8/21/14

Sharing a favorite recipe


Wanna send the kids off to school with a warm yummy belly full of goodness? Look no more, check out this tasty and easy Pumpkin French Toast Bake, perfect for fall!



Sweet and spicy pumpkin french toast is made the night before for an easy, early-morning preparation.
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: French Toast
Serves: 10
INGREDIENTS
  • 5 1/2 - 7 1/2 cups 1-inch bread cubes (depending on type of bread)*
  • 7 large eggs
  • 2 cups milk (any kind)*
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin BUTTER (or 1/2 cup pumpkin puree)*
  • 3-4 tablespoons brown sugar for topping
  • nuts, like pecan or walnuts (optional)
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Cut any kind of bread into 1-inch cubes - I recommend a crusty, whole grain variety, but sandwich bread will work, too. Just use enough slice to fill a lightly greased 9x13 baking dish quite full.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, vanilla, pumpkin butter and pie spice until well combined. Pour over bread and push down with a spoon or your hands until it's all soaked and mostly covered. Cover with saran wrap or lid and refrigerate overnight.
  3. In the morning, preheat oven to 350 degrees, uncover and top with brown sugar, additional pumpkin pie spice and nuts (optional). Bake for 35-45 minutes or golden brown and no longer wet.
  4. Serve immediately with maple syrup, honey or agave nectar. Store leftovers in the refrigerator covered for up to a couple days.
NOTES
* For the bread cubes, just use as much bread as it takes to fill the bottom of your dish generously, plus up about 1 to 1.5 inches. If you've added too much to soak up the liquid, just remove some. And if it looks too wet, add some more bread.
* I HIGHLY recommend using pumpkin butter as it has a concentrated pumpkin flavor and is much sweeter than puree. But if using puree instead of butter, it's important to compensate the flavor by adding a bit more puree, pumpkin pie spice, and a little agave nectar, brown sugar or maple syrup to the batter. Otherwise, it will lack that delicious fall, pumpkin flavor you're going for. 
* I used 2%, but use skim or low-fat for a lighter recipe. Alternatively, use non-dairy such as soy or almond.
NUTRITION INFORMATION
Serving size: 10 slices; per slice: Calories: 122 Fat: 4 g Carbohydrates: 13.7 g Sugar: 7.4 gSodium: 145 mg Fiber: 1.3 g Protein: 7.8 g

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8/6/14

August Home & Visiting Teaching Gifts

It's Back to School time! For August's Visiting Teaching gift, we have made a miniature file folder out of scrapbook paper, complete with a set of 5 notecards (with the full message from the Ensign printed) and wrapped it up with twine, a paper clip, and a tag that reads, "TAKE NOTE of the Divine Mission of Jesus Christ." 

A package of gum is tucked in the folder as an extra little treat after your sister does her "homework." 






The August First Presidency Message from the Ensign is written by President Dieter F. Uchtdorf, entitled "God's Harvest." (It's a great article!) We've included the full message, along with a family size bag of sunflower seeds and wrapped it up with a darling tag and ribbon. The tag reads, "What we sow, we reap. That is the law of God's harvest."



7/29/14

Baby Stuff

We have some darling baby stuff in right now! If you need a gift or want a little something for your own wee one - stop in!




7/27/14

Jewels!

We have some darn cute jewelry in folks! Check out our rings, bracelets, earrings, and necklaces! We have a good sized selection, so if you're in the market for something new - or for a darling gift - stop in!





and headwraps! Perfect for fall!

This new spoon CTR ring is just to die for - love it! {and it's only $9.99!}

Happy shopping! 



7/14/14

MTC Delivery!

Did you guys know we delivery to the Provo, UT MTC Daily?! Grab an awesome pre-made missionary or LDS themed gift to go, and we will package it up right there and send it for you! Or bring in your own surprise for your favorite missionary! OR - a sure hit with your missionary, grab a dozen donuts (square ones are our favorite!!) from Lehi Country Bakery next door and send them as a nice afternoon treat for your hard working missionary and his/her companion! 

Here's the down-low:
  • We deliver to the Provo, Utah Missionary Training Center Monday thru Friday (except major holidays. 
  • Packages that arrive at our store before 12:30 PM will be taken to the MTC that same day.
  • Please contact the store via email (pioneerparty154@gmail.com) for pricing info, or feel free to stop by or call.




7/10/14

Skinny Pineapple Orange Slush!

Mmmm, just the name sounds delish! Try out this yummy {easy} drink to cool you down in this July heat!

recipe via Lovely Little Kitchen 

  • 2 cups frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1 cup rainbow sherbet
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 12 oz can of lemon-lime soda (Sprite Zero)
  • {optional} add spinach!
Serves 4 

7/3/14

Your 4th of July party!

Here are some easy peasy ideas for your Independence Day festivities!


Decorate the yard with these darling sifted flour lawn stars!

Throw together a simple cheese tray with pepperoni, white cheese of your choice, and blue tortilla chips.

Add some fruit cut with cookie cutters (and a bunch of other ideas here)


Bust out a few crafts with the kiddos (check here)
and firecracker hats here


Finish up with a super easy dessert that everyone will love! (Instructions here)



Happy Birthday America!