Cinnamon Swirl French Toast

My boys are obsessed with cinnamon raisin swirl bread. They could eat an entire loaf in one sitting if I let them. Every Saturday I cook breakfast. Needing to go grocery shopping and out of a few key items, I decided to make do with what I had – cinnamon raisin swirl bread and eggs. Voila, french toast!

This is such a fun twist on classic french toast, just swap out the bread for cinnamon raisin swirl bread.


  • Eggs
  • Sara Lee Cinnamon Raisin Swirl Breakfast Bread
  • Aunt Jemima Syrup
  • Powdered Sugar



  • Mix your eggs in a mixing bowl.
  • Place your bread in the egg mixture, flipping to coat both sides.
  • Place your bread on a non-stick griddle.
  • Grill until golden brown.
  • Serve with syrup and powdered sugar.






How I Refurbished a Worn Cedar Chest

I am a mother of two young boys and toys have infiltrated every nook and cranny of our house.  After pinning several ideas via Pinterest on toy storage, I decided on a classic cedar chest. Following my decision, one issue arose – the cost of cedar chests. Seriously, I did not realize how expensive they were! I searched high and low for a used chest and finally snagged one for $45 after posting a wanted advertisement on Facebook.

The cedar chest was in rough shape and needed refinished. I didn’t mind a do-it-yourself project. Besides, I am good for one per year. Here are the steps I took to rehab my prized possession.

Using protective eye wear and gloves, I painted Citristrip Gel onto my cedar chest and let the solution sit for an hour. Afterwards, I used a hand held scraper to strip the little bit of finish that remained. I was not a huge fan of the Citristrip Gel. I felt it was a little messy, but nonetheless it got the job done.

After I was done stripping the original finish, I sanded and buffed, sanded and buffed and sanded and buffed some more.

Once I was satisfied with the sanding and buffing, I painted my first coat of Minwax Polyshades (Bombay Mahogany) on to the chest. I let it dry for 24 hours, then put my second coat on.

I love the Minwax Polyshades Bombay Mahogany finish and am very pleased with how the cedar chest turned out.

Check out my before and after pictures.

After (Bombay Mahogany, Minwax Polyshades)




Crack Chicken

A few months ago I came across a recipe on Pinterest for Slow Cooker Crack Chicken. Today I was working from home, and decided to give it a whirl. It turned out great. Even the boys ate it. I served it with corn on the cob, okra, and white wine. The kiddos had water of course! 🙂

Recipe courtesy of Recipe Diaries.

What are some great recipes you have come across lately?