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Mmmm…Heart Shaped Cinnamon Rolls

21 Jan

So right before the holidays, I read Lisa Leonard’s blog and Poppy’s at Play blog both talked about making heart-shaped cinnamon rolls. Wanting to show my man some love on Christmas day, I got up early to make coffee and the rolls.

I should have paid attention to the size of baking dish that Andy Porter (Poppies at Play) used for hers. But since Lisa made her’s on a baking sheet, I figured it didn’t matter so I used my larger glass dish. I thought I would be giving the cinnamon rolls space to grow, but as you will see from the photos below, they could have used smaller quarters.

Here’s what I will do differently next time:
1) keep them in a small square dish so they touch one another
2) put a little extra butter in the middle when I roll the dough so when I pinch the bottoms to make the point of the heart shape, they will stay together

Supplies needed:
1 package of seamless sheet of dough

For the filling:
1/2 cup packed brown sugar
1.5 teaspoons ground cinnamon
(mix ingredients together)

For the glaze:
1/2 cup powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
2 teaspoons milk (or water)
(mix all ingredients together until smooth)

My sweetheart said the ones that didn’t turn out looking like hearts tasted just as good as the ones that do.

Here goes the recipe and the process:

1) Buy a seamless sheet of dough (mine was from Pillsbury)

2) Mix 1/2 cup packed brown sugar and 1.5 teaspoons of ground cinnamon (Note: I didn’t end up using all of this. I probably had enough to make another batch. I could have also spread a thicker layer on the dough, but I kept it fairly thin on this try).

3) Spread out dough and using a pastry brush, cover the entire sheet with melted butter. I melted two tablespoons in the microwave.

4) Next spread the cinnamon/brown sugar mixture all over dough.

5) Now roll the left side up to the middle. Then roll the right side up to meet in the middle. Here’s what it looks like from the top:

and here’s what it looks like from the side:

6) Cut the dough in about 2 inch slices. You want to get 8 or 9 hearts out of it. Pinch the bottom point on each one to form heart. (Note: I plan on brushing a little more butter on the inside of the point next time to see if it makes it stick better). I sprayed a baking dish with some Pam (Note: Next time I am planning on using a smaller dish so the hearts touch) but here’s what they looked like in the larger dish.

7) Follow instructions on package to bake. When done, remove from oven and let cool.

8) For the glaze, mix 1/2 cup of powdered sugar, 1/4 teaspoon vanilla and 2 teaspoons of milk (you could also use water). Mix all together until smooth and then drizzle on top of cinnamon rolls.

9) Pour yourself a cup of coffee, tea or hot chocolate.

10) Enjoy!

Happy Moment of the Day: Knowing that when you make this recipe, you are going to have a sweet day!

9 Things to Do On a Rainy Day

16 May

We’ve had so many rainy days these last couple of weeks that when the weatherman said two days of solid rain, I thought “oh joy”. BUT, then this is spring rain that brings May flowers and green! green! green! My backyard reminds me of the time I spent traveling in Ireland that’s just how GREEN the rain has made everything today.

Here’s some rainy day ideas:

1. Put on some really (and I mean really) upbeat music and dance wildly around your house.

2. Curl up under a warm blanket with a GOOD book.

3. Make a cup of coffee or tea and watch the drops fall and think of nothing at all. Great stress reliever!

4. Take a “cat nap” with your cat, dog, fish, chincilla, snake (err…ok, maybe not that last one).

5. Visit a museum.

6. Drag out those boxes of pictures you are going to put in an album or scrap book one of these days. Smile and laugh at the memories.

7. Clean your closet. You know you need to do it. And a rainy day means you won’t be tempted to go play in the sunshine.

8. Shop online! Especially on Etsy where you can support the endeavors of artists worldwide.

9. Write a letter to a friend or family member. An actual letter. Not an email, not a text, not a sticky note. Get out some paper or a card and grab a pen. Getting a letter in the mail is a thrilling experience.

What do you like to do on rainy days?

Happy Moment of the Day: In honor of today’s launch of Endeavour, Flutes From Space http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/videogallery/index.html?media_id=61427791