Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Surgery....finally!


As  I mentioned in a previous post, I wanted to avoid having surgery.  Well, it didn't work out that way.  My foot was so damaged that no amount of healthy eating would have healed it.  Fortunately, I was able to enjoy summer and wait until last Friday to have the surgery done.

Now I am home recovering and must keep off of my foot for the next 4 weeks.  I just received a text from a dear friend wondering if I am bored yet.  Nope....not yet.  I love to read and this has been a fabulous excuse to do nothing but lay around and read.  I have also had great friends visit.  Best of all, my wonderful hubby is here taking care of me and keeping me company.

One thing my husband was worried about was what to cook for our meals.  Maybe I should emphasize WORRIED, because he was actually freaked out about it.  The first few days we had lasagna.  I truly mean for the first few days.  My friend Savannah made us a few lasagna's to put in the freezer.  And my husband did put them in the freezer. Then pulled them out of the freezer.  Every day for three days it was a running joke because I would text Savannah and say "Guess what we are having for dinner?"  "Guess what we are having for lunch?"  Thank the Lord for her wonderful lasagna.  It allowed us time to get into a routine and gave Ed time to work up his cooking courage.

Today, I am so proud of him.  He actually found a recipe on my blog for Avocado, Cheese, and Egg Stacks and made them for lunch.  He did AMAZING.  See the picture:) They were delicious and beautiful. Great job honey!


His confidence is built and I can't wait for dinner.  He is making Spaghetti Salad and Grilled Salmon.  I am so thankful for such an amazing husband.  God has truly blessed me with him. All in all, I think this will be a great month recovering.  Reading, visits from friends, and great food.  Not so bad for a surgery that I dreaded all year :)  


Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Stuffed French Toast for Company


One thing about me that I may not have mentioned yet..... I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE having company.  This summer we haven't had nearly the amount of guests that we usually have, however, the last couple of weeks we have had company and it has been awesome.

One thing that can be a challenge for me is cooking for my guests.  I want to stay true to the food I need, yet make sure I am making food that others will enjoy as well.  Breakfast is my greatest challenge because I feel bad offering either granola with yogurt and fruit, or oatmeal every morning.   I feel like when company is here it is special and breakfast should reflect that feeling. 

I went through my old recipe box and found a card for Stuffed French Toast.  When my kids were young I would make this on Thanksgiving morning. With a little tweaking of the ingredients, I made this for our company and ended up with a delicious and special breakfast that I could eat guilt free.  I switched the white bread out for Daves Killer Bread which has Omega 3's....yay!  The other thing I did was used Greek Yogurt Cream Cheese instead of regular cream cheese.  I found this product at Walmart and it has live cultures and much less fat.  The brand is Green Mountain Farms.  I also used only half the egg yolks and replaced them with egg whites.

It's great to know that even with diet restrictions, entertaining and dining can be so rewarding :)

Stuffed French Toast

12 slices bread (no crust) cubed
2 - 8 oz packages Greek Yogurt Cream Cheese, cubed
6 eggs
6 egg whites
2 cups non-fat milk
1/3 c pure maple syrup

Put eggs in a bowl and whisk.  Then add milk and syrup.  Set aside.

Put half the bread in bottom of  a 9x13 pan.  Then put cream cheese as next layer.  Top with the rest of the bread.  Pour the liquid mixture over the top.  Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. 

Bake at 375 for 45 minutes.  Serve with fresh fruit :)