Cinnamon Rolls

Happy Sunday everyone!

I hope you all have had a fabulous weekend so far! I know I have. The only downside to Sunday is knowing Monday is right around the corner… #ihatemondays. Luckily, this will be a short week of work due to the holiday, and boy am I excited about this holiday! I LOVE Thanksgiving – time with family and all the delicious food I get to enjoy – you just can’t beat it. And eating for two this year will make it even better! Ha!

Oh, and I can’t forgetĀ BLACK FRIDAY shopping!!!! Yes, the hubs and are two of the crazy people who are ALL OVER THAT every year! And I’m not letting my prego belly hold me back this year. I’ll take a nap in the car if I have to! LOL

But, don’t let me get ahead of myself. Thanksgiving is still a few days away, and today is all about a yummy recipe I made this weekend. One you might like to make for your breakfast crowd Thanksgiving morning šŸ˜‰

This Friday we celebrated my hubby’s 25th birthday. We had a great day full of yummy food, family, and fun! The hubs isn’t big on birthday cake, so instead I made him one of his very favorite sweet treats: Cinnamon Rolls.

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To be exact, I made Ali @ Gimme Some Oven’s 1-Hour Cinnamon Rolls,Ā and they were absolutely delicious! Thanks for the recipe, Ali!

If you are an experienced baker, it probably would only take you about an hour to make these, as her recipe says. However, this was only the second time I’ve made cinnamon rolls, so I was constantly checking the directions to make sure I did every step right. I made a couple mistakes and had to re-do some things, but I was still ableĀ to make them in about 2 hours. Much quicker than the first time I made cinnamon rolls!

I suggest you go check out Ali’s recipe and gorgeous pictures! They’ll inspire you to make these yourself. My pictures don’t do these tasty treats justice, but I’m just a newbie here. It’ll come in time!

Cinnamon Rolls

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Ingredients

For the Dough:

  • 1 cup of milk (I used skim)
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 – 3 1/2 cups AP flour
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1 envelope instant or rapid rise yeast (about 2 1/4 tsp.)
  • 1 egg

For the Filling:

  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp. butter, (completely) softened*

*If you are using butter straight from the fridge, you can easily soften it in the microwave. Place on a microwave-safe plate and cook on high-heat, turning each side to cook for 5 seconds each until softened. Mine started to melt a little before it was finished, but it did not hurt the recipe.

For the Icing:

  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1-2 tbsp. milk

**Ali also provides a recipe for a Cream Cheese Icing, but we preferred the Standard Icing recipe. You can find both on her site.

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Directions

To Make the Dough and Filling:

  1. Combine the milk and butter in a microwave-safe bowl. Heat on high for 1 minute, then remove and stir. Continue heating in 20 second intervals, pausing after each to stir, until the butter is melted and the milk is warm, but not hot. Ā If needed, let the mixture sit for a few minutes until itĀ is just warm butĀ not hot.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together 3 cups of the flour (save the rest), sugar, and salt until combined.
  3. At this point, if you have a stand mixer, you can check out Ali’s site for directions. However, I do not have one, so I made the dough by hand, and that’s the directions I’ll be providing.Ā In a large bowl, add the yeast and warm milk mixture and stir to combine.
  4. Add the flour mixture and egg. Stir with a spoon until it begins to form a dough. When it becomes difficult to use the spoon, switch to your hands to combine.
  5. After its combined, if the dough is sticking to the sides of the bowl, add the remainder of the flour, 1/4 cup at a time (1/2 cup total is what you should have left).
  6. Once combined, knead the dough for 5-7 minutes. When finished, cover the bowl with a damp towel and let rest for 10 minutes.
  7. In the meantime, make your filling by whisking together your cinnamon and sugars (do not add the softened butter; this is one of the mistakes I made by not reading the directions carefully).
  8. When the dough is ready, turn it out onto a floured work surface. Use a floured rolling pin to roll the dough into a large rectangle, about 14 x 9 inches in size.
  9. Use a knife or pastry spatula to spread the softened butter evenly acrossĀ the dough. Then, sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mixture evenly across the dough.
  10. Beginning at the 14-inch edge, tightly roll up the dough. Give the final seam a little pinch to hold it closed.
  11. Use a sharp knife to cut the dough into 11-12 even slices (Ali provides directions on how to use dental floss to make clean cuts. A sharp knife worked fine for me).
  12. Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking dishĀ or pie plateĀ with butter or baking spray (I used a 9 x 13 pan). Place each roll in the pan, cover with a damp towel, and let sit in a warm area for 25 minutes to rise.
  13. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. When the rolls are ready, place on the middle oven rack and bake for 15-20 minutes, until the rolls are golden and cooked through (my oven took 19 minutes).
  14. Let cool for about 5 minutes before drizzling with your icing.

