Monday, 15 April 2013

A Little Cinnamon Makes Everything Better

Yesterday I wore a spring dress which gave me the hope that spring was here to stay. "Not so!" screams Mother Nature when I woke up in the morning to this...

So Anders and I decided to whip up some warm comfort goodness aka cinnamon buns!

It is my mission to find the perfect cinnamon bun recipe since they are one of Derek's favorite treats. I have tried quite a few recipes and this one is by far the best I've made (however if you want to do a recipe face off I'm open to try more recipes!). They are easy to whip up and don't take very long considering you have to make the dough and clean up... about 1 hour for everything.

Cinnamon Swirls
3 1/4 cup flour
3 tsp quick rise yeast
1/4 cup white sugar
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup water
1/4 cup butter
1 egg
1 cup brown sugar
1 tbsp cinnamon (I put in more... maybe double this)
1/3 cup butter
raisins (optional)

Set aside 1 cup of flour from total amount. Mix remaining flour, yeast, white sugar, and salt in a bowl. Heat milk, water, and 1/4 cup butter until hot to the touch. Stir hot liquids into dry ingredients and mix in egg. Mix in enough reserved flour to make soft dough that does not stick to the bowl. Turn out onto floured surface and knead for 5 min. Cover and let rest for 10 min.

Mix brown sugar, cinnamon, and butter together (I melted my butter so that the brown sugar would dissolve). Roll dough into a rectangle 9X12 inch. Spread with cinnamon mixture and sprinkle with raisins. Roll dough from long side, jelly roll style. Cut into equal pieces (about 12). Grease pan with 2 tbs. olive oil, cinnamon, and 2 tbsp. syrup. Place rolls into greased pan. Cover dough and let raise until double about 20 min. Bake at 375 degrees F. for 30 min. or until browned.


Sunday, 14 April 2013

A Little Off the Top

I really wanted to let Anders hair grow... I love little boys with longer hair. But when we got to church today it just looked sooooo bad! Usually when I wash and comb it, his hair dries and looks ok, but today it was just one 'ol big mess. Not cute. So I had to give up my dream of Anders having beautiful soft whispy hair.

Today was the day... his first haircut. And you know what? It wasn't half bad .

Friday, 12 April 2013

Oh Baby!

Today I felt the baby kick for the first time when I was driving home from work. Just wanted to share :)