Lazy Summer Breakfasts – Recipe: Peanut Butter Nutella Bagel French Toast with Strawberries and Bananas

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The littles are not huge breakfast eaters.  They prefer cereal or smoothies, and I am great with that most days.  It is easy, and sometimes easy is good.

There are other days when I want something a little different.  Today was one of those days.

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I checked the pantry and refrigerator and decided to create something new.

Bagel thins, peanut butter, Nutella, strawberries, and bananas were all calling me to make them into French toast.  And, I am so glad that they did.  While the littles were happily eating their cereal, I was enjoying a special mommy breakfast, complete with a fancy cup of tea.

Peanut Butter Nutella Bagel French Toast with Strawberries and Bananas

Peanut Butter Nutella Bagel French Toast with Strawberries and Bananas

Ingredients

Bagel thins

3 tablespoons butter

2 eggs

1 tablespoon heavy whipping cream

1 tablespoon milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1 banana, sliced

5-6 strawberries, sliced

1 tablespoon peanut butter, per serving of French toast

1 tablespoon Nutella, per serving of French toast

Instructions

  1. Whisk together the egg, whipping cream, milk, cinnamon, and vanilla. Set aside.
  2. Add butter to skillet or large cooking pan and heat over medium high heat. Make sure the melted butter covers the entire pan.
  3. Place the bagel thins into the milk mixture. Dip both sides into the mixture.
  4. Put the bagels into the skillet. Cook on each side for 2-3 minutes, until the milk mixture has hardened around it.
  5. Place the bagels slices onto a cutting board.
  6. Spread one side of one bagel thin half with peanut butter.
  7. Add the banana slices to the top.
  8. Place another bagel thin half on top of the bananas.
  9. Spread Nutella on that slice, and top with the strawberries.
  10. Sprinkle powdered sugar all over it. Serve with extra bananas and strawberries.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/07/17/lazy-summer-breakfasts-recipe-peanut-butter-nutella-bagel-french-toast-with-strawberries-and-bananas/

Happiness Is…Recipe: Chocolate Fudge Peanut Butter Cookies

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Happiness is summer break.  I love the freedom, the fun, and the absolute joy of it all.  I am holding on very tight to every single second of it.

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Happiness is truly enjoying my family.  I have loved having such an intentional summer, filled with baking, swimming, fishing, trips to the park, movies, and fun.

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Happiness is celebrations, both big and small.  One of the things that I love about celebrations is the extra time that I get to spend with my family.  The other thing that I love is planning the perfect, fun, celebratory menu, making sure that there is a little bit of something for everyone.

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Happiness is watching Ethan’s language unfold.  The steps are small, sometimes even smaller than baby steps. But, when we step back and reflect on where he was and where he is now, we can definitely see that some of the steps were bigger than we thought.

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Happiness is walking with my big sister.  We try to walk three miles each morning.  I enjoy getting up early to start my day with some exercise, and I love the chats that we have while we are walking.

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Happiness is cookies.  I have mentioned before that we are making different cookies each week of summer break. I typically make them mid-week, but this week, I was craving cookies on Sunday.  Specifically, I was craving chocolate and peanut butter cookies.  I started thinking about how I could stuff peanut butter filling inside of my chocolate fudge cookies.  I finally decided to make my peanut butter cookie dough and stuff that inside. Sean declared them the best cookies that I have ever made.  They were delicious.  If you like chocolate and peanut butter, these cookies will make you very happy.

Chocolate Fudge Peanut Butter Cookies

Chocolate Fudge Peanut Butter Cookies

Ingredients

For the Peanut Butter Cookies

1/2 cup butter, softened

1/2 cup granulated sugar

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 egg

1/2 cup creamy peanut butter

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 1/4 cups flour

3/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon salt

For the Chocolate Fudge Cookies

2/3 cups granulated sugar

1/3 cup brown sugar

5 tablespoons butter

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla

7 tablespoons cocoa powder

1 cup all-purpose flour

1/4 teaspoon baking soda

1/8 teaspoon salt

Instructions

    Preparing the Peanut Butter Cookie Dough
  1. Combine butter, sugar, and brown sugar.
  2. Add egg and vanilla, and mix until combined.
  3. Scoop in peanut butter, and continue to mix.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, and salt.
  5. Add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture until just combined.
  6. Preparing the Chocolate Fudge Cookie Dough
  7. Combine butter, sugar, and brown sugar.
  8. Add egg and vanilla, and mix until combined.
  9. In a separate bowl, mix together the cocoa powder, flour, baking soda, and salt.
  10. Add the flour mixture to the peanut butter mixture until just combined.
  11. Preparing the Cookies
  12. Preheat oven to 350.
  13. Prepare baking sheet by lining it with parchment paper.
  14. Roll about 1 tablespoon of the peanut butter cookie dough into a ball.
  15. Using a cookie scoop, scoop out a ball of chocolate fudge dough.
  16. Press a hole into the center of the chocolate fudge dough, and add the peanut butter dough to it.
  17. Form a ball of chocolate fudge dough around the peanut butter cookie dough.
  18. Repeat until you have enough cookies to fit on your baking sheet.
  19. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  20. Remove from oven, and allow to cool for 2-3 minutes before moving to a wire rack.
http://cookingformykids.com/2012/07/13/happiness-is-recipe-chocolate-fudge-peanut-butter-cookies/

Have a happy weekend!

Happiness Is…Recipe: Reese’s Pieces Chocolate Chip Cookies

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Happiness is Friday.  Always.

Happiness is 8 1/2 more day of school until Summer Break.

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Happiness is making our Summer Fun List.  I have started a Pinterest board, and I plan to make a complete list this weekend.

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Happiness is a colorful playscape.

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Happiness is watching my littles at the lake/tank.

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Happiness is cookies, especially when it is a good combination of chocolate chip, peanut butter, and Reese’s Pieces candy.

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When I saw this recipe by Brown Eyed Baker, I could not quit thinking about them all day. By mid-afternoon, I had sent Michelle a tweet letting her know that my cookies were in the oven.  For the recipe, jump on over to Brown Eyed Baker.  Needless to say, these cookies made us all so very happy.

Have a happy weekend!

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