Well hello there stranger! Yes, yes, you can go ahead and say that to me. It’s alright, I deserve it. A blogger is supposed to blog on a regular basis! This is what I tell my clients all the time at the web marketing agency I work at – “If you blog that’s great, but make sure you stick to a consistent schedule!”. But this summer I seem to be having trouble following my own advice! Can I blame the heat?
Seriously. It has been so hot and humid that most days the last thing I want to do is cook. Grilling is an exception, but even that has been uninspiring lately. We’ve been simply dipping into our previous recipes rather than experimenting too much with new; but for what it is worth, those old recipes are quite tasty: Asian Marinated Pork Chops, Burgers, Grilled Chicken Ginger with Peach Salsa, and Asian Chicken and Cabbage Salad.
As a result, our cooking and baking (and thus blogging) activity has dropped back a little bit. We aren’t going hungry, don’t worry, but we’ve been a lot busier with our little boys. Our younger one is 9 months old now and our older boy 2 years and 4 months. They are both at an age, particularly the younger one, where they can “play” alongside each other nicely, for the most part. By this I mean the younger one will be sitting there enjoying a toy hammer, or perhaps a couple of stacking blocks, or anything that might be of interest. The older one, who was previously quite content doing whatever it was he was doing suddenly wants what the younger has. So he goes and takes it. Because he can. And the little one just kind of watches it happen, because he can’t do anything about it (yet!). But that little guy is such a well tempered baby that he usually doesn’t fuss about having things taken from him. He just kind of watches his brother take it away from him and wander off, then he looks around for something else in reach to play with.
The older one, when he is not taking things away from the little guy, has been doing silly, funny things as of late. There are two things in particular that have us cracking up: 1) He holds up this little toy broom he has and parades around as “Cross Man” imitating what happens the priest and alter servers enter and leave church. 2) Again with the broom only held in a different position- he acts as if it is a violin and he dances just like Youtube violinist Lindsey Stirling does.
It’s a fun time. And while they have their moments (read: shrieking at an ear splitting decibel when overtired on car rides to irk the other) we love being with them.
Anyhoo – on to the recipe!
This bread pudding was one Rachel made with Toddler Boy a few weeks back before the heat wave set in. Every weekend we pick up a loaf of French or Italian bread to make sandwiches, but we don’t make it through the entire loaf. With leftover bread, Rachel made this very tasty bread pudding. It’s a very simple and straightforward recipe, one that could clearly be made with the “assitance” of a toddler.
The best parts of this bread pudding in my opinion were the edges where it got nice and crusty crunchy. Yum!