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Here’s How To Make French Toast Mind-Blowingly Delicious

Here’s How To Make French Toast Mind-Blowingly Delicious

When most people think of French toast, they probably think of vaguely soggy, eggy bread that’s fried and then served with some sort of syrup to mask the damp factor. Personally, I’ve always gravitated towards savory French toast, but whether you’ve added some herbs and salt to your eggy batter, or doused the end product in jam and powdered sugar, it’s really all the same underneath, isn’t it?

It doesn’t have to be. To anyone who has ever crammed mediocre French toast in their face and then bemoaned how awful the stuff is, I say this: STUFF IT!

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Making stuffed French toast is easy and fun, and you get to choose what kind of flavor profile you’d like. This breakfast dish doesn’t have to be relegated to the sidelines of cheap buffets ever again! Here’s our no-fail ‘how-to’ for how to make French toast:

Stuffed French Toast

Ingredients:

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  • One loaf of your favorite bread, unsliced
  • Eggs (estimate one extra-large egg per sandwich)
  • Butter or margarine
  • Your filling of choice (options will be listed below)

With a serrated knife, slice hunks of bread that are approximately equivalent to two individual slices … so, maybe an inch and a half thick. Set these aside, and prepare your filling.

Using that same serrated knife, cut down the center of each thick bread slice as though dividing it into two slices, but stop when you’re about half an inch from the bottom. Hold the two halves apart and stuff the inside with your filling of choice. Whether your filling is spreadable or more substantial, be generous with it: this isn’t diet food. (Granted, this isn’t “let’s have this every weekend” food either, so it’s best to only make this dish on special occasions, or when you’re not being neurotic about your calorie intake.)

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Crack your eggs into a large-yet-shallow bowl and beat them with a whisk or large fork until they’re well combined. I like to add a tablespoon or so of milk to this mixture, but that’s entirely your call. If you’re making savory stuffed toast, feel free to add a pinch of Herbes de Provence or other favorite dried herbs to this mixture. For sweet toast, a sprinkle of cinnamon works with just about everything.

Heat a bit of butter or margarine in a non-stick pan on medium-high heat. When it’s a lovely golden brown and starting to bubble, take your closed bread pocket, dip it quickly into the eggy mixture (so that it’s coated, but not saturated), and then drop it into the pan. If you’re making more than one, repeat the process until you’ve filled the pan with sandwiches, taking note of which was added first. Turn the heat down to medium and cook until you can see that the edges have browned, then use a spatula to flip it/them over, beginning with the first one that was dropped into the pan. Fry that until the bottoms are as brown as the tops, and serve immediately. If desired, have some maple or agave syrup handy for your sweet toast, or salt and pepper shakers available if you’ve made them savory.

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Filling Ideas

What you choose to stuff into your French toast is entirely up to you, so you have free rein to pack in any flavor combination that you love. When I was a child, my favorite combination was Cheez Whiz and pickles on raisin bread (much to my parents’ disgust), which just goes to prove that tastes are indeed unique to individuals. This is your opportunity to go nuts and create something that’ll make your toes curl. Just take note that not everyone will share your tastes, so it’s best to ask others what they’d like if you’re cooking for a group.

Sweet:

  • Cream cheese with strawberry jam and/or fresh strawberry slices
  • Peanut butter and Nutella
  • Apple pie filling
  • Cherry pie filling
  • Nutella with sliced bananas
  • Cream cheese mixed with lemon juice and sugar
  • Clotted cream with blueberry jam
  • Peanut (or other nut) butter with your favorite jam/jelly

Savory:

  • Brie or Camembert with sliced pears
  • Grated sharp cheddar with caramelized onions and/or fried mushrooms
  • Brie and avocado
  • Hummus with roasted red pepper
  • Pesto and sliced tomatoes
  • Sliced ham and grated cheese
  • Crispy bacon and a fried egg
  • Grilled asparagus and lemon aioli

Now that you’re undoubtedly drooling into your lap, you can take these ideas and make them your own. If you come up with a great flavor combination, please share it with us in the comments below!

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Last Updated on September 16, 2019

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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