Friday, October 21, 2011

Recipe of the Month

Sticky Bun Breakfast Ring

Okay, confession time.  I have a serious addiction.  I can't get enough of Pinterest!  I had been trying to ween myself off the computer and actually do something productive with my free time.  But now, thanks to my sister, I've discovered the wonderful world of seeing crafts and food that other people (want to) do.  So now I just spend hours looking at pictures of projects instead of actually doing them.  But tonight, no more!  I was browsing the many recipes people have posted and I wanted to actually try something.  Seriously, Pinterest makes me so hungry!  So I heated up the oven and made this Sticky Bun Breakfast Ring or "Ring of Delish." as I call it.  It took less than 30 minutes for this to get in my belly!  I honestly couldn't wait until morning to make this.  Like I said, totally addicted!  Oh, and here's another confession, I'm super lazy in the kitchen.  If there's a shortcut, I'm going to take it.  This is definitely my kind of recipe.  Preheat the oven at 375 and now here's what you'll need:

3 Tbls melted butter
1/4 cup maple syrup (I used my Mapeline syrup) but any will do

Mix these two together and set aside.  Now combine

1/3 cup brown sugar
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup chopped nuts (pecans, almonds, or walnuts)

Take a bundt pan and spray it down with cooking spray.  Then pour half of the syrup mixture around the bottom of the pan.  Then sprinkle half of the sugar mix around the pan as well.  Then here comes the shortcut:

2 tubes of refrigerator buttermilk biscuits

Take the biscuit dough rounds and line them up in a tight ring around the bundt with edges overlapping.  Pour the rest of the syrup and sugar on top.  Pop in the oven for 20 minutes or until brown on top and cooked all the way through.  Take it out and let it set for about a minute before inverting it on a large plate or platter.  Slice yourself a piece now because (like me!) you won't be able to wait until breakfast!

Friday, October 7, 2011

Fall Portraits

What an ordeal!!  I forgot what a chore it is to have a baby get portraits done.  Usually Charlotte is such a smiley happy baby, but at Picture People, she just wouldn't smile.  I jumped, I danced, I "Peek A Boo"-ed, I tickled, but nothing seemed to work.  The only time she seemed to enjoy herself was while she was sitting on William and smacking his head like a drum.  She was laughing but he was upset.  I was a sweaty mess when the session was over.  Although William was a pro and got a lot of good poses I'm glad it's over until next year.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Hooray for Halloween!!

Here's something to know about me.  I LOVE Halloween!!  I always have.  Even before it was cool to love it as an adult.  I love the fall decor, the dressing up, the mystery, the free candy(!), what's not to love?!  I get giddy after William's birthday in August because I know Halloween is coming up.  I tried something new this year.  I've been collecting Halloween ornaments for years (they were hard to find at first) and now I can fill a tree.  I was worried it would be too Christmasy, but I think I turned out great.  Here's some pictures of my haunted house.
I tried a Halloween Tree this year.

I need more bookcase shelves!

Side Table with Lighted Branches

I LOVE my Halloween Village

Basket of Quilted Pumpkins and Gourds

Haunted Hallway

Entryway Table

View From the Front Door

Creepy Kitchen Countertop