Banana Creme Brulee French Toast

As you all know I love to experiment with recipes and different ingredients...so this weekend while I was searching for pumpkin eggnog (which was NOT in the stores yet) I wondered what french toast would taste like with a flavored dairy creamer.  Hmmm...which one to choose...they all looked good...but we settled on Creme Brulee.

Beautiful Creme Brulee French Toast

The smell of the Creme Brulee dairy cream was so amazing as it cooked, but the sauce needed something....but what?  I looked around my kitchen to see if there were any raspberries...nope.  I looked at my fruit bowl and I had just purchased two big bunches of bananas.  So, in the spirit of Bananas Foster...I made a syrup with the Creme Brulee Cream and bananas.  It looked like golden heaven....so here is the newest experiment from my kitchen to yours.

Creme Brulee French Toast

One Loaf of Texas Toast
4 Eggs
4 Cups of Nestle Dairy Creme Brulee Creamer
2 Teaspoons of Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix
Non-Stick Spray

In a medium flat bowl or pie plate, crack eggs and whip.  Mix in Creme Brulee creamer, and Pumpkin Pie Spice Mix.  Heat griddle and spray with non stick spray.  When it is hot and ready.  Dip Texas Toast into cream mixture and let the bread soak some of the mixture and place on griddle.  When one side is golden toasted brown flip over and brown the other side and butter.  Repeat until the loaf is finished.  

Banana Creme Brulee Syrup

1 Cup Butter
1 Cup Brown Sugar
2 Cups Nestle Dairy Creme Brulee Creamer
4 Large Sliced Bananas

In a heavy saucepan on medium heat melt butter.  Add brown  sugar and whisk together.  Heat until bubbly.  Whisk in Creme Brulee Creamer until all is Incorporated and bubbling, which will thicken the sauce.  Once the sauce has thickened so it slowly pours off of a spoon, add sliced bananas and coat with syrup.  Spoon over Creme Brulee French Toast and enjoy!

This breakfast was so yummy that it could easily satisfy a midnight sweet craving.  Now that I know these creamers work as any heavy cream would, I am excited to try some of the other flavors in a few new recipes.  I hope you enjoy!

All Joy,


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Fabulous Fall Sale

I have spent the last couple of days getting excited for fall as unpacked all of my fall goodies and cleaned up my Etsy Shop to make room for the new fall and winter patterns AND for the 25% fall sale!
Counting Pumpkins

Now through October all Fall Patterns are 25% off.  I will be adding two new wool patterns next week and will send updates as they are posted!  

 I Am Not Scared

 My Pumpkin Angel

 The Littlest Pumpkins

 We Gather Together

 Candy Is Dandy

 Hisk And Hark

 Boo To You

Laughing Pumpkins

There is nothing like the colors of fall and the rich feel of wool and fabric.  I hope that you will find a project that inspires you to get stitching!  I have my seasons fall pattern I am taking with me tonight to Adam's football practice and a new Jack-o-Lantern pattern in my bag ready to be whip stitched for you!  So get out your favorite scraps of wool and get ready for some fabulous fall stitching!

All Joy,

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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

Labor Day weekend is full of tradition for our family.  It seems that the this last summer holiday comes just after school starts and we are all rebelling..resisting the submission to cool weather....and yet we celebrate fall and can't wait for the crisp cool days.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding with 
Warm Butter Caramel Spice Sauce &
Chocolate Cinnamon Whipped Cream

You may know I am obsessed with bread pudding and was inspired when making my sons some pumpkin chocolate chip cookies a couple of weeks ago, to try making a bread pudding with the same flavors of one of my favorite cookies....to me the are fall in one bite!

It was delicious pudding needed something special so I created a Warm Butter Caramel Spice Sauce and a Chocolate Cinnamon Whipped Cream to top it off.  Oh my....it smelt and tasted like fall in my kitchen and got us excited for the cool days ahead.  

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding

1 Large Loaf of Texas Toast
4 Cups Heavy Cream
2 Cups Pumpkin
1 Egg
1 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
2 Tablespoon of Pumpkin Pie Spice
1 Tablespoon of Cinnamon
2 Cups of Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  In a large bowl combine cream, sugar, egg, pumpkin, vanilla, and spices.  Cut bread into 1 1/2" cubes.  Lightly toss bread with cream mixture.  Do not stir as it will make the bread toss.  I use my clean hands and lightly toss it.  Let it stand 30 minutes tossing a few times to allow cream mixture to absorb completely. 

