All of my Favorite Things GIVEAWAY: KitchenAid 5 Speed Hand Mixer!

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It’s a SPECIAL All-of-my-Favorite-Things GIVEAWAY! To celebrate all of the support and recognition I’ve received from all of my followers (YOU), I wanted to do something I’ve never done before! A two part giveaway featuring a few of my favorite kitchen accessories!

Since I have a rather small kitchen, every inch of counter space and storage space counts. Particularly when it comes to storing and displaying my favorite baking tools. So I tend to like small, pretty things. Like this KitchenAid 5 speed Hand Mixer. Point in case, not only do I have my beloved KitchenAid Stand Mixer (which I use about 90% of the time with my recipes), I also have one of these super functional KitchenAid Hand Mixers, as well. For all of the quick, little jobs. Because I LOVE (LOVE) KitchenAid products! From size, to versatility, to functionality & (beautiful) design, KitchenAid products tend to be my go to for everything I do! Brownies, cakes, cookies, muffins, you name it! I LOVE KitchenAid! Hence my 1st All-of-my-Favorite-Things GIVEAWAY today for THIS lovely ice blue 5 speed hand mixer!

But enough with the gabbing! Let’s get to the details! Here’s how to enter: leave a comment below with your favorite kitchen accessory (& a link to it, if you’re so inclined to share it with us) and tell me why you love it! Commenting begins today, Sunday, February 15th from 1:00pm-1:00pm on Monday, February 16th. One lucky commenter will be chosen at random to receive this fantastic KitchenAid Hand Mixer! Winner will be contacted on Tuesday, February 17th.

From my Heart to your Kitchen, THANK YOU for all of your support!

Happy Baking, my Friends!

xoxo

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Happiness Project#52: Raspberry French Toast Rolls!

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It’s been a rough week. Or in all actuality, a rough month. From the day I was born 3 months premature, I fought for my lungs. My breath. My Life. And 36 years later, I’m still fighting. For my lungs. My breath. And my Life. In more ways than ever before. And although I am immensely blessed to be surrounded and uplifted by a very strong, loving group of Family & Friends, there are still days and nights where I feel very alone in this battle of mine. Because the truth? Unless you’ve been there, and walked in my shoes, particularly within the last 4 to 5 years, there’s only so much that anyone else can truly understand. And only so many ways that I can try to vocalize the things that I feel and think. Which leads to this week’s struggle with myself and my lungs. Resulting in 2 new inhalers, which leave me shaky, dizzy and horribly tired. As in “I can’t even see straight, more or less stand upright” shaky, dizzy and tired. So needless to say, it’s been one of THOSE weeks for me. One of which I cannot wait to be done & over with.

Anyhow, since you all know that baking is the one form of therapy that keeps me going, when I’m at my lowest, I desperately wanted to whip up something quick & pretty, with lots of taste. With fruit. Because holy geez, am I so READY to indulge in my favorite fruits this season! So. Ready.

Pinterest, apparently, is just as ready as I am, too. Umm, have you SEEN all of the newly pinned fruit recipes this year?? It’s bananas! Literally. Thanks to a newish Blueberry French Toast Roll Ups recipe from Damn Delicious, I was overjoyed to break out the frying pan and whip up my own breakfast dish. With raspberries and strawberries. And more cinnamon-y goodness than you’ve ever beheld. Ready for some fruity happiness in a pan? Here we go…

4 tablespoons salted butter

2 eggs, beaten

2 tablespoons whole milk

1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/4 cup granulated sugar

2-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon

8 slices white bread, crusts removed

3 ounces cream cheese, softened slightly

1/2 cup raspberries, mashed up with a fork, OR 1/2 cup cored and finely diced fresh strawberries

Firstly, after removing the crusts, gently roll flat each bread slice, using either a rolling pin or the flat palms of your hands. Line up each flattened slice onto a flat plate and set aside.

Place the half cup of raspberries into a small bowl and flatten (or crush) each of them up with a fork, until the texture is pulpy and nearly smooth.

Using a small butter knife, spread out about a tablespoon & a half of cream cheese onto each bread slice. Try to spread on the cream cheese as evenly as possible. Now, on the bottom lip of each bread slice, spoon on up to 1 tablespoon of the crushed raspberries. With the tips of your fingers, firmly but gently roll up the bread slice, starting with the bottom lip (with the raspberries), all the way to the top. Once each slice is rolled up, set aside.

In another bowl, whisk together the eggs, milk and vanilla extract. Dredge each roll up in the egg batter, covering throughly.

Now to the frying pan! In a medium sized frying pan, on meduim-high heat, drop 2 tablespoons of butter into the pan, letting the butter coat the entire pan. Once the melted butter starts bubbling slightly, drop 2 to 3 french toast roll ups into the pan, turning the roll up over once or twice to create an evenly fried skin. If there’s not enough butter on the pan while you’re working through each set of 2 to 3 roll ups, add in another tablespoon of butter between each set.

While each roll up is still hot from the pan, transfer each piece to the bowl with the cinnamon & sugar mixture and generously coat. Because what’s french toast without a lovely helping of cinnamon-sugar?? Not French Toast, I believe.

Serve immediately. With MORE fruit. Because there’s no such thing as too much fruit for breakfast. Well, to me there isn’t.

*Recipe adapted from Damn Delicious

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