Saturday, February 18, 2012

Nothing like warm Bread Pudding on a cold Winter's day!

And the best part? It's hot and ready when you wake up in the morning!

Crockpot Bread Pudding

1/4 cup butter
10 slices cubed day-old bread or 8 cups of torn old cinnamon rolls
2   1/2 cups milk or half-half
5 eggs
1/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg or cinnamon
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 cup diced apricots (or cherries, raisins, apples, or other fruit)
1/2 cup chocolate chips

Break of a tablespoon or two of the butter to generously grease the inside of your crockpot. I used a 5 quart round and it is about the perfect size for this recipe volume. Mix the remaining butter with the eggs, milk (or half-half), sugar, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt.
Tear the bread or rolls up into "bite-sized" pieces. Layer the bread, chocolate chips, and dried fruit in the crockpot. Once all of your dry ingredients have been added, pour the milk/egg/etc mixture over the top of the dried bread. You may need to use a rubber spatula to gently push down on the mixture in your crock. Let sit for at least 30 minutes prior to cooking. I prep mine in the evening, then place my removable crock in the fridge until right before I go to bed.
Cook on low for approximately 6 hours (that means I put mine in at midnight and then at 6am turn off the crock!). At this point I wrap the entire crock in a old towel and leave it on the counter for the rest of the family to have at 8am. It's just cooled to the perfect warm temperature for serving at that point.

It really doesn't need any sauce, but if you like, you could drizzle with maple syrup or top with a dallop of Cool Whip. BTW, have you tried the Season's Delight French Vanilla Cool Whip? It makes the perfect dip for fresh fruit when you mix it up with plain yogurt!

Leftovers keep in the fridge an can be rewarmed for breakfast later on in the week, which makes it a perfect "fast prep" for those busy mornings.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Looking good!

Just a quick pic before heading out the door yesterday AM. He thought the applique was pretty cool too!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

If I were a centenarian...

Okay, so it's not been one-hundred years, but I finally really sewed on my new machine and I had to share with you!

My son has his "Hundredth Day Party" tomorrow at school and was instructed to dress like he was 100 years old. Now, truth be told, he told me that meant he should dress like a skeleton...because "people don't live that long". We talked a bit and decided on a little crafting project.

I'm not sure if you know how hard it is to find long sleeve, plain white t-shirts this time of year...I mean geesh, you'd think it was winter or something, but there were very few to be found anywhere; I snagged one hiding behind some swim trunks.

I ironed Heat n Bond lite onto the back of some woven cotton I pickled up from Hobby Lobby and cut out a tie shape. You'll just have to trust me here...I forgot to take pics along the way, last minute crafting you know!  :) The tie got ironed on the t-shirt, and I zig-zagged around it to finish the edges. "Old man" shirt and tie, done!

He needed something to hold up his drawers, so I made a pair of suspenders from some left over "tie" fabric, a yard of elastic, and a pair of mitten clips from the clearance bin (hiding under the flip flop display, lol!).