Good Sunday morning everybody! Thanks to all those who participated in the POM giveaway. Congrats to commenter #202, Bunny from Bunny’s Warm Oven Blog who won the POM coupons by a random drawing. Congrats Bunny, email me with your mailing address so I can get your coupons out to you!

Phew, I felt like a new woman Saturday afternoon. I finally used up a gift card for a massage and facial I received last Christmas. I had to laugh after my massage was over because when I went in, I was picturing just a nice easy going gentle massage and what I got was some intense deep tissue deal, glutes and all (is that normal?! Totally akward!) I was literally cringing most of the time and waiting for it to be over. I don’t know why I didn’t say something, next time I’ll know to say “I’d like the easy massage!”. Now, my facial however, was a dream. I loved every minute of it and am going to try and talk my husband into letting me do it often. What a complete treat. Ok, yada yada, I could go on and on, but lets move on….

Up first is this fabulous fall lovin’ Pumpkin Pie Rice Pudding I created for an upcoming 3-A-Day of dairy post. Now, you either love rice pudding or you hate it. I happen to absolutely LOVE it and this one is crazy good. Go on and treat yourself to a little rice pudding this holiday season. Top it with a little fresh whipped cream and you’ll be even happier!

Spiced Pumpkin Pie Rice Pudding

3 Cups cooked jasmine rice

2 ½ Cups 2% milk

¾ Cup prepared pumpkin puree, such as Libby’s

½ Cup granulated sugar

¼ Cup brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

3 inch cinnamon stick

1 fresh vanilla bean

1. Place cooked rice, milk, pumpkin, sugar, brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and cinnamon stick into a medium dutch oven or heavy bottom pan over medium low heat. Stir to combine. Split vanilla bean in half length wise and scrape out the seeds with the back of the knife. Add seeds and split bean into rice mixture; stir to combine. Let rice simmer for 15-20 minutes or until thick and creamy. Before serving discard vanilla bean halves and cinnamon stick. Sprinkle tops of each bowl with brown sugar if desired.

6 servings


Caramel Apple Upside Down French Toast Bake

Next is this naughty brunch style French toast I put together. It is sweet and could be eaten as a dessert no problem. There’s just something about warm spiced apples and French toast that just makes you feel so darn good. I had to pretend there were no calories in this one so I could enjoy every bite. If you don’t have large ramekins, I’m assuming you could use a generously greased 7×11 inch baking dish. You’d have to have a large enough serving dish to flip it onto. Enjoy!!

Caramel Apple Upside Down French Toast Bake

½ Cup brown sugar

1 Tablespoon corn syrup

4 Tablespoons butter

5 medium apples, peeled and thinly sliced

3 eggs slightly beaten

½ Cup milk

1 teaspoon vanilla

¼ teaspoon salt

8 sliced cinnamon swirl bread

1. Place brown sugar, corn syrup and butter into a large skillet over medium heat. Stir until melted and just starting to bubble. Stir in apples and cook for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to low and set aside.

2. In a large bowl, whisk the eggs, milk vanilla and salt until well combined. Spray 4 large 2 Cup capacity ramekins with nonstick cooking spray. Divide apple mixture evenly into ramekins then place 2 pieces of cinnamon bread over top, pressing gently. Pour egg mixture evenly over each ramekin. Cover and refrigerate overnight.

3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Uncover each ramekin and bake in oven for 40-50 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean from center of each. Remove from oven and let cool for 10 minutes. Carefully place your serving plate on top of ramekin and flip over so that apples are now on top. Serve warm.

4 Servings

Have a great start of your week!! I’ll be back soon with more goodies to share including my favorite Chicken Chili and Cornbread!