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Cape Cod French Toast and Patriotic Cupcakes

Yesterday, I woke up early on Cape Cod and packed everything up to head back to the main land in hopes that I would miss all the traffic and to have a full day to get some things done. But, I didn’t miss the chance to try out a new Mary Lou’s Coffee. This time, I tried the Girl Scout Cookie Coffee, which tastes like a thin mint.

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It was a lot sweeter than I expected, and I didn’t have them add any sugar or milk to it. Next time, I’m sticking to my Peanut Butter Wonderful.

Oreo didn’t really mind the flavor change…she just wanted a taste and really had her begging eyes going.

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When I got back to the house, I unpacked and started to whip up some french toast for the holiday. The refrigerator died while we were away so ingredients were at a low. They were also squished into the smaller fridge in the basement, which made searching for ingredients a bit of a workout. I was hoping to come up with something a little red, white and blue…but couldn’t find the blue portion.

Cape Cod French Toast

 

Ingredients:

6 Slice Health Nut Bread 4 Eggs
1 Teaspoon Vanilla 1/8 Teaspoon Allspice
1 Teaspoon Cinnamon 1/4 Cup Almond Milk, Vanilla
1 Tablespoon Cape Cod Cranberry Jam

 

Directions:

1. In an open dish, mix up the eggs, cinnamon, almond milk, allspice, and vanilla. Dip the bread into the mix, covering it on both sides.

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2. Heat up the skillet to medium heat and cook the toast on both sides for about 2-3 minutes, or until golden brown.

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3. Heat up the tablespoon of Cape Cod Jam for 3o seconds (It is a local jam made of cranberries and basil, substitute it for any cranberry based jam). Drizzle it over the french toast and top with whipped cream if desired. ENJOY!

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The small bits of nuts that are in the bread added a lot of texture to the french toast that really made it fantastic. The Cape Cod Jam isn’t too sweet and really balanced the whole thing out. I was a little nervous about the basil portion of it but it turned out great.

 

Dessert

Maggie was heading to a BBQ with some friends and she was responsible for bringing dessert. We both headed to the supermarket to pick out some fun sweets but ended up coming home with a little project…Red, White and Blue Cupcakes. Super easy but super festive!

Memorial Day Cupcakes

 

 

Ingredients:

White Cake Mix Food Coloring
White Icing Festive Sprinkles

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Directions:

1. Just mix up the cupcakes according to the box directions. After it is well stirred, separate the mix into three even bowls. Add red and blue food coloring until you get the color you like.

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2. In the cupcake pan, with the covers, first put a spoonful of red, then white, then blue batter. Bake according to the directions on the box.

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3. When the cupcakes are cool, frost it and top them off with the sprinkles! Finito!

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Maggie and I filled them up a bit high…and ended up making 12 cupcakes out of the batter that calls for 24…Whoops.

They were delicious though and just a fun twist on the traditional cupcakes. You could really do this for any holiday. Think green! for St Pattys day. Haha.

Brent and I ended up hiking to work off the french toast. Brent hadn’t been to Noon Hill before and it’s a nice little hike to a fairly high summit.

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The puppies were sufficiently tired and ready for a nap when we got back. It’s such a nice little hike. The map says it is only 1.3 miles, but I would disagree. I’m leaning towards more like 2 miles.

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What is your favorite holiday dessert??

 

 

 

 

Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day!

We are all aware of what Memorial Day is meant for. A time to thank and remember veterans. It is the day specifically for visiting the graves of soldiers and remembering what their efforts so many years ago brought to us today. It truly is something to be thankful for.

Now a days, it is a long weekend that everyone looks forward to because it marks the beginning of summer months. It’s time to pull out the lawn chairs, that shorts, the grill and the beers. Not such a bad deal. But…it wasn’t always that way!

So! Here are some FUN FACTS about Memorial Day that you may not have known!

Memorial Day

 

 

  • Memorial Day was inspired by the Civil War because of the number of soldiers that had fallen. But, originally it was called Decoration Day because it was a day for people to decorate the graves of the fallen soldiers. It wasn’t officially changed to Memorial Day until 1967, however, the term was around since 1882.
  • Memorial Day used to be celebrated on the same day every year, May 30th, until 1971 when it was changed to the last Monday in the month of May.
  • The first official Memorial Day was 1868, but the southern states didn’t participate and celebrated on their own days because they still saw it as a tribute to union soldiers only. It wasn’t until WWI when the south began recognizing the holiday. For now it was all US soldiers that it remembered. A few southern states still celebrate their own Memorial Day on various days.
  • Lyndon B Johnson recognized Waterloo, NY as the birthplace of Memorial Day because the town had been celebrating it yearly on May 5th, since 1866. There was a lot of dispute over the topic.
  • A Hawaiian senator has been trying since 1987 to change Memorial Day back to May 30th to restore the initial purpose and meaning to the day.
  • In 2000, Bill Clinton declared that everyone have a moment of silence at 3pm on Memorial Day to remember.

Beyond the BBQs! Memorial Day has had it’s own little piece in history.

Enjoy your Memorial Day!