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Peanut Butter Pumpkin Oreo Blondies (Recipe)

I wanted to name this recipe “crack.”

But that would be whack.

Really though.  I made 2 pans in as many days.  There was just something magical about these.

Peanut Butter Pumpkin Oreo Blondies Recipe… 

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Oatmeal Protein Cookie Balls

My inner fat kid loves baked goods.

 

So does my outer fat kid.

I really could eat baked goods all day long.  Keep your Twizzlers and Sour Patch Kids, I’ll take the homemade oatmeal cookies.

Sadly, cookies aren’t exactly on my training plan.  Until now.  I strange’d it up in a storm of “use everything in my pantry.”

Oatmeal Protein Cookie Balls

 

I balled up a version of one of my favorite cookies because everything’s better as balls.  I also altered the ingredient list a bit so it can be eaten guilt-free.  Not that I feel guilty about eating dessert… but sometimes my abs do.

These chocolate chip-laced treats are just as good as the real thing.  Really!  My boss ate one and said “oh my god… these are good!” with a only slightly suppressed tone of  surprise.

Oatmeal Protein Cookie Balls

 

You could probably use any flour here – try coconut flour to make it gluten free.  They can easily be made vegan with a flax egg.  And, if you’re not ready to bring back pumpkin yet, try mashed sweet potato or banana!

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Oatmeal Protein Cookie Balls

Oatmeal Protein Cookie Balls

  • 1 C almond meal
  • 1 C rolled oats
  • 1/2 C spelt flour
  • 2 scoops (62 g) vanilla protein powder (I used Growing Naturals rice protein)
  • 2 T  brown sugar, packed
  • 2 T Stevia (or more brown sugar)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 C pumpkin puree
  • 1/4 C water
  • 3 T coconut oil
  • 3 T egg white (or flax egg)
  • 2 tsp NuNaturals simple syrup (or maple syrup)
  • 1/2 tsp maple pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 C sugar-free chocolate chips

 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Place dry ingredients in a large bowl and stir to combine.

In a small bowl mix coconut oil (softened in micro if necessary), syrup, egg white, water, and extract.  Pour wet mixture into the dry.  Stir until well-combined (you can use your CLEAN hands).

Fold in the chocolate chips.  Make balls of ~2 T of dough, place on cookie sheet and and flatten with your palm.

Bake for 10-12 mins at 350 degrees.  Remove from oven and let cool.

Makes about 30 cookies.

*See notes in post above for gluten-free, vegan, and other options!

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How have you enjoyed making co-workers, friends, or family stare with strange but good creations this week? The link up rules can be found here or by clicking on “Strange But Good” in the menu bar above. In short, I want to see what concoctions have earned you weird looks from co-workers, family and friends! Post your Strange But Good creations, grab the logo below for your blog, and link up here.

Sprint 2 the Table

 

 

Remember to use #strangebutgood in any Tweets and Instagrams of your creations. :)



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I’m thinking I need to finally try a clean(er) cheesecake of my own next!

Baked goods or candy?

What childhood favorite would you like to health-ify?

 

#MoveHappy 4: Fudgy Plantain Protein Muffins

I’m high on my #MoveHappy this week!

I’m in Colorado… what were you thinking?

This week I get to do my #MoveHappy challenge with Heather in Colorado!  In case you missed it, Heather and I are co-hosting a challenge to have FUN with fitness in July.  You can read the details here.  We have a lots of prizes and 5 chances to win some of our favorite fitness-related items.  Last week’s prize was announced on Heather’s blog, and this week I have the goods again!

First let’s talk about how awesome is is to be here for Heather’s 2nd bikini competition!  She decided to start competing almost a year ago this week when we were on vacation in Napa.  I told her if she did, I’d come to Colorado and do a competition with her… this time she’s competing in a different organization and I’m taking a year off, so I came to spectate.  Doesn’t she look great? 

We celebrated a great show with lot of tasty food at Session Kitchen.  The server was amazing – she even brought out a special dessert for Heather!  Chocolate Chip Blondie S’mores with streusel sucre and White Russian gelato.

2014 WBFF Denver… 

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