Baked Goods

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Naan Dish

Until recently, I've been a little apprehensive of making Naan bread.  I mean, how can one even come to close to duplicating this soft and puffy semi-flat bread typically made in a tandoor (or clay) oven? Last I checked, my kitchen (and most kitchens) only come with a convection if you're lucky. However, after investing in a bunch of Indian spices and working on some Dal recipes, I figured Naan was the next thing I needed to try my hand at, and I'm so glad I did! Now, I have this AMAZING restaurant style naan bread that my whole family can eat since its dairy-free. 

Fluffy Baked Bisquits

Over the years we have greatly decreased the amount of bread we eat in the house. As a once "go-to" for all things breakfast, lunch and dinner, it's now only used occasionally and the quality of bread has gone from typical bagged breads to sprouted or homemade ones.

So when I made this the other day, my oldest let me know the he "loved when I made bread".  Sweet right? I guess my kids have learned to enjoy the little things, like homemade bread.

Banana Bread French Toast

The end of Summer can go several ways.  

a. Mom's and Dad's everywhere are numb to the sounds of arguing kids, tapped out of resources to go places to keep the kids busy, drive past the library instead of forcing them to go inside and find a good read,  and find delight in the hours of video game playing as long as you some "alone time".  

b. Mom's and Dad's are savoring every last-minute with their kiddos, taking last-minute trips, swimming every chance they get and mentally preparing for the first day of school (cry now so you won't have to in front of the children). 

Monkey Bread a.k.a Pull-Apart Bread, delish, allergy friendly
Have ever eaten monkey bread? You may have actually had it before but by a different name such as cinnamon roll bread, pull-apart rolls, or monkey balls, just to name a few.  If you haven't had this bread before, then you are in for a treat.  It is like having a HUGE Cinnabon for breakfast, lunch or dessert.  Warm and gooey sweet bread rolls, coated in cinnamon sugar, layered then baked in a bundt cake pan, then drizzled (or drenched) in a layer of icing.  Sounds pretty amazing, right? 

Banana Muffins

In my last 16 years of parenting, I've been hit with difficult questions from my children. Some I could answer rather vaguely, others by being straight forward and sometimes, I just had to answer very stratigically.  For example, my kids (and I'm pretty sure MOST kids) like to raze one another over silly things and for a time, it was over "Favorties".  More specially, who was Nana & Papa's favorite, Harmony's favorite (that is my husband's mom and means Grandma in Korean), and then OUR favorite.  

Of course they each felt they owned a title or 2 but I couldn't quite designate a favorite child, much to their disapproval.  However, my husband and I came up with a fluctuating favorite list.  We let them know that we had no favorite child but merely a "Favorite of the Day" child.   This was not solely based on how helpful they were around the house, but also on how they interacted with one another, with us, or simply "just because". They seemed to be happy with knowing that this would change daily and they all had a fair shot at it. 

What I found interesting is that I also apply that mentality to foods.