Health(ier) Sprinkled French Toast

French toast was a classic in our house growing up! Whenever I had friends sleep over, or a big test at school, or it was just Saturday and we could take it slow, my grandma would always fix us french toast and eggs. It's full of happy nostalgia for me. Weird how tastes and smells can do that to you, am I right? 

Anyway, the french toast I was raised on was usually made with a stick of butter, whole milk, and white bread (which we all know has oodles and oodles of added sugar). And while, I will happily indulge when I go home to TN (mainly cause my grandma would scold me for being too calorie conscious if I didn't, cause that's what grandmas do), I like to make it a little bit healthier for my hubs and myself here in CA. Although I did still make it pink, and add sprinkles, because it's true to who I am. ;)

What You'll Need:

  • 4 slices of Ezekiel Bread (2 slices per person)
  • 1 tsp raw honey
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp milk of choice
  • 2 eggs
  • Toppings of choice

 

Obviously, this recipe can be modified, I'm just aware of the health benefits of this version (as beneficial as french toast can be, really...which isn't much, but that's just something you accept). We use Ezekiel bread because it's gluten-free, unprocessed, and high in protein! No added sugar! Hooray! We also use unsweetened vanilla almond milk, because we try to keep dairy out of our diets as much as possible! 

You'll also notice the glaze on this french toast isn't just syrup. Because I wanted to make this recipe a little lower in sugar, I kind of made my own hybrid mixture of sweeteners! I used about 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, about 1 tbsp of almond milk, 1 tsp of honey, and a couple of drops of syrup. And obviously, I take any chance I get to add pink food coloring to anything, so I added a few drops of that and some sprinkles! And I love syrup as much as the next gal, but this mixture is about half the calories! 

Anyway, Instructions!

  • Heat a non-stick pan over medium/low heat & grease the pan with coconut oil (again, hooray for unprocessed things!)
  • Whisk the eggs, milk, cinnamon, and honey together in a bowl.
  • Soak the bread in the mixture, for about 30 seconds per side. 

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  • Cook the bread for about 3 minutes per side, or until golden brown
  • Choose your toppings and eat it while it's hot! 

How do you like your french toast? Or what breakfast was a staple in your house growing up that gives you all the nostalgia? I'd love to know! 

 

For now, happy breakfast-ing! 

xoxo,

Cort

 

St. Patty's Day Frozen Irish Coffee

Happy St. Patrick's Day, y'all! Sending lots of love (and booze) to all our little Irish babies out there! 

Whenever I think of going out on St. Patty's day, I always think of the episode of The Office (by that, I'm sure you know it's Cort writing the post) where they all have to work late and Michael gets super stressed out because they can't go out right at 5pm. But then they finally do, and they go really hard! 

While we're not the gals to go super hard on this holiday (we're also not Irish, so that probably has something to do with it), we appreciate any excuse for a boozy coffee drink! So, we reached out to the cocktail queen, Natalie of Arsenic Lace (@arseniclace on Instagram), to come up with a themed cocktail and man, she did not disappoint (as if she ever disappoints us ever...cause she doesn't)! So we're super excited to share her recipe for a Frozen Irish Coffee *wipes drool from mouth*. 

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Recipe: 

  • 1 1/2 oz Irish whiskey
  • 1/2 oz coffee liqueur
  • 1 oz cold brew
  • 1/2 oz Demerara simple syrup
  • 1 scoop coffee ice cream
  • Whipped cream
  • Ground coffee

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Add whiskey, coffee liqueur, cold brew, simple syrup, ice cream, and a cup of ice to a blender. Blend until smooth and then pour into your desired glasses (we totally think this is worth breaking out your fancy glasses). Garnish with whipped cream and a sprinkle of ground coffee! It's seriously that easy (possibly dangerously easy)! ;) We may or may not have garnished ours with some Lucky Charms too, because we may or may not be five year olds? Whatever. 

What are y'all making for the holiday? A girl can't have too many coffee cocktail options. ;)

xoxo, 

Cort

All recipe photos taken by Natalie Jacob of Arsenic Lace

Bonjour Fete

One of the things we love most about living in Los Angeles is the vast amount of local businesses out there! There are constantly adorable little shops and coffee shops and restaurants and bars opening up all around us. And it's always so much fun to go and explore them, try their products, and spend way more money than we originally intended. It's just so hard not to when they're all so cute! 

We've followed Bonjour Fete on Instagram for quite a while and we were so excited when they set up shop just about five minutes away from Cort's house! For any of those who haven't heard of it, Bonjour Fete is an extremely stylish party supply store, full of about a million of the cutest items in the world from some of our favorite vendors (Little Arrow Studio, Packed Party, and BASH Party Goods, just to name a few)! We got a chance to chat with the owner, Rachel (who was also the sweetest), about her journey of launching this brand, and how she moved with her family from Montreal to L.A. to set up shop. Being in the creative business, it's just always so encouraging to see something so unique and so needed come to life in our neighborhood! The shop is just effortlessly beautiful, which is kind of our favorite. ;)

Of course we were drawn to everything pink. ;) After walking around the store for like, an hour and a half, trying to narrow down our choices, we walked away with some valentine cards, some flamingo stir sticks, polka dotted straws, flamingo cocktail napkins, and a few other things...because we're not really good at "narrowing down." 

Definitely a spot we'll be visiting probably on a regular basis. If you're looking to stop in, just look for that adorable pink door. :)

xoxo,

Jenna & Cortney