I read through the entire Harry Potter series twice before tasting an actual sip of Butterbeer with my own lips. Reading through the books, I drooled every time the delicious drink was described. Butterbeer.. what a dreamy sounding drink. The name sounds slightly naughty like maybe kids shouldn’t indulge..Read More
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I think I've mentioned Sammy's obsession with anything sweet. We will be staying at a few different campgrounds in the coming weeks and the only thing he needs to know is...will we be able to make a fire so we can make s'mores?Read More
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Here we go, December! The month of crazy. I intend to simplify this month every single year, but it is SO. HARD. I'm learning that it's impossible to simplify completely, but it IS possible to simplify in little ways, like by making party food easy.Read More
Today is a day for unique things because this day doesn't always exist. I attempted explaining Leap Year to my boys and their eyes glazed over. You see, there's this day, today, that is here, but it is not here every year. It vanishes off the calendar on most years...crickets chirping...Read More
I'm not sure what has gotten into me, but it is only 8:49am and I have accomplished more than I typically do by noon. I have baked a loaf of banana bread, finished a load of laundry, gotten the boys off to school, made a batch of hard-boiled eggs and Banana Blondies are in the oven. Whatever is going on, I like it! And my house smells AMAZING! Wanna come over?Read More
Frosting cookies is a task I have never attempted. It has always seemed too time-consuming and difficult. I swoon over other people's frosting-ed cookies all the time, but had resigned to being an anti-frosting-er. Then I decided that I needed a gingerbread cookie recipe on this website. The little cuties popped out of the oven and looked so naked!Read More
I'm bursting with excitement about the things I have to share! A $100 Visa gift card is up for grabs (read on!), there is a fresh, exciting way to view my favorite childhood show (Sesame Street!) and in honor of the good ol' Cookie Monster, I will share a cookie recipe that is TOTALLY IRRESISTIBLE!Read More
A few weeks ago I found my countertop, once again, laden with geriatric bananas. If I did not have a food blog, I'd make the same delish banana bread and muffins over and over. Since I do indeed have a food blog, I always feel the need to come up with something new. On that particular day I needed simple and quick and this recipe could not have fit the bill any better.Read More
My huge stash of apples is gone and I'm sad. I miss them. I miss using my awesome new apple peeler. Have I mentioned how I came about a large stash of apples? This is going to sound made up, but I promise it's true. My friend Monica can vouch for me because she is the one who gave me access to 500 apple trees that have barely been touched.Read More
I looked at my phone this morning and was startled to see that today is July 1st. It is always strange to comprehend the passing of another month, isn't it? Summer months are especially precious to us Minnesotans, so entering into July is sad in a way. We have so many events yet to look forward to this summer, but here's saying a proper good-bye to June!Read More
Commence the time of year when Dan is wrapping up his crazy summer work while I simultaneously begin my crazy fall work. We call this our craaaazy transition time. This year we can stack onto that having a six-year-old who is adjusting to full-time school, which is actually going better than I ever could have imagined.Read More
Today my life went from crazy to CRAZY ENOUGH TO BE WRITTEN IN CAPS. More on that another time. The reason I mention it is because I will not be able to write more than one post per week on this blog for the next couple of months. This makes me sad.Read More
Sugary, cinnamony, frosting-laden deliciousness in a simple Cinnamon Twists recipe. Bursting with cinnamon and sweetness, you’ll never be able to eat just one. These tender, flaky treats are often found at restaurants but you can make them yourself and even freeze some for later!
Oh goodness, these cinnamon twists are good. Sugary, cinnamony, frosting-laden deliciousness. I made them as a middle-of-the-day treat, but they would also be great for breakfast or dessert or a midnight snack or a side dish to chicken. There is truly no wrong time or place to consume them.
They do take a while to make since the dough needs to rise for a couple hours, so plan ahead!
(Source: Christmas Baking 2010 magazine)
Start out by grabbing a large bowl.
1 1/2 cups flour
1 package active dry yeast
Set this aside. Pull out a small saucepan and stir the following together over medium heat:
3/4 cup milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter
1 teaspoon salt
Stir until the mixture is warm and until the butter has almost melted.
Add this to the flour mixture.
Add two eggs.
Do you see the cute pipe-smoking guy?
Beat with an electric mixer on low to medium speed for 30 seconds, while constantly scraping the side of the bowl with a rubber spatula. Beat on high speed for 3 more minutes.
Add 2 1/2 more cups of flour.
Stir it all together. It would be easiest to use a wooden spoon for this part, I imagine. My wooden spoon has mysteriously gone missing (Elijah!), so I can't tell you this for certain.
Place dough on a flat, floured surface.
Knead in enough flour to make a moderately soft dough that is smooth and elastic. This takes between 3 and 5 minutes of kneading. Shape it into a ball.
Place the ball of dough in a lightly greased bowl, turning it once so the entire surface is greased.
Cover and let it rise in a warm place until it doubles in size. This takes about 2 hours. While you wait take some time to check out some of my other favorite snack foods. Punch dough down and place onto a lightly floured surface. Cover and allow it to rest for 10 minutes.
While your tired dough is resting, melt 1/4 cup of butter in a small saucepan over low heat.
2/3 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Mix well and allow the mixture to cool.
With a rolling pin, roll the dough out into a rectangle (or oval; hey, it's not easy to roll dough into the shape of a rectangle!). The dough should be between 1/4 inch and 1/2 inch in thickness.
Spread the butter-brown-sugar mixture over the dough. It does not have to be even.
Cut the dough crosswise into 1-inch strips.
Fold each strip in half, end to end, and twist several times. Arrange the twists on 2 parchment-lined baking sheets or on 2 lightly greased baking sheets.
Cover and allow them to rise for 45 more minutes. Now would be a good time to preheat your oven to 375 degrees F.
Bake for 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.
While the twists are baking, combine in a small bowl:
1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
1/4 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2-3 tablespoons milk
Drizzle the frosting over the twists when they are still warm.
My two oldest boys were out playing in the snow when I finished these, so only Sammy was around to witness my unabashed indulging. Incredible!