Pumpkin Butter Dark Chocolate Stuffed French Toast | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Pumpkin Butter Dark Chocolate Stuffed French Toast

Pumpkin Butter Dark Chocolate Stuffed French Toast | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

If everything goes as planned, I’m moving in less than two weeks. I still have so much food in my kitchen. Half used jars and bottles of condiments, spices, vinegars, sauces, jams. With one skillet, one sauce pan, and one small baking sheet, there’s no way I’m going to get through it all, and it makes me so sad. I’ve never wished to be a witch so much as I do right now. Or to have some sort of teleporter that can just send the contents of my kitchen halfway around the world.

On the other hand, wandering the aisles of grocery stores is one of my very favorite things, and I already have a plan for how I want to store my spices in my new apartment. I’ll have so many new ingredients at my fingerprints. The universe is about to explode, and I can’t wait.

Pumpkin Butter Dark Chocolate Stuffed French Toast | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I did manage to put together something new and awesome with one of my half used jars and my one skillet. It was decadent and sweet and wonderful. Oh, and ridiculously easy. Have you tried pumpkin butter? It’s totally rad, and I’m hoping to be able to obtain another jar of it in Scotland because I have a lot more ideas for this little jar of goodness. It’s got a super concentrated pumpkin flavor that’s sweet and deep.

I spread some pumpkin butter on some bread, busted up some dark chocolate, made a sandwich, dipped it in an egg mixture, and fried it up in butter. Is it breakfast or dessert? Does it matter? I’m gonna eat it, and it’s gonna be awesome.

Pumpkin Butter Dark Chocolate Stuffed French Toast | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Saying goodbye to things you know and love is never easy. New adventures are always awesome. Life is about balance. Breathe deep. It’s gonna get real.

Pumpkin Butter Dark Chocolate Stuffed French Toast
Serves 1
Sweet and deep and delightfully gooey, Pumpkin Butter Dark Chocolate Stuffed French Toast is awesome for breakfast of dessert.
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 tablespoons butter
  2. 2 slices wheat sandwich bread
  3. 2 tablespoons pumpkin butter
  4. 1/2 ounce dark chocolate (one square from a Ghirardelli bar), chopped or broken into small pieces
  5. 1 egg
  6. 2 tablespoons milk
  7. Dash of vanilla extract
  8. Ground cinnamon for sprinkling
Instructions
  1. Put your butter in a skillet over medium heat. You'll want to make sure your pan is well heated before you put the french toast in.
  2. Lay out your two pieces of bread and spread a tablespoon of pumpkin butter on each one. Drop your chocolate bits onto one piece of bread, spreading it evenly. Close up your sandwich.
  3. In a flat dish or plate, whisk together your egg, milk, and vanilla. Sprinkle a bit of ground cinnamon into the egg mixture.
  4. Dip your sandwich in the egg mixture. You only need a few minutes per side, especially if your bread is relatively fresh.
  5. Place your french toast sandwich in the pan. While the first side is cooking, sprinkle the other side with a bit more ground cinnamon. Cook for about 3-4 minutes per side or until golden brown.
  6. Transfer your stuffed french toast to a plate, grab a fork, and dig in.
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Greek Yogurt Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Greek Yogurt Pancakes

Greek Yogurt Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Oh my god, you guys, I so don’t want to talk about pancakes right now. All I want to do is lay in my bed and read books forever. My meds ran out last week, but the pain didn’t, so it’s just me and some Tylenol that does nothing trying to get on with life. My body keeps telling me I need to chill the rock out and lay down, but life has other plans. There are jobs to go to and people to feed and errands to run, and none of that is going to wait around for me to get better.

Sorry, I realize this is not awesome. It’ just real life.

Greek Yogurt Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Let’s talk about my carb addiction. Bread, pasta, and potatoes are basically my favorite foods. The only “vegetable” I really like is corn, which guess what, is actually just grass, aka carbs. It’s not vegetarians who have a hard time getting enough protein, it’s carboholics.

So I went ahead and stuffed some extra protein into some bread by making these Greek Yogurt pancakes. They’re easy to make and bonus, they taste super awesome. The Greek Yogurt makes for a denser pancake, but it’s also kind of creamy in the middle. They have a deeper flavor than your average pancake, too. I’m into it.

Greek Yogurt Pancakes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I hope your summer is splendid, full of pancake breakfasts, running through the sprinklers, and bubbly wine. I hope you’re livin’ it. Have some extra fun for me. I’ll be napping.

