Easy Cinnamon Monkey Bread Recipe

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Disclosure: This post was sponsored by General Mills through their partnership with POPSUGAR Select. While I was compensated to write a post about Pillsbury™ Grands! Cinnamon Rolls, all opinions are my own.

We’re kind of homebodies during the weekend and I absolutely love it. I know a lot of people who love to just go-go-go all weekend long and they have all kinds of plans with all kind of people and that just honestly doesn’t sound that appealing to me. My kind of weekend plans are with the two people I love the most, at home in our jammies, just enjoying each other’s company. And it’s especially a bonus if we don’t have to go out in the cold and/or if we don’t have a whole lot of household chores to catch up on.

Since our weekday mornings are usually pretty rushed and I’m usually out the door before Alea and Cory are even awake for breakfast, weekend breakfasts are a special occasion for our family. And Pillsbury™ Grands! Cinnamon Rolls usually make a special appearance!

On this particular weekend, we decided to mix it up a little and make a super easy Cinnamon Monkey Bread from our Pillsbury™ Grands! Cinnamon Rolls and have a breakfast picnic in the living room. It was ridiculously fun!

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Ingredients:
1. ½ cup sugar
2. 1 cup brown sugar
3. 1 tsp cinnamon
4. ¾ cup butter, melted
5. 2 cans Pillsbury™ Grands! Cinnamon Rolls

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Directions:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit and grease a Bundt pan. Split apart Pillsbury™ Grands! Cinnamon Rolls by cutting into quarters with a pizza cutter. Roll them into balls.
2. Mix together sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.
3. Mix together melted butter and brown sugar in a separate bowl.
4. Roll the dough into cinnamon and sugar mixture and place into Bundt pan.
5. Once finished, pour brown sugar and butter mixture over the dough balls in the Bundt pan.
6. Bake 28 minutes until dough is cooked thoroughly.
7. Let cool for 10 minutes. Then tip upside down onto a serving plate.
8. Enjoy while warm.

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I think breakfast picnics are officially my favorite pastime and I think this melt-in-your-mouth Cinnamon Monkey Bread is my new favorite food. Judging by Alea’s smile above, I’m thinking she would have to agree!

What about you? Are you a homebody or do you like to make lots of plans for the weekend?

My 8 Most Popular Posts

The year 2016 will ring in my 5th year of blogging. Just saying that makes my jaw drop a little. It’s so hard to believe that I’ve been writing in this space for five years now.

I know some may say that blogging is loosing it’s luster and that blogging isn’t going to be around forever, but in my opinion, I think blogging is here to stay. And I’m planning on riding this blogging wave as long as I possibly can. Blogging is a way for me to be creative in my free time when I’m not working my not-so-creative job as a registered nurse. Blogging is my way of getting all my thoughts onto virtual paper, especially with our current struggles with secondary infertility. It’s my way of sharing fun things with my readers and connecting with you all on a more personal level. I just absolutely love it.

Here are my most popular posts from January 1st of 2015 to December 31st of 2015. Some are older posts that have continued to shine and some are more recent posts. Nevertheless, thank you for continuing to read along and supporting me in this little space of mine!

My Most Popular Posts of All Time:


1. Toddler Activity: Coffee Filter Umbrellas: I feel like I posted this a million years ago. It quickly became my #1 most popular post and has stayed in that position ever since. This was such a fun little craft that Alea and I did together and is the perfect spring-themed craft, as well! You only need a few things and your kiddos will love it!


2. How to Synch Your Instagram with Your Facebook Page: I think I may need to do a little updating on this post, but it’s certainly been helpful to a lot of people. I love that I can share my Instagram photos directly to my Sunny with a Chance of Sprinkles Facebook page! It’s easy peasy and most definitely helps to increase engagement on my Facebook page. (And we all know that any engagement on Facebook is good!)


3. How to Care for Succulents: Everyone loves succulents. They’re so fresh, so beautiful and they’ve been a huge fad for a while now. The only trouble is, they’re somewhat difficult to care for. I decided to break it down and talk all about how to care for succulents!


4. Photography for Beginners: Shooting in Manual Mode for Beginners: If you’re new to a DSLR and need to learn your way around, then this post is right up your alley! I wrote this post after sitting down and really learning my camera on manual mode. It took some time and I’m still learning. Let’s face it, we’re always learning! But, to this day I use my camera on manual mode 95% of the time!


5. Stitch Fix: Where I Kept it All: I think I’m coming up on a my 3 year anniversary of Stitch Fixes! And I’m still obsessed with getting my fix every month! They always have such unique pieces that I wouldn’t normally select for myself if I were at a store and that’s what I love about it! This fix contained pieces that I still wear regularly– worth every penny!


6. Summer Vegetable Soup: If you’re looking for a super easy soup full of vegetables, this is the soup for you. It is so, so good and I’m not even exaggerating. Toss it in the crockpot and go!


7. Toddler Activity: DIY Travel Chalkboard: I love that some of my favorite posts made this list. This chalkboard activity board is still a favorite of Alea’s! We used to do a whole lot more traveling, but she plays with this even at home!


8. Stitch Fix 5: Stripes & Aztec: Oh for the love of Stitch Fix! I think I’ll have to start showing off my Stitch Fixes again since you all seem to like those posts so much! I miss doing outfit posts– so I think this will be a great jumping off point!

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Thank you again for reading and supporting Sunny with a Chance of Sprinkles. This blog has become my baby and I hope you’ll stick around to see what 2016 has to offer!

Which post above is your favorite?
Is there a personal favorite that didn’t make the list?

Homemade Instant Hot Cocoa

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I was just talking to a friend about how fun it was when we were kids to watch the news bright and early in the morning after a snowfall anticipating our school’s name to scroll across the bottom of the screen. I miss those moments! And then it was time for lots of sledding, shoveling for fun, and playing outside. Then warming up with a delicious hot cup of cocoa when you were finally convinced to come inside to warm up!

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Homemade Hot Cocoa Mix

Ingredients:
1. 1 cups of unsweetened cocoa powder
2. 2 cups of powdered sugar
3. 2 cups of powdered milk

Directions:
1. Combine all the ingredients and stir well to get any lumps out.
2. Store in an air-tight container.
3. When ready to serve, scoop 1/2 cup into a mug of hot water or milk and stir.
4. Don’t forget the marshmallows or whipped cream!

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Alea thoroughly enjoyed her hot cocoa and I thoroughly enjoyed serving her up a hot cocoa mix with far fewer ingredients than the store bought variety. It’s so fun to really take a step back, assess my mess of a pantry and figure out what we can toss and recreate ourselves. You know what I mean? It just amazes me that we have all of these conveniences and it’s so easy just grab a box of pre-packaged hot cocoa mixes, but making it yourself takes less than five minutes, a few ingredients and is even cheaper!

(I’ll just step on down from my soap box now, sorry about that!)

How do you enjoy your hot cocoa? Whipped cream? Marshmallows? Sprinkles?
Everything is better with sprinkles, let’s face it!