Paleo French Toast Sticks (WIAW)

It’s only 8:00pm and I already feel like taking a nice large nap. Preferably one that lasts throughout the night for eight blissful hours. Yes. That sounds good right now.

Paleo French Toast Sticks (Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free)

Before going to bed though I have a nice little list that I want to accomplish: Astronomy, send a few e-mails, hang up my laundry, start on a PowerPoint for class, and finish this blog post of course. I’ll probably get about half done. That’s alright with me though. Better than nothing.

Slowly but surely I am catching up on comments on my past posts, and trying to read the new posts in my Bloglovin. So if you receive a notification from months ago that will be why!

Paleo French Toast Sticks (Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free)

I’m also supposed to be catching up on all of my backlog of recipe waiting to be edited and shared. But then I make a new recipe that I get even more excited about and end up posting that one instead. *My bad…*

I should also note the reason that I have such a nice little to-do list that has been spanning a few days now. I’ve been reading. For the past two days I have spent basically every free moment reading The Crown of Embers, the sequel to The Girl of Fire and Thorns that I read back in November. Guys… It was so good! The ending was just a tad rushed, but even that is just a matter of opinion because the story line was basically stunning and now I want to be a queen with magical powers even more…

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Ha. Yes. My impossible but ever so present daydreams of magical powers has not waned in the slightest since I first began my Harry Potter addiction (did I mention that I’m listening to part 3 of The Goblet of Fire right now on audiobook? I didn’t? How silly of me…). Really though, The Girl of Fire and Thorns is a great series, made only greater by the fact that I am going to be getting the third book this weekend.

Hmm… My mom is also under the impression that she is getting the third book this weekend as well too. I call first dibs. Obviously I win because I have documented proof 😉

Something else that I would totally call first dibs on? These french toast sticks. Because no one likes cold french toast. Although it would still be pretty darn delicious if you ask me.

Paleo French Toast Sticks

Wheat/Gluten/Grain-Free, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Paleo/GAPS-Friendly, No Sugar Added

12 French Toast Sticks – 1 or 2 servings

Paleo French Toast Sticks (Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free)

Ingredients:

  • 1 batch of my microwave paleo bread (shared below)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk (or any other kind of milk)
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
  • dash of salt (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat a griddle to 350 degrees or a skillet to medium-high heat (whatever temperature you use to make pancakes).
  2. Take the microwave paleo bread and divide each of the four pieces into three so that you have 12 bread sticks in total.
  3. Next in a shallow bowl mix together the eggs, coconut milk, vanilla, cinnamon and salt.
  4. Oil/spray the griddle to prevent sticking.
  5. Then dip each stick into the egg mixture and place on the griddle. Repeat with the remaining sticks.
  6. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side or until the egg is crisp and thoroughly cooked. Flip and cook for an additional 2 minutes.
  7. Remove and serve with whatever additions you would like! I divided the french toast sticks to two plates and topped them with a sliced banana and warmed honey.

Paleo French Toast Sticks (Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free)

Microwave Coconut Flour Paleo Bread 

Wheat/Gluten/Grain-Free, Vegetarian, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free, Paleo/GAPS-Friendly, No Sugar Added

Makes 4 slices of bread – 2 servings

Microwave Paleo Coconut Flour Bread

 Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 3/4 tsp baking soda
  • dash of salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted

Directions:

  1. Oil/Spray a glass loaf pan about 9×5 in size.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients first then add the wet and mix well.
  3. Pour the mixture into the loaf pan and spread smooth.
  4. Cook in the microwave for approximately 6 minutes (check after 4 minutes to test). The bread is done when the center is no longer wet and springs back at the touch. Adjust as needed.
  5. Let cool. Then take the bread and slice it carefully horizontally so that you have two thin, loaf-size pieces of bread. Next cut each piece in two. This will give you four sandwich-sized piece slices for sandwiches. You can eat it as is, toast in the the toaster or in a pan, make a sandwich out of it, or make the french toast recipe above!

Paleo French Toast Sticks (Grain-Free, Dairy-Free, Nut-Free)

So now it’s 9:00pm and I suppose I should get a start on that list now… Blog post… Check!

And as always is the case for Wednesdays, I’m linking up with Jenn at Peas and Crayons for What I Ate Wednesday. Make sure to head over to the WIAW party to see all of the other bloggers who shared their eats for the day.

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Questions for you:

Do you ever “bake” in the microwave?

How do you feel about cooking foods in the microwave?

If you were eating french toast right now, what would you top it with?

What books have you read lately?

Have you ever met any famous authors?

Curious

Do you ever read something, whether it be a blog post, a newspaper article, a book or even just a sign, and begin to wonder… and wonder… and wonder… and wonder… And then you end up on an entirely different, albeit inspired, plane of thinking?

Some may call this an attention problem. I call it an imaginative, developed, and interactive mind.

Let’s go with a shorter description though, coined famous by Olivander from Harry Potter. “Curious.”

Here are a few completely unrelated, but definitely thought-provoking ideas that I’ve come across in the past week or so.

