16 Days til Christmas – Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls (Overnight)

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I’m stepping up my Cinnamon Roll game here. I’m using the same recipe as I did a couple months back, so these would be good if you have a bunch of company over and want to wow them at breakfast time. You do most of the work the night before, and then reap the rewards in the morning.


You don’t have to make these overnight… You could just do a second rising for about 2 hours and then bake right away. If you do this, they will be a little larger.

Rather than just plain Cream Cheese Icing, we are going to spice that up a little bit with a little pumpkin spice action too. (If you like a lot of icing, double this recipe for it. I find that fresh out of the oven, cinnamon buns only need a little bit, but after a day or two, the icing really helps them along.)

We are using canned pumpkin puree… Don’t confuse it with the pumpkin pie filling… we just want the plain pumpkin puree. You may also want to think of some other pumpkin type things to make with it, since we won’t be using the entire can.

Second, we are using Pumpkin Pie Spice, rather than just cinnamon… (4 parts cinnamon, 1 part nutmeg, 1 part ginger, 1 part allspice). You can adjust the quantities of them to suit your own tastes if you make your own. I usually add a teeny bit extra nutmeg, and a little less allspice.

Lastly before we get started, I’m sending you to my first cinnamon bun post for the dough recipe because it is exactly the same. Exactly, so I’m not going to repeat it word for word in this post… Just head back to this post where the directions say “After the first dough rise” in bold. (The icing I used is also the same from that post)

Filling Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Butter (REALLY soft)
  • 3/4 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1/4 cup Sugar
  • 2-3 Tbsp Pumpkin Pie Spice

Okay, so with your dough all risen and ready to be rolled out, lets get started:

  1. Roll the dough out on a floured surface so that it is a rectangle, roughly 12 x 18 inches or slightly larger. The dough should be about 1/4″ thick evenly on the whole surface of the rectangle.
  2. Spread the softened butter on the rectangle of dough. You can use melted butter just as easily, but you will get a little more of a mess to clean up.
  3. Spread the pumpkin puree evenly. Leave about 2-3 inches at the far long side clear of the pumpkin. This will help your rolls be able to ‘seal’ so the end doesn’t just go loosey goosey.  You can use more or less puree if you want. I only estimate that I used 3/4 cup, as I just scooped straight from the can until It looked right.
  4. Here, you can either sprinkle the sugar and spice separately over the pumpkin, Or you can whisk them together and sprinkle the mixture on. The choice is totally yours, and whatever you find easiest.
    1. You may find that these need a little more sugar. I had mixed reviews. Everyone said they were delicious, but some said that they prefer really sweet sticky cinnamon buns. Follow your instincts, as this is totally adaptable.
  5. Roll the whole lot up evenly, and with a sharp knife, cut into 12 even pieces. Place in a well greased 9×13″ baking dish, and cover.
  6. Place in the fridge over night
    1. Alternatively, To make these not ‘overnight,’ you can leave them at room temperature and let them rise for about 2 hours. Then just follow from the baking directions in step 8.
  7. In the morning, let the rolls come up to temperature for about half an hour, to an hour. They will rise more in this time. (Remove the plastic wrap before the next step)
  8. In a preheated 350F oven, Bake the rolls for 20-30 minutes. Keep an eye on them and when they are a golden brown on top, pull them out.
  9. Let cool for about 10 minutes in the dish, and then flip them over. This helps keep the filling in the rolls.
  10. Once the rolls are completely cool, You can cover them with the same icing from the last recipe. I added a little pinch of pumpkin pie spice in mine. Maple extract might be a nice touch with the pumpkin also.


 

 

22 Days til Christmas – Pet Friendly Decorating

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Since this is the time of the month where the majority of people start their Christmas decorating, I thought it would be an opportune time to mention some pet friendly tips. These are probably about the same as if you have a toddler running around too… Just avoid problems in the first place, rather than scrambling on what to do when your overly curious dog gets into the Christmas decorations.

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I’ll start with the Obvious:

Avoid Tinsel – It is shinny and cats love to try and eat things that could kill them. So If you have cats, don’t have tinsel. I would use the same rule for dogs that like to get into everything.

Avoid Glass Ornaments – I know they say that they are shatter-proof, but its a lie. Stick to anything that isn’t going to potentially bury itself into the bottom of your foot when it gets knocked off the tree by an excited tail, or a curious cat.

Keep Cords for lights contained-Dogs might chew them, or get tangled in them while playing. Cats might play with them, and nobody wants their pet to get electrocuted or start a fire at the holidays (or ever).

Poinsettias are Poisonous

So are Amaryllis

…and Holly

…and Mistletoe

If you are going to use them in your holiday decor, keep them away from your pets. If your cats jump up on counters or tables, keep that it mind, because they can and will chew on poinsettia. (Trust me). I haven’t had them bother my Amaryllis, but I do keep it in my plant window where there is no room for them to jump up and chew on… If there was, I’m sure they would be in there like a dirty shirt.

