French Toast Day

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French Toast Day

November 28th is National French Toast Day. Enjoy this delicious recipe and our many others. Make it with the kids as a fun project. Teach the kids how to bake and maybe they will understand how fractions actually work.

The French do not call this French toast.  It’s called “pain perdu” or “lost bread” because you can literally use stale bread to make it.  French toast dates to ancient Rome.  A French toast recipe can be found in the book of Apicius from the 5th century BC.  The Romans dipped bread slices into milk and sometimes eggs before frying the toast and called it “Pan Dulcis”.

I have made Overnight French Toast for large overnight family gatherings, and everyone loves it.  With the holidays fast approaching this is a morning favorite by all.

Overnight Blueberry French Toast Casserole

For the Casserole

12 slices of French or Italian bread (1 loaf of bread)

1-1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries (do not thaw if frozen)

12 ounces cream cheese, cut into 1-inch cubes

10 large eggs, beaten

2 cups milk

¼ cup powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/3 cup maple syrup

For the Syrup

1 cup granulated sugar

2 tablespoon cornstarch

1 cup water

1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries

1 tablespoon butter

Instructions for the casserole

  1. Lightly grease or butter a 9×13 inch baking dish. Arrange half the bread cubes in the dish.  Sprinkle 1-1/2 cups of blueberries over the bread and top with remaining bread cubes.
  2. In a blender, combine the cream cheese, eggs, milk, powder sugar, vanilla extract, and syrup. Pour the mixture evenly over the bread cubes.
  3. Cover, and refrigerate overnight
  4. Remove the casserole from the refrigerator about 30 minutes before baking. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  5. Cover the pan with aluminum foil and bake for 30 minutes. Uncover, and continue to bake for 25 to 30 additional minutes, until the center is firm, and the surface is lightly browned.
 Instructions for the Syrup
  1. Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan, mix the sugar, cornstarch, and water. Bring to a boil.  Stirring constantly, cook for 3 to 4 minutes.  Mix in 1 cup of blueberries.  Reduce heat, and simmer 10 minutes, until the blueberries burst.  Stir in butter.
To Serve

Serve the blueberry syrup over the baked French toast.

You can use any kind of fresh or frozen fruit that you and your family love.

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A day to salute our veterans

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A day to salute our veterans


You always know when Veterans Day is. Veterans Day (unlike its close cousin in the holiday family, Memorial Day) is an easy holiday to remember. If you ever wonder, it’s ALWAYS celebrated on November 11 (whether or not November 11 falls on a Monday, Tuesday, or any other day that ends in “y” –  it’s always on the 11th of November).

Memorial Day, on the other hand, panders to those who pine for three-day weekends. It is celebrated on the last Monday in May.

Both Veterans Day and Memorial Day are Federal holidays. And, both pay respect to those who served in the United States military, however, that’s where the similarities end.

Memorial Day is a day to remember all those who sacrificed their lives in service of this country. Veterans Day honors veterans of all wars, living, and those who have passed since serving.

According to the US Department of Veterans Affairs website, Veterans Day stems from World War I – which was known at the time as “The Great War.”  WWI officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”

In 1938, November 11 was made into a legal holiday known as Armistice Day — “a day to be dedicated to the cause of world peace” and to honor the veterans of WWI.

In 1954, after World War 2 and the Korean War, the word “Armistice” was replaced with “Veterans.” Veterans Day was born — “a day to honor American veterans of all wars.”

Now you know! A day to salute our veterans

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Small Business Saturday!!

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Small Business Saturday!!

Small Business Saturday!! There are a number of ways individuals can help their communities. They can volunteer their time for a community cause. When they walk down the sidewalk they can pick up a stray piece of trash and dispose of it away properly. You can deliver meals to the sickly and home-bound. However, there is something else you can do that you may not realize helps your community.

In a few words:

Shop Local! Shop Small!

While the nation was still coming out of a recession in 2010, the credit card company American Express created an American shopping holiday as a counterpart to Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Small Business Saturday — the Saturday following Thanksgiving — encourages people to shop at the local small businesses, versus shopping at the mega-big box stores or online.

How, you may ask, can shopping at your local small business instead of going out of town or buying online help your community? Glad you asked.

First, a strong small business base is the anchor of any thriving community. In Michigan, small brick-and-mortar businesses pay higher tax rates for local schools. Local small business owners are also the people who support student fundraising, and athletic and academic endeavors. They sponsor little league teams, buy ads in high school sporting programs and yearbooks. They donate time and money back to their communities to make their communities better places to live and do business.

Many times, these same small businesses are the places where young adults go to get their first jobs and to learn their work ethics.

The Facts

The Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) reports in 2020, there were approximately 122,000 retail establishments in the state. Michigan’s retail industry directly employed 758,000 workers. Those workers earned nearly $23 billion.

To help local small businesses, the MRA created a program similar to Small Business Saturday. Their program is called Buy Nearby and it’s always the first weekend in October. This year’s theme was Clicks to Bricks: Taking Stock in Retail’s Economic Impact in Michigan.

According to the MRA online buying in 2020 increased by nearly 3 percent. Because of this and the pandemic, direct retail employment decreased by 14 percent from 2017. Many local small businesses have closed their doors for good.

The MRA says, if Michiganians redirected 10 percent of their estimated $23.7 billion in out-of-state e-commerce to local small businesses, Michigan would gain $1.9 billion in increased economic activity.

Further, they estimate that a 10 percent change in shopping mentality would create 14,000 new jobs.

Supporting local small businesses has a snowball effect economically on a community. Consider this, aside from employing locals, sponsoring ball teams, and paying local school taxes, small businesses also hire cleaning companies, attorneys, accountants, security staff, and more. This allows these other small businesses to do the same thing.

This year’s Small Business Saturday is November 27, please consider shopping local that day and every day. Support the businesses that support your community and your kids.


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National Cook for Your Pets Day

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National Cook for Your Pets Day

The least we can do to return the unconditional love, companionship, and attention that our pets give us is to cook for them one day a year. November 1st Is National cook for your pets day.

In 1860 an Ohio salesman James Spratt invented the world’s first dog biscuit after seeing British sailors throwing “dog cakes” at their dogs.  In 1922 the first tinned dog food was produced by Ken-L Ration, mainly consisting of horsemeat, which was an acceptable ingredient at the time.  In the 1980s The US National Academy of Sciences started publishing nutritional requirements for animals to complete and balance your pets’ nutritional needs.

Check with your vet is the best way to learn what foods to avoid giving yourself, but the big no-nos are anything milk-based, chocolate, avocados, nuts, onions, leeks, chives, mushrooms, and walnuts.  Dogs love a mix of cooked protein, vegetables, and rice.  A cat, meanwhile, is exclusively carnivorous, so you’ll be looking at giving cats a nice piece of protein.

Always consult with your vet before changing your animals’ diets.

Turkey and Veggie Dog Food

¼ pound lean ground turkey

¼ teaspoon chicken liver, finely diced

¼ medium carrot, coarsely chopped

¼ cup green beans, diced

¼ cup cauliflower florets

¼ tablespoons olive oil


  1. Add 1-1/2 cups water to a double boiler, place vegetables in a steam basket over the pot, and cover. Heat until boiling, reduce heat to a low boil, and steam until veggies are tender about 10 minutes
  2. In the meantime, add the turkey and chicken liver to a large skillet and cook on medium-high heat until done. Drain off any fat and discard.  Chop veggies or pulse them in a food processor.  Add veggies to cooked turkey and liver.
  3. Add the olive oil and toss with the turkey and veggie mixture. Allow cooling before giving it to your dog.
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