1st Day of School & Monkey Bread

This is not a picture of my girls on their first day of school.  This is especially not a picture of my oldest daughter’s first day of middle school.  Because once you hit middle school, everyone around you over the age of 14 are morons. So my 9 & 11 y/o’s refused to take pics & since I knew they were nervous about starting new schools, and not knowing a single person….I didn’t push it.  I remember those days all to well.  My little boy however…

He walked in preschool like a boss, and started working away.  He didn’t care in the least that he didn’t know the kids around him.  Little kids are like that….so trusting, no fear of strangers.  It’s scary and amazingly sweet at the same time. Anyhoo, before I tear up….(my BABY will be starting Kindergarten next year people!)
*Note he is wearing his ‘No Eggs or Nuts’ stickers I had made for him @ :)
I know, poor kid…
Because I knew my girls were stressed about their first day, I made a special after-school treat….
Instagram pic…you can follow me at kimslittlelife if you love to look at food, kids and dogs :-)
Monkey Bread for my little monkeys.  They looove monkey bread, and who doesn’t?! Cinnamon, Sugar, Bread…it’s carb heaven.
I’m sure pretty much everyone knows how to make Monkey Bread, but I will leave you with my quick and easy version anyway….
Monkey Bread
1 bag Parker House frozen rolls (partially thawed) -abt 18-20
I like to cut the rolls in half or even quarters so they make bite size pieces that pull-apart. You can also use canned biscuits.
1 (3 ounce) package of butterscotch cook and serve pudding mix*

3/4 cup of brown sugar, packed

1 T. of cinnamon (less if you don’t love cinnamon)

1/2 cup of chopped pecans (optional, I omitted)
1/2 cup (1 stick) of butter, melted

Grease a bundt pan well. (I spray with Pam cooking spray).  Mix brown sugar, cinnamon and pudding mix in a ziploc bag.  Sprinkle a little of the sugar mixture in the bottom of your bundt pan.  Melt butter in microwave safe dish.  Take rolls and dip in butter, then add to ziploc baggie and shakeshakeshake until the balls of dough are covered in sugar/cinnamon/pudding.  Place rolls in bundt pan.  Any remaining butter or sugar mixture can be dumped on top of the rolls in pan.  Allow rolls to rise until about double in size (but don’t let it overflow your pan) then bake in a 350 degree oven for about 25-30 mins.  Place the bundt pan on a baking sheet if you think it may overflow!  When done, invert your bundt pan on a plate and leave for a few minutes, so the gooey goodness can settle on the top and sides.  Gently remove pan, let cool, then let your little monkeys have at it!
*Use regular cook & serve pudding, not instant, for the characteristic gooey texture.  The store was out of regular pudding, so I used sugar free/fat free pudding.  It was still delicious, but the ‘topping’ was a little dry instead of sticky.  Which was fine by me….less clean up!  My kids did not notice or care, it was devoured!
I’m linking this up at (Ingredient Spotlight – frozen rolls/bread dough)

3 thoughts on “1st Day of School & Monkey Bread

  1. Aw, love the little man owning his desk! Hannah used to cry when I dropped her off at kindergarten – it broke my heart.

    It wasn't until a few weeks into the school year a note got sent home that said "Hannah now stops crying by the time she hangs up her coat."

    The first time I made monkey bread for my step-son, he ate 3/4 of it and 1/2 a gallon of milk in one sitting!

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