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How to Make French Toast – Two French Toast Recipes That You Will Love

Many people are looking for information on how to make French toast. There are lots of recipes available to choose from. The great thing about making it is that you can serve it in a variety of ways. You can serve it with different syrups, apple sauce, fruits, berries and lots of other toppings. This way, even if you make the same toast, it will taste differently because of the different toppings you can use with it. And the good news is that it is very simple to make it, and this article will share with you exactly how to do that.

The basic idea of French toast is that it is simple white bread, dipped in the egg custard and either friend or baked. The custard is usually made with eggs and milk and other things, such as sugar, vanilla, cheese or many others. In this recipe we will talk specifically about fried French toast.

Quite a few recipes discuss making the toast sweet – with sugar, syrups, apple sauce, berries, fruits, etc. One of the recipes in this article is for sweet toast, while the other one is for the savory kind.

Here are two recipes for you to help you prepare it:

French Toast Recipe 1: Sweet

This is the recipe that a lot of people know and like, with a sweet twist. So for this recipe, you will need to first find good white bread. You can use white sandwich bread, or any other white bread that you have available.

Next, you will need to make the custard. A custard is nothing more, but the combination of milk and eggs. You can also use heavy cream or half-n-half to make the custard even creamier.

Now, you can add some additional things to the custard. These can be vanilla and a bit of sugar. Now your custard is ready. Dip both sides of each bread slice into the custard and then fry the bread on a skillet in some butter and oil, a few minutes on each side.

Once your toast is ready, you can top it with fruits, berries, apple sauce or syrup.

French Toast Recipe 2: Savory

You can also make the toast with a savory twist. The only difference between the above recipe that makes it sweet, and a savory one, is how you flavor your egg custard.

Now, to make it savory, use salt, pepper and herbs (such as dill or parsley) to flavor your custard. Then, make the toast. You won’t want to top it with fruit, as it is not sweet, but it tastes great on its own.

And now check out the step-by-step sweet and savory French toast recipes! Sweet French Toast Recipe and Savory French Toast Recipe

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SPLURGING RESPONSIBLY?

We have an odd relationship with splurging.

Many of us treat it like a guilty pleasure and almost take a little pride in our extravagant purchases, even seeing it as “self-care”. But there’s also a part of us that knows we’re not being wise when we senselessly spend money.

So how do we resolve that tension between having fun and making good decisions? Here are a few ideas to help you splurge responsibly (even during the “holiday” season)!

checklist1. Budget in advance
“Responsible splurging” might seem like a contradiction, but the key to enjoying yourself once in a while and staying on track with your financial strategy is budgeting. Maintaining a budget gives you the power to see where your money is going and if you can afford to make a big/last-minute/frivolous purchase. And when you decide that you’re going to take the plunge, a budget is your compass for how much you can spend now, or if you need to wait a little longer and save a little more.

2. Beware of impulse purchasing
The opposite of budgeting for a splurge is impulse buying. We’ve all been there; you’re scrolling through your favorite shopping site and you see it. That thing you didn’t know you always wanted—and it’s on sale. Just a few clicks and it could be yours!

Tempting as impulse buying might be, especially when there’s a good deal, it’s often better to pause and review your finances before adding those cute shoes to your cart. Check your budget, remember your goals, and then see if that purchase is something you can really afford!

3. Do your research
Have you ever spent your hard-earned money on a dream item, even if you budgeted for it, only to have it break or malfunction after a few weeks? Even worse, it might have been something as significant as a car that you wound up trying to keep alive with thousands of dollars in maintenance and repairs!

That’s why research is so important. It’s not a guarantee that your purchase will last longer, but it can help narrow your options and reduce the chance of wasting your money.

Responsible splurging is possible. Just make sure you’re financially prepared and well-researched before making those purchases!

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3 Slow Cooker Meal Ideas That Are Budget-Friendly

Cooking home-cooked meals every day for the whole family can cost you, but food doesn’t have to be expensive to be delicious especially if you know how to budget your money. If you’re on a tight budget but still want to enjoy fulfilling home-cooked dishes with your family, here are 3 slow cooker meal ideas that everyone will love – so will your wallet!

Try these slow cooker meal ideas today:

Coco Sweet Potato Curry

What you need:

  • 1 kilogram sweet potatoes, peeled and sliced into chunks
  • 2 onions, halved and sliced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 red chillies, seeded and sliced
  • 2 red peppers, seeded and sliced
  • 1-inch piece ginger, peeled and grated
  • 2 1/4 cups passata
  • 2 cups shredded red cabbage
  • 1 3/4 cups coconut milk
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne

Small bunch fresh coriander, chopped (for serving)

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a pan and cook onion until tender, about 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in garlic amd ginger then season with paprika and cayenne. Pour mixture into a crock pot. Return pan to heat then cook chillies, red peppers and cabbage in 1 tablespoon oil for 5 to 10 minutes before transferring mixture to crock pot. Heat remaining oil and cook sweet potatoes for 5 minutes. Add potatoes to crock pot. Pour passata and coconut milk over everything. Stir, cover and cook for 6 to 8 hours on low. When ready, stir in peanut butter and top with coriander.

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Mixed Herb Potato Wedges

What you need:

  • 2 large potatoes, sliced into 8 wedges each
  • 1 tablespoon flour
  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1 teaspoon dried mixed herb
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

In a large bowl, mix together flour, mixed her and cayenne pepper. Add potatoes and oil. Season with salt and pepper then toss to mix ingredients and to coat potatoes. Transfer to a crockpot and cook for 1 to 2 hours on low or until potatoes are cooked through.

