Pineapple Upside Down Muffins - easy, kid-approved breakfast recipe! Delicious muffins filled with crushed pineapple and topped with a sprinkle of brown sugar and a maraschino cherry!

I’m doing that thing again where I refuse to buy cereal because we’ve had this giant Sam’s Club sized box of instant oatmeal in the pantry for, like, 3 months now and I. Want. It. Gone.

I’m told that there are people in this world that enjoy oatmeal and happily eat it but my children and I are not those people.

Why’d you buy 52 packs of oatmeal, Amanda, if you guys don’t eat oatmeal?

I don’t know, y’all. I black out in Sam’s the second I start thinking about getting a slice of pizza and I don’t even realize I have the oatmeal until I’m already out the door and flinging boxes into the Jeep.

No, this isn’t the first time we’ve ended up with the oatmeal.

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Ambrosia Macaroons - delicious coconut cookies filled with orange zest, lime juice, and dried pineapple. And topped with a cherry!

COOKIES!

I’m so into making cookies right now.

I have 3 different cookies on my counter right now.

I’m refusing to try any of them because I know if I have one, I’ll have to have them all.

No self control. None.

But these! I made these weeks ago and ate way more than I’m going to admit to you today. I cannot resist a coconut macaroon!

Ambrosia Macaroons - delicious coconut cookies filled with orange zest, lime juice, and dried pineapple. And topped with a cherry!

These are different from the classic coconut macaroon though. They’re supposed to have the same flavors as ambrosia salad so they’re made with lime juice, orange zest, dried pineapple, and they have a maraschino cherry on top!

How cute are they?!

Also, really really simple. And they take no time at all!

If you love coconut macaroons as much as I do, you have to give these a try!

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Pineapple Upside Down Biscuits – canned biscuits filled with a brown sugar pineapple mixture and baked until golden brown! A quick and easy breakfast!

Pineapple Upside Down Biscuits - canned biscuits filled with a brown sugar pineapple mixture and baked until golden brown! A quick and easy breakfast!

Lately I’ve been trying to come up with new breakfast ideas.

I think everyone in the house is sick of my go-to overnight yeast waffles but I am just no good at doing anything too involved early in the morning. I’ve been on the hunt for recipes that call things like frozen hash browns or canned biscuits.

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Cherry Beergaritas – tequila, Corona, cherry 7Up, and limeade! This will be your official summer drink! 

Cherry Beergaritas - tequila, Corona, cherry 7Up, and limeade! This will be your official summer drink!

Happy Thirsty Thursday!

It’s our Friday because the kid is off school on the real Friday.

It’s conference day. Eep!

Wish me luck – I always feel like I’m in trouble when I have to go talk to his teacher. And then I end up crying and it’s a big mess.

My kid is in kindergarten. It shouldn’t be this hard.

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Happy Saturday! Time for more college football, huh?

Last weekend we were all excited for some Alabama football. Remember? Well, since we now live across the country, the game was blacked out. Of course. So my husband pulled the “I’m going to be deployed next season and won’t get to watch any games *sadface* and what’s a girl supposed to say to that? Nothing, that’s what. You just call the cable company to order some ridiculously priced ESPN package and then ask beg each of your readers to reload your blog a few times before leaving to help pay for it.

(I’m joking about the reloading. Kind of.)

Luckily, I had these Crimson Tide Mojitos to help ease my pain. In the past I’ve always done themed cupcakes for football games but I wanted to shake it up this season with some themed drinks.

These guys require a little bit of prep (making a simple syrup, soaking the cherries) but that can all be done hours before you’re hoping to serve the drinks. They were simple to put together once everything was ready – no shaking, no stirring, easy stuff.

One warning: when you go to pour your drink, you want to make sure that you fill less than half your glass with the cherry mixture. You’re going to want to add more but fight the urge because it starts to get a little cough drop-y if you add too much.

Crimson Tide Mojito (Cherry Mojito)
from Martha Stewart Living
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup water
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 1 pound fresh or frozen cherries cut in half
  • 3 limes
  • ¾ cup vodka
  • sparkling water
Instructions
  1. Combine water and sugar in a small saucepan over low heat. Heat, stirring, until the sugar has melted. Remove from heat; refrigerate.
  2. Put cherries in a bowl. Squeeze lime juice over top and stir to make sure the cherries are coated in juice. Stir in syrup; refrigerate at least an hour.
  3. Stir cherry mixture and vodka together. Fill glasses with ice. Put ½ cup of cherry mixture into each glass. Top with sparkling water; serve immediately.
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