Nutty Cinnamon Rolls

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So we bought our house on Friday!!!!

And now we can’t move.

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I mean, we are actually moving out of my dad’s house, but physically, I am walking like an old woman who needs a cane. I didn’t do heavy lifting since I’m 6 months preggo, but I was still on my feet most of the weekend unpacking stuff. And that is a big change from my M-F, 9-5 routine of sitting on my ass all day.

But I am just so excited about the house being finally done. There are a few things they need to fix, but they are minor so no big. I am looking forward to bringing back up a kitchen filler panel millwork issue that I brought up with them weeks ago to which I got the lovely “well, that’s how we do it” response to which I said “just because you do it that way, doesn’t mean it’s right.” And now I have a legit argument for why they should have done it the way I told them to do it. Yo, mofo’s I do this for a living too, and I’m right…

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Other than that things are going smoothly and I figure I will be walking like a normal person again in like 2 weeks. ha!

I will share pictures really soon of the house and then in the coming weeks I will show how we have decorated each room. Our dining room is already in good shape so it just needs some decor up, which I have most of. yay!! So I think I will start with that.

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In the mean time, enjoy these Nutty Cinnamon Rolls. They are a subtle twist on the classic with the addition of nuts. Take the time to finely chop them and toast them and you’ll love what they add to your cinnamon rolls.

If you haven’t yet tried vanilla bean paste then I urge you to get some ASAP and give it a try. If you can’t get it then I really suggest that you use a vanilla bean for the glaze. It gives it great flavor and it’s super pretty to see all those specks. Just so fancy!

My dad hates nuts in baked goods (as well as ricotta in lasagna! what?!) but he happily gobbled one of these up. So I bet you will like them too!

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Nutty Cinnamon Rolls

Makes 12 large cinnamon rolls

Ingredients

For the Rolls

  • 1 Cup warm milk (100-110 degrees)
  • 1 packet yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted (but not hot!)
  • 4 Cups flour
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Cup melted butter
  • 1 Cup brown sugar
  • 1 Cup finely chopped toasted walnuts/pecans
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon

For the glaze

  • 2 Cups powdered sugar, sifted
  • 2 Tablespoons melted unsalted butter
  • 1-2 teaspoons milk
  • 1 vanilla bean paste/vanilla bean caviar

Process

  1. Add the yeast to the warm milk. Let rest for 5 minutes to activate the yeast.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the eggs, then slowly mix in the warm milk mixture. Add the butter and just mix to combine.
  3. Add in the flour, sugar, and salt. Using a hook attachment, work the dough until combined.
  4. On a well floured work surface, roll the dough into a smooth ball. Add the dough to a large bowl that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Rotate to cover the dough with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let double in size, at least 1 hour.
  5. Once the dough is ready, preheat your oven to 350 F and grease 1 9x 13 baking pan.
  6. On a well floured work surface, roll the dough out so it is approximately 14″ x 24″. Evenly spread out the melted butter on the dough. Then sprinkle with the cinnamon, brown sugar, and nuts.
  7. Roll the long edge towards you and then cut into 12 evenly sized rolls. Arrange in the baking pan.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  9. Make the glaze by mixing all of the ingredients in a medium sized bowl until smooth. Drizzle all over the cinnamon rolls. Enjoy!
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Peanut Butter and Jelly Cinnamon Rolls

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This weekend was all sorts of perfect.

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My brother and his family came in on Friday night for vacation. It’s been a year+ since we have seen each other so it was great getting to hang out and catch up. Best of all was the girls playing really well together, like they had just seen each other the weekend before. And the age different (3 & 6) even worked out well.

On Saturday we went Strawberry picking. So fun with the girls. And delicious. I made biscuits for shortcake for dessert that night. It was great with the grilled veggies, burgers, and hot dogs that we enjoyed for dinner. So yummy.

Besides that they also had a blast putting on tons of make up from my big makeup kit. Shoot, as long as you are not fighting, yelling, or destroying something… do whatever. They were so proud of themselves as well. But, let’s be real, they need to work on their eye liner application skills. ha!

