Food Friday #4 – Peppermint Monkey Bread

peppermint monkey bread

peppermint monkey bread

If this wasn’t on your work food area this morning, you work at the WRONG place.
This what was I walked into dear hubby’s work with. He had the higher ups and old co-workers from KC up and they love when I bring food. Usually, they point blank ask M to have me bring food.

So, How do you make this you say?
AH! It is SOOOO EASY!

What you need:
Crescent rolls
Peppermint Mini Marshmallows
Brown sugar
Butter
White sugar
Ground cinnamon

Pan
Oven
Non-stick spray

Pre heat oven to 350.

Take your crescent rolls, and cut each triangle into thirds. Stick two mini marshmallows (or three, or whatever fits) in the middle of each section of dough. Roll the dough up around it.
Do this to how ever many cans of crescent rolls you have.

In a gallon Ziplock bag mix white sugar and cinnamon to taste. You will want enough to be able to shake around the dough, you are going to coat them.

Then, take each of your little dough balls, with the mellows inside. Put them 2 or 3 at a time in the zip lock bag with the cinnamon sugar mix and SHAKE! Coat well and evenly. Then take and put into your pre-non stickified pan.

Once your pan is full of all your little things. Get ready to make the drizzle topping stuff.

Mix brown sugar and butter about 50/50. Mix this by eye until its a thick consistancy but is still runny.
Dribble over all of your dough balls in the pan evenly.

Slide into oven for about 20-30 minutes, check them starting at 20. You want the top to be kinda hard and crunchy but NOT burnt.

When its done, remove from oven and immediately for best results turn upside down onto what ever serving platter you wish.

Monday Special – By popular Demand – Tofu and Non-Peanut Peanut sauce (Vegan)

Lat night we had an Autumn Eqinox potluck and celebration at my friend Kathy’s house. Which, was fabulous by the way. I want her back yard… and will pay someone else to keep it 😉

So for this, we where asked to bring a dish of food, a few people there are vegan or vegitarian so I tried to plan around that.

I made Tofu and Peanut Sauce as a main dish. Not only was it popular in the taste department, But the HUGE question was “HOW do you cook Tofu!” So. With out making you all wait until a friday that it comes up. I bring you – A Tofu Special!

This post > A Beginners Guide to Toe-Food Was super helpful a few months back in helping me understand Tofu. It is a mysterious food that many people like, but do not know how to make them selves. Its not really a flavor, as much as a texture.

So i went to the store (It was Walmart, Slay me) and I grabbed TWO things of EXTRA FIRM Tofu. Brought them home. And opened them. Poored out ALLL the liquid. Patted tem dry with a paper towel, squeezing a bit. and then set them up on there end to drain some more. I came back thirty minutes later and poored off about another inch of fluid. and patted them dry again.

The recipie I used (find off of pintrest)

So i made the maranaid sauce. And then I read the line where it said Marinate for 2 hours… It was 4:45pm and I had to leave at 6:20. Not happening. I should have listened to mom when she said read ahead (That requires fore thought and planning. Both abilities, I dont have…. ) So I marinated for 1 hour.
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Michelle Said to cut them smaller next time so they marinate and fry better. Noted Michelle.

Then I pan fried them. They needed to be fried longer, but I was running out of time. So I fried until golden brown.
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Took them out and drained on a paper towel
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And then put them on the serving dish ready to go
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The peanut sauce I made with Wow-Butter a non peanut alternative (I am allergic to peanuts). I added 1/4 of a cup of soy sauce and 1/2 of a cup of water. I heated it over low heat in the pan and mixed until it was well melted and mixed.

TADA!

There was no left overs… and the peanut sauce ended up on EVERYTHING – Bread, carrots, cookies, crackers, etc etc etc. It was a hit 🙂

Food Friday #1 = Avacado Pasta W/ Shrimp

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The original recipe

I can not say enough good things about this meal. I don’t eat pasta much because I DO NOT have self control around it.

I used Spaghetti noodles, whole wheat and enriched. I added some olive oil and tossed it to keep them from sticking.

For the sauce I used 2 large avacados, I put them into the food processor, added about 1/2 a cup of light sour cream (NOTE: I dont measure, so these are guesses. I cook by what I think looks right. I literally dont have measuring cups or spoons in my house) and fresh garlic (never too much!). and BUZZ BUZZ BUZZ. into a paste.

I cooked the shrimp up Scampi style, in butter and garlic.

Threw it all on a plate all prettyfied. and TA-DA!

Overall rating was 5 stars out of 5 stars. for easy, fast, tasty and healthy!

About our diet (Food on Friday)

I am going to start posting some recipes I make at home. They always seem to be in demand, and I am not disciplined enough to run thirty blogs. So you all just get one! With lots of themes and things! Maybe if I separated them out I would become a famous blogger… Too much work *sigh*.

We at the .Com house here eat chicken, and a fair amount of it. out of out meat consumption 98% is chicken and the rest is either 97/3 ground beef or bacon bits. Our meat consumption is this because of a few reasons, 1) I cant STAND beef or pork for the most part. 2) I love fish, but no one else here does -.- and 3) the amount of hormones and additives in beef and pork doesn’t fly well with this Neo-Hippy. We also eat a lot of vegetarian base meals.

When we moved across state I made a commitment to myself and my family that since being at home would be my full time job, I was altering our diet MAJORLY. Done buying pre packaged, pre made stuff. It was time for a revolution!

Alot of the meals you see here are healthy, or healthier alternatives to recipes.
Based on chicken OR meatless
I am also going to work on trying to incorporate more Vegan meals into our diet. And not crappy ones, yummy ones.

A large part of my inspiration comes from Pintrest, and other food blogs. If you have a recipie you would like me to try, or make more healthy for you, let me know 🙂

Summer book review

This will just cover the books that I read from June 1st – august 31st.

Stephen King –The Shining
Mary Roach – Stiff – The secret lives of human cadavers
Gillian Flynn – Gone Girl
Celia Thompson – The Fallen
P.C. Cast – Marked, House of Night Book 1
J.K. Rowling –Harry potter book 1
William Landay – Defending Jacob
P.C Cast – Betrayed
Lisa Genova – Still alice

All of these where GREAT reads that came from recommendations from a few places.

Gone girl, Still Alice, Defending Jacob & Stiff where all recommendations or challenges from Readers of Kindle books.

The house of night books where gifted to me from my friend Kansas. C and M have also read them. So I am trotting along, keeping with the Jones’s