I love weekend mornings. Seriously, it’s just so nice to not be rushing to get Wonder Woman to the bus, or Flash off to work. We can relax, stay in pjs longer (possibly my favorite part) and just spend time taking it slow. One thing I’ve gotten into the habit of doing is avoiding cereal on weekends. I figure that if we have the time, we should enjoy something different, and definitely more delicious, than a bowl of cereal.
These rolls are a common weekend breakfast for us. They’re just so easy, and incredibly yummy! Plus, I can just buy whatever rolls/breadsticks/etc. are on sale at the store that week to make them work. Bonus!
Ingredients for Rolls:
1 tube Refrigerated dough (such as Pillsbury breadsticks, rolls: any that can be molded as you’d like)
1/3 cup packed Brown sugar
1/4 cup Sugar
1 tsp. Ground cinnamon
3 tbsp. Butter, melted
Ingredients for Icing:
3/4 cup Powdered sugar
4 tsp. Milk
1/4 tsp. Vanilla extract
*These are rough estimates. You may use more or less of something based on your desired consistency and flavor.
Preheat oven to 375 Degrees.
Combine the brown sugar, sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
Divide the dough and roll into long sticks (think of an unrolled cinnamon roll, that’s what these are).
Brush all sides of the bread sticks with butter, then coat with the sugar mixture.
Roll the sticks up to form the cinnamon roll, securing with a tooth pick if desired.
Rub the remaining butter over the tops and sprinkle with remaining sugar mixture.
Place on greased baking sheet and bake for 12-18 minutes, based on size. (A good rule of thumb is to look at the packaging of the dough type you bought.)
For the icing, combine the powdered sugar, milk and vanilla, then drizzle over the rolls.
*Notes: For our family of 6, who devour these rolls like crazy, I usually triple this recipe.
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- 2 lbs. Beef, cubed
- 1 can Carrots
- 1 can Green beans
- 2 cups Potatoes, diced
- 1 medium Onion
- 2 tsp. Quick-cooking Tapioca pearls
- 8 oz. Tomato sauce
- 1 tbsp. Brown sugar
- 1 cup Water
- Salt & Pepper to taste
- In your slow cooker, first place the beef, then veggies.
- Sprinkle the top with tapioca, salt and pepper.
- In a bowl, mix together tomato sauce and water, then pour over the other ingredients in the slow cooker.
- Top with brown sugar over everything.
- Cook on Low for about 8 hours.
There you have it – a super easy stew recipe you can whip up on those busiest of nights (man, those seem to happen a lot, don’t they?).
- 64 oz. Apple juice
- 4 Cinnamon sticks (more or less, depending on preference)
- Whipped cream for topping
- 1/2 jar Caramel sauce
- Additional Caramel sauce for drizzling
- Cook the apple juice and cinnamon sticks in the slow cooker on High for about 4 hours.
- Remove the cinnamon sticks prior to serving. Stir in the Caramel sauce (about 1/2 jar).
- Be sure to serve in heat-proof cups, because it will be hot! Top with whipped cream and a drizzling of caramel sauce.
Notes: I went through a whole jar of caramel sauce for one batch of caramel apple cider, but my friend says she only uses half total. So base it on your preference. Obviously, I love caramel! Also, after about 4 hours I turn it to ‘keep warm’, so I can just get another glass still hot when I want throughout the day. If the cup has been sitting awhile, stir it before drinking, as the caramel and cinnamon tend to separate.
- 6 Chicken breasts
- 4 tbsp. Lemon juice
- 4 Garlic pieces
- 2 tbsp. Olive oil
- 1 slice Onion
- 2 cups Broccoli
- 1 can Cream of Chicken soup
- 2 tbsp. Coriander seeds
- 1/2 tbsp. Basil
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Place chicken breasts and broccoli in a sprayed baking pan.
- Combine all other ingredients in a bowl. Pour over chicken and broccoli.
