How to Make Perfect Toast!

Perfect Toast

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More than 80% of the population has a toaster - do you?

History of Toast

The Egyptians are credited for discovering that bread, left outside in the scortching heat would eventually brown. It dried out and hardened. They learned that it helped to preserve the bread and provided a longer shelf life.

The Romans used toasted bread to sop up juices in soups or stew type meals. The bread absorbed the liquid without breaking it down into mushy pieces. Before long, toasted bread was used to spread jams, jellies, butters and spreads.

I have had a request from the audience to break down the cooking instructions so my friends (you know the other 'real' housewives?) could learn to cook. I decided since Kim Zolciak of Orange County just learned to spell C-A-T, we should go ahead and start with the basics. Toast.

It might not be as easy as it sounds and making toast can be dangerous. So for all you new cooks pay attention! Don't hurt yourself or burn those nails! At the end of this hub you WILL be able to make your own perfectly toasted bread and a few suggestions to bedazzle your company (or your big poppa) with an array of toast and spreads.

You can toast bagels!
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Cook Time

Prep time: 2 min
Cook time: 2 min
Ready in: 4 min
Yields: 2 Slices of Hot Toasty Bread

Ingredients

  • 2 Slices Bread, White, Rye, Wheat, Whole Grain
  • Butter, optional
  • Jam, optional
  • Jelly, optional

Blueberries and Cream Cheese!

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  1. Insert 2 slices of bread into the toaster.
  2. Push the lever on the toaster down until it stays there.
  3. Wait for the bread to pop up! (You do not have to do anything - it will pop up when it is done!)
  4. CAUTION: Bread will be very hot. If it gets stuck INSIDE the toaster - do not try to remove it with a fork, knife or other metal object until you have unplugged the appliance!
  5. Add butter, spreads or eat your toast plain!

Dress up your toast!

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Toast topping ideas:

  • cheese
  • roast beef and cheese
  • roast beef, cheese, green pepper and onion
  • corned beef and white breakfast gravy
  • ham and cheese
  • peanut butter
  • nutella
  • bacon, lettuce and tomato
  • tuna salad
  • egg salad
  • ham salad
  • fried egg
  • poached egg, cheese and bacon or sausage


Toast and Nutrition

A chemical reaction can occur during the toasting process between carbohydrates and amino acids. The results are interesting.

White and Rye bread retain the same calorie count toasted or untoasted. Wheat bread gains 2 or 3 calories when toasted and Raisin bread loses about 4 calories when toasted.

Toasted bread contains more fiber than untoasted bread.

After you have mastered how to make toast in the toaster - you can make it in the oven, on the grill or even in a fry pan. You can get really fancy and add cinnamon and sugar but don't be too overzealous. You should learn to use that toaster first before you try to accomplish more difficult culinary feats.

And wait...there's more! Not only can you toast white bread, you can also learn to toast bagels, English muffins and other types of bread products!

NOTE: Housewives, I did not include instructions for French toast today. French toast isn't actually "just" toast. It contains and egg product and you can kill someone with an egg so lets wait until you are more practiced to go into French Toast. It will require the explanation of Salmonella and since we might encounter words with silent letters we shall not stress the ladies out too much today.

Practice makes perfect!

"I have trouble with toast. Toast is very difficult. You have to watch it all the time or it burns up." ~Julia Childs

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Lord De Cross 4 years ago

Love the history! And the instructions are simple and practical. A fancy way to toast our favorite morning slice. Great pictures Kelly! Love my french toasts and those bagels though... Hmm! Thanks RHW!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Dear RealHousewife,

I've been hearing lately that you can put Pop-Tarts in the toaster. Could you please instruct me on how to do this? I found your hub so very interesting and educational. Thank you so much :)


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tammyswallow 4 years ago from North Carolina

Thanks for this hub! I have been struggling to make a good piece of toast for years now. Now I know what that metal slotted thing on the counter is for. Silly me, I thought it was a napkin holder. Bravo!!


