Thursday, February 1, 2018

Apple-Cinnamon Monkey Bread and The Bionic Man

As you know from reading my blog, I grew up in the 70's.  One of my brother's and mine favorite shows growing up was The Six Million Dollar Man (aka Bionic Man), and The Bionic Woman.

We would pretend and do our slow motion running with complete sound effects of course. 

I once saw Lindsey Wagner (aka The Bionic Woman) at a country market in Big Bear, California.  I was standing right next to her as we were both perusing the shelves.  I didn't even know it was her until I heard gawkers whispering...and I was quite certain they weren't gawking at me.   She was so nice, and I was so proud of myself not going "girl fan geek" on her.

Well fast forward, I am now married to the bionic man.  My poor husband has been in the hospital now three times in the past 18 months.

It started a year ago in December when he had to get a hernia fixed.  He had a tear in is abdomen that made his belly button stick out and was quite painful.  We called it getting his turkey popper fixed.  Now everything is tucked back in nicely.

Then on midnight of Mother's Day, he wakes up in the middle of the night with a kidney stone and gallstone episode.  So, five hours later in the ER, he was on his way.

Two weeks ago, after six months of knee pain, x-rays, MRI, icing, knee brace and acupuncture, he had his knee operated on from what he finally learned was a torn meniscus. 

Then, last week, he needed to get new eye glasses for computer and reading.

So, with his new turkey button, cleaned out kidney, fixed knee and new eyes....he is officially the new Six Million Dollar Man now.

Meanwhile, I am trying to food prep as much as I can in preparation for the next surprise ER/hospital visit.

Apple-Cinnamon Monkey Bread
Courtesy of

2 cans (17.5 oz each) Pillsbury Grands! Flaky refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing
1 medium tart apple, peeled, chopped
1/2 cup sugar
1-1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 cup butter, melted

Heat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease 12-cup fluted tube cake pan with shortening or cooking spray.

Set aside icing tubs from cinnamon rolls.  Separate each can of dough into 5 rolls;  cut into quarters.

Place chopped apples in small bowl.  In another small bowl, mix sugar and cinnamon.  Add 1/4 cup sugar mixture to apples; toss to coat.  Sprinkle half of apple pieces in pan.  Roll half of dough pieces in sugar mixture; place on apples in pan.

Sprinkle with remaining apple pieces.  Roll remaining dough pieces in sugar mixture; place on apples.

Pour melted butter over top.  Bake 40 to 45 minutes or  until golden brown across top.  Cool 10 minutes; run knife around edge of pan to loosen.  Place heat proof serving plate over pan and turn over; remove pan.  Cool 10 minutes longer.

Drizzle reserved icing over top of bread, allowing some to drizzle down sides.  Pull apart or cut in slices to serve; serve warm.

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