Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Breakfast Banana Split

  
For my hubby's birthday I fixed him a special breakfast that included these 'banana splits'.  The original recipe was found on Chellie's blog, Art From My Table.  I just loved how it looked and even though I am not a fan of bananas, I have to say it WAS delicious and refreshing.
Bananas, blackberries, raspberries, mini chocolate chips and strawberry yogurt create this fun creation.  BUT . . . the next day, I realized I had forgotten to add the granola!  Oh well, I have enough to make these again and THIS time I will add the granola because I think that will really kick it up another notch . . . and I didn't think the first ones needed a kick!
I couldn't find Greek strawberry yogurt so I just went with the regular.  I did get the 'full fat' version but I think the 'light' would work just as well.
I followed Chellie's instructions and froze the yogurt in the containers for an hour.  I decided to use a cookie dough scoop instead of an ice cream scoop to get the cute, little round balls of frozen yogurt.  Then I put them on a flat plate, covered and returned to the freezer until the morning.
I let the yogurt balls sit on the counter for a bit to soften.  Just slice the bananas and fill the dish with the yogurt balls, berries (any kind you like).  Add a sprinkle of chocolate chips and don't forget the granola like I did!  I think these would be great with a little bit of whipped cream and sprinkles too!
An omelet, the banana splits and Cinnamon Roll French Toast Muffins (see my post on those for another easy, fun recipe!) created this special birthday breakfast!  I'm sure I'll be making these banana splits often - trying different flavors of yogurt and that little bit of whipped cream haha!

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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Cinnamon Roll French Toast Muffins

Today is my sweet husband's birthday so to start off his day, I made him a festive, fun breakfast that included these muffins.  The original recipe can be found HERE at Deliciously Sprinkled. I made a few modifications so I'll give you the recipe below.
The recipe calls for two cans of "Grands" Cinnamon Rolls or three cans of regular.  I don't know what's up (maybe all of this cold weather??) but twice now my grocery store has been sold out of the large rolls so I got three cans of the regular size.  Remove the icing packets and set those aside. I cut each roll into four pieces (To save time I just stacked 3-4 on top of each other and cut them all at once).  They separate on their own when you put them in the 'egg bath' and toss them around.
Here they are ready to go into the oven.  I topped them with star and teddy bear sprinkles but wouldn't these be fun for holidays topped with Christmas or Valentine or Easter sprinkles??  Be sure to grease your muffin tin WELL.  I REALLY greased mine and they still stuck a little bit.
20 minutes in a 375 degree oven and they were big and puffy!  Let them cool a bit before icing.
YUM!!! These were so tasty!  
Once you heat the icing for a few seconds in the microwave, drizzle the muffins with it and add a few more sprinkles (I mean, can you EVER have too many sprinkles??)
Combined with a spinach and cheese omelet, a special 'banana split' (recipe for that coming next!) and a few candles and it's Happy Birthday Hubby!  

Cinnamon Roll French Toast Muffins

2 package of Grands Cinnamon Rolls OR 3 packages of regular cinnamon rolls
2 eggs
1/4 c milk/almond milk/cream (I used Almond Milk just because that's what I had)
1 t vanilla
Sprinkles

Combine milk, eggs and vanilla in a bowl.
Cut cinnamon rolls into 4 pieces if using regular size and 8 pieces of using the Grands. 
Toss cinnamon roll pieces in egg mixture and place in heavily greased muffin tin.  Fill tins over the top with the roll pieces.
Drizzle any extra egg mixture over top.
Bake 20 minutes at 375 degrees.
Remove from oven and let cool slightly.
Heat icing packets in microwave for 5-10 seconds and drizzle icing over top of muffins.  
Top with additional sprinkles

Enjoy!

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Sunday, January 14, 2018

Multi-Season Yard Decor Signs

 All you need to create an ever-changeable set of yard art is some scrap wood and paint. You all know I LOVE finding ways to decorate that can be used for multiple seasons and holidays so here's one more for you!
Reclaimed fence boards are the base for this project but you could use any scrap wood you may have on hand. Old garden stakes create the base for these. I used a jigsaw to cut the heart shapes but you can certainly purchased unfinished shapes as well. This was my first time using my new jigsaw I got for Christmas. It's a bit scary but fun and I'm sure I'll be using it A LOT!
Once I painted the hearts I decided that they needed to be a bit more 'weathered' so I sanded them and added some dark wax to age them a little. You could of course just leave them as it if that's what you like.
Here they are after sanding and waxing.
Since I was using old fence boards, they already had the squared off edges at the top but you could recreate this with any scrap wood or even completely round the tops off too. I gave them a wash of white paint and then sanded them a bit as well to age them.
These garden stakes were some mighty hard and thick wood so I decided to drill the holes completely through them for the screws to go in.
Then with my trusty awl (man, I need some hand lotion!!) I make a hole through the stakes into the back of the board for the screw to go into.
One wood screw was enough to hold these tightly to the boards.  Everything got a coat of clear acrylic since these will be outside in the weather and I want them to last a long time.
Remember the idea is that these are multi-seasonal so I didn't want to permanently attach the hearts.  I just used a long nail but I may get the hooks that screw in and swap those out for the nails. I used the nails because that's just what I had on hand and they work fine.
I put my signs in my house number buckets in front of my home but you could put these directly into the ground and they'd be just as cute.
I think I'll really have to practice with my jigsaw to cut out shamrocks! But there are so many possibilities:  Eggs/Flowers for Easter/Spring; Flags for 4th of July; Pumpkins for fall; Ornaments for Christmas . . . and like I said, you can also just buy the wood cut outs.  So easy to add a festive touch to your yard or garden!


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