Maple Bacon Monkey Bread - a sweet and salty twist on the classic monkey bread. It starts with canned biscuits so it's super quick and easy!

Hey ya’ll! How was the long weekend?

My kids were with their dad so I had 3 glorious days of doing whatever I wanted. But still, I was pretty excited to get them back last night. I ran to Target yesterday morning for some recipe supplies and found myself buying them all new shoes and it turns out I kinda miss them by day 3.

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Maple Bacon Fudge - you have to make this at Christmas! The sweet and salty combo is perfect!

Hey guys, happy almost weekend!

I haven’t talked to you since Halloween so how was trick-or-treating? We’re really lucky that literally everyone in our large neighborhood has kids so Halloween is always a fun night around here.

But I guess now it’s time to move onto Thanksgiving. Or Christmas according to my Snapchat feed. You guys. Stop. It’s too early.

Normally I’m that psycho putting out lights the day after Halloween but I just can’t handle it happening so early this year. Plus, it’s still stupid hot in Texas.

I won’t lie, though, I was in Austin yesterday and may have run into Trader Joe’s for some of their holiday goodies. Christmas trees, I can skip for now. Buttercream truffles? GIMME.

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Maple Bacon Rice Krispies Treats - the classic Rice Krispies Treats with a sweet and salty twist! These are so yummy!

Heeeeey guys! I can’t believe it’s Monday again. Why does this keep happening?!

Let’s go back to Friday, mmkay?

So how was the weekend?

I did that thing where I swore I was going to stay home all weekend and clean my house and then ended up doing the exact opposite.

The monthly food truck festival over in Temple snuck up on me this month and you know I can’t miss that! So the kids and I headed over there Saturday. My favorite truck wasn’t there this month but I did have a delicious plate of Hawaiian Pulled Pork Fries and something called a Redneck Taco.

The redneck taco? Honestly, I ordered it just for the name and now I can’t stop thinking about it.

It was cornbread with rice, brisket, sausage, beans, and nacho cheese on top.

It was ridiculous and amazing and I’ll be looking for that truck next month.

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Maple Bacon Bread - perfect for toast, sandwiches, or just as a side with dinner!

I have a giveaway for you on this lovely Tuesday morning!

But first, I have to tell you what I did for my first day of freeeeeeeeeedom (aka the day all the kids went to school).

The husband is actually home right now which is a first. I’ve had kids in school for 4 years now and he’s never been home for it. So he was able to walk the kids to their classrooms with me and then we went and sat at Starbucks for coffee. I don’t think I’ve sat down in Starbucks and had coffee in… well, probably since I worked there. In 2006. Then we ended up having froyo for lunch together.

I know this is, like, regular everyday stuff for normal people but I’ve spent a lot of time alone with kids these past few years (thanks deployments!) and it’s weird to be like a real person who gets coffee and is able to hunt for Pyrex without saying “STOP TOUCHING THAT!” over and over again.

Thankfully, the kids all loved their first day and are looking forward to going back today. Fun fact: Fat Baby (who’s not a baby) said his favorite part of the day was “sleep time”.

Did you notice the gorgeous cutting board under this Maple Bacon Bread?

Yeah, that’s the giveaway! Get excited.

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I was lucky enough to receive the Teak Cutting Board and it is absolutely perfect. When I’m not using it, I’ve been displaying it on my dining room table because I just want to look at it all the time. It’s extra large at 24×18-inches and peak is naturally resistant to water which makes it easier to clean and maintain.

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About the bread?

It has maple and bacon so of course it’s delicious! And I love yeast breads that are supposed to be rustic looking because you really don’t have to pay a lot of attention to shaping and slashing and all that. Just form it into a ball and let it do it’s thing.

This loaf would be perfect toasted with jam, great for sandwiches, or just on the side of dinner.

If you are looking for recipe & entertaining inspiration and would also like to see the cutting boards that inspired them, plus earn additional entries for the giveaway, check out the recipes for Pulled Pork Pizza, BBQ Chicken Puffs, Ancho Smoked Pork, Easy Macaroni Salad, Chipotle Chili Fish Tacos With Peach Pineapple Salsa, Maple Bacon Bread, Chicken Cordon Blue Pizza, Casual Entertaining / Cheese Board, Grilled Sweet Corn & Zucchini Panzanella Salad and Buffalo Chicken Salad with Spicy Ranch Dressing.  

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We’re about a week and a half away from Thanksgiving so it’s about time I start giving you some holiday recipes, huh? Recently Red Star Yeast contacted me and asked if I wanted to bake up some of their holiday treats to share with you guys. How could I say no? Working with yeast is one of my favorite things in the world and I’m thrilled to bring you some recipes that will hopefully make your holiday meals even better!

We’re kicking the festivities off with the perfect Thanksgiving morning breakfast! It’s just what you need the morning of – a little sweetness before a day filled with savory eats!

I’m not sure whose grandma created this created this recipe but she’s a smart cookie, that grandma. The dough is deliciously sweet and rises perfectly to create light and fluffy rolls. The filling is a fairly standard cinnamon roll filling: butter, sugar, cinnamon, and nuts – all the good stuff, of course. And the glaze, oh my goodness, the glaze. Normally I use heavy cream to thin out glazes but this recipe calls for butter! I cannot even begin to describe how amazing it is. It also includes maple flavoring (you could use syrup if you don’t have flavoring – just use a tablespoon and decrease the butter to 2 tablespoons) and coffee which just puts these bad boys completely over the top.

This recipe makes a ton so it’s perfect if you’ve got a house full of people and if not, it’s easily halved and still turns out perfectly.

Grandma's Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients

For the dough:
¾ cup water
¾ cup milk
¼ cup butter, at room temperature
2 eggs, at room temperature
1½ teaspoon salt
½ cup sugar
5¾ cup bread flour
4½ teaspoons yeast
For the filling:
1/3 cup butter, melted
½ cup nuts, chopped (I used pecans)
¾ cup sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon
For the glaze:
2 cups powdered sugar
½ teaspoon maple flavoring
2 tablespoons melted butter
3 - 4 tablespoons hot coffee

Instructions

  1. In large mixer bowl, combine 2 cups flour, yeast, ½ cup sugar, and salt; mix well. Heat milk, water and butter to 120F to 130F; butter does not need to melt. Add to flour mixture; add eggs. Blend at low speed until moistened; beat 3 minutes at medium speed. By hand, gradually stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough. Knead on floured surface until smooth and elastic, 5 to 8 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover; let rise in warm place until dough tests ripe.
  2. To make the filling, combine ¾ cup sugar, nuts, and cinnamon; set aside.
  3. Punch down dough. Divide into 2 parts. On lightly floured surface, roll or pat each half to a 12 x 9-inch rectangle. Brush each part with half of melted butter; sprinkle half of Filling over dough. Starting with 12-inch side, roll up tightly. Pinch edges to seal. Cut into 12 slices. Place in greased 13 x 9-inch pans. Cover; let rise until indentation remains after lightly touching side of roll.
  4. Bake at 375F for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown.
  5. Combine all Glaze ingredients; blend until smooth. Drizzle Glaze over hot rolls; cool.
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This post is sponsored by Red Star Yeast. That said, Red Star Yeast is the only yeast I use and this recipe is fantastic!

 

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