Month: March 2016

One Year Little One

Dear Little One,

Today you would have been 1 year old.  We would have had a big party, you would have had your first sugar (cake made by mama).  There would be singing, presents, cupcakes and lots of laughter.  Instead, my heart feels empty.  I miss you in my arms, your kisses and your laughter.  I imagine you and your big brother playing.  

I wish that I was exhausted by taking care of two boys.  I wish that I had two little boys laughing and exploring together.  I miss that you would have been crawling by now and maybe even walking.  

I wish that you were with us little one.  You seem like a dream to me, but you weren’t.  You were real, for eight weeks you were mine. I wish that I had more time with you.  I can’t wait to meet you in Heaven. 

You are forever loved and missed by your mama! 

Favorite Birthday Monkey Bread Recipe

Monkey Bread

It was a few years back that someone asked me to make monkey bread for a baby shower.  I hadn’t made it before and was nervous.  It didn’t really turn out well (some pieces weren’t cooked).  But, I really liked the idea of monkey bread and decided to try again until I discovered the perfect recipe.  Now, I don’t know the exact origin of the recipe, but I didn’t make it up myself.  You will find a variation of this on lots of different webpages, but this is my favorite. 

A few years back I was the house mom of a house full of girls.  (Shoutout to the Sawyer Girls)! When you live with seven people, you need to establish some clear celebration traditions so that no ones feelings ever get hurt.  We decided that for everyones birthday, we would celebrate by having Birthday Monkey Bread the morning of the girls birthday. Then, we would all gather around and eat it with forks sitting on the floor of our loft.  It was SO MUCH FUN. 

Without further ado, here it all is. 

The most important part is the biscuits. You need the SMALL Buttermilk biscuits. Not the layered ones or the big ones. The smallest package. Sometimes, they are up high.  I put a spoon in the picture so that you can see how small this package is. 

Biscuits

Get your kids involved to shake the bag of sugar and cinnamon.  Afterward, layer the biscuits in your bundt.

Layered Dough

Then, make the butter and sugar concoction.

Boiling Butter and Sugar

Pour over the top of the biscuits. 

Butter and Sugar Poured Over Bread

Cook for 35 minutes, once out, let it sit for 5 or so minutes.  (See how much it grows!)

Cooked Monkey Bread

Then turn it onto a plate or platter, and enjoy!!!!

Finished Delicious Monkey Bread!

 

Birthday Monkey Bread
Serves 5
Delicious, sugary, cinnamony Monkey Bread that is SO Delicious!
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
55 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
35 min
Total Time
55 min
Ingredients
  1. 3 Biscuit Tubes of Buttermilk Biscuits (10 biscuits each)
  2. 1 Cup Sugar
  3. 2 Teaspoons Cinnamon
  4. 1 Cup Butter
  5. 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  6. Large Ziplock Bag
  7. Spray
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Add white sugar and cinnamon to ziplock bag. Mix with your hands.
  3. Spray Bundt Pan (if you need it, mine is seasoned so I don't spray it anymore.
  4. Open biscuit tubes, cut each biscuit into four pieces (I use scissors). Add them to ziplock bag. (One tube at a time).
  5. Seal ziplock bag and then shake it (so fun for kids).
  6. Put the pieces in the bundt pan. DO NOT pat them down, just kind of throw them in there.
  7. Repeat for all three tubes of biscuits.
  8. Put the butter in a saucepan with the 1/2 cup brown sugar. Add 1/2 cup of the cinnamon sugar mixture. Mix it all together as the butter melts.
  9. Bring to a boil and allow it to boil for 3 minutes.
  10. Pour the sugar mixture evenly over the top of the biscuit pieces.
  11. Put the bundt pan in the oven for 35 minutes.
  12. Allow to sit for 5 minutes after it comes out of the oven.
  13. Turn it onto a plate or platter. (The sugary topping will drip and be messy so a plate that is a little bigger will be better).
  14. Enjoy and have a delicious morning.
Notes
  1. Place your bundt pan on a cookie sheet so that nothing overflows into your oven.
  2. Don't push down the biscuits, just layer them in there.
  3. You can start the butter melting while you are cutting the biscuits, but just keep it low until you can watch it more closely.
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Home Inspection

To say that I was nervous for our home inspection was probably an understatement.  Now, I wasn’t sick to your stomach nervous (okay, maybe a little) but I had so much nervous energy flowing through my veins.  I felt the adrenaline so clearly rushing through my body.  

We had spent weeks getting the house ready.  I read the ” Do Your Own Home Inspection” form too many times to count.  We had friends who had been through a home inspection over to check out our house and to answer our questions.  We took them on a home tour and asked them questions about each room.  I talked to our LPA (Licensing Program Analyst) and emailed her a couple of times.  We had moved the medicine, cleaning supplies, added a toddler bed to our sons room, moved the mattress up on the crib for a younger child, padlocked our shed, an outdoor cabinet, a cabinet in the garage and cleaned the house.  I read the “Do You Own Home Inspection” again.  I checked and double checked things.  

I was a bit high strung, but felt glad that they were coming in the morning (10:30am) so that I didn’t have to wait long.  

My husband told me that he was taking our son to work for a little while, which was AMAZING.  (Husband of the year: RYAN). That meant that I got some time alone in the house (so good).  I ended up cleaning some more, taking a shower, blow drying my hair and putting on makeup.  He gave me time to finish my tasks and then get ready, so that I was feeling my best.  He knows me well.  It was perfect.  When he came home, he had a decaf skinny caramel latte from Starbucks for me.  Time to take care of myself and my favorite morning drink?  The best. 

They showed up at 10:40 (they called to tell me they would be late).  We were ready.  We slowly walked around the house looking in all the rooms, bathroom and kitchen.  We had to move my knife block to a tall cabinet, and move some drano to the garage, but we did okay other than that.  We went outside and looked at our shed, the other outside cabinet, and then around to the garage.  We unlocked and relocked everything for them.  We showed them ample room for a new baby.  

WE PASSED!!!  Nothing to fix.  We can be placement ready in a couple of weeks after our CPR and First Aid Class.  

They stayed for another hour and a half or so.  We sat at the kitchen table had to sign a bunch of paperwork.  It was about two hours total.  We had seen the majority of the paperwork before at training, but it was a great reminder and nice to make it official. 

We are one step closer to opening up our house.  We are so excited!