this is a page for

Daily Archives: September 16, 2016

Fashionable Friend Friday

This week’s Fashionable Friend Friday is Ashley Stark.  Ashley is the Senior Vice President of Design  and one the new faces of Stark, the luxury rug and carpet company.  She has amazing taste.  I first “met” Ashley on Instagram and have been drawn in by her great style ever since.   She also has an online column called Ashley’s Window.  You can access it HERE.  Below are some of my favorite Ashley Instagram posts:

Crock Pot Banana French Toast

Here’s a great weekend breakfast treat to celebrate the first few weeks back to school.  I love my crock pot.  It makes family dinner preparation that much easier.  I found this recipe on Pinterest and it was getting rave reviews since it is quick, no fuss, and delicious.  I thought I would share it with you!!  It’s perfect for those upcoming chilly fall weekend mornings.  Bon Appetit!!!!


1 10 inch stale (day or two old) french baguette, cut into 1-inch slices
4-ounce cream cheese, room temperature
3-4 bananas sliced into rounds
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
3 eggs
1/4 cup skim milk
1/3 cup honey
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
pinch nutmeg
1/2 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
2 tablespoons butter cut into thick slices

Lightly grease a 6.5 quart (or larger) crock pot

Spread cream cheese on both sides of all bread and arrange slices in a single layer on bottom of crock pot

Layer banana slices over the bread slices and sprinkle with brown sugar and nuts

Arrange butter slices on top and set aside

In a mixing bowl slightly beat eggs using a whisk or egg beaters

Add milk, honey, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg, whisk until combined

Pour egg mixture over bread

The liquid should not cover the bread but be 3/4 of the way up.  If it is less than that, add more liquid

Cook on low for 3 to 4 hours or on high for 2 to 2.5 hours

Remove lid and if not serving right away, set the dial to warm

Drizzle with honey and serve