Jamie here, being frugal oftentimes means being creative – making do with less, and making it into more! I’ve often told my husband that if I could get a gold medal for only one thing – it would probably be the ability to “Make Do”. When something I want/need just isn’t on hand – or isn’t within my budget – I can usually look around and find something and “make it work”. (Case in point – the Tinfoil Heart Pancake Molds I showed you a couple weeks ago.)
I wanted to make something sweet for my family this Valentine’s Day – and I wanted that sweet thing to be chocolate chip pancakes before school. But not just ANY chocolate chip pancakes: I wanted to make them in the shape of hearts. Just one problem…. I don’t have any heart-shaped pancake molds or even metal cookie cutters to use. I did have some plastic heart cookie cutters though, and I figured I could somehow MacGyver heart molds out of tin foil. I set out to experiment and did a trial run with my all-too-willing preschooler. Here’s how to make them!
Tutorial: Heart Pancake Molds from Tinfoil
1) Start with a plastic heart-shaped cookie cutter – even if you just have one, you can make several molds. Do these a few days ahead, and you’ll be ready to cook up some love come Valentine’s morning!
Whether you’re throwing a little family New Years Eve party or a bigger gathering – you’ll always need to have some “Kid-friendly” finger foods on hand – here are my two favorite recipes for quick and easy party food that my kids love to eat (and me too!)
Now let me start by saying that these are NOT the sausage balls that are super-greasy and brownish – but a more biscuity version that works well for parties or for an easy Christmas Morning finger-food breakfast!
Merry Christmas Eve everyone!! Tonight I am reposting our most popular recipe in our 25 Days of Christmas Fun Series, Make Ahead Christmas Morning Casserole! We hope you enjoy time with your family and friends tonight!! Merry Christmas to you and your! We hope your Christmas is blessed!!
Kasey’s Moms Breakfast Casserole
“Christmas” Sausage Strata - My mom made this every year on Christmas morning for as long as I can remember. Now, I do the same for my family. Even though I don’t particularly like sausage, I love my mom’s Christmas Sausage Strata. Last week, the kids and I prepared our Christmas Sausage Casserole for Christmas morning and stuck it in the freezer! On Christmas Eve, I’ll take it out of the freezer and place in the fridge overnight to thaw out. Then, on Christmas morning while we are opening gifts I’ll pop it in the oven.
25 Days of Christmas Fun: Hot Ham & Cheese Sliders & Chocolate Pretzel Wreaths! Yummy & Delicious Recipes
We thought it would be fun to countdown to Christmas each night with a fun Christmas craft, recipe, family tradition and all things holly jolly. If you would like to share a craft, recipe or tradition that your family enjoys – please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org! We’ll possibly feature you one night this month…
This week has been filled with Christmas baking at the Trenum home. Earlier this week, we made Party Mix, Snowman Crunch, Chocolate Pretzel Wreath’s and our favorite Hot Ham and Cheese sliders!! I was feeling really behind, until then. Still lots of baking to do but at least we got started. In case you are looking for easy recipes to make with your kids, my kids helped with these!
Heading back to school means back to routine, and rushed mornings for many of us. Don’t skimp on the breakfast just because you don’t have a lot of time! Try these 50 Easy Healthy Breakfast Recipes for Back to School!
1. Mini Breakfast Pizzas
2. Breakfast Smoothies
3. Blackberry Mango Breakfast Shake
4. Tomato Egg Cups
5. Back Pack Bagels
6. Just Peachy Shake
7. Blueberry Pancakes
8. Power Granola
9. Waffle Sandwich
10. Crunchy Granola Wedges
11. Dressed Up Yogurt
12. Banana Breakfast Shake
13. Breakfast Bundles
14. Fruit Salad
15. Berry Cream Pancakes
16. Baked Oatmeal
17. Banana Blueberry Muffins
18. Pita Breakfast Pockets
19. Crescent Roll Breakfast Bake
20. Sweet Potato and Pecan Flapjacks
21. Pineapple Raspberry Parfaits
22. Egg in a Hole with Berries & Yogurt
23. Egg Panini
24. Bagels with Cherry Cream Cheese
25. Yogurt & Honey Fruit Cups
26. Greek Omelette in a Pita
27. Ham and Cheese Breakfast Sandwich with Mango Chutney
28. Buttermilk Pancakes
29. On-the-Go PB&J Wraps
31. Eggy Creamy Cheese Bagel
32. Banana Bran Muffins
33. Homemade Whole Wheat Pop-Tarts
34. French Toast Sticks
35. Easy French Toast Casserole
36. Breakfast Muffins
37. Fig, Applesauce, and Almond Breakfast Loaf
38. Banana Waffles
39. Quick Breakfast Burritos
40. Breakfast Parfait
41. Whole Wheat Pancakes
42. Banana Cinnamon Waffles
43. Peanut Butter Banana Bagel
44. Homemade Granola
45. Easy Cinnamon Biscuits
46. Whole Grain Flax Muffins
47. Power Bars
48. Yogurt and Fresh Fruit
49. Kicked Up Quesadilla
50. Whole-Wheat Cinnamon Rolls
What’s your favorite Healthy Easy Breakfast Recipe?
