Tasty Treat Tuesday: Monkey Bread

Eating monkey bread is a huge tradition in my husband’s family.  When we got married it was important for me to find a good recipe so I could carry on that tradition.  I don’t have the best of luck when it comes to baking breads so I needed a recipe that required as little effort from me as possible.  Seriously, if it requires yeast then I am going to find a way to ruin it… even with an automatic bread machine.  This recipe is both super yummy and super easy.  My kids love taking turns putting the dough into place and any time I can get them involved in the cooking process and learning, I feel like I am succeeding as a mom.

Here is what you will need:

4 cans refrigerated biscuits
1 cup packed brown sugar
1 1/2 sticks
butter (3/4 cup)
1/2 cup white sugar
2 Tablespoons cinnamon
1/2 cup
raisins (these are optional, it’s great with or without them)

Here is a link to the recipe -> Monkey Bread Recipe

NOTE:  This awesome recipe is brought to you by my sister Melinda, who will be bringing us even more great recipe and craft ideas as well as grocery store match-ups and the nightly round-up!  I also have to tell you that my family loves monkey bread, too!

Photo Credit:  MomsWhoThink


Slow Cooker Mondays: French dip sandwiches!

Who wants to cook on Mondays?  Not me!  It’s hard enough to get everything together on a Monday morning to get out the door for work and by the time I get home, I’m usually worn out.  I love my slow cooker and our family would be eating out all the time probably without it!  I’m going to start sharing a favorite slow cooker recipe with you each Monday.  I hope that you’ll enjoy!  My time is limited in the mornings, so most of these recipes can be quickly thrown together (literally!) in a few minutes!

Today’s recipe is a family favorite – french dip sandwiches.  It doesn’t get much easier than this.  The only “work” involved for you is shredding the meat when you get home.  They are sooo yummy!

Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

beef roast
2 cans beef broth
1 tsp dried rosemary
1 tsp dried thyme
1 tsp garlic powder
4-6 hoagie buns
(we also add some swiss or provolone cheese)

Place roast in a greased slow cooker. Pour broth over the top of the roast. Add spices. Cover and cook on low heat 8-10 hours (or high heat 5-7 hours). Remove roast and save extra juice. With a fork, break the meat apart and serve on hoagies. Use excess juice for dipping sandwiches.

WW points = 7 points per serving (this does not include the cheese or the buns, add 2 points for the cheese and 4 points for the whole wheat bun)

Here’s the finished product.  Sorry we didn’t have any “fancy” plates to make it look pretty.  We were celebrating my niece’s birthday and she thought they were plenty fancy!  We served these with fruit salad and veggies and dip!

If you have a favorite slow cooker recipe to share, please e-mail me or submit it in the comments!

What’s for Breakfast: Red Velvet Pancakes!

On Sunday mornings, I typically make pancakes for my kids.  We love to experiment and add different things to our pancakes or try different recipes, but in a discussion on Facebook about what we were having for breakfast, Casie mentioned Red Velvet pancakes.  I’ve heard of and LOVE Red Velvet cake, but the concept of Red Velvet pancakes was a new one for me and a lot of others as well!

Casie was kind enough to share her recipe with us.  This won’t be our breakfast this morning, but we’ll DEFINITELY be trying it out on Sunday!

Ingredients (pancakes):
1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 teaspoon salt
2 eggs
12 ounces buttermilk
4 tablespoons butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon vinegar
2 teaspoon red food color

Ingredients (glaze):
4 ounces softened cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
Add a few drops of milk to get consistency to drizzle

For pancakes, mix all dry ingredients together first, then add “wet” ingredients.  Garnish the “finished product” with pecans if you choose!

Thanks again Casie for sharing this recipe.  It sounds YUMMY and we can’t wait to try it!

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Photo Credit:  Deconstructing Chaos

Printable coupon alert: $.75/1 Philadelphia Cooking Creme + yummy recipe!

Right now, there is a printable coupon here for $.75/1 Philadelphia Cooking Creme!  If you haven’t tried this yet, it’s SO yummy and easy to use!

I found this coupon when I sorted by “Foods” and used the zip code 90210.

Plus, here’s one of our family’s absolute FAVORITE recipes to test out using your Philadelphia cooking creme!  It’s so easy to make, too!

Cream cheese chicken ~   We rarely have leftovers when we make this because everyone loves it so much!

2-3 boneless skinless chicken breasts
Salt and pepper (to taste)
2 pkg. dry Ranch or Italian dressing mix (we usually only use one)
1 can cream of chicken soup (you can also use cream of mushroom if you prefer or that’s what you have on hand)
8 oz. cream cheese – cut into cubes – substitute Philadelphia Cooking Creme instead!
½ c. chicken broth

Directions: Brush chicken with butter and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place in crock pot and sprinkle 1 pkg. dry mix over all. Add cream of chicken soup and chicken broth.  Cover and cook on low for 6-7 hours. About 45 minutes before serving, add second packet of dry dressing mix (if you choose – we don’t usually use it) and cooking creme . Cook until smooth.  Serve over rice or pasta.

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Cooking Rut? Get 33 new grilling recipes for FREE!

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Lately, I’ve been in a cooking rut – it’s so hot outside and it’s hard to be motivated to cook! If you’re in a cooking rut, too, download this great cookbook with 33 new grilling recipes for FREE here!  You’ll find appetizers, main dishes, and more!

Here are some of the recipes I’m going to try:

-Potatoes on a stick

-Turkey bistro burgers

-Churrasco steak

-Honey lemon dijon chicken

Cooking rut problem solved!  What recipes are you going to try?

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