Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Baked French Toast Casserole

I'm getting quite a few requests for the Baked French Toast Casserole recipe that was served at our Springtime Soiree, so I thought I'd share it with you all here on the blog. 


Doesn't it look yummy?  And it tastes just as good as it looks!

I'm also pretty sure that if you eat it while surrounded by people you love, it's calorie-free!  ;)

Here's the recipe, shared with me by my sister-in-law, Sharon.

Ingredients:

4 tablespoons butter
2 cans Pillsbury cinnamon rolls with icing
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
2 teaspoons cinnamon
2 teaspoons vanilla
6 eggs
1/2 cup maple syrup

Instructions:

1.  Melt butter and place in a 13" x9" pan.

2.  Separate cinnamon roll and cut each one into 8 pieces.  Put the cut rolls in the pan evenly.

3.  Mix together eggs, whipping cream, cinnamon and vanilla; pour evenly over cut rolls.  Drizzle maple syrup over top. 

4.  Bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 28-30 minutes.  Let cool for 10-15 minutes.  Spread the icing from the cinnamon rolls over top.

Eat up!  Let me know how you like it!  :)

Springtime Soiree ~ A Mother's Day Celebration



Celebrations don't need to be huge, elaborate and expensive to be amazing.

This springtime soiree consisted of  a simple breakfast, card games, and lots of laughs...and it was such fun!

So if you're in the mood for a little celebrating and don't have a big budget, this post is for you!

Here's what was on the menu:

Easy Potato and Bacon Casserole from Our Best Bites. 
This was spectacular!
I even ate the leftovers for dinner!  ;)




This is a recipe that I got from my sister-in-law and it is soooo yummy! 
In fact, when you're celebrating with family, it's even calorie-free!  :)


Fresh Fruit Parfaits
I'd been looking for a reason to use my new lime green ramekins and these fruit cups fit the bill perfectly!


And for dessert...
Key Lime Cheesecake with Strawberry Sauce
Doesn't it look positively beautiful?!!
The recipe is available on MyRecipes.com.





Toss in a few card or board games, some fresh flowers and lots of laughs and you've got a sweet, simple celebration.

Does it get any better?  :)

www.platesandnapkins.com


Monday, May 2, 2011

Cinco de Mayo ~ Celebration Inspiration from Around the Web


With Cinco de Mayo just a few days away, you may be looking for a little inspiration to help you celebrate.

Here are a few sweet and simple ideas that you can fit in with time to spare, although, nobody needs to know that!  {wink, wink}

The colorful tissue paper decorations (above left) from Martha Stewart are festive, fun and SO easy to make!  Get the DIY tutorial here.

One Charming Party blew me away with their super cute mini pinatas (above right).  Aren't they adorable?!!  And would Cinco de Mayo really be complete without pinatas?



A taco bar is super easy to set up and doesn't need a lot of prep work.  Just set out some seasoned meat and some of your favorite toppings and you're good to go!  Don't forget the chips and salsa and a blender to whip up some margaritas!



If you're feeling adventurous you can try these Creamy Chicken Taquitos from Our Best Bites.
They look scrumptious and make a great finger food.



For dessert, nothing could be more perfect than these adorable chili pepper cake pops designed by my sweet friend Terri of Terri's Party Treasures.  You may remember Terri from this post about my NYC trip.  She is a cake pop genius!  You may also remember my friend Nikki  of Nikki, in Stitches that I met in NYC.  You can find Terri's step-by-step tutorial on Nikki's blog here.



If you've got a little bit of time to spare and want to jazz up the joint just a little bit, try these ideas from Celebrations at Home.  The yarn pom garland will take some time to put together but it is so COOL!

Source Credits:
MarthaStewart.com:  Tissue paper decorations
One Charming Party:  Mini pinatas
MyRecipes.com:  Margaritas
Our Best Bites:  Creamy chicken taquitos
Nikki, in Stitches and Terri's Party Treasures:  Chili pepper cake balls
Celebrations at Home:  Yarn pom garland
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