Sunday, June 25, 2017

Hey all.

Funny thing happened.

I miss blogging. So very much.
And then, like, the universe kept sending me all these signs that I needed to pick it up again.
People kept asking me about my blog. I received a few comments, private messages… that notification where google tells me my site views spiked for a day.

Little moments of synchronicity.

Oh, this other thing happened.
We had a BABY.
That’s a pretty big deal. But my blogging heart was calling me…. I’ve spent the past months trying to work through details in my head.

For example, I have no time to use my DSLR, edit pictures, and upload them while having a bebe. So, I decided, I’ll figure out how to use my phone. Lots of bloggers do it. In the meantime, be prepared to put up with some really awkward photos while I figure out angles from my phone. It doesn’t sound like it should be hard, but I know there will be a learning curve.

So I’m going to ignore all the negative talk in my head, and stop worrying about how overwhelming it is to keep up with social media.

I’m just going to write a few minutes a day, and let my heart lead the way.

The good news is, no one is reading my blog nowadays any-who. *heh*
I’ll stop freaking out about what I should bake and do I have the ingredients and what am I going to do with all this food and is it healthy and what if the baby starts crying.

See where my head goes? Hey, real talk here.
Heart to heart.
I’m being vulnerable.

 

So wish me luck, pop in when you feel like, and let’s see where this thing goes.

 

~ Peace, love, and life changes y’all
xoxo

 

Sunday, February 14, 2016

New Orleans Style Stuffed French Toast

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I made something special for Valentine’s Day, y’all. You see, I’ve been counting calories during the week.

*who knew leggings could get snug.* meh.

So alllll week, I was dreaming something up scrumptious and rich that would satisfy my sweet tooth. French toast is my favorite so I started there. Actually, husband wanted crepes, but I didn’t the strawberries at the store looked very good, so I was thinking of stuffed french toast.

You know, I used to HATE bananas, I actually still do, I think it’s the smell. I’ll eat them when I’m starving, but I have to choke them down with water.

But when covered with caramelized sugar and butter, who can tell?

But, we went to Costa Rica for our honeymoon, and we a lot of beans & rice, rice & beans, and PLANTAINS. Mmmmmm. Cooked plantains, fried plantains, and plantains sweetened with sugar.

I bought one at the store and tried to recreate, but I forgot you have to wait until plantains are black before cooking.

It was like eating a starchy, crunchy unripe fruit covered in sugar. *fail*

Anyhow, I’ve been like craving all this sautéed, caramelized banana stuff. Plus we were engaged in New Orleans, where I had an awesome Banana Fosters Donut. *omg*

So I figured for Valentine’s Day, this is the best mash-up (ha, pun) of all our favorite places.

Enough talking, let’s cook.

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Get out your granny’s best skillet, and cook up those bananas with plenty of butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, and rum.

You’ll take half the bananas out, and add in the cream cheese to make the filling.

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Slice open those buttery, golden croissants.
French bread would also be good, challah, or those Hawaiian sweet rolls. MMM!
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Stuff them with the banana cream cheese mixture and set aside to dip into egg mixture.

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Doooood! I got a double yolk! That’s gotta be crazy good luck, because like, these were just regular HEB grocery store eggs, not like farm fresh eggs.

I swear, I will remember this day forever.

Make your french toast batter, and cook these babies up.
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They are soooo rich. I made my husband two filled croissants. I made one filled and one unfilled for myself and could only finish half.
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Another tip, I used a panini pan and more butter, and had great success smashing those babies down into perfect french toast goodness.

Top with maple syrup and DEVOUR.

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~ Muwah. Peace, Love, and Bananas Y’all.

Happy Valentine’s Day 🙂

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New Orleans Style Stuffed French Toast

Yield: serves 2-4

Ingredients:

3 bananas
1/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, divided
1 tsp cinnamon, divided
1/4 tsp rum or rum extract
4 oz cream cheese
4 eggs
1/2 cup heavy cream
4 large croissants
maple syrup

Directions:

Begin by making the banana fosters sauce. Sauté 4 tbl butter, brown sugar, and 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Once melted, add the bananas and stir over medium for 3-4 minutes - a cast iron skillet works great. Add in the rum or rum extract and cook for 1 minute more.

Once cooked, remove from heat. Move half the bananas to a bowl to rest. In the skillet, add 4 oz of cream cheese to the remaining bananas, and stir over low, mashing the mixture together until fairly combined. Set aside.

For the french toast: In a bowl mix eggs, heavy cream, 1/2 tsp cinnamon. Melt 4 tbl butter in a panini pan or skillet. Slice a slit in the croissants and fill with cream cheese banana mixture. Dip into egg mixture and set in panini pan. Cook both sides until golden, about 2 minutes per side.

Slice stuffed french toast, top with maple syrup and remaining bananas in fosters sauce.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Where I’ve Been…

Hollllllllllla’ y’all!

Goodness gracious it’s been a long time. Let me just clean these, uh, cobwebs off the ol’ blog.
What’s my login again?

There’s lots of reasons people take breaks from blogging – burnout, lack of motivation, life changes, lots of stuff, ya feel me?
And for a person with undiagnosed ADHD like me (heh), you can imagine what it’s like  when you have 320 tabs open in your brain, and you don’t know where to look next. Ha.

First, I needed a fresh bloggie makeover. I was so fortunate to work with Ana Maria Ciolacu of Visual Pixie. I found her on Etsy and she’s in ITALLLY!? WHAAA?

*my blog has been Italian designed?* YUHESS.

I AM SO CRAZY EXCITED about my new blog banner! I’ve refined my vision.
The Hill Country Cook is a little half hippie, half southern, ya know?
Born in California, but got my little bootie to Texas just as fast as I could.

(Hey, my momma’s got roots here, so I get some cred, k?)

It perfectly captures my sign-off “Peace, Love, and Cooking, Y’all!”

ANYhow, so, girl has a fresh new blog, and a fresh new life.
Well, what’s new with me, you ask?

Welllll…….

  1. We bought a house. Wow. Being a homeowner is crazy. Exciting, but so full of stress, too. Latest project: Operation National Lampoon’s Christmas Light Special.

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2. We got married! Best. Day. Of. My. Life. Period.

 

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3. I got a new job! I’m a middle school counselor, and I get to… COUNSEL KIDS. My current position doesn’t have a lot of the paperwork associated with my counseling jobs in the past. I LOVE IT.

AND I love the people I work with. How many people get to say that?

 

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Also spread out in that year and a half, we got a dog, went to Chicago, went to Costa Rica, I accidentally dyed my hair black, & went to Thailand, San Francisco, and New Orleans.

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Wow. I guess I do have a lot to write about.

 

~ Peace, Love, and fresh starts, y’all!

xoxo