Butter a 9" x 13" baking dish and fill with the bread mixture.  Sprinkle the chocolate chips over the top of the bread mixture and carefully move the bread to let a few chips fall down between the bread pieces.  I like to save my best looking bread pieces for the top.  Bake for 40 minutes at 375 degrees. 

Chocolate Cinnamon Whipped Cream

4 Cups Ice Cold Whipping Cream
1 1/2 cup Powdered Sugar
2 Teaspoons of Vanilla
1/4 Cup Cocoa Powder
1 1/2 Teaspoon of Cinnamon

Pour ice cold whipping cream into a cold mixing bowl.  Add sugar and vanilla.  Whip on a medium to high speed until the powdered sugar and vanilla are incorporated and smooth.  Sprinkle in the cocoa and cinnamon and whip on high speed for five to ten minutes until the cream has become stiff with peaks.  Chill and serve with warm Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding.

Warm Butter Caramel Spice Sauce

1 Cup of Butter
1 1/2 Cup of Heavy Cream
1 Cup Dark Brown Sugar
1 Tablespoon Vanilla
1 Teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/4 Teaspoon Baking Soda

Melt Butter in a medium sauce pan.  Add heavy cream and dark brown sugar, vanilla, and pumpkin pie spice.  Whisk together on medium-high heat until it bubbles into a light boil. 

 Let bubble-boil for 5 to 8 minutes until the sauce thickens.  Remove from heat and sprinkle in baking soda while whisking.  This will create a frothy foam in the sauce that is so yum.

Serve the Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding warm with a drizzle of the Warm Butter Caramel Spice Sauce and a dollop of the cool Chocolate Cinnamon Whipped Cream.  

Avoid the temptation to spoon out the last of the butter caramel sauce...it is so scrumptious.  I think I am going to use this sauce on some apple spice pancakes tomorrow morning for Adam's 11th birthday.    

I hope this dessert gets you as excited for fall as it did our family.
Bring on the cool days..I'm ready!

All Joy,


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My One Thousand Gifts - It Takes Each Of Us

"It takes each of us to make the difference for us all."...a saying that inspired me a year ago while sitting in a hammock among the brilliant fall colors, writing a few "just because notes". 

It Takes Each Of Us

I finished and framed this stitch a month ago and have had it in my living room waiting to be shipped...which means I've had some time to look at it and think about why I designed it more than I get to with my other projects.  I have reflected on the people who have made a difference in my life and feel very blessed.  It's amazing what you have time to think about when there is a quiet house!  

I have also found some time to read a book called One Thousand Gifts writtne by Ann Voskamp.   I have loved this book!  She challenges  you to find one thousand gifts in your life...one thousand things that bring you joy.  I have taken the challenge and have discovered that I can find a measure of gratitude in the oddest things.  Ann's writing is so poetic and visual...it is a treat for the soul.  I love the imagery of her life on the farm, her family, and the search for joy in the simple everyday life of a wife and mother. 

 Having grown up on a farm...I can see what she writes and have thoroughly enjoyed every page.  I keep it in my purse and pull it out while I am waiting for kids to pile into the car, or when the house is still.  It is so uplifting and has helped me to breathe a little deeper, enjoy my life and family more, feel more peace and less stress...which is a big deal for me :), and simply see good more clearly.  

With the new time I have on my hands I found a new social media treasure,  Happy Rambles.  It is a online gratitude journal that is set up through your email.  It sends you a message each day (at your choice of time) with a request for you to write  the things that you were grateful for that day.  You can upload pictures... journal a little...send it in, and you create a online private journal.  You can review your previous entries and print it out as you desire...and the best thing is it's free!

One of the features that I love is that you can forward a "mention" in your Happy Rambles to someone who you have written about or expressed gratitude for...sort of a online thank you.  I LOVE my Happy Rambles and how it is helping me to make my list of One Thousand Gifts so easy to write.  

I hope you take the time to check out these two great "finds" and "find" a little more joy!  The pattern for It Takes Each of Us can be found on my Etsy Page.  I will post a tutorial for making the fabric flowers before the weekend ends....super easy and cute.  

Have a great holiday weekend!!!  

All Joy,


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