I SING For Breakfast: Crunchy Berry Stuffed French Toast

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I’m proud to say I saw two movies over the weekend!

I absolutely love going to the movies, but it amazes me how it easy it’s been to stop myself from one of my favorite things. Whether it was having young children, or working, or cold nights, sometimes long times would pass without going. I made a goal in 2015, and now in 2016, and I will in 2017 – to see more movies! I love going alone. I love going with Cassidy. And I LOVE going with the kids, and I love going with one of the kids. We sink down in the seats, snuggle, and always share snacks.

Then we leave reality behind, and get suspended in a beautiful story.

Every time I’ve gone to the movies in the past few months, we’ve seen trailers for SING. Every time we’ve seen that trailer, we want to get up and sing and dance! We are so counting the days until its release. I can’t wait to watch and dream.

I think you all know I’m quite a dreamer. I picked up that (great) habit as a young child, and it surprises me that it’s never faded. If anything, it burns brighter. Whether it’s travel, love, or career moves, I do like to make leaps. While I’m not a singer, Scarlet and Des are both musical, and I can’t wait for them to watch the characters follow their dreams – whether it’s saving a theater, or entering a singing competition. My grandparents on both sides taught me to think and live BIG.

I chose to interview my father’s mother when I was a freshman in college, and was writing about the shaping of women’s lives. Even though I had always suspected it as a young child, she spelled it out for me – that love and humor and dreams were what defined my family. I pass that on to my kids. One thing about my Grandma Bella (Scarlet’s middle name sake) is that she had such poignant and meaningful ways of doing things with us – even something as simple as ordering breakfast!

I’m a breakfast FIEND, but I’m also a sucker for sleeping late. My sister and I would spend weekends at my grandparent’s house when we were kids. My sister would get up early and make a “room service menu” with check marks, so I could check off what I wanted in terms of breakfast cereal, drink, meat, and French Toast, pancakes, or waffles. It looked like this:

Fun, right? This grandmother told me I could be anything I wanted. Something so simple as a fun breakfast menu is a memory that lasts forever. How can you feel anything but wonderful, knowing a wonderful breakfast is right at your hands?

French Toast


Crunchy Berry Stuffed French Toast

Crunchy Berry Stuffed French Toast


  • 1 medium loaf of brioche or other soft, thick bread. I used maple oatmeal
  • 4 eggs
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2/3 cup heavy cream
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, ricotta cheese, or marscapone
  • Butter and maple syrup
  • 1 cup fresh berries and bananas (optional)
  • 1 cup or so of Post Grape Nuts


  1. Slice the bread
  2. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs until foamy and then add milk, cream, salt, vanilla, and sugar, and whisk to blend
  3. Pour into a sheet pan with sides - I used 13x9 baking pan
  4. Let the bread soak in a single layer in the mixture
  5. Heat butter until foamy in a skillet or griddle over medium-high heat
  6. Working in 2-3 batches, cook the soaked bread until lightly brown (3 minutes)
  7. Lay slices of cream cheese/ricotta/marscapone on top of the bread
  8. Place berries and Grape Nuts on top of the cheese
  9. Place another slice of bread on top of the soaked one - to make "sandwiches"
  10. Press firmly with back of spatula
  11. Rotate the "sandwiches" and brown the other side for another three minutes
  12. Serve with butter and syrup of choice

I’m a big fan of texture, so when you get the sweet and eggy French Toast, then pair it with fresh and tart berries, use some form of spreadable cheese for flavor and stick factor, and then add in the crunch of Post Grape Nuts? Awesomeness.

I found my favorite cereals with SING packaging at Walmart in the cereal aisle.

In the great theme of trying for and being what we want, isn’t it amazing that cereal can be eaten at all times of the day, and for various occasions? Whether it’s on or with French Toast for breakfast or brunch, whether it’s snack time, or whether you want a good bowl of cereal at any time of the day or night, it’s always welcoming, comforting and delicious.

