Crescent Cinnamon Rolls!

A delicious breakfast, and you don’t even have to go to the airport!

Cinnamon Rolls (small)

It seems to be general knowledge that you should bake cookies if you are trying to sell a house.  The smell of baking cookies evokes a feeling of home.  If you ask me, though, you would be better off making cinnamon rolls.  The beauty of cinnamon rolls is that you get both the sweetness of the cinnamon filling and the inviting aroma of the bread.  Plus, then you have cinnamon rolls!  I say that’s a win-win.

I’ve always been a little hesitant to make my own cinnamon rolls.  Other than the Bread-in-a-bag, I have never really had a lot of luck with yeast breads.  I tend to kill the yeast, and I get super impatient with letting it rise, rolling it out, letting it rise again… basically, I’m just lazy and don’t want to mess with it. But I got to thinking: I found a way to fake donuts… can I fake cinnamon rolls, too?

As it turns out, I can. Continue reading

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Unique Blogger Award!

Have you ever had one of those days?  You know the type: nothing seems to be going right, you are in some sort of unidentified funk, and everyone around you notices… I have felt that way for a couple of days.  I feel like I need sunshine, but it’s been to sweltering outside.  But sunshine came in a unusual and unexpected form this morning. I picked up my phone as I woke up, checking my notifications, and I found a WordPress notification. Funny how that little thing could pull me out of my little funk and remind me people out there do see and appreciate what I’m trying to do! Continue reading

Watermelon Pineapple Ice Pops

So simple…. and so delicious!

You guys.  Seriously.  These ice pops……

Ok, so it’s summer in the American Midwest.  If you aren’t familiar with Midwest, let me clue you in.  It’s hot.  I mean, HOT.  Now, I know we’ve got nothing on Arizona or New Mexico in the heat department, but they cannot compete with us on humidity.  This makes heat a whole different animal. In Phoenix, for example, 82 degrees is 82 degrees. This is not the case in Indiana.  This afternoon, it was 82 degrees with a heat index of 102.  This is not OK.  Stepping out the front door feel like walking face-first into a warm sponge.

And do you know what my kids want to do?   Continue reading

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A few weeks ago, we went on vacation. Packing with kids is always a challenge. Packing with kids with health issues is a whole different level. We have to pack medicine, mixing-shaker bottles (for formula), various medicated creams (so… many… creams…..)…. fortunately we are on a hiatus from the NG tube, so we didn’t have to worry about that. Nevertheless, our little dude essentially has his own suitcase.  Why is that the smaller a kid is, the more luggage they need?

As we are heading out of town, it dawns on us…. no one packed the formula.   Continue reading

Chorreadas (Costa Rican sweet corn pancakes)

Un desayuno costaricense muy rico!

Chorreadas (small)

By day, I am a high school Spanish teacher.  One month ago, two other teachers (good friends of mine) and I took a group of 24 students on a week-long trip to Costa Rica.  It was an amazing trip!  I had been twice before, but as a student.  This was the first time I have ever taken students on a trip anywhere, let alone out of the country.  IMG_2082Our students did an outstanding job, and we had a blast.  We hiked a waterfall, saw an active volcano, visited an organic farm, went zip-lining, did some snorkeling… it was amazing. Continue reading

Sunbeam Igloo Snow Cone Maker

The other day, Michelle had an idea.  It was a great idea.  Snow cones.

love snow cones!  When we were in college, there was a snow cone place near campus called Ice Deli where I was regular customer.  Any time it was a nice day, I would strap on my roller blades and head down the street for my favorite icy treat – a Silver Fox snow cone. Mmmmmm……

I’ve never had much success with snow cone making at home.  But we decided to try this counter top model. Continue reading

Cherry Blueberry Ice Pops

Who knew cherries and blueberries could be so good?

Cherry Blueberry Ice Pops (large)

We just got back from a family vacation to the western part of Michigan (specifically Grand Haven and Muskegon).  The kids had a blast.  I’ve been to Lake Michigan before, but I had forgotten how beautiful that area is. Two things Michigan is well-known for are cherries and blueberries.  Two things I am well-known for absolutely hating are cherries and blueberries.  People think I’m crazy, but I have just never been a fan of most fruits, especially berries. However, when it was suggested that we take the kids cherry picking and blueberry picking, we jumped at it.  It sounded like a fun day, and just because don’t like fruit doesn’t mean my kids shouldn’t.

They had so much fun picking cherries! It made the long drive to the orchard totally worth it.  Before we knew it, they had picked 7 ½ pounds of cherries. And here’s the best part:

Reese ate cherries! Continue reading

Mint Melon Ice Pops

Beat the heat of summer with homemade refreshment!

Mint Melon Ice Pops (small)

“Daddy, can I have a pockidle?” This is something I hear on an almost daily basis. Maybe some day they’ll learn how to properly say the word “popsicle,” but I’ll enjoy the adorable mispronunciation while it lasts!

We always have ice pops in our house (and almost never Popsicle brand… I don’t like to pay that much). The other day we bought an ice pop mold from Walmart (nope, not ashamed even a little bit), but I had little idea what we would do it with.  Soon after, I ran across an ice pop recipe from Food Network.  It sounded awful.  Primarily because it included cilantro.  Since I feel like cilantro tastes like the result of someone cleaning out a lawn mower bag with dish detergent, I had no desire to try it.  But it gave me an idea. Continue reading