Monday, April 26, 2010

Ooey Gooey Cinnamon Buns and more!

I found this recipe courtesy of The Pioneer Woman from Bakerella's Blog. I had been thinking about cinnamon buns lately anyway, haven't had them homemade in a loooong time.. too long, clearly. And low and behold there they were when I was aimlessly clicking through Bakerella's website. Maple coffee icing?! Don't mind if I do =P

Pre-frosting.. Isn't Pam spray awesome ? My fiancee' is showing off how he flipped the one pan upside down and tapped once or twice, and all the cinnamon buns popped out perfectly, still attached and looking lovely!

Icing, anyone? Drizzled all over for maximum gooeyness.

You need to see it up close to appreciate fully..

I halfed the recipe since it makes about 25 in half, and 50 or so with the full batch. Brian and I don't need that many, especially with the wedding on the way (June 18th!) and us both trying to get back in shape. There's still a lot for just us so I gave a few to our landlord and will drop off some with my mom later today. But then again.. do I really want to share.. hmm.. ;)

Here is the halfed recipe, just to make your life easier:

Pioneer Woman's Cinnamon Rolls (makes about 20-25 rolls, depending on how big you cut them)
2 cups milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup sugar
1 pkg yeast
4 cups flour
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 Tbsp salt
melted butter

Maple Frosting
1/2 bag Powdered Sugar
1 tsp Maple Flavoring
1/4 cup Milk
1/8 cup melted butter
1/8 cup coffee
1/16 tsp salt ( a pinch, really)

The full recipe is here:


since I was feeling like I needed to cook yesterday, I also made two recipes for dinner.. one was an asparagus risotto recipe that was on the tiny tag of the asparagus we bought earlier in the week, and the other was a modified recipe found on the side of Good Housekeeping's Artichoke Pasta Sauce. I will post both later, as I need to get to work soon :)

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Opening Post

So I'm not really sure yet what this blog is going to be about in a general sense - I like writing about my animals, and the shelter animals, hence the "mutts" and I love to ride horses, so they will definitely make a presence in this blog. My other major hobby is to bake and cook; experimenting in the kitchen is a blast! :)

I am also currently trying to get in better shape so my 1/2 way through the new year's resolution is to make myself get more active. Part of that will be through walking my dogs and the shelter dogs more, along with riding as much as humanly possible.

I am itching to try photography and have been for a while, so I will include my latest attempts.
So these posts will vary between dogs, baking, photography, horses, getting in shape, and everything in-between! I want to get my thoughts out there somewhere, I'm always thinking too much so maybe if I write things down it will get me somewhere.

Today I made pizza dough, 1/2 of which I will use for dinner tonight! I plan on making a white pizza with hot sausage crumbled on top.. wish me luck