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urmilashukla23 4 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

Perfect hub to make perfect toast. Thanks for the ideas and tips.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Lord! Ahhhh hahaha! Who doesn't love a great piece of toast, eh? My favorite is blueberry and cream cheese on a bagel! Yum - I could have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner! Haha!

Hey thanks for the compliments on my pictures - I've been practicing!!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Susan! I did hear about POP TARTS! LOL LOL. Next time I will add those instructions but in the mean timemyou just need to know that the frosting can burn your lips (and some of the housewives paid lots of money for those fat lips!) lol

Oh I feel so much better knowing now that you can make Al the perfect slice O toast!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

See? Don't feel bad even Julia Childs struggled with the toast! LOL. Oh goodness - I just couldn't resist the urge once the idea of this recipe came to me:) my youngest says next I should do one on how to make ice cubes! Haha


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi urmilashukla23 - your very welcome! And thankmyou so much for reading and commenting:) I do appreciate that! Lol. Sometimes I just want to write for fun:)


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Where did you find that video? LOL. It's adorable! A whole hub about toast--who woulda thought? I hope this helps your friends. Good tips from a REAL housewife! I did learn a few things--that wheat bread GAINS calories during toasting. And more fiber? Who knew? I LOVE this hub! I voted you up and everything else! Oh--and Julia Child's quotation is priceless.


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

YEAH TOAST! I thought the video was freakin hilarious! Those guys know what to eat when they have been smoking the funny stuff. And now they know how to make variations of toast with these simple, yet thought provoking instructions.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

OMG..........OMG.......I had no idea this was going to be what it is....I'm crying, I laughed so hard. Kelly!! You always write so seriously and offer info and education........you surprised me.

I'm reading along and all of a sudden, I thought........ah....duh!! This is not a serious hub, Effer....snap out of it!!

I don't watch the HW of Orange County. The only one I've ever seen are the lovely female gangsters from N.J......Theresa, Jackie, Caroline, Melissa, etal........Now those ladies represent the word "BROADS!!" Theresa is as dumb as a bag of rocks.......but I'll be damned if she hasn't raked in a fortune on her cook books. I'm sure someone does the actual writing (spelling for her!!)

I'm really disappointed you didn't include ways to make toast over a campfire. Up and funny!


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barbergirl28 4 years ago from Hemet, Ca

OMG... I am totally ROTFLMAO! This was great. And just think, toasting bread can actually be a very difficult process if you are not focused. I mean - it is done in such a small time frame that even a moment of distraction could be the difference between perfect and burned! Oh - and a toaster - is a housewives best breakfast friend! LOL You can make it look all culinary and stuff with toast and jam! Great job! LOVE IT and the song... I have that one on my Ipod!


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mythicalstorm273 4 years ago

This is so funny! Toast is one thing I have down with no problem ;-) I can even go ahead to the next step of french toast! Still I am not a real housewife so maybe you were not talking to me :-( lol.


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Kyricus 4 years ago from Ohio

OMG, the Bob and Tom video had me rolling. Great idea for a hub, very entertaining. I'm off to make some toast! "YEAH TOAST!"


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Ron Hawkster 4 years ago from United States of America

Housewife, I got confused after the second step. My point is, do I put butter on it after I eat it or before I toast it? Or do I just eat it and then toast the butter? This is all so complicated. If you don't know the answer that's OK I'll just google it on the internets.


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drbj 4 years ago from south Florida

You just don't know, Kelly, how I have struggled all these years to make toast. The toaster machine thing just never worked for me. Now, aha! I learned you must not only push that whatzit thing on the side down, you must hold it there until the bloody thing stays down. Who knew?

And raisin bread loses 4 calories when toasted.? Who knew that either? Thanks for all this invaluable information!


