Last weekend we had our first official sleepover with our nieces who are about three and a half. I know that I still owe you pictures, but can I just say how incredibly fun it was to have them at our house?! They are growing up so fast it makes my heart hurt a little. Both girls were super well-behaved, helpful when we asked them to do something and so fun from sundown to sun up the next morning (a la 6:15 a.m.).
I knew I didn’t want to waste any precious playtime in the morning (my favorite time with kids) in the kitchen so I prepared an overnight french toast. I chose a pumpkin variety thanks to Pinterest. The recipe is from Minimalist Baker, though I took the shortcut of using canned pumpkin puree instead of homemade pumpkin butter. Time was just not on my side before the little ladies arrived.
It was a hit and all it required in the morning was about 45 minutes of baking. We cut up some fresh fruit for the girls and breakfast was served.
Whether you are cooking for kids or a house full of guests this holiday season, I highly recommend making life easier on yourself in the morning with an overnight french toast bake. You really can’t screw it up! Just ignore the calorie count, or put in an extra gym day the week before.
I hope sleepovers with C and S become regular traditions at our house. Fond memories were certainly made for Mike and me.