Crazy Wonderful Days

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If you have a picky eater like my Munchkin, then you probably understand how hard it is to convince his/her strong willed mind to try new fruits/veggies. We have tried just about EVERYTHING to get Munchkin to try 1-2 bites of foods, but so far Munchkin has not expanded the list of “likes” very much. The short list of fruits/veggies on the “like” list include: Bananas, Applesauce, and Carrots. Which means that we are now “hiding” fruit/veggies in foods. I first got the idea from a cookbook that my cousin gave me called Deceptively Delicious.

I modified the recipe in this cookbook for French Toast to fit my family’s preferences and came up with this. 🙂

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1. First, you will need a place a griddle (or frying pan) on the stovetop on medium heat. Then, I use 4 tablespoons of pumpkin puree that I buy and freeze in 2 Tbsp servings (shown above). If using frozen pumpkin puree, place in microwave to soften.

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2. Once softened, smash the pumpkin puree. Now you are ready for the other ingredients!

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3. Add six eggs and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon to the pumpkin puree and whisk until smooth. Dip bread (I use Homemade Bread) in the mixture for about 5 seconds on each side and place on griddle.

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4. Let cook 2-3 minutes, then flip!

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5. Let cook 2-3 minutes on the other side.

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6. Add butter, powdered sugar, fruit, syrup, honey — whatever you like! Doesn’t this look delicious?!?

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7. Enjoy! 🙂 My Munchkin and Monkey as for more more more of this recipe everytime I make it!!

Homemade Pumpkin French Toast

Ingredients:

  • 4 Tbsp. pumpkin puree
  • 6 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 10 slices of bread
  • butter, powdered sugar, honey, syrup, etc.

Directions:

  1. First, you will need a place a griddle (or frying pan) on the stovetop on medium heat. Then, I use 4 tablespoons of pumpkin puree that I buy and freeze in 2 Tbsp servings (shown above). If using frozen pumpkin puree, place in microwave to soften.
  2. Once softened, smash the pumpkin puree. Now you are ready for the other ingredients!
  3. Add six eggs and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon to the pumpkin puree and whisk until smooth. Dip bread (I use Homemade Bread) in the  mixture for about 5 seconds on each side and place on griddle.
  4. Let cook 2-3 minutes, then flip!
  5. Let cook 2-3 minutes on the other side.
  6. Add butter, powdered sugar, fruit, syrup, honey, etc.
  7. Enjoy!

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PINTEREST WINNER!!

Ok so I saw this post on Pinterest about making a puffy/foam paint by mixing shaving cream and Elmer’s glue so we gave it a try!20131219-204716.jpg

We waited 24 hours to see what happened and it dried PUFFY! How awesome is that!?!? Pinterest WIN! Today we will decorate!!

Click here for the original post I saw.

Update: Add some foam pieces picked by some creative little minds and here is the finished projects!!

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As I was looking through a cookbook for my Pampered Chef brownie pan, I found this recipe and thought it would make a good snack tonight. Overall, the recipe was simple, quick and delicious!!

Here’s how I made them:

Ingredients:

1-3/4 cup flour
1-1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/3 cup oil
3/4 cup granulated sugar
1 egg
3/4 cup milk

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1. Prepare all supplies and preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Mix together dry ingredients of flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

3. As wet ingredients of oil, granulated sugar, egg, and milk.

4. Mix all ingredients together with a whisk.

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5. Divide evenly between the 12 brownie pan wells and bake for 10-15 minutes.

6. While the loaves bake, prepare the topping:

1/4 cup butter, melted
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon cinnamon

Melt the butter in one dish. In a 2nd dish, combine the cinnamon and sugar.

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7. When loaves have finished baking, remove from pan immediately. Dip tops into butter then dip into cinnamon sugar. Serve warm.

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So….like many of you out there, I have fallen in LOVE with Pinterest! One day while browsing I found this recipe and finally got a chance to try to out this week! (For the recipe, go to Quick-Dish)

If you have ever tried ideas that you found on Pinterest, you may be like me and find that sometimes you end up with a completely different outcome than what you saw! LOL 😄 That was not the case with this recipe! Here is what mine looked like (I think it’s almost identical to the original!):

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It was delicious and was entirely devoured in one evening by just 4 adults and 4 kids. Next time I make it, I am going to make a few changes so be sure to stop back for my updated version!!

I don’t know about your house, but we are fans of pizza in just about any form! In the past, I used to buy mini pizza shells, but the store I had been buying them from recently stopped carrying them (plus they were 8 for $2 – not a bad price, but I found cheaper way!) I then started using crescent rolls, putting the toppings inside and rolling them up. This weekend I bought biscuits and was presently surprised at how they turned out!! Plus, I got 40 biscuits for about $1.98!!!

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Biscuit Pizzas

Ingredients:

Biscuits
Cheese
Pepperoni / other toppings, if desired
Pizza Sauce

Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Flatten each biscuit and set on baking sheet. Once you have flattened them all, start over and do them each a second time (this will give you a bigger pizza crust)
3. Add cheese (we use a mozzarella and provolone blend) and toppings to each biscuit.
4. Bake for 10-14 minutes until the crust is golden brown and the cheese is all melty and gooey!

Serve with pizza sauce to dip.

Notes: I have also folded the biscuits to make miniature calzones! Of course, your could vary this any way you like! Put the sauce on the biscuit before the cheese and toppings. Use ranch dressing as the sauce and add chicken and bacon! The possibilities are endless!! 🙂

Ok… bare with me… this is my first attempt at blogging!  I have been researching “How to Blog” on the internet and while that was helpful, it was also completely confusing!  LOL!!  There are so many opinions and so many options to consider that I decided to just GO FOR IT!  🙂  Thanks so the many sites that I reviewed before “jumping in” to the blogging world!!  🙂