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Monkey Bread and a list

Signs of Summer:

1.  Screen door slams every 2 minutes.

2  Fridge door is open more than it’s closed.

3.  There’s grass clippings all over the house.

4. There are 100’s of shoes by the back door. Who they belong to, it’s a mystery?

5. The laundry pile is growing exponentially.  (exponential: a math word  Another way I know it’s summer Cece is working her way through her summer skill builder books and I am feeling like I quite possibly I never went to school. I do not remember learning any of this stuff!)

6. My kiddos are up till the cows come home, reading watching movies, talking, eating, swimming.  They have (in my book) passed the age of enforcing a bedtime, but I have a hard time going to sleep when there’s fun stuff going on, so if it were possible for me to get any less sleep than I already do, I am. Insert haggard looking emoji.

7. I hear the phrase multiple times a day (there’s my math language again 😉 ) “There’s nothing to eat.”.  As if they really knew what it was like to have nothing to eat. Please people. I’m booking them a trip to the Sahara desert then they will honestly be be able to say “there is nothing to eat”.


 “The” beach at Lake Michigan…heaven, the kids have to drag my butt off of it.

8. I know that it’s summer when I am looking at my weather app like every five seconds.  What’s the weather outlook for the next 10 days, 10 hours, 10 seconds, when will the sun set?  How is the weather on the Big Lake?  BTW We live 30 minutes from Lake Michigan, straight shot to the beach from our house, but sometimes its beautiful weather at home and you get to the beach and it’s windy, chilly, and even foggy and there are icebergs floating in the Lake because the wind blew in from the polar regions, so one never ever heads to “the beach” without consulting Craig James.

(Who is Craig James?  He was the meteorologist for 40 years in Grand Rapids, he retired in 2008. So when I think weather, I think Craig. Craig should start-up tweeting the weather for retirement kicks and giggles.)

9. I know it’s summer when I justify eating ice cream for every meal, because well it’s summer and summer is short in Michigan so why not.

10.  And last but not least I know it’s summer when breakfast becomes lunch and lunch is Monkey Bread!

Monkey Bread

Monkey Bread is a food group right?  A justified replacement for whatever else one might eat in the morning.  During school breakfast is about getting something healthy down quick, an egg, a smoothie, some granola and maybe yogurt.  In the summer breakfast is about bacon, and sugar, and ice cream on french toast.  Woo Hoo it’s Summer!

I hope at some point in your life you’ve had, or made Monkey Bread.  You probably have a recipe for it somewhere.  I have two versions.  This is the easiest one.  Here is the other recipe, venture in at your own risk that is a really old blog post people.

Monkey Bread

This is it.  Canned buttermilk biscuits, sugar, more sugar, cinnamon, vanilla, and Oh butter and more butter.

Monkey Bread

Pop open the biscuits (I always wince and give a little scream when they pop open. You too?) and break them into small pieces, each biscuit into halves or thirds.

Number eleven reason you know it’s summer:  For some crazy reason I think I should get a manicure and well in 2 hours it looks like the above shot.  My hands were never meant for mani’s.  

Monkey Bread

Toss pieces with the sugar and cinnamon.

Monkey Bread

Pour them in a bundt or tube pan, melt some butter, stir vanilla in to the butter, drizzle butter vanilla mixture evenly over sugar coated biscuits.  Drizzling butter is one of my favorite things to do in case you wondered.

Monkey Bread

Bake for 30 minutes, and then invert on to a platter or a large plate. Give pan a pat.  Thank You trusty bundt pan.  This pan was a wedding gift.  It’s baked a few bundt cakes, and a few more recipes of monkey bread.

Monkey Bread


Monkey Bread

Number 12 reason I know summer is here.  I get to eat my monkey bread in peace while the rest of the house sleeps.  Here in lies the reason I don’t get any sleep in the summer.  I stay up with everyone, but I like my “me” time so I get up at the crack of dawn to make monkey bread, read emails, and write.  Then if I’m lucky I’ll catch a nap by the pool, or on the beach later in the day!

Cheers to Summer! XOX, Sheila

Monkey Bread

Cinnamon and Brown Sugar Caramel pull apart breakfast bread.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 8


  • 3 cans Pillsbury Buttermilk Biscuits
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground Cinnamon
  • 1 stick Butter 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  • In a plastic zip-loc bag mix sugars and cinnamon.
  • Melt butter in a large dish in microwave, then stir in vanilla.
  • Pop open biscuits break into pieces and toss into bag with sugar. Zip bag closed ever so often and toss dough pieces around, so every piece is covered with sugar.
  • Pour dough pieces and sugar into a nonstick tube or bundt pan. Make sure dough is evenly distributed around the pan.  Drizzle melted butter and vanilla evenly over the dough. Place in oven and bake for 30 minutes. Remove and let set for 5 minutes before inverting onto a large plate or platter.
Keyword bread, breakfast,, caramel, cinnamon, easy
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  1. Totally understand your connection with the old weather guy 🙂 When I think of weather, I think of Jerry Hodak from Channel 7 WXYZ, even though he’s been retired for years. I just can’t get on board with Dave Rexroth. HAHAHA.

    Can you believe I’ve never had Monkey Bread? I’ve never tasted it, and never made it. I’m thinking that needs to change, very soon!

    1. Well girlfriend! I think I need to introduce you to my good friend Monkey Bread 😉 Next time your town, let me know I’ll make sure I have some fresh!

    1. Yes I cannot open sparkling wine without a squeal and a little jump! Thanks so much for stopping by 😉

  2. Always loved it when summer happened and the girls were home ! We played a lot of card games and table games – all before they were old enough to get a job. Now it’s fun with the grandkids. The last time I made Monkey bread, my then 16 year old Granddaughter just had to make it with me because they had made it in her Family and Consumer Science class and she LOVED it. Think I’ll remind her now (at age 18) and ask if we can make it together again. She’ll love it! Thanks for the reminders – of sweet summers and Monkey bread.

    1. Yes you can use regular bread dough, I’ve never done it, but there is a recipe in one of my church cookbooks that calls for frozen bread dough. I’ll look it up and email it to you if you like.

  3. I love your signs of summer! The one about your kids staying up late resonates with me because my neighbors were just talking about how their kids are staying up until midnight then sleeping in until 11AM. I could only think about how I can’t wait until my kids are old enough to want to do that in the summers. (I’m sure they’d like to stay up late now, but would never sleep in!) 🙂 I’m also thinking monkey bread for breakfast, lunch and dinner is a great summer tradition! lol.

    1. It seems awesome when your kids are little but when you have teenagers lazing around everywhere it can start to gnaw on your nerves 😉