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spiced pumpkin french toast.

True Confession:  I failed my first driving test.

And here’s what’s worse:  When friends asked to see my new license, I totally lied.  I LIED! You see, I had scheduled my test at least a month before, on my 16th birthday, and came back empty-handed.  I mean completely.  I left my license and my pride at the Thousand Oaks Department of Motor Vehicles.  My instructor said something about how maybe I cut off a car on a major street and possibly sped in a school zone.  Maybe.

And for those of you wondering if I went on to be a good driver…well, I can say with confidence that I’ve never been issued a ticket by a police officer.  That’s right, not by any of the 9 police officers who have pulled me over in the 15 years I’ve been driving.  There WAS the little issue of that tiny camera catching me racing through an intersection just after the light turned red.  Oh you silly camera.  What am I to do with you?  I mean I can’t smile or crack a joke or play dumb with you 🙂

While we’re at this whole confession thing, I’ll mention that I’ve been loving me some pumpkin lately.  I’m sure there are so many great and healthy ways to enjoy pumpkin but for the life of me this season I can’t help but add pumpkin to my pasta, toss some in a mousse tart (recipe coming!), or smother it on thick pieces of crusty bread.

There are three steps in this recipe – 3!

Step #1:  Mix up pumpkin, eggs, milk, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice.

Step #2:  Slice up some thick bread – my favorites are french or challah or brioche.

Step #3:  Cook up the french toast and serve with butter, syrup and maybe some chopped spiced pecans if you’re in the mood.

Welcome, Fall.  My last confession:  I think I love you.

Spiced Pumpkin French Toast

(a FFF original – serves 4)

What You’ll Need:

1 loaf french or challah bread, sliced into 1 inch slices

1 cup pureed pumpkin

3 eggs

1 1/2 cups milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice

yummy toppings like butter, maple syrup, caramelized pecans


In a deep baking dish, whisk together pumpkin, eggs, milk, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice until smooth.

Dip bread in the pumpkin mixture, flipping after a few minutes until well coated on either side.

Heat a griddle or nonstick pan with cooking spray or butter.  Cook french toast until golden, about 2-3 minutes per side.  If need be, keep in the oven at 300F while cooking up the rest of the french toast.

Serve with butter and maple syrup or caramelized nuts.

TOTAL:  $4.95, or about $1.24 per serving.

Wondering how on earth I arrived at these costs?  Take a look at my shopping guide to show see what I pay for items, per serving, etc.


299 calories per serving (not including toppings)

6 grams of fat

46 carbs

15 grams protein

3 grams fiber

Did you give it a try?  Leave me a comment below or head over to Facebook and let me know what you think!

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dark chocolate coconut granola.

Please don’t leave me alone too long with this granola.  I beg you.

You know those foods that sit around your kitchen, staring at you, teasing you, imploring you to take just one little bite?  And then you cave and before long there simply isn’t anything left in the box or bag or carton or jar.  Starbucks ice cream comes to mind, as do those evil peanut butter pretzels.

Get behind me satan! Read more

dutch baby + sauteed apples + cheese.

Husband coming home late = pancakes for dinner.

…Not that I’m trying to encourage the kids to rejoice in Dad coming home late; it’s more that I’m just not as motivated to cook a full meal when it’s just me and the kids.  It was the same thing when I was single, when often a three day-old muffin and two slices of turkey sufficed as dinner.

Can you relate? Read more

nanaberry toast.

If only I had it in me to rise at the crack of dawn each morning like Ma Ingalls and offer my kids freshly baked bread and scrambled eggs I gathered from the organic hen house.

Real life:  my precious and ferociously hungry kids make sure I know they’re awake and ready to eat by 6:30am each morning, and I hunt for my glasses, stumble out of bed and pour them a bowl of cereal with milk while I patiently anxiously wait for my coffee to brew. Read more

caramel nut sticky buns.

YES.  The answer to your question is yes…I am a schizophrenic foodie.

Last week I was finishing up a fruit and veggie cleanse, talking about things like summery salads under 350 calories and these quinoa-stuffed bell peppers; then sprinkled between these days of utter discipline and health, I’ve managed to crank out loaded peanut butter ice cream with salted caramel and dark chocolate, berry lime crumb bars and these wickedly awesome sticky buns. Read more

father’s day roundup.

The dads in my life totally rock.

My dad took me to breakfast every Saturday, even in my awkward years when I was a pain in the you-know-what and too cool for school.  Talking with me over breakfast might have been like talking to a slice of melon. Read more

mama’s day inspirations.

Mother’s Day has evolved over the years in our family. 

After a nearly disastrous first Mother’s Day where, 2 months post-partum and clearly still quite hormonal, I deviated from my normal “let’s not make a big deal out of this holiday” routine and opted instead for a tantrum that mirrored my now 2 year old…we have since moved on to a more peaceful (and less estrogen-filled) Mother’s Day tradition.

Andrew now knows that we go out on Saturday, and I cook brunch on Sunday.  Because… Read more

potato frittata with rosemary and feta.

If I had a million dollars, I think I might, I dunno…

pay off our house…

take a few more vacations…somewhere exotic like St. John Island, Santorini or Portofino…

and keep the fridge stocked with 100% real maple syrup all the freaking time…

BUT one thing I certainly WOULDN’T do, even if I was a fat and happy millionaire, is stop eating breakfast for dinner. Read more

maple oat pancakes.

This recipe was inspired by that which was uninspired.


I was sent a recipe that a reader felt was lacking in the flavor department and needed a little help.  And I was so excited to help bring a little love to this gluten-free, butter-free pancake recipe that I got to work within hours of receiving her email!  If you have a recipe that’s just missing a little something or that needs a frugal makeover, hit me up via Facebook or Twitter! Read more

easter roundup.

Happy Easter!

Do you have plans?  Dining in or headed out?

Well if you’re anything like me and you’re scrambling to figure out what to make this weekend, I hope these recipes will give you some much needed inspiration!   They sure did for me. Read more

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