The best cinnamon rolls. EVER.

Hi guys! It’s been a minute since I blogged! This summer has just been such a transitional time. We stayed at my mom’s for 5 weeks while our house was being finished then moved…unpacked (still working on that one)…prepping for back to school…it’s just been crazy busy. We feel pretty settled at this point so I can get back to normal life which feels really good.

I’ve been craving homemade cinnamon rolls. I don’t get many cravings that I can’t distract myself from so when I got the itch to make (the best) cinnamon rolls ever three days in a row, I was making those cinnamon rolls. Even if they weren’t going to be ready to eat until 8pm. Whatever guys, cinnamon rolls are an anytime food in my opinion!

So I’ve shared this recipe before like a million years ago. It’s the recipe my dad always used growing up and I’m pretty sure it was passed down from someone in his family but I made a little tweak to the filling that takes them to the next level so I wanted to share again.

RECIPE:

Heat the following over medium:
2 3/4 cups milk
1/2 cup sugar
1 cup butter (2 sticks)
2 tsp salt
When butter has melted, take off of heat and add 2 eggs that are lightly beaten. I temper the eggs (add a little of the hot butter mixture to the eggs before mixing them all in so they don’t cook).
Let mixture cool to 110 degrees (use a candy thermometer).
Add 2 TBSP yeast, let the yeast mixture sit for 10-15 minutes. Yeast will bubble.
Put yeast mixture in mixing bowl and add 4 cups of flour (use kneading attachment on mixer).
Then add another 4-4 1/2 cups of flour. Knead for 8 minutes until dough is stainy sheen.
Allow dough to rise for two hours or until doubled in a lightly oil bowl, covered.
Roll out dough to desired thickness (I did about 1/4 inch), brush with melted butter, sprinkle cinnamon/sugar mix. Roll dough up and cut into rolls with floss or thread. Let rolls rise an additional one hour.
Bake at 400 for 12 minutes. All ovens are different. Our old one took 17 minutes, our new one takes 10 minutes so start at 10 minutes and you can always add more time.

FILLING:
About 8oz brown sugar (brown sugar is a game changer!)
1 TBS ground cinnamon
1 1/2 TBS melted butter (spread on the dough before you start sprinkling the filling)

FROSTING:
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 tsp. vanilla
4-5 tsp. milk

I’ve tried freezing these before the second rising before and honestly, they just never are as good. Which is so unfortunate because they take so long I’ll never have them in the morning so I am going to work on that so try to eat these fresh if you can! We always make them on Christmas Day and we love the tradition. Feel free to pin the recipe and let me know if you have any questions in the comments!

-LWPH

>Gingerbread Houses

>I know, I know…I just posted…but I wanted to post about the Gingerbread Houses we made on Saturday before I had too much to write about that they just fall by the wayside…


I found this homemade gingerbread house tutorial here at Oopsey Daisy [love her blog]. I can’t wait until Holden is old enough to help me build and decorate the gingerbread houses. I think it will be much more enjoyable next year since I worked out a few quirks. 1) the recipe says to chill for 3 hours. DO NOT make the day before and chill overnight! The dough gets rock hard and dry which makes it almost impossible to work with. That’s after letting it sit out for a long time and adding a little warm water. 2) keep the glue [aka burnt sugar] warm on the stove while building the house. 3) cut your pieces as straight as possible! It really, really makes a difference. I used a pizza cutter and my houses were still a little “special.” I’ll try harder next year…


 [casey&joe building their house and allan in the early stages of construction]

[the finished products! yay for gingerbread houses!]

[the proud participants]

The tree idea was also from oopsey daisy. I can’t take credit for anything [like I said – no creativity bones in my body]. They are just ice cream cones turned upside down, smothered with icing, and decorated. What a great idea!

Hope you guys are getting into the Christmas season as much as we are! I will be be prepping all week for our annual Ugly Christmas Sweater Party on Saturday. Check in next week for pictures!