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

I Love You! you've opened a world of possibilities. take this comment to your special someone and ask for a kiss for/from me.


kelleyward 4 years ago

I love this hub! Thanks for all the history and background on toast. I absolutely love toast with breakfast. It was had going gluten-free because the bread didn't taste like regular bread but when toasted it was much better. Voted up and shared! Kelley


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sholland10 4 years ago from Southwest Missouri

OMGOSH!! I love it... I didn't know you could actually put something on toast other than butter... LOL I did find the Egyptian and Roman history very interesting. Very well researched. I am sure it was difficult for you to get your timing just right. How many slices of toasts did it take to perfect it?? ;-)

LOVED IT! It will be useful to many.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Susan - omg - I was trying so hard to not let you guys know my top secret toast project:) LOL. the other housewives really should learn to cook...I mean some of them are getting older and once the looks go....uh oh:) lol


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

The Bob and Tom show is a local radio show here Victoria! Haha I love them - they are so funny!

Yeah I just started out being kind ofmsarcastic but I actually did learn a few things I did not know about toast! Ha! And when I found Julia's quote I was dying laughing - how perfect!

Thank you very much:)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Aren't they a hoot Lela!! I didn't know they made the toast song but those two always made me laugh. There is also a movie called Toast but I'm not sure if it's any good - I didn't see it.

And yeah now I helped the other housewives learn to make a midnight snack for poppa! Hahaha


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Paula! Lol. Oh thank you so much for stepping out for a lugh with me:) I don't really watch the other housewives much - because I actually have to clean my own and cook my own food - you know I don't have nannies and all! Lol. I have to just think about how nice it would be if I were a REAL REALHOUSEWIFE:)) haha

I almost, was SOOOOO close - to putting some bread on the BBQ for a photo - but girl it was 106 degrees here - I might been toast! Lol

Thank you SO much!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Kyricus - yeah toast! Lol. Sometimes a crazy idea can turn into a fantabulous hub huh?! Lol. When I first thought about an easy recipe, then "toast" I giggled a little and that's when it hit me - ha! Yeah toast!! LOL

Thank you very much!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Ron! Good question!! I mean I should have cleared that up for the other housewives too!

Make sure you toast your bread plain - than after it's nice and golden you can top it!

See I bet those ladies have been trying to make it in the tanning beds...not understanding that toast is special! LOL

Thanks for the laugh too Ron!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Drbj - see? It isn't as easy as the people think is it? Ha! Lol. That little lever doesn't even have instructions by it. Haha!

Hey I had no idea that bread would gain or lose calories based on toasting? Interesting - you out the bread in and take the same bread out and wammo - less calories in the sweet raisins! Now I'm going to stick with Raisin bread for every meal! Lol. Thankmyou so much:)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Mhatter99 - well then I love you too! Haha

Now you're going to be the culinary KING on your block! Haha!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hmmm hey Kelley - I wonder how toasting affects gluten free bread? Hmmm? Now I might have to find that out!

Thanks so much - I do love my toast too:)


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HawaiiHeart 4 years ago from Hawaii

Such great tips - and wow - that jar of Fig & Cocoa mix sure looks interesting. Never saw that before!


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QudsiaP1 4 years ago

Oh how wonderful! I wouldn't laugh at all because I know a few people who have never seen the gateway to kitchen and learning how to make toast would still be perhaps level 2.

I had no idea of the origins of toast; this was very entertaining. :D


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TToombs08 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Fan-freakin'-tasitic! Best recipe hub to date. Easy to understand. Anyone of any skill level can master creating a perfect piece of toast. Bravo! *golf clap* VUMS!


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Winsome 4 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

Ok now I don't feel so bad about saving the planet with nonsense and toilet paper--we can just save the day with TOAST! YEAH TOAST!

Sorry, got carried away--had Bob and Tom stuck between my two sets of Bose speakers and they were slightly overcooked. Reminds me of the Scout camp out when I tried to toast a piece of bread with a stick over a roaring fire. I didn't know bread could flame up like that. Guess that's why they call it Wonder bread.