- Bake for 30-45 minutes, or until cooked through.
So get creative and try something new in your own kitchen – like this lemon chicken!
So we went to Disneyland last month with the ENTIRE family (jealous? Just wait, you may not be). I’m talking my hubby, kids and me, plus my parents, four sisters plus two brother-in-laws, two nieces, and my nephew. Crazy, I know! We all rented a large home nearby the park, and it was fantastic. The rooms were all a different Disney theme, there was a huge Rapunzel mural on the wall, it was just darling. Plus, our own pool and hot tub!
We seriously were planning this vacation since last summer, we were that excited! So you would think it would’ve been the perfect vacation, right? Oh, no, ma’am! My family got the flu. For pretty much the entire vacation. We spent two days driving there, and enjoyed the beach one day. So far, so good. Then our first day at the park we make it to mid-afternoon when it hits. Superman starts throwing up….right as we’re getting off the Jungle Cruise ride. So we go back to the house, unsure what’s going on. That night, Batman starts in on it. Days 2-3, Batman and then Green Lantern take turns…..even if we tried the park because we think they’re recovered, someone would end up covered in yuckiness. Day 3-4, my turn, lucky me! Day 5 is Flash and Wonder Woman. Then two day drive home.
So not the best vacation ever, especially after getting excited for it almost a year ahead of time, but it definitely could have been worse. We got to see family, have SOME fun at the parks with the kids, the beach was good, and we took turns staying at the house with the sick ones and the others going to the park. My family was also extremely sweet and helpful, taking Wonder Woman with them often so we could handle the boys, and my mom even stayed with her at the house Friday morning so we could have a bit more time on our last day. I’m sure if/when we go again, I’ll be pointing out in remembrance “that’s where so-and-so threw up”. Awww, memories!
Mickey Mouse Oreo
Oreo cookies (double stuffed or original, doesn’t matter)
White chocolate chips
Red frosting (I did vanilla frosting with red food coloring)
Spread the frosting on the bottom half of each Oreo. Put two white chips for the pant buttons. Love it!
Notes: you can also use milk chocolate chips as ears at the top of the Oreo. I just happened to be out at the time.
Crockpot Apple Cake
1 cup Flour
1 cup Sugar
2 tsp. Baking powder
2 tsp. Ground cinnamon
¼ tsp. Salt
4-6 Medium apples, chopped
2 tsp. Vanilla
½ cup Walnuts, if desired
In bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Stir in apples, coating lightly.
In separate bowl, mix eggs and vanilla. Pour into apple mixture. Stir until just moistened.
Spoon into a lightly greased crockpot. Cover and bake on high about 3 hours.
Serve warm (although my hubby likes it cold, too) with whipped cream or ice cream on top. Feel free to add a sprinkle of cinnamon, if desired.
Notes: See, I told you it was super easy! Add more or less apple, depending on preference. We did six, and there was a happy balance of cake and apple pieces, but that’s just us.
Cherry Creme Brulee
2 ¼ cups Heavy Cream
1/3 cup Cherry Juice concentrate
6 Egg yolks
8 tbsp. Sugar
2-3 tbsp. Brown sugar & granulated sugar mixed (for crust)
Preheat oven to 300 F.
Stir the cream and cherry concentrate in a pot, bring to a simmer.
In a large bowl, beat the egg yolks and sugar for one minute.
Slowly pour the cream mixture into the egg mixture, while whisking.
Replace on the stove, on low heat, until slightly thickened. Mine took about 4 minutes.
Pour the mixture into oven safe ramekins. Place on a baking pan.
Place baking pan in oven. Add enough water to the pan that it comes halfway up the sides of the ramekins.
Bake for 35 minutes.
Place the ramekins in the fridge for at least 3 hours.
For the crust, mix brown sugar with a little bit of granulated sugar. Spread thinly over top of custard.
Carefully burn with a lighter until slightly baked and brown.