First and foremost, the concept that there are books out there that when paired together, rival the likes of peanut butter and jelly. The Barnes and Noble blog gave a list that I’ll admit I haven’t much of. The post did cause me to think about what books that I have read that I feel would pair well together though.

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I think that The Omnivore’s Dilemma and The Hunger Games would be interesting when read simultaneously. They both bring up the contrast between the more primal/natural method of surviving by hunting  compared to the world that we live in today where we take advantage of/have even distorted how we perceive food.

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Two other books that come to mind with this metaphor are The BFG and The Little Prince. Both are books that I read when I was much younger, but they both are great in the fact that they explore out-of-the-box thinking and go farther than what’s perceived as possible.

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From that group of thoughts came another. I’ve already shared my love of reading several times. I’ve loved reading ever since Elementary school when I read my first chapter book, Amelia Bedelia. Last Friday in the comments of my post a lot of us chatted about how we really enjoy rereading books. What I personally didn’t differentiate between though was what kind of books I tend to reread.

I guess what I’m getting at is that I mainly only reread books that I’ve acquired in the last 6 or so years. I haven’t reread any books that I read in my “younger days.” I probably would actually enjoy those books immensely. But I’m also scared that I won’t. What if I don’t like them and by rereading them I taint the memory of all of the books that I perceived as being wonderful during my childhood?

Specific books that comes to mind are The Magic Treehouse, Nancy Drew, The Mandie Series, and The Boxcar Children. I highly doubt that I will dislike them if I am actually to read any again. Still, there’s that lingering worry.

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Which brings me to my final loose end of brain activity for tonight- Do you judge people based on reading? Not just what kinds of books they read, but also just on whether they do or don’t read?

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I want to say that I don’t, but I’m pretty sure that I do judge people based on that factor of whether or not a person likes books. If I meet someone for the first time and I find out they don’t like to read, I kind of see that as a negative aspect or “weakness.” Sure, they can make it up by being a fan of any of a number of my other favorite obsessions; however I will always feel a special connection to fellow readers.

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This post is not at all where I was expecting to go. Mostly I just rambled on about books. Which is just fine by me really.

RIght now I’m going to read another chapter or two of my current reading pleasure and then am off to sleep… Hopefully a dreamless sleep and not one full of faeries, goblins and shapeshifters (does anyone else dream of characters from their current book?).

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Oh man, I’m so sorry you had to read all of that. It was so boring that as I was adding pictures last night I fell asleep.

Okay, so it’s not THAT boring, as long as you like books.

One last thought to leave you with today. Please tell me you agree.

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Friday is so Pinteresting

So right now I am majorly enthralled with this book. I’ve been reading it during all my free moments at work. So far I really like it even though it’s a lot different than Sarah Dessen’s usual story plot lines.

I’m actually gearing up for bed right now and ready to read another chapter or two before I hit the sack. Most of my posts lately have been rather short-winded (except for Wednesday’s where I rambled on and on about traffic and children’s books… what a weird combo) and this one will be no different.

Actually, to be completely honest, I almost forgot that tomorrow was Friday and thus I needed to write up a post still. Thankfully I don’t have to look too far for inspiration seeing as how Jessie at Jessie Bear What Will You Wear was awesome enough to host another Together Tuesdays link-up this week. Lindsay from The Lean Green Bean is also hosting her second Pin It Party, and instead of sharing my own recipes/links, I figured I’d just give a shout out to the same five posts from Together Tuesdays!

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First up is Caitlin at Chasing Chels’s Frozen Salted Caramel Pretzel Pie. As I stated in her comments, this is a recipe that only needs only one picture because it basically speaks for itself. Oh my gosh- yum!

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Next on the list is a Chocolate Bundt Cake from Michelle at Peachy Palate. This girl certainly knows her way around wheat, dairy and egg-free dessert recipes!

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Another blogger who always knows how to catch my eye is Jenn at Peas and Crayons. This week it was with her homemade Cherry Chocolate Lara Bars. She had some really cute pictures of them all rolled up into fruit and nut balls, but I think this picture of the dough just screams, “Take a bite of me!” Don’t you think?

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The fourth recipe link that I have to share was made by Tina from Carrots N Cake. She has some great paleo recipes these days and this one is no different. Super simple, this Chorizo and Rotel dinner topped with eggs looks great!

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Last but not least is a sweet, single-serving Strawberry Ice Cream recipe from Lisa at Lisa Lately. As she says in the recipe description, it’s “single serving, vegan, gluten free, and super duper easy.” Sounds good to me!

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Also, I have a few more links to share of non-food-related topics that I have particularly entertaining/interesting this past week.

50 Things That Look Just Like My Childhood– I miss the simpler days of choker necklaces, Pokemon cards and VHS tapes…

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30 People Who Should Have Thought Before They Posted– No words…

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100 Best-Ever Teen Novels– I’ve read about half of the books on this list! Sparked even more to be added to my list as well…

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27 Things That You’ll Only Know if You Were Raised by a Teacher– All too true. Some good. Some bad…

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And that concludes my thoughts for the night! I had way more links than I thought. Sarah Dessen may have to wait until tomorrow morning 😦

Until we meet again blogworld!

