Easy Cinnamon Bun Waffles

I have the tendency to buy tubes of cinnamon buns, and then forget about them. I have grand ideas of how they will be the perfect addition to Sunday morning, while we bond over breakfast on the patio… but instead, they sit in the fridge, usually until it’s time to clean it out, and then I see that they have either passed their expiration date, or that they are almost there. This morning I found two tubes that had a few weeks before they were ready for the trash, and feeling in the mood for cinnamon gooey-ness, I turned on the oven. But then, I remembered this pin!


Thank heavens, because instead of waiting for our ancient oven to warm up (it’s ridiculous how long it takes!), I pulled out the waffle iron.

I am telling you, this has to be the easiest way to make waffles. I just popped open the can, sprayed the waffle iron down with cooking spray, put four buns on the iron and closed.

Sorry for the blurry pic!

In about two minutes, they were ready!

That was too easy!

Then I slathered them with the buttercream frosting that comes in the tube and they were ready to serve!


The very best part of this – well, besides how delicious they are – is that there isn’t much to clean up. Just wipe down the waffle iron and toss out the trash.

Thanks for stopping by!



18th Birthday

My daughter turned 18 the other day. To be honest, the idea of her being an “adult” both terrifies and excites me. I can’t get over that my baby is old enough to vote, buy lottery tickets and make her own decisions, etc. I see her making plans for someday moving out, and it brings me to tears. I know it’s such an exciting time in her life and I’m happy to see what a fabulous person has grown into, and I know she will do great things, but she is still my “baby” and always will be. I guess the best way to sum it up is that it’s bittersweet. Hold on… I need to get a tissue  😦

Well, anyway, let’s get on with how this relates to Pinterest. I love Pinterest for so many reasons, and one big one lately is that my daughter is on it too. I love all the funny stuff she pins, and more importantly, she has a board for “products she loves”. This board has made my life much easier when it comes to buying presents for her. Because for all her amazing qualities, she is kind of a pain in the tush to buy gifts for. So to help with gift selection, besides the obligatory gifts of clothes and Barnes and Nobles gift cards, I just perused her board for a few ideas…

Super Hero Socks
Whatever Clock

Without Pinterest, how would I have ever known that my 18 year old wanted super hero socks? When she opened those presents, she was delighted. The real kind of delighted, not the “gee, thanks, I always wanted a poster of a kitten in a flower pot” kind of pretend delight. It was fabulous!

To celebrate her birthday, we had a small family party on Sunday. Of course, I used Pinterest to find new recipes and ideas to make it special. Since she likes penguins, especially fat ones, I thought these would be an adorable addition to the table.

Holy crud, aren’t they the cutest?!  Oh, by the way, before I post our version I should point out that about three hours before the party, we lost power due to a brush fire on the next street. We had no power until about a half hour after people started showing up. And when we lose power, we lose water too because we have a well, not city/county water. Ugh – so no showers, or cleaning up! So, in the middle of that mess, I forgot to take “good pictures” of my creations, sorry! Heck, if my little sister hadn’t asked me if I took pics of everything, I wouldn’t have even had this one to share. Crud!

As my daughter also has a thing for dinosaurs, especially stegosauruses, I also made an attempt to make this dinosaur cake.

What I was trying to create…

Unfortunately, the pin I had re-pinned so long ago, wasn’t linked back to it’s original poster, so I couldn’t find out how to make the cake. I figured it couldn’t be that hard, so I tried to figure out how to do it on my own. Mind you, I have no cake decorating background or skills… I must warn you that you should not be drinking anything when you take a look at the next picture, as you make spit it out when you burst into laughter. Don’t say I didn’t warn you!

Just remember that I made this little guy in the dark. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it.
Oh, but he was delicious!

Have you finished snickering and shaking your head in disbelief that I was brave enough to share that lovely creature?? 🙂

Moving on… We also made this lemonade.

From What’s Cookin’ Chicago

Oh my, it was amazing! I didn’t get a picture of our version, as it went way too fast. I’ve already picked up a bunch of lemons and limes to make more, it was that delicious.

