A couple of weeks ago we had a seriously epic weekend.
For one, my mom and aunt were in town which is always the best time. They are a tad obsessed with Lars (my aunt texted me today and said she missed his milk breath…) and I love watching them with him. They also confirm my feelings that everything he does is pretty much the most amazing thing ever done by a baby. So glad I was right about that 😉
Then there was the Twin Cities Marathon. This would have been a lot more epic if Marc had been able to run it but a lingering knee injury kept him out of the race. Still, marathon Sunday is one of my favorite days in the Twin Cities and this year was no different – a top 10 weather day, tons of people out cheering, and a marathon watching party with a pancake station and Bloody Mary’s.
To top it all off, we headed out to Marc’s hometown to go apple picking, wine tasting, and cook dinner for his mom’s birthday with his parents, brother, sister-in-law, and our new nephew. Can I just say it’s a little surreal for all of us to be together with two new babies?! It was the perfect ending to, like I said, an epic weekend.
Of course with apple picking comes a boat load of apples that requires a serious game plan to use them all up. First up, I made maple applesauce in the slow cooker (recipe coming soon!) which knocked my socks off.
This Caramel Apple French Toast Casserole, however, is a bit more indulgent than applesauce. But so, so good and so, so worth it.
Because a french toast casserole is really just bread pudding with perhaps a little less sugar. Since I am a huuuuuuge bread pudding fan, you know I’m all about french toast casseroles. With my lingering apple surplus and that nagging feeling inside of me wanting to make ALL THE FALL THINGS, I decided to make an apple french toast casserole.
We all absolutely loved this french toast casserole. I wasn’t sure how Marc would like it, as he’s not quite as into the fall flavors as I am (as in, he doesn’t like pumpkin…GASP!) but he couldn’t stop raving about it.
Another great thing about this french toast casserole is that it can be made the night before. So really, it’s an overnight casserole, which is the best kind, because you can just roll out of bed and pop it in the oven. Then you let the oven do the work while you lounge around in your PJ’s drinking coffee. Winning.
So how about you go off and have yourself an epic weekend, complete with this french toast casserole on Sunday morning? Sounds perfect to me!