Monkey Bread

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on January 9, 2011

Everyone here in the Young household will agree that Monkey Bread is definitely listed in the “best baked creation ever” category. Made as a special treat, mostly around the holidays, a batch of this gooey goodness is sure to elicit squeals of delight from all.

And, with the directions right on the package of Pillsbury biscuits, there’s no searching for the recipe. Making Monkey Bread is a fun and easy way to get the kiddos in the kitchen.


The only problem? You can’t leave the Monkey bread to cool on the counter unattended without expecting to return to find it devoured!


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Spreading Christmas Cheer

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on December 24, 2010

All week the kids and I have been baking up a storm. Cookies, cupcakes and candy have been tempting us with their yummy goodness.







Today we’ve delivered some of these sweet treats, but tomorrow morning will find us playing a bit of ding dong ditch on unsuspecting (and often grumpy) neighbors!

Spreading Christmas cheer is so much fun!

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Eggland’s Best Holiday Baking Party

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on November 21, 2010

On Friday some of my best friends and I spent the entire afternoon doing one of our favorite things – baking! Eggland’s Best sponsored this fabulous baking party and we even had door prizes! We made Quiche, Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies and homemade ice cream, all with Eggland’s Best eggs. (See recipes below.)

QUICHE

Line pie pan with pie dough and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Layer with grated cheese, sauteed spinach, sauteed mushrooms, sauteed onions and diced tomatoes. Pour mixture of 6 Eggland’s Best eggs and 1/4 cup milk. Bake at 375º for 45 minutes.

VANILLA ICE CREAM

Beat 2 Eggland’s Best eggs in a large bowl until thick and lemon-colored (about 5 minutes). Add 1 cup sugar and beat until light and fluffy (about 3 minutes). Stir in 2 3/4 cup half & half, 1 tablespoon vanilla and 1 cup whipping cream and pour in to ice cream canister. Follow manufacturer’s directions. Makes 2 quarts.

CRANBERRY WHITE CHOCOLATE CHUNK COOKIES

This post is sponsored by Eggland’s Best.
I received monetary compensation for my participation,
but my review and opinions are my own.

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Homemade Treats Make Great Gifts

by Christine - From Dates to Diapers on November 12, 2010

My family and I make lots of goodies during the Holiday season – Cranberry White Chocolate Chunk Cookies, Pumpkin Cake and Fudge are just a few of our favorites. Baked goodies are not only extremely yummy, but they also make great inexpensive gifts for neighbors, family members and friends, especially when packaged up nice and pretty.

You can find many ingredient items on Rollback at Walmart right now. Be sure to look for festive goody sacks and tins at great prices, too!

Some of my kiddos and I just recently made homemade fudge. I wasn’t able to include the recipe in the following video, but see below the clip for step-by-step directions (courtesy of Nestle!) on how to make these scrumptious bits of chocolatey goodness that your favorite people will go nuts over!

CARNATION FAMOUS FUDGE

Ingredients::

1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
2/3 cup (5 fl.-oz. can) Evaporated Milk
2 tablespoons butter
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 cups Jet-Puffed miniature marshmallows
1 1/2 cups (9 oz.) Nestle Toll House Semi-Sweet Chocolate Morsels
1/2 cup FISHER chopped pecans
1 teaspoon McCormick’s vanilla extract

Directions::

LINE 8-inch-square baking pan with foil.

COMBINE sugar, evaporated milk, butter and salt in medium, heavy-duty saucepan. Bring to a full rolling boil over medium heat, stirring constantly. Boil, stirring constantly, for 4 to 5 minutes. Remove from heat.

STIR in marshmallows, morsels, nuts and vanilla extract. Stir vigorously for 1 minute or until marshmallows are melted. Pour into prepared baking pan; refrigerate for 2 hours or until firm. Lift from pan; remove foil. Cut into 48 pieces.

Do you enjoy baking with your kiddos around the Holidays? What do YOU give as gifts?

I am a part of the Walmart Moms program, and Walmart has provided me with compensation for this post and video. My participation is voluntary and opinions are my own.

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Peach Crisp {A Delicious Summer Treat}

July 2, 2010

We simply love peaches. Fresh is best, of course, but we’ll eat them out of a jar, in a cobbler, or even in smoothies. I was jonesin’ for a dish-ful of warm peach crisp yesterday, so I searched for a good recipe. None of my foodie friends seemed to be of much help (I still […]

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Breakfast with Sandra Lee and Pillsbury

April 6, 2010

This morning, over breakfast, I had the chance to chat with Sandra Lee about Pillsbury Rolls and Sunday morning family rituals. What?! You don’t know who Sandra Lee is? That’s okay, neither did I before last week, but I’m sure glad I had a chance to “meet” her. Let me tell you a bit about […]

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