We made these…

Rainbow fruit skewers

And I had every intention of making this, but without a working oven I couldn’t, so guess what I will be making tonight for dinner?

Baked Taco Ring

And I have made this Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake recipe twice this week, once for her actual birthday, and once for the party, and there wasn’t one piece left when we were done. A-MAZ-ING!!

Chocolate Chip Cookie Cake

I wish I had more pictures of how our versions of these pins turned out, but I was just focused on making the best of the no-electricity situation as I could and taking pictures didn’t even register as a priority. Next time, I promise to take pics first.

As I’ve said before, I love Pinterest. It’s definitely made our get togethers a little more “special” and a lot more personalized. Can’t wait for this weekend – it’s Easter at my sister’s house, and I know just the pins to try out!

Hope you have a great day – thanks for stopping by!


Chocolate Cake for Breakfast!

On Thursday evening my family went to an awards ceremony for my daughter. She won a Gold Key award for a story she wrote, and they were honoring the winners. We are insanely proud of her 🙂   After the awards ceremony, we went to dinner at Outback to celebrate. We tried their new desert, an Oreo waffle sunday sort of thing. The waffle was chocolate and tasted suspiciously like cake, topped with caramel sauce, a few crushed up Oreo cookies, vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. Ever since then, I’ve been wanting to try to make them, and so this morning, I did.

I looked up recipes on Pinterest for Chocolate Waffles, but they all involved a lot of ingredients that I didn’t have, and would take more time than I wanted to spend (we are finally moving stuff into the shed today – whoot-whoot!). So, thinking that the one from Outback tasted exactly like cupcakes, I thought it would be easiest to use a boxed cake mix. I was glad that I have an obsession with keeping a few boxes on hand for “emergencies”. I used Devil’s Food, but I think any flavor will do.

Duncan Hines Devil's food cake

I mixed it as if I were making a cake, following the directions from the box.

I love my mixer!

As that was mixing, I heated up the waffle maker. I used about 3/4 of a cup for each waffle. Be sure not to use too much batter, or it will end up making a mess like this!


My waffle maker automatically times itself, so I can’t tell you how long to cook them for, but they came out perfectly just using the same setting as I use for regular waffles.

They cooked up perfectly!

The waffles were light and fluffy, and would have been great with a scoop of ice cream and some strawberries.

The kids couldn’t believe I was letting them have chocolate cake for breakfast! My son’s friend, who stayed the night, actually starting singing a song about the wonders of chocolate cake for breakfast. It was totally worth not following the “rules” of good parenting just to see their faces!

Chocolate waffles and whipped cream - delicious!!

My week in review…

Things have been a little quiet around here in terms of projects. I know, shocking, right? Well, to be honest, I’ve been kind of stuck in a rut on a couple of things. Like what to paint on this cute little cabinet now that the base paint is done.

This is the BEFORE picture

It’s now painted a beautiful shade of Night Tide, by Rustoleum. Love the color, it’s yummy!

I would love to do something like this – as recommended by Melinda.

From Twice Lovely

Isn’t it the cutest? But I’m hesitant because I’m afraid of committing to a design. Or maybe it’s just that I haven’t found the right one yet? Either way, it’s sitting in the middle of the living room, waiting for me to make a decision. Oh, and I don’t have a projector, nor the best artistic talents in the world. I’m more of a stick figure kind of girl. For example, this is a project I worked on with my son and his friend this past weekend.

That's as good as it gets

Since I have a ton of materials laying around from when I tried to transfer photos onto wood boards, I decided we would make new art work for my son’s bathroom since he has decided that he doesn’t like his nautical themed bathroom. I told him that if he could come up with a free way to change the decor, we would do it.  We used painters tape to tape off a design and then, painted the board. Well, after seeing how well this turned out, it looks like he’s stuck with a few boats in his bathroom for a little while. But it was fun to do artsy stuff with him and his buddy, so it was worth it.

