Happy Spring! Let’s celebrate with some decadent cupcakes 😉
AND beautiful flowers!! After days of dreary weather, the sun is finally out and it’s warming up! I can’t possibly express with words how happy this makes me.
But I can show you some well lit pictures of cookies because THE SUN IS OUT! (When you live in a basement and there’s rarely any natural light, it’s important to yell about the sun).
I made these cupcakes for a very special person celebrating his birthday this week. Every time I see him he slyly mentions cupcakes and I figured his birthday was the best time to surprise him with some!
The cake is moist and the flavor is bonkers amazing. Everything took me less than 2 hours to do. Totally easy and worth the work!
Three things you need to know about me: I live to drink beer with my pizza, I can’t wait to get my hands on a delicious loaf of sourdough, and my mornings are always made better with a warm batch of cinnamon buns.
It’s no secret that I love food and beverages made with yeast…especially the four B’s: Beer, bread, bagels, and BUNS– cinnamon buns to be exact.
Since it’s fall and pumpkin season, I just had to be basic and make my cinnamon buns pumpkin-y.
These pumpkin cinnamon buns are everything!!!! Warm and gooey centers with a spicy, sweet filling and delicious cream cheese frosting.
The recipe is so basic too. One of my favorite cinnamon bun recipes to date. I can promise that you will not be disappointed that you made them.
RECIPE:makes about 9 buns
1/2 cup warm whole milk (about 110 degrees F)
2 1/4 tsp. instant dry yeast
2 Tbs. granulated sugar
2 Tbs. canola or vegetable oil
1 cup pumpkin puree
1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
2- 3 cups all purpose flour
4 Tbs unsalted butter, room temp.
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
4 Tbs. cream cheese, room temp.
2 Tbs. unsalted butter, room temp.
1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted.
In a large bowl of a standing mixer, combine warm milk, yeast, sugar, and oil. Let sit for about 10 min. or until your yeast foams vigorously.
Stir in pumpkin, spices, and 1/2 cup of flour until combined. With dough hook, turn mixer to low speed and add 1/2 cup flour at a time until dough is sticky but manageable.
Place dough on lightly floured surface and lightly knead into a ball. Cover with a kitchen towel and let sit for about 1 hour or until it almost doubles in size.
Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface into a rectangle that is about 1/2 inch thick.
With your fingers, spread butter evenly over dough. Mix brown sugar and spices together and sprinkle evenly over buttered dough.
Starting on the shorter side, tightly roll the dough into a long log. Using a serrated knife, cut 2 inch sections. Place into a buttered 9X9 baking dish or 9 in. pie plate. If making that day, cover with a towel and let rise for 45min-1 hour. If making the next day, cover with plastic wrap and keep in fridge.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350 degrees F. If you put the buns in the fridge, take out to let rise at least 30-40 min. before putting them in oven. Bake for 15-20 min. or until golden brown.
While buns are baking, cream butter and cream cheese together with a mixer or fork. Mix into confectioner’s sugar until well combined.
When the buns are done, frost them almost immediately and enjoy!
Hey everyone! It’s been a while since my last post. It was a very busy end of season for the dance company and I desperately needed to take some time for self-care. I also made a huge decision in my personal life and ended a three-year relationship with someone I love and care about very much. To say I needed some time to myself is an understatement.
As some of you know, I work as a nanny, I’m the box office assistant at the Egg, and my main job is as a performer, teacher, and arts-in-ed coordinator for the dance company. My life is insane at times, but I wouldn’t have it any other way! I love being busy and I’m grateful to get a chance to do what I love every day.
It is the off-season for the dance company right now, which means I have five glorious weeks off to rest my body and catch up on some sleep. I still work my other jobs, but there isn’t any preparation work involved. It’s an odd feeling to have off every night of the week and to not bring any work home with me! The summer is the only time I get a grasp on what it’s like to work a 9-5 like the majority of Americans 😉
Because of the aforementioned huge change in my life and all of the free time I have, I’ve needed to find new ways to cope and give myself all of the love and care I deserve. I’ve compiled a list of things that work for me and maybe they’ll work for you too! The list is in no particular order 🙂
Buy yourself flowers and/or buy someone you love flowers. You’ll appreciate the beautiful life it adds to your home and giving them to someone else will definitely brighten their day and yours, in turn.
Find a piece of clothing that makes you feel confident and beautiful and wear it when you’re feeling down. My motto is look good, feel good and it usually works!
Exercise! I love going to yoga, swimming, and walking. It makes you feel good and it’s good for you!