Delish Delights: Cinnamon Roll Casserole

It is Tuesday, and that means it is time for Delish Delights! This week’s recipe is Cinnamon Roll Casserole! This would be a perfect meal for Father’s Day breakfast or brunch.

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The recipe is courtesy of my friend Dana at The Dishy Decoraor. Thank you, Dana!

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons of melted butter or baking spray
  • 2 cans refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2  teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2  teaspoons vanilla
  • 1 cup chopped Pecans
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup

Directions:

  1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Grease your baking pan with the melted butter (I sprayed with Pam.)
  2. Open your cans of cinnamon rolls and remove the icing. Cut each roll into half, and each half into fourths. Spread the rolls out evenly.
  3. In a mixing bowl, beat together your eggs, whipping cream, cinnamon, and vanilla. Pour over the cinnamon rolls.
  4. Drizzle maple syrup over the top of the casserole.
  5. Sprinkle the top with pecans.
  6. Bake for 20-30 minutes.
  7. Once your remove your casserole from the oven, heat the icing in the microwave until it is thin and easy to spread (15 seconds). Drizzle over the top of the casserole and serve!

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I served with fruit skewers and the boys just ate this up!

Tickled Peach’s Guide to the Perfect Gift for Dad

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Are you ready for Father’s Day? It is just around the corner! Mother’s Day snuck up on me, so I’m determined to plan ahead for Father’s Day. Make sure you place it on your calendar – Father’s Day is Sunday, June 15th, 2014. To help you out, I am dedicating the entire week to dads here on Tickled Peach! Here’s what you have to look forward to this week:

  • Monday: Tickled Peach’s Guide to the Perfect Gift for Dad
  • Tuesday: a special breakfast in bed edition of Delish Delights, perfect for Father’s Day morning or brunch
  • Wednesday: Tickled Peach’s Guide to Homemade Gifts for Dad from the Kids
  • Thursday: a new series called Serving Him – we’ll be talking about different ways to encourage and show appreciation to your spouse
  • Friday: a special edition of #tpconfessions – I’ll be having my husband weigh in on the things I do and say that drive him crazy.

Do you already have a Father’s Day gift picked out for your spouse? No worries if you do not – I’m here to help you out! I’ve scoured the web and polled my guy friends for gift ideas that your spouse will love.

To start off, I wanted to share what I’m getting my husband for Father’s Day. Just a little background: my husband doesn’t love gifts. He does appreciate a gift, but it doesn’t make him over the moon happy the way it makes me. (A key difference between my husband and I: if I said to my husband “don’t look in that closet, okay? Your gift is in there” he wouldn’t look. Me, I’d rip that door open as soon as he stepped into the bathroom.) I do love gift giving and I get especially excited about the receiver’s reaction to my gift, so my husband has always been a challenge. Football season tickets would be met with the same excitement as a boxed set of his favorite television show. Over the years I’ve learned that I need to think outside of the box and I need to keep it simple. My husband has never wanted super expensive or complicated gifts – it just isn’t who he is, and that’s okay.

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Keeping that in mind, I put together a bucket of some of his favorite things. I have several packages of beef jerky, several different types of nuts, his favorite candy, some juice that he loves to use to make mixed drinks, and beer. I also threw in two tickets to a baseball game for daddy & son. This cost less than $40 and everything was purchased at Target.

Some other ideas:

  1. Power tools: This was the most suggested item when I polled my guy friends. One thing several guys mentioned was a chainsaw. This would come in very handy if we ever have another ice storm! How about a cordless drill, a new weed eater or blower, or a ladder?
  2. I like the idea of a spa day for Dad. Dads like massages, too! I highly recommend Retreat Salon and Spa in Evans, GA for local massages.
  3. Another frequently suggested item was a beer sampler and a round of golf. If you really want to make his day, buy a round for his buddies as well and send him on his way! This is the guy equivalent of “why don’t you go shopping, dear?”
  4. Does your husband love to fish? How about a hand stamped fishing lure and a gift card to Bass Pro Shop or Cabelas?
  5. For the grill enthusiasts, I think a grilling basket would be super fun to put together! Round up a bunch of different marinades and dry rubs, a new apron, and maybe an engraved spatula. I love the idea of this wooden Father’s Day card. You could have it laser engraved with a special messagefor your husband. Go one step further – go to a pottery painting shop and have your child make a grill platter for dad.
  6. Does your husband love to take pictures with your “fancy” camera and his iPhone? Then he needs the Eye-Fi Mobi Wireless Memory Card. Any picture you take with your “fancy” camera will be automatically transferred to your iPhone camera roll. Genius!
  7. Is your husband a workout enthusiast? Maybe he’d like some new tennis shoes, a heart rate monitor, or new workout gear. I know anything Under Armour is a huge hit with my brother.
  8. Is your husband a Star Wars fan? Last weekend I picked up the original trilogy at Costco for less than $40. I love the idea of pairing it with these Star Wars Chop Sabers – chopsticks that look and light up like light sabers!
  9. Lastly, don’t underestimate the significance of an act of service. Is there something your husband has been asking you to do for months or something that would ease his load? I know my husband would be over the moon if I cleaned out the garage – a task he’s been nagging me about for months but I keep putting it off. Maybe you could mow the lawn so that he can relax on his day off instead of doing yard work.