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To Make the Icing:

  1. Whisk together butter, vanilla and powdered sugar until combined. If the icing is too thick, add a tbsp. or two of milk until its to the desired consistency (I added about 3 tbsp. but could have just added 2 tbsp.). If the icing Ā becomes too thin, add a tbsp. or two of powdered sugar to thicken.
  2. Drizzle over your cooled cinnamon rolls and dig in!

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After the heavy eating we did Friday, hubby and I just split a roll for dessert that night. Saturday morning we each devoured a couple with our coffee. Delish!

Hope you guys enjoy the recipe and the rest of your weekend!

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Brown Sugar Glazed Pork Chops

Oh sweet Friday, how I love you!!!! #TGIF

I am SO HAPPY for the weekend to finally be here! Sometimes my full-time job can be stressful because its our busy season, but other times its just plain boring because things are so slow. No matter which scenario happens during the week, I’m just ready for a break!

This Friday is particularly special because it’s my hubby’s birthday! In celebration of that, I took off a 1/2 day off work so we could enjoy lunch together at one of his fave restaurants – Qdoba. Nothing fancy, but some seriously good Mexican food in our opinion. Oh, and we have a coupon for free chips and queso, so, ya know, can’t really pass that up šŸ˜€

Later I’ll be making him something extra sweet, and it’s not a birthday cake (!!!). Funny enough he is not a big fan of birthday cake (how did I marry him?! #justkidding ), mainly due to his distaste for a lot of icing. A cake is just not the same without icing, so I couldn’t serve him a naked cake on his birthday! Nope, for my husband, his special birthday treat are homemade cinnamon rolls. Yum yum! I love cinnamon rolls myself, so I’m pretty excited about this too!

I first made cinnamon rolls for him our first Valentine’s Day together. I used my grandmother’s recipe and it took me ohh… 4 hours or so to make them. Ā I must have really liked him (or was just crazy!). But yeah, I told him that’s not happening this time! With all the recipes you can find on other food blogs and Pinterest, there are DEFINITELY some quicker versions out there! One that I’ve been dying to try is Ali over at Gimme Some Oven‘s 1-hour Cinnamon Rolls. They look absolutely divine! I can’t wait to make them and share my experience with you guys! If you check out her site, you will see all her gorgeous photos of the onesĀ she made. Don’t judge me when you see mine… I can guarantee you they won’t look like that! LOL! #nojudgy

But anyway, aside from sharing all the fun hubby and IĀ are going to have today, I also wanted to share another recipe with you: Brown Sugar Glazed Pork Chops.

I’m sorry (but not really haha)Ā for posting another pork recipe so soon, but like I mentioned in my previous post on pork, this is a staple meal in our house! These chops are sweet and little spicy, but also super simple to throw together on a busy weeknight. Just add a nice starch and/or veggie as a side and you got yourself a great dinner! I would say they only take about 15 minutes to make from start to finish. You can’t beat that! Hope you guys enjoy šŸ™‚


Glazed Pork Chops

Brown Sugar Glazed Pork Chops

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless, thin-cut pork chops
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. paprika
  • 1/2 tsp. cayenne pepper
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil

Directions

  1. Heat your olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat.
  2. In a shallow dish, mix together your brown sugar and spices.
  3. Rub the spice mixture on both sides of each chop. You want the sides to be coated evenly; you will use all of your spice mix.
  4. Once the oil is heated, place the chops in your skillet. **Careful, the oil may splatter!**
  5. After 5 minutes, turn the chops over and cook for another 5 minutes.

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And that’s it, you’re finished! See, I told ya, easy-peasy. Now you know why we make theseĀ every week. I’m sure if you enjoy pork, this will become a staple meal in your house too!

 

Countdown to Baby: 35 Weeks

35 Weeks

So, if you’ve read my “About” page then you’re aware that from time-to-time I’ll be posting updates about myself and my family. Well today is reserved for a post such as that!

You’ll also already know that I’m prego if you read that good ‘ol “About” page as well šŸ˜‰ As you can see by my above pic, I’m 35 weeks along! Our precious baby girl is due in just 5 weeks!

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Ā (^Me @ 30 Weeks^)

This pregnancy has been such a blessing! Having the opportunity to be a mom is a blessing in itself, but everything has just gone so smoothly. I could not have askedĀ for more! (expect no “cankles”… that would’ve been nice)

Anywho, if you followed my previous blog on Google then you’ve seen all the previous #babybump pictures and updates. Aside from seeing how my belly grew over the weeks, and reading posts on all theĀ new, exciting things I experienced, you haven’t missed anything. If you’d like me to re-post any of those things on my new blog here, I’d be more than happy to! Just let me know šŸ™‚

There will be so much to talk about once Emma arrives! I’ll share her birth story with you once things calm down. And you can be sure I’ll post updates on how my girl is growing and changing. My husband and I are just so thrilled to be parents!

Countdown to Baby: 5 more weeks/35 more days!