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Pumpkin Streusel French Toast with Pumpkin Pie Whipped Cream

I post a lot of healthy, better-for-you recipes here at Flowers Croon, but I thought it was about time I shared a really bad-for-you-but-soooo-good recipe. Cue the sugar.

I picked up a loaf of Archer Farms Pumpkin Streusel Breakfast Bread last week at Target, and thought it might fun to have as toast with scrambled eggs or a cup of coffee. I was right. After Thanksgiving I found myself with a fridge full of left over pumpkin pie whipped cream, and decided I could use it as a topping for a really good french toast - on that really good bread. The result was sweet heaven!

Pumpkin Streusel French Toast with Pumpkin Pie Whipped Cream

Ingredients (Makes about 4 slices. Double recipe to make 8 slices):

4 slices of Archer Farms Pumpkin Streusel Breakfast Bread (or make your own)
2 eggs
2 tablespoons of butter
1/8 cup milk
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
pumpkin pie whipped cream (recipe below)
maple syrup

Directions:

Melt butter in non-stick skillet over medium heat

Add dry ingredients to empty bowl (sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg) whisk gently

Now, add liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients (milk, eggs, vanilla) whisk gently

Dip bread into egg mixture, really coating both sides

Drop bread into skillet and cook each side evenly

Top with a dollop of pumpkin pie whipped cream and lightly drizzle with maple syrup

Pumpkin Pie Whipped Cream

Ingredients:

1 cup heavy whipping cream
3 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

Directions:

In a chilled mixer bowl or with a hand mixer, beat the heavy cream until it begins to thicken (start off at a lower speed so you don't splash yourself)
Add dry ingredients (light brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice) and continue to beat until peaks form

 

Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens teaser trailer is coming to the Bay Area!

UPDATE: I've got your teaser trailer right here. You're welcome!

The rumors are true. In a galaxy very nearby, during this holiday weekend, we will be able to see the 88-second teaser trailer debut for Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

Beginning Friday morning, November 28, the following theaters will be playing the teaser through Sunday. (The teaser is expected to be released world-wide sometime in December.) Bay Area take note: we can catch the teaser at Oakridge & the Metreon. 

Phoenix, Arizona: Harkins Tempe Marketplace
Los Angeles, California: AMC Century City
Los Angeles, California: El Capitan
Irvine, California: Regal Spectrum Irvine 21
San Francisco, California: AMC Metreon 16
San Jose, Caifornia: Cinemark Oakridge 20
San Diego, California: Regal Mira Mesa 18
Toronto, Canada: CPX Younge & Dundas
Vancouver, Canada: CPX Riverport
Denver, Colorado: AMC Westminster 24
Washington, D.C.: AMC Tysons Corner 16
Miami, Florida: Carmike Parisian 20
Atlanta, Georgia: Regal Atlantic Station
Chicago, Illinois: Regal City North
Boston, Massachusetts: AMC Boston Commons 19
Detroit, Michigan: Cinemark Showcase 20
Minneapolis, Minnesota: AMC Southdale
Kansas City, Missouri: AMC Studio 30
New York, New York: AMC Lincoln Square 12
New York, New York: Regal Union Square
Cleveland, Ohio: Cinemark 24
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Regal Warrington 22
Nashville, Tennessee: Carmike Thoroughbred 20
Knoxville, Tennessee: Regal Pinnacle
Dallas, Texas: Cinemark Plano 20
Houston, Texas: Regal Marq*E Stadium 23
Austin, Texas: Alamo South Lamar
Salt Lake City, Utah: Cinemark 24 WJ
Seattle, Washington: Regal Thornton Place 14
Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Marcus Brookfield 16

I will definitely be popping into the theater this weekend in hopes of catching a glimpse of Han Solo or Yoda. If you see a car with a Millennium Falcon sunshade in the parking lot, you've found me.

May the Force be with you.

The Ugly Sweater Run: Sacramento Race Entry Giveaway

What has hot chocolate, fake mustaches, beer and lots of ugly sweaters? No, not your family reunion, silly. It's the Merriest 5K on the Planet: The Ugly Sweater Run!

