monkey bread.

She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household… vs. 15a

A few nights ago I decided to make baked bananas for my two roommates. Well, I had just bought a bag of bananas. They were neon green in color. They weren’t quite ripe enough. But I thought, surely if I bake them, they will still taste okay. Basically, I was too impatient to wait a few days because I really wanted to eat bananas with honey and cinnamon on top THAT INSTANT. Let’s just say: bad idea. Whenever I went to peel it, the peeling looked like a corn stalk. Still yet I thought: it probably doesn’t taste that bad. One bite into it changed my mind about that too.

At this point, my two roommates and I could practically taste sweet goodness in our mouth. We all three had been so excited to eat a little dessert that night. So, I thought…what should we make instead?

As I shared with you in my post yesterday, there’s this website called My Fridge Food. You can here about how awesome it is here.

Anyway, we put in the items that we had in our pantry, freezer, and refrigerator and then narrowed it down to “dessert.”

Monkey bread came up…and we had all of the ingredients! Sounds like it was meant to be.

So monkey bread is what we made.

I would definitely recommend making this. For 3 reasons: It takes very little ingredients, it is really really delicious, and it seems like you spent hours on it when really it was about 30 minutes.

Here are the ingredients…

Step 1: Cut the biscuits in half (if they are small) or in quarter pieces (if they are big).

Step 2: Mold the pieces in little balls and roll them in a sugar/cinnamon mixture. (about 1/2 cup sugar with a few dashes of cinnamon).

Step 3:  Form balls into pan (a bundt pan is best, but we didn’t have one) to create the bread. Then pour a boiling mixture of butter and brown sugar  (about 1/2 cup butter and a couple tablespoons of brown sugar) over the bread.

Step 4:  Smash the balls together so they aren’t so uniform looking.

Step 5: Bake on 350 degrees for about 20 minutes (or until brown) and let cool before you dig in. It should look something like this…

Serve and enjoy!

* This is part of the Blue Cricket Design link party.


free ebook: 15 slow cooker favorites.

She perceives that her merchandise is profitable. Her lamp does not go out at night. vs. 18

Family Circle is a magazine that I have seen on our coffee table for years. My mom has always liked it. Today I found a FREE ebook from them called 15 Slow Cooker Favorites. You can get yourself a copy too! Who doesn’t like free, crock-pot recipes?

First: Go to this link and “like” them on facebook.

Second: Click on the big picture that says “Get your FREE Printable Cookbook.” It will download a PDF onto your computer.

Third: Save it on your computer.

Fourth: Read, enjoy, and cook up something delicious! Oh, and don’t forget to tell me about it.

Fifth: Subscribe to my blog via email or RSS on the right side of the homepage…..sorry, that’s not REALLY part of this free ebook thing. Just wanted to throw that out there!

Also, I found this deal from Money Saving Mom. She has amazing money-saving resources. Check her out!


pie in mason jar.

She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household…vs. 15a

This recipe is called Last Minute Oh-My-Gosh We Have Visitors Banana Cream Pie. There are two reasons I LOVE this: Number 1: it is quick and easy. Number 2: it’s delicious and unique. Okay, that was actually like four reasons. Clearly, it’s quite a treat. Basically, it is just banana cream pie, in a mason jar. Brilliant? I’d say so.

So this is what’s up…

I modified the recipe slightly. So you may want to follow my directions versus the link above. Also, I fit the ingredients into 4 mason regular sized mason jars.


1. Whip together two boxes of banana pudding. (4 cups of milk) Let is set for 5 minutes at room temperature.

2. Melt butter in microwave (about 1/2 cups).

3. In bowl, combine 1 cup graham cracker crumbs and the butter. Please don’t use a spoon. Get your hands in there. It’s way more fun.

4. Take the soaking-wet-packed-together crust (graham cracker crumbs and butter) and spread them evenly into your mason jars. Pack em’ on the bottom of each jar.

5. Chop up some bananas and place them in the jars next.

6. Spoon the pudding on top of the bananas.

7. Pretend you work at dairy queen and make a beautiful whipped topping design on top.

8. Top with a banana slice. A small one so it won’t weigh down your topping creation.

Ta da!

This is a really quick and easy dessert, when you have unexpected guests. Or it’s midnight and your sweet tooth is talking.

* This is part of The Girl Creative link party.

* This is part of Cozy Home link party.

apple crisp deliciousness.

She is like the ships of the merchant; she brings her food from afar. vs. 14

On Wednesday night, Kaleb and I went over to one of our wedding mentor’s home, Dan & Claire Digman. The night was filled with being  transparent, laughing, eating good food, loving their daughter, admiring their well-trained dogs, and enjoying apple crisp deliciousness. The apple crisp deliciousness was our contribution.

Whenever we go to someone’s home, we always ask, “What can we bring?” Well, dessert was the answer. So dessert was brought. I always try to keep in mind what everyone there would like and what would taste good according to the season we are in. Well, apple crisp is perfect for fall and winter. So that’s what I made. This was the first time making this, and believe me, I will be making it again. Yum!