We had to buy a new dishwasher because our old one decided not to work anymore. The control panel on it went, and it would have cost more to get that fixed than to buy a new one, so the husband put it in this week. It seems that something else breaks every month in this house, and it’s causing me nightmares of the whole house collapsing around me. Anyone else have these dreams after they bought their house, or am I the only weird one?

The side yard is finally done. It looks so much better!

It feels like we've gained thirty more feet of space!

Can you see a glimpse of the neighbors house?? I told you there was one back there!

No more jungle!

I’m glad it’s over and done with. We only have three more areas to clear out… ugh.

Today, I found yet another macaroni and cheese recipe that looked delicious. This one is from Macaroni and Cheesecake – doesn’t the name of the blog just make you drool?

From Macaroni and Cheesecake

And even though I didn’t have the right kind of shells, or the dijon mustard, I improvised with elbow macaroni and deli mustard. Okay, so here are a few of my observations…

  1. It didn’t take 20 minutes on low before all the milk was gone, more like 8 minutes after letting it come to a simmer.
  2. It was really stiff, not creamy. I added butter and more milk, which helped a little.
  3. I prefer the full fat, lots of butter kind of mac and cheese, but I wouldn’t say no if someone offered it to me.
  4. This might have all been due to the changing of ingredients, so don’t blame the recipe. If you try it and get better results, let me know!

Next time, I’m trying the Panera recipe, which my daughter LOVES!

Panera Mac & Cheese - the best I've ever had!

And finally, for as many pins that I’ve pinned about fitness, I haven’t started a program yet. Partly because I’ve been sick, and partly because it’s frickin’ hard to just get off my arse and go! But I need to get to a healthy weight, and build muscle and feel better, so, today, I decided to just do it! I have been so stressed out that I had to clear my head and what better way to do that than to exercise and spend some time with a buddy? Here is my exercise buddy…


I love this action shot 🙂 Out of all four dogs, he’s the best exercise companion, because he knows to stay out from in front of the bike! We took a ride around our “block”, which is a pretty long walk/jog for him and a good start for me. And tomorrow, we will repeat. Maybe I’ll try to get the puppy out for a spin too, get him trained early. A girl can never have too many exercise buddies.

And that’s it for this week. If any one has any cool design ideas for my cabinet, please let me know.

Thanks for stopping by!


Tasty Tuesday – Pumpkin Dump Cake

I am finally feeling better after almost two weeks of having a crazy cold that wouldn’t go away. Actually, it seems that a lot of things have had me all messed up lately- computer was in the shop, had to replace my iphone, and someone rear-ended my car and it’s been in the shop for the last week. Although I was not updating the blog, I wasn’t completely slacking! Let’s start with last Wednesday…

Because I missed Tasty Tuesday last week, on Wednesday I tried this pin. (click on the pic to take you to the recipe!)

Pumpkin Dump Cake

Once again, my version wasn’t as pretty!

My pumpkin dump cake

I was pretty excited to try this, as it looked like a great alternative to the same-old, same-old pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving dinner.

I gathered all the ingredients…


Mixed it all up… Poured the pumpkin batter into the pan, sprinkled the box of cake mix on top of that and covered that with the melted butter.


I didn’t have graham crackers to crumble up, so I crushed up some Oreos and added them to the very top and popped it in the oven. It smelled heavenly, but when all was said and done, it just wasn’t something I loved. It was kind of an odd texture, having the smooth, creamy pumpkin pie filling on bottom, then the cake mix was kind of powdery on top. My kids tried it, but didn’t take more than one bite before giving it a “it’s okay” and grabbing a piece of fruit from the fruit bowl for their afternoon snack. I put in the fridge for a few days hoping someone would want to eat some more before I threw it out. Didn’t happen. Bummer! Looks like we’ll be making a traditional pumpkin pie after all 😦 Maybe I’ll try those individual pies next – they are so cute!


Fresh from the oven!

What recipes have you tried that didn’t quite make the grade? What’s your favorite holiday pie?




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