Nana’s famous egg dish

Creme brûlée French toast and Easter adventures. 🙂

It was a great Easter this year. <3 I remember last year, when we had just moved here and had yet to meet anyone. We had a blast with friends (and were so thankful to them for taking us under their wings), but at the same time, we definitely missed our families. This year, it was so nice to have some Tucson visitors in the house, and our cousins who recently moved here. When we lived in Tucson and Valdosta, we had parties at the house allllll the time. It’s one of my goals for this year to get back into it and have friends over more often! It felt so good to break out some of the serving ware and have a full table again. 🙂

Madre and I had a cooking extravaganza, and made deviled eggs, Nana’s famous egg dish, creme brûlée French toast, fruit salad, rosemary potatoes, vegan banana pudding, a cheese board, and picked up a ham from Honeybaked Ham. 

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The spread: 

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(Recipes at the end of this post!)

I always love celebrating Easter, or any holiday with the fam, and holidays are 102938x more fun with a little one. Liv was so excited that the Easter bunny made a stop (though she was very concerned that a large rabbit would be coming into the house. We promised her that we would open the door for him and let him out after he’d left her little treats.).

Easter basket

We also had the necessary egg hunt in the backyard, sugar buzz for days, and awesome time spent together.

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Hunting for eggs

After brunch, we chilled for naptime and I took Bella on a long Easter walk to the dog beach. (Caro was snoring peacefully haha.) We explored Coronado, made a stop to shop in Old Town, and watched movies here at home. PS HAVE YOU SEEN INTERSTELLAR? It was so, so good, but in pure Christopher Nolan fashion, I am confused about a few things. Randomly throughout the day, I’ve texted the Pilot questions about the plot line haha.

Time to get ready for spin and then we’ll be watch the National Championship (though I am cheering for no one). 😉

Have a lovely night!



New Livi-isms are up here!


Nana’s beloved egg dish recipe is HEEEEEERE. It’s been one of my favorite holiday and brunch dishes for as long as I remember, and it was always one of those, “Don’t question what’s in it, just eat it and love it” type things. I must say that if you are looking for a healthified or dairy-free/gluten-free version of this recipe, check out this one I made recently. Otherwise, make it exactly as described below, serve with fresh pico de gallo, and you will never go back. 

10 eggs
1/2  C. flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2  teaspoon salt
2  C. Cottage cheese
1 pound Monterey Jack cheese, or 1/2 lb. Monterey Jack & 1/2  lb Cheddar cheese, shredded
1/2  C. butter, melted
2  4-oz. cans diced green chilies
In large bowl, beat eggs,  Add remaining ingredients. Mix well. Pour into a greased 9 X13 baking dish.  Bake at 350 degrees for 35 min or until firm.

The best egg casserole for brunches


Here is the recipe for her beloved creme brûlée French toast. The top is crisp and creamy, while the bottom is like the crispy and caramelized brûlée portion. So, so good.


1  loaf Challah or Brioche Bread (I use sour dough), sliced into 1  1/2 inch slices
1/2 Cup Butter, (1 stick)
1  Cup Brown Sugar
2  Tablespoons Corn Syrup
5  Large eggs
3/4  Cup Heavy Cream
3/4  Cup Milk
1  teaspoon Vanilla
1/4  teaspoon Salt
2  teaspoons Grand Marnier
Powdered Sugar (optional)
Butter a 9 X 13 baking dish.  In a small pot, melt butter with brown sugar & corn syrup.  Stir until sugar is completely melted.  Pour mixture into baking dish.  Place bread slices on top of the mixture.  Squeeze the edges slightly to make the bread fit.
In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, milk, vanilla, salt & 2 teaspoons of Grand Marnier.  Pour this mix over the sliced bread.  Cover and refrigerate for 8 hrs. or overnight.
Bake 350 degrees for 30 or 40 minutes, until French toast is golden and puffed.
Serve hot with drunken strawberries & powdered sugar sprinkled on top.
1 QT. Strawberries, sliced 1/4 inch thick
1/4  C. sugar
1/4  C. Grand Marnier.
Cover and refrigerate overnight.
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  1. Heather on April 6, 2015 at 6:20 pm

    I’ve made this same egg casserole for years!! It’s my favorite and SO SO good 🙂 I can’t make it for myself, only for gatherings or I eat the entire pan in about a day or two!!

  2. Erin @ Erin's Inside Job on April 6, 2015 at 6:41 pm

    Thanks for sharing! I haven’t seen Interstellar, most notably bc I know it will make me cry and I have to be adequately prepared for those things haha. Good to know it’s a good movie though!

