Overnight French Toast

Overnight French Toast

Hello again! I’m back with another yummy recipe for you all! This one came from Austin’s mom, Lisa. I am so happy that she shared this recipe with us, because it tastes so dang good! It’s easily become one of our favorite breakfast/brunch meals. Thank you, Lisa!

This recipe is fairly easy, and besides soaking overnight, takes hardly any time to do! So don’t be scared off when you see “Part 1” and “Part 2” below!

The berries and bananas used make a syrup in the bottom of the pan, and it works so well with the crispy French bread. My mouth is literally watering while I’m typing this…it’s that good.

If you have any questions or comments, feel free to comment below!

Overnight French Toast


  • 1 French loaf
  • 5 eggs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tbsp. vanilla
  • about 24 ounces (1 bag) of frozen mixed berries and/or strawberries
  • 4 bananas, sliced
  • 1 cup sugar
  • cinnamon and sugar
  • powdered sugar
  • optional- maple syrup

Recipe Part 1

  1. Cut the French loaf into very thick slices, about 8-10.
  2. Combine milk, eggs, baking powder, and vanilla. Whisk together.
  3. In a large baking dish or roasting pan, place the French loaf slices in a single layer.
  4. Pour the milk mixture over the bread. Be sure to turn the slices over to coat both sides in the mixture.
  5. Cover and set in fridge overnight.
After Pouring the Mixture Over the Bread Slices, but Before Turning Them

Recipe Part 2

  1. In the morning, mix the frozen berries, bananas, and cup of sugar.
  2. Place the fruit mixture into a large greased baking dish or roasting pan, and place the soaked bread on top of the berries. Again, in a single layer.
  3. Sprinkle everything with cinnamon and sugar, and bake in the oven at 450° for 20-25 minutes.
  4. Once the bread is golden brown, and no longer soggy, it is ready to be taken out.
  5. Sprinkle with powdered sugar (as seen in the first picture on the blog), and serve.

The berries make that delicious syrup you can use to top the French toast with, but you can also use maple syrup, just in case!

I served ours with a side of bacon, and man, that was a good choice. I hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

Overnight French Toast Served with Bacon

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Dad’s Salsa

Dad’s Salsa

Okay if you’re a salsa lover, this is the recipe for you. It’s full of fresh ingredients, and you can make it as hot or as mild as you’d like. This is the perfect thing to dip your chips in on a hot summer day.

Another great thing about this recipe? Once the prep work is done, you literally just throw it all together and mix it up. Super easy!

My dad started making this when I was little and it’s so dang good. I finally had to get the recipe from him so I could make it for Austin. (Austin loves salsa and spicy foods so he was pretty excited about this). The only ingredient that I did not use was avocado, and that’s because we were having guacamole as well. Other than that, the recipe was exactly as my dad makes it.

And just a heads up, it makes quite a bit!


  • 8 large roma tomatoes
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1 avocado
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 small red onion
  • 1/2 bunch cilantro
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp. jalapeno juice (from jar)
  • Tapatio
  • salt
  • pepper

How To

Dice the following ingredients: tomatoes, cucumber, avocado, red onion, and jalapeno. Make sure the jalapeno has no seeds. Add all ingredients into a large mixing bowl. Mince the garlic and add to the bowl. Chop the cilantro and add as well.

Add the lemon and jalapeno juice to the bowl. Next is where you can make the jump from mild to super hot if you wanted: the Tapatio. For a more mild salsa, just add a few splashes. If you would like more heat, add as much as you would like.

Salt and pepper to taste, and then you are ready to enjoy!

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