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Monkey Bread Pizza

So as usually I was searching online for different things that looked good and I came across this thing, this gorgeous, yummy looking thing! Monkey Bread Pizza.  So I wrote down the directions, even though I had them etched into my brain already, and bought the stuff to make it the next day. My mom was over visiting so she helped make it.

We had an assembly line going. My husband cut the dough, I filled them and my mom oiled and placed into the pan. We brought them over to eat for my nieces birthday party. They were more for us since they all had pizza to eat but we had everyone try them and it was a big hit. We made them again about a week later just for the 2 of us. We ate half in one sitting…the rest was lunch for the next day.

Here’s the recipe based off this one http://www.jasonandshawnda.com/foodiebride/archives/7195

2 – Pizza Dough’s (we bought them already made but you can use homemade if you want)

1 – Jar Mariana Sauce

1 – Block of Cheese ( we used Daiya Jack Cheese but you can use any)

1 – Package Pepperoni ( We used Yves)

1 Cup – Oil (We used my husband home-made oil recipe below)

Preheat oven to 400 and oil your bundt pan ( you can also use a 9 x 13 pan but then you will have to use half the ingredients)

First you are going to flatten the dough and slice each thing of dough into 22 pieces ( or as many as you want).

Second you are going to cut up the cheese into 44 pieces or cut into as many pieces of dough as you have.

Third you are going to take a piece of dough. Place a slice of pepperoni  into the middle of the dough add your cheese chuck and fold or pinch the dough over so you wrap the pepperoni and cheese into the dough.

Fourth oil your dough and place into the bundt pan.

Fifth once all your dough is filled, pinch, oiled and placed into pan you are going to cover your pan with scan wrap and leave on counter for 30 minutes to rise.

Sixth once 30 minutes is up place in center of oven for about 45 minutes.

Seventh take out of oven and let cool 15 minutes before turning it over onto a place.

Eight Place bowl of mariana sauce in center hole and enjoy!

Homemade Oil Recipe:

Olive Oil

Fresh Minced Garlic

Garlic and Parsley Salt

Dried Italian seasoning

Mix all together to your taste!

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“Birth” Day Cupcakes

My Sister had her 3rd child Saturday. A Beautiful Baby Girl!!! I’m a happy Aunt 🙂

Baylee Mae was born 8/11/2012 at 12:31 PM.

A huge CONGRATULATIONS to the proud Mommy, Daddy, Big Sister and Big Brother.

Since it was her birthday I had to make her something to start it off right.  I used this doughnut recipe by CCK (Chocolate Covered Katie…I know, I know another one of her recipes. But seriously they’re fabulous tasting and totally easy to make). But I couldn’t stop at just that. I had to jazzy it up some….soooooo I made candles, and roses and B’s (the letter not the bug) with fondant.

I had such a fun time making them and was so happy with how cute them came out. I mean I had an idea of how I wanted them to look and they came our better than I hoped so I was thrilled to say the least.

Doughnut Recipe (with sprinkles added). ( I did 1 and 1/ 2 recipes and it made 14 cupcakes.)

Frosting

I used Pillsbury Strawberry Frosting. I colored half purple and left the rest pink. I then put them both into a frosting bag (one color on one side the other color on the other. It’s a bit messy but not to bad) and piped them out  ( here’s another way to do 2 or more colors). I started from the middle of the cupcake and worked by may out. That’s how you get the rose look.

Fondant Candles:White Fondant, Yellow Fondant and Purple Fondant. (You can color your own of by the pre-colored ones).

Roll white fondant into a cylinder shape however big you want your candle. Place a little hole at the top so you flame can go into it some. Place to the side. Take some purple fondant and roll into thin (or thick if you prefer) strings. Roll your purple string fondant onto your while cylinder. I did three separate ones but you can do one long one and wrap it around the whole cylinder. Now place to the side. Roll your yellow fondant into a ball and then peak the top some to make it look like a flame. Now peak the bottom slightly so it will fit into your cylinder. Get the bottom of your flame a little wet with water and stick it into your cylinder.  Ta Da!!!! You’ve made a candle. They get easier as you go along. Now if you want your candle to stand up straight you will want to add some gum tex into your fondant. I have never tried it before but that’s how you get it to work I’ve been told.  You can check it out here.

B’s (the letter not the bug).

If you have a “B” cutter then you can just roll your fondant out and cut the B’s out but I didn’t have one so I used a frosting tip.

