Today I'd like to share a recipe that is very close to my heart. It very might well be the simplest and most unprofessional thing I ever decide to post, but for sentimental reasons this recipe is just as important to me as the most amazing cake and cookies I churn out.
I was lucky enough to grow up in quite the unusual household. I grew up with not just my two parents, but also with two grandparents, as well as a great grandparent. It certainly made for an interesting childhood, and it's one I would never want to trade for anything.
My mom's mom was an absolutely amazing cook, like so amazing it's really hard for me to even begin to break into her recipes because a lot is left out. (Notes such as "you can just tell when to take them out" are not uncommon and tend to leave you feeling inadequate at the least.) Me being an only child, we got to spend lots of time together as I was growing up. Unfortunately she passed away when I was seven years old, so most of the recipes remain a mystery. Luckily for me however, there are a few recipes I could never forget.
Now this recipe isn't one that will win any awards, and might not even seem special at first glance. But one of my favorite memories of growing up was waking up and coming downstairs to have my mom-mom make me smiley face toast. I don't think a 3 or 4 year old kid could want anything more in life. (I'm sure the cinnamon and sugar didn't hurt either.) The reason why food and cooking and baking are so special are sometimes not because of the recipes themselves, but because of the people they bring together. Sometimes the memories of the people we shared these foods and moments with are just as good as the food, and whipping the recipes up once again can remind us of that.
One day maybe I'll attempt more of my mom-mom's recipes, but for today... this is enough. :)
Smiley Face Cinnamon-Sugar Toast
2 slices of any bread of your liking
1-2 tablespoons butter or butter substitute, softened
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
liquid food coloring
Toast the bread in either a toaster oven or toaster to desired darkness. While the toast is still warm spread with butter until no more butter can be seen. Mix cinnamon and sugar together in a small dish. Sprinkle cinnamon-sugar mixture over toast to taste, shaking off excess if desired. Take any color liquid food dye and quickly dab on bread (while only LIGHTLY squeezing) to draw face. Less is more when it comes to the food coloring. You can always add more but can't take it off. Serve and enjoy.
Recipe a Betty Ellen and Mary original.