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Life is Short - Have Fun!



One of the most popular recipes on my site is a recipe I posted "way back when". Back when I was a newbie blogger, I posted a recipe for Oooey Gooey Monkey Bread. In that post, I encouraged people to get messy with their kids. Allow them to use their hands to eat and let all of their inhibitions go out the window.

I know that people are going to that particular post for the recipe, as I get a ton of hits on that post each day. I hope what folks are taking away from it, besides a really yummy recipe, is the thought to let loose some, HAVE FUN (if you haven't seen this video, you MUST!), and that living life without pristine cleanliness is often times a great way to live!

What are you doing to let loose a little? My mom called me the other day and shared something she read on the wall of her doctors office. It was something about raising happy children, and one of the suggestions was to make a cake and let your kids eat it without using their hands! Can you imagine the memory that would make in their minds? Well, we are doing it this weekend and I'll let you know how it goes!

If you are stuck in a "can't quite get the whole let loose thing" rut, I am posting a different recipe for a pull apart bread that can be a babystep for you getting started.  I hope that you are enjoying your life because it can be very short... you might as well make the most of it and have fun!

Pull-Apart Caramel Coffee Cake from the March/April issue of Simple and Delicious Magazine

  • 2 tubes (12 ounces each) refrigerated flaky buttermilk biscuits
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
Cut each biscuit into four pieces; arrange evenly in a 10-in. fluted tube pan coated with cooking spray. Combine the brown sugar, cream and cinnamon; pour over biscuits. Bake at 350° for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Cool for 5 minutes before inverting onto a serving platter. Yield: 12 servings.


Posted on Saturday, March 1, 2008 at 09:00AM by Registered CommenterKristen | Comments45 Comments | References19 References

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Reader Comments (45)

Amen! I have this great memory of making the biggest mess in our family backyard with my parents and sister. We were playing with a giant bubble kit. I'll never forget how much we laughed! Letting loose is important. Play is important. I'm going to treat myself to some all out play this weekend! Thank you for another thoughtful post! And I want to see pictures of the handless cake eating!!
March 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoy the Baker
my boys and I love this recipe! sooo yummy :) Very nice pic too!
March 1, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterC.L.
Monkey bread must be really popular!
We make it at the restaurant where I work, as a snack for the employees. We make it out of roll dough, though.

This looks terrific.
March 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEmiline
I am so going to try this!
March 2, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. L
Those are like the best things...when I roll out of bed on Sunday mornings...okay, afternoon, this is what I like to have. Simple, yummy and fattening.
March 2, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterpeabody
Mmmmmm...my dad used to let us make monkey bread with him when we were little.

I've been thinking with all the cold weather and being cooped up in the house lately, we do really need to just let loose...it's so much easier to appreciate all the good that way!
March 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterSarah
I have magnificent memories from my childhood (when I lived with my mom, until I was 7) and those are priceless, Kristen. You are so right, my friend.
March 3, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia Scarpin
Hi Kristen, chanced upon your blog while visiting Val at more than burnt toast!! I wish I had found your blog earlier to take part in the Adopt a Blogger - what a great idea! Anyway, great blog and will be back again! Take care now!
March 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDharm
If I am ever in a bad mood, I will cook something because I know that it will make me happy because I think it's fun! I can't wait to have kids so that we can eat cake without our hands!
March 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDeborah
Thank you for the inspiration and sharing the wonderful video Kristen.
March 4, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJulie
Only when you grow up you will really treasure having fun. You are so right that you gotta share with your kids. That's the most memorable moment that can be replaced.

Can believe such wonderful bread is so easy to make. Good job, Kristen!
March 4, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlululu
Hi Kristen,
Great post. I always get messy with my grandkids and even my daughter can't resist laughing as she makes her husband clean up:)
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