Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Banana Bread Mini Loaves

These are my absolute favorite treat to eat on the run!  As an added bonus they are super simple.  lets get started shall we.  First, buy bananas expecting your husband and kids to eat and then forget about them for a few days. You will end up with these lovely gems!
Next, gather together softened butter (I throw mine in the microwave for 25 seconds), sugar, 2 eggs, and vanilla.  Then mix it! Mix it reeeallly good!

Then just add baking soda, flour, and salt. once again mix! Then I like to add the buttermilk, bananas, and nuts.  You can mash the bananas in a bowl beforehand but mine were soooo soft we just threw them in and let the mixer do the work! 
For the nuts I like to use pecans but walnut will work too.  You can toast them in the oven for a few minutes if you want to be an over-achiever but I like to use mine right out of the bag. 
Mix those nuts into the mixture last.

 Turn on your oven to 350 at this point and pull out the lovely mini muffin pan I like this one
I spray mine with cooking spray and they pop right out! I like to fill mine about 3/4 full I had a little helper this time so it is a little full...
Then throw this bad boy in the oven for about 20 minutes.  You will know when they are done by the top with start cracking just a bit. You can use a toothpick to check them but they have a tenancy to deflate if you do that too much so I like to just look at them and they should look like this!!!

Put some butter on them and enjoy! Kids LOVE these little loaves of bread! So do husbands, neighbors... everyone..
Here is a recipe card for you to enjoy!!!

Friday, August 18, 2017

Cinnamon Rolls

One of our favorite treats around here are Cinnamon Rolls.  First of All clear your schedule, these take a while. It can be done over two days though. I love the recipe from Pioneer Woman Ree Drummond.  However, I like to change two things about it. First I like to cut the recipe in half if it is just for my family.   Then on her recipe she does a coffee flavored icing and I changed that over to a vanilla frosting.

So here is how I do it!
I start off with milk 2 cups, 1/2 cup of veggie oil, and 1/2 cup of sugar.  Throw all of that into a pan and scald that milk.  After that I go do a chore of some kind.  Fold laundry, work out or whatever.  I'm just letting the stuff sit in the pot and cool off.  If you want you can put it in a heat resistant bowl and throw it in your fridge but I don't like to make extra dishes so I just let it sit.  My pans hold heat pretty well so it can take up to an hour.  Once I can comfortably stick a (clean) finger in it I'll add the yeast.
I put in 2 1/4 tsp of yeast and then I go switch the laundry over or play dolls for a few minutes while it gets all bubbly!

Once it is nice and bubbly I put it in a nice big bowl and slowly Stir in 4 cups of all purpose flour.  I like to mix it till it looks like the picture above.  Then I cover it with a grocery bag to let it rise.  Yeah, I know I said a grocery bag. Most people say a towel but I like the seal I get with a grocery bag.  It doesn't get that hard surface and I think I get a better proof.
when you cover it with a bag make sure you leave a bubble on the top  like this. So you don't have dough stuck to it. Let that rise again for hour till it has doubled in size

Then you want to mix in 1/2 tsp. of Baking Powder, 1/2 tsp. of Baking Soda, 1/2 Tablespoon of Salt, and 1/2 cup of flour More.

If you are doing this over two day this is the point where you put the whole bowl covered in plastic wrap in the fridge check on it before you go to bed and punch down the dough if it is rising.  In the morning continue like nothing happened and like you woke up at 5 am to feed your family or friends cinnamon rolls. (I'll never tell on you!) 

Mix all of that together and then get to rolling!  I like to roll mine really thin that way I get lots and lots of beautiful circles in my rolls.

I like to melt one stick of butter and spread it on that dough.

Then Ree likes to use 2 cups of sugar in her rolls I use just under a cup with mine then I sprinkle cinnamon all over it and spread it around. So it looks like this all over the goodness!!!

Roll that bad boy up nice and tight. and I like to cut them in about 1/2 inch rolls. The next part is important spacing in your pan is key if they are too far apart they will spread out and lose their shape.  Too close and you will have a squished roll...
I like mine just like this close but not too close.  Let those rise for another half and hour or so covered and then put them in the oven 375 degrees for about 20 minutes.  My 19 month old is sitting on my lap right now saying "num num num num!!!"  She loves these.

In the mean time make the frosting.
I like to do 2 cups of powdered sugar, 1 tsp. of vanilla, 1/2 tsp of salt, yep salt.  Then I add in whole milk to make it the right consistency. I usually start with 1/4 of a cup then slowly add more till I get it runny put not too runny..
So that I can drizzle it over the top of a warm roll. I like putting pecans on mine.  My dad likes raisins mixed into the dough.  When I do that I only put 1/2 a cup of raisins in during the last addition of flour. Make them your own then enjoy!!! Recipe  insert is below.

Ellie Mae Davis Gobbles Them UP!!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Rainbow Frosting

I love to pipe frosting.  I think it is fun to make designs and decorations.  It is my favorite part of making a cake. The pretty part.
It also looks great on noses!

