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Monkey Bread and Monkeys

What an amazing weekend we just had. I wish we could duplicate and bottle it for many weekends to come. Friday night Eric had a soccer game. With the recent crazy weather we’ve been having, of course a monsoon hit 1/2 way between the game. But it was pretty fun. The boy was running around, screaming and playing while it poured. Unfortunately Eric’s team lost but it was fun. We came home and enjoyed the new patio set a neighbor gave us. The weather was beautiful. It drizzled on and off. The boy and the dogs were content to run through the mist while we all laughed and talked.

Saturday morning is quickly becoming my new favorite ritual. A girlfriend and I grab Starbucks, catch up on the week, and then we go pick up our food co-op. It’s kind of like a local farmer’s market but you don’t pick what you get in your basket. It is always a ton of fruits and veggies so by splitting it, we aren’t overwhelmed with the quantity. It’s so nice to have scheduled girl time to look forward to as we continue on this crazy rollercoaster. After the girl time, it was family time. We had errands to run and a library to visit so we could all get new music. We had done a donation drive and collected blankets, pillows, and towels for a local animal shelter that didn’t have enough supplies. According to Eric, I am not allowed to go to the animal shelter by myself as I will adopt any/all dogs with a sob story so he insisted on going with me to drop everything off. This was probably a very smart choice on his part. Lucas and I wandered through all of the halls, oohing and aahing at the cute and heartbreaking dogs they had. I for sure would’ve adopted one. After that we were all starving so we went to Farmer Boy’s for lunch. Have you ever eaten there? All of their food has been delicious but their standout specialties are definitely zucchini sticks and their hand scooped shakes. Yum!

To continue on the path of fun, we decided to take The boy and 2 of his cousins to a local baseball game. It was a double-header and due to the storms, the weather wasn’t too bad. We purposely arrived to the game late to avoid the free item they were giving out but attendance wasn’t stellar so they still had plenty when we got there. What free stuff were we trying to avoid? Plastic baseball bats. Oh yes, please arm the 3 rambunctious kids we have with us with weapons. Genius! There was also a vendor handing out large cowbells. Now that we were properly armed, we took our seats. My dear sweet husband had gotten us great tickets so we were right up close. Which worked out since The boy turned into a heckler the moment we sat down. Not only a heckler, but a loud, obnoxious one at that. 1/2 the people around us were laughing, 1/3 I don’t think could hear, and 1/4 looked pretty darn annoyed (yes, I know that’s more than 100% but give me some slack, I’m tired). For sitting through 5 HOURS of baseball, overall the kids were pretty good. Each got a fly ball from the opposite team and we spent quite a bit of time talking with the 3 people in front of us who were amused by our hecklers. One highlight for sure was when I found a bottle of glittery nail polish in my bag and suddenly had 3 boys begging me to paint their nails. I enjoyed Tweeting my friend Will who is a bit of a baseball fanatic about the turn of events. (And for the record, I only painted 1 pinky nail for each boy). It also rained off and on. It was fun to watch people from the stands rush up to the top to get out of the rain. It’s so rare in Vegas, we try to soak it up as much as we can! We had the cousins sleep over and I promised them Monkey Bread in the morning.

YUM! Have you ever had monkey bread? It’s Amazing and oh so easy. Eric’s aunt made it one time and I’ve been hooked since. This is the first time I’ve attempted to make it and it was delicious!

Here’s the recipe how I made it:

  • 2 packages of buttermilk biscuits
  • 1 bundt pan
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 2 tbsp of cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup of margarine

Preheat the oven to 350 and spray your bundt pan. Mix the white sugar and cinnamon in a ziploc bag. Cut the biscuits into quarters and drop 6 into the ziploc bag. Shake to coat. Arrange biscuits throughout bundt pan, throwing in walnut pieces as you go. Heat the margarine and brown sugar on the stove and boil for 1 minute. Pour over biscuits and put pain in the oven. Cook for 20 – 25 minutes. When done, pull out and let sit for 10 minutes. Flip over onto a plate and whalah! Cheap, easy, and delicious breakfast/dessert/snack/excuse for the neighbor kids to stay over. 🙂

 

Any yummy recipes you are making right now?

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