Desserts with a hole in da middle

After a long day at work and a few tv shows the infamous sweet tooth kicks in and frankly it’s just too cold outside for a snack run.

I almost completely forgot about the buttermilk biscuits I bought, partially because we don’t have an oven. But have no fear (dun dun dun duh) Super mom is here!

We made our own donuts!
So simple and delicious.

Here’s what you need:
Cooking oil
Biscuits
Toppings ie sugar, chocolate, cinnamon

I heated a half a pan of oil in my Rival Cooker at 350°
Then took 8 biscuits flattened them with my palm and used a gerber food top to cut a hole in the middle
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Dropping them lightly in the oil, they cooked until brown on both sides

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They puff up nicely, similar to pancakes it’s easy to tell when they are ready to be flipped and when they are done.

I placed them on a cooking rack to drain, and then tossed them in sugar, cinnamon and even a few got drizzled in chocolate.

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Cost $0.00 (since I had all ingredients on hand)
Time: 10 mins max

And guess what the kids asked? “Mom can you buy more biscuits?”

What’s your favorite homemade dessert?

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Random: Kids & their crap

Our kids vary in age but equal in gender. We have 2 boys and 2 girls. Baby Kae is still too young at 9 months to be anything other than a crawling tornado. Nee’ just turned 5 and she’s into girly things like fairies, princesses, and Hello Kitty. Every once in a while she’s ‘calling cars’ and pointing out the ‘ole schools’ that match the matchbox cars Mison has. Mison is seven. He likes drawing and is really crafty (much like me). He can take found objects and make his own toys even. He has a collection of matchbox and hot wheel cars with their own custom track he made and he named them all. Which leads me to Nen. He just turned 10…

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Nen is into electronics. Electronics that are expensive and I won’t buy. They have a tablet that they share, but I don’t allow internet access so he thinks its pretty boring. Except for a few games that were preloaded, including angry birds. Nen has tried to start collections but he gets bored with them really quick. He started a rock collection and got in trouble one day, and proceeded to throw the rock out the car window. And yes, it was only one rock. Since we were siting in an Einstein Bros. parking lot and not actually moving,  I only yelled at him. But this time I’m trying to encourage him to stick to his project.

He decided on a whim to start collecting bottle caps. Unfortunately the real bottle caps are mostly beer and alcohol but to his advantage thanks to all the litterers of the world who drink, we have 19 caps in 3 days. Every time we go for walks we scavenge the curbs and collect.

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Our library visit today we tried to find books about collecting but couldn’t. In the whole city at every branch they didn’t have any material about collections or bottle cap collections so my next scavenger hunt is the internet, to find what we should do with the caps.

Right now its just fun finding them and having an activity during walking besides avoiding cracks in the sidewalk or sneaking around the dogs we see. I even tried to add moral value to his collection today;

The bottle cap collection is far more valuable than any phone or mp3 player you want. If I get those you’d be just like all the others kids, and you always complain that they never have much to discuss beyond tv and devices. So this way you are learning, developing a hobby and finding a richer way to spend your time besides being behind a screen.

Of course he didn’t want to hear that, but I think it set in a little better than just saying “no!” Or “I can’t afford that!” …

What kinds of things are your children into? Do they have any collections? Do you as a parent/guardian have a hard time keeping up with all they “want”?
Let me know 🙂
-Faith

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In the Kitchen-Pink Pancakes

I thought it’d be really cool to make these fabulous cupcakes for my daughter’s birthday. Complete with homemade icing and everything.

I hope you’re laughing at me because for starters we don’t own an oven. And I haven’t had baking supplies to speak of in weeks. So I tried microwave cupcakes. #FAIL

Needless to say the kids started to smell all the batter that was going to waste so I decided to go to my old standby: PANCAKES!
Something about those that never seem to let me down 🙂

I used my favorite Bisquick mix and added a few extra ingredients to sweeten the deal!

Almond milk
2 eggs
Flour
White sugar
Brown sugar
Lemon juice
Whole milk
Red food coloring

I mixed the whole milk, eggs, brown sugar and bisquick like usual. In a blender I added the almond milk, white sugar, lemon juice, butter, flour and blended until smooth. I combined the mixtures into a nice medium thick consistency. (Too thick takes too long and burns before cooking through. Too thin runs, also makes it harder to flip)

I added a few drops of food coloring to both batches before combining them, and I got a perfect bumblegum pink color.

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Then I stacked and topped with caramel and chocolate fudge

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Don’t forget the chocolate sprinkles!

Add a candle

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And you have Pink Birthday Pancakes! YUM!

The batter was thicker and more cake like but still cooked perfectly in a well oiled pan. She loved them!

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY NEE’!
From Mom & Dad 🙂

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Red light. Green light.

As a stay at home mom for the past 3 years consistently I can count on both hands the number of times I actually have the physical energy to go outside with the kids versus just send them.

