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Month: January 2010

Sundae Crêpes: Avocado Corn

Sundae Crêpes: Avocado Corn

We are still in enveloped in full LOST mania over here in the Olson household; just 14 episodes to go! I’ve been thinking, dreaming, obsessing and philosophizing about LOST non-stop for the past month. We just began Season 5 today. My latest theory is the […]

Recommending: Stràw bërri

Recommending: Stràw bërri

Fresh strawberry purée kneaded into a creamy vanilla candy fondant,… enveloped with a rich, chocolate fudge caramel,… and coated with buttery, perfectly toasted brown sugar pecans… constitutes the new Fahrenheit 350° Stràw bërri Sweet Pecan Log. Available now at Fahrenheit 350°,and in person, February 5, […]

Easy as Pie

Easy as Pie

I’m so excited to be guest posting over at Camile’s blog: Make it Work Mom! January is a difficult month-not only are you coming off a high from Christmas, but you are making new and consequently trying to stick to New Year’s resolutions (which I’m totally against btw). You’ve got to work off those extra pounds, you’ve got bills to pay, you’ve got some sort of lag from traveling, you are still reeling from all the family drama, and Valentine’s Day is looming ahead. You are stuck between the proverbial rock and a hard place.


(Notice I didn’t mention it’s also cold, dark, and wet. I love the cold; you get to wear adorable coats and cute matching accessories. I love the dark; perfect for snuggling. And I love the wet; it’s my Oregonian background, it’s cleansing, magnificent, and promising.)

All month long Camille has been sharing ideas to brighten your day… and in Camille’s words: “We all know that sugar brightens anyone’s day!”

This is a fun recipe because you don’t have to exert much effort for it, yet you still receive just as much reward from it… and with the right decoration, this is an excellent Valentine’s Day treat-even for someone who wants to impress but isn’t kitchen inclined!

Candy Cane Pie

SHF #61: Sweet Comforts

SHF #61: Sweet Comforts

This month’s theme for Sugar High Friday is Sweet Comforts: Desserts You Turn to for Comfort, and is hosted by A Merrier World. When I get to a place where I need comfort food, I’m not spending any time trying to buoy my spirits in […]

Sundae Crêpes: Blackberry Lemon

Sundae Crêpes: Blackberry Lemon

Gabriel and I stayed in all weekend. We played Super Mario Wii until I developed carpal tunnel. We enjoyed strawberry crêpes on Saturday, and blackberry lemon crêpes on Sunday. Gabriel told jokes, and I giggled. We developed a new tradition: Sundae Crêpes. Blackberry Lemon Crêpes […]

Cup of Soup

Cup of Soup

I’m so happy to be guest posting over at Vanessa’s blog: I Never Grew Up… especially on such a ambitious topic as the dreaded dinner meal! It’s really not enough for dinner to just be yummy and inexpensive…, it’s got to be easy, versatile, and packed full of vegetables right?

Simple!

Creamy Potato Crockpot Soup

One Year Ago: Food Appreciation, Mini Banana Maple Bundt Cakes with Maple Walnut Butter Glaze.
15 Days

15 Days

Island Cookies These cookies were inspired by circumstance. We are in the midst of re-watching all the episodes of LOST to date-starting with the Season 1 Premiere. Every night, every day, every spare minute, particulary utilizing weekend timeoff hours. The past two weekends have been […]

Poppycock

Poppycock

Wicked: A captivating biography of the Wicked Witch of the West in the land of Oz (on the off chance you didn’t know…). While the Wizard of Oz, written by L. Frank Baum, tells the story of Dorothy’s ascent from simple farm girl to hero […]

The Depositor of Dust

The Depositor of Dust

Lucky for us, every one of my parent’s children were sprinkled with Baker’s dust before our entrance to Earth… but some, more than others, must have had a very special relationship with The Depositor of Dust; while some, less than others, received only a trickle of the special Baker’s powder.

My sister Candice is affectionately known amongst the family as the Underbaker. Unless she has had a recent visit from the Baker Fairy, her chocolate chip cookies are still likely coming out of the oven stark white. She was always nervous about overcooking them-while my other sister Tina, in contrast… her husband would jump over a cliff for burnt cookies; to each their own!

Candi looooved to make cinnamon rolls, and that is an understatement-I’ve never seen anyone bake more cinnamon rolls than her; she is the Cinnamon Roll Fairy. I would not be exaggerating if I said every time I came to visit, which was often as she lived just a few minutes away in Washington State, freshly baked, stark white, cinnamon rolls would be cooling off on the counter top.

Stark White Cinnamon Rolls

These cinnamon rolls are stark white for their frosting, not for their baking time. They are flaky while soft and quick and easy. Stuffed with marshmallows and pecans, and paired with a decadent white chocolate cream cheese frosting, I have no doubt your find yourself making these cinnamon babies over and over and over again.

Dough
½ teaspoon yeast
¼ cup warm water
Dissolve yeast in water, set aside

In seperate bowl melt
1 cup heavy cream
1 cup sugar
½ oil
½ butter
Stir to dissolve sugar

Mix one cup of flour to lower temp of liquid
Then add 2 eggs and yeast mixture

Add 2-4 additional cups of flour, 1 cup at a time, until dough is soft, pliable and still tacky but does not stick to your fingers

**Tip: Too much flour will create a dense, compact bread, while just the right amount of flour will allow the yeast to multiply to create a soft texture.

Allow to rise for 1 hour, punch down and roll out in a rectangular shape, 1″ thick

Filling
1 cup brown sugar
1 ½ sticks of softened butter
½ cup cinnamon
1 tablespoon vanilla
Stir together and spread evenly over dough

Optional: Marshmallows and pecans

Roll dough lengthwise and pinch seams shut
Slice evenly sized buns from log
Place in greased pan with room to rise, flatten
Bake at F350°, 20-25 minutes
Yields 10 large rolls

**Tip: Cinnamon rolls can be baked in a variety of pans from bundt pans to muffin tins, cake pans to casserole dishes-allow 1″ between rolls to allow for rising when able

Frosting
1 stick softened butter
8 oz. softened cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla
½ cup melted milk chocolate
2-3 cups powdered sugar
Mix with handheld beaters until smooth
Slather generously over rolls fresh from the oven

Clint said,
“I would love these cinnamon rolls for Valentine’s Day!”

Horrors

Horrors

Horrors. Ironic isn’t it, how delightful a word that is? So descriptive, compelling, and inciting. The thought of it being a baby’s first little word is quite imaginative. I think I’ll work very hard at making sure my someday little ones say something equally attractive […]