Apparently snow globes can contain anti-freeze. So If there is a possibility that your pet is going to knock a snow globe over, then its best to not have it around.

Pine needles that have been eaten can potentially puncture the intestines of your pets, so keep them cleaned up (I haven’t had an issue with this one, but it is a good one to keep in the back of your mind)

You may also want to anchor your tree in some fashion to the wall or ceiling. Excited pets can knock it over, causing a mess you just don’t want to deal with. If you have kittens, they will probably climb up into the tree (especially if its a real one) so keep that in mind.

If you want the light of candles, stick with the battery operated ones, or be sure to never leave them unattended. When I use my real candles, I am sure to never leave the room unattended.

Basically, just use your common sense, and keep an extra eye on your pets. Especially if this is the first holiday for them (or for you together)

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Easy DIY Halloween Decorating

I know I am a little late in posting Halloween related DIY’s as most of the world is done Halloween by now… but if you are looking for a quick and easy craft, I’ve got your back…


Save your coffee cups from Tim Hortons, Starbucks, whatever coffee shop you choose. Ice cream pints work well too.. 

Paint them black, or white, or orange… whatever you want.

Cut faces out

And voila, you are done.

Put battery operated candles (or glow sticks) in them and set them out to spook the trick or treaters.

You can keep these as basic or dress them up as much as you want.

You can also save them from year to year too.

Adventures in Nalbinding


Nalbinding, Nailbinding, Nalebinding, Nålbinding, Needlebinding.

Whatever you want to call it.. It is a precursor to knitting and crochet, and typically referred to as “Viking” but there have been examples of it found all over the world. I read somewhere that it is thought to be about 6500 years old. Don’t quote me on any of that. In fact, I will save you the time, and you can check out the Wikipedia page on it right here.

I should actually title this post “Frustrations in Nalbinding”


Because holy crap you guys is this confusing. Learning to knit was easy, I found some awesome YouTube tutorials and regained the memories of my grandma’s teaching me how to knit. I experimented with cables and knitting in the round, and it was all fun times, even when I screwed it up…

My viking blood is not helping me on this one though… loops and knots and counting those loops, and I just keep ending up with a pile of crap that is not save-able because its just a bunch of yarn knotted onto itself… After some initial frustration with finding a decent YouTube video showing how to do this ancient craft, I think I have found one that makes sense to my brain… But there is a serious lack of decent beginner tutorials on YouTube, so if you are a teacher-y charismatic nalbinder with good English, you should think about making some tutorial videos on YouTube.

I really want to figure this out, so I will hopefully keep on trying. This seems like a much more cat-owner friendly craft, since you need only short pieces of yarn.


I’m starting to see some pattern in my mess of knots, so I think I just need to persevere past this first little bump in the road and it will start to make sense. Figuring out the tension situation should help me…

I think this might be one of those things I decide to learn and make one thing and then be done with it… I hope not, but it seems to be heading down that road.

Okay, so after some beginning frustration, I have started to understand a little better. Key word being “started”… I’ll try to keep you posted on my progress. I may have to learn to crochet first. Most tutorials are based on the idea of you already knowing crochet…

Here is where I stand in my progress thus far:


Wish me luck on figuring this shit out…

Iceberg Empire! Etsy Shop

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If you follow me on Instagram or Twitter (or see the little sneak peak of each of the feed here on the side bar), then you will have seen some of the amazing things that my best friend and I have started to sell on Etsy.

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Hand-carved Birch and Lilac Shawl Pin *SOLD*

We opened our shop, after YEARS of talking about opening an etsy shop. We finally took the plunge and listed some items. And we have so many more in the works.

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Hand-carved river rock pendant

The shop is a little rough around the edges right now, but if we waited until we had everything just so, then we would never have taken the leap.

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Choke-Cherry Buttons

I will be updating here when we add a handful of new things… The holidays are right around the corner, and handmade one of a kind gifts are always the best.

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Poplar Branch Coasters (set of 4)

So please, head over there and check out our small, but growing, collection of things we have made. And if you are looking for something in particular, send us a message and we can work out some custom orders. If you wouldn’t mind checking the little heart next to some of the items, that would very much help us out.

(And I promise I will get some garden related content up again soon… I’ve just been creatively distracted with this new venture that I haven’t gotten around to posting here as often as I would like)

I have also created a page up in the top menu bar on this blog, for little updates on what is happening in our Etsy Shop…. So check there for any little updates or sneak peaks on the shop.

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Side Grain Poplar Wood Cutting Board. I am in love with this one, and I think you will be too!