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WILLIAMS-SONOMA BANANAS FOSTER FRENCH TOAST RECIPE

WILLIAMS-SONOMA BANANAS FOSTER FRENCH TOAST

WILLIAMS-SONOMA BANANAS FOSTER FRENCH TOAST

Is there nothing better than indulging in a scrumptious breakfast on a Saturday or Sunday morning? During the week, I eat very light – a slice of toast or half of a bagel with my morning coffee but I reserve the weekends to indulge in a delicious tasting breakfast dish!

For the longest time, I had this bananas Foster French toast recipe by Williams-Sonoma sitting on my desk of a stack of recipes to try. This past weekend, I had such a craving for that recipe as I just love anything banana! I read through the listed ingredients to make sure I had everything I needed to start making the recipe. While I didn’t have slices of brioche bread (which would have been delicious, I’m sure) I used slices of baked cinnamon bread I had purchased from the bakery section of my local grocery store. They bake their bread in-house and the rich smell of the cinnamon was so divine, you could smell it through the plastic bag it was packaged in! I also didn’t have vanilla paste but i did have vanilla extract and a vanilla bean – so I used that instead. Also to note, when cooking the bananas, I did cut some of the brown sugar the recipe called for, in half as I was afraid it would taste too sweet.

The richness of flavors from the egg mixture and the bananas cooked with vanilla and rum – had us saying… Mmm, so good!! It’s safe to say, we devoured our plates!

One bite and you’ll agree, this bananas foster french toast is a delicious breakfast treat and also perfect to serve for brunch.

-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez / Recipe: by Williams-Sonoma

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FRIDAY’S FAVORITE FINDS

Happy Friday, friends! What a dreary week the weather has been here in PA…rain, rain, rain. Things don’t get better as we are expecting snow tomorrow! Oh, how I long for a warm sunny day. Whatever your plans may be for this weekend, hope it’s a good one!

Below is a round-up of a few of my favorite finds for this week. Take a look…

FRIDAY'S FAVORITE FINDS

How pretty is this porcelain gold Cheers Tray Champagne Bottle? A perfect tray to use for celebrating a birthday, anniversary, or baby shower. Display mini cupcakes, wrapped chocolates and candy, or style a table with a display of two filled champagne glasses on this tray – ready to toast the occasion!

 

FRIDAY'S FAVORITE FINDS

Toast the occasion with this swoon worthy Rose gold Champagne flute set with gold flake!

 

FRIDAY'S FAVORITE FINDS

How fun is this Tassel Bottle Opener? The colors blush, white, and gold get me everytime! A perfect addition to your bar cart or bar cabinet!

 

FRIDAY'S FAVORITE FINDS

You guys know how much I love a versatile decor piece and this Moroccan Ceramic Cup is just that! Enjoy a cup of hot tea in this cup, use it to house a small bouquet of flowers, place your writing pens inside and place this cup on your desk, use it to store your makeup brushes, or place it in your bathroom and store Q-tips inside. The uses are endless!

 

FRIDAY'S FAVORITE FINDS

‘Packed with Love’…such a sweet message on this reusable gift bag – it can be gifted for any special occasion! Know someone celebrating an upcoming birthday? You can fill this bag with your wrapped presents. How about a couple that just purchased their first home? You can enclose a curated gift to welcome them to their first home – like a scented candle, gourmet cookies, a tea towel, and/or scented liquid hand soap. Forget a picnic basket, how cute to take this bag with you and enjoy a picnic in the park – filled with french bread and gourmet sandwiches and snacks? You can also reuse this bag for your farmers market purchases! Check out the variety of special message options printed on these reusable gift bags.

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SHARE THE LOVE WITH THIS VALENTINE’S CHERRY-HEART PIE

Valentine's Cherry-Heart Pie

What’s Valentine’s day without hearts? Celebrate this Wednesday, by turning this easy cherry pie recipe into a decorated heart-filled pie! It’s a delicious twist on a classic recipe. I think heart-shaped sweets are wonderful and can be shared with your favorite people as you celebrate the day of love.

I’ve shared a step-by-step instructions on how to make this Valentine’s Cherry-Heart Pie…

Valentine's Cherry-Heart Pie

One thing I forgot to mention on the above instructions…I poured 1/2 tsp. of pure vanilla extract in my egg wash for a bit of flavor. 

Express your love, surprise any sweetheart and brighten the day with this easy-to-bake treat everyone will enjoy!

xoxo

-Photos + Recipe by Rose Angel Lopez

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Valentine’s Day Treats: CONVERSATION HEART CUTOUT BROWNIES

Valentine's Day Treat: CONVERSATION HEART CUTOUT BROWNIES

Valentine's Day Treat: CONVERSATION HEART CUTOUT BROWNIES

Valentine's Day Treat: CONVERSATION HEART CUTOUT BROWNIES

Valentine's Day Treat: CONVERSATION HEART CUTOUT BROWNIES

A deliciously savory dinner followed by a rich chocolate brownie is never wrong. Whether you plan on baking your brownies or get store-bought ones, these conversation cutouts are so cute and easy create! All you need is a heart-shaped cookie cutter and a white icing pen to add a personal message on your brownie for Valentine’s day.

I used two different heart-shaped cookie cutters. The larger one was used to decorate the brownie with mini heart sprinkles and the smaller one was used to write conversation heart sayings like love, hug, kiss, adore, and xo.  If you find that the tube is releasing too much icing, you can squeeze the icing in a plastic storage bag and with a pair of scissors, snip off a tiny hole on the corner of the bag. You may find you have more control in releasing a small amount of icing to write the letters.

Spread the love with these adorable brownies and share it with your friends or your special someone!

-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez

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Drink Recipe: PINK OMBRE STRAWBERRY EGG CREAM SODA

Drink Recipe: PINK OMBRE STRAWBERRY EGG CREAM SODA

Drink Recipe: PINK OMBRE STRAWBERRY EGG CREAM SODA

Drink Recipe: PINK OMBRE STRAWBERRY EGG CREAM SODA

Who could resist pretty pink drinks, especially when they have an ombre hue?! Inspired by ‘ladies celebrating ladies’ on Galentine’s day, I adapted Ina Garten’s New York Egg Cream recipe, by substituting the chocolate syrup she used for strawberry syrup. Perfect for Galentine’s (or even to celebrate a ‘It’s a Girl’ baby shower), serve up this cherry strawberry flavored drink in a wine glass. And whether you opt to spike it or not, enjoy this drink alongside your favorite Valentine’s day dessert!

Drink Recipe: PINK OMBRE STRAWBERRY EGG CREAM SODA

Drink Recipe: PINK OMBRE STRAWBERRY EGG CREAM SODA

Drink Recipe: PINK OMBRE STRAWBERRY EGG CREAM SODA

PINK OMBRE STRAWBERRY EGG CREAM SODA
 
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Recipe type: Drink

Ingredients
  • ½ cup, Cold Whole Milk or half-and-half
  • 1¼ cup, Ice Cold Club Soda or Seltzer Water
  • 3 tbsp, Hershey's Strawberry Syrup

Instructions
  1. Pour the milk in a wine glass. While beating the milk vigorously with a fork with one hand, use your other hand to slowly add club soda or seltzer water, allowing a foamy head to form.
  2. To create an ombre effect, pour strawberry syrup and do not stir. Or you can gently stir from the bottom until just combined.

 

-Photos by Rose Angel Lopez

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