Fun hub RH, thanks for tickling our funny bones. =:)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Thank you HawaiiHeart! Oh the Fig and Cocoa I use to top either cream cheese and crackers or bruschetta toast...or it goes very well with Brie Cheese! It's sweet and a little chocolatie! Lol


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Qudsia! How are ya gorgeous?!

You know you're so right! I really thought some people (or perhaps foreigners of the US) may not know how much you can do with a simple piece of toast! Haha! When my kids whine "we don't have ANYTHING to eat" what they mean is "we don't have any sweets"...so I start with toast and start suggesting pretty soon they realize we have a ton of stuff to eat:) lol


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Terrye! LOL. Yeah toast!

Sometimes, I get these hair brained ideas and can't resist! Thank you so much for laughing with me:)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Winsome! Good to see you!

Yeah, toast! LOL. Thanks for taking a moment out for a laugh with me...I knew some of you would get the humor here as well as the tips! Haha.


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mrpooper 4 years ago

Be careful. The perfect toast might be too perfect to eat. Thanks for sharing


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Well that's when ya take a picture of it and write a hub about it MrPooper:) LOL. I love your hub name!


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Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

haha...good one.

Few days back I read a detailed hub on how to make a peanut-jelly sandwich.

btw, you should also add a tip on setting the toaster number to...2,3,4,5.

Mine is usually at 5 and the slice comes out char black..lol

'cause due to some reason...the knob turns to that no.

great tips on what to spread on it. 'am usually a nutella fan ;)

voted up and sharing it across


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Ruchira! Thank you - I did see Josh's hub about the peanut butter sandwich! About how he won the contest! Pretty funny!

I was afraid going into numbers might scare the other real housewives - pushing the lever is tricky! You could break a nail!

Thank you so much for sharing!!


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NateB11 4 years ago from California, United States of America

I think you're right, we should take this slow and easy before we get fancy with the cinnamon and sugar. Very hilarious and entertaining! You got me again!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey Nate - haha! Now you made me laugh! Right - cinnmon and sugar - I didn't give out measurements because it can be tricky! Mixin' stuff up:) LOL Thank you!


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Sharyn's Slant 4 years ago from Northeast Ohio USA

This is great Kel. Your lil sarcasm cracks me up "or your big pappa," ha. I really hope this helps the housewives. I am sure they are looking forward to the French Toast lessen.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi Sharyn! Thank you! lol I have to admit, I aws laughing myself while I wrote this one:) I am terrible like that - laughing at my own jokes! haha!


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neeleshkulkarni 4 years ago from new delhi

listen i DID try this with all the sincerity at my command but it just did not work out!!. i took the toaster and tried to pop in the toast but they would not pop in they would just drop in.I let that be thinking that maybe the instructions were slightly wrong and waited and waited for hours but they just would not pop out nor become hot.

I went and wrote a limerick , posted it as a hub, waited for three days for it to be published and went back again but the toaster and the toasts were still the same.

i tried brown bread, then rye bread,white bread and all types of bread i know but the results were the same.

I then thought maybe they required a bit of preheating so took a piece of white bread using a knife cut out the shape of a buxom blonde and put them in, (because if buxom blondes r not hot who is?)Was quite expecting the toast to pop out almost immediately but it did not.Meanwhile being hungry, not having eaten anything for four days i ordered out and ate a pizza.

tell me does this whole process have anything to with electricity?i mean do you have to plug in the toaster or something?

please enlighten before i die of hunger.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

See Neelesh - THAT is exactly WHY your wife has employed a maid to take care of you! Ok well that and to make sure you're not eating junk food while she's gone:) you know not to touch the toaster! Now forget such dreams and go get your maid she will make you some nice tea and toast! Hahaha you crack me up!!


