Friday, 23 February 2018

Easy Cinnamon Rolls

I do so much less baking than I used to, mainly because I literally can't seem to find the time. If I do bake it's with the little guys and generally involves a lot of mess. Actually baking something that gives me that creative outlet and satisfaction has taken a backseat for a while; when you have so many other things to do at home the first thing to be put on the back burner are our own hobbies. Saying that I'm going to really try over the next few months to make time to be more creative in different ways, as well as cooking, simply because it really is a good thing to actually have that outlet. I always find it such a great stress reliever being able to focus my attention on creating something lovely rather than practical for once. 
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Last week TJ and I decided to get cracking with some super easy cinnamon rolls that are perfect for lazy Saturday mornings. We are all a bit obsessed with Cinnabons in the house, but as we don't have any local stores (yet?) Joe tends to take the task on when he has time and makes a big batch--they freeze really well which helps. They are so. Good. But so time consuming and kind of exhausting (it's all the kneading!) On a recent trip to our local Sainsbury's though, we spotted some frozen pizza dough and Joe suggested it would probably work for cinnamon rolls too. I've never actually seen frozen dough anywhere but always thought it a good idea. I've never been organised enough to make and freeze it myself though! We sat it in the fridge overnight to thaw out, although this can be done in the microwave, and because Joe was working a long Saturday shift the task fell to me and TJ. 
They took us literally 10 minutes to put together and not much more to bake; I was hoping they'd be good but actually found myself quite surprised at how good they were. Although smaller they were just as sweet, soft and squidgy as you'd want a Cinnabon to be. Although the dough doesn't have any sugar in, because they are filled with the brown cinnamon sugar and covered in cream cheese frosting it's not noticeable at all. You get more crispy edges but the insides are just as soft and doughy. They went down really well with everyone here, and although we won't be abandoning the original versions just yet these are going to make pretty good stand in's to satisfy our Cinnabon cravings!

Quick Cinnamon Rolls 
1 x Pack Pizza Dough (We used Northern Dough Co. which has two 220g rolls in)
150g Margarine
200g Brown Sugar
4 Tsp Cinnamon (or however much you like!)

50g Butter
100g Cream Cheese
300g Icing Sugar
1 Tsp Vanilla

Combine sugar, Margarine and Cinnamon in a bowl.
Once the dough has thawed roll out into two or one large rectangle and spread the mixture over to the ends. Roll up and cut into equal discs (not too thin!) then place into a baking tray side by side.
Bake at 180 for about 15-20 mins but keep an eye on them. You'll want them slightly under-baked with golden brown edges.
Combine all frosting ingredients in a bowl, mix until smooth. 
Once out of the oven cool slightly, then spread frosting over while still warm.
Try not to eat a whole tray.

If you give these a try I'd love to see them, or if you've made anything else delicious recently!

Have a good weekend


Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Looking Back {ft. Cheerz}

Before Christmas TJ finished his first school project. It was all about telling your life story and the most significant events. We spent a long while looking through photos and talking about the different stages of his life. He's always loved looking through albums and always asks questions about our childhood memories. He is fascinated by the past and how his own story fits into ours, something I love telling him about. I have so many photos of his first year and beyond; I have tried to put them together in a scrapbook type way before now but to be honest it never got close to being finished. He looks though his baby photos so often I've recently took to just leaving the box in his room for him to look through! Putting him a baby book of his own together is something I've wanted to do for a while and since we've been doing his project together and having all the photos out, now seemed like a good time to get it done! I wanted him to have all of these most special memories in one place; so he can look through it easily and see where our life started as a family.
 I wanted something with plenty of pages for holding photos and this Cheerz album is perfect for their first year. There are a few specific pages, such as for scan photos and their first birthday but then lots of lovely blank pages in between. I love that there's so much space to write your own words unlike standard baby books which are much more formal in their layout.
The book is a gorgeous quality hardback and comes with 30 prints as well as a selection of adorable stickers for different milestones. I love the soft pastel colours throughout the pages. It would make such a lovely gift for new parents but equally if you want a special keepsake to put together with your child which is what is has been for us.
TJ and I loved creating this together; it was a really lovely opportunity to relive all those precious memories. I'm already planning to put one together for little E so he has his own keepsake of his special first year!

P.S Cheerz have kindly given me a code for £5 off on their site (min spend £20) so you can create your own special keepsakes 40K6J7

NB Collaborative post with Cheerz. All opinions are entirely our own. 


Sunday, 4 February 2018

Valentines Love

Ok, I'm going to come clean... I actually love Valentines day.
I really do.
I know, it's heavily commercialised and often shops lean much more on the tacky than tasteful side; it's certainly seen as cheesy, but I always enjoy the lead up to it. Maybe it's because it's just on the other side of what feels like the longest and coldest month of the year, the promise of spring and Easter just round the corner, or the fact that I love heart shaped chocolates. Probably the latter. Either way, seeing roses everywhere and pink displays gets me every year. 
Joe and I have never really done Valentines as such, but I can never resist a cute card! It's a much less commercial day for me as a Catholic too as it's the actual feast day of St Valentine, the patron saint of love, young people and happy marriages. Whether or not you celebrate the day, it can't be a bad thing if it encourages people to show love to one another and remind them of it. 
I'm pretty sure no one ever tires of hearing how much they are loved.
Just for fun I've put together a little round up of my favourites- maybe you can leave the page up to drop a few hints!

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