Saturday, December 31, 2011

Sticky Bun Breakfast Ring

**Sorry this is an old post. photos are unavailable now**

   If you are one of those people who look at recipes, and collect them, but never get around to making them, make this one! Its so easy, and so worth it! It's just one of those things you just need to try at least once. It's not healthy in the slightest, and if you count calories, you should probably close your eyes, but man this is a seriously yummy dish.

 I made this for Christmas morning brunch. I didn't want to spend hours slaving away at the stove, when i should be spending time enjoying my family. It was a big hit with everyone, and my father in-law said 'It's a great break from pancakes etc.'.  I loved it so much, i made it again yesterday, when I hosted our baby and me group. Again, it was a big hit. So let me share this little piece of ooey gooey heaven with you.

You will need:
  • 2 small tubes of Pillsbury buttermilk biscuits.OR 1 (and only one.) tube of Pillsbury Grands buttermilk biscuits. (it takes too long to bake if you use two grand size tubes.) OR you can just use 2 small tubes of regular Pillsbury biscuits. (country style I think? This is what I used, because they didn't have either of the above options at the store. It worked out perfectly, both times.)
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (pure is best, but regular pancake will do.)
  • 3Tbsp melted butter
  • 3/4C brown sugar
  • 1/2tsp ground cinnamon
You can also add chopped nuts if you like.

 Grease a fluted pan with some softened butter. You can use a cooking spray too, but in my opinion, butter works better. (and is better for you!)

In separate bowls, combine melted butter, and syrup. set aside. In your other bowl, combine your brown sugar and cinnamon. (mix it well. you don't want to be eating random clumps of cinnamon.)Add your nuts here, if desired.

Pour half of your syrup mixture into the bottom of your pan. Then sprinkle half of your brown sugar mixture on top of it.

Next, layer your biscuits on top of each other. you will want to lay them quite close to each other, since you need to fit two tubes in.

Pour the other half of the syrup mixture on top of the biscuits. (I used a spoon so it was even.) Sprinkle on the rest of your sugar mixture.

Bake at 375F for 20 minutes. (Mine took about 20 mins, maybe 22 or so, and i have a very hot oven. To be safe, set your timer for 15 mins, and check them then. then you can judge how much more time they need.) They should be a nice golden brown, and if you pull one apart a bit, the biscuit shouldn't be sticky and doughy.

 Once it's done, let it cool for about 5 minutes. Flip it upside down onto a serving plate, and serve while its still nice and warm.

Pull apart, and enjoy your amazing ring of awesomeness.

 These actually re-heat really well too. Just pop them in the microwave for 12 seconds, and you have left over breakfast to go with your morning beverage.

Sorry for the poor picture quality. They had to be taken on my phone.
             For the original recipe click HERE

Friday, December 16, 2011

Homemade Finger Paint

This holiday season, we (Mackynzie) are painting for some of our gifts. Since I'm me, of course I needed to find some non-toxic baby/planet safe finger paint. And since I'm also cheap, I figured I would make my own!

 I went to my go-to place for crafty-ness -pinterest- and found a recipe to try out!

 It was really easy, and I had all the ingredients on hand (not that it took many ingredients!).

Since many of us are stuck inside this time of year, and need things to do, I wanted to share this with you!

Homemade finger paint:

  • 3 tbs sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 cup corn starch
  • 2 cups water

Combine ingredients in saucepan. Warm until mixture thickens. Cool & pour in containers. Add food coloring to create desired colors. Enjoy!

*Recipe from easiepeasie, via Pinterest.*
(Really cool blog! check her out!)

 The consistency is a bit jelly, but that was okay with me. I found (I used mine right away), that the warmer it is, the smoother it is. So, when we painted with them on a later day, i just popped them in the microwave for about 12 seconds and gave them a good stir. They were smooth, with a creamy texture, and Mackynzie had a blast painting with them!

I think I'm going to start accumulating my favorite recipes and crafts from pinterest, that I actually do, on here, so that I can share them. I have a lot of friends asking me for the recipe, or how I made something, so it makes sense! Plus, then I may be on here more! ;)

Happy Painting!

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