Enjoying a no yeast required cinnamon bun or is it a roll? (That I made.)
My sister and I have been officially living in the house for a little over a month now and there is LOTS still to be done. I never thought that moving and getting things organized would require so much work! I don’t even consider myself as having a lot of belongings, as mostly everything that I owned, I was able to keep within the four walls of my tiny room at my parent’s house. Perhaps I grossly underestimated the quantity of items that I have accumulated over the last 26 years of my life. Moving doesn’t only require getting things from one place to the other, it also entails a lot of planning and I cannot overemphasize this, TIME! Time to actually start the task and time to get things done.
One of the things that I wanted to get done was painting! I brought over two desks and a framed chalkboard that I wanted to give a little makeover to. I still have one desk to finish and to be completely honest, it’s not the best work, but it was my first time painting on something other than paper and all I can say is you live and learn. Still though, I’m pretty proud of what I was able to accomplish even though the imperfections are more than minor! Also, not to mention, reusing old furniture definitely helped with the wallet, even if I did have to spend a little bit on the supplies (paintbrushes, primer, and paint).
I picked up my chalkboard at a discount furniture/home accessories store. I managed to get a bit more off by pointing out imperfections with it. It was bent from being stored improperly, so it never hurts to ask! I always look over the items I am purchasing before I hand over the money. If there are flaws with the item when there shouldn’t be and you can make a reasonable argument, most of the time the store will give you the discount. Originally, I thought that I might construct the entire framed chalkboard myself, by finding an old frame at the thrift store and splashing on some chalkboard paint onto a board, but all the frames that I came across and loved at the thrift stores were still extremely expensive, so that idea quickly went out the window. Anyways, when I came across this chalkboard at the store, it seemed perfect. I loved mostly everything about it, the style of the frame and the size of the frame. Everything about it was PERFECT… except the colour, I envisioned a white frame, whereas the frame came in a yellowish/brown colour, not quite my taste.
This is what the chalkboard frame looked like before I painted. It’s not a bad colour, but definitely not for me.
In between coats of paint – it’s starting to look better.
Here is the final product, finally hung up on a wall in our little home ‘office’ or as the builder calls it the ‘techroom.’
I don’t have anything else in the picture for comparison, but the chalkboard is actually quite large. In case you can’t read the quote clearly, it reads:
A beautiful woman can turn heads, but real glamour has a deeper pull. Glamour has the power to rearrange people’s emotions (and) to control one’s environment.
I think my paint job with the chalkboard is most likely my most successful attempt at making over something with paint thus far. My paint job on the desks are a little iffy, but you learn by making mistakes! Speaking of mistakes, the lovely, delicious looking cinnamon bun I made was also my second attempt at making it. The first try I ended up with HARD, biscuit like cinammon buns. Not appetizing, at all! The second try was much better, but still leaves room for improvement.
What I love so far about being on our own is learning new recipes, learning how to be ‘handy’ at home and since this is still the beginning, leaving room for more progress. With that said I leave you with the recipe for the cinnamon buns/rolls. The trick that I learned is to NOT over mix/knead the dough so it is one consistent texture – leave some flakiness in there! Also, one thing I might change for the next batch is to use less brown sugar. I like sweet things, but not that sweet. Give the recipe a try. Enjoy!
I originally found the recipe on an amazing blog called Iowa Girl Eats, who in turn got the recipe from In Jennie’s Kitchen.
Makes 16 rolls
For the Cinnamon Filling:
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup granulated sugar
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 Tablespoons butter, melted
For the Cinnamon Roll Dough:
2-1/2 cups all purpose flour, plus more for rolling out dough
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup buttermilk
5 Tablespoons butter, melted and divided
For the Icing:
3oz cream cheese, softened
4 Tablespoons buttermilk
1 cup powdered sugar
- Preheat oven to 425. Combine filling ingredients in a small bowl, then mix with a fork until well blended.
- In a another, larger bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Whisk together buttermilk and 4 Tablespoons melted butter in a separate bowl, then pour into the middle of the dry ingredients. Stir together until dough just comes together (do not overmix.) Kneed slightly with your hands until the dough forms into a ball, then slice it in half.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll each half into a 12×8″ rectangle (think slightly longer than a sheet of paper.) Press half the filling mixture into the center, leaving 1/4″ of the dough clear on all 4 sides, then roll like a sausage. Pinch together seam, trim ends and cut into 8 slices. Repeat with the other dough half, then place rolls in a non-stick sprayed 11×8″ pan, or an 8×8 and 6×4″ pan. Brush cinnamon rolls with remaining Tablespoon of melted butter and bake for 15 minutes, or until tops are golden brown.
- Meanwhile, to make the icing, mash together softened cream cheese and powdered sugar with a fork until smooth. Whisk in buttermilk, 1 Tablespoon at a time, until creamy. Drizzle onto hot cinnamon rolls and spread evenly.