I wake up thinking ‘im going to walk the kids to the park…’ but in reality I get distracted by the 1,000,000,000,000 things to do inside that its easier sending them out to “get out the way” so to speak.

But, I could either feel guilty forever. And ever. Or just eat my wheaties and go!
Sidewalk Art was first on the list:

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Everyone created their own square
Mison:

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Mom:

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Neé:

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Nen:

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Even after 2 whole days of rain we had our art to admire

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Next was water ballon catch and hot potatoe… we didn’t get pictures of that because, well… we were anxiously anticipating water.

But the best part was Red light. Green light. A game from our childhood in Detroit.

Poor Neé didn’t get the memo and chose to play in flip flops which landed her in last place every time.
We had a lot of fun, and I had a nice workout. Click here to watch!

Now if only I could get back active so I can stay active. If that makes sense.

What outside fun do you and your family have?

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In the Kitchen – Stir Fry

I have to admit, Steven cooks way more than I do. Its never a question of who is going to cook, its always what we are going to eat?!

With a small kitchen but a family of 6 , we are always on the lookout for quick easy recipes. Here is what’s in the kitchen tonight:

Orange Ginger Shrimp Stir Fry with Sausage over white rice
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Here’s what you need:

1lb bag of cooked shrimp
3 cooked sausage links
1 large red pepper
1 cup of scallions (green onions)
ground black pepper
Mrs. Dash tomato basil & garlic / garlic & herb
Canola oil
Rice
1/2 cup Stir Fry Sauce (orange ginger)

1. Heat a skillet to about 300° (or 5 mins on medium heat) while skillet is warming, Chop vegetables and sausage as fine or as chunky as you like

2. Add oil, vegetables. Saute for 5-8 mins, add meat (sausage & shrimp)

3. Add seasoning, stir. Cook mixture covered on low heat for 25-30 mins. Add stir fry sauce after 15 mins.

4. Prepare rice according to package directions

5. Combine rice and stir fry, enjoy!

We used white rice and bottled sauce but with slight variations anyone can prepare this dish a little healthier and a little more homemade. By adding your own vegetables, meat, sauce or rice it becomes One-of-a-kind!

Have any stir fry recipes you would like to swap? Leave them below or email wairewebelong@gmail.com

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Tried & True: Food’n’amug

Sweet Tooth.

If you’re like me you know how bad it gets the longer it goes unsatisfied. Must. Get. To. Kitchen.

But first I had to click through pintrest because I had no idea what to make. I almost passed this one up because the microwave in a mug recipes were floating  around a lot especially on facebook. Just didn’t have the desire to try one until…

Sweet Tooth.

With that smacking me all in the mouth, I figured I would put the reservations on the shelf. So here’s goes nothing:

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with my favorite (large) mug and 2 slices of wheat bread I began to make 2 minute french toast in a cup borrowed from prudentbaby.com 🙂

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I cubed my bread like so, since I was using 2 slices and threw them in my mug after greasing it with a little butter. I mixed up my egg mixture using 1 (whole, large) egg, cinnamon, brown sugar, squirt of lemon juice and almond milk. Poured the mixture over the bread and popped it in the microwave for 1 minute. Then 10 second increments until the egg was fully cooked. (1 min 40 seconds for me)

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It smelled so good!!

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Topped with a little syrup and voilá !

WARNING: kids will peek in the kitchen asking if you are cooking breakfast for dinner

So I can at least cross one thing off my TO DO List:
Sweet Tooth.

Do you have any “in a cup recipes” you have tried? Click here for 18 Microwave Snacks! & let us know

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**update**
I made the 2 minute french toast again with slight variations on the method.
I dipped each cube into the egg mixture before piling in the mug. Then poured the remainder over it. Seems like extra work, I know but, if you’ve ever made french toast and had that one dry corner of bread…then you’d agree this small step for mankind will make your mini Pain Doré so worth it 🙂

Don’t skip the butter (not that I did but) it makes all the difference in the egg cooking without getting stuck to the mug as it rises. After 01:30 sec I watched closely to avoid a disaster.

Kinda reminds me of bread pudding. yum!

Random: Calling All Followers! & Peek-ers

Hey guys!
12 followers so far and I’m excited 🙂

On mobile, I must admit I don’t do all the integrating and linking I want but with all the web surfing I do, I end up coming across tons of blogs per day.

I get so much info from all you experienced writers. You know, the ones who have a schedule and host giveaways and actually get a chance to post from a computer every now and again.

I, on the other hand, am a novice. Just learning to really commit and with this blog I’m taking a relaxed approach and kinda winging it. (But I’m sure you can already tell)

For all the fellow wordpress-ers and bloggers out there please take this post as a chance to introduce yourself, link me to your blog, tell how you found us and anything else you want to share.

I always say, Sharing Is Caring!!

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