Greek Yogurt Pancakes
Serves 2
Greek Yogurt Pancakes give you your favorite breakfast treat with a boost of extra protein.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1 tablespoon sugar
  3. 1 teaspoon baking soda
  4. 1 cup Greek yogurt
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  7. 2 tablespoon milk
  8. Butter for greasing the pan
Instructions
  1. Put a medium skillet over medium heat to make sure your pan is well heated before you start your griddling action.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together flour, sugar,and baking soda to combine.
  3. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together Greek yogurt, eggs, vanilla, and milk until well combined.
  4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and use a rubber spatula to fold them together until just blended. A few lumps are not the end of the world.
  5. Add a small pat of butter to your hot pan and spread it around with your pancake flipper. Scoop 1/3-1/2 cup of pancake batter into your hot pan. Cook for about 2-3 minutes, then flip quickly and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes or until brown and lovely.
  6. Repeat with additional pancake batter. Serve with butter and syrup and awesomeness.
Adapted from Macheesmo
Adapted from Macheesmo
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10 Awesome Dude Food Recipes

10 Awesome Dude Food Recipes

June is not only Father’s Day, but it’s also my dad’s birthday and my father-in-law’s birthday. This month is all about the men who helped to make us who we are, so let’s make some food just for them. Here are ten recipes dudes will find irresistible.

Breakfast Pizza

 

1.  Sky High Breakfast Pizza is loaded with sausage, potatoes, cheese, and eggs. I’ve never met a guy who could only eat one piece. This is the perfect recipe to accompany whatever sport happens to be on TV in the morning.

Things British People Put Between Two Pieces of Bread

2. I know the man in my life can’t resist weird sandwiches. Check out Things British People Put Between Two Slices of Bread for how to make everything from Cheetos to bacon into a sandwich. There are some things about men I’ll never understand.

Bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers by Awesome on 20

3. Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers might be my husband’s favorite food. They’re spicy and cheesy and covered in bacon. My man won’t want to share.

Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

4. Bacon Cheeseburger Meatloaf with a side of mashed potatoes is exactly the kind of down home food every dude loves to eat. 

Loco Moco from Awesome on 20

5. Loco Moco is a local Hawaiian favorite, but I guarantee dudes around the world will love it. A juicy hamburger patty one a bed of rice, covered in gravy and a fried egg. It’s a heart attack in a styrofoam box.

Cowboy Spaghetti

6. Cowboy Spaghetti has two ingredients dudes can’t resist, bacon and beer. There’s also smoky tomatoes, hot sauce, and cheddar cheese. I mean, come on.

Spicy Chicken Chili

7. Spicy Chicken Chili is another one of my husband’s favorites, but my father-in-law, the best man at our wedding, and my former boss also went crazy for it. I’d say that’s sufficient evidence.

Kalua Pig Mac and Cheese from Awesome on 20

8. Kalua Pig Mac and Cheese combines barbecue pulled pork, Hawaiian-style in this case, with gooey mac and cheese. Um… duh.

Jalapeno Cream Cheese Stuffed Burgers | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

9. This list wouldn’t be complete without an over the top burger. How about this Jalapeno Cream Cheese Stuffed Burger. Happy now?

Monster Cookie Bars from Awesome on 20Monster Cookie Bars from Awesome on 20

10. I can’t leave you without a dessert. Let’s mix all the junk food and candy together into one cookie bar. That’s what dudes would do. Monster Cookie Bars are out of this world.

Treat the dads and dudes in your life to something outrageously delicious and make sure they know how awesome they are.

10 awesome egg recipes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

10 Awesome Egg Recipes

10 awesome egg recipes | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

May is National Egg Month, and we’ve already talked about how crazy I am about eggs, so let’s get right to it, kids. Here are 10 awesome egg recipes you can easily make at home.

Loco Moco from Awesome on 20
 

Loco Moco is a Hawaiian favorite. It’s just rice, a hamburger patty, an over easy egg, and so much gravy, but somehow it’s ridiculously awesome.

Breakfast Pizza
It’s nearly impossible to stop eating Sky High Breakfast Pizza. Sausage, cheese, eggs, potatoes, crescent roll crust. That’s a lot of delicious words.

Bacon and Egg Salad
Occasionally we pretend to be “healthy” and eat salad. But then we put bacon and hard boiled eggs on top and dress it with bacon fat. We tried. Just go make Bacon and Egg Salad.

Jalapeno Deviled Eggs from Awesome on 20
Jalapeno Devilled Eggs will add a bit of excitement to your family gathering. Grandma needs some spice in her life.

