Stuffed Orange French Toast with Blackberry Compote and Friday Faves

by heidi on August 30, 2013

Let’s just go ahead and put this week into the archives right where it belongs and look forward to a weekend where Stuffed Orange French Toast with Blackberry Compote should make a Labor Day appearance.

Stuffed French Toast |

Labor Day weekend puts the nail in the coffin to the drawn out farewell to summer, replete with last days at the pool and chilly evening barbeques. The leaves are even starting to change around here and the instate rivalry football game was just last night and I haven’t even flipped the calendar page to September or placed a Kerr jar in a hot canning bin.

Is my head spinning yet?

This Labor Day weekend I’ll be heading to our friend’s mountain cabin to do a little R&R, have a cabin spa day with Smudge, do a few hikes and generally chill. But I do have some delish cooking ginned up in my head, and with distractions at bay (aka laundry, paying bills and cleaning the house) cooking in the mountains will be at the top of the menu.

Stuffed French Toast |

One of my concoctions rattling around in my head involves peaches and blackberries, perhaps inspired by…

I may have been inspired by my Stuffed Orange French Toast with Blackberry Compote recipe posted over here, but I actually think it stems from my trip to Costco where blackberries the size of small beehives were on on sale for like $3.99 for an entire pound. I bought two. One to eat, one to cook. We’ll see where this adventure leads us.

Another week, another adventure. Here’s why I’m looking forward to that Labor Day appearance:


It was the first full of week of Smudge’s back to school where starting a new year has created a new girl: up and at ‘em to the squacking of her alarm, cooking her own breakfast and making her bed every day before she left! Who is this 4th grader I never knew existed? And how long will she stay?

I had 3 days of location photo shoots, of which I sort of borrowed a chef’s recipe to share with you. Okay I pleaded and he said yes.


It was my new intern’s first day, Cute Courtney, who eyed me as we left for our first shoot day and commented, “Oh good, I guess I don’t have to dress up for these.” Sigh.

I snuck away for a lunch date with my man and we finally discovered a great ramen spot in SLC.

And I wished and wished someone would come and clean my office. Hmmm, hello Cute Courtney…

Last week I shared my favorite Weekend List Making Blogs, but if you missed it then hop over and find more webby things to help waste away your Friday.

So while I’m plotting my path to blackberry domination, here is a little something to move you into your Labor Day weekend.

I’m just putting it out there that there is indeed a need for Smellagram, an update that exudes only the good smelling stuff featured on Instagram. Will someone please get on that?

I had to look up what exactly Twerking is because apparently I’m old.

And I only have two weeks until the return of Sons of Anarchy—along with Jax’s longer locks. Which means I’ll be following one season behind on Netflix and you won’t be seeing me until I’ve seen the entirity of season 5 in a marathon blowout like I did with the last 4 seasons.

10 tips to glam up your camping trip. How cute is that bed!

Martha, Oprah, Rachel and now Giada. Her smile just keeps getting bigger with every new piece of the brand pie she creates, including Giada’s new online magazine, and the first issue is free.

H&M does it again. This time in the kitchen.

It’s not a question of ‘IF’ it’s only a question of ‘WHEN’. 5 digital photo organizing tips to help take control of your digital life. #2 is at the top of my list.

From cocktails to cookies, check out these recipe round-ups: Labor Day Recipe Round-up, what to cook with figs, and 15 recipes to celebrate bacon day. Bacon has a day? Richly deserved.

I once got a $100 tip on a $100 dinner, but think about how this server felt when a Utah tipper left $5,000 on a $214 tab. Get thee to Vegas, stat.

The most cliché photos on Instagram and I’m not too proud to admit I’m guilty of 1, 2, 3, 7, 9, 11 & 12.

Jumping on the bandwagon > Obituary: The death of Hanna Montana at the hands of the VMAs.

I wish I needed this but I don’t.

You deserve the very best medical care, even if that means firing your doctor.

10 celebrities without their trademark looks. Avril looks stunning!

8 things they don’t tell you when you start a food blog.

