Sometimes I just need some time to myself in the kitchen to feel calm again. I just need to be alone and able to cook something I’ve never made before. There is something about this particular activity for me that is so calming. It’s hard for me to get that time because my kitchen and living room are an open layout, so if Anthony is in the living room it isn’t really like I’m alone. Not that I’m complaining about this, because I really do love the layout of our house.
Then there are times when it doesn’t matter if I’m alone I just really need cinnamon rolls and who the heck cares who is home. For this recipe, you’ll need to set aside some time to make them. It is a yeast recipe, so you do have to wait for the yeast to rise, but it is totally worth it. Seriously. I’ve made these 4 times in the last few months. They are knock your socks off good and dairy free. So a win win for me.
I know these take extra effort to make, but you really won’t regret it. You’ll thank me. I promise!
Cinnamon Rolls (Dairy Free)
Yields – 12 cinnamon rolls
Prep time –
Cook time –
- 1 packet of instant yeast
- 1 cup of unsweetened almond milk
- 3 TBSP of dairy free margarine
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 3 cups of flour
- 1 TBSP of sugar
- 4 TBSP of dairy free margarine
- 6 TBSP of sugar
- 4 TBSP of brown sugar
- 3 TBSP of cinnamon
- 2 cups of sugar
- 1/4 cup of almond milk
- 2 TBSP of dairy free margarine
- 2 tsp of vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp of almond extract
- In a sauce pan heat the almond milk and 3 TBSP of margarine until warm and melted. Make sure it never boils.
- Remove from heat and let it cool to 110 degrees or the temperature of warm bath water.
- Transfer the mixture to a large mixing bowl and sprinkle the yeast on top. Cover the mixing bowl with a dish towel so no light gets in and put it in a warm place for 10 minutes.
- Add 1 TBSP of sugar and the salt to the mixture and stir.
- Add the flour 1/2 cup at a time, stirring while you go.
- Transfer to a lightly floured surface and kneed for a minute until it forms a loose ball.
- Rinse out your mixing bowl, spray it with oil and place the dough into the bowl.
- Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, place a dish towel over it and leave it someplace warm for 1 hour.
- In a sauce pan melt your margarine.
- Add the sugar, brown sugar and cinnamon to the melted margarine and stir until combined.
Once your dough is finished rising, on a lightly floured surface roll it our into a thin rectangle. Spread your filling on it evenly and then starting at one end roll the dough tightly. Using a serrated knife cut the dough into 1.5 inch slices. Place them into a round cake pan and bake at 350 degrees for 25 to 30 minutes or until slightly golden brown.
- In a sauce pan mix all of your ingredients together until the margarine is melted and everything is well combined.
- Once your cinnamon rolls have cooled (if you can wait that long) pour the glaze on top!
I need a 3 day weekend SO badly. Not even because work has been crazy, just life has been crazy and I would REALLY like a day at the beach to just sit and do nothing. As I write this it is thunderstorming outside so there is no way I’m going to the beach, but hopefully tomorrow.
Also, thunderstorming is not a real word. How would you write that it is storming of thunder then?! I think we should make this a word. I hope the people who work at the Oxford Dictionary are reading this right now.
There is nothing better than a nice day at the beach and coming home to throw something on the grill. And this chicken is perfect. It screams summer. Can you hear it?! I mean seriously. It’s like a freaking margarita on chicken. Amazing. We’ve already made it twice and that’s saying something because I have been LAZY in the kitchen lately. Happy 4th of July! Grill some chicken!
Cilantro Lime Grilled Chicken
Yields – 4 servings
Prep time – 15 minutes, plus at least 2 hours to marinade
Cook time – 15 minutes
- 2 lbs. chicken breast, cubed
- 3 cloves garlic
- zest of 1 lime
- juice of 2 limes
- 1/2 bunch fresh cilantro
- 1/2 tsp oregano
- 2 TBSP honey
- salt & pepper, to taste
- 1/4 cup warm water
- 1/4 cup canola oil
- Cut your chicken into cubes and set aside.
- Place the rest of your ingredients into a food processor and pulse until the cilantro is small.
- Pour over the chicken and marinade it for at least 2 hours.
- Place the chicken onto skewers and grill for 5 minutes on each side or until the chicken is fully cooked.