Happy Friday.

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What is your favorite food link from this week? 

Can you relate to any of the 50 childhood things?

Did you have a parent who was a teacher?

Have you read a lot of the books on that top 100 list?

The Way the Frozen Banana Blends

I’m almost caught up with my comments! I know that this will sound like a broken record, but I really do appreciate how patient everyone has been with me the past few weeks. Obviously it’s not a requirement to respond to all comments; however I like to show how much I love each and every one of them so I try to reply every time. Personally I’m thrilled when a blogger responds to my comment on their blog, even if it’s just a little smiley face 🙂

On the other hand, when a blogger doesn’t respond to someone’s question in the comments that really irks me.

Another thing that irks me?

Driving in cities.

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A lot of you are probably rolling your eyes right now thinking to yourselves “Duh Madison! That’s how our whole lives have been. We’ve grown up in the city, we’ve driven in the city since day one. Deal with it.”

But I haven’t grown up in a city. I have rarely driven in “downtown” areas EVER. Where I come from the only time traffic gets backed up is when there is construction.

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When I drive somewhere, on a really slow day I may pass a total of ten cars on my way into town (15 minutes). And that would be a “town” of 20,000 people maybe. Not 20,000 people in one block but 20,000 people TOTAL. When I look for a parking spot I sometimes have to park a little ways from the store (like 15 or so rows in a parking lot). I DO NOT ever NOT find a parking spot anywhere.

By now you may have tired of my rant, but I promise, it’s just getting good. Are you in a bad mood? Feeling a little down? Well– prepare to laugh because I’m about to make a fool of myself by sharing an embarrassing parking story on the world-wide web.

Today my fellow interns and I got out of work 1 hour early so that we would have time to make it to a local meet-and-greet for local interns. Theoretically one hour should have been plenty of time to drive there and find a place to park. Starting from work my GPS said that I would arrive at 5:01. That was before construction/city traffic ate up all of my time and I ended up arriving at 5:20.

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Add another five minutes when I realized that I had entered the wrong address from the e-mail notification.

Add another 20 minutes until I found a parking garage.

I entered said parking garage and received my ticket (also where I come from there are no “tickets” to park. You just park. Plain and simple). Then when I realized that there were no spots to be seen I circled back around ready to head deeper into the garage. That’s when I passed a parking attendant in a little look-out booth and I realized that I probably was heading the wrong way.

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Too late. I then realized that I had left the parking garage and there was no turning back so I made an awkward turn up to the pay station. Except I was too far away to reach through the window so I had to get out and wave apologetically to the man in the car behind me. Then I proceeded to put my ticket and credit card in the wrong way and have it flip in and out, in and out like a man-eating machine. I seriously feared that I would never get my credit card back AND be stuck inside the parking garage gate.

When I realized I had put the ticket in upside down I promptly did it correctly, paid $1.20 for a total of 30 seconds of “parking” (really just a nice little drive through) and literally jumped in my car because I was worried the gate’s bar would lift and close before I had a chance to cross over into freedom.

At this point my little parking escapade had cost me another 10 minutes, making it 6:05 and me being royally late to the intern meeting.

Oh, and I still had no where to park.

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That’s when I decided to:

1. Give up, go home, and get something for supper (driving sure has a way to make a girl hungry!).

And 2. Call my mom and rant, much like I’m doing now, about how I hate driving in the city and how I will never ever live in one again.

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Hmmm…

This may possibly be the strangest lee-way ever into the most untraditional WIAW ever, but, that’s the way the cookie crumbles folks.

Or the way the frozen banana blends, seeing as how that’s what I’m currently chowing down on. 😉

For today’s WIAW I wanted to do something kind of different. Perhaps now though, since I never follow WIAW rules anyways, this is actually not “different” but normal? Eh, who cares really?

Today one of my favorite authors, Sarah Dessen, came out with a new book called The Moon and More. I’m so excited to read it that books have been on my mind all day! In keeping with the book theme I thought that sharing meals based on famous children’s books would be a fun way to go. I even included some snacks at the end to keep with WIAW‘s theme. Definitely my favorite snacks of all time!

Breakfast: Eggs, Ham, and Fresh Blueberries

Green Eggs and Ham by Dr. Seuss

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Blueberries for Sal by Robert McLoskey

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Lunch: Soup and a Glass of Milk

Stone Soup by Marcia Brown

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It Looked Like Spilt Milk by Charles G. Shaw

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Dinner: A Big Bowl of Spaghetti

On Top of Spaghetti by Paul Brett Johnson

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Snacks: In Moderation of course…

Cookies

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Donuts

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Cupcakes

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Pancakes

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Muffins

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Now I’m off to prepare my meals for tomorrow, get ready for bed, and snuggle in with my book Kindle app to read!

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Do you like driving in the city or country better?

Is it difficult to find parking where you live?

What is your favorite children’s book involving food?

Are there any new snacks that you included in your WIAW today?