Notes: Be very careful when removing the pan from the oven, as the water is very hot and it can burn your hands if spilled.
- 7 oz. Lady Finger Cookies
- 2 oz. Shaved chocolate
- 1 ½ cup Cherries
- 2/3 cup Sugar
- 2 cups Water
- 1 ½ cups Mascarpone
- 1 ½ cups Whipping cream
- ½ cup Sweetened condensed milk
- Sprinkle of Cinnamon
Put the cherries, sugar and water in a pot and boil for 8 minutes. Remove and let sit until it reaches room temperature.
Mix the mascarpone, cream and milk together until smooth.
Dip the lady finger cookies in the syrup for a few seconds each side. Make one layer of cookies in a 9×9 square dish.
Pour half of the mascarpone cream over the cookies, then the chocolate shavings. Remove the cherries from the syrup and layer over the chocolate.
Place the remaining cookies on the next layer, topping with the remaining cream mixture. Add a sprinkle of cinnamon over the top.
Notes: Cover any leftovers and store in the fridge.
This meal is just what the Dr. ordered. I wanted something savory and flavorful, with just enough ‘kick’ in it to please my hubby and I, but mild enough the kids would still eat it.
4-6 small Steaks, about 1-2 inches thick
½ Yellow onion, in large slices
½ bag (or so) Baby carrots
8 oz. Mushrooms (if desired)
1-2 cups Water
1 tbsp. Seasoned salt
1 tsp. Oregano
1 tsp. Paprika
½ tbsp. Chili powder
1 tbsp. Montreal steak seasoning
Place everything in a slow cooker, set on low for 4-6 hours (until steak is cooked through). Stir occasionally (even just after putting in and shortly before serving) to mix in all of the flavors.
Notes: best served with baked potatoes!
One of my neighbors is expecting, and has been put on bed rest. With my twins, I ended up on bed rest for 12 weeks, so I completely understand what she’s going through! She has a little toddler, also, which makes it even more difficult to deal with trying to relax, yet still be ‘mommy’. We decided it’d be fun to take this creamy, chocolaty dessert over to her and her family. It’s really easy, and satisfies that chocolate sweet craving perfectly!
Chocolate Cream Torte
37 Vanilla wafer cookies (exactness isn’t necessary, this is just what I used)
4 squares Semi-sweet chocolate
2 pkg. (3.9 oz. each) Chocolate instant pudding
2 cups Milk, plus 2 tbsp.
8 oz. Whipped topping, thawed
8 oz. Cream cheese, softened
¼ cup Sugar
¾ cup Raspberries (if desired)
Take a 9-inch round pan and line it with plastic wrap. Using 16 of the wafer cookies, make a line on the outside edge of the pan.
Melt 3 of the chocolate squares.
Beat pudding mixes with 2 cups milk about 2 minutes. Add the melted chocolate and mix well. Stir in 1 cup of the whipped topping and pour into prepared pan.
Beat the cream cheese, sugar and 2 tbsp. milk with mixer until well blended. Stir in 1 cup of the whipped topping. Spread mixture over the pudding layer.
Top with the remaining wafer cookies.
Refrigerate for about 3 hours.
Shave the last chocolate square into curls with a potato peeler.
Invert torte onto a plate, and then remove the pan and plastic wrap. Top with remaining cool whip, raspberries (if desired) and chocolate curls.
- Grated Parmesan cheese 1 cup
- Italian dressing mix 2 envelope
- Garlic powder 1 tsp.
- Boneless skinless chicken breast halves 6 (2 lb.)
- Preheat oven to 400ºF.
- Mix first three ingredients in a bowl or dish.
- Dampen chicken with water, then coat with mixture on all sides.
- Place in a shallow baking dish and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until chicken is done through (165ºF).
A little thought – you can use the first three ingredients to make a tasty vegetable side dish, as well, if you don’t want a full meal of parmesan garlic chicken.