Wednesday, May 20, 2009

The best thing for dinner

Can I just share with you one of my favorite dinners? It's Breakfast! Breakfast for dinner. I absolutely looooooove Denny's French slam-anytime of day. Infact I'm getting the urge to grab my purse and head down there right now. To bad I know my 5 year old wouldn't sit still long enough for me to enjoy the meal. Not only that, but it's 2:45 p.m. and she's still in her panties. In the meantime I guess I'll just have to settle for drooling over this picture. I made some french toast the other night for dinner, and even had my homemade strawberry syrup with it. Okay, I didn't set out to can a bunch of strawberry syrup-it just happened when I didn't add the pectin to my strawberry jam mixture. There you go. Nothing like the pic above, but still good.

There's just one little problem with my love of breakfast (other than the insane amount of sugar-yes, I'm a sugar addict, but I'll save that for a later post). Here's the problem; while my kids and I love breakfast for dinner my husband is not a big fan. Well, okay, he's not a fan at all. I really can't blame him-after working a long, hard day he wants to come home to meat and potatoes. Yes, he's a manly man. Infact, I have learned early on that I need to call him and tell him when I plan on making breakfast for dinner so that he can run and grab himself a burger-that way I can avoid a little crankiness :-) (love you honey).

I could honestly schedule breakfast for dinner once a week. When I was a little girl my mom would do just that, every Saturday night, and us kids totally looked forward to pancakes or french toast. Infact, I had a friend in Jr. high who's mom did the same thing, and she even took it a step further by making waffles and letting her kids spread chocolate frosting on them. I spent the night there once and got to experience chocolate covered waffles-yummmy. I tried to convince my mom to let us do the same, but she wasn't for it. I have never actually tried that, probably because my waffle iron bit the dust years ago, but I think I would if it weren't for the fact that an open container of chocolate frosting wouldn't last long in our house. Yes, I'm that kind of mother. I give my children ice cream for breakfast-once in a blue moon.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

You have to watch this

Okay, so I've only watched/listened to this about 10 times since first seeing it yesterday. I'm so impressed with Jon Schmidt's piano skills. All three of my girls love Taylor Swift's 'Love story' so I have heard it many times. Maybe that's why I like this song so much.

As requested. . . recipe for chocolate eclair cake

This is one of my favorite desserts. I got the recipe from a Utah ward cookbook about 10 years ago. Everytime I make it someone asks for the recipe, so here it is. (picture courtesy of flickr).


1 box of graham crackers (3 sleeves)
2 small packages of vanilla pudding
1 (8 oz.) container of cool whip
3 1/2 C. milk
1 1/2 containers of store bought chocolate frosting

In a 9 X 13 pan place a layer of whole graham crackers to completely cover the bottom of the pan. Mix together the pudding and milk. Fold in the cool whip. Pour half of the pudding mixture over the top of the crackers. Add another layer of graham crackers. In a microwave safe bowl heat up the frosting for about 30 seconds-to make it runny enough to spread easily over the crackers. Spread onto the graham crackers you just laid down. Pour the rest of the pudding mixture over the frosting, even out, and place one more layer of crackers on top. Frost the top layer with the warm frosting. Chill for at least 6 hours.

*I 'improved' the recipe by adding the layer of chocolate frosting in the middle. If you don't care to do this than you will only need 1 can of frosting. If you're a chocolate lover like myself than you wouldn't even think of leaving it out.

*I would also strongly suggest that you make this dessert the night before you plan on serving it-or first thing in the morning. That way the graham crackers are nice and soft.

Yum Yum! Enjoy.