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And then Sunday was all about hanging by the pool. We had a leisurely morning enjoying breakfast before we headed out to the pool. The weather was great and the pool was warm so we had a blast lounging around and playing with the girls in the pool. Autumn was so worn out that she napped on me for 2.5 hours as we sat by the pool. I even napped. The best kind of day ever.

More family came over later on and we made homemade pizza (of course the girls wanted boxed mac and cheese…). The night wrapped up with baths and girls cuddled up to me while I read to them.

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I am loving this year’s weekly recipe theme. I love working with dough and perfuming our house with cinnamon and sugar is just so fun. Plus, it’s fun as hell to come up with different flavors and combinations for the cinnamon rolls, monkey breads, and pull apart breads. And since we can’t possibly eat them all, I love getting to share with with our neighbors when they are fresh out of the oven.

Rock on Monkey Bread Mondays!

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If you love peanut butter then you will looooooove these cinnamon rolls. There is just the right amount of peanut butter in them where you can taste it, and smell it, but it’s balanced out so nicely with the typical cinnamon and sugar in cinnamon rolls. Plus, the jam glaze on top rocks.

I always make PBJ’s with strawberry jelly so it just felt right to use that for the glaze, but if you like grape or something else then just give that a try. I bet a blueberry jam would be awesome on it too. No matter what, you can’t go wrong.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Cinnamon Rolls

Makes 12 large cinnamon rolls

Ingredients

For the Rolls

  • 1 Cup warm milk (100-110 degrees)
  • 1 packet yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted (but not hot!)
  • 4 Cups flour
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Cup melted butter
  • 1/3 Cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 Cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon

For the glaze

  • 1/2 Cup strawberry preserves
  • 1 Tablespoons orange juice

Process

  1. Add the yeast to the warm milk. Let rest for 5 minutes to activate the yeast.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the eggs, then slowly mix in the warm milk mixture. Add the butter and just mix to combine.
  3. Add in the flour, sugar, and salt. Using a hook attachment, work the dough until combined.
  4. On a well floured work surface, roll the dough into an even ball. Add the dough to a large oiled bowl. Rotate to cover the dough with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let double in size, at least 1 hour.
  5. While the dough is rising, cut the bacon into very small pieces and cook. Drain well and set aside.
  6. Once the dough is ready, preheat your oven to 350 F and grease 1 9x 13 baking pan.
  7. On a well floured work surface, roll the dough out so it is approximately 14″ x 24″.
  8. Mix the peanut butter into the melt butter and then evenly spread out on the dough.
  9. Then sprinkle with the cinnamon and brown sugar. Roll towards you and then cut into 12 evenly sized rolls. Arrange in the baking pan.
  10. Bake for 24-26 minutes or until golden brown.
  11. While the rolls are baking, warm the strawberry preserves and orange juice together; mix well. Drizzle all over the baked cinnamon rolls. Enjoy!
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Valentine’s Day Gift Guide: For Him

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Are you a planner for Valentine’s Day? Or are you scrambling at the last minute?

I fall somewhere in between for special occasions like Valentine’s Day, birthdays, Christmas, and anniversaries. Sometimes I plan ahead well and other times I send people birthday gifts late… really late. Or I’ll be on my game and get a cute anniversary card weeks in advance and then keep it in my purse for 2 months past the anniversary.#theworst.

Well, if you are still trying to figure out what to get the guy in your life check out this list Price created to help you out do some shopping.

-Bath and Body-

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Shampoo and Conditioner – American Crew $20

A sure way to kick start his day is with a refreshing shower with this favorite shower products.

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Shaving/grooming products – Art of Shaving $20-$100

Grooming and shaving does not have to be the same old thing.  Mix up his habit with some great smelling products that will last all day.

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A cologne you both will love –$50-$120

Spend some dough on a dope scent! Fruit, floral woody, spicy?  Have him mix things up from season to season or for a special night out.

-Technology- 

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Headphones – Skullcandy $80

These headphones have a great rating, and they don’t break the bank. Plus, Bluetooth = no wires = no mishaps

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Firestick – Amazon $40

For those moments or days when you want to find the right thing to binge-watch. Get on it! You might as well, considering your cable bill is twice a much each month.