  3. Megan @ Skinny Fitalicious on April 6, 2015 at 7:10 pm

    Everything’s better with butter! Recipes look amazeballs.

  4. Pam A on April 6, 2015 at 7:48 pm

    I’n so excited to make this egg casserole!! I’ve been hoping you would post the recipe!

  5. Erin @ Her Heartland Soul on April 6, 2015 at 8:06 pm

    Thanks for sharing your nana’s recipe!! I’m so excited to make it!!

    And it looks like you had a wonderful Easter!

  6. Les @ The Balanced Berry on April 6, 2015 at 8:33 pm

    All of these recipes sound divine!

  7. Laura B @ FitMamaLove on April 6, 2015 at 10:01 pm

    Thanks for sharing your recipes! We had a honey baked ham too with my husband’s side of the family and I missed the lamb that my side of the family usually served. It was also my husband’s bday on Saturday and my mother-in-law’s on Sunday, so it was a fun-filled weekend indeed!

  8. Sara @ LovingOnTheRun on April 7, 2015 at 3:09 am

    I can’t wait to be able to do an egg hunt for future children one day! Looks like you all had a wonderful time surrounded by family!

  9. Britt@MyOwnBalance on April 7, 2015 at 4:57 am

    Your Easter looks yum! We were away this Easter and it was super fun! We actually saw Christ the Redeemer, which was super cool!

  10. Meg Bollenback on April 7, 2015 at 5:34 am

    I’m not a big French toast fan but I love the idea of this one w/ drunken strawberries! I also love that you shared your Nana’s casserole recipe – so special and it looks amazing.

  11. Emmy on April 7, 2015 at 7:32 am

    That pic of you, Liv & Bella hunting for eggs is adorable.

  12. Bonnie on April 7, 2015 at 7:59 am

    Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing those recipes! They sound amazing!

  13. April on April 7, 2015 at 8:09 am

    My grandma always makes a similar green chile egg dish for Christmas brunch. It’s SO delicious! The photo of your Nana’s egg dish makes me very nostalgic 🙂 Thanks for sharing!

  14. Sara on April 7, 2015 at 9:40 am

    Must try the egg casserole and the French toast (even though typically I’m not a FT fan, this looks delish!) My mom makes a chile rellenos casserole for special occasions. It’s my favorite!

  15. Alex @ True Femme on April 7, 2015 at 10:04 am

    Oh goodness these recipes look SO good!! I want to try the egg dish and the healthified one too 🙂

  16. Tracy on April 7, 2015 at 10:10 am

    Please send thanks to your nana for the recipes!

    I cannot believe it’s been a year since you moved there! Crazy. I’m sure it feels good to look back and realize how settled you now are 🙂 Sounds like you had a wonderful Easter!

  17. Holly @ Broccoli Trees on April 7, 2015 at 10:19 am

    The egg dish sounds great. I normally don’t like egg casserole because of the greasy potatoes, so I like that your version doesnt have the grease factor!

  18. Crystal on April 7, 2015 at 10:37 am

    OMG. Your Nana wins the internet this week. I know what I’ll be cooking this Saturday morning 😀

  19. Brittany on April 8, 2015 at 8:46 am

    I usually don’t comment but for this I just HAD too, I made that Egg Casserole last night for hubs and I to take for breakfast this week and OMG it is absolutely DELICIOUS!! I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out perfectly. I’m thinking I might be able to reduce the amount of butter since I can taste it pretty well but I’m not sure if it’ll change the consistency.

    Either way, thanks for the quick and simple recipe!!

    • Fitnessista on April 8, 2015 at 8:36 pm

      YESSS! so glad you loved it, too!!!

  20. Amie on April 13, 2015 at 10:29 am

    Gina- your nana is amazing! The egg casserole was (Made as stated with 1/2 jack and 1/2 cheddar)Thank you thank you for sharing. This is a perfect make ahead breakfast to grab n go on busy mornings! Can’t wait to try the French toast!!

    • Fitnessista on April 13, 2015 at 3:05 pm

      that makes me so happy to hear! and yes, she is amazing 🙂 xoxo

  21. Rachel Lauber on December 24, 2015 at 5:53 am

    Hi Gina! Looking forward to making your nana’s egg casserole for Christmas breakfast – do you think I could make it tonight and keep it in the fridge until I bake it in the morning? thank you!

    • Fitnessista on December 24, 2015 at 10:27 am

      hmm i know you can pre-bake it and heat it up in the morning! i hope you love it!

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