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French Toast Casserole Recipe

10 Apr

As I mentioned in my previous post Holiday Weekend — Easter Paella Lunch, I got a bunch of great recipes from my friend’s book that I plan to put to the test. One of those recipes that got my attention is a french toast casserole. I thought it was very interesting idea, instead of making each toast individually, the bread is soaked in the mix of all the ingredients and baked in the oven.


– (22 ounce) loaf bread

– 8 large eggs whites

– 2 cups of milk

– 1 cup of orange juice

– 2 tablespoons of maple syrup

– 1 tablespoon of cinnamon

– 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract

– 1 teaspoon of nutmeg

– Dash of salt

– Butter or butter-flavored cooking spray

– 1/2 cup of blueberries.

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Rainy Day Adventure — Vita’s Story

26 Mar

We decided it’d be fun to do more joint posts so that you can get a more intimate look at our friendship and have fun hearing about the same day from two points of view (giving you the Rashomon effect). Enjoy!


I love rain. Love everything about it, the calm warm weather prior to the rain storm, falling asleep listening to the lullaby of rain drops hitting the roof, sleeping in without being able to make what time is it, watching movies all day long under a cozy warm blanket, the ability to wear rain boots… But most of all, I love fresh clean air, which is so wanted and desired in smoggy Los Angeles. I guess people here are so spoiled with sunny weather that couple days of rain is considered a storm, worthy of occupying two thirds of the local news broadcast. Perhaps I’m not a meteorological genius, but I believe it’s a quite a stretch to be panicking about few inches of rain, especially when it should be taken as a blessing, not as a curse.

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Rainy Day Adventure — Michelle’s Story

26 Mar

We decided it’d be fun to do more joint posts so that you can get a more intimate look at our friendship and have fun hearing about the same day from two points of view (giving you the Rashomon effect). Enjoy!


Sunday was a blustery, rainy day in Los Angeles. Normally such dark, ominous, wet weather makes me want to curl up on the couch with a blanket and an old movie. I appreciate rain but I prefer to not be cold and wet. However, Sunday was different. Vita and I had planned to go check out a JCPenney because they’re advertising new rebranding efforts as an always-affordable, no-gimmicks kind of store and we both wanted to look at dresses (I haven’t decided yet what I’m wearing to a big party next weekend). We both thought we knew where there was a JCP near our neighborhood…but we were both wrong.

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For Butter or Worse

15 Mar

I firmly believe that people who want to lose weight should not have to suffer through eating bland or poor-tasting food. I have tried some different brands of diet frozen meals and they always taste awful to me. They also taste heavily processed, which is why I am more in favor of cooking a healthy meal at home to suit your own tastes. Doing so gives you complete control over what is going into the meal…and then you just have to fight with yourself about how much goes into your body.

Butter is one item I consider a necessity in cooking. Regardless of any dieting goals, I will not change my use of butter in the kitchen because I will not sacrifice flavor.

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Dropping Breakfast

8 Mar

Most nutrition advisers, including my skating coach, will tell you that you need to have breakfast every morning to get your body and metabolism up to full speed for the day. But I can’t do it. Don’t get me wrong, I love breakfast foods, but I have a problem eating in the morning. I usually need to be awake for at least an hour or two before I even start to feel hungry. I wake up, start to get ready for the day, brush my teeth, enjoy the minty freshness (which also makes me not want to eat), feed breakfast to my cat and husband (in that order), and then get to work. I’m not ready for food until almost 11:00 a.m., at which point I usually tell myself to just wait for lunch.

I know this goes against the usual “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” adage but this is one of the rules I am dropping.

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