French Toast Roll Ups

This recipe from The Baker Mama looked so good.  I had high hopes for this one and I was not disappointed.

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First, I gathered all of my ingredients and placed them on my coffee table to take this picture. I hate how many dishes I had to use for this.

I cut all of the crusts off of 8 slices of bread and rolled them out.  As you can see from the picture, I didn’t roll them very well and the corners are still fluffy.  This did not really make a difference.   I took a shallow bowl and whisked the eggs and milk together and set that aside.

The recipe also said to combine the sugar and cinnamon for sprinkling on at the end ahead of time.  What I didn’t realize until I was measuring everything was that I did not have as much cinnamon as I thought I did.  I did, however, have one of those grinders with the cinnamon and sugar in it already.  I spent more time than I’d like to admit grinding that damn thing into a bowl.

Then, I melted the butter in a pan (recipe says to melt it in a microwave but we don’t have one) and stirred in the sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon. I transferred this to a smaller bowl so I could assemble these roll ups away from the oven.  Take a slice of bread and spread some of the mixture onto it and then roll it up.  It said to do a thin layer but I guess the first few I used too little because I ended up having to cut and roll out 3 more slices of bread.

Once you have them all rolled, melt butter in a pan and place them in.  The recipe says to use a large non stick pan.  I used a cast iron skillet and had no problems.  I apparently did not take a picture of the cooking process, but look how pretty they are when they’re done!

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These were incredibly delicious.  Luckily, I made some turkey bacon as well because this would not have been sufficient for Josh and myself.  I should have made a double batch.  As we were eating Josh suggested I put the bacon inside the roll up instead.  I will report back on that one.  In the meantime, go make some of these yourself and tell me how you liked them.

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Cat Cave

A post without food and I already had all the supplies? FINALLY.

This cat cave from Cole & Marmalade is something my mom actually tagged me in.  The supplies you need are a box, a t-shirt, and scissors or a knife.

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First,  remove your cat from the box.  This step may need to be repeated many times.

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Then, take a wine box and cut off the top flaps.

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Repeat step 1. Next, place the t-shirt over the box so the neck hole is in the opening.

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Flip the box over, roll the excess t-shirt fabric, and tie in a knot.

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Tuck each sleeve in so there is no fabric hanging out.

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Finally, marvel at your handiwork and watch your cats investigate the box but not actually go in it because you ruined a perfectly good box.

By the end of the night I saw Ozzie inside but Batman didn’t give a shit. Pretty easy DIY though if your cat likes cave-like spaces.  It only took me about 5 minutes.

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German Apple Pancake

My mom shared this recipe from Tip Hero a few weeks ago and I’ve been looking forward to it.

The one thing that I hate about some recipes is that they sometimes call for room temperature ingredients.  As I mentioned in an earlier post, I am impatient.  So, I set my alarm for 8:30 to wake up and take out the exact amount of milk and eggs from the fridge and then went back to bed for an hour while they warmed up.  This was probably my best idea all week.

After I got up the second time, I was ready to cook.  First up, get all my ingredients.

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The written recipe tells you to make the batter first by combining the flour, sugar, eggs and milk.  The video, however, has you do this step after the apples cook.  It actually makes more sense to do it as the apples are cooking or else you just get to watch apples cook for 5 minutes.

I made the batter first and then cooked the apples. The recipe also calls for 4 tablespoons of butter, divided, but doesn’t tell you how to divide it.  Using it 2 tablespoons at a time was a correct assumption.

After the apples are done cooking, transfer them to a plate. It said to wipe the skillet clean with a paper towel but I regretted it later.  I wasted some pretty good cinnamon sugar butter that would have been awesome to pour on top before serving.

Next, I heated the skillet in the oven for 9 minutes.  I took out the pan, melted the butter and then added the apples and batter before returning it to the over for 18 minutes.

Finally, I took it out of the oven and sprinkled it with powdered sugar.  When you first take the pan out, the pancake will be high above the pan.  Once it cools slightly, it will shrink down.

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This recipe was fantastic.  Very easy and worth waking up an hour early to get the milk and eggs room temperature.  The next time I make this, I am going to try saving some of that butter for the top and I’ll report back.

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As you can see, Josh and I hated it.

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Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

This recipe was posted by Tasty, but their post was inspired by Damn Delicious.  I was pretty excited for this recipe.  It looked like something even Josh would like.  So first, I gathered all the ingredients.  I did not use baby carrots because we already had a ton of regular carrots so I just cut them up. I used frozen green beans for this because they were less expensive and the recipe never specified. My slow cooker is also a different shape than the one they used, which I didn’t think would make a difference.  It did, but more on that later.

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I then layered it like they said, 4 chicken thighs, half the sauce, carrots, potatoes, other 4 thighs, and remaining sauce.

This is where I started thinking my slow cooker would be an issue.  The 4 thighs on top were no where near the sauce.  It only had the tiny amount on top that remained after pouring the sauce in.  But hey, I didn’t make the recipe, so what the hell do I know? (Spoiler alert: More than Tasty.)

This all gets cooked on low for 8 hours or high for 4 hours.  I cooked it on high.  When there is only 30 minutes left, add the green beans on top.  This was seriously making my whole apartment smell amazing and I was pretty excited.

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Once everything is done cooking, it says you can broil the chicken.  I figured, might as well. I should also point out that I’ve never broiled anything before.  So in order to get to the chicken you need to dig all the pieces out.  The top 4 were easy. The bottom 4, not so much.  Not only were they under 2 pounds of other food, cooking them in  the sauce made them really tender so the meat was falling off.  I decided to just take all the other food out and put it in a bowl to make my life easier. You can see in the picture below that 4 of the pieces are darker than the others.  Those were the bottom 4.

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Remember when I said I have never broiled anything before? Yeah…

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So now that I burnt the crap out of the chicken, I wanted to use some of the extra sauce but I had to thicken it up.  I have ZERO patience so I tried to cook it on high and whisk in some corn starch.  It didn’t work too well.  I should have been doing this as I was broiling the chicken.  Eventually I gave up and used the slightly runny sauce.

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I should have been fancy and wiped the plate for this picture.

Overall, this recipe was pretty good.  The sauce was great and even the potatoes and carrots were soaking in it.  You could really taste all the flavors on the potatoes.  My only change for next time would be to put all the chicken in at the bottom with the sauce.  There was definitely a taste difference between the 2 sets of thighs.  I would also probably pay more attention to the broiler.

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