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chocolate chip bread pudding

Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding Using Brioche Bread

Last week we made a quick trip into Aldi because a friend told me that they had a nice selection of organic baby food. We found that, but I also ended up with the ingredients to make this Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding. We can’t go into Aldi without coming out with at least one loaf of their brioche bread. My husband loves to use it to make French toast and they stock a rotating variety of flavors. During our trip they had a chocolate chip variety with a swirl of what appeared to be vanilla custard. It looked delicious and he couldn’t resist. My husband used one loaf to make French toast and he left the remaining loaf for me to make something with our son. I had planned to make French toast again, but he ended up having a 10am basketball game so labor-intensive French toast was a no-go. I needed to be able to make something that didn’t require me standing over the stove; I was parenting solo that weekend because my husband was in Korea and I had two kids to get ready for a game. My version of bread pudding is basically the same recipe that I used for this bread pudding, except it can be dumped into one casserole dish and baked in the oven. Here’s my recipe for Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding using Chocolate Chip brioche bread. I hope you’ll check it out and feel free to substitute other varieties of brioche bread in this recipe.

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oats n honey baked french toast

Oats N Honey Baked French Toast

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I’m not sure how my mother managed having four kids; I know she had a lot of help from my grandparents and great grandparents, but there are days that I struggle to manage caring for two children. I used to have more time to prepare and cook meals before my daughter arrived, but my son was 7 and he didn’t require my constant attention. My daughter will be 6 months old at the end of the month;  between breastfeeding, teething and sleep regression, I’m exhausted. I thought it would be fun to share an easy breakfast recipe that can be prepped ahead of time and baked in the oven. This Oats N Honey Baked French Toast uses ingredients that you can commonly find in your pantry (instead of specialty bread or cream), so you shouldn’t have to run out to the grocery store. I’m also explaining how this recipe can help you earn money for a local school.

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Chocolate Chip Pecan Bread Pudding

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One of our favorite desserts is a traditional bread pudding. They’re easy to make because you generally have all the ingredients already in your pantry, and you can mix in additives and spices as you please. Today I’m sharing a recipe for a Chocolate Chip Pecan Bread Pudding that’s made quickly and easily with the help of Marie Callender’s® Double Chocolate Chip Loaf Cake.

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holiday entertaining tips

Holiday Entertaining Tips & Printable Place Cards

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The holidays are especially exciting for our family this year. My daughter is going to be 4 months old in just over a week. It’s exciting to celebrate a holiday season of baby’s firsts, but it’s also chaotic. In this post I’m going to share how you can quickly get your dining room or kitchen table holiday ready in a matter of minutes with these easy holiday entertaining tips.

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spiced chocolate truffle muffins

Spiced Chocolate Truffle Muffin: Entertaining Guests

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When I was growing up, I spent nearly every Sunday either at my grandparents’ or great grandparents’ houses. I played with my cousins and we ate dinner together. Sadly, I feel like families don’t visit each other like they use to, or at least my family doesn’t. We seem to only visit during holidays, birthdays (if it’s a big one), weddings, and, unfortunately, funerals. When was the last time you had dinner or visited with your extended family? We spent some time with my husband’s family last week; his grandmother unexpectedly passed away. While everyone certainly grieved her passing, it was nice to catch up with many of them again. My husband got to spend time with his beloved great uncle and he got to meet our daughter for the first time. When everything was over and everyone went home, I just wanted to sit with my husband and relax. There are only a few things that I find more soothing than a nice cup of coffee and a bite of chocolate. Today I’m sharing one of my favorite coffee and chocolate pairings, Starbucks® Holiday Blend Coffee and Lindt Lindor Chocolate Truffles. This Spiced Chocolate Truffle Muffin recipe is lightly sweet with a burst of chocolate in the center. spiced chocolate truffle muffins Read more

Thai Chili Tuna Salad

Thai Chili Tuna Salad With StarKist Tuna Creations

This post is sponsored by StarKist Tuna, however all opinions are entirely my own. 

My husband and son are both home all day during summer break, which means my grocery bill is nearly double. I’m also struggling to find alternatives to deli meat sandwiches, pizza and hot dogs for lunch. Tuna Salad is a great alternative and if you’re bored with traditional tuna salad, I’m sharing a recipe for a Thai Chili Tuna Salad using StarKist Tuna Creations Thai Chili Style tuna packets.

Thai Chili Tuna Salad

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strawberry pineapple upside down cake

Strawberry Pineapple Upside Down Cake

There is an Amish community that’s about a 20 minute drive from our house. There are several little markets in the community, one of the markets stocks flowers and produce. It’s much cheaper for us to do most of our produce shopping there than at the local grocery story. This weekend they had some great deals. Strawberries were $1 per package, pineapples were two for $3, watermelons were $2.99, and heirloom tomatoes were $2.99 a lb. I stocked my fridge with lots of yummy, fresh produce. We sliced one of the the pineapples on Saturday night and we had a small amount left on Sunday morning. My husband had been begging for something sweet, so I decided to use the remnants to make a pineapple upside down cake. Most traditional pineapple upside down cakes have maraschino cherries, and I find them absolutely disgusting. I thought that I would replace maraschino cherries with strawberries, since I find them much more delicious. This Strawberry Pineapple Upside Down Cake recipe is easy to whip up and you can substitute drained canned pineapple for the fresh pineapple that I used.

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