The recipe came from…Joy the Baker. It’s called Sit-and-Stay-a-While Apple Crisp. And that is exactly what we did.

Here are the ingredients…

This is what you do…

1. Cut up them apples. (You can use any apples, but I have a deep love for green, sour apples.)

2. Put one layer of apples on the bottom of the pan.

3. Sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon mix together on those apples. (this is to ensure that the bottom doesn’t get cheated out on the sugary goodness)

4. Add the rest of the apples…and repeat sprinkle process.

5. Mix the other ingredients together in a bowl. (it will look a little crumbly and a little doughy, don’t be alarmed. it’s messy apple crisp…it works well like that)

6. Spread that mix on those apples. Cover them completely.

7. Put your culinary creation into the oven on 350 degrees. Leave it in a good hour so it will get nice and brown. Joy says it should look like this… (mine wasn’t this pretty because I didn’t leave it in long enough to get that brown due to a time constraint; however, it still tasted delicious)

Final and most important step: PLEASE SERVE WITH VANILLA ICE CREAM! Your taste buds will appreciate you.

kiss the cook?

She looks well to the ways of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. vs. 27

Yep, that’s right..I deserve a big smooch. Why? I’ve been cooking a whole lot!

No, I’m kidding. Well, about the kiss, not about the cooking.

More specifically, I have been doing a lot of baking. Maybe cause it’s the holidays?

On Saturday, I went to my parents house, and my mom and I baked our annual Christmas cookies. This year we made sugar cookies, candy cane cookies, and walnut cookies. Delicious. Let’s just say I ate a lot of cookie dough!

I was in charge of the sugar cookies. Here are the ingredients: (this was a simple recipe from All Recipes)

Here’s the result…

Then on Sunday night, Kaleb and I wanted to spend some time with Joyce, our friend and talented wedding photographer. So we had her over to my place. She brought a Vietnamese dish, and Kaleb and I prepared an asian style salad, bread, asparagus, punch, and cinammon cake. Let’s just say we feasted.

You can find the salad recipe from All Recipes.

Here is the asian style salad ingredients… (by the way, I will be making this again. It turned out great!)

And here is what it looked like…

If I could have any time of dessert, it would be something with cinnamon in it. In Joyce’s words, cinnamon just makes you feel a certain way, and it’s good. Here are the ingredients for the cinnamon cake: (by the way, this recipe is on my Pinterest board).

This is how it turned out…

Warning: it will melt-in-your-mouth. Another warning: this recipe takes longer than you would think. First, you have to make the cake batter, then you have to make the cinammon topping, then you have to make the glaze. I was rushing around the kitchen like a mad woman because I didn’t leave myself enough time to make all this food for our dinner party with Joyce.

Thankfully, Kaleb came over and helped. He made the punch and set up the table…

The we ate and had great conversation.

The more I cook, the more comfortable I get with it. One day, I hope to not even use recipes but create something from nothing. It really is an art.

books and bisquick.

“Many women have done excellently, but you surpass them all.” vs. 29 (ESV)

My day yesterday consisted of books and bisquick…both of which are quite versatile. The first day of graduate school both of my professors said phrases like, “You HAVE to read the chapters. Or you won’t be a good social worker. Bottom line.” So, my weeks and weekends have been consisting of reading numerous chapters of about 40-50 pages each. I’m realizing that reading this much is an art. A lot of it is repetitious…but it’s versatile. What I mean by that is that all I have been reading so far (despite it’s redunant manner) has come in handy SO much in SO many instances in just my first month of professional learning. I have to write many, many papers and the books I am reading are excellent sources. Their versatility also extends to practice. When we role play in classes, my brain goes back to what I read. Alright Mr. & Mrs. Graduate School Professors: You were right. Reading is one of the best things I can do in my next two years. I feel that being a Proverbs 31 woman is being excellent in all that I do…not just homemaker stuff but also being a full-time student. I want to put my heart into my practice, I think that’s what Jesus did. He lived in the moment and put Himself in what He did. I want my husband to say that many women do excellent things, but you surpass them all.

So this is what I did yesterday in the daytime…

And at night time, I did this…

Yes! It was delicious as it looks.

This is strawberry shortcake. Made with bisquick. Bisquick mix is another versatile thing. Kaleb came over later that evening to chill and watch Lost (which by the way, is my new favorite tv show). I wanted to make something quick, easy, and different. I rememberd that I had just a little bit of Bisquick mix left…so I took advantage of it! I had never made strawberry shortcake before. But I was very happy with the result. I would recommend buying bisquick. It’s not just a pancake making mix…it’s also a dumbling, strawberry shortcake, and biscuit making mix. AND the company even puts those recipes on the box for you! So, next time you go grocery shopping…buy Bisquick. You won’t be disappointed.

Time to feast with the man who helps me relax after a long time of studying.