Over the last few weeks I have found one of my favorite techniques.  I like to call it my Rainbow or Ombre Frosting technique.  You can use as many colors as you can fit in the piping bag.  I like to use three or four. It works really well with just two as well like the picture above.  Here is a picture of three colors that I did on a Trolls birthday cake.  It was fun because I chose primary colors they did mix a little bit and add orange and green hues into the colors.
Now lets get into how I like to do it. 
 What you will need:
large piping tip
piping bag
a large cup

I tried and tried to write out how to do this and I couldn't write it out to make sense so I had my friend make a sweet video how to do it!
I have also seen people put it in baggies and clip the ends off and put them in a piping bag I tried it that way and it kinda worked but if you bags aren't perfectly the same size and put in just right you get one color squirting out an the others don't put out as much frosting. Also this way if you run out you can put the piping bag right back in the cup and refill it.   That is why I do it this way.  If you have any questions or comments please feel free to message me. 

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Chocolate Chip Cookies

Seriously, when you want chocolate chip cookies these are the cookies you want.  If you are trying to win someone over just bring them these.  When they hear the word cookie again they will automatically think of you.   These taste like they just came out of a fancy bakery.  They stay soft for DAYS but you know and I know, they won't last that long.  full recipe at the bottom of the page.  lets get started here is the line up!

I like to use my Kitchenaid but you can for sure just make them in a bowl with a spoon. 

Here we go first all the dry ingredients Flour, baking soda, salt, and corn starch.  Put them all in the bowl and whisk them together till they are all light and fluffy an mixed. 

Now into another bowl, or Kitchenaid add in the Soft Butter, sugars, vanilla, and eggs. Make sure you only use one egg yoke and one whole egg. Don't use two whole eggs! Mix those till they are super smooth.
Slowly add in your dry ingredients and then the chocolate chips.  For goodness sakes make sure you are using chocolate chips that taste like chocolate not plastic.  Your dough should look like this when it is mixed pretty dense.

Next I like to put mine in a Rubbermaid container and into the fridge for an hour. If you don't chill the dough your cookies will turn out flatter and not as chewy.   I have made big batches and frozen it and it turned out really well too.  
Turn your oven on to 325 degrees F. Cook them for 10 minutes making sure they get a slight golden brown to them. I like to spray my cookie sheets with non stick but these have so much butter in them it isn't completely necessary.  DON'T OVER COOK THESE your heart will hurt.  They will cook a little bit longer when you take them out of the oven.  Make sure these are completely cool before eating they are so good once they are all the way cooled!!   Enjoy! 

Here is a recipe you can print!!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Now Working With Walmart!!! 4 toys on clearance

I wanted to do a quick Walmart post since today is my first day with them!!!

I Jumped on their clearance section and found these awesome little toy steals!!

For all those little train lovers! These little Mystery packs are on sale for just $1.20.  My kids love these little packs they get so excited.

For all of those Frozen lovers, p.s. new movie coming out in November! They Have these dolls on sale for only $19.87!! It is normally $55.12 That is $36 off!!! Killer deal!

You will rock your kids next birthday if you get them this!!! These Motorcycles are normally $79.97 They are on sale for only $44.99!!!

Lego kids! The Lego Classic Creative Bricks are on sale for $13.59 normally $19.99

The link below will link you to more clearance items directly on their site if there is something particular you are looking for! Let me know if you find a great deal.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Looking for the perfect swimsuit?

Blog update!!!!! Sorry if you missed it but this post is now out dated.  While is has links to super cute swimsuits ALL of the prices have been raised since I initially posted them a few weeks ago! Make sure you are following my facebook page and blog to get a scoop on all the deals I find that are up to date!

My girls just love the water! We love everything from the sprinklers, splash pads, beach time, and the pool. which means we need a great swimsuit or three... each year! I went through and found the best Amazon deals on swimsuits.  Since each size is often a different price on Amazon I organized it by age.  Just scroll down to your child's size. 

I am going off of the prices I found today May 23rd, 2017. Prices are subject to change I am only an affiliate so I have no control over stock or pricing.  Let me know if you find one you love! 








Thursday, April 27, 2017

The Perfect Mother's Day Present

Here are a list of Mother's Day present ideas that won't break the bank! They are all Amazon Prime so they have beautiful 2-day free shipping.

First of all great books for the kids to give to Grandma and Mom. These books are super cute! They will be perfect to read over and over with grandma.

 Let's talk about Jewelry, that mom and grandma will actually wear! These bar necklaces are great for everyday.  They come from one baby bear up to six! They are Handmade by a small business too! They were selling out fast.

My Grandma used to sing this to me all the time... it reminded me of her.

I have a special spot for Ree Drummond.  I love her collections this one is new and AWESOME! Because I agree Butter does make everything Better...  If you like these check them out at Walmart they are usually cheaper there but they run of of stock so you can get them on Amazon too.
I would happily take home leftovers in these!

I have a few of these in my house and I love them! Amazon has wicked good deals on them too.  Willow Tree figurines are awesome.

Want more Ideas? Don't worry I'm going through all the great ideas I can find!  Come check back in a day or two...