Thursday, November 15, 2018

One Hour Cinnamon Buns



These one hour cinnamon buns are a favourite in this house!  I love how they literally take one hour start to finish for the most light and fluffy cinnamon bun. 

1 package instant yeast (2 1/4 tsp) 
2 3/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp salt 
1/4 cup milk
1/2 cup water
2 Tbsp butter
1/4 cup sugar 
1 egg 

Filling 
1/4 cup soft butter
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla
1/4 tsp almond extract

Steps
1.  In the bowl of a mixer, combine flour, yeast and salt. 
2.  In a small microwave safe bowl, combine milk, water, butter and sugar.  Heat until mixture is hot and butter is almost melted (about 1 minute).  Gradually add the warm mixture to the flour mix while the mixer is on slow.   Add the egg and mix until a soft and sticky dough forms.  Let mixer run for about 4 minutes.  
3.  Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
4.  Knead by hand for 1-2 minutes.  Cover the dough with plastic wrap and allow it to rest for 5 minutes. 
5. Once the dough has rested, roll it out on a floured surface until it measures a 16x9 rectangle.  Spread the soft butter over the rectangle.  Mix the rest of the filling ingredients (brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and almond extract) together in a medium sized bowl.  Spread the filling over the top of the large rectangle.  Tightly roll the dough, starting at the long edge, and cut into 12 pieces. 
6.  Place rolls into a greased 9x13 baking dish and cover with foil.  Turn OFF your oven and place the covered rolls inside to rise for 25 minutes. 
7. Remove from oven and turn the oven ON 375.  Once heated, remove the foil and bake the rolls for 15-18 minutes or until the centers are lightly golden brown in colour. 
8.  Remove from oven and allow to cool before frosting.  





So most of our family enjoys pecans in their cinnamon buns so this is a little trick I do :)  I put a little pile of pecans on the baking dish and then place the cinnamon roll onto of the pile. 




You can use a Vanilla glaze frosting for these buns or we love a cream cheese frosting!   And be sure to enjoy these warm with a hot cup of coffee...or tea. 




Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Unicorn Party


Are you ready to learn how to throw the best unicorn birthday party ever!!!  Grab a cup of coffee and let me share with you a few things I did this past weekend to throw a very magical unicorn birthday party!



I found this beautiful free unicorn banner over at sixcleversisters!  I downloaded the file to my computer then I sent it, online, to a local print shop to have printed.  They also had really cute party treat bag prints that I got to use as place markers around the table. 








I had the table all decorated when the girls arrived.  We found these cute thin party hats that the girls actually wore as unicorn horns!  I used the backs for the treat bag prints as place settings.  We didn't use just their regular names; we found a cute unicorn name print that uses the first letter of your name and your birthday to give you a special unicorn name.  The girls all thought that was so much fun. 




As they arrived and found out their unicorn name they could choose a colouring page to colour 





The activity for the party?? You guessed it we made unicorn slime.  The recipe was easy to follow and the slime turned out prefect. 




For the cake, my sweet girl loves chocolate cake with boiled icing.   We made it look more magical by tie-dying the frosting.   You can't tell too much in the photo but it looked really cool with the swirls of different colours. 


Other snacks they enjoyed were skittles, sour rainbow strips (or unicorn farts) and unicorn horns.  The horns are pretzel rods dipped in white chocolate and drizzled with coloured chocolate and sprinkles. 


The treat bags are filled with coloured popcorn, which is one of our favourite treats!  And taped onto the bag is a print that I made and had printed at Costco.












Monday, August 27, 2018

Teething Necklaces






I am so excited to share with you all that I am joining the Coastal Chews team for a couple of months to share with you about their awesome products.  This month I am highlighting their stylish mama (and girls) silicone necklaces. 

Coastal Chews makes lots of creative necklaces, but you can also choose to have pieces custom made to fit your style.  I love these necklaces because they are made with food grade silicone so for nursing mamas (like me) these make great teething toys while carrying or nursing your baby.  The strong nylon cord is able to withstand the tugging that comes from babies who just love to pull on things. And the breakaway safety clasp that holds it all together is the best feature for the kids necklaces!  I feel totally comfortable sending my daughter to school with sweet jewelry that isn't going to break easily but will come apart quickly if it needs to.  



I have two different styles I love to pair with my outfits.  One is a beautiful flower necklace.





The second is a basic black that goes with all my outfits. 




