Egg Nog Cinnamon Swirl Brioche

I came across a brilliant loaf of cinnamon swirl brioche from a local baker (Macrina) at Central Market in Poulsbo. It’s lovely on it’s own, but when I spied the Twin Brook Creamery egg nog on the same trip I knew they’d be a match. These two things along with some farm fresh eggs, homemade vanilla extract and fresh ground cinnamon added up to be a splendid breakfast that probably should have been saved for dessert.


Ingredients:
1/2 cup egg nog
1/4 cup milk
8 slices cinnamon swirl brioche
3 large eggs
1/8 tsp salt
1/8 tsp cinnamon
dash of vanilla extract
lots and lots of butter

Preparation:
In a large shallow bowl (or pie plate), whisk eggs, milk, egg nog, salt, vanilla and cinnamon until well blended. Melt 1-2 tablespoons butter in skillet over medium heat.
Dip brioche in egg mixture to coat both sides. Place in skillet and cook until browned. Repeat with butter and brioche. Serve hot with butter, syrup, powdered sugar or honey.

* If the brioche sticks to your pan… use more butter.

Enjoy :)

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WOCU: The Kids

For those of you who connect with us on Facebook most of this will be repeat, but hopefully there’s a few new bits here and we can catch up friends and family who aren’t on FB.

Last week Sydney started First Grade… goodness time flies!! She’s in a class with her cousin and best friend and we know she’s super excited about that. She loves her new teacher who is “so nice to her” and thinks she’s already a pro at First Grade. She’s reading up a storm and works on those big words all the time.

Miles is happy about his developing musical skills. We visited Crossroads Music (aka Guitar Store) a couple times recently and I think he may have fallen in love with the upright bass. I’m not going to complain. He got a pick and is working on his strumming skills with his new star pick. He’s channeling Eric Clapton.

Elle has decided that climbing up things with buttons and cords is a fun thing to do. And she spends a lot of time mimicking her big brother… and the chickens… and the cars. She’s a bit of a comedian around here. She’s going to be one in about a month and we’ll officially have a 1, 2 and 6 year old. I like the sound of that.

Here are some pics for your pleasure…



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WOCU: Outdoors

This is my Week Of Catching Up and I’ll start with a few things that have been happening at home – outdoors.

The garden is beginning to crank out some food. Radishes were the first up – they have a 22 day cycle. I will admit to knowing just about nothing when it comes to gardening so the lessons are being learned quickly. I know I’m going to have a few downfalls due to thinning errors (from pulling plants out by their roots and disturbing their neighbors, not thinning early enough or not thinning at all) and I’m trying to organically fight the bugs and the bugs might be winning. With that said, there is some good food out there (mostly greens), great herbs of the catnip, dill, parsley, chives, thyme and lavender varieties, and a few experiments (stevia and tomatillos to name the most glaring). I have planted more radishes in hopes of eating another handful (I didn’t know that each plant would only provide one radish – yes, another lesson) and will plant them in 10 day increments in the future. Now I’m working on digging up lots and lots more space for late Winter/early Spring planting…. I should probably go rent a tiller.

The chickens have grown. Their voices have changed, their poop has gotten bigger, they’re eating more food and they’re readying to lay some eggs! I’ve been cooking with more eggs to find some favorite dishes. Quiche is landing near the top of my list, but I’m not sure the rest of the Kings would agree. They might be more frittata/strata/hash type people. No worries… we’ll find a few things to settle on. I think we have another 3-6 weeks before the ladies start laying. We better get to building those nesting boxes.

And here’s a glimpse of our fire pit. It’s nothing extraordinary, but it’s had a few fun evenings. We have, of course, roasted many many marshmallows, been bitten by way too many mosquitos and ran from the ants which have an enormous home nearby. The future of our fire pit is bright, with benches to seat a good sized group and roasting sticks piling up in the corner… we will see more of you.

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{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember.

If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

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Thanks Martha: Pizza!

After browsing Martha Stewart Living July 2011, I decided it was time to have a successful evening of homemade pizza. For some reason every time I go to make my own pizza I have either a major fail food-wise or a major fail budget-wise. I had a good feeling about a positive outcome this time around. Easy thin crust + fresh toppings + big flavor + local ingredients = nom.

First up was a caramelized peach, prosciutto and basil and the second was Uli’s hot italian sausage, mushroom and onion.

I ran out of propane for the grill mid-way through. Thankfully I had the Cuisinart grill as a backup. No grill could have turned this pizza night into an epic fail, but it only slowed us down a short bit.

For the peach pie, the pizza dough was grilled then baked with mozzarella then the fresh toppings added. For the sausage pie, the pizza dough was grilled, the toppings sauteed then added to the crust with mozzarella and baked. I would add marinara to the sausage pie next time around as it slipped my mind for this one. All in all they turned out fantastic and we have plenty of ingredients and leftover dough for tomorrow night!

 

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{this moment} – A Friday ritual. A single photo – no words – capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. If you’re inspired to do the same, leave a link to your ‘moment’ in the comments for all to find and see.

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