A Quarter Well Spent

At the back of our grocery store is the rack of day old bakery items.  Loaves of sourdough, french bread, regular sliced wheat bread and many more goodies are piled on this shelf and sold for just a quarter or two.  Granted, you need to eat this bread soon or it will go bad.  OR…use it for one of these fabulous recipe ideas below, which are all made better by almost-stale bread!

1.  Homemade Croutons 

It’s amazing how homemade croutons can totally make a salad.  I keep it simple – cut the bread into cubes, pour a combination of melted butter and olive oil over the bread cubes, sprinkle garlic salt, parmesan cheese and a little bit or parsley or Italian seasoning over and bake at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes or until desired level of crunch is reached.

2.  Breakfast Casserole

Tear pieces of bread in the bottom of a greased baking dish.  In a mix bowl, whisk together eggs (I did 5 eggs for 2 people), a little bit of milk, some cooked sausage, green peppers, onions and shredded cheddar.  Poor over the bread and bake at 375 for about 45 minutes.  This is one of our favorite breakfast for dinner dishes – full of protein!

3.  French Toast Casserole

Similar to the casserole above, tear pieces of bread into a greased pan.  In a mix bowl, whisk together some eggs, milk, cinnamon and vanilla.  Last time we even added a little pureed pumpkin and pumpkin pie seasoning to the mix for pumpkin French toast!  Pour mixture over bread.  Refrigerate over night, then sprinkle with brown and/or powdered sugar before baking at 350 for about 45 minutes.  Serve with additional powdered sugar or syrup.

4.  Zucchini Parmesan Bake

Cut zucchini into slices.  Heat olive oil in a skillet then cook zucchini.  Sprinkle with italian seasoning while cooking.  When mostly soft, pour spaghetti sauce over zucchini and continue to cook until heated through.  Pour into a greased baking dish.  Top with croutons (from idea 1) and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.  Bake for about 10 minutes at 400.

This is just a start for all you can do with a 25 cent loaf of French bread!  Next time I think I’m going to try making some homemade bread crumbs…and who knows what else!

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Mission Fro Yo

We love fro yo around here!  I could seriously eat it every single day.  A few weeks ago I was inspired to figure out how to make my own fro yo (without an ice cream maker – because who wants to clean up THAT mess!)!  The strategy – combine ingredients in blender then stick it in the freezer.

Fro Yo Take 1:

  • Frozen Strawberries
  • Frozen Pineapple
  • Milk
  • Sugar
  • Lemon Juice
  • Plain Yogurt

Fro Yo Take 2:

  • Frozen Pineapple
  • Frozen Mango
  • 1 Can Coconut Milk
  • Plain Yogurt
  • Sugar

Fro Yo Take 3:

  • Vanilla Yogurt
  • 3 Frozen Bananas
  • Peanut Butter
  • Cocoa Powder
  • A little bit of sugar (the bananas added a lot of sweetness)

The Review

The best was definitely Fro Yo Take 1.  Take 2 was also good, but needed a little more flavor.  Also, I forgot to add in the lemon juice and for texture purposes I would try and remember it the next time.  Fro Yo take 3 was the worst – nothing impressive.  However I’m putting what’s left to good use by scooping some into the Magic Bullet and blending with milk for a tasty, chocolate frozen treat!  And I’d actually make it again solely for that purpose!

Trip to Yosemite

Spring Break was over far too quickly and spring quarter is in full swing!  We had a fantastic time on our trip to Yosemite – it was absolutely gorgeous!  Once you enter the park you have to drive for about 30-40 minutes to get to the valley.  After meandering your way around steep, windy roads you go through a dark tunnel and at the end of the tunnel is a view that makes you gasp in awe!  It was really incredible. Here’s just a glimpse of some of the beauty!

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We returned and jump right back in to the day to day, including several new weekly commitments.  We spend our Monday nights at small group (we’re a very small group right now – just one other couple!), Tuesday nights we’re taking a Smart Marriages Successful Ministries course here at Fuller and of course there’s all the usual stuff like my Thursday night Fuller wives group, Sunday Community Meals, Saturday evening church, work, class, friends, etc etc!  A booked schedule is definitely what I’m used to and there’s something about having a full calendar that makes it suddenly feel more like home here.