My eight year old daughter also loves wearing these to school with her outfits.  And did you know that they can make matching mother and daughter necklaces. 



They even make "cool dude" ones for boys!!! 



The prices are great for these beautiful pieces and they offer free shipping on orders over $30 so head over to Coastal Chews and order yours today. 

Wednesday, July 25, 2018

Mexican Street Corn


A delicious summer recipe that is a must try this season!  

Coat corn with oil and salt.  Grill on BBQ for 15 minutes (turning every 2-3 minutes). 



Sauce 

3 Tbsp Mayo
2 Tbsp Sour Cream
1 tsp Lime juice
1/4 tsp Garlic powder
1/8 tsp Chii powder 

Once the corn has been grilled coat the corn in the sauce and sprinkle the corn with parmesan cheese and chili powder.  Top with chopped cilantro and enjoy :) 

photo from my sweet friend who gave me the recipe


Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Coconut Cream Pie



This quick and easy pie makes a prefect addition to any summer feast!  With only 5 ingredients this pie can be whipped up in no time.  

Ingredients

2 packages (4-servings each) of jell-o vanilla Instant pudding
2 cups cold milk
2 cups thawed cool whip whipped topping (divided)
1 cup flaked coconut, divided
1 ready to us graham cracker crumb crust

Steps

1. Beat pudding mixes and milk in a large bowl with whisk for 2 minutes. 
2. Stir in 1 cup of the cool whip and 3/4 cup of coconut; pour into crust. 
3. Refrigerate 4 hours or until firm.  Toast the remaining coconut
4. Top the pie with remaining 1 cup of cool whip (or more if you want ;) and the toasted coconut just before serving! 
5.  Enjoy the deliciousness. 






Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Entry Way for a Big Family


Welcome to our new entry way!   We just built an addition onto our house and we couldn't be MORE in love with this open closet my husband and father-in-law designed and built.  

It may look like a lot of hooks all empty but we are a family of 8, so we have our fair share of jackets, sweaters, book bags, diaper bag, purses, and snow pants (in the winter).  We also love to host so most of the time we don't see to many unused hooks. 


The bench part is wide enough to sit on to get our shoes on, the double layer for the shoes works awesome for putting sneakers and flats and leaving the bottom for our boots.  We purchased three of these IKEA boot trays to try to keep the dirt and snow off the floor as much as possible.   The cubbies along the end are personalized for each of us.  So in the winter everybody was to keep 1 hat and 1 pair of mittens in there.  Now in the summer they have a summer hat and sunglasses.  Giving everyone a cubby saved so much time (and fighting) this winter that we didn't have to go digging in a giant mess of hats and mittens to find a pair for someone.   Across the top we keep ball caps for my hubby and oldest son. 


This new entry way has been a life saver for us and I am so thankful my husband bought what seemed like a million hooks ;) 


Strawberries for breakfast


Saturday mornings around here are usually our mornings for delicious extravagant breakfast treats!  This is the only time in our week that we can enjoy a bigger breakfast all together as a family so we take full advantage and treat ourselves.   When it is strawberry season in NB we tend to put strawberries on and in everything we eat, at least for the 2-3 weeks they are in season.

Here are two of our favourite treats!



Waffle shortcake towers!  Start by whipping up a batch (or two) of your favourite waffle recipe.  Hey if you don't have a homemade recipe there is no shame in bringing out that box of Eggos.   If you are looking for a waffle recipe, our family LOVES this recipe!  I mix all the drys up in a large ziploc baggie and store it in the pantry.  That way when we want waffles we just take out the mix and and the wets and we are good to go! 


Our waffle iron makes round waffles that easily break into 4 triangles so for our waffle tower we layer waffle, fresh whipped cream, and sliced berries 4 times to create a leaning tower ;) 


Next up is our croissants breakfast.  This can be done 2 ways.  The first is to make french toast with your croissants.  Cut them in half, dip in beaten egg and fry until golden brown.  Or you can just have them regular.  When we do regular I try to make sure they are fresh ones or sometimes I will splurge and buy a box of the frozen ones from Costco (and bake them fresh) for a treat. 



Take your croissants (frenched or plain) and spread strawberry cream cheese* over the bottom piece.  Next add slices strawberries.  Top with the other half of your croissant and add whip cream, fresh berries and a drizzle of melted Nutella to look extra fancy. 


* you can either buy strawberry cream cheese or I just use pureed berries mixed into plain cream cheese. 



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