Croissant French Toast

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I step into the crowd with Chloe on one side and Brody on the other. Jason and Kayli lead our five through.

A mother with a long, golden ponytail pushes a stroller to my left. She’s pointing out the big yellow slide, the spun sugar in impossible shades of pink and purple, and the people, my goodness, the people.

I’m not there anymore.

Another mother walks with arms interlinked with two teenage versions of herself. They laugh in the way I hope to laugh with my own girls one day.

I’m not quite there either.

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I’m right here.

Noting how Kayli’s stride matches Jason’s, how graceful she seems with her hair up in a knot, how purposeful he is in crowds, amidst busy, leading us.

How Chloe’s and Brody’s hands are small and sticky — the epitome of summer, and childhood.

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On the one hand, it’s a gorgeous summer day spent at the fair.

Greasy food on a stick, a crowd so thick with people I want to (gently) pluck them out one by one and read their story, sunshine so bright that the occasional sidewalk sprinkler is more than welcome.

butterfly-gardenAnd on the other hand, it’s a sure sign of fall.

The cooler morning, the grabbed sweatshirts, the way my three fit after a summer of uninterrupted togetherness.

I savor the way they share sweet corn and pass root beer and fight over an Italian Ice, juice in the brightest shade of red drizzling down each of their (forever, to me) tiny wrists.

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Kayli steps back to me as Chloe and Brody run to catch up with Jason.

I bite back the urge to be the mom yelling at her kids at the fair — Slow down, Big crowd, Stay with me.

And in that tiny pause I get to see them slip their fingers between his, watch him be the dad pointing out the slide, the treats, the people, their stories.

Kayli puts a slender arm around my shoulder, I ignore that she’s tall enough to do this, and lean into my girl, this moment, and how deliciously betwixt and between this all is.

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Tomorrow, the girls start their first days of second and fourth grades.

So today we celebrated with an early morning walk in our pajamas, a rousing game of UNO (Do you know the jump in rule?), a chapter of Narnia, and the best french toast ever — all before 9:am.

We might just be ready to (willingly) step into the change that a new school year brings.

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Croissant French Toast

This french toast recipe is sinfully decadent to taste and simple to make. Enjoy on the cusp of change, or the fit of comfort.

Serves: 5-10

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Ingredients:

  • 5 croissants, cut length-wise
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup half and half
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

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Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. As it’s heating, melt one pat of butter in a baking dish in there, then set it aside.
  2. Whisk together the eggs, half and half, honey, cinnamon, and vanilla in a baking dish.
  3. Place the croissant halves in the mixture and cover them thoroughly in it.
  4. In a pan, melt one pat of butter at a time and cook each croissant half for approximately one minute on each side.
  5. Place the croissant halves into the prepared baking dish.
  6. Once each slice has been pan fried, bake at 350 degrees for approximately ten minutes until the french toast is golden.
  7. Serve with warm syrup, berries, and powdered sugar.
  8. Change, has never looked — or tasted — so good.

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Comments

  1. What a lovely adieu to summer, Galit.
    And Croissant French toast could not be more perfect to herald the beginning of another school year – two of my favourite breakfasts in one. :)

  2. So big, yet still so small.
    I’ll eat croissant french toast any day of the year. xo

  3. Croissant French Toast??? WHY (oh WHY??) have I never thought of this???

    and your words, your impart of memories and family is like giving a glimpse into your world and reminding that we are all “right here” right now and we’ll be on our way to the other places soon enough.

    wishing your girls a fantastic school year and you ..lots of hugs my friend.

  4. This makes me long for summer, look forward to fall, and also hungry all at the same time. Love it!

  5. What a great end to the summer, and beginning of a new school year. Thanks for sharing with us, and Croissant French Toast looks like a perfect start to anything new and hopeful. What a great tradition!

  6. Yummy. The corn, the toast, all the fun is always accepted in my house, especially before returning to school.

    Your family looks like had so much fun!

    And, corn = awesome.

    P.S. Galit, we’d love to have you share this recipe over at our recipe linky (Why Fake It? Just Make It!) over at my blog mamaandthecity.com or beeswithhoney.com

    We’d love you even more :)

  7. What is it about summer’s end and falls beginning that is so incredibly inspiring and frightening and fun. This was beautiful. I hope they had a wonderful first day.

  8. It’s nice to have you home. 😉

  9. Croissant French Toast should win it’s own James Beard award. Just sayin’.