Leap (into food) Day

I knew I wanted to do something special for Leap Day. I mean, come on, aren’t we always looking for another couple hours in a day to try to catch up on something? How I ended up spending a good portion of my day focussed on food I just don’t know. And so 2 desserts were born… Bread Pudding (inspired by watching The Amish TV special from last night) and Banana Cream Pie (haven’t been able to get this out of my mind lately).
The banana cream pie is a take on Paula Deen’s Not Yo’ Mamma’s Banana Pudding put into a graham cracker crust instead of using the cookies. It also gave me an excuse to use one of the six (!?!) cans of sweetened condensed milk that I just had to buy at BJ’s the other day. I only “tasted” some out of the bowl but I think this one’s a winner. The bread pudding I found on (where else?) Pinterest. I sure wish I had the butterscotch chips called for in this recipe but alas I only had Heath English Toffee Bits to substitute. I think it’s going to work out just fine though. But first things first… lunch time!

During my last trip to Trader Joe’s I picked up one of my favorite items- Tarte d’Alsace, a French style flat bread (think pastry) with ham, caramelized onions and gruyere cheese. Pair this with some Trader Joe’s organic arugula &  this is the ultimate lunch time treat for me. I like to put a little olive oil, salt and pepper on the greens and then just toss it right onto the “pizza”. So yummy!! I always think I should invite someone over when I eat this because there’s plenty for two but I get so greedy all I can think about is saving some for the next day’s lunch.
Now I’m so full I can’t even look at any more food. Good thing tonight’s dinner is only leftovers (not my favorite). Maybe I can manage to find some room to have a second helping of my desserts. If not, I’m sure the family will help make it all disappear!

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