{How to} make Cinnamon Sugar Bread.

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Cinnamon sugar bread. #Fall

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You’ll need:

Cinnamon Sugar Bread

I’m still working on the lighting in the kitchen – it does not bode well for photographs. Artificial light and green floors – I battle the yellow 70’s glow in all food photos unless it’s 6pm and the door is wide open and things are just so and well … you get it. I’m working on it.

For this recipe you need Flour, Sugar, Oil, an Egg, Salt, Cinnamon/Sugar, Buttermilk (or milk and vinegar) and Baking Soda.

You start by mixing your Buttermilk with 1 tsp baking soda but if you’re like me and never have buttermilk in your house, you make some. Like this:

Cinnamon Sugar Bread

Measure some milk (right now I have Almond milk) just shy of your 1 cup marker. Top it off with Vinegar and let sit for a minute or two.

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Cinnamon Sugar Bread

It curdles.

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Yay!

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Now, add your 1 tsp baking soda and let the mixture sit for 5 minutes.

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Pour the milk mixture into your bowl and add the rest of your ingredients.

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1/2 Cup oil.

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One egg.

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1 Cup sugar.

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1/2 tsp salt.

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Two Cups flour.

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Mix.

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Prepare your loaf pan (or muffin tins). I had parchment paper so I used it, otherwise I just oil it.

Pour half the batter in your loaf pan and sprinkle a generous amount of your Cinnamon Sugar on top (1/2 C Sugar to 1 TSP cinnamon ratio). Use a clean knife to swirl around, top with other half of batter, sprinkle a bit more and swirl one last time.

Cinnamon Sugar Bread

Cinnamon Sugar Bread

Cinnamon Sugar Bread

Cinnamon Sugar Bread

Cinnamon Sugar Bread

Bake at 350 for 55 minutes to an hour.

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Try not to eat it all at once. šŸ˜‰

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Enjoy!

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In the water

I know of six new babies in the last couple months, all girls, and one of the best gifts I got after brining home babies from the hospital was the gift of food. Andrea at Simple Organized Living did a great post on The Gift Of Food that has me inspired. (Ok, honestly, every thing on her site is inspiring.)

For being someone who loves to cook for her own family I generally feel COMPLETELY stuck when asked to cook for someone else’s family. We eat some pretty “out there” stuff and my kids don’t bat an eyelash … so I’m not always sure that our tried and true favorites are going to be a blessing to a new mom. Especially when there are other children at home, too.

I used to try extravagant meals for the new mom, thinking I was pampering her when really it was just a difficult meal to prepare from home, enjoy or accept as a gift.

I try to stay away from Chicken dishes, but not everyone loves red meat … or meat free meals for that matter. And in general, I end up making a last minute decision.

Here are a few good tips and guidelines for bringing families a meal (that I need to remind myself of!):

Keep it simple, first and foremost. The most a new mom should have to do is re-heat or stick a pan (throw away pans) in the oven for a specified amount of time.

salad

One dish meals are ok! But easy sides or a non-dinner add on (muffins, quick bread, brownies etc) are always lovely to have on hand for visitors or mornings when the milk has gone bad and you have no eggs in the house.

Brown butter cherry bars

Always include instructions, if needed. It should take only a few extra minutes to type up, print or hand write the recipe with instructions but if all you end up doing is scribbling down the temp, oven time and possible allergy-inducing foods (milk, nuts, even broccoli for new moms who breast-feed or spicy ingredients) that saves a WORLD of time when people are in and out of your house for a few weeks.

Mom brain lasts longer than pregnancy!

It’s always nice to ask the new mom if there are foods she knows bother the baby (if breast-feeding) or if she herself (or other family members) have sensitivities or allergies. For us, we try very hard to be a dairy free home because of allergies. Gluten is a culprit at times too – and knowing that before deciding to bring a family a meal is a great way of getting the awkward conversation over your dish out of the way before you’ve already prepared something to deliver.

Freezer foods are amazing!

Andrea’s Breakfast Burritos

Cheesy Garlic Bread – make a batch or two and before putting it in the oven, flash freeze for 10 minutes and then pack in ziplocs or plastic wrap. An easy, super yummy side dish that can be ready in minutes from the freezer.

