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Father’s Day is on it’s way and I know that a lot of Daddy’s would not mind some breakfast in bed {and ultimately the chance to sleep in}!  This is one of our favorite special breakfast treats.  I’ve tried a few other monkey bread recipes over the years but I always come back to my Aunt Val’s version because it is easy, only requires a few ingredients and turns out delicious every single time! Hope you enjoy whatever you make for the special Dad in your life!
Aunt Val’s Monkey Bread
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I like pecans but you can do a mixture of anything)
18 frozen dinner rolls (these usually come in a big bag near the frozen garlic bread)
3 t. cinnamon
3/4 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup butter
1 (3 oz.) box butterscotch pudding (NOT INSTANT)
1. Grease bundt pan.
2. Pour in chopped nuts. Add frozen rolls.
3. Sprinkle/Pour DRY pudding over rolls.
4. In separate pan (or microwave) melt butter, sugar & cinnamon. Mix together and pour mixture over rolls.
5. Let rise overnight.
Bake in the morning at 350 for 25-30 minutes.

aloha and {HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY}

To all the mommies (and especially mine)!!! Here is my most recent favorite picture with my kiddos! Missing my babies while we are in Hawaii celebrating our 10 year anniversary! But thankful for the time away with my favorite guy. So blessed to have the chance to get away and family who is willing to watch our kids. Being a mom is the most wonderful and difficult adventure I’ve taken yet! But I wouldn’t change it for the world! My mom is an amazing lady  to emulate and if I’m half as good at raising & loving my kids as she is…well then I’ll be awesome!!!! Go kiss your mom or your babies if you can! Pics from our trip to come soon! ALOHA!!!



Here are some of my favorite breakfast foods for special holiday gatherings! These first two are great for Christmas morning because you can make them the night before. In the morning just preheat the oven & bake while you are opening presents! You could also throw a New Years Day pajama brunch…we did this last year and it was so fun! These are great to bring to a brunch gathering or a morning mom’s group and perfect if you are feeding a crowd {we often serve these dishes when guests stay with us}!
::Flo’s Baked Oatmeal::
3 c. rolled oats
1/2 c. melted coconut oil or butter or canola oil
1/2 c. honey
1 tsp sea salt
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1 cup whey, buttermilk, yogurt, OR kefir w/ live and active cultures
3 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp baking soda
1 tsp cream of tartar
optional: nuts or frozen berriesDirections:
At least 12 hrs before breakfast mix the oats, coconut oil, honey, salt, cinnamon and whey together and let sit in a warm place till you are ready to make it. (Soaking the oats allows enzymes and other organisms to break down and neutralize phytic acid thus improving their nutritional benefits.)
In the morning mix in: eggs, vanilla, baking soda, cream of tartar and optional nuts or frozen berries. Bake in a buttered 9×13 pan for about 25-30 min at 350º. you may have to cook longer or with higher heat if using frozen fruit. Serve with butter, maple syrup, honey, cream, dried fruit, shredded coconut- whatever you like. Enjoy!
(recipe from:

::Breakfast Casserole::
  • 8 eggs (beaten well)
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 ½ tsp Dijon mustard
  • 8 slices bread (buttered & then cubed)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 ½ cup cheddar cheese (grated)
  • 2 cups bulk breakfast sausage or bacon (1 lb.)
  1. Cook sausage (or bacon) until browned.
  2. Mix eggs with milk, mustard, s&p. Pour egg mixture over bread in a large bowl. Cover & refrigerate overnight.
  3. In the morning take a greased 9×13 pan…layer ½ of the bread/egg mixture, ½ of the cheese, all sausage (or bacon), other ½ of bread/egg mixture, other ½ of cheese.
  4. Bake 1 hour at 325 (OR until center is set up and not soupy).
 *Play around with different ingredients like ham, onions, green chili’s and/or peppers or salsa…you cannot get this wrong!
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