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Oh I'm just a girl on a mission…
Before I start, I just want to let y’all know, I say Merry Christmas, not Happy Holidays, and I respect that you might not celebrate Christmas, and in that case I hope you had a great holiday, whatever it was…. but I celebrated Christmas, so I’m not going to call it ‘the holiday’ throughout my post. It was Christmas for me. And Christmas it shall stay. I really have no intention of offending anyone – there’s just been so much hoopla on facebook lately though about Happy Holidays VS Merry Christmas, I wanted to make that clear that I don’t mean to offend anyone by saying it…. and on that note:
Merry (Belated) Christmas everyone!
So I know it’s been a while since my last post, but Christmas this year got a lot more hectic than I thought it would, and well, these things happen. I honestly thought I’d have time to update more often, and planned out titles and everything for the days leading up to Christmas… but alas, I was overruled. (I even stopped watching Christmas movies in full – I fell asleep watching the claymation ‘Santa Clause is Coming to Town’ on Christmas Eve!) Hopefully I can make it up to you with this delicious cinnamon bun recipe I tried out today. Y’all are gonna love it. I’ll get to that in a little bit though.
First off! How was everyone’s Christmas/Holiday season?? Like I said ours was hectic and busy, I worked, I had three dinners to go to (bless my family with all the food we enjoy – there are too many of us to all show up at once, but being right around the corner from my grandma, my mom and I are always there for all three) I think I’m still pretty stuffed from the dinners… deep fried turkey, baked ham, cabbage rolls, perogies, stuffing, mashed potatoes, kielbasa, vegetables, meatballs, lasagna…. and let’s not even start on the desserts! I did get a nice recipe however I’ll need to try. 😉 Then there was the pancake breakfast I had with my ‘sisters’ on the Friday…. So much food, such a short week.
Also, guess what!? On December 27, 2011, we got our first snowfall of the season! And it was gone by this morning. But it was beautiful yesterday – even while I helped bring in the shopping carts from the parking lot at work… I wanted to have a snowball fight with someone, but nobody was around…. Maybe I’ll get to put out a new Ice Wreath soon though! It’s definitely getting cold enough 🙂 I’m excited to get more…. though not too much. Humans are so picky aren’t we? In winter, it’s too cold, we can’t wait for summer, then summer comes, and it’s too hot, then we want snow, but when it comes, we don’t want to shovel it so we hate it…. Mother Nature really is just in a lose-lose-lose situation….
Anywho, New Year’s is coming up (I promise I won’t leave my blog unattended that long again) so I’m starting to think about some good new year goals and resolutions, any ideas? I’m going to go over my December goal list again this week and see what I accomplished, but not tonight, I’m still way too tired (does anyone else get this tired after Christmas? Like, no matter how much I sleep, I can’t seem to catch up, this is worst than exams – granted I didn’t work during exams either) I’ll get my New Years list up shortly though… first I want to plan out some schedules to maybe help me stick to it better.
Now however, as promised, here is the recipe I found for:
Homemade Cinnamon Rolls:
1. Preheat oven to 400F
2. For the filling, in a small bowl combine softened butter, brown sugar and cinnamon to form a crumbly mixture
3. Sprinkle 1/2 of the mixture over the bottom of a 9×9 pan (I only did a bit at first, then after I put the filling on the dough, I sprinkled what I had left into the pan)
4. In a large bowl mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
5. Cut in softened butter (sometimes your hands are the best tools – sometimes 15 seconds in the microwave works too).
6. Stir in milk to form a soft dough. (Your hands can come in handy here… I found it easier to kneed the dough as I added the milk…)
7. Roll out dough on a lightly floured into a rectangle about 1/4 inch thick.
8. Spread the remaining filling on the rolled out dough.
9. Roll up the rectangle, with a sharp knife slice into 18 small rolls (12 if you want them a little bigger) (I found that my dough was a little soft to cut nicely, (or my knife was a little dull maybe) but it was easier if I wrapped the rolled up dough in seran wrap and stuck it in the freezer for a few minutes – just until I did the dishes and tidied up the rest of the mess)
11. For glaze, combine powdered sugar and milk in a small bowl and stir until smooth. (I do this by eye, but typically it’s two parts icing sugar/powdered sugar per every one part milk… but you can add more or less of each as needed)
Once rolls are finished, drizzle on glaze and serve warm.
