Pumpkin Cinnamon Buns with Cream Cheese Frosting

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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.

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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.

Pumpkin Cinnamon Buns with 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

The dough:

  • 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

Filling:

  • 4 Tbs unsalted butter, room temp.
  • 1/2 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice

Frosting:

  • 4 Tbs. cream cheese, room temp.
  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter, room temp.
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar, sifted.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. 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.
  2.  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.
  3. 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.
  4. Roll out the dough on a lightly floured surface into a rectangle that is about 1/2 inch thick.
  5. With your fingers, spread butter evenly over dough. Mix brown sugar and spices together and sprinkle evenly over buttered dough.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. While buns are baking, cream butter and cream cheese together with a mixer or fork. Mix into confectioner’s sugar until well combined.
  9. When the buns are done, frost them almost immediately and enjoy!

Pumpkin Cinnamon Buns with Cream Cheese Frosting

Summer Self-Care Checklist

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.

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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 🙂

  1. 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.
  2. 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!
  3. Exercise! I love going to yoga, swimming, and walking. It makes you feel good and it’s good for you!
  4. Take some selfies and/or glamour shots. I’m serious! And share them! It’s actually been proven beneficial for your mental health.
  5. Buy this bubble bath and take a good soak! My brother got it for me for my birthday and it’s AMAZING. It’s great for an aching body and mind.
  6. Eat healthy food! I love to indulge, but I feel my best when I’m putting good things into my body….like acai bowls 😉
  7. Go to bed early and get some sleep. I’ve been struggling with sleep lately, so this is a goal of mine.
  8. Set goals for yourself and work toward them! I recently reached a goal of mine that I set in 2013. It feels good to slowly work toward something, even if it seems impossible.
  9. Plant herbs, flowers, a tree, or buy a new houseplant. Perhaps take better care of the plants you already have. It’s amazing and fulfilling to watch something grow because of your care.
  10. Hang out with friends and put yourself in situations where you’ll meet new people.
  11. Find someone to talk to that you trust.
  12. Take yourself on a date! I personally enjoy taking myself to the movies and out for ice cream.
  13. Go to the beach.
  14. Spend time with your family.
  15. Listen to new music and make a playlist of songs that make you happy.
  16. Read a lot of books.
  17. Go on a hike.
  18. Try something new.
  19. Take a day trip somewhere you’ve never been before.
  20. Surround yourself with people that love you and make you laugh. The laughing part is important!
  21. Bake cookies for those people that you love!
  22. And the last one…buy handsoap that smells really good? Idk. I just love really good smelling handsoap.

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The list may not apply to you and that’s totally cool. They are just things that I’ve found to be helpful. If you have any suggestions of other things I should be doing, send them my way!

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