Benefitting Save the Children, The Ugly Sweater Run: Sacramento takes place at 11:00am on Saturday, December 13th at William Land Park (3800 South Land Park Drive Sacramento, California 95822). It's a family-friendly (strollers allowed, kids under 5 are FREE) 5K for walkers and runners alike.

It’s very family friendly! We have a large population of kids and families in attendance. In fact, kids under 5 can run for free.
— Human Movement

Each Ugly Sweater runner receives a sweet vintage knit hat, unlimited hot chocolate, and one Winter Lager. A closed course full of Hot Chocolate aide stations, snow blowers, and the biggest Santa inflatable around await you. Make sure to enter the ugly sweater contests to win great prizes. The best part of this 5K is: IT'S FUN! The folks from Human Movement said it best, "We choose the "Ugly Sweater" format because it really gives people a chance to break out their inner sense of humor and creativity." Put aside the holiday to-do list and actually go out and have a good time. Like these people:

What are you waiting for? Register now or enter below to win a free registration! I have 4 race entries to giveaway. All you have to do is find an ugly sweater and show up ready to have holly jolly time. 

Disclosure: I was provided with 4 race entries to giveaway to the Ugly Sweater Run: Sacramento. Contest ends Saturday, December 6th. Enter as often as you'd like! I will contact the winner via email and the race directors will provide you with registration information. 

CravOn Thanksgiving Fake Out: Meatless Potato Mushroom "Stuffing" Recipe

With the holidays on the horizon and my waistline finally at a size that makes me somewhat happy, the time has come to think about healthy Thanksgiving recipes. CravOn is hosting a Thanksgiving Fake Out contest featuring easy, better-for-you recipes using CravOn fries. The prize? A $250 gift card & a CravOn prize pack! So, I started a Pinterest board to get inspired and created my own, healthy version of stuffing. 

Don't get me wrong, my mom makes the B E S T stuffing. Ever. I crave it all year, and I'll still eat it at Thanksgiving. But, I need a healthy, meatless alternative in my holiday recipe box as well. I came up with a really hearty version that omits bread, trans fats, and meat - but still packs a ton of flavor and is super simple to make.

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Meatless Potato Mushroom "Stuffing" (makes 5 servings)

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 package (4 cups) CravOn Anytime Diced Fries
  • 1/2 white onion, cut in half again and thinly sliced
  • 10 large white mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 4 fresh springs of thyme, diced (about 1/2 tablespoon)
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, diced and separated (1 tbs for cooking, 1tbs for garnish)
  • pinch of nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon (or less if you don't like spice) red pepper flake
  • pinch of sea salt
  • fresh ground pepper to taste
  • optional: 2 thin slices of lemon to squeeze over potatoes when serving
  • extra virgin olive oil

Directions:

  • Follow CravOn cooking directions for the Anytime Diced Fries. (Tweaks: I place mine on parchment paper and only cook them until just finished - about 20 minutes.)
  • While fries cook, add the following to pan and sauté over medium heat for 3 minutes: onion, thyme, parsley, nutmeg, coriander seed, red pepper flake, salt, pepper
  • After 3 minutes add the mushrooms and sauté another 3 minutes
  • Lower heat a bit, add the 2 cloves garlic and sauté for 2 minutes
  • Remove from heat
  • Add potatoes when finished cooking and bring the pan up to a low warm
  • Combine all ingredients and warm well 
  • Transfer to serving plate and garnish with fresh parsley and the juice of 2 small, thin slices of lemon to add brightness to the dish.

The CravOn fries blend in beautifully with all of the ingredients, and the mushrooms make this a hearty, filling side dish. The herbs and spices add the warmth and comforting flavors of fall without all the calories or fat of traditional stuffing ingredients. 

For your chance to win a $250 gift card, pin in your favorite holiday recipes using inspiration from CravOn's Thanksgiving Cravings board. Use #CravOnThanksgivingFakeOut in your pin description, and send to cravoncontest@fahlgren.com by 12:00pm PST on 11/14/2014. Check out details here.

