So, this post is a bit overdue. And by a bit, I mean extremely. BUT now that that's over with, let me tell you a story!
I am a normal college student; by normal, I mean that I could not WAIT to get out of the dorms and into an apartment with an actual kitchen (of course that's what I would look forward to the most!) So, I was super excited when Chris told me he and all of his roommates were moving out of their (gorgeous!) apartment last year and that I could call dibs.
And so that is how I signed the lease for my first apartment back in April or so, with 3 close girlfriends from RPI. I am still really excited to have the place, but I never thought about the amount of responsibility that comes with living on your own. The knowledge that if the toilet breaks or floods, it's solely our responsibility to clean it up, is terrifying! I'm a girl, I don't know how to deal with that...(and I don't mean that in a sexist way at all, it's just that I am not interested whatsoever in sticking my hand into the toilet tank if the chain falls off (it's held on by a paperclip in the downstairs bathroom), or dealing with a toilet bowl covered in mold after a long, humid weekend.)
I guess that makes me sound like a bit of a baby.
But moving on! The best part (in my opinion) of having an apartment is the endless opportunities I now have to entertain. I have a kitchen! A living room! A kitchen table that won't be covered in disgusting unidentifiable pieces of food! (Hopefully!!) HALLELUJAH!
Perhaps I sound a bit too enthused by these ideas, but let me have my moment of happiness please. (Notice that I'm refraining from discussing the two DISGUSTING GIANT AWFUL house centipedes that we found this summer. MOVING ON.....)
I recently had some family over to partake in an absolutely delicious Sunday Apartment Warming Brunch (if I do say so myself).
The menu was: Cinnamon Bun French Toast (me), Grape Foccacia (Chris), Egg and Veggie Breakfast Casserole (my mom), Fresh Tomato Citrus Basil salad (my aunt), Guacamole (Chris), and Fruit and Yogurt Parfait (me). Mmmmmm!
I've made my Cinnamon Bun French Toast for 2 brunches now - it's the perfect amount of sweetness to be considered breakfast, but rich enough for lunch. I find that you don't even need to use syrup with this, since it's so gooey from the frosting and filling already. I always use pre-made Freihoffer's Cinnamon Buns as the base, but if you want to make your own, I'm sure it'd be that much better!
Cinnamon Bun French Toast
1 pckg Freihoffer's Cinnamon Buns (or 6 cinnamon buns of choice)
2 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp nutmeg
1/4 cup heavy cream
Butter or oil for pan
Slice cinnamon buns horizontally, so you have 12 pieces. Combine eggs, vanilla, spices, and heavy cream in a large bowl. Whisk together until mixed.
Heat a butter or oil in a large frying pan or skillet on medium heat. Working in batches of 2-3 at a time, dip cinnamon bun slices in egg mixture, making sure to get both sides. Place slices in frying pan and cook until golden on each side - about 3-4 minutes per side. Remove from pan when done, and prepare next batch.