I was looking for something ‘fun’ to make for Thanksgiving morning breakfast. My first thought, “monkey bread’. My husbands response, “What’s monkey bread?”
Where did I go wrong?
How long have we been together and I have never made Monkey Bread?
This travesty must be righted.
There are several different recipes for Monkey Bread. They all have the same basic set of ingredients so here is the one that I used. I am sure you could class it up and make the bread but come on it’s monkey bread.
You will need:
- 4 Cans Refrigerated Biscuits (7.5 oz)
- 1 Cup Sugar
- 2 – 3 Teaspoons Cinnamon (Depends on how much you like cinnamon)
- 1 Cup Brown Sugar
- 3/4 Cup Butter
- Chopped Nuts (Optional)
- Preheat the oven to 350.
- Open the biscuits and cut them into fourths.
- Combine the cinnamon and granulated sugar into a gallon zip bag.
- Put all the biscuits in the bag and shake to evenly coat them all. If you are using nuts add them here.
- In a small sauce pan melt the butter and add the brown sugar. Mix until dissolved.
- I used a springform pan but a bundt pan would also work. I also sprayed the pan. You might be tricked into thinking all the butter will do it but no.
- Put all the biscuits into the pan and pour over the melted butter/brown sugar mixture.
- Bake in the oven for about 30-40 minutes depending on the size and depth of the pan you are using. (Tip – put a cookie sheet under the pan you are using as it is likely to leak a little)
- Once done baking let cool for 10 minutes before trying to turn out the pan. It is easiest to put your serving plate on the bottom and turn it over slowly to ensure it releases.
Best served warm or reheated in the microwave for breakfast for the rest of the thanksgiving break.
Summer travel season is upon us. This means countless hours spent in confined spaces doing everything and anything we can to prevent our kid from being “That Kid”. My child much like every child in the world loves stickers. Wait I mean “LUV” stickers. She can never have enough. I mean truly how many stickers can one human need. The answer is infinite…
Here is my answer to the travel sticker question. This is great for your kids to participate in choosing their own shapes and colors to make their board. Even better they are are easily transportable.
You will Need:
- Foam Board
- Felt (Adhesive Backed)
- Felt (Multiple Colors)
- Adhesive Velcro (hook side)
- Cutting implement(s)
- Anything else your heart desires
- Take the piece of adhesive felt and measure it against the foam board. The foam board will give the felt rigidity.
- I used a rotary cutting tool, mat and ruler to measure and cut the foam board.
- Remove the adhesive and apply the base felt level to the foam board.
- Let your imagination run free. Shapes, Flowers, Buttons, Ribbon, Foam People, Oh my. Cut the items down to desired shapes.
- Place a small piece of the hook side velcro on each piece of decoration. A great job for little hands.
- Place all the bits in a zip bag for easy travel.
- Sit back and enjoy the countless hours or minutes of silence this craft brings. And yes that is a glitter shoe on my table too.
As you can see we went with your basic red glitter house with black glitter roof, a neighborhood staple, and giant flowers that dwarf the people living there. A magical place for sure.
Thanks for playing.
I love the unexpected surprise life hands you. They can make for inspiring creations.
On Mother’s Day weekend we went to our local farmers market to get a few things. We stopped to get some organic strawberries, my daughters favorite thing. We asked for the two baskets we typically get but they looked so good I asked for one more. The woman said, “Here a special for you” and gave me half a flat of strawberries. My daughters eyes just lit up as if she had just won the fruit lottery. I graciously thanked her but on the way to the car thought to myself, How will we ever get through all these?”
Insert Happy Accident.
We were having people over for dessert on Mother’s Day and I thought Strawberry Napoleon’s. Now this sounds like something very daunting that you would only ever order in a restaurant but I assure you they are very easy.
At least my way they are.
You will need the following:
- Puff Pastry
- Vanilla Pudding
- Powdered Sugar
- Start with the pudding, as it will need time to set up. You can use a boxed vanilla pudding but it was Mother’s Day. And let’s be honest I was serving this to the woman who gave life to my husband so I classed it up a bit. I used the recipe from Smitten Kitchen for Vanilla Bean Pudding. It was very easy to make and tasted amazing. I was plating 9 desserts that day so I doubled the recipe.
- Set the puff pastry out to thaw on the counter.
- Cut the strawberries and place aside.
- Once the pastry is thawed, un-fold it. Divide each package along the folds (i.e. one sheet of pastry will yield three rectangles.
- Place them on a lightly greased baking sheet and bake according to the manufacturers directions.
- Remove them from the oven and place on a rack to cool, completely.
- Start the assembly: take each rectangle of puff pastry and with a sharp knife cut it into three squares. Press two of the squares down with your hand so they are a bit more level.
- Spread a layer of the pudding on the bottom layer and top with strawberries.
- Repeat on the second layer and stack them on the plate. Top with the remaining square.
- Dust with powdered sugar.
Sometimes the unexpected kindness of others leads to amazing things. Enjoy.