Homemade Easy Cinnamon Rolls! YUMMY!

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Here is a fabulous recipe for homemade easy cinnamon rolls that I orgionally posted on  Father’s Day.  My kids have requested that we have cinnamon rolls this year on Christmas morning, in addition to my mom’s sausage strata casserole. So, it looks like we’ll have both this year.  I especially love that I can make this recipe 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.
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Homemade Whole Wheat Pumpkin Bread & Mini Muffins

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It’s that time of year again. Cool nights, football, bonfires, chili, and of course all things pumpkin. I’ve been looking for a healthier whole wheat pumpkin bread recipe for several weeks. Most of the recipes I found called for several cups of sugar. Since we made a commitment to eat healthier this year, I wanted to find an alternative that included wheat flour and honey.  I found the original recipe on 100 Days of Real Food but tweaked it a bit to better suit our taste. I also made mini-muffins since my kiddos were anxious for breakfast this morning. I knew that waiting for a loaf of bread to cook might send their hungry little bellies over the edge.  The muffins and bread turned out so moist and yummy!  [Read more...]

Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast (For Dr. Seuss’s Birthday)

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Green Eggs & Ham Breakfast for Dr. Seuss’s Birthday!

My children have been asking me all week if I’ll make “Green Eggs & Ham” for breakfast on Saturday, for Dr. Seuss’s Birthday. (March 2) Of course – you just can’t say no to cuteness like that! (even though waking up early on Saturdays to cook is NOT my thing…)

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New Years Eve Appetizers: Kid-Friendly Finger Foods (Sausage Balls & Smokies in a Blanket)

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New Years Eve Appetizers for Kids

Jamie here, 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 I’ll admit, I love these too!)

Sausage Balls:

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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!

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Olympic Team USA Pancakes!

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….

Well, here’s a fun way to keep the Team USA Olympic adrenaline rush going – make some fun pancakes for the kids this weekend!

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!

Recipe: Homemade Pop Tarts

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Does anyone else love Pinterest? I see so many DIY décor ideas for my home, crafts that my kids would love, and recipes I want to try I could get lost for hours. We’ve asked our friend Tori Vest, self-professed Pinterest-lover, crafter, cook, and DIY extraordinaire to help us out. Take it away Tori…..

 

When searching for a small pastry to satisfy kids sweet cravings, there is only one main requirement. It has to be delicious. Poptarts meet this requirement perfectly! The sweet combination of crust to sugar is flawless. Because poptarts are on such high demand with children, I decided to venture into the kitchen and try to make poptarts from scratch! This adventure paid off, and truly met the requirement of being delicious.

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Recipe: Homemade Pop Tarts
Breakfast
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour (or whole wheat flour)
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup unsalted butter, cut into pats
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons milk
Instructions
  1. Mix together the flour, sugar, and salt.
  2. Cut the softened butter into small pieces, then drop one-by-one, drop these into the bowl.
  3. Whisk one of the eggs and milk together and slowly stir them into the dough.
  4. You may need to knead the dough briefly on a well-floured counter.
  5. Divide the dough into 2 equal parts, wrap it in seran wrap, and chill over night.
  6. Once the dough is chilled, remove it from the refrigerator allow time to soften in order to become workable again. (approx 20 min)
  7. Take one half and roll it out on a well-floured counter top until it is ⅛” thick, and larger than 9 x 12”.
  8. Trim it down to a 9x12 rectangle. Repeat this process with the other ball of dough.
  9. Next, cut each rectangle into thirds – you’ll form nine 3 x 4 rectangles.
  10. Lightly beat the second egg.
  11. Brush the egg onto the top of half of each rectangle. The egg will act as a glue to hold the top and the bottom of the poptart together.
  12. Choose your filling! I used a simple combination of sugar and cinnamon. You can also use jelly, melted chocolate chips, marshmellows, brown sugar, etc…
  13. Place a heaping spoonful of your filling on top of the poptarts that have the egg brushed on them.
  14. Leave a ½ boarder around the filling.
  15. Place the second piece of dough on top of the filing.
  16. Push together the edges and make fork marks around the edges to seal the dough together.
  17. Then, poke a few holes in the top for steam to escape.
  18. Repeat this process with each poptart.
  19. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.

 


To make the dough:

Divide the dough into 2 equal parts, wrap it in seran wrap, and chill over night.  Once the dough has been chilled, remove it from the refrigerator and give it time to soften and become workable again. This should only take about 20 minutes. Take one half and roll it out on a well-floured counter top until it is 1/8” thick, and larger than 9 x 12”. Trim it down so that it is a 9×12 rectangle. Repeat this process with the other ball of dough. Once this is done, cut each rectangle into thirds – you’ll form nine 3 x 4 rectangles.

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Choose Your Filling:

I used a simple combination of sugar and cinnamon. You can also use jelly, melted chocolate chips, marshmellows, brown sugar, etc…When you have chosen what you want to use, put a heaping spoonful of your filling onto the poptarts that have the egg brushed on them. When you do this, make sure that there’s a ½ boarder around the filling.

 

 

 Enjoy! What is your favorite Pop Tart flavor?