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Your Sunday Morning plan

EAT:

Not only is this French toast recipe super easy with ingredients you already have around the house, you can also make it the night before to maximize coffee and paper time in the morning. There are any number of little variations on baked French toast, but we like this one from AllRecipes.

You’ll need:

  • 5 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup half-and-half cream
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 (1 pound) loaf French bread, cut diagonally in 1 inch slices
  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 cup chopped pecans

In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, cream and vanilla. Dip bread slices into egg mixture and place in a lightly greased 9×13 inch baking pan. Refrigerate overnight. The next morning: Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. In a small bowl, combine butter, sugar, maple syrup and pecans. Spoon mixture over bread. Bake in preheated oven until golden, about 40 minutes. Let stand 5 minutes before serving. Think of all the possibilities with this recipe: baking with apples, or blueberries, or bananas! We would definitely also add cinnamon. Because cinnamon makes everything better. The possibilities are endless!

Do:

Since you’ll have eaten large quantities of French toast, it’s probably a good idea to get outside and move around a bit. Since we are going to believe this will be a gorgeous summer weekend, we propose you get out your sidewalk chalk and play this classic French game, Escargot. It’s like hopscotch, but with a twist.

  • Start with drawing a snail-shaped course in chalk, with the numbers increasing toward the center.
  • In Escargot each player simply hops on one foot toward the center.
  • A player loses his turn if he touches any lines or hops in a square more than once.
  • Once a player hops all the way to the center and back, she may choose one square as her “house” and place her initials in it. This square becomes a resting place for her so she can take a break mid-turn; other players must avoid the square by hopping over it.
  • All players can rest in the center square.
  • When the board is so full of players’ “houses” that players can no longer make it to the center, the player who has claimed the most squares wins.

Photos by absentmindedprof and staxnet, via Flickr

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