-Food and Drink- 

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Ice Cub Trays – glacio $15

Regular ice is for regular drinks. Make any drink special.

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His personal (and awesome) can/bottle coozie – Yeti Colster – $25

He will invite friends over just to show this off. You’ll be the hero for keeping his hands warm while keeping his drink cold. They make an amazing stainless steel drink holder as well. You cannot go wrong with either one.

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Meat and Cheese – Murray’s ($120)

For the fromageophiles in your life, any of Murray’s gift boxes would be a great option. Prices range from $50 for a Bacon Me Crazy box to the $120 French Connection box (pictured) to the $275 Weekend at Murray’s.

-Staying Active- 

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Running Shoes – Adidas $40 

Shoes are a tough sell but at least you’re expressing interest in his shoe-game and getting his old shoes left in the garage or used for mowing the lawn.

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Cooling Towel – Ergodyne $7

Speaking of mowing, he might need this for any outdoor activity. At less than $10 it’s an easy thing to keep in his car, truck, or boat and can be used any time.

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Fitness Membership  – Orange Theory

My husband has been attending classes at Orange Theory and has really been enjoying it. Yoga classes, spin classes, or rock climbing certificates are great ideas too so that your man can keep moving, gain strength, and gain confidence.

-Tools-

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Multitool – Victorinox $93

These little things are really great for…well everything!  You never know what you can use it for on the weekend, loose screws or cutting open a bag of carrots, this can handle it.

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Portable Battery – Car Jumper $50

Considering how easy it is to get a dead battery, this is always a good option to have stored on the spare tire area or trunk. For $50 it’s piece of mind he’ll make it home or at least the auto parts store 🙂

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What are you getting your special guy this Valentine’s Day?

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Bacon Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls with Brown Sugar Glaze

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We had our first big boo boo with Autumn this weekend. Poor thing!

After a busy Saturday, I was wrapping things up with a trip to the grocery store. I had just gotten back when the princess requested some water. I brought her up a cup which was not acceptable, she wanted a bottle. Umm no, you’re 3. You can drink it out of the cup. She threw herself on the floor in a fit because I said I wasn’t going back down to bring her back up a bottle.

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Now, she doesn’t normally throw herself into such fits, but she threw up on Thursday night, Friday night, and Saturday morning so she wasn’t feeling 100% like herself. So maybe I should have cut her some slack but I still had groceries to unpack and water is water in any cup, so chill.

Price went to comfort her but his hands were full with the carpet cleaner since he had just shampooed the rugs (I mentioned the throw up, right?). So we ended up with one of those moments when 2 people lean in at the same time and collide. She made contact with the carpet cleaner and BAM! tooth through the lip and lots of blood.

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Thankfully, it stopped bleeding in just a few minutes and didn’t do any real damage that some kids Advil, ice, and cuddles couldn’t fix. And it’s just about completely healed at this point. She still has this (cute) puffy lip and puffy cheek. It makes me want to kiss it 1,000x times a day.

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Anyway, these Cinnamon rolls are a diet buster. And I’m not sorry about it.

I think that if you are going to treat yourself then you should treat yourself. These are not a daily thing, or even weekly thing. Trust me. Don’t totally up the calories!!! Dear lord…

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But it’s fun for a treat since they are nice soft cinnamon rolls that are stuffed full of chocolate and bacon. The finishing touch is the brown sugar glaze.

I suggest cutting up the bacon with a scissor prior to cooking it. I find that produces evenly cooked bacon that is sized nicely.

If you don’t have mini chocolate chips on hand then finely chop up some chocolate bars instead.

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All that matters is that there is bacon and chocolate in them. That is all that matters in life. For real. This is fact.

Shoot, enjoy them. You only live once.

