Orange Marmalade French Toast and other Bits of Happy

I am busy cleaning, baking, and decorating up a storm before my in-laws arrive tomorrow. I am so excited for my Easter Sunday Brunch!! If you are looking for something special (and relatively easy) to make for Easter morning, this orange marmalade french toast is out of this world good! And it gets extra points for being a Cooking Light recipe (save your calories for the chocolate bunny).

3 tablespoons butter, softened
1 (16-ounce) sourdough French bread loaf, cut into 24 (1/2-inch) slices
Cooking spray
1 (12-ounce) jar orange marmalade
2 3/4 cups 1% low-fat milk
1/3 cup sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
6 large eggs
1/3 cup finely chopped walnuts
Spread softened butter on one side of each bread slice. Arrange 12 bread slices, buttered side down, slightly overlapping in a single layer in a 13 x 9-inch baking dish coated with cooking spray. Spread marmalade evenly over bread; top with remaining 12 bread slices, buttered side up.

Combine milk and next 4 ingredients (through eggs), stirring with a whisk. Pour egg mixture over bread. Cover and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
Preheat oven to 350°.

Sprinkle casserole with walnuts. Bake at 350° for 45 minutes or until golden. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.


I have been too busy playing hostess to dig up any new inspiration photos today, but you simply must head over to my friend Kristen’s blog, and check out the photos she took at a Historic Home Tour on the North Carolina Coast. Here is a preview, which reminded me of the color scheme I used in our living room (will be debuting that makeover SOON!):

TGIF (eve),


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