-Little Wife Power House


>homemade rice cereal

>Lori & I were talking about rice cereal yesterday since H was at the age where I can introduce him to it (even though my pediatrician says 7-8 months…crazy!) We found a recipe on the internet for homemade rice cereal. Since I’ve been dying to make him some baby food it was the perfect opportunity! It was so easy. Ridiculously easy [THANK GOODNESS]. Here it is along with some pictures:


Ingredients: 
Short grain brown rice
Water
I used breast milk as well





Directions:
Blend rice into a powder [I finally got to use my Magic Bullet!]
Sift rice powder
Bring 3/4 c water to a boil
Add 1/4 c powdered rice
Whisk continually (while it simmers) for 10 minutes





Easy, right?! It’s good in the fridge for up to three days and 3-4 months in the freezer. 





I found that it was VERY thick…especially since this was going to be his first go with rice cereal. After I put his portion in a separate bowl, I added breast milk to thin it out. He did pretty well! He wasn’t too sure about the actual rice cereal but boy – exploring that spoon thing sure was fun! I had to use the bigger size spoon because I couldn’t find the small ones but he loved chewing on it so it worked out anyways. Here are some pictures:

Next I will be using the ole MB to puree some fruits and veggies. Should be fun! I never would have pinned myself for a baby food making, cloth diaper using mom…just goes to show you can never predict what kind of a mom you’ll be!


-Little Wife Power House 

>Happy 4 Monthday, Holden!

>Nicknames: Bubbles, Bubba, Holdenbear 
Temperament: You are really interactive now. You laugh and smile a lot when I kiss you and make fart noises [very mature of me] on your tummy. You laughed for the first time this month! You’re still a little particular but I think you’re getting better. You put a smile on everyone’s faces when they see you. 
Things I Could Do Without: Lately you’ve been getting up 3+ times in the middle of the night (I think you’re hitting a growth spurt). You started to clamp down during nursing! OUCHHHHH! I tell you “NO!” and you just smile at me. Urg. You started peeing in between diaper changes again…twice today. Your skin is still having issues and I worry every day about it. 
Item/Toy We Love The Most: Your alligator. I love to see you take it apart. You figured it out right away [ahem, baby genius]. 
Item/Toy You Love The MostThe newly discovered Pooh Bear book. It crinkles…it has teether parts…it has a handle…what’s not to love? Oh, and your hands still. You actually prefer your hands over nursing now-a-days! 
Things I’m Loving Most Right Now: You hug me now when I’m holding you. You smile when I say “momma.” Your laugh. Doing mini-Superman with you, tummy time [still], cuddles. I love how you follow me with your eyes when I walk out of a room. 
Things You’re Loving Most Right Now: Standing. Sitting up. “Rockabye Baby.” Rolling from your stomach to your back [multiple times a night]. Kicking in the bath. Talking [Dad had to leave a meeting we were having with the other Primary teachers because you just had so many opinions you wanted to share!] 


We started Holden’s 4 Monthday Celebrato with a cranky H. I passed him off to Uncle Robert [who apparently moonlights as a baby whisperer] and his usual birthday pattern followed…


falling asleep before the party begins!

Allan took a break from his 5 day homework binge for a little family time:


H loves Daddy time!

We had burgers, fries, and pumpkin cheesecake muffins [click on that link for the recipe…it is soooo tasty! PeRfeCt for the holiday season.] 


[Happy Birthday to Holden…]

Look how good he has gotten at sitting up! I’m so proud of him! We ended the night with some Mario Cart and H played with the Tesla app on my iPad…addicted already! 🙂


We always love having the Guerrero’s over to our house. We’re lucky to have such great family! I got to see my good friend, Sallie, today. I love her. She’s so much fun, so sweet, and one of my good friend’s future wife. He is lucky to have found a girl like her…and that he somehow got her 😉 JK GARRETT! We also took some family pictures this morning with Allan’s side. 18 people total! It went a lot smoother than I imagined. Everyone did exactly what the photographer asked of them so it was over very quickly! I’m excited to see them. Our little family took some pictures alone with some goofy props…hello Christmas card picture! 


[sweet picture of H and grandpa]

All in all it was another successful birthday celebration. I know some of you might think it silly to celebrate monthly but I love it. It’s an excuse to get together with family, cook a yummy meal, and play games. What’s better than that?! 

-Little Wife Power House