Friday, December 14, 2007

Christmas Memories

I have so many memories from Christmas with my family.... some happy, some sad, some laugh out loud hilarious!
Searching the tree farm for the perfect tree... we would run around the fields putting our mittens as close to the top of our favorite tree as we could reach, then we would all go around searching for the mittens untill we agreed on the perfect tree. We lost alot of mittens that way.... but it made for some wonderful memories.
My dad and brother playing with the hedge clippers in the living room...... that never lead to good things lol!!
Decorating the tree with my Mom, and FINALLY being able to put my great grandmother's glass ornaments on the tree myself! My Mom never.... to this day.... threw away the ornaments my brother and i made. Now my boys get to help her put them on the tree.
There was ALWAYS an orange at the bottom of our stocking..... to balance out the candy and junk food we would be snacking on the rest of the day i guess.... and a new toothbrush.
Mom would set the table in the good china Christmas morning, with crystal wine goblets for our orange juice sunrise (orange juice with a splash of grenadine). We would have bacon and eggs... an orange of course... and what we always called plucky bread. The BEST stuff in the world!!! I thought i would share the recipe with you today. I'll be making it for my family this Christmas.

MONKEY BREAD (aka plucky bread)

3 packages of buttermilk biscuit tubes
1 cup sugar (divided)
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar

Take 3 packages of buttermilk biscuit tubes (10 per roll) and cut each roll into 4 pieces. Drop roll pieces into 1 cup sugar and 2 teaspoons cinnamon. Drop sugar-coated pieces into a well buttered Bundt pan (don't squish roll pieces when placing them in the Bundt pan).

Put 1/2 cup of the left-over sugar/cinnamon mix and 1/2 cup packed brown sugar and 1 cup of butter (2 sticks) into a small saucepan.

Bring this mixture just to a boil; remove from heat immediately. Carefully drizzle over the roll pieces.

Bake at 350°F for 30 minutes.

Cool slightly in an upright position, then tip pan over onto a plate to remove monkey pull-apart bread.


Lea of Farmhouse Blessings said...

Such beautiful memories, Andra ... Thanks for sharing that yummy recipe. I can hardly wait to try and my boys are going to LOVE the name!


Kimmie said...

Hi Andra!

Oh I love your Blog! I am going to have to make that Monkey Bread! I have always wanted to make that, but didn't know what it was called or how to do it. Thank You for posting it. :-)

Your dolly is gorgeous! I can't wait to see your Valentine ones. ;-) Is that your own pattern? I just love all of your sweet prims. The faces are always so soft and loving. You do a wonderful job creating your handmades.

Love Ya,

andraswhimsies said...

Thank you sweet sisters!
Kimmie... you will just LOVE the monkey bread, yum! Just don't use the "grands" style, it tastes different.

Oh and the dolly is my own pattern. Maybe one day i will be able to get patterns figured out and make one of her ;)

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