Bing Cherry & Chocolate Streusel Bread Pudding

With a name like that, it better be good! It is. This is a melt in your mouth light but amazingly tasty dessert. The chocolate and cherries mix perfectly. I'm not a huge cherry fan, but this is a keeper. The recipe come from In the Kitchen the Costco Way. I'm a Costco fan and every year after Thanksgiving they have a FREE recipe book available for all members. There is some good stuff in there. Check out page 17 for an fast and surprisingly yummy dinner.


Butter-flavored spray
5 large eggs
4 large egg whites
1 1/2 cups skim milk (I used 2% and it worked well)
1/2 cup white sugar
1 Tbsp vanilla extract
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground allspice
5 cups 1-inch cubes whole-grain bread with crusts removed
3 cups fresh cherries - 1/2 pitted and diced (I used probably double that) and 1/2 reserved whole
1/4 cup mini milk-chocolate chips (I used regular sized)
1/4 cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts
6 ounces milk chocolate, melted (add oil if it doesn't drizzle smoothly)
Whipped cream

1/3 cup flour
1/4 cup oatmeal
2 Tbsp chopped pecans
3 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp butter, softened

Preheat oven to 375. Coat a 13-by-9-inch glass pan with cooking spray.

In a bowl, whisk together eggs, egg whites, and milk. Add sugar, vanilla, and spices, blending well.

In another bowl, toss bread cubes, diced cherries, chocolate chips, and nuts. Pour in the egg mixture and stir until well coated.

Press firmly into the greased baking dish and cover with foil. Bake until the custard is set, 40-45 minutes.

To prepare the streusel, combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir to blend.

Remove the foil and sprinkle the pudding with streusel.
Bake, uncovered, until puffed and golden brown, 15-20 minutes longer. Let cool for 15-20 minutes before serving.

To serve, drizzle melted milk chocolate over the pudding and top with cold whipped cream and the reserved whole cherries. Makes 12 servings.

Kitchen Towel Apron

I have a couple of these to make, but here's the first. I thought this looked like such a cute simple idea and inexpensive. I ended up putting pleats through the middle so it didn't bulge on the stomach. I would recommend having a lighter weight fabric so the sewing at the top is not so difficult. You will see that I sewed over it several times and then some more just to make it look on-purpose. You do what you have to do. I always feel bad when I give away the first apron I make of a new's the guinea pig.

Picture from TONGA! Amy is now in Tonga with this apron. Wear them around the world and please send a picture! I wish I could make this one bigger, but it's a copy/paste job.

Finally...some food

Since I claim to have food on this blog, I should probably put some up here. I made these the other night. They are super easy and feed a crowd. They make 2 dozen. This is originally a recipe from a Girls' Camp I worked at for 2 summers. They were made often to feed the 3,500 girls that came through the camp every summer.

**My twist on the recipe is putting garlic powder and italian seasonings into the pizza dough. Also, the sweetness from the sugar is a nice compliment to the other ingredients. I don't know what it would taste like with a substitute.


1 3/4 c warm water
3 T yeast
1/2 c oil
1/2 c sugar
2 eggs
1 1/2 t salt
5 c flour (plus a little more)
8 oz cream cheese (softened)
grated cheddar cheese
ham slices

Mix water, yeast, oil, and sugar together and let stand 15 min. Then add eggs, salt, and slowly mix in flour to proper bread consistency. Roll out on floured surface in a large rectangle. Spread on a thin layer of cream cheese, sprinkle on cheddar cheese, then spread ham on top covering the entire surface. Roll up (tightly) and slice like sweet rolls. Bake on greased cookie sheet about 18 min at 350°F.

Estate Apron

I really want to go to some estate sales. My mom and sister found a vintage apron at one they happened upon and found a darling apron for sale. For a couple of bucks they picked up a cute treasure and then I found it tucked away in a bag in the basement. Finders keepers... Go to garage sales with material in mind: pillowcases, sheets, tablecloths, drapes, etc. You'll find some fun surprises.

Here's the original material:

I laid out the apron and made a pattern from it. Here's my version. The flower clip is an accessory to the apron.
I put it either on my right pocket or in my hair. It all depends on the mood of the day.
It's a short tie in the back. Unlike me, but you have to do what's best for the apron.
However, it was actually nice not to have so much fabric to turn inside out when making the ties.

Simple Cafe Apron

If you're looking for something fast, easy, and cute, this is the apron for you. It is an easy one to embellish with ruffles and pom-poms {because the world is a happier place with both of those} or rick-rack. That's not even mentioning pockets, or hammer holders, or the kitchen sink...
well, that might be pushing it.

The Ruffle Apron tutorial is useful in making a pattern for this; just omit the ruffle part of the instructions and make sure the body of the apron is right side out. The ties can be made to only tie in back or extra long to wrap around. As you know, I like having the bow in front. Too cute. This is a great 1st apron for anyone looking to start making aprons.

Today my super cute sis-in-law came over and made her own cafe apron. Watch'll get hooked!

Ruffle Apron

I found this idea and could not pass it up! Expect people to say "you should make that into a skirt!"

I love making the ties long enough to wrap around in front, although it's optional to wear them that way. If you're really going to wear it to do dishes, then it will probably be more comfortable to have them tied in back. This is a great apron to make if you have a bunch of left-over material from other projects. It's fun to mix-and-match patterns and colors. I think it looks better with 5 ruffles over 4, but both cute. If you're following this tutorial but want 5 ruffles, do everything the same, just cut out an extra ruffle piece. Pin them all onto the back piece before you sew like the instructions say and it work perfectly the same. These are great fast gifts.

The First Apron: Emmeline Apron

I found this pattern while looking online here and ordered it! I anxiously awaited my package in the mail and couldn't wait to try it out. Totally worth the $12. I have now made 7 of them. One more pattern is cut out calling for me to sew it together pretty, but I haven't brought myself to do it yet.

This is a cute busty looking apron {whether or not you have one} that works great as a gift. I love that it's reversible. The pattern doesn't call for any frills on the bottom...but it's so much more fun with ruffles or pom-poms. The world always needs more of those.

Maybe for some outrageous price :-) I'd let you borrow my pattern, if you live close to me.

This is my favorite one that I've made so far.
I just can't get over that ORANGE.

I decided to make 3 aprons in one week for my mom, sister, and sister-in-law...I would not recommend that. But I just knew the picture of all of us wearing them would be to cute to pass up. It was worth it.
P.S. I originally made this first apron (the Superman one) because we did Superman theme for our Halloween costumes. The fabric was cut out in the right "S" shape and then I had a friend stitch all around the emblem to secure it in place. It was perfect.

And why not have a cute apron when you're pregnant!

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