A couple of months ago I posted about how my family celebrated Father’s Day. We have always had a tradition of having donuts on special holiday’s for breakfast. This year, I thought I would try making homemade cinnamon rolls. To say they went over well is a gross understantement. I especially loved that I could make it the night before and pop in the oven in the morning. I saw the recipe online at Kevin & Amanda, however I made a couple of adaptions.
See my step-by-step tutorial below.
Gather the ingredients below:
- 2 Cans Crescent Rolls
- 1/2 Cup White Sugar
- 1/4 Cup Cinnamon
- 1/4 cup raisins and/or nuts optional
- 1 Stick Butter Softened
- 1/4 Cup Brown Sugar
Lightly flour countertops.
Unroll crescent rolls. I happened to find the sheets of crescent roll dough on sale. If you use regular crescent roll dough, make sure to unroll dough carefully and pinch seams together to form a large rectangle.
Slather 1/2 stick room temperature butter all over dough. Kinda like you are icing a cake. (Yep, I got a little excited and started adding the cinnamon before I took a picture. Busted.)
Mix together 1/2 cup regular sugar and 1/4 cup cinnamon.
Sprinkle generously all over buttered dough.
My kiddos and I love, love, love raisons. If you don’t then skip this step. Totally optional, you can add nuts too.
Carefully roll the dough.
As you roll make sure to tuck in the layer underneath to keep the roll tight.
Pat the ends in, to even out the dough.
Using a serrated bread knife, carefully cut into 8 pieces. (If you don’t have a bread knife any knife will do just be careful not to smush the dough when you slice it.)
Wrap up in wax or parchment paper. If you don’t have any you could cover with plastic wrap.
Place in fridge overnight.
Mix together the other half of the stick of butter melted and 1/4 cup brown sugar. Then pour in bottom of cast iron skillet or baking pan. Sooooo not healthy but ooooohhhh so good. It’s okay to splurge every now and then right?
Doesn’t every southern girl have a cast iron skillet? These were my grandmothers, sweet memories of cooking in the kitchen with her flood my mind every time I use them.
Can hardly wait! Bake in a 350 degree preheated oven for 20 minutes.
There are not words to tell you, how yummy these are.
Sweet Vanilla Glaze
Combine 2 cups powdered sugar, 4 tablespoons milk, 2 tablespoons of melted butter and 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla.
Top with sweet vanilla glaze while still hot.
These are the BEST cinnamon rolls I’ve ever had. Although we’ve been on a quest to eat healthier and exercise, on special occasions we’re still gonna eat oooey gooey cinnamon rolls. I’m okay with that.
- Cinnamon Rolls
- 2 cans crescent rolls
- ½ cup regular sugar
- ¼ cup cinnamon
- ¼ cup raisins and/or nuts optional
- 1 stick butter softened
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- Vanilla glaze
- 2 cups powdered sugar
- 4 tablespoons milk
- 2 tablespoons of melted butter
- 1½ teaspoons vanilla.
- Lightly flour countertops.
- Unroll crescent rolls.
- Pinch seams together to form a large rectangle.
- Slather ½ stick room temperature butter all over dough.
- Mix together ½ cup white sugar and ¼ cup cinnamon.
- Sprinkle sugar/cinnamon mixture generously all over buttered dough.
- Add raisins and/or nuts. (optional)
- Carefully roll the dough into a log.
- Using a serrated bread knife, carefully cut into 8 pieces.
- Wrap in wax or parchment paper. If you don’t have any you could cover with plastic wrap.
- Place in fridge overnight
- Mix together the other half of the stick of butter melted and ¼ cup brown sugar. Then pour in bottom of cast iron skillet or baking pan.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.
- Top with sweet vanilla glaze while hot.
Are you getting in to the Olympics with your family? My husband is the super-fan here in my house – but this year he’s gotten the kiddos super-hyped about it too. In fact – he may or may not have teared up several times already….
Photo and explanation courtesy of A Penny Filled Pantry
Am I the only mom out there that has trouble getting my kids to eat? Surely not! My kids LOVE pancakes it’s pretty much an every morning go too for us here at the Bowen household. But this morning I decided to change things up a little just to see what kind of impact it would have……
As you can see from the pictures we had Olympic Team USA pancakes! Super easy all I did was mix up my usual hungry jack mix and threw in about 6 drops of different colors of food coloring! They were a HUGE hit!