Undercover Baker – Work Baby Shower Style

Hi Guys! Happy whatever day you happen to be reading this!  It’s a beautiful sunny morning here in the ever-lovely North Carolina where I’m writing this. The birds are chirping and the coffee is hot, we’re getting back to some of the most wonderful weather NC offers.

Thinking about spring and its beautiful weather reminds me of my really adorable adventure from this week. We hosted a baby shower for one of my coworkers this week! When better for a new adorable little life than in spring when nature also seems to be celebrating new life?

I volunteered to bring in a sweet thing for the baby shower and had planned on attempting these really fun and yummy looking Swedish cinnamon buns (you know, because she has a bun in the oven *wink*) but the recipe was long and difficult and I ran out of time. Instead, I had to get a little creative.

Crockpot Cinnamon Roll Monkey Bread Pudding

I went online and Pillsbury had this great crockpot recipe that seemed easy and looked delicious so I figured I’d try it! We own a crockpot and I could just plug it in under my desk at work.

The Execution

I prepped the ingredients before I got to work in the morning so that I could literally just throw them in, plug it in, and leave it. Easy peasy.


I did accidentally forget to bring non-stick spray, so I just rubbed the sides of the pot with the stick of butter that I was going to melt and pour into the pot anyway and that worked just fine.

The baking itself was a piece of cake. You pretty much pour everything in and you’re good to go. Then I didn’t do anything. I just sat and did my work and let the crockpot work its magic for 2.5 hours.

The Snag

I hit a snag when I posted a picture of the crockpot baking on my social media and one of my coworkers saw it. He wanted a part of the treat and got (playfully) testy when I told him it was for a baby shower, so he couldn’t have any until after if there were leftovers.

Not even 15 minutes later, I came back from the bathroom to a Facilities Violation report about how it’s illegal to have small appliances, crockpots included, plugged in on the campus.  After a brief panic, I realized the report wasn’t signed and I recognized the handwriting as my coworker’s. Very funny, Tom.

(As it turns out, the report was semi-legit, he printed it off from somewhere and crockpots ARE illegal on campus. Whoops.)

The End Result


Perhaps I’m too hard on my own products, but I didn’t like the end result.  It turned out a lot more bread pudding-like than I was expecting.  I guess I thought it would come out crispier on top but it was moist and soft from the crockpot. The moisture level was only heightened by the icing and maple syrup poured over the top, so I really wasn’t a fan. Everyone else who had it, including Tom who got a piece of the leftover, thought it was really good. Maybe I’m just the anomaly.

You know what they say, expectation leads to frustration. I expected it to turn out one way, and it didn’t. However, our sweet Momma liked it and our little shower was to celebrate her, so I’ll take that as a win.

Have a great week, everyone! Be sure to check your rules at work before you accidentally and unknowingly break them and try not to get too disappointed and frustrated if your expectations lead you astray.

Enjoy spring and all this new life!

Until next week,



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