Bacon Carbonara from Awesome on 20
It is my dream to one day eat an entire pot of Bacon Carbonara. I’m weird, but this pasta is just so so good.

Goat Cheese Souffle from Awesome on 20
Goat Cheese Souffle is light and flavorful and just a little bit fancy. Eggs plus science equals yum.

Cholesterol Sandwich
 

I ate a Cholesterol Sandwich Sunday morning. It was a good day. Any day with egg yolk dripping down my arm is a good day.

Sausage Egg & Cheese Biscuit with Apple Butter from Awesome on 20
Every time I see a jar of apple butter I think of this Sausage Egg & Cheese Biscuit with Apple Butter and smile. It’s a necessity.

Breakfast Burgers | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day
When I made this Breakfast Burger I felt like a genius. If you haven’t put an over easy egg on your cheeseburger yet, you haven’t lived.

Bacon & Egg Salad Sandwich from Awesome on 20
You may have noticed that bacon is an egg’s best friend. That’s why you need this Bacon Egg Salad Sandwich. Don’t forget the potato bread.

Get crazy. Put an egg on it!

Double Glazed Chai Spice Muffins | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Double Glazed Chai Spice Muffins

Double Glazed Chai Spice Muffins | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Mondays are made for muffins. Alliterative qualities aside, Mondays are hard, and they require some easing in to. With any luck, you’ve just come off a gloriously relaxing weekend, ideally spent with someone you love and overflowing with food and laughter. Fluorescent office office lights can seem so harsh after a weekend in the sun. Having to gulp down your tea and rush out the door is just never as pleasant as getting to wrap your hands around your favorite owl mug in the morning. 

Double Glazed Chai Spice Muffins | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

That’s why we make muffins. You need to ease into Monday. Keep some of those weekend indulgences around to lessen the shock. Trust me. It helps. Especially when you have Double Glazed Chai Spice Muffins. They’re spicy and fragrant and a little bit sweet. So very comforting. Monday’s going to be totally fine. We got this.

The technique for these particular muffins is more like making a cake, so they’re a little bit lighter and fluffier than the muffins I normally make. What they lack in slightly crunchy crust, they more than make up for in flavor. We’re talking some serious spice here, kids. Oh yeah, and double glaze of course. I mean, you could glaze them only once if you have, like, no self-respect. If you’re into happiness and not some kind of commie, you’ll go for the double glaze. 

Double Glazed Chai Spice Muffins | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Here’s to Mondays, friends. We’re going to kill this week. We’re going to eat muffins and breathe deeply and do all the stuff and generally be awesome. Let’s do it.

Double Glazed Chai Spice Muffins
Yields 12
Bursting with warm chai spices, these muffins are light, fluffy, a little bit sweet, and totally awesome.
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
For the muffins
  1. 1/4 cup (2 ounces) butter, room temperature
  2. 1/4 vegetable oil
  3. 1/2 sugar
  4. 1/3 cup brown sugar
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  7. 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  8. 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  9. 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  10. 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  11. 5 grinds fresh black pepper
  12. 3/4 teaspoon salt
  13. 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  14. 2-2/3 all-purpose flour
  15. 1 cup milk
For the glaze
  1. 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  2. 1 cup powdered sugar
  3. 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  4. 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  5. 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  6. 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  7. 1 tablespoon half and half
For the muffins
  1. Preheat oven to 425 and line 12 muffins cups with paper liners.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, cream together butter, oil, and both sugars with an electric mixer until smooth.
  3. Add eggs one at a time, beating until combined.
  4. Add baking powder, baking soda, all the spices, and the vanilla, and mix on low until well combined.
  5. Turn your mixer as low as it will go and add the flour and milk alternately, starting and ending with flour. Mix until just combined.
  6. Scoop your batter into your waiting muffin pan, filling each one almost to the top. Bake for 15-17 minutes. Your muffins will be lightly golden brown and a toothpick will come out clean. And they'll smell completely amazing.
For the glaze
  1. Combine all ingredients in a small mixing bowl and whisk until smooth.
  2. Give your muffins about five minutes to cool after they've come out of the oven, then dip each one in the glaze. Place them on a rack over a cookie sheet to catch any drips. Let them hang out for about ten minutes to let the first layer of glaze set, then dip them all again.
  3. Serve warm and store any leftovers in an airtight container. Ten seconds in the microwave never hurt a leftover muffin.
Adapted from My Baking Addiction
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