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Jeannieinabottle 4 years ago from Baltimore, MD

Sure, sure, this all sounds so easy until you've burnt every piece of toast you've ever attempted to make in the toaster oven. It is just so easy to get distracted while waiting for it to finish. I will give it another try though since your hub has inspired me. :-)


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Well hey - toast isn't as easy as it sounds - it has to be golden! lol

That is so funny really because I burn bread all the time...I always think "oh it needs another minute or two," but then I get distracted until I smell that burning scent! lol Thanks so much Jeannie!


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Austinstar 4 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

Oh wow. We need to create the "Buxom Blonde" and a "Magic Mike" toaster with your directions on the back. With the addition of the Plug it in caution label. Now that's HOT!

Neelesh, you are a riot!


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Lela - rofl! And hey - they could use Kim Z. wearing hot pants and instead of written instructions we could take photos! hahaha!

Oh and if you haven't seen Neel's housewife hub - it has to be one of the funnies hubs I have read to date!!


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Randall Pruitt 4 years ago from Georgia

I love some toast and this just gave me more ideas about what I can use on mine. Have you ever used chocolate peanut butter on yours? Great way to start the morning if you are a chocoholic like I am. lol


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hey that is a new one on me Randall Pruitt! And sounds great to me. My personal favorite ice cream is peanut butter and chocolate:) lol

I am so trying that!! Thank YOU!

I have always marveled about how under rated toast is...it is just the beginning of so many perfect meals and treats! ha!


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Ron Hawkster 4 years ago from United States of America

Hey it doesn't work. It seems like there is something wrong with the toaster I bought. I couldn't get the bag of toast inside the toaster. Is there a trick? I tried shoving it, I tried lubricating the toaster, I tried to widen the slots with a hammer... It's still not big enough to get this thing in there... I don't think I'm cut out of this.


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Randall Pruitt 4 years ago from Georgia

You are welcome! :) Tell me how you like it.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Ron - maybe not! lol I know...cooking can be hard when you haven't ever really done it:) lol You know what they say, "if you don't succeed at first, try, try again!"

I am trying to help the Real Housewives learn though, so you might have a point, I was remiss in not stating that you must take the bread OUT of the bag first! Then toast! lol


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

It sounds so good, I was temped to skip dinner and eat this tonight instead! lol I know I will love it - toasted PB & J is my favorite!


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Ron Hawkster 4 years ago from United States of America

Ohhhhhh.... So that's the trick... There are so many tricks of the trade that only real housewives know. I'll never be good at this...


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh no you'll learn! Anything worth doing - is worth doing well! I bet you can make perfect toast by now already!


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Ron Hawkster 4 years ago from United States of America

I think I'm getting there. So, I took your advice and took the bread out of the bag and then tried shoving it in. It wouldn't go in so I improvised and started hitting it with the remote control. It smooshed it a little but the bread finally decided to go in. But after I activated the toaster it burned a lot of the bread, which is I guess one type of toasting. Now, the problem that I have is the toast won't come out. I got as much of it out as I could using a screwdriver but what came out doesn't look or taste like toast. The only edible part was what was stuck to the screw driver, so I just licked that and called it a day.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Enough about me Hawkster - lets talk about YOU!

The Real Housewives of Star Wars? Really???

bahahahahaha!

Hilarious!


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Ron Hawkster 4 years ago from United States of America

One of these days I'll have part II. But I need to learn to make it sound more feminine. I may actually have to watch some real housewives show to pick up important lessons.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Oh do not worry - you won't be disappointed:) lmao - I was just watching some clips - and oh this year is going to give us LOTS to make fun of - for sure! Once in a while my husband will be forced to watch the rest of an episode or something and he laughs a lot with me:) You tube is loaded with clips.

I thought is was really funny! I shared it in a group of people - got lots of hilarious comments. Especially since I am the real housewife - looked kinda funny:) lol Thank you!


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Deepak Chaturvedi 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

nice stuff to make a g8 toast.


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RealHousewife 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO Author

Hi deepak! Thank you very much:)

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