Recipe adapted from Lauren’s Latest – Grilled Cilantro Lime Chicken Skewers
During the winter there are weeks at a time where we just have nothing to do. It’s really nice because it’s cold and I just want to curl up in the house with my pup and do nothing. Now that it’s summer I’m wishing we had nothing to do, but summer seems like such a busier time of year. I don’t understand it. Why is it so flipping busy in the summer?!
I just want lazy days at the pool and to sit in my kayak on the canal, but I have yet to do any of those things this summer. We have been swamped with plans on the weekends. I guess the grass is always greener on the other side, because during the winter I’ll be wishing I was busier.
Since we have been so busy, I’ve been loving 1 pot meals. First, I don’t want to turn on my oven. At all. And second, one pot means less clean up and easier cooking. It’s amazing. Any meal I can just add a salad to is really nice. This kielbasa and cabbage is perfect for one pot cooking and it’s really filling. We’ve made it a few times now and it’s delicious every time.
Kielbasa and Cabbage
Yields – 4 servings
Prep time – 10 minutes
Cook time – 30 minutes
- 1/2 a head of cabbage
- 1/2 a lb of kielbasa
- 2 potatoes
- 1/2 a yellow onion
- 1 tsp of garlic
- 1/8 cup of water
- 2 TBSP of vegetable oil
- 1 tsp of fennel seeds
- sprinkle of red pepper flakes
- salt and pepper to taste
- Slice your kielbasa into bite sized pieces.
- Chop the onion, potato and cabbage.
- Heat a frying pan over medium heat with your vegetable oil.
- Add the potatoes to the pan.
- Add the water the the pan and cover.
- Stir the potatoes occasionally until they are soft.
- Add the keilbasa, onions, cabbage, garlic and seasoning to the pan.
- Cover and stir occasionally until the cabbage has softened.
I am having one of those weeks. You know, those weeks where nothing seems to go right and everyone is annoying you and all you want to do is sit on the couch and eat chocolate. Yea, one of those. Sorry to say that I am not always happy go lucky and sometimes I am cranky. The worst is when you’re cranky and your husband is cranky at the same time. Not fun. Continue reading →
I went to vote in the primaries here last night and it was amazing. I’ve never voted in a primary before, but this one I thought it was important that I go. There is just something about voting that makes me feel so emotional. I don’t know why, but driving home I just had so many feels. It’s nice to live in a country where we can choose our leaders, even if they aren’t the leaders we’d necessarily choose on our own. It’s just nice that I have a say in who runs my country. It makes me feel blessed. Continue reading →
This recipe is completely different for me. To be completely honest I generally don’t drink. I have enough issues with my stomach that I don’t need to add alcohol to the mix. My husband loves this because he has a built in DD. I should become an Uber driver or something to take advantage of this. Continue reading →
I am not the tallest person in the world. I am average height for a woman and when I buy pants they tend to be too long. I don’t understand it. I feel like manufacturers make pants for giant women. Like you need to be 5 foot 9 to fit into women’s pants without having to get them altered. This has been a struggle my whole life. And I’m not short! Lately I’ve been looking for maxi skirts. I work with kids and spend a lot of my time sitting on the floor, so I can’t really wear knee length dresses to work and I really don’t want to wear pants during the summer to work. Help me out people! Where can I get maxi skirts for a normal sized person?! Continue reading →
We went to Europe! It was amazing. Usually after really long vacations, I am so ready to be home and sleep in my own bed and cook my own food. Not this time. I loved it. We went to London, Paris and Amsterdam. They were all such different cities so it was really nice to be able to see different places. Europe is amazing though. And the food is wonderful. In America if we ate out every day for 11 days, I would be so sick by the end but in Europe they just seem to cook less processed foods so I felt fine. I need to go back soon. Heck, I need to move! If you know of a nice apartment in central Paris, let me know! Continue reading →
The new job is going well! It is so different than my last job, it’s incredible. I am really enjoying it. I actually am given enough time to get things done. It’s much less stress. I’m very thankful for that. Continue reading →
I am starting a new job! AGAIN! It’s kind of crazy that I have been switching jobs this much, but I really am trying to figure out what I want to do with my life. It’s hard to be an adult! You think you should have everything figured out, but you really don’t. It kind of makes you feel like you failed, but I’m trying to remember that I’m young and it’s okay to still be figuring myself out. Continue reading →