Happy Holidays and buen provecho!

Recipe makes 5 servings. Nutrients listed are estimated for 1 serving.

Recipe makes 5 servings. Nutrients listed are estimated for 1 serving.




Nike Women's Half Marathon Shakeout Run & Brunch with the Finish Line & Nike Track Club Ladies

 
The FNL & NTC ladies post-run. Amazing group of gals!

The FNL & NTC ladies post-run. Amazing group of gals!

Saturday was amazing. I woke up extra early and drove to Union Square to meet up with the Nike Track Club and Finish Line ladies for a pre-Nike Women's Half Marathon shakeout run and brunch. We all met each other at the Nike store, then made our way upstairs to the VIP area for the opening remarks. I wasn't quite sure what to expect of the event, and was both thrilled and surprised to see Joan Benoit Samuelson was a guest speaker. I had met Joan back in January of 2013 at the Walt Disney World Marathon meet-up, and it was fabulous to see her again. She is a legend and trailblazer in the world of running.

Before long, the Nike Women's Half Marathon Tiffany necklace was unveiled and the event was over. We made our way downstairs and set off on our 2 mile run. The skies were clear, the weather was textbook gorgeous and our group was super energetic. We ran a fun loop to the Embarcadero and back, zooming through the early morning streets of Chinatown, and up a couple of those notorious SF hills.

Chinatown as my backdrop

Chinatown as my backdrop

Seen on my run

Seen on my run

After our run, we stopped just outside the expo and posed for photos in front of the "WE RUN" sign. This gave me a chance to chat with Molly about her upcoming full marathon. I shared with her my first marathon experience and told her I've really been thinking about running another - in a much cooler place - to redeem myself. She had great suggestions and encouraged me to just do it. That's really the theme of this whole day: I was surrounded by women who encouraged each other to Just Do It.

We continued to walk towards the Dirty Habit, and when we arrived...WOW. The entire patio had been reserved just for us. The table had been arranged beautifully with name cards and swag bags full of gifts AND our race bibs. Did I say WOW already? 

Place setting at the Dirty Habit

Place setting at the Dirty Habit

We chatted, ate breakfast, drank champagne and shared our stories with each other. Each of these women so unique in her own way. All ages, sizes and levels of runners with one common to goal: to #RUNSF!

Brunch, mimosas, smiles

Brunch, mimosas, smiles

After breakfast we tore into our training swag bags and put on our fab new Nike jacket for a photo.

LOVE our new Nike jackets!

LOVE our new Nike jackets!

The photographer on-hand to snap candids of us as well. He captured me doing what I love to do: taking photos with my iPhone 6 and editing them before sharing.

I'm editing a dessert photo for social media

I'm editing a dessert photo for social media

After our brunch we walked back to the Expo where there MORE gifts waiting for us. Seriously?! WOW. 

Our gift bags

Our gift bags

I was stoked on the running outfit in the bag, but I was especially happy with the Nike hoodie we received. 

Sweet!

Sweet!

Then I noticed it was embroidered with our Twitter names and I was shocked. What an incredibly thoughtful touch. I was completely floored by the kindness and generosity offered by FNL and NTC this weekend.

Personalized!? Even sweeter!

Personalized!? Even sweeter!

Soon it was time to say goodbye to all the ladies, as I had to get back home for Starlight's homecoming game. I headed to the Nike store one last time for shopping and name searching. After what seemed like a lifetime of jumping really high, I found my name close to the top of the window. 

My name on the wall at Nike

My name on the wall at Nike

Words cannot express my sincerest gratitude to Finish Line for having me this weekend in San Francisco. From the shakeout run, to the brunch and finally the race - it was stellar and first class all the way. I left feeling invigorated, empowered and impressed by these great girls. All so beautiful - inside and out. 

Thank you Finish Line for a dream weekend in my city. (Race recap is coming soon!)