Fabulous Friday..

It’s not often I can say our Fridays are anything but diabolical! It’s our only weekday morning at home..after a busy week the boys are usually grumpy & not happy with anything we do. And let’s not even talk about when I attempt to venture out with them, even to the park. I’ve learnt it’s just not worth it. So we lounge around at home, attempting housework and, on a good day, baking.

Today they surprised me, even though they were uncooperative when we Skyped my parents in SA & my brother in Holland, they were happy little bunnies for the rest of the morning. They thought they were hilarious turning the switch on & off while I attempted to hoover but their giggling was so infectious I couldn’t get mad. 

I managed to distract them for awhile with a homemade marble run. Easier said than done to make with 2 little helpers ready to run off with the craft glue at every lapse in my concentration. It did take me longer to construct than the time it kept them busy but it was fun. I can currently hear the marbles dropping on the path outside so they are at least playing with it again.

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crude but effective

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no fighting…for a change!

They wanted to make cookies just before nap time (yes, we’ve gone back to napping for 45min in the afternoons, thankfully!) so naturally there was a little whinging before I managed to get them down, with promises they could decorate cookies when they woke up. I whipped up a batch of drop cookies, which I’ve not made this particular recipe before, and was disappointed. I won’t even link to it as I wasn’t impressed, they were far too cake like. But the boys were impressed that they were waiting for them when they woke, almost like magic. Master 2 grabbed 2 while we were putting them away, little monkey was too fast for me! At least I won’t be pigging out on them this weekend, the boys are welcome to them!

Next up, I wanted to try a cinnamon roll recipe I saw on Pinterest yesterday. Not something I would normally try as it’s not really my type of thing, but the photo just spoke to me *grin*. Hubby was very keen on the idea when I asked him if he would eat it. Coupled with the fact I had all the ingredients in the pantry it was a sure sign I had to make them.

I made the dough just before the boys woke up so it could rise for the 45min it needed, something I didn’t hold out much hope for to be honest. Not once has any dough I’ve made ever risen for me! Imagine my delight when I found that it did, in fact, do as it was supposed to do!!!! *insert happy little dance* (which the boys thought was hilarious I might add)

Of course, I couldn’t find my rolling pin anywhere so had to make do with a floured glass to roll it out to the desired size. Roughly 40cm x 52cm. Turns out that’s practically the size of my work area…my kitchen space is tiny!

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using my little helper to demonstrate the size

Both boys were up on kitchen chairs against the counter/sink to “help”. Master 2 was intent on grabbing any part of the rolled out dough he could reach & pulling, a tad annoying, but he got a little cocky & managed to fall down between the 2 chairs. He was more shocked than hurt but it did stop him being silly! Master 3 was after the flour…strange child

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yes, this went in his mouth

Next up, melted butter all over & sprinkle with brown sugar & cinnamon combo…

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not pretty to look at but YUM

Master 3 discovered that this combo was delish!!! Needless to say he got all the filling that leaked out onto the counter. Rolling was a little messy, although Master 3 didn’t complain, and cutting with thread was quick & easy. Made 16 just as the recipe said *insert another happy dance here*

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this is yummy mum

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you’re my favourite, mum

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My new favourite recipe…do yourself a favour & try it!

The Recipe as it appears on Like Mother Like Daughter
Cinnamon Rolls

Dough
2 1/2 tsp yeast (1 package)
1 cup milk (warmed)
1/3 cup sugar
1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
1 tsp salt
2 eggs
4 cups flour

Filling
1/3 cup butter
1 cup brown sugar
2 TBS cinnamon

Cream Cheese Frosting
3 oz cream cheese
1 3/4 cup powdered sugar
3/4 tsp vanilla
1 TBS milk

Vanilla Powdered Sugar Frosting
2 cups powdered sugar
1 tsp vanilla
3 TBS half and half
1/4 tsp salt

1. Dissolve the yeast in the warm milk in a large bowl.
2. Add sugar, butter, salt, eggs and flour to the bowl and mix well.
3. Once the dough startes to come away from the edges, knead for about 5 minutes (if you are using your hands, dust them lightly with flour to avoid sticking) until a large ball is formed.
4. Cover the bowl with a towel and allow to rise for 45 minutes to 1 hour, until dough has doubled in size.
5. Lightly flour your counter top and roll the dough out until it is approximately 16×21 inches, and 1/4 inch thick.
6. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
7. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a small bowl.
8. Melt butter for filling.
9. Spread butter over the surface of your dough.
10. Sprinkle the cinnamon sugar mixture generously over the surface of the dough (using the butter to make it stick).
11. Carefully roll the dough from the long top edge to the bottom edge.
12. Using thread (wrap the thread around the bottom of the roll, bring up and cross over each other and pull tight), or a knife, cut dough into 1 inch slices.
13. Lightly grease a baking pan (or 2)
14. Place rolls in baking pan and bake for about 12-14 minutes until they turn a lighten golden color.
15. While they are baking combine frosting ingredients (both recipes are delicious). Add more powdered sugar to the frosting if it is too runny, add more milk or half and half if it is too thick.
16. Remove rolls from oven and allow them to cool for about 5 minutes before frosting.
17. Apply frosting generously to rolls.

Enjoy.

This makes about 16 cinnamon rolls.

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