Monday, May 2, 2016

Best Dish: Sopaipilla Cheesecake Bars

Y'all, Megan Fleetwood was on point when she made these Easy Sopaipilla Cheesecake Bars for our MOPS meeting.


First of all, they're seriously easy to make. Second, they taste like you spent hours making them (hint: you didn't). And third, you can easily cut down on the sugar to save a few calories. Also, these would be FANTASTIC for a Cinco de Mayo bash!

Easy Sopaipilla Cheesecake Bars


Ingredients:
2 (8 ounce) cans Pillsbury™ refrigerated butter flake crescent dinner rolls
2 (8 ounce) packages of cream cheese, at room temperature
1 1/2 cups white sugar, divided
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, melted 
 
Directions: 
  • Preheat oven to 350°F.
  • Spray a 9x13 baking dish with cooking spray. Unroll one can of crescent rolls and press it into the bottom of your baking dish sealing perforations.
  • In a small bowl blend the cream cheese, 1 cup of sugar, and the vanilla. Spread evenly over the top of the crescent dough.
  • Unroll your second can of crescent rolls onto a sheet of saran wrap or some other surface and press the perforations together. Transfer to your baking dish, placing it on top of the cream cheese mixture.
  • Pour the melted butter on top of the crescent dough.
  • In a small bowl, combine the remaining 1/2 cup of sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle evenly over the melted butter.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes until bubbly and bottom crust is slightly browned.
  • Let it cool and store in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, slice and add whipped cream and strawberries if desired.
 
 

Friday, April 29, 2016

Best Dish: Apple Cinnamon Bubble-Up Bake

You guys, Teisha made this dish back in January. JANUARY. My bad for not sharing it until now. But, I distintcly remember eating it, and it's too good not to share now. Better late than never, right?!

Teisha likes to experiment with new breakfast foods for our MOPS meeting, and I think we're all thankful that she does since this isn't the first Best Dish Award that she's won! She said she's keeping this recipe handy as a fall/winter recipe staple and is going to try adding pears and maple syrup next time. YUM!

The original dish calls for slices of apples, but she peeled and diced them to make them easier to eat. She also baked it a little longer than the recipe called for—so keep an eye on it towards the end to make sure all the milk absorbs well, and maybe try it on the bottom rack.

Apple Cinnamon Bubble-up Bake


Ingredients:

1/4 cup butter
5 small cored, thinly sliced apples
1 package (8 oz) cream cheese, cubed
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup milk
1 can (17.5 oz) Pillsbury™ Grands!™ refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing
Directions:  
  • Heat oven to 350°F. Grease 13x9-inch (3-quart) baking dish with shortening or cooking spray. In 12-inch skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add apples; cook 10 to 12 minutes, stirring frequently, until softened and beginning to brown. Remove from heat.
  • 2 Meanwhile, in large microwavable bowl, microwave cream cheese and powdered sugar uncovered on High 1 minute, stirring every 30 seconds, until softened. Stir until smooth, then slowly stir in milk. Stir in apple mixture.
  • 3 Separate dough into 5 rolls; return icing to refrigerator. Cut each cinnamon roll into 6 pieces, and stir into apple mixture. Pour into baking dish.
  • 4 Bake 26 to 32 minutes or until bubbling around edges and dough is baked through. Let stand 10 minutes. Transfer icing to quart-sized resealable food-storage plastic bag. Cut 1 corner with kitchen scissors, and drizzle over mixture.
Let us know when you make it!

Thursday, April 28, 2016

Car Activities for Little Kids!

During our last meeting we discussed the importance of play time. If you're not the keenest on playtime with your kids, you're not the only one. Lindsey shared this great quote she found that hit home with a lot of us:
"Playing with children doesn’t have to be hard, but for some reason, I get it in my head that there’s a certain way I’m supposed to be doing it. Then I question my abilities as a mom and wonder if I’m doing it right. The truth is, my kids want me more than anything else. They don’t care if my story lines are a bit awkward. They don’t care if I’m not very creative. They care about me. And your kids… what do they want more than anything else? You guessed it: you." from Embrace the Moments
To go along with the "play" theme, Hope had a great craft for us: magnetic car activities! The coolest part is all of these can be created with a minimal budget (hello, dollar store!), and with little supplies. It's all about getting creative.

