How do you sign your name on letters, cards, and emails?
This is often quite a quandary. So many different factors come into play. Age, gender, occasion. Writing the letter may or may not be difficult, but signing your name almost always is.
Love is a standard go to in cards to close friends and acquaintances alike for me. It doesn’t mean I love them, it’s just the closing I have come to rely on, as, I think, have many other women. But it would be totally creepy if Dad started signing things with love, save to Mom and me.
Sincerely and best can sound too formal or even a little pompous. And don’t even get me started on closings with too many words. Thank you for you your help is a sentence, not a closing.
Because I’m young and female and a creative type trying to make a personal connection and express my personality with everything I write, I tend to rely on cheers for people I don’t know at all and xoxo for the ones I do.
That’s right. I’m on team xoxo. It’s fun. It’s simple. It’s me in a nutshell.
And now every single time I use it I hear “xoxo, Gossip Girl” in my head. Oh, yeah, I am on the Gossip Girl train. It’s a fun show that takes me away and kind of makes me wish I was a Waldorf (I never thought this would be the case, but I think I’m more of a Blair than a Serena). But it had me completely questioning my closing game.
Am I as annoying as Gossip Girl? (And no spoilers please, I’m almost done with season two). I hope not because I still love xoxo as much as I love Gossip Girl and this Apple Crumble French Toast Casserole.
The holiday season means tons of entertaining, rushing around, and not taking enough time to enjoy life. This French toast casserole is easy to prepare and feeds a crowd easily without spending all morning flipping French toast on the stove.
The bread on top gets crusty while the bottom is supple and soaked with tons of flavor. I love the juicy burst from the apples and the crumble topping is pretty much everything – those toasty pecans are fab! If you need to feed a crowd at breakfast this holiday season, look no further than this casserole.
- 1 loaf French or Italian bread, sliced ½ inch thick
- 2 large apples, sliced ¼ inch thick
- ¾ cup heavy cream
- 1 ½ cups milk (I used almond coconut, use what you love)
- 6 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon vanilla bean paste
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ½ packed light brown sugar
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ¾ cup pecans
- ¾ cup all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 stick unsalted butter, melted
- Maple syrup, for serving
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut bread slices in half, diagonally, creating triangles. Arrange bread slices and apple slices in a 9 by 13 inch pan, alternating between the two.
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the cream, milk, eggs, vanilla, cinnamon, and ginger until well combined. Pour over bread and apples.
- In a small bowl, make the topping. Stir together sugar, oats, pecans, flour, and cinnamon. Stir in the butter until clumps form. Sprinkle evenly over the casserole and bake 40-50 minutes, until the custard is set and the topping is golden brown. Serve warm with maple syrup if desired. Leftovers may be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave.
- Prep Time: 20 minutes
- Cook Time: 50 minutes
Don’t forget to check out the other Sunday Supper dishes! Thanks to our manager Em!
Holiday Casserole Recipes #SundaySupper
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The Sunday Supper Movement is committed to bringing our readers delicious recipes that encourage them to gather and eat together around the family table. Search for your favorite ingredients on our Sunday Supper website. Also check out the Sunday Supper Pinterest boards for plenty more ideas and inspiration.