Peanut Butter & Jelly French Toast | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Peanut Butter & Jelly French Toast

Peanut Butter & Jelly French Toast | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

You should know by now that I’m a hardcore anglophile. The architecture, the literature, the accents, I love it all. And yet, I’m not entirely sure I’d survive for long if I lived there. For one thing, they don’t have Reese’s peanut butter cups. Also, their bacon is super thick and disgustingly flimsy. But the greatest tragedy of all is that England is an entire country devoid of peanut butter and jelly. I mean, they have peanut butter, and they have all kinds of jam. Jelly means Jello over there, so that’s just gross. A peanut butter and jelly sandwich, though? You can’t get one. It’s not a thing. This makes me want to cry.

Peanut Butter & Jelly French Toast | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day is this week. This is one thing that’s got me feeling very patriotic. I practically lived off pb&j as a kid, and I still eat them all the time. This is one instance where the English really don’t know what they’re missing.

To celebrate, I made you Peanut Butter & Jelly French Toast. This one has boysenberry jam, but of course, you should use your favorite. Just dip your pb&j in your egg and milk mixture, fry until golden brown, increase awesomeness with maple syrup, and smile because you live in an amazing country.

Peanut Butter & Jelly French Toast | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Bring happiness to your breakfast table. Make Peanut Butter & Jelly French Toast. It’s all-American awesomeness.

Peanut Butter & Jelly French Toast
Serves 2
Your favorite pb&j dipped in egg and fried for an all-American breakfast treat.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 slices of bread
  2. 4 tablespoons peanut butter
  3. 2 tablespoons jelly (use your favorite flavor)
  4. 1 egg
  5. 1/4 cup milk
  6. 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  7. 2 tablespoons butter
  8. Maple syrup, to serve
Instructions
  1. Put a skillet over medium heat and melt the butter in the pan.
  2. Make up your pb&j. I like to spread peanut butter on both sides of the bread, then jelly on just one side. Assemble your sandwiches.
  3. In a wide, shallow container, whisk together egg, milk, and vanilla extract. Dip both sides of each sandwich in the egg mixture.
  4. Fry your sandwiches in the melted butter for about 3-4 minutes per side or until as brown as you like.
  5. Serve your pb&j french toast with syrup, if you like.
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10 Awesomely Meaty Recipes

10 Awesomely Meaty Recipes

10 Awesomely Meaty Recipes

Moving around a lot means having to say goodbye all too frequently. I’m a bit of an adventurer, and I like to surround myself with people who are also adventurers, people who find the concept of putting down roots to be a bit off-putting. So between our frequent relocations and our friends setting off on new adventures, it seems my like we are saying farewell. The horrible part is that I’m terrible at goodbyes. I can never seem to express in words how much a person has mattered to me and the horrible empty space that will be left behind by the absence of their physical presence. Instead, I just say, “See ya ’round, kid,” and spend the next week in a horrible depression.

Today’s round up is a tribute to another friend who is departing on a new adventure on a far away part of the planet. Sorry, vegetarian friends. This one’s all about meat.

1. I happen to know that my meat loving friend has made and loved this Cranberry Glazed Turkey Meatloaf. It’s insanely awesome. Eat it always.

2. Chicken Parmesan is not only ridiculously awesome, but surprisingly easy to make at home. So much goodness.

3. Sweet and sour Cranberry Soy Sauce Sausages are perfect for a fancy party or for hiding in your closet and stuffing your face.

4. You can’t live in Hawaii without learning to love Loco Moco. Rice, hamburger, gravy, over easy egg, it’s a Hawaiian classic.

5. Spicy Chicken Chili is everyone’s favorite. Make it. You’ll see.

6. Packed with spicy sausage, Sky High Breakfast Pizza is a meat lover’s breakfast dream.

7. Sloppy Joe Casserole is easy enough to make in your sleep and ridiculous enough to crave every week.

8. Eat a little, eat a lot, Cheesy Meatball Sliders are awesome either way. 

9. Cuban Burgers smash a couple of meats together with a spicy spread. Put it in your face.

10. I’d proudly serve any meat lover this Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf. It’s totally amazeballs.

No matter where my friends are on the planet, I hope they all have the most amazing adventures complete with totally awesome food. 

 

Breakfast Burgers | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Breakfast Burger

Breakfast Burgers | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

We had our first picnic of 2015 over the weekend, and it was glorious. The weather was perfect. Not too hot, not too chilly. A nice breeze, but not blowing your stuff all over the place. Being able to grill outdoors year round is one of the many perks of living in Hawaii. I can never manage to make the right amount of food, though. I’m always a bit distressed that there won’t be enough, and someone will go hungry. Consequently, we have a pile of leftover burgers in the fridge. I decided not to wait around, but to put these ones to good use, and make them in to breakfast.

Breakfast Burgers | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I may have gone a little crazy, but if you’re gonna eat a burger for breakfast, your sanity is already in question, so I say, just go all the way. I started out with a toasted English muffin and slathered it with some Tabasco mayo. Just stir some Tabasco sauce and some mayonnaise together. It’s breakfast, not trigonometry. Next I layered on a crispy hashbrown, burger patty, melted provolone, crispy bacon, and a sunny side up egg. It’s a stack of happiness.

It might seem like a bit much for breakfast, but if you were at a barbecue the night before, you’re going to want something hearty and greasy to soak up all that alcohol you didn’t realize you were drinking the night before. Or maybe that’s just us. 

Breakfast Burgers | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Life is short. Eat a Breakfast Burger. It’s gonna be awesome!

Breakfast Burger
Serves 2
It's a breakfast burger mash up with an English muffin, crispy hash brown, bacon, and a fried egg.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 2 slices of bacon
  2. 2 hash browns
  3. 2 eggs
  4. 2 burger patties
  5. 2 slices provolone cheese
  6. 1/4 mayo
  7. 1 tablespoon Tabasco sauce, or to taste
  8. 2 English muffins
Instructions
  1. In a skillet over medium heat, fry your bacon until crispy. Remove to a paper towel-lined plate.
  2. In the same pan, turn the heat up to medium high and add your hash browns, cooking about 5-8 minutes per side or until they're as brown and crispy as you like. Remove to paper towel lined plate.
  3. While these two things are cooking, you can also be toasting your English muffins, stirring together your mayo and Tabasco sauce, and microwaving your leftover burger patties. I put mine in the microwave for about two minutes, then add a slice of cheese on top to let it melt.
  4. Spread your Tabasco mayo onto each side of your English muffins, put a hash brown on the bottom, add your cheesy burger patty, then break each slice of bacon in half and pop that on the top. You want everything to be ready so you can just slide your egg on top of each burger straight out of the pan.
  5. Head back to your frying pan and turn the heat down to medium low. Fry two eggs, sunny side up, or as you like, and season with a bit of salt and pepper. Slide your eggs, runny yolks required, onto the top of your burger, and put the lid on. Dig in, make a mess, and enjoy.
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