And there ya have it! It was quite easy, and no waiting for yeast to rise or anything! The only thing I might try differently next time is the icing… this icing is good, but it’s more of a sugar cookie base icing, I feel like cinnamon rolls need a different type of icing… maybe one with cream cheese in it next time. 🙂 Until then though, I’m quite proud how these turned out… I guess my dog kicking me out of my bed at 8:30 in the morning so that she could take it over payed off afterall!
Hey y’all, sooooooooooo two days behind, not bad. I wasn’t feeling the greatest Sunday anywho so, you wouldn’t have gotten much out of a post then anyways. Today you get another baking blog though 😀 It was just one of those nights last night. So hopefully it makes up for the lackage.
Also, yesterday, I bought a classic collection dvd with all the Christmas classics on it – Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer (the claymation one) and Santa Clause is coming to Town, Frosty, Frosty Returns, Little Drummer Boy… all those classic Christmas movies that kids these days don’t appreciate. But then my friend yelled at me, so I took it back today (and all the people in line couldn’t believe I didn’t want a dvd that epic). So I may go back tomorrow with the gift card I have and buy it (Save 20 bucks – It costs 28) You have no idea how excited I am to actually go out and get the dvd again and watch some Christmas classics! So thrilling!
On a somewhat unrelated note (ok completely unrelated) my friend recently got me hooked on the band ‘The Naked and Famous’ – I’m falling in love with so many of their songs. Today’s blog title is from their song “Girls Like You”
So anywho, yesterday was a crazy day at school, so last night I pulled out the baking pans and made Rainbow Sprite Cupcakes 🙂
The recipe includes:
1 ½ cups of butter
2 cups of sugar
1 teaspoon lemon juice
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 cups of flour
1 cup of sprite (that’s almost a can)
1. Mix the butter and sugar in a bowl until they form a crumbly base. (Use an electric beater; this will take a couple of minutes to do)
2. Add the lemon juice and vanilla extract to the mix.
3. Add the eggs, one at a time, to the mix, blending the mix until it is smooth. (So time consuming, but again, much easier with an electric beater)
4. Alternate adding the flour and sprite to the batter. (I started with the flour, because there was more, then some of the sprite, then more flour, more sprite, etc. Etc…. it took me about 4 turns to do this – don’t add the sprite until the flour is blended in well with the batter each time.)
5. Preheat oven to 350. (Usually this is step one, but you really don’t need to do it just yet, the rainbow will take some time – if you don’t want to make the rainbow cupcakes, and just leave them as regular cupcakes, you can stop here)
6. Divide the batter into equal parts and add food colouring. (I poured some of the batter into my small measuring cup, mixed my first colour, and then dumped the batter into a plastic cup, then washed the small measuring cup and repeated until I had all four colours I wanted)
7. Pick one colour, drop a spoonful of it into the bottom of each cupcake tin. (try not to drop them all into the center… put some off to the side) Repeat with each colour until the cupcake paper is full with batter. (You can do the same colour more than once, it looks cooler that way. Also, try to drizzle the colour into the cupcake paper, it looks a lot neater)
8. Once all cupcakes are filled, bake for 30-45 minutes, or until the edges turn a golden colour (they will don’t worry)
While the cupcakes are baking, you can make your own icing too. Simply mix a tablespoon of butter with a bit of icing sugar and a bit of milk (add more milk for a thinner icing, and more icing sugar for a thicker icing) Add food colouring if desired.
So that’s basically it today, cupcakes turned out great, everyone seemed to like them… I even took mini containers of icing for them to dip the cupcakes in 😀 So much fun.