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Monkey Bread

1 Aug

Introduction:

Happy August! To celebrate this beautiful summer month, here is a delicious dessert (or breakfast, if you think your stomach can handle so much sugar first thing in the morning). It’s a fun food for all ages, but be forewarned it is very messy to eat…you’ll be using your fingers! This is a very simple recipe to follow, so even our inexperienced readers can try it at home. So, what are you waiting for?! Roll up your sleeves and make it, this bread is delicious.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cans refrigerated biscuits
  • 3/4 stick of butter
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup white sugar
  • 2 Tbsp cinnamon

Instructions:

1.) Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease a 10 inch tube or bundt pan. Cut each biscuit into four segments.

2.) In a medium sized plastic bag, mix the cinnamon and white sugar together. You’ll use this bag to coat your biscuit in yummy goodness. Place a few segments into the bag and shake what your mother gave you!

3.) Once all the segments are properly coated, take the biscuits out and layer them in the pan. Repeat this process until all of the biscuits are used up.

4.) Combine the butter, brown sugar and any remaining sugar/cinnamon mixture in a small pot over medium heat. Allow them to boil for one minute.

5.) Pour the glaze over the biscuits. Try to make sure that the glaze gets to the lower layers of the bread (it might even be a good idea to layer the glaze as you add biscuit segments).

6.) Bake your dish in the oven for 28-35 minutes. Remove when bread is golden brown and sauce is bubbly. Let it cool for 10 minutes in the pan, turn it over onto a plate and ENJOY!

The original recipe comes from the Pillsbury website, but it can also be found  over here.

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T-Rex Watermelon!

12 Jul

Introduction:

Now this is a really fun thing to try at home! Let’s say you’re having a barbecue and you really want to bring/make the best thing ever. There’s one easy choice for what to bring:

T-REX WATERMELON!

Now, I’m sure some of you may be intimidated by this ferocious beast, but don’t worry, even you can tame this dino. Just follow these easy steps and please be careful, we don’t want anyone losing any fingers trying to impress their friends.

 Ingredients:

  • 1 Large Watermelon
  • Whatever other fruit you’d like to put into your fruit salad
  • Toothpicks

 Instructions:

1.) Wash the exterior of the watermelon. Find the flattest side and use this as the base of the T-Rex head. If no sides are suitable simply cut a thin slice off to make a flat bottom.

2.) Lightly draw the mouth onto the T-Rex using pencil. When deciding the size of the mouth remember that you’ll be cutting teeth out of the rind too, so make the opening a little smaller than desired. *It is VERY important to leave enough rind at the back of the jaw so that it can support the top half of the head.

3.) Turn the watermelon so the opening is facing the ceiling and cut away the mouth area using a sharp knife. Scoop out as much fruit as you can using a melon-baller (or a simple spoon works too) and place in a separate bowl for later. While you are scooping, be careful so that you don’t crack your buddy’s jaw (T-Rex’s do NOT like to have surgery).

Scoop Insides

4.) Carve whatever kind of jagged teeth you’d like into the mouth opening.

5.) Cut eyebrow and nose pieces from the leftover rind.

6.) Position the eyebrow on the T-Rex head. Attach it using toothpicks.

7.) Carve out an eye under the eyebrow (cutting all the way through the rind). Do the same for the other side of the head.

8.) Add the nostril pieces to the front of the watermelon once again using toothpicks as the anchor.

9.) Now your T-Rex is almost complete! Just fill with the watermelon that you removed earlier, and any other desired fruit.

Original concept and great how-to pictures can be found here.

Printer friendly version is over here.