Cook With Books: Five Little Monkeys

Five Little Monkeys Cooking Fun
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Five Little Monkeys is such a fun story to share with your kids, and it’s even better if you have some Monkey Bread to go along with it!  This is a super easy recipe that’s great for a snack or for breakfast.

2You just need a few ingredients–most of which you probably already have!

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Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon and mix well.

4Cut the cinnamon rolls into smaller pieces.  I usually cut them into thirds one direction and in half the other way, but it’s up to you how large or small you want the pieces.

5Coat the cinnamon roll pieces in the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture.

6Put half of the coated cinnamon roll pieces into a greased Bundt pan.  Melt half a stick of butter and pour over the pieces and if you want, add chopped pecans.  My kids don’t like nuts, so I only put it on one side.  Then add the rest of the cinnamon rolls and repeat the butter and nuts.  Pop it in the oven and you’ll have a delicious treat in no time!

Here’s the complete recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 3 cans of cinnamon rolls
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Directions:

  1. Spray a Bundt pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together.
  3. Cut up cinnamon rolls and coat in the sugar and cinnamon mixture.
  4. Place half of the cinnamon rolls in the Bundt pan.
  5. Pour half a stick of melted butter over the rolls and top with pecans.
  6. Place remaining cinnamon rolls in the pan and top with butter and pecans.
  7. Bake at 325-350 degrees (I usually set my oven at 335) for about 30 minutes.

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Cook with Books: The Great Brain

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One of my son’s favorite books series we read this year was John D. Fitzgerald’s The Great Brain series, which chronicles the adventures of young J.D. Fitzgerald and his older brothers, Sweyn and Tom–also known as The Great Brain.  Growing up in Utah in the late 1890s, The Great Brain always has a scheme and his plans are definitely entertaining to read about!   The Fitzgerald boys always look forward to Sunday, because it “was the day of the week when we made ice cream, and everybody helped.”  Fitzgerald describes all the work they had to do in great detail, which may be a surprise to kids who are used to choosing from numerous flavors of ice cream in the freezer aisle!  For this book, we made ice cream in a bag, and while it’s not quite as much work as they go through in the book, you definitely work hard enough to burn some of those calories!

Ice Cream Delicious!

IngredientsYou just need a few ingredients to make this yummy treat!

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 1 cup milk
  • egg substitute equivalent to one egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

mixingPut all of your ingredients together in a quart sized freezer bag.  Seal the top (and then double check it so you don’t lose all of your ingredients!) and then knead the bag gently to mix everything together.

ShakePut the quart sized freezer bag inside a gallon sized freezer bag and add ice and rock salt.  Seal it, and then start shaking.

Still shakingShake until you think surely it’s ready.  It’s not.  Shake some more.  Maybe move outside and shake some while you’re there.

Tired of shakingJust when you think you can’t shake any more, you’ll realize your ice cream is getting thick!

FinishedAll that hard work will pay off and you will have a delicious treat–and be glad that you weren’t born 100 years ago!

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Cook with Books: The Borrowers

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This month we’ve got a fun cooking activity that would be a great go-along if you’re reading The Borrowers!  If you’ve never read it, The Borrowers is a book about the Clock family, who are tiny people that live in the walls of a house.  They’re called Borrowers because they borrow what they need to survive from the big people who live in the house.  There are actually four sequels to The Borrowers, so you can read all about their adventures!

CupcakesThis month’s activity is tiny cupcakes–just the right size for a Borrower!

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We made our cupcakes in condiment cups, but you can use a mini muffin pan, too.  Make sure you use baking spray inside the cups so the cupcakes will come out in one piece.  I sprayed some on a plate and then we used paintbrushes to make sure the insides were covered.

CookingThen it’s time to get cooking!  You can use your favorite recipe, or you can try the one we used!

FillingFill your condiment cups with the cake batter.  As you can see, it may be difficult for small hands to do this neatly, but the point is to have some fun and not worry about it looking like a Pinterest project!

DecoratedAfter they’re done, it’s time to decorate!  We pulled out all of our sprinkles and had a great time!

Here’s the recipe we used for our cupcakes!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup shortening
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 egg

Directions:

  1. Spray your condiment cups with baking spray or use cupcake liners in a mini muffin pan.
  2. In a large bowl, stir together flour, sugar, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Then add the milk, shortening, and vanilla and beat with a mixer until everything is combined.
  4. Add the egg and beat again.
  5. Fill condiment cups about half full with batter.
  6. Bake at 350 F for about half an hour.
  7. Let the cupcakes cool and then frost and decorate!

Enjoy!

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