I hope you found these ideas helpful! What are your getting your husband for Father’s Day?

Welcome to Summer! Fun Ideas for the Kids

Preschool ended for my three year old last Thursday, and if you are like me you are both excited and nervous regarding summer break. I’m excited that we don’t have a set schedule. We don’t have anywhere we absolutely must go and no time we must be there by. I’m looking forward to days at the pool, going for walks, picnics, and playtime outside.

However, I would be lying if I said I wasn’t the tiniest bit apprehensive about keeping my preschooler out of trouble. Cooper does not do downtime well. If he isn’t engaged, he’s getting himself into trouble. In fact, as I write this I am attempting to calm myself after finding that he decided to “experiment” and see what would happen when he poured nail polish remover on my hope chest. Deep breaths, deep breaths…. In case you are wondering the results of that experiment: nail polish eats away at the varnish on your furniture, leaving your treasured future hand-me-down in desperate need of refinishing.

Deep breaths, deep breaths….

Before all this happened, I decided to put together a “Welcome to Summer” basket for my boy. (I will be holding on to this basket until his behavior improves.) It is no secret that I love celebrations, and what better way to welcome summer than with a gift basket? I scoured dollar spots and clearance aisles for some fun summer gifts.

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The basket is from the Target Dollar Spot ($3), as are the shovels, water gun, water balloon, Jake & the Neverland Pirates puzzle, squishy critter, Crazy 8 card game, bath finger paints, and bug magnifying glass. I also purchased a beach towel, a pool toy (the Mickey weeble wobble thingamajig), and the Spiderman sprinkler.

If you decide to put together a basket, here are some other ideas of things you can include:

  • Water shoes
  • A new bathing suit or coverup
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses or a hat
  • Floaties or a life jacket
  • Pool toys, floats, or noodles
  • Water balloons
  • Water guns
  • Football or frisbee
  • Croquet set
  • Sand toys
  • Beach ball

One thing that I do for birthdays that would also be perfect for celebrating summer vacation is door streamers! How fun would it be for your child to wake up and see this when he or she opens their door?

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My child loves balloons – how about sneaking in their room with some helium balloons? You could also greet them at the car line or bus stop with a character balloon!

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My friend Rebecca from R We There Yet Mom? greets her kids with a special surprise when they get off the bus on the last day of school. One year it was a water gun fight, another a water balloon fight… Click on the picture to see Rebecca’s other ideas on how to welcome summer!

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How do you celebrate the end of the school year and the beginning of summer?

Cinco de Mayo Fun!

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Can you guys believe it is already May? I sure can’t! This year has absolutely flown by. Yesterday my baby turned 8 months old! Gosh, if you want evidence that time passes quickly you just need to raise a baby, am I right?!

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Back to Cinco de Mayo. My friends will tell you that I’m a little holiday crazy. I will use any excuse to decorate my house and throw a quick impromptu fiesta. Cinco de Mayo is no exception! My son has gotten in on the fun and he gets so excited when he comes downstairs and sees our kitchen table all decked out. He knows it means we’re doing something fun that day, and I know it means he will be on his best behavior – even if it is only for the day!

I picked up most of my supplies from the Dollar Store and Hobby Lobby. The pinatas, hats, and maracas came from Hobby Lobby. The plastic tablecloth and plates came from the Dollar Store. I do keep my party supplies and reuse them year after year – so you really get your money’s worth. (Even the pinatas – around here we play “shake the pinata” instead of “hit the pinata”.)

I always like to try and include an educational aspect to our celebrations, so we’ll be reading Mexico ABCs by Sarah Heiman. This book discusses the culture of Mexico, including people, geography, animal, plants, and history.

Then we’ll be making homemade maracas! I know we all have the supplies for this on hand. All you need is plastic eggs, plastic spoons, popcorn kernels, and tape! More instructions can be found HERE.

For dinner I’m going to try my hand at creating this Chicken Enchilada Ring. I’m sure mine won’t turn out as pretty, but it is how it tastes that counts! Find there recipe HERE.

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As a special treat for the husband and I, I think I might just whip up a batch of my Blackberry Sangria! I made this for our Easter party and it was a big hit.

Blackberry Sangria

Ingredients:

1 bottle Moscato
1.5 cups Raspberry Vodka
1 small container of pineapple juice (or the juice from one can of pineapple slices)
3.5 cups blackberries
1 cup raspberries
1 large lemon
1 green apple
1/2 cup sugar

Directions:

  1. You’ll want to start by creating your simple syrup. Combine the sugar, 2 cups of blackberries, and 1/4 cup of water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and boil for several minutes. Turn off the heat and smash the blackberries with a potato masher. Let this sit until it cools, and then strain the liquid into a container. I smash the blackberries against my colander as I drain; this helps you to really get all the “juice” out of the mixture.
  2. Refrigerate your mixture several hours or overnight.
  3. Prepare your fruit. Cut up your lemon and core and slice your apple. Wash the raspberries and blackberries.
  4. Add the wine, vodka, and fruit to a pitcher.
  5. Let sit for 2-3 hours.
  6. Serve!

*Next time I make this I plan to omit the vodka. The husband and I aren’t huge drinkers and this was SUPER strong.

Are you doing anything special to celebrate Cinco de Mayo?