Monthly Archives: December 2013

Pull Apart Bread

Cinnamon Sugar goodness

Cinnamon Maple goodness

I made this delicious recipe a few weeks ago for Elise and Preston.  I wanted to surprise them with a homemade cinnamon roll/bread instead of store bought Pillsbury out of the can cinnamon rolls.  I found the recipe on Ree Drummond’s website – The Pioneer Woman.

She found the recipe on Pinterest.  It is another version of monkey bread with an interesting ingredient in the icing –  Maple extract.  I like it better than traditional monkey bread.

Note:  When I made the recipe there was enough dough to fill a loaf pan and two small (4 inch diameter) round pyrex dishes.  Be sure not to crowd the dough.

If you are looking for a Christmas morning treat with your coffee and eggs think about making this one.  I would make it on Christmas eve morning if my daughter didn’t make it mandatory every year to have French Toast Casserole instead.

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BVG Holiday Market – 2013

BVG Holiday Market - 2013

Yesterday was Bayview Glen’s Holiday Market.  A great event for the whole family.  Cookie decorating, pictures with Santa, a DJ, local vendors and themed baskets.   I made several cakes and cookies for the event and volunteered at the cookie decorating table from 2:30 p.m. 4 p.m. During my shift several JKs (junior kindergarteners) and I decorated stockings and gingerbread cookies. The cookies were covered in piped icing, sprinkles and colorful sugars.  Decorating the cookies brought back memories of Preston and I decorating  gingerbread houses at the Ascot Clubhouse. Preston was almost four years old.  Hard to believe he will be thirteen in a few weeks.  I love memories. Let me get back to the market now.

One of my favorite areas of the market is the themed baskets.  At BVG, each grade is to design one or many themed baskets for the silent auction.  Grade 10 was able to provide four themed  baskets.  Each one had a unique platter or baking dish.  Of course, I really enjoy anything relating to cooking so I purchased one filled with a bottle of bubbly, bottle of olive oil, balsamic vinegar and Lindor truffles in a beautiful golden baking dish.  The silent auction was from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. with “a special buy time available to all.”  Let me explain the “special buy time”. During the specified hours of 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.  anyone could purchase a basket for 85% of the cost of the basket.   A great incentive to me!  I will explain my reasoning.

1.  I get what I want.

2. The school gets $$.

3. I don’t have to monitor the bid sheet all evening.  

Several women must have the same thought process because at 3:05 p.m. I witnessed 5 of the 35+ baskets being carried to the check out station for purchase.   Such fun!!

My Chocolate Chip Bundt cakes & Oatmeal Craisin Cookies

My Chocolate Chip Bundt cakes & Oatmeal Craisin Cookies