French Apricot Cake

French Apricot Cake

The hubs loves this light, yet decadent cake! It’s not too sweet and is moist in the middle. I found this cake recipe written in French, and had to experiment until I got the correct amounts for each ingredient. I feel like I got it just right. Try it and let me know what you think!

Savory French Toast w/Tuscan Cantaloupe & Prosciutto Salad

Savory French Toast w/Tuscan Cantaloupe  & Prosciutto Salad

This savory French toast is rich and luxurious. The light cantaloupe and arugula salad is the perfect compliment to these thick & buttery fried slabs of heaven! Try it and you’ll know I’m not lyin’! I used extra thick sliced challah bread is from a local bakery.

Lavender Lemon French Toast

Lavender Lemon French Toast

My son was home for the July 4th weekend, so I always make some special meals. I whipped up this awesome French toast infused with lavender and lemon flavoring. I found a wonderful lavender lemon simple syrup that was my inspiration. Cutting super fat pieces of bakery challah bread, doesn’t hurt either. My son loved it!

French Strawberry Cake

French Strawberry Cake

DESSERTS

I have been making this recipe for years. Got it from my mom, who used to make a lot of strawberry desserts.  This cake is quite easy – you just mix it up and put it in your baking pan. As easy as it is, I think it is very fancy looking. It for sure tastes good – my husband asks for it often. Very moist, not too sweet. He even asks for it for Thanksgiving. Go figure!

 

French Toast w/Roasted Strawberries

French Toast w/Roasted Strawberries

BREAKFAST

No April foolin’ around with this French Toast ~ this here is the real deal! Made it with the extra-thick sliced special sour-white loaf (toned down sourdough bread) from my local bakery, The Bread Box. It was then soaked in heavy cream, eggs, cinnamon & vanilla. YASSS! Topped it with fresh whipped cream & Poteet strawberries roasted w/maple syrup, vanilla & thyme. Don’t be an April Fool – make your family this special treat!

Bending Branch Winery Estate Cuvée, 2014, Bending Branch Estate Vineyards

Bending Branch Winery Estate Cuvée, 2014, Bending Branch Estate Vineyards

WINE & SPIRITS

After a long day, I deserved to sip this lovely cuvée. The Bending Branch website describes this red wine as follows:

This red blend from the Texas Hill Country was aged over 36 months in 20% new American oak, w/the remainder in neutral French & American barrels. The 2014 Estate Cuvée comes on w/a nose of cherry pie & candied violet, and a translucent magenta color that belies its depth. Laser-focused tart red cherry flavors mingle seamlessly with eucalyptus, cassis & subtle white peppercorn.

I could not have described this delightful red any better. You’ve got to try it!

Vanilla & Thyme Roasted Strawberries

Vanilla & Thyme Roasted Strawberries

SIDES

This luscious pan of roasted strawberries was incredible.  It is so versatile – I put these strawberries on my French Toast, made a cocktail & used it for a yummy parfait. What would you make with these roasted strawberries?? I found this recipe on Instagram @gatherandfeast – I could not find the recipe on her blog, so I have attached a printed version with some tweaks from my own experience making these fabulous strawberries.

Tuna on Toast

Tuna on Toast

ENTREES

I used French sourdough for these open-faced treats! For the tuna, I mixed albacore tuna, mayo, hard boiled eggs, squeeze of lemon, minced celery hearts & onion, julienned carrots, a touch of mustard & chopped dill. Completed this yumminess w/some peppery arugula & a few more carrots!!!

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