Quick Cinnamon Swirl Bread

If you are new here, Welcome! If you are a regular, I promise this blog has not been hijacked. It's really me you guys! It's been awhile, I know I know (hangs the head in a little shame) Life has been a bit crazy, good crazy..but crazy! Enough about all that I know why you are here- you saw, or had a little glimpse of some ooey-gooey oh so get in my belly Cinnamon Swirl Bread. AND you want the recipe - duh!

Move it or lose it sista, let's get on with it! 

Cinnamon Swirl Bread Recipe

Alright you guys, on the count of three I want a big Mmmmmmmm. 1, 2, 3


The "How-To" make this grub:

Quick Cinnamon Swirl Bread       
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2 cups all-purpose flour

1-1/2 cups sugar, divided
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. salt
1 cup buttermilk (I made my own using 4 1/2 t. white vinegar mixed w/ 1 cup milk. Let stand for 10 minutes)
1 egg
1/4 cup canola oil
3 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 c. confectioners' sugar
1- 1/2 to 2 tsp. milk

Preheat oven to 350. Combine flour, 1 c. sugar, baking soda and salt. Add in buttermilk, egg and oil. In a small bowl combine cinnamon and remaining sugar.

Grease the bottom of a 9x5in. loaf pan. Pour half of the batter into pan and sprinkle half of the cinnamon-sugar. Pour the remaining batter and sprinkle the remaining cinnamon-sugar. Cut batter with a knife to swirl.

Bake 45-55 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Cool for 10 minutes. Gently remove from pan to wire rack to cool completely. Combine confectioner' sugar and enough milk to reach desired consistency. Drizzle over loaf.

Recipe for Cinnamon Swirl Bread

What I learned?
Double this recipe!
It was G.O.N.E., A.T.E, D.E.M.O.L.I.S.H.E.D
in 5 minutes folks.

Quick Cinnamon Swirl Bread

Even the cute little "butts" of the Cinnamon Swirl Bread got some grubbin' on. I honestly don't know what's cuter, the little chipmunk nibbling or his freckles?. 

Looking for more quick n' easy crowd pleasing? Check out these Quick Blueberry Muffins made with Ice Cream!


STOK Grill, A Camping Essential!

We are big on camping over here in the Marrs house. This past summer we took a week long trip up to Lake Cachuma! We had an absolute blast playing games, fishing and eating all that fantastic "camping food". This time we brought along a new fun Camping Essential.... A STOK Grill

This portable gas Gridiron STOK grill is the best camping companion! It is also great for tailgating, picnics and so much more! Our food was perfected on this grill and I honestly could not have been more pleased with the quality and performance this baby delivered! So enough with me and all my talking, because I could go on for days about this STOK grill. I will let the photos take you away to Steak and Bacon STOK Pleasure Town!

One quick pull up from the handle, slip the latch in place. Done!
Easy propane hook-up (we also use the little propane tanks for tailgating use)

We cooked the Steaks on low, we also cut up red potatoes and wrapped them in foil with sliced butter. Dinner was delicious!

Our friends had to come check the bad boy out, and they were very impressed!

Good Morning! Did someone say Bacon? How about straight from the grill? 
No mess and cooked to perfection!

Release the latch
Lower it down
Roll out

The week flew by. 
Many memories were made, fish caught and loads of laughs were shared this Summer 2014 at Lake Cachuma. Until next time...


Be Brave and Be Beautiful

I am Brave and Beautiful - a beauty movement that is sweeping the globe. Colbie Caillat started it with her recent song and video called TRY. My blogging friend Megan of Brassy Apple wanted to push this movement along and invited women from all over to share what they looked like without make up and I joined in!! Colbie's song says, "Take your make up off. Let your hair down... Look into the mirror at yourself, Do you like you? Cause I like you... "
Megan and her friend Cobi of Peacefrom6pieces have been the team behind this whole project. Their worldwide vision included creating their own video inspired by the song TRY. The talent of Robbins Creative made it possible for them to pull it off. You have to click play and see the beauty and bravery displayed and you might even recognize a few faces in there.
Me along with 101+ other blogging women from different backgrounds, religions, ethnicities, ages, shapes and sizes have decided to be Brave and Beautiful! You can join in this movement too by sharing what you look like without makeup on. You don't need a blog either! Just tag your photo with #IamBraveAndBeautiful on Instgram and search the hashtag to see who else has joined in. ALSO, if you tag it with a second hashtag - #ColbieTRY we just might be able to get Colbie Caillat's attention since she was the inspiration behind it all!
Are you brave and beautiful? I am, here I go!

Be You. Be Brave. Live Well. Laugh Much. Love Life. Be Beautiful

share your natrual beauty - brassyapple.com
Don't stop here. Get clicking around - its a blog hop! Below are more brave and beautiful women bearing more than their natural beauty. They each have a little bit of their heart to share with you. Some get very personal. Some share stories. For some this was very hard to do yet they gathered their courage and did it anyway. We hope as you click around (and YES pin these different posts!) you will feel the importance of it, the empowering effect it has and that it encourages you in some way.
>>>>>>>Important info! Blog Hops often have glitches the first day. If the link has an ERROR, simply click on the HOME button for each site, or google the blog name next to the link, and you should see their brave and beautiful post there. Links will be updated as soon as possible.<<<<<<<<<<<<
women sharing their natural beauty - no makeup
women with our makeup on and what makes them beautiful
women from around the world share their face with no makeup on - BrassyApple.com
Mommy bloggers share their face without makeup and what makes then beautiful
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#colbietry #iambraveandbeautiful
Ready in join in?Snap, hashtag and share! Tag @BrassyApple and @Peacefrom6Pieces if you can too!
Also follow our Bravery and Beauty PINTEREST board for more inspiration!


Grilled Shrimp Kabobs

It's Grill time baby! That's right, this month my girls and I are rounding up some yummy grilling' picnic-ing pinterest worthy so get pinning recipes for you all! 

I scoured Pinterest and pinned so many great looking shrimp recipes. I decided I wanted simple, not too much prep. So I went with these super easy and delicious shrimp and veggie kabobs.

Melt in your mouth Shrimp and Veggie Kabobs!

With the weather kicking 80 degrees here in California.. the grill just screams "use me" - So I had to! These shrimp and veggie kabobs were the perfect "winter" {in socal} meal - you can slap me later..first let's get on with the grub!

ingredients for shrimp kabobs

Shrimp & Veggie Kabobs
1-2 lbs shrimp raw peeled and deveined
whole mushrooms
cherry tomatoes
bell peppers
Italian dressing

shrimp kabobs

1st Ziploc Bag:  Shrimp and 1/2 cup Italian dressing
2nd Ziploc Bag: All the veggies and 1 cup Italian dressing

Refrigerate for 2 hours.

*If using bamboo skewers, soak in water 2-3 hours before using

marinade for shrimp kabobs

Start stacking up the shrimp and veggies! 

grilled shrimp and veggie kabobs

Grill on medium heat for about 6 minutes or until shrimp is pink. Turning every 2-3 minutes.
Serve with white rice, fresh fruit and sourdough bread.


Now here it is... TADA 
Our yummy round up so make sure you pin and check all these yummy recipes out for your next Summer BBQ!

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