And YOU can participate in the Post SING National Sweepstakes. Select Post products have new packaging that incorporates the SING movie. Through information on the cereal boxes, you can enter the SING National Sweepstakes for a chance to win $100,000 (!!!) or free movie tickets. You can enter the codes printed inside the box into the sweepstakes website.

You just never know if you’ll win! So many fun and diverse recipes can be created using Post cereals – from sweet to savory and back to sweet again – and I love the endless possibilities. There is something for everyone in my family.

What would you make with your Post cereal?

It’s Christmas Breakfast Casserole Time!

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Isn’t it always breakfast casserole time?

This Christmas Breakfast Casserole can be made the night before, and then popped in the oven, for bacon, cheesy, potato, goodness! #ad #MakeHeartburnHistory

Well, I suppose not, but you can absolutely make this casserole year-round, although there’s something about having it for Christmas morning. You can prep it the night before, calling it officially, “Christmas Overnight Breakfast Casserole”, and there’s nothing like digging into those cheesy, bacon, potato-filled, vegetable-laden bites of a warm casserole. Would you eat it before opening presents? After? At my parent’s farm, ever since the six grandkids came along, it takes us so long to open presents – because we do it one by one – that we’ve started having to take a much-needed brunch break in between.

And the kids allow that! The adults do too! I’m not a patient person, and call me crazy, but it’s all about my parent’s breakfast casserole! They prep it the night before and then just pop it in the oven when brunch time is near. There’s hot carafes of coffee, my dad’s oven-cooked bacon, Orange Julius to drink, and a giant box of doughnuts that my brother always brings. And if he didn’t? I think Des the Doughnut King would be quite upset. There’s always sausage and fruit as well.

My eye is always on the prize, though. The casserole.

My recipe is actually not my parent’s casserole. Theirs includes cream cheese, I believe, and I generally don’t cook or bake with cream cheese ever. Long story there, but I love it at the farm. My recipe is all of my favorite foods – eggs, bacon, cheddar cheese, broccoli, and HASH BROWNS. This is a yes for me. I like to have small meals spread over a whole day, but Christmas is another story! After our brunch, we tend to graze on Christmas stocking candy, and then have a dinner of flank steak, homemade french fries, and salad. There are a lot of us too, with all sorts of dietary interests and restrictions.

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Bacon. Yes, bacon.

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Now, let’s talk about the food!! It’s amazing how it turns out so well, and it’s easy!

Nearly ready to go into the oven:

Then it comes out, piping hot and oven-fresh:

You can wait for it to cool a bit, but then slice it up and dig in! We serve it with fresh raspberries and Orange Julius or juice. I love to use festive plates and napkins, and even festive pot holders and dish towels.


It’s Christmas Breakfast Casserole Time!

It’s Christmas Breakfast Casserole Time!


  • 1/2 pound of bacon, cut in half
  • 1/2 bell pepper - any color - chopped
  • 1/2 cup mushrooms, sliced (optional)
  • 1 cup broccoli, chopped
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 8 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 cups frozen hash browns (mine were slightly thawed)


  1. Heat the oven to 350
  2. Grease a 9x13 or 8x8 baking dish or pan
  3. Cook the bacon on medium heat until crisp
  4. Set aside
  5. Cook the vegetables in the bacon pan drippings
  6. Saute for about four minutes
  7. Add salt and pepper
  8. In a large bowl, beat the eggs and whisk in the milk
  9. Add more salt and pepper
  10. Stir in cheese, frozen hash browns, bacon, and cooked vegetables
  11. Pour the mixture into baking dish
  12. Add more bacon, hash browns, and cheese on top
  13. Bake for 40-45 minutes until eggs are cooked through and cheese is bubbling


The casserole can be prepared and kept in the refrigerator overnight before baking.


And there you have it! Whether you prepare it and bake it at the same time, or leave the “batter” in the fridge overnight to bake on Christmas morning, there’s a lot of flavor and favorite foods within this one wonderful breakfast casserole.

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What’s your favorite holiday dish?

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