Don’t Monkey With My Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread

I’ve made “Monkey Bread” several different ways. I’ve made it with cream cheese pockets and today I made it without. This recipe is by far the easiest!

INGREDIENTS

1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
2 cans (16.3 oz each) refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
1/2 cup chopped walnuts or pecans
1 cup firmly packed brown sugar
3/4 cup butter or margarine, melted

DIRECTIONS

                       Heat oven to 350°F. Lightly grease 12-cup fluted tube pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle the base of the pan with the pecans. (You’ll be flipping the bread, so what you put in first becomes your topping). In a large -storage plastic food bag, mix granulated sugar and cinnamon.  Separate dough into 16 biscuits; cut each into quarters. Shake in bag to coat.  In small bowl, mix brown sugar and melted butter; pour over biscuit pieces and keep a small amount on reserve.  Bake 28 to 32 minutes or until golden brown and no longer doughy in center. Cool in pan 10 minutes. Turn upside down onto serving plate; reheat the reserve brown sugar & melted and drizzle over the top. Pull bread apart, and serve warm.
Seriously delicious!!

I love you….a latte!

Latte 1

You can go all out for Valentine’s Day, or you can go all Aimee which is ten times easier. Due to the husband being out of town for Valentine’s Day, and rather than celebrating when he returns (hello, that’s way closer to my birthday at that point) the day for us has come and gone. Which is good for those last minute people, yeah I’m talking to you,  who still haven’t decided what they’ll do for their hunnys.

Seriously, you can whip this up in less than 2 hours.

And the “oh wow, you did all this for me?” will still apply.

I’m calling it….. I Love You… A Latte.

Because, you know….I used latte mugs.

Ok, so here’s what you do to create your very own Valentine Breakfast of Champions, I love you a latte morning. No dessert tablescapes or fake photo shoots, just breakfast. Straight up, cute breakfast.

The live, laugh, love plaques are normally on my media center. I swapped them out with the Mardi Gras paraphenalia that was currently on the dining room mantle, shelf thing.

Then I made a fun little burlap banner. Seriously, ya’ll- in less than 15 minutes.

All you do is create a pocket looking template out of card stock. Cut out a few. Create a seam along the top of the “pocket pennant”, by ironing it down,  run some twine underneath, sew it flat, add some ribbon in between. Bam. You’re done.

Now, go find yourself some oversized mugs. I originally saw the chalkboard painted mugs at Target and said um, no thank you to the $8 each price tag. In fact, I said “oh, I can totally make that”.

And so I did.

Mugs. Chalkboard paint. Paint primer. Heart stencil. Done.

The husband isn’t really a coffee/latte drinker so I put a little note on them, and stuck our cereal in them.

Bonus points for creating a heart out of a strawberry.

Next I did something that was borderline pushing the envelope. I pulled out my party wares, and I stuck his juice in a milk glass. Complete with printable, striped straw,  and all.

{Free printable from Whisker Graphics}

The free printable was designed to tuck inside a mini envelope, which I also did.  Whisker Graphics is sort of one of my new favorites. Seriously cute stuff.

Then, I whipped up some personalized place mats to put them on.

 I’m quickly becoming the queen of burlap, for a tutorial on runners and how I did them, click here.

I knew I wanted the husband to have something in his belly besides cereal before traveling clear across the country, so I whipped up our very favorite monkey bread.

That recipe will come tomorrow.

And of course, I created an apron for myself that coordinated. Because, well, um, that’s what I do now. More information on the apron line coming soon.

And even when I tell the husband, no flowers because they’ll just die.

He brings home 2 dozen. Pink roses because I hate red- way too traditional.

Have a great day, and an even better Valentine’s Day!