Homemade pasta sauce stock their freezer with easy dinners, and gift them with a box or two of pasta for their pantry.

Granola bars perfect for the sleep deprived parents or those nursing hunger pangs. A homemade, delicious snack ready to eat.

More from my site:

Make a summer salad – salads are a great dinner for a busy family. Add meat on the side so the family can build their own plate at dinner time.

Curry and Rice Bring all the pre-cut fixing in baggies, some rice to re heat and a crock pot of the chicken curry gravy. Left overs are amazing.

Tuna Pasta Salad Cold salads with tuna, eggs or chicken are easy lunches when you’re busy. A great add on to any dinner or potluck as well.

Walking Tacos – For a family with older siblings this could be a super fun and hands on meal for them. Give more than the gift of food when you can prep for the older kids to get dinner on the table, Mom’s night off! Re-heat the taco meat and go!

Chicken Enchilada’s – There’s no photo but I assure you, if Chicken is the dish you want to bring … it should (at some point in time) be this one.

Spanish Rice short cuts for those of you who like a little spice in your dinner. **Double check with family on their tolerance of spicy food.

Ginger Chicken Stir-fry – a good hot meal. Bring this one ready to eat.

Desserts, Snacks and extra’s

Chocolate Chip Cookies! Having a dozen or two of these on hand … life savers.

Cold Press Coffee No longer need to restrict caffeine? Perhaps you haven’t slept in 4 days? GIVE THE GIFT OF ENERGY.

Garbanzo Bean Brownie A healthy chocolate treat. That is correct. Don’t even tell the kids … and frost them if you’d like. They will disappear.

No Bake Cliff Bars protein pack for nursing moms, mornings of running errands or kids who can’t make it from nap to dinner without a breakdown. **Contains nuts.

Chocolate Mararoons and Power Balls again, perfect snacks for nursing moms, new moms, old moms, kids, lunches, any time, before dinner, running errands … on and on. These are great.

6 Week Bran Muffins Bring the batter over with a gift of a muffin-tin (or make sure they have one) with the instructions attached. The gift of homemade, warm muffins every morning for up to 6 weeks. Yummy. (Batter keeps in fridge for 6 weeks.)

Peanut Butter Cup Bars … this just has to happen.

If you’re the one in charge of setting up meals for a family – Take Them a Meal is a great service for everyone involved. You can sign up and the family you’re bringing food can see what/who is coming that evening – has your contact information in case of changes and you no longer have to have 14 forwards going through your email with sign ups. It’s awesome.

If bringing a meal to a family isn’t an option for you – your work schedule gets in the way or you aren’t confident in the kitchen … there are still options for you to be a blessing to the prospective family.

Here are a couple of ideas:

Offer to take care of older children for a few hours a night or two. Whether or not the new parents get out of the house – some times peace and quiet or the option to catch up at home are priceless gifts.

Gift cards to their favorite take out. Been a long day and the freezer’s empty, no meals are being delivered, leftovers are moldly in the fridge. The baby spikes a temp and the toddler’s teething? CEREAL IT IS! This is a great time to have the option to pull out the stash of take out menus and have dinner paid for.

Gas Cards. For families whose babies are still in the hospital. Traveling back and forth can be trying on more than your emotions.

You can offer to pay for a couple months of a grocery/menu planning service like Oh! Dinner. My cousin just launched this (Hi Bonnie!) and I think it’s pretty cool. (I’m not being paid to tell you about it.) For a small monthly fee you get a weekly menu plan and a corresponding grocery list. Dinner, solved. I’d wait to offer this up until the new babe is at least a few months old – but letting the new mom/dad know about it so they can help you decide when a good time to begin is always a great idea.

I’m sure I missed something – leave your best tips and tricks (or go-to delivery dishes) in the comments!

{How to} Roast Asparagus

Asparagus!! I love this stuff. It’s easy, too.

Let’s roast some and retain all kinds of yummy nutrients that you lose when you boil them. Steaming is good too, but I enjoy a little crunch.

{how to} roast asparagus

You’ll Need:

# Asparagus
# EVOO
# Salt and pepper

Rinse the asparagus and cut the tips off.

