French Toast Fingers

by Allison @ Alli 'n Son on June 21, 2011

We have one rule that we’ve actually managed to stand firm on for our 3+ years of parenting. No kids in our bed. Period. In fact, there has been only one acception to this rule. A few weeks ago the kiddo and I visited my sister, one of those must-do-before-the-baby comes type of trips. Thankfully they have room for two stowaways for an evening. The only thing, is that the kiddo and I had to share a bed.

Take one restless kiddo, a pregnant momma, a giant pregnancy pillow and a momma fighting a cold. Yup, you guessed it, that makes for a very unsettling night. Feet in my ribs, little bodies pressed against my face. Constant movement from the 3-year-old body next to mine.

So, we stand firm at the no kids in our bed rule. We sleep better, the kiddo sleeps better, it sets boundaries.

Of course, now that I say that, I’m going to tell you about our snuggle fest last weekend. Father’s Day morning the kiddo wakes up and the unheard of hour of 6:30. Wide awake, ready to start the day. He gets up, does his morning potty business, then goes to the giant couch in the living room, presumably waiting for us to apear and feed him. Hubs and I however, we didn’t budge from the coziness of our bed. The sun was up, but our minds and bodies were not yet ready to start the day.

After minutes of calling from the bedroom to the kiddo, beckoning him to join us in the comfort of our bedroom, he finally dragged his Cars-clad PJ’d bottom into our room. Into our bed. And snuggled in between us, his body pressed against mine in the curve of my giant pregnancy pillow. And there we all slept. For 3.5 more hours.

Happy Father’s Day to us all.

It seems that most days the only meal the kiddo and I actually sit down and enjoy together is breakfast. Even if we have someplace to be, more often than not we are still able to carve out the first 15 minutes of the day for each other. Enjoying a chocolate chip muffin. Drinking coffee or milk. It’s one of the only times of the day when someone’s temper isn’t short, nerves fried, or whininess on overload.

It’s also one of the best times of the day to bake or cook something together. The kiddo is more open to trying new things at breakfast or lunch. I have the patience to let him help me, and the rest of the day to clean up {okay, okay, sometimes there are still dished sitting in the sink at the end of the day}. And, if we’re lucky, by cooking one or two mornings a week we have enough leftovers to feed us for a few more days, thus avoiding cereal overload.

Last week we whipped out the trusty 4 in 1 Recipe Book for Kids: Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks, and Dinner recipe book and I let the kiddo page through until he found something that look tasty enough for him to actually eat. These tiny, bite-sized sandwiches with a touch of strawberry sweetness.

French Toast Fingers

It was French toast, kid-style. Actually, momma-style too, seeing as how I wolfed down more than my fair share.

French Toast Fingers

Since these finger-worthy sandwiches have a touch of sweetness already, we totally avoided syrup, and the sticky, nasty mess I’m always left cleaning from every surface the kiddo has touched, any object anywhere near the kiddo, and on the kiddo himself.  What that also means, is that this breakfast is totally portable. Pop the leftovers into the toaster oven or microwave to warm them up, put them in a bowl, then load yourself and the kids in the car. Away you go!

French Toast Fingers

Breakfast on the run. It totally saves the day.

French Toast Fingers

French Toast Fingers

Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla sugar {or 2 teaspoon granulated sugar with a dash of vanilla}
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 8 slices of your favorite sandwich bread {we used White Whole Wheat Bread}
  • Your favorite jam or jelly
  • Extra vanilla sugar for dusting

Instructions

  1. Heat a large pan, sprayed with non-stick spray, on medium heat. Or use an electric griddle heated to about 375º.
  2. In a small bowl whisk together the eggs, milk, sugar and salt. Set aside.
  3. Spread the jam or jelly on 4 of the slices of bread. Top with the other 4 slices. Trim the crusts if your kids are anti-crust, and cut each sandwich into 3 pieces.
  4. Dip the sandwiches in the egg mixture and cook on the warmed pan or griddle until golden brown on both sides.
  5. Cool slightly. Sprinkle with extra vanilla sugar if desired. Then pop these babies in your mouth, one by one by one.
  6. Store leftovers in the fridge and rewarm for a quick breakfast on the run in the toaster oven or microwave.

Notes

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{ 21 comments… read them below or add one }

1 StephanieinSuburbia June 21, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Can’t wait til mine can help more with the cooking. She’s definitely less finicky at breakfast, so these french toast fingers are a GREAT idea!

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2 kitchen flavours June 22, 2011 at 5:56 am

This is a great idea for a breakfast! My kids love french toast and I’m very sure that they will love this! Thanks for sharing the lovely recipe!

