Happy Birthday Blog! + “Do Ahead” French Toast

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 Happy Birthday

I can’t believe that the 1 year anniversary of my blog has come and gone. And I forgot about it! What a bad blog mommy I am :-( Anyway, I am still chugging along. I wish I could post more often, life has just been so busy lately! I’m hoping that now that I’ve settled into my new job that I will find more time to post. I do have a question though…can you (the readers) leave me tips on how to gain more traffic/followers? My goal is to have a worthwhile audience without having to “sell” myself out just to gain followers ;-) Thanks!! Now on to the recipe.

So there’s not much to say about this dish except that, well, it’s AMAZING!!!! And convenient. And DELICIOUS! And you will want to eat it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snack time too! So go on you say? Tell us the recipe? Ok I will! You should make it as soon as possible. No kidding. Do it.

“Do Ahead” French Toast

1 loaf egg bread (challah)
6 eggs
1 cup half and half
1/2 cup milk
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp salt
6 tbsp unsalted butter
3/4 cup dark brown sugar
1 tbsp confectioner’s sugar

Coat 2 13x9x2 inch baking dishes with nonstick cooking spray.
Slice bread into 12 equal slices, about 1 inch thick. Arrange slices in prepared dishes.
In a large bowl, beat eggs, half and half, milk, vanilla, nutmeg, and salt.
Pour mixture over bread, dividing equally.
Cover and refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
Heat oven to 350° when ready.
In a small saucepan, melt butter over low heat. Stir in brown sugar until combined.
Spoon evenly over the bread slices.
Bake for 30-40 minutes or until lightly browned and heated through.
Dust with confectioner’s sugar and serve warm. Heaven in your mouth :-)
Makes about 12 servings.

(recipe courtesy of Family Circle Cookbook)

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9 responses »

  1. Happy one year anniversary! I have just found your blog so late in my greetings to you :).
    I am coming up on my one year anniversary this month and found the following helpful in increasing traffic:

    1. Include the word Recipe in your TAGS, not just the category.
    2. Try to post at least twice a week – this is really hard and I only started doing it the last three months but my “hits” count quadrupled by doing this.
    3. I visit other sites and Like and leave comments – this takes a lot of time, which I generally do on Sunday or Saturday mornings. Only give a Like or comment if you really mean it, that’s what takes time as you aren’t just randomly liking a bunch of blogs. But in doing so, you will see what makes other sites successful in addition to increasing your blogging community and of course making new friends with fellow bloggers.
    4. Find new blogs you like and then follow them – if they like yours, they will follow you too (am now following yours!)
    5. Take really great photos. I am still struggling with this but think my photos have improved since last January. It just takes time, plus I have now read a lot on photography and also “staging” the photos. Also I am taking a couple of online courses this year (starting this month) to increase the quality of my photos. This is a big challenge for me, but I notice that all the really successful blogs (and not just Foodie ones), their photos are top-notch!
    6. Post your recipes to your FB page.
    7. Pin your posts to your Pinterest board.
    8. I review my stats daily and look where my followers came from and also what KEY WORDS got them to my blog.
    9. According to several successful food blog sites, they say most important is to TAG your posts really well as majority of their followers come from search engines and NOT fellow WordPress followers.

    Hope the above is helpful – as one relatively new food blogger to another, I think it is important for all of us to help each other – so Happy New Year and much, much success with your blog in 2013!

    All the best,
    Claire

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