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Challah French Toast

I have made this delicious Ina Garten recipe numerous times but most recently we enjoyed it for Father's day. It's always a big hit with everyone and super easy to make, actually I have even made it the night before and then just re-heated in the oven at 350 degrees in the morning and it's equally as scrumptious. This time I used a French Loaf and I have at times even tweaked the recipe due to lack of on-hand ingredients or time ( like leaving out the orange zest or just plain ol' dipping and then right into the pan for the bread-no leaving it to soak) and it still comes out perfect, so needless to say, this recipe is a keeper and never lets me down. As Ina puts it "This is Sunday breakfast with the volume turned up."

Challah French Toast

6 Extra large eggs

1 1/2 cups half-and-half or milk

1 tsp grated orange zest

1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 tbs good honey

1/2 tsp kosher salt

1 large loaf of challah or brioche bread

Unsalted butter

Vegetable oil

Preheat oven to 250 degrees

In large shallow bowl, whisk together eggs, half-and-half, orange zest, vanilla, honey and salt. Slice the challah in 3/4 inch-thick slices. Soak as many slices in the egg mixture as possible for 5 minutes turning once.

Heat 1 tbs butter and 1 tbs oil in large sautee pan over med heat. Add the soaked bread and cook for 2-3 minutes per side until golden brown. Place the cooked French toast on sheet pan and place in warm oven. Fry the remaining bread slices, adding butter and oil as needed between batches. Serve hot with maple syrup, and/or confectioners sugar.

Recipe Courtesy of Ina Garten/Barefoot Contessa/Family Style Cookbook

Blabla Kids

I absolutely adore the brand blabla kids, they make the most sweet and charming kids toys that are truly the definition of classic. In fact, they are the one toy that I can honestly say I think is a must for a child, they are just that good. You could easily purchase one of them today and then hand it down from generation to generation-it would still be in style and just as lovely years from now (that's our plan)!The details and the workmanship that goes into each doll is outstanding, all of them are handknitted, made with natural fibers, fairtrade and non-toxic. Both of our kids have a few of them and I would love to add to the collection. They make for the very best baby gifts as well as even the tiniest of hands can hold their rattle sized dolls. One look and I am sure you will be hooked!

"we can’t really explain it ourselves, but a blabla friend is a friend for life. Children have cherished our dolls forever." (blabla kids)

Our daughter has this one.

Our son has this one.

Our kids shared this one.

Would love to add the next two to their collection.

Children's Artwork

Amber Alexander | Etsy

Amber Alexander is one of my favourite artists of choice when it comes to children's rooms (both our daughter and our son have her work in theirs). Her paintings are not only adorable but they also have a sense of whimsy and nostalgia to them-which in my opinion is a necessary detail when it comes to little ones and their space. You can find her work on ETSY where you can either purchase originals or prints of her work. And if you're not in the market

for children's artwork she also does paintings of beautiful landscapes and non-whimsical animals.

Happy decorating!

Our daughter has a print of this painting in her room

How charming is would this one be for a little girls room?

Gorgeous Landscape

Our son had a print of this painting in his nursery. Handsome and whimsical.


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