College.

Autumn brings the season of separation from our children.

Our kids head back to school, leaving us lonely and missing the sounds of teenage chatter, the banging of dishes in the kitchen, and the constant opening and closing of the refrigerator door. Music, movies, swimming, friends, coming and going.

It brings a quieter season, in many ways.

So the last few weeks with my kids still home, I’ve been gearing up for the “separation.”

What really helps my sad-mom-heart is to make my kids good food.

I love cooking for my family!

French Toast reminds me so much of Autumn. (Using Bob’s Red Mill Whole Wheat Flour, made right here in Oregon!)

I think it’s because we serve it with pear or apple butter, or this morning a delicious sweet potato butter.

This morning. With fresh blueberries on top.

My family recipe is called Pat’s French Toast. It originated from my mom’s friend, Pat, a name very familiar to me during my childhood.

I called Pat up in Portland a few months before she passed away. We talked about her friendship with my mom when they were young girls. It made me stop and think about my girlfriends, and made me wonder if someday when I am gone, will my children carry with them the memories of my relationships with these women in my life? Will my friends be influential to them? Or, taking it a step further, what will my friends’ kids think of me? It is so special that we all have the chance and ability to make an impact on someone else’s life.

Today my boys leave for college.

I’ll be wishing in a few weeks that I could send some French Toast, hot off the grill, up to my boys at school.

College.

Do you have a specialty French toast recipe you like to make for your family?

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Recipe: Pat’s French Toast {ReluctantEntertainer.com}

Ingredients

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • (optional vanilla & cinnamon)

Instructions

  1. Combine ingredients to make the batter.
  2. Get grill hot and oil (or spray).
  3. Dip bread into batter and cook on both sides until light brown.
  4. Serve with amazing homemade jam or natural 100% maple syrup.

Preparation time: 5 minute(s)

Cooking time: 5 minute(s)

Number of servings (yield): 4


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