Roll your fondant out to the thickness you want. Then used the big circle end of your tip and push into fondant. I used 2 circles and over lap them. Then I used the small part of the tip to place a hole into each circle. Then I flatten the bottom circle and the sides to make it look more like a ‘B”.

Roses

The roses were so easy and fun to make. I found out how to make them on this site. It’s for gum paste but worked perfectly for fondant.  Here is another site and here as well.

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Vegan Pumpkin Bread

I used to work with a gentlemen whose wife made this amazing Pumpkin Bread.  I mean it was so good I HAD to asked for the recipe and then I HAD to make it. Like ASAP!!!!

That was before I turned vegan so I wasn’t sure if it would taste as good vegan and OH MY GOSH…it does.  I was so happy that it does. Its one of my all time fav’s.  So I had to share it with everyone.

The original recipe makes 3 large loafs or 6 small loaves or 1 bunt cake and 1 loaf pan so since that is way to much for just 2 people I cut the recipe in half and it made 1 large loaf which was perfect. Once it cooled down I sliced it into thick slices and put it in little baggies so I could just grab a bag and have it for breakfast at work.

So without further waiting….here is the magnificent recipe.

Makes 1 large loaf

Wet Ingredients

  • 8 oz Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/2 cup Oil ( I used corn)
  • 1 1/2 cups Sugar
  • 2  fake eggs  – I used Ener-G-Egg Replacer 3 tsp replacer mixed with 4 TBS water
  • 1/3 cup Water

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Soda
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/4 tsp Cloves (Ground Cloves not whole leaves)
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg

Real simple easy to assemble now. You ready????

Mix wet ingredients together.

Mix dry ingredients together.

Add dry into wet and mix till combine.

Pour into loaf pan and bake for about 1 hr or so. I think it took mine about 1 hr and 15 mins. Just keep checking till toothpick comes out clean.

Optional – Chopped Nuts. I added whole walnuts to my mix. Just place them into the bottom of the pan before pouring in your mix and bake as directed.

ENJOY!!!!

P.S. share this will family and friends. They will love you forever since it’s that amazing!

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Camping or Hurricane Food!!!

We were at Bass Pro Shop not to long ago when we decided to look at the camping foods.

Whenever we go places we always try to look for vegan items that are easy to cook that we can take camping with us or for Hurricane supplies.

That’s when we came across Backpacker’s Pantry.

Bass Pro Shop had 3 we could choose from that are vegan.

Score, Jackpot!!!!!

We decided to try 2 of them, Louisiana Red Beans and Rice and Katmandu Curry.

All you have to do is add boiling water, close the pouch and let sit for about 13 minutes or so. Pretty darn easy I think and all you really need is a pot and a camp fire or grill.

They were better than I thought they would be. They were a bit spicy for my taste but my husband thought they were good. I ate mine with bread and it was perfect.

The Louisiana Red Beans and Rice was like soup with beans and rice. They were whole beans it in and the rice tasted perfectly done.

The Katmandu Curry was a bit thicker then the beans and rice was. It was also spicier.

They are priced pretty good and they serve 2 people. They do have ones that can serve up to 4 as well. Each serving is about 13 ounces. They also have a shelf life between 1.5 to 3 years depending on the product.

Check out the website!

All I did was type in vegan in the search bar and 19 items came up listed as vegan.

Organic Peanut Butter and Raisin Oatmeal

Organic Yakisoba Noodles

Organic Olive Oil (6 pack) – 4 Servings

All-Natural Peanut Butter (4 pack) – 4 Servings

Applesauce – 2 Servings

Freeze-dried Strawberries – 1 Servings

Chana Masala – 2 Servings

Pad Thai – 2 Servings

Louisiana Red Beans and Rice – 2 Servings

Katmandu Curry – 2 Servings

Spaghetti & Sauce – 2 Servings

Green Bean Almondine – 2 Servings

Sicilian Mixed Vegetables – 2 Servings

Apple D’Lite – 2 Servings

Salsa – 4 Servings

Fruit Jelly (4 pack) – 4 Servings

Louisiana Red Beans and Rice – 4 Servings

Corn – 4 Servings

Green Beam Almondine – 4 Servings

We want to try them all. I will let you all know once we do. If you try them or have tried them let us know!

P.S. Were not getting compensated for promoting them or anything. We just like sharing when we find out about vegan things!!!! More and more options are becoming available every day and we love finding out about them and passing the information along.

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