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3 Kitchen Belleicious June 22, 2011 at 7:25 am

Oh yeah! I am so doing this this morning when little guy wakes up! HE would LOVE these ! He might just be good fo rme today if I make them for him? right? LOL! Awesome recipe- so glad i saw it today!

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4 Dorothy @ Crazy for Crust June 22, 2011 at 9:33 am

You have no idea how great it is to hear that someone else doesn’t allow their kids in bed with them. People think I’m weird because my daughter has only slept with us once, on a trip to my in-laws. She has her own pretty pink bedroom and comfy bed, why does she need ours? Plus, momma’s a you-know-what when she doesn’t sleep well! ;) I love these french toast sticks. So yummy! If I can get the kid off Honey Nut Cheerios (where into week three with no switch) I will try them for sure!

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5 Courtney June 22, 2011 at 11:41 am

I think it must be a pb&j day – just saw two other great pb&J recipes. This looks fantastic, though, and great for a little helper. (and I second the nixing of the maple syrup – I find it everywhere!) thank you for sharing. :)

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6 Evan Griffin June 22, 2011 at 1:25 pm

Thanks for sharing the recipe. Will share this to my wife, surely my kids will love this for their breakfast.

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7 carolinaheartstrings June 22, 2011 at 2:48 pm

I am with you on that rule. It makes for a better life. Love the post. Wonderful pictures. Great looking recipe as always.

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8 sophia June 22, 2011 at 5:50 pm

this is great! im making those all the time – kids just love it!

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9 Patricia L June 23, 2011 at 7:52 pm

Ha. Four kids in, I cannot remember the last time I slept past 6:30— so jealous! (Though I do have a diabolical plan to jump on THEIR beds at 6 am once they reach the teen years and want to sleep ’til noon…. payback will be so sweet!)

Your french toast fingers look delicious! Found you @ Paisley Passions

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10 Katie @ This Chick Cooks June 24, 2011 at 9:52 am

What a yummy breakfast for the kids.. and mommies too :) Thanks for coming by and sharing your recipe. Have a great weekend.
Katie

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11 Ann Kroeker June 24, 2011 at 11:51 am

Cute stuff–love a kid-friendly idea, even though my kids are all growing up. :)

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12 Miz Helen June 24, 2011 at 11:55 am

Precious photo’s of your little guy. This is a great recipe for young and old alike. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and I look forward to seeing you again real soon.
Have a great week end!
Miz Helen

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13 Kathy Grin June 26, 2011 at 9:51 pm

We always have toast for breakfast but I think this is different one…I will recommend this to my mom and we will try to have it or tomorrow’s breakfast…Thanks for the post!!

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14  James K. Trent June 27, 2011 at 12:00 am

I have already tried this one and kids did love it!!!They are still craving or more…Thanks for sharing this great recipe…

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15 KB and Whitesnake June 27, 2011 at 12:47 am

Looks delish!

We’d love for you to share this recipe with us at

Simply Delish Saturday

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16 Jami June 27, 2011 at 10:06 pm

These look yummy! Can’t wait to give them a try! If you get a chance, I’d love to have you share them at the Tuesday To Do Party!
http://blackberryvine.blogspot.com/2011/06/tuesday-to-do-16-and-15-list-makers.html
Smiles!
Jami

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17 Rachel June 28, 2011 at 11:08 am

So cute! Those are great for grabbing and running out the door too!

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18 Carrie @ My Favorite Finds June 28, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Thanks for linking this to Tasty Tuesday-otherwise I might not have found ya! I am excited to try this with my Cinnamon Swirl Bread that wasn’t quite done in the middle-but I didn’t know til after I got it out of the freezer to serve for breakfast…long story. Anyway, this should toast it right up! Thanks again!

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19 Vanessa July 2, 2011 at 4:42 am

Hmm.. These look delicious!!
Thank you so much for linking it up to {nifty thrifty sunday} last week!
Hope to see more of your creativity tonight! :)
xoxo,
Vanessa

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20 Sarah E. July 3, 2011 at 12:17 pm

We tried these a few days ago – they were so good! We had strawberry jam. Next time I want to make it with blackberry jam!

I also was in a rush and didn’t realize you cut them into thirds BEFORE you put them in the pan/griddle. I will definitely do that next time too :P

Thank you for sharing! My kids loved them, as did I.

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21 Allison July 3, 2011 at 2:14 pm

I’m so glad that you enjoyed them! I bet they were just as good cut after cooking them.

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