Magnetic Car Activities


The main tools you'll need to create some fun magnetic car activities are: a tin cookie sheet, popsicle sticks, glue, magnets, and whatever fun stuff you have at home!

Using foam, magnets, and popsicle sticks, you can make some great learning tools to help stimulate your child. They also make cute foam "kits" at places like Micahel's and Hobby Lobby with things like these turtles. They'll make for fun puppets! 

For the learning sticks, utilize both sides of the stick. On one side put the shape, and then put the color on the other side! Along with magnets, you'll also need velcro. 



The little turtles are a cinch to make. Just get the kit, and start gluing them together! Kids will have fun with these "puppets" in the car! 



We also made popsicle stick puzzles! These are AWESOME! Print out whatever photo you'd like to make the puzzle out of (keep them on the smaller side, so they'll fit on the sticks), cut the whole picture out, mod-podge it on both sides, then using a razor, slice through the sticks. Easy peasy! 



And here's the final product! 


Awesome craft, right? And it needs to be said: several of these pieces can be choking hazards, so please keep a close eye on your kids, especially if they're little! 

If you want some more ideas, here are a few sites to take a look at that have great games to play in a hotel room or on an airplane:

The Rules of Motherhood
Learn with Play at Home
It's Always Autumn
A Creative Princess
Life Through My Eyes 

If you have any good, easy, mess-free crafts, let us know about them! 




Friday, April 1, 2016

Best Dish: Cinnamon Roll Crumb Cake

Oh, you guys are going to want to make this recipe ASAP! Amanda Storie brought this Cinnamon Roll Crumb Cake to a meeting last month, and it was such a hit that there wasn't even a crumb left.

Amanda says the recipe is pretty easy, and she followed it exactly when she makes it. She used the spiral cinnamon rolls from Publix that come with 8 rolls to a can. And, for a larger crowd she suggests making two cakes (three cans of cinnamon rolls total and spread them out between the pans).

Actually, scratch that. If you're going to make this recipe, you should just plan on doubling it, since it's that good. And maybe send this to your husband, because it would be the perfect treat to wake up to on Mother's Day next month!


Cinnamon Roll Crumb Cake 


Ingredients:
1 tube (16 oz.) Immaculate Baking Cinnamon Rolls
½ cup all-purpose flour
¼ cup packed brown sugar
½ tsp. cinnamon
3 tbsp. butter, melted

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray an 8-in. cake pan with cooking spray.

Open the cinnamon roll tube, remove the frosting and set aside. Separate the cinnamon rolls. Place one cinnamon roll in the center of the cake pan. Unroll another cinnamon roll completely and wrap it around the cinnamon roll in the pan. Repeat with the remaining cinnamon rolls.

In a small bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon and melted butter with your hand until it resembles coarse crumbs. Sprinkle the mixture evenly over the top of the cinnamon rolls. Bake 25-28 minutes or until the cinnamon rolls are cooked completely, and the crumb topping is lightly browned.

Snip the corner off of the frosting bag and drizzle evenly over the top of the cake. Serve warm.

Let us know if you make this. You and your taste buds will thank us later :) 


Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Date Night in a Jar

For our craft during our February "love" meeting, we made date night jars! This was a super easy project, so even if you're not very crafty, or short on time, it's something you can still make quickly.


What you need:
A mason jar (or whatever jar you want)
Popsicle Sticks
Decor (washi tape, chalkboard paint, sharpies, stickers, etc.)

How you do it:
Decorate your popsicle sticks however you'd like, and then write the date idea on each stick. Then, the next time you're in a date-night rut, pull out a stick and do what's listed! Variations can be: dates with your kids, chores for your kids to do, family dates, adventures to go on around the area, new restaurants to try when you hear that ever-so-lovely "what's for dinner?" phrase, etc.

We'd love to hear your date-night ideas (or any other ideas) in the comments!