Friday, June 21, 2013

Adventures in cinnamon rolls

My husband just loves anything with dough and anything sweet. His mom makes some serious cinnamon rolls, so I have set out to top them. Too bad he wasn't home to do the taste test, guess the 4 kids that are here will have to do!

In my looking for the perfect recipe (pinterest) I came across one that was almost perfect.  I used her recipe as a base and altered it slightly.  You can see Lydia's recipe HERE

 Cinnamon Pinwheel Buns
Recipe adapted from Pioneer Woman Cooks
Makes 2 batches

Ingredients for rolls:
 2 cupsMilk
1/2 C Vegetable Oil
1/2 C Sugar
2 1/4 t Active Dry Yeast
4 1/2 C Flour
1/2 t Baking Powder
1/2 t Baking Soda
1/2 T Salt
1 Cup Butter, melted
 3 T Cinnamon
1 1/2 C Sugar

 Maple Icing:
 3 3/4 Cup Powdered Sugar
3 T Butter, melted
 1/4 C Milk
2 T Maple Syrup

♥ Gently heat the milk, oil and sugar over a medium heat then set aside to cool.
♥ When milk mixture is lukewarm sprinkle the yeast on top and let it sit for a minute.
♥ Add 4 cups of flour to the mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until it is just combined.
♥ Cover with a tea towel and leave it to rise in a warm place (like in the window or hot water cupboard) for an hour.
♥ Once dough has risen, add baking powder, baking soda, salt and the rest of the flour and stir thoroughly to combine.
♥ Sprinkle some flour on a bench and roll out half the mixture into a large rectangle.
♥ Brush on a generous amount of butter over the dough.
♥ Sprinkle half the cinnamon over the entire dough surface followed by half of the sugar.
♥ Roll up the dough nice and tight and secure by pinching the edges together.
♥ Transfer your cinnamony dough log to a chopping board and cut into even pieces about 3cm wide. ♥ Repeat the process with the other lot of dough.
♥ Grease two cake tins with Pam and place sliced rolls inside, making sure not to over crowd them.
♥ Cover the tin with a tea towel again and let them sit for at least 20 minutes to rise again.
♥ Preheat oven to 375 and bake for 13 to 17 minutes until they are golden brown.
♥ While the buns are baking make the maple icing.
My two year old sat in front of the oven for at least 3 minutes just starting at them.  If you know toddlers, 3 minutes is like a lifetime!
Pour the icing over the rolls while still warm

They were seriously DELICIOUS!   And I just snagged a cold one, and it's still soft and gooey, almost just as good cold.  Almost, not quite, but almost.

I'd say today's been a good day.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Father's Day cards

Crackle background stamp, spritzed marker, made flag wrapped in twine, stamped sentiment, used Big Shot to cut it out, cut out sentiment in darker ink.
Used the Big Shot to emboss the lines, created a boy out of ribbon, stamped sentiment and cut out.
Used color spritzer tool and a marker on background, cut out multiple flags out of cardstock, stamped image, cut out, used crop-o-dile for eyelets and twine.
Used patterned paper to make corners and as background, sanded paper. Stamped sentiment on paper then used punch on bottom, added wrapped wire to side for a 'masculine' touch.
Love, love, love the SU wood embossing folder! Made flag wrapped in twine, stamped sentiment, used Big Shot to cut it out, cut out sentiment in darker ink. Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there!

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Birthday calendar

Because my husbands family is HUGE and I can't keep anything straight. Every time I turn around, I've missed a birthday. The solution? This bad boy! Once again, I got this off pinterest. Took a left-over cedar plank from one of hubbies jobs and spray painted it. Decorated it with cut out paper, flowers, and stickers. I hot glued ribbon to the back of it (12 strands equally spaced) and used my SU punch to cut out lots and lots of little squares. I did blue & green for the boys, and pink, orange, red for the girls, just so I could see at a glance the gender of the birthday person (there's so many kids, it helps just to glance at it a month early and know that I need 4 boy gifts and 2 girl gifts for the next month). I used first names and the date of birth per square then attached them to the ribbon in order of date. Since completing this, I have had several family members let me know that what they want for their next birthday is one of these. Guess I better get busy, I have SEVERAL to make!

Stache Bash (mustache party)

Photo booth! My daughter (on the left) and her bestie
My sad, sad attempt at chocolate mustaches without using a mold. Yes, I tried to freehand some mustaches onto parchment paper using a piping bag and melted chocolate. I then went out and bought a mold. Next time, I'll be ready! (quoting "Home Alone" in case you missed that)
Super cute cupcakes, even if they did mess up (again) on them. Supposed to say, "Stache Bash". Oh well.
Made these invitations for my youngest daughters birthday party. She gets her love of mustaches from her aunt ;)

Dinner menu board

Jennifer Teitzel

Got this idea off of pinterest for our mommy group (MOPS) at church. We started with a foam board and cut it to the size we wanted. -Used mod podge to cover it with scrapbook paper. -Hot glued clothes pins (painted or covered in paper) to the side -Used my SU label punches to do the abbreviations of the days of the week onto the clothes pins -Made a little pocket out of coordinating paper to hold more paint chips (dinner cards) -Hot glued a push pin into the foam to hang a paper clip keeping index cards for shopping lists/notes -Hot glued some wide ribbon to the back to hang where-ever in the kitchen Some ladies altered this and turned it into a chore board for the kiddos or a to-do list for the hubby. I love the idea and simplicity of it. The fact that it can be made to match your kitchen? Bonus.

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

80's Birthday Invitations

My daughter wanted to have an 80's roller skating birthday party, so I just had to make invitations for the theme! I used my Cricut with the "Indie Art" cartridge for the cassette tape. I was lucky enough to pop into my local Michael's when they're $3.99 paper packs were buy one get one free PLUS they let me use my mobile Joanne coupon for 25% off my total purchase! SCORE!! I used several diffrent style stamps on the front, and the invite part on the back is from Stampin' Up!

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Shower curtain & pie

Isn't this just the most perfect looking apple pie? I think so too :) I just LOVE pinterest for just about everything! I found this recipe and altered it a bit (a tsp of lemon juice instead of a whole lemon, and cut out a couple of apples <---sure glad I did, I still had way too many!) You can find the recipe for both the pie and the crust by clicking HERE
Our Christmas this year was a homemade one. On our road trip, our girls were talking about how much they'd like to share the room upstairs and turn the loft into their "play" area, so we surprised them by making it happen while they were at grandmas for the weekend! I started by making a shower curtain for their bathroom. We decided on black and white with them each having their own accent colors. My oldest loves purple while my youngest is a pink kind of gal (in fact, she just got out of the shower and is walking around in pink socks, pink shorts, pink t-shirt, with a pink towel on her head). So their bathroom is zebra with purple and pink. For my first shower curtain, I'm pretty proud of it! I actually wasn't sure if I'd have enough fabric so I had to get creative with it, that's where the ruffles came in. And guess what?! I think the end result looks planned!

Did ya miss me?!

On November 1st we left the Pacific Northwest on a 33 day road trip across the country. The whole point of our journey was to visit with my father in Georgia who is sick. I journal-ed (very lightly) every day and included pictures of our fun, feel free to check it out on our family blog by clicking HERE