Ever since Amara and I started making monkey bread together 3 years ago, I have made monkey bread for the Teachers Appreciation Breakfast put on by the PTA the week before school starts. Last year when I did it, I whined for days because my car and kitchen smelled so good from monkey bread and I never got any! This year since the breakfast was on a Friday I informed Amara that when she slept over we were getting up and making monkey bread for Grandma Kc! I did share. We made 2 loaves and Mommy and Daddy joined us for breakfast. That monkey bread was so delicious. The scent in the car had just about driven me crazy by Sunday.
When we were done eating Amara announced that she thought we needed to learn how to make apple fritters. A few days later, I was visiting Treasure Box Tuesday over at Yesterfood and one of the featured recipes was for Apple Fritter Bites. It seemed like an omen and I emailed it to Amara for her approval.
When she spent the night with us last weekend the big plan was to get up on Sunday morning and make them. Saturday night we watched the Great and Powerful Oz for the 3rd time! The things we will do for our grandchildren. Grampy says he can now recite whole sections of it from memory!
After the movie, Amara took a bath. This is quickly becoming part of our routine. We don’t always do it but we definitely do it when she comes armed with a Pinky Pie glow stick! This nighttime bath ritual consists of me lighting a big candle on the vanity, she throws 2 or 3 glow sticks in the tub, and I turn off the lights! This time we added her Pinky Pie Wand and I added some Vaseline Gentle Breeze bath beads to the water. She loves that the water turns blue and I really think it relaxes her. She sleeps so peacefully afterwards.
At least until Grandma comes in and wakes her up. We bring our cats in at night and I couldn’t find them anywhere. Since I had been out in the garage doing laundry I thought that maybe one of them was out there. Of course, the only door into the garage is in Amara’s room. I was fine until I shut the door and she just bolted upright in bed! I told her it was just me and that I was looking for Twiggy and Twursula. She kind of glares and me and says, “Well, can I have a drink of water?” and she flops over on her side. She has water right next to her bed so I took the cap off it and stood there waiting. “Amara, do you want to drink this water?” She turns and kind of looks at me and says, “Sure” and rolls over and goes back to sleep. She remembered none of this in the morning!
When she finally got up Sunday morning she decided what she really wanted was a bubble bath and for me to wash her hair! Like most households, on school nights a shower and washing her hair are not leisurely activities! At Grandma’s you can play in the tub as long as you want and she did.
When she was finally done, we set about making apple fritter bites. Grampy thought he would die of starvation before we got them done. They were delicious! I peeled and chopped the apple. Amara had grated the top of her knuckles at her house the other day helping Mommy cook. I was not risking any kind of injuries! I also did all of the frying but Amara did everything else. She found all the ingredients and did all of the measuring and stirring. Cooking with her is so much more fun than doing it alone!
Amara declared the apple fritter bites to be better than any of the monkey breads we have made so far. Grampy liked them but he still likes the original monkey bread the best. Amara had a moment of inspiration and said, “Why not combine them?” It is now our goal to create an apple fritter monkey bread. I went looking for recipes and didn’t find exactly what we want. I think this one we may create ourselves.
There will be pictures!