Spicy Garlic Mushroom and Tomato Pasta Sauce

What you need:

  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 stick celery, finely chopped
  • 1/2 red chili, seeded and finely chopped
  • Small bunch parsley (leaves only)
  • 2 1/2 cups chopped tomato
  • 2 cups spaghetti pasta, cooked
  • 1 2/3 cups sliced chestnut mushroom
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Pinch of salt

In a pan over medium high heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil then cook mushrooms until tender, about 5 minutes. Add garlic then cook for 1 minute more. Transfer mixture to a bowl with parsley. Set aside. Return pan to heat, add remaining oil, onion, celery, tomatoes, chili and salt and stir for 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a crock pot and cook for 15 minutes on low. Toss spaghetti with tomato sauce and top with garlic mushrooms.

A delicious meal doesn’t have to be expensive – try these slow cooker meal ideas that are budget-friendly!

Donna H. is a nutrition expert. Although not professionally, she has dedicated over a decade of her life researching and interviewing licensed nutritionists to gain the knowledge she has today – all for the love of healthy eating and dieting. She is an avid slow cooker and has contributed countless of recipes to countless popular websites.

Check out helpful tips and tricks as well as easy and delicious slow cooker recipes when using a crock pot.

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5 Things to Consider when Starting Your Own Business

Does anything sound better than being your own boss?

Well, maybe a brand new sports car or free ice cream for life. But even a state-of-the-art fully-decked-out sports car will eventually need routine maintenance, and the taste of mint chocolate chip can get old after a while.

The same kinds of things can happen when you start your own business. There are many details to consider and seemingly endless tasks to keep organized after the initial excitement of being your own boss and keeping your own hours has faded. Circumstances are bound to arise that no one ever prepared you for!

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Although this list is not exhaustive, here are 5 things to get you started when creating a business of your own:

1. Startup cost

The startup cost of your business depends heavily on the type of business you want to have. To estimate the startup cost, make a list of anything and everything you’ll need to finance in the first 6 months. Then take each expense and ask:

  • Is this cost fixed or variable?
  • Essential or optional?
  • One-time or recurring?

Once you’ve determined the frequency and necessity of each cost for the first 6 months, add it all together. Then you’ll have a ballpark idea of what your startup costs might be.

(Hint: Don’t forget to add a line item for those unplanned, miscellaneous expenses!)

2. Competitors

“Find a need, and fill it” is general advice for starting a successful business. But if the need is apparent, how many other businesses will be going after the same space to fill? And how do you create a business that can compete? After all, keeping your doors open and your business frequented is priority #1.

The simplest and most effective solution? Be great at what you do. Take the time to learn your business and the need you’re trying to fill – inside and out. Take a step back and think like a customer. Try to imagine how your competitors are failing at meeting customers’ needs. What can you do to solve those issues? Overcoming these hurdles can’t guarantee that your doors will stay open, but your knowledge, talent, and work ethic can set you apart from competitors from the start. This is what builds life-long relationships with customers – the kind of customers that will follow you wherever your business goes.

(Hint: The cost of your product or service should not be the main differentiator from your competition.)

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3. Customer acquisition

The key to acquiring customers goes back to the need you’re trying to fill by running your business. If the demand for your product is high, customer acquisition may be easier. And there are always methods to bring in more. First and foremost, be aware of your brand and what your business offers. This will make identifying your target audience more accurate. Then market to them with a varied strategy on multiple fronts: content, email, and social media; search engine optimization; effective copywriting; and the use of analytics.

(Hint: The amount of money you spend on marketing – e.g., Google & Facebook ads – is not as important as who you are targeting.)

4. Building product inventory

This step points directly back to your startup cost. At the beginning, do as much research as you can, then stock your literal (or virtual) shelves with a bit of everything feasible you think your target audience may want or need. Track which products (or services) customers are gravitating towards – what items in your inventory disappear the most quickly? What services in your repertoire are the most requested? After a few weeks or months you’ll have real data to analyse. Then always keep the bestsellers on hand, followed closely by seasonal offerings. And don’t forget to consider making a couple of out-of-the-ordinary offerings available, just in case. Don’t underestimate the power of trying new things from time to time; you never know what could turn into a success!

(Hint: Try to let go of what your favorite items or services might be, if customers are not biting.)

5. Compliance with legal standards

Depending on what type of business you’re in, there may be standards and regulations that you must adhere to. For example, hiring employees falls under the jurisdiction of the Department of Labor and Federal Employment Laws. There are also State Labor Laws to consider.

(Hint: Be absolutely sure to do your research on the legal matters that can arise when beginning your own business. Not many judges are very accepting of “But, Your Honor, I didn’t know that was illegal!”)

Starting your own business is not an impossible task, especially when you’re prepared.

One other vital thing that makes starting your business easier is having a plan and a mentor. Register for our FREE master class happening Wednesday, August 12th at 9 PM EST to get access to both!

An Interview with Ash

So today at 9 AM EST was the day that Ash’s high school graduation was moved to due to Covid-19. So everything on all of our platforms is pretty much about her this week.

Why the whole week? Well she’s also turning 18 this week so the video below could be re-titled soon. If you’ve liked her art in the past, check out the interview with Sai on his YouTube channel SmartCherry.