I’ve been missing. It’s okay; I won’t be hurt if you didn’t notice :) But I have been. I’ve had an entire week without my computer. It’s my first day back and I don’t even know what to do with myself.
Although my dilemma technically started last Monday, it’s been building for a few months. I’m embarrassed to say that I kept forgetting to upgrade my anti-virus software. I have a tendency to close any sort of pop up notifications. Well, I’ve learned my lesson I think. 27 viruses and a handful of malware later, I had a melon for a computer. I couldn’t open programs or anything. All I could do was boot it up. After that, it had a mind of its own.
Naturally, I had a mini breakdown (okay, it was a full-on emotional breakdown, let’s be honest). I was able to keep some sanity with my Droid though. I could check e-mail and was halfway decent with using twitter, but its just not the same. Luckily, I have some friends who work in the world of IT who agreed to help me out with payment of two batches of cookies (oatmeal walnut raisin and my ‘everything’ cookies). But from Monday night to Wednesday night I was without my computer. Although I got it back Wednesday, I had a very long weekend in Upstate NY visiting family and picking up some furniture (I’m moving to Delaware for graduate school in 2 weeks!) So… 7 days without my computer.
I have to say, in retrospect, I recommend it to everyone.
It gave me a chance to catch up on some things I’d been behind on. I did a lot of reading and I studied more in my bible than I normally do. I recently decided to knit hats for charity and this computer drought gave me enough time to knit 7 and three quarter hats! (One’s not completely done yet :)). I got a lot of packing done. I enjoyed my family and my friends; it felt good to give them more of my time. I sat back and spent some time putting my life into a larger perspective.
I feel pretty refreshed.
And now that I’m back? Well… I’m going to try to catch up. I haven’t opened my blogroll/reader yet. I’m pretty afraid to. But I will! :)
Okay, stop blabbing Aubree. Show us the food! This… this i can do :)
GF French Toast To-Go! (& in the Car?)
Yep, that’s right. The portable French Toast! I know what you’re saying… any french toast can be portable. But I would challenge you by asking… could you eat it while driving and not make a mess?
I sure couldn’t…
I made this specifically to be eaten without syrup. What a notion, huh? I don’t use syrup anymore besides the occasional use of real (and local) maple syrup in sweet recipes. I really try to avoid it. I’ve also been trying to use breakfasts that give me energy and lets be honest, sugary types of food aren’t a good sourse of lasting energy. The amazing thing about this French Toast is that you don’t NEED the syrup! They’re plenty sweet all by themselves.
The idea was born when I woke up late the other morning. The Boy and I were headed out for a trip and we needed to leave early. Well, genius here slept in late. I had about 20 minutes to get dressed, do my hair, pack for the day trip, AND make food. I made these in 15 minutes and packed/did my hair while making them.
Necessity really is the mother of creation, isn’t it?
GF French Toast To-Go!
2 large slices of gluten free bread
3 medium fresh eggs
1/2 tsp cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
15 drops liquid stevia
1 tbs Date Sugar (optional – The Boy isn’t a huge fan of stevia yet; this was for his benefit. It was sweet enough for me without it though!)
Beat the eggs in a low bowl. While whisking, add the cinnamon, nutmeg, stevia, and date sugar. Set aside.
Cut your two large slices of gluten free bread into small pieces (about 4 bites each). Set two to four pieces of bread in the low bowl with eggs. Let them sit on each side for at least one minute.
Put a frying pan on the stove and adjust to medium heat. Apply a small amount of cooking spray to the pan and slowly add the pieces of bread. Be careful not to rip the pieces, I did that with the first one (I was in a hurry, remember? :)) I’d say about 4 minutes on the first side, flip it over, and then 2 minutes. I didn’t time it and some were more browned than others. Just keep an eye on them.
These french toast ‘bites’ were amazing because I literally threw them in a to-go container from the frying pan, snapped a few quick photos and ran out the door. We had to wait for them to cool just a little bit, but 10 miles down the road we were digging in!
This recipe is linked to Just Another Meatless Monday, Mouthwatering Monday, Meatless Monday, Tempt My Tummy Tuesdays, Tasty Tuesdays, Slightly Indulgent Tuesdays, Tuesdays at the Table, Gluten Free Wednesday, Food on Friday and Friday Favorites.