How to save yourself in that moment when someone asks you to do something you don’t want to (but you can’t say no)

Tweet of the week: “Just met a lady in line who named her twins Ike and Tina. I don’t know if I should run…or be her new best friend. #Awesome #Awkward” ~ Ashley @bakerbynature

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{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

Averie @ Averie Cooks August 30, 2013 at 1:12 am

Love your lists every week. I just opened like 90% of the links :) Congrats on your super responsible sounding little 4th grader! Wow so impressed!!


Kathryn August 30, 2013 at 2:55 am

Enjoy the long weekend, I hope it’s full of good times and good food.

PS I’ve yet to meet anyone who didn’t have to google twerking!


Katrina @ Warm Vanilla Sugar August 30, 2013 at 6:10 am

I definitely need to try this. The orange in it sounds awesome!


Cookin' Canuck August 30, 2013 at 6:28 am

If it makes you feel better, I (and several of my friends) had to look up twerking, too. I don’t think I’m better off for knowing what it means.

I hope you have a fantastic weekend at the cabin, right alongside this gorgeous French toast. Oh my!


Stefanie @ Sarcastic Cooking August 30, 2013 at 7:48 am

Love the 8 things about blogging, so true! Also, I will be right there oooohhing and aaahhhing at Jax as I catch up on the last season on Netflix before the new season starts. I don’t know why I think he is that good looking? Have a great Labor Day weekend!


Gerry @ Foodness Gracious August 30, 2013 at 7:59 am

I still don’t know what twerking is and I’m determined to work it out myself before I google it, I am not old, I am not old (repeat 10 times) :) This toast may appear on my kitchen table extremely soon! Have s great weekend…


Laura (Tutti Dolci) August 30, 2013 at 9:09 am

That blackberry compote looks heavenly!


Sherri McNary August 30, 2013 at 9:13 am

Great idea for Labor Day breakfast!


Erin August 30, 2013 at 9:20 am

You mean have 5+ external hard drives and not ever deleting a photo isn’t organized (I’m off to look at the article now. I hope it helps me.)

Love seeing the on-location behind the scenes!


Sandy @ RE August 30, 2013 at 9:41 am

Love this recipe! Yum! And the glamping … isn’t that DOG the cutest? (hee hee)


Ali | Gimme Some Oven August 30, 2013 at 3:36 pm

I love that you Googled twerking. Yay for a new cute intern! And this French toast looks like a perfect way to start the day. :)

Have a good holiday weekend!!


Tieghan August 30, 2013 at 8:59 pm

So I am 19 and still had to look up twerking. I had no idea what the heck it was. I think I think about food too much….

I love your links this week and am heading to open almost of them! Plus, the french toast too! Looks so good!


Lisa {AuthenticSuburbanGourmet} August 31, 2013 at 1:01 pm

So loving this french toast heavenly delight you made! Hope your long holiday weekend is going well!


Javi Trulove August 31, 2013 at 6:52 pm

SO DELICIOUS!!! it looks amazing those French toasts…


Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious September 1, 2013 at 2:03 am

You had me at stuffed, Heidi! I think I’ll have to make these for Jason before we move to SF – he’ll go crazy over these!

And yes, death of Hannah Montana. So sad.


Michelle September 2, 2013 at 7:59 pm

I wish I had seen this over the weekend. I so would have made this french toast! SO delicious looking! I’ll have to try for this coming weekend! Thanks so much for including my post about digital photo organizing!! Glad you enjoyed it!!


Sandy Coughlin September 3, 2013 at 8:42 am

I haven’t had french toast in so long! This looks so tasty! Thanks for sharing and hope you had a restful weekend!


Kristen September 3, 2013 at 2:23 pm

I, too, had to look up twerking. If that means I’m old, I’ll take it! :)
Always love these posts (and love Cute Courtney… how cute is she?)


Amanda @ Once Upon a Recipe September 6, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Don’t worry, I didn’t know what twerking was either. Thankfully I have some weird friends and they were able to give me a demonstration. This french toast looks incredible!


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