"Let's be cheerful"! We have no more right to steal the brightness out of the day for our own family than we have to steal the purse of a stranger. Let us be as careful that our homes are furnished with pleasant & happy thoughts as we are that the rugs are the right color and texture & the furniture comfortable and beautiful"! Laura Ingalls Wilder

Thursday, September 22, 2011

simple snack



When my kids were younger (because they didn't know any different), it wasn't a problem getting them to eat whole wheat bread... and the crust.  So, this has been a simple and somewhat healthy snack solution growing up in our house.  As a rule that is what you will find around here... simple.

Cinnamon Toast ~ Bread, butter, cinnamon sugar.  Under the broiler on low for about 3-4 minutes.





And to make things even simpler, this is my cinnamon/sugar shaker.  It's a cocktail shaker!  I love this because it holds a lot.  My old one was vintage aluminum.  It served us for at least 15 years, the last 2 or 3 without it's lid.  I don't know how I lost it... but I did.  It wasn't a big deal, but when I spotted this brand new one at a yard sale for a dollar (with the lid), it was time for a replacement!  I also use the cinnamon and sugar in my cinnamon bread and on coffee cakes...     



She's sleek!  Kinda turns the preparation of my simple fare into something with a bit more class.  Perhaps this upgraded snack needs a new name.  From now on I'll call it... La cannelle pain.  That's French, I just Googled it.  Hmm...I took Spanish...  I think now I'd better Google the pronunciation.  Hard to sound classy with bad pronunciation, oui?


Blessings, Debbie

33 comments:

  1. Love the idea of mixing the cinnamon and sugar and storing it in the drink mixer!! I love even more you got it for a dollar! Cinnamon toast was a frequent flyer our kitchen, too. ;) blessings ~ Tanna

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  2. This is one of my favorite winter "comfort foods"!

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  3. Ahh. Cinnamon toast...my childhood...

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  4. Great comfort food and snack. In french it would be Pain La Cannelle. Nice shaker by the way. JB

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  5. My Mom always made this for me when I was little, and I've faithfully carried on the tradition. I especially love it on sourdough. :)

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  6. Oh - what a great idea for a snack - I think she is sleek and classy - I love neat little ideas like that.

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  7. That is a good idea, I have used the shaker thing that Parmesan cheese comes in for cinnamon/sugar but that one looks way more classy. I use a bunch of it too.
    That has been my kids standby since I showed them how to make it once they were old enough to learn to cook.
    It was the first thing I learned to make when I was a kid.
    That and a cup of hot chocolate is just the best.

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  8. My Aunt Dot always made us buttered toast -- under the broiler with just butter, along with hot chocolate made on the stove with milk. The bread was always white back then but boy oh boy was it good.

    My mom used to make sugar cheese toast for my dad. White bread, American cheese topped with sugar and broiled. I wouldn't it it now, but definitely could go for some cinnamon toast.

    Will be making it for the kids along with hot chocolate when the days get cooler -- maybe December. :/

    Hope you had a great trip. Best wishes, Tammy

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  9. I used to love that...time to revisit it again I think! ;D

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  10. Cinnamon bread..the snack I made so often for our growing children. Than you for the memory!

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  11. We have been eating a lot of cinnamon toast on homemade bread this week - my kids love it too! :)

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  12. We always had tea and toast when we were sick. Hmmm, I cannot remember what we had when we were healthy :/

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  13. I have to admit that I'm not a crust eater...don't know why but the dog is happy because he gets what I don't eat:) Cool use of a cocktail shaker. I think I have one stashed somewhere I might try and find it and put it to use. I don't remember ever using it to make a cocktail...

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  14. Wheat bread was a bit of a shock to me as a child. I was brought up on Wonderbread commercials and was dedicated to that soft, squishy, sweet stuff. My mother became health conscious and wheat came onto the scene - but it wasn't much better than the white - until she started making her own. I made my own bread when we were first married - four or five loaves at a time, all by hand. But I wearied of that when we had kids. Then G sold his favorite electric guitar and bought me a Bosch maker, which I used for years. Somehow, we drifted away from home made for years. Now G is the gourmet bread maker, using a high-class bread machine and his own recipes. So my kids never had a chance - they were brought up on multigrain, whole wheat - and home made crusts taste GREAT. With cinnamon and butter, hot out of the oven - heaven.

    pronunciation: La cannelle pain

    The "la" sounds as expected, a little more soft than the spanish, perhaps

    can-elle. You speak the two "l's" lovingly, allowing the tip of your tongue to linger on the palette at the end, not so much as to add a vowel sound at the end (which would sound Italian), but with the hint that a schwa still shimmers at the end of them.

    "pain" - it's "Pa" but you end the sound way up in your sinus - your nose. A very high "angh" with that open air "gh" at the end.

    Right. I've helped, huh?

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  15. Cinnamon toast is a favorite of mine, that and a cup of tea and you have a right fine snack. That shaker was a real find

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  16. Cinnamon toast is one of my all-time favorites, great idea to use the drink shaker as a sprinkler! For some reason, I always preferred whole wheat or rye bread to white, even as a child. xo,

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  17. I always had cinnamon toast when I was little. It was our main sweet alot of the times. My mom always had good ideas to keep us happy! love,andrea

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  18. you're awesome. you just gave me THE excuse i've been looking for to own a cocktail shaker. no, seriously.
    we're baptist tee-totalers around here, but i LOVE the looks of those sleek little vessels. now i can look for and own one--WITH purpose! hmmmm. what other innocuous ingredients can be shaken out of those, anyway? ;)
    hugs!
    ~april

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  19. What a great idea! I just so happen to have a drink mixer that has never been used and would love to have a purpose in life.

    Chase's favorite snack is the same. He'd love to come over one day and share with you ;)

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  20. This is a favorite around here!

    Your cinnamon sugar shaker is cool!

    Enjoy!
    Deanna

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  21. Mmmmmmm....cinnamon toast....
    Classy presentation!

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  22. Ok, THAT is a great idea! We love cinnamon and sugar toast too. I keep a mixture in an old spice jar. Your idea is much better!

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  23. Hmmmm, I love cinnamon toast and what a great idea for dispensing the cinnamon sugar!

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  24. Once again you have made me hungry! And I'll bet the secret to your cinnamon toast is your yummy homemade bread! But our hot weather has returned and I'm not in a bread-making mood. Soon...
    And what a lovely dispenser for your cinnamon sugar!

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  25. Well Debbie, I am in great company, because this is just the way I do it, especially when grandkids come. I know what i am having tomorrow morning.
    Sue

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  26. Your shaker makes cinnamon toast look exotic! What a great idea! I think we just might enjoy some cinnamon toast this weekend.

    Blessings!
    Deborah

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  27. You are absolutely SMART ! We love making cinnamon toast around here and I have struggled with cinnamon sugar on the counter for years. And you just gave me the solution. ((((HAPPY DANCE))))) Thank you, thank you, thank you. (((HUGS)))

    Blessings to you today [o=
    -Mary

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  28. I love the cocktail shaker! Genius! I have been giving the kid a bedtime snack of toast with honey, but I think this might work better, since cinnamon is relaxing too, and probably cheaper than honey (since I try and buy the good stuff, lol).

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  29. Such a smart use for a cocktail shaker! Mmm, mm.

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  30. This reminds me that I need to go eat some dinner. What a pretty plate!

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  31. how fun...we toast ours in the toaster, butter and then sugar/cinnamon it. I'll need to try your broiler method...hmmm. Have a great week!

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  32. It is funny, how such a simple thing like cinnamon sugar can make everyone happy. You will have to try my espresso sugar sometime!! oxo Clarice

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