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Bacon Chocolate Chip Cinnamon Rolls with Brown Sugar Glaze

Makes 12 large cinnamon rolls

Ingredients

For the Rolls

  • 1 Cup warm milk (100-110 degrees)
  • 1 packet yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup unsalted butter, melted (but not hot!)
  • 4 Cups flour
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 Cup melted butter
  • 1/2 Cup brown sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 Cup (6 ounces) mini chocolate chips
  • 8 ounce of bacon

For the glaze

  • 1/2 Cup butter
  • 1/2 Cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 Cup milk

Process

  1. Add the yeast to the warm milk. Let rest for 5 minutes to activate the yeast.
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer, beat the eggs, then slowly mix in the warm milk mixture. Add the butter and just mix to combine.
  3. Add in the flour, sugar, and salt. Using a hook attachment, work the dough until combined.
  4. On a well floured work surface, roll the dough into an even ball. Add the dough to a large oiled bowl. Rotate to cover the dough with oil. Cover with plastic wrap and let double in size, at least 1 hour.
  5. While the dough is rising, cut the bacon into very small pieces and cook. Drain well and set aside.
  6. Once the dough is ready, preheat your oven to 350 F and grease 1 9x 13 baking pan.
  7. On a well floured work surface, roll the dough out so it is approximately 14″ x 24″. Evenly spread out the melted butter on the dough. Then sprinkle with the cinnamon, brown sugar, chocolate chips, and the bacon.
  8. Roll towards you and then cut into 12 evenly sized rolls. Arrange in the baking pan.
  9. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. When the rolls are done, make the sauce by combining all of the ingredients in a small pot over medium-high heat. Mix often while you bring it to a boil. Let boil for 2 minutes. Drizzle all over the cinnamon rolls. Enjoy!

 

 

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Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Bread

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We are counting down until we move and I am ready to get crazy with new home/crazy preggo lady nesting.

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I have Amazon and Etsy wish lists for all different things going on in our house from artwork and prints to bedding and goodies for Autumn’s room and Baby H’s nursery.

We don’t like kids rooms that are too themed, esp with cartoony things. Like no borders with cartoon farm animals or matchy bedding sets.

Like, for Autumn’s nursery, back in MA, we did a travel themed nursery. It has prints from Ikea, a friend’s travels, and Etsy. I found a great vintage suitcase to put stuffed animals in. And of course, so many globes. It was colorful and fun, without it feeling like nursery.

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For Baby H, we decided on a safari theme. It will be pretty mellow with grey tones and these stunning animal print pictures I found on Etsy. The whole room revolves around them and they are killer.

I am working a Under the Sea feel into Autumn’s room since she loves Ariel. But there won’t be a single Little Mermaid thing in there. It’s all about subtle ques to imply the theme.

I can’t wait to move in and get started on these rooms!

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I also can’t wait for you to try this Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Bread!

It’s so good and really easy to make, which makes it a win win recipe in my book.

For example, once I cooked the chicken, I tossed it into my stand mixer with the whisk attachment to shred it. Then I added in the rest of the ingredients to mix together. So simple. If you haven’t tried shredding chicken that way before, then I suggest you give it a try since it makes it hands off and really quick.

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Cheesy Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Bread

Serves 10-12

Ingredients

For the stuffed bread

  • 1 pound chicken breast
  • 2 Tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 Cup hot sauce (I like Frank’s and Crystal’s)
  • 1/2 sour cream
  • 6 ounce shredded cheddar cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 demi loaves of french bread

For the sauce

  • 1/3 Cup mayonnaise
  • 1/3 Cup Sour Cream
  • 1/3 Cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 1 Tablespoon milk

Process

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Bake the chicken with the butter for 25-30 minutes, until cooked through.
  2. Shred chicken and add the hot sauce, sour cream, shredded cheese, and salt and pepper. Mix well.
  3. Slice the bread loaves almost through every 1/4″ to create crevices for stuffing. Put some chicken mixture into each crevice. Repeat with the other loaf of bread.
  4. Turn the heat up to 375 F. Bake the bread for 25 minutes until the bread is golden and the cheese is melty. Turn your broiler on low and toast the top for another min or two.
  5. While the bread is baking, mix together all of the ingredients for the blue cheese sauce.
  6. Enjoy the cheesy stuffed bread hot with the sauce.
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