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Drizzle with EVOO.

{how to} roast asparagus

{how to} roast asparagus

Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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Put in oven on broil for 5 minutes.

{how to} roast asparagus

Enjoy!

Food and Money

We spend the most money on food. It’s kind of embarrassing.

So we’re out of our allotted food budget and pay day is still far away – we don’t have a fully stocked freezer of meat and I’m low on almost everything else.

Dinner tonight is kind of a mayhem mishap that smells delicious so far.

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Here’s what we did:

I have a pound of breakfast sausage, onions, garlic, rice and eggs. We also have some jalepeno poppers in the fridge gifted to us by my mom – so we’ll throw those in the oven too.

I made 1 C of rice with some basil, curry and a bit of EVOO.

I’ll fry the onions in the leftover bacon grease and some extra butter, roast some of the garlic, fry the other with the onions and when they’re translucent I’ll add the sausage.

When the sausage is browned I’ll remove from heat and set aside. Fry up some eggs sunny side up and layer like …

Rice
Sausage, onions, garlic.
Egg

Roasted garlic and jalepeno poppers on the side. We can add a green salad as well if needed.

Onions

I spent $0 on dinner and we’ll have left overs for breakfast (the sausage). I incorporated garlic which I’m trying to do in every way possible right now because I’m battling a yeast overgrowth in my stomach. Which is why my eye’s aren’t getting any better and my sinuses are on strike.

Healthy for our wallets and our bellies! How do you guys do it? Last minute panic that you have dinner in an hour and nothing in the fridge? Or you’re just TIRED? Oh my word, that’s such a battle.

Little Dippers

Snacking. Grazing. “Just a little piece”.

All excuses for not eating dinner, “just ONE bite, mom?”.

My kids are snackers. Love the snacking, will snack all day … because I let them.

They eat the square meals with us as well and we have rules at the table about clearing your plate and only taking what you know you’ll eat, but also trying something new … no matter what.

This is just what works for us as a family and they’re not snacking on cheetos all day, although … I do let them have those types of things once in a while. It’s a variety – that’s how they like it, that’s how we deal with the dinner time blues.

snacks

Both of our kids are Little Dippers. They love to dip their snacks. Carrots in ranch or hummus, pretzels in peanut butter or hummus … hummus goes with everything. They dip in yogurt, soft cheeses, even ketchup on occasion. They love sauce!

That’s a t-shirt – “My kids LOVE the SAUCE”

Farmers Market snacks

We frequent the Farmers Market for in-season berries and fruit and I generally let the kids drive the “what are we getting” train. Some times that means we spend $15 just on fruit and sometimes it means we splurge on things like dips, sesame sticks and organic butters. It also means that by the time we’re home they’ve probably already devoured the raspberries (they’re FAVORITE) or made a great big dent in the 20 pound box of blueberries.

Snacks

I don’t mind that they eat A LOT of the healthy food and some of the not-so-healthy snacks. An ice cream cone peppered in between some avocado and hummus is OK with me. I want both of our kids to love food, not be afraid of it or worry about calories or the junk factor.

I realize I’m sounding like I’m a pro at this which isn’t my intention – but I get the feeling that there’s a huge rift in how we feed our kids and how we view food ourselves. Maybe it’s just my generation (specifically the legacy the women before me left about food) and that I grew up believing that food was evil and the only good thing about it was the sense of control we could feel if we gathered our intentions and stood on the scale obsessively.

I still struggle with this, personally, daily. Food isn’t “good” and it cannot be “bad”. Food is not a moral. It can be healthy or unhealthy, it can be a choice you make for your self, for your health, for your emotions. The most important thing about food, aside from the intake we need to survive, is that we are in charge of the choices we make about food.

The book you just read can’t make the decision for you. The doctor you just consulted with has no power over what you put in your mouth. The magazine cover you stare out as you’re paying for your groceries is asking you to believe in graphic design more than what would be best for your life, for your body and for your family.

I don’t feel that are many RIGHT and WRONG answers when it comes to food but I do feel that food is a journey to be enjoyed and that it’s not always smooth sailing.

So I let my kids along for the ride.

They just happen to be really adventurous … such is their life on a daily basis.