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Cinnamon Raisin Ice Cream Soaked French Toast (Freezer-Friendly)

I’m excited to be bringing you another yummy recipe from my youngest sister, Olivia! If you need a winner French Toast recipe, this is it! -Crystal

I started making this recipe a few years back when I was looking for the perfect french toast recipe to use on one of our super-sized family vacations. (I’m usually the one in charge of all the meal planning, grocery shopping, and cooking!)

With 25+ people to feed, it can be difficult to come up with a recipe that suits everyone’s tastes. But this one was a total hit with everyone the first time I made it, and we’ve been using it on our family trips ever since!

Sometimes I substitute in different types of bread for people who don’t like raisins. Feel free to switch it up with the bread of your liking, but I think it adds a special boost of flavor. 🙂

Olivia is a music teacher, graphic designer, and event organizer. She loves hospitality, ministering to the elderly, reaching out to international students, playing harp gigs, adding beauty to everyday life, and experimenting with recipes in the kitchen. Her greatest joy in life come from knowing God and growing in her relationship with Him.

Grain-Free Chocolate Cashew Cookies Made With Black Beans {Freezer-Friendly!}

These Chocolate Cashew Cookies are protein-packed, grain-free, and freezer-friendly! You'd never guess they are made with black beans, because they are SO delicious!!

Recipe from my sister, Olivia

Looking for a grain-free cookie that’s packed with protein and on the healthier side? Try these, and I’m almost sure you won’t be disappointed! You’ll never even notice the hidden ingredient that adds the protein to these delicious, chocolatey cookies!

I whipped up a batch of these earlier this week, and my entire family said they were the best ever cookies. None of them could believe they had black beans in them! My brother even wanted to eat them in one sitting. 😉

The best part? They freeze really well!

Olivia is a music teacher, graphic designer, and event organizer. She loves hospitality, ministering to the elderly, reaching out to international students, playing harp gigs, adding beauty to everyday life, and experimenting with recipes in the kitchen. Her greatest joy in life come from knowing God and growing in her relationship with Him. 

Whole Wheat Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins

Last week, we had some ripe bananas I wanted to use up. So I took our favorite Banana Bread recipe and made it into muffins instead.

I used whole wheat flour and added chocolate chips — because, of course! 🙂

These were so delicious… though I won’t tell you how many I ate over the course of a few days. But they had all whole wheat flour and bananas, so they are totally healthy, right?? 🙂

Looking for more ways to use up ripe bananas? Check out this list of some of my very favorite ides here.

My Newfound Love of Roasted Vegetables

It was only in the last few years that I discovered this thing called . I know, I know… I must have been living under a rock?

At any rate, this whole has rocked my world and helped me discover that there are veggies I didn’t think I liked that I actually love, so long as they are roasted.

The thing about roasting veggies is that you basically can’t mess it up. I never use a recipe. I always just eyeball it. And it always turns out yummy!

You can basically roast any vegetable! (Well, I don’t know that iceberg lettuce would be really great if it’s roasted, but pretty much anything else is fair game!)

Our favorite veggies to roast are broccoli, sweet potatoes, and brussels sprouts. (Here’s how we roast Sweet Potato Fries and here’s an amazing Roasted Brussels Sprouts recipe. I also highly recommend these Homemade Kale Chips.)

Basically, all you need to do is throw the veggies on a pan, sprinkle them with herbs or spices, drizzle them with oil, and roast them to perfection. We also love to sprinkle parmesan cheese on broccoli. It’s SO good!

What are some of your favorite ways to roast veggies? I’d love to hear!

World’s Easiest Breakfast Casserole

Looking for a quick and easy breakfast recipe? This simple Breakfast Casserole one is one we’ve loved for years.

My mom used to make a Breakfast Casserole at Christmastime that we always looked forward to. Her breakfast casserole recipe had a few more ingredients in it, but this version still brings back memories of those Christmas brunches.

This pared down version of my mom’s Breakfast Casserole is one we ate often in our lean law school days. Any time I found a really amazing deal on cubed ham, I’d buy it up and package it in little baggies in the freezer to make this recipe. Then, I’d look for a deal on eggs and cheese and I had the makings of this casserole.

We didn’t eat a lot of meat in those days, so this felt like a really extravagant meal, but it was one I could make for $3 or less per pan by shopping sales and it would make enough for us to get three dinners from. We’d serve it with whatever fruit I’d gotten on sale that week and it’d be a special dinner for us!

My target price for dinners in those days was to shoot for $0.50 to $1 per meal per person and this meal fit that bill. We had such fond memories of it — and it’s one we still make today, even though we’ve raised our grocery budget quite a bit!

I love that this recipe is so versatile! You can add in chopped onions or peppers or spices to jazz it up. If your family likes spicier foods, you can serve it with salsa or hot sauce.

If you’re gluten-free, you can just use gluten-free bread. If you’re dairy-free, well, I can’t help you there. I’m just sorry that you have to live in a world without cheese!

What’s YOUR favorite frugal breakfast recipe?

Freezer-Friendly White Chocolate Pumpkin Bread

This White Chocolate Pumpkin Bread is a twist on a yummy traditional fall recipe! It's SO delicious and it freezes wonderfully!

It’s my favorite time of year — when you can pull out your leggings and sweaters and are in the mood to cook and bake all things pumpkin!

My sister concocted this incredible recipe for freezer-friendly White Chocolate Pumpkin Bread. It’s a fun twist on traditional pumpkin bread and would be perfect to bake for snack or dessert (or you could even eat it for breakfast, you know! ;))

This would be a great recipe to bake ahead and then have on hand to share with friends or to serve at fall get-togethers! Yum! -Crystal