Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Quick Maple Rolls


Quick Maple Rolls



Hello friends! I have a fun treat to share with you today. Maple/Cinnamon Rolls!  



Jiffy Maple Rolls



I was going through some old cookbooks of my late grandmothers and found this folded up sheet of paper tucked inside. It brought tears to my eyes just to see her handwriting. I knew I needed to make this recipe immediately!
  
If you love cinnamon rolls as much as I do, you are going to love how delicious these are and how quickly they come together!  



I loved that there were some measurements missing. Typical Grandma fashion :) "Just add about half a box" or "just a sprinkling of this." I also love that it's kind of a cheater cinnamon roll recipe. It uses a boxed white cake mix as part of the dough. And virtually no rising time. She always had super easy recipes. 


You begin by mixing half a box of white cake mix with flour, yeast, salt and sugar in a large bowl. 


Then you add warm water, maple flavoring and more flour to make a soft dough.




Knead until smooth and not too sticky.





Spread that butter (or margarine in my case) all over the rolled out dough. I have to agree with Grandma on this one. Measurements aren't necessary. Just grab that tub of butter and spread it until it looks good!




Now the fun part! Sprinkle all of that delicious brown sugar and cinnamon over the top. Don't skimp here! If you're going to eat a cinnamon roll, might as well go all in! 




I definitely needed more flour. It felt fine when I was kneading it, but when I rolled it out it was a sticky mess. But I made it work. 




Slice 'em up and put them in your prepared pan.





All ready to go into the oven!


Quick Maple Rolls

Lather these beauties up with maple frosting while they're still hot.




And dig in! These were a hit at my house. All the kids were begging for seconds. Not quite as good as my original cinnamon recipe, but still amazing! Especially when this recipe delivers warm gooey cinnamon roll goodness in just over 30 minutes! Can't beat that!

Quick Maple Rolls

Ingredients

4 and 1/2 to 5 cups flour, divided
1/2 box of white cake mix (about 1 and 1/2 cups)
4 and 1/2 teaspoon quick rise yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 cups warm water (about 110-120 degrees)
1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring
Butter or margarine 
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons cinnamon

Maple Frosting

1 and 1/2 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon milk
1/2 teaspoon maple flavoring

Instructions

In a large mixing bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer add 3 cups flour, cake mix, yeast, salt and sugar. Mix.

Add the warm water and the maple flavoring and mix until smooth.

Add 1 and 1/2 to 2 cups more flour until it forms a soft dough. Knead until smooth and not too sticky to handle.

Roll out into a 9x18 in rectangle.

Generously add soft butter or margarine all over the top of the dough.

Mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon and sprinkle it all over the top of the dough.

Roll up and cut into about 1 and 1/2 in slices. Cover and rise while your oven preheats. About 15 minutes.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15-20 minutes. (Mine were still gooey at 15 minutes) 

While baking whip up the maple frosting. Mix the powdered sugar, milk and maple flavor together until smooth and thin enough to spread easily. 

Pour over the hot cinnamon rolls and devour. :) 


If you make these, let me know what you think! 





If you're looking for another cinnamon treat to make, try this coffee cake


Have a great week!

Monique


*Some pictures of my grandma. Goodness I miss her!









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Friday, September 18, 2020

FRIDAY FAVORITES



Craft Homeschool Teacher Desk Space

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Happy Friday! I hope everyone is getting into the swing of the school year, whatever that looks like for you and your clan. I am so glad it's Friday. The second week of our homeschool was much better than the first. We didn't have as many appointments this week to interfere so we really were able to dive into our work and get a relaxed schedule going.


I thought it would be fun to do a theme day for the blog, and what better day than Friday! So, Friday Favorites seemed like the natural theme to go for. Let's get started!

 

1. Since this is the start of the school year, I thought I would share my new craft/teaching desk area. 



We received these cabinets for free from our neighbors. I was so excited! 




I got right to work sanding and painting!



I did several coats of primer and several coats of paint.






My not so favorite part: I forgot that I have curious kittens...



It's definitely not perfect (or straight) but I just loving having a space to store all of my craft supplies, my silhouette machine, laptop and still have enough room to correct the kids schoolwork. Speaking of school, this is the school planner I use. I've used this same planner for 6 years now. I love the simplicity, plenty of space for all of my kids assignments and it's cheap!



Organized drawers make me happy!




So much storage! The only thing left to do is install handles. I am so indecisive, so that will probably take me a while.   


2. I know I don't typically post about fashion, and truly my talent in that area is sorely lacking, but I couldn't resist sharing these shoes

Not sure what I'm doing in this pic, but it shows the shoes :)

I am normally not a shoe girl, but I LOVE these sandals! I've seriously gotten so many compliments on them. I may have to order another color here soon. Ya know, before it becomes boot season. I absolutely love Fall, but I would rather be in flip flops than boots any day.


3. Tis the season for lots of fuzzy throws! 




We all love snuggling up with blankets in this house! I am obsessed with these throws from khol's! I love getting their holiday themed ones. 




My kids are always stealing them though. Apparently I need to buy more. Right now I am considering this one or this one. So many cute options! Does anyone else have way too many throws in their house? Please tell me I'm not alone! Just after I typed this my husband came home from grocery shopping at Costco and bought me another throw :) I think he's a keeper! Now I need to go and break up a fight over said blanket. Apparently buying more throws doesn't protect me against little thieves. But I am willing to keep trying ;) 




4. Baskets! I don't know why I am obsessed with cute baskets, but I am. I love these baskets so much. They're decorative, but useful. At least that's what I told my husband after he saw the price tag. I'm not sure he agreed with me. I loved having them out to use as decoration, unfortunately our kittens thought it was a perfect scratching post. So now they reside safely in our pantry. 


Anyways, that's all for now. I will be back soon with another couple projects that we are currently working on. I can't wait to share them with you!

Let me know what you think about Friday Favorites. Would you like to see more posts like this in the future?


Have a blessed weekend!

Monique






Wednesday, September 9, 2020

WELCOME PLANTER AND MORE FALL

Hello friends! I hope you all had a great Labor Day weekend! I know it's already Wednesday, but I'm just getting around to posting this. This week has already been crazy! We spent the weekend at our homeschool co-op family camp. The kids had a blast catching up with all of their friends, getting filthy dirty, riding bikes, playing games, water slide, archery, rock climbing, archery tag, and did I mention getting FILTHY dirty?! It was a great ending to kind of a boring summer for my kids. We also started our homeschool year! I'm super excited to get back into a routine and dive into our new lessons for the year. 

*I also announced the winner of the decorative lantern on my facebook page. Head over there if you want to check it out!



Things have been kind of hectic around here, but I finally finished this fun project that I started a month ago! 

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I really wanted to build a cute little welcome sign for a front porch, but I wanted to make it cuter by adding a little planter box at the bottom! If I had made it for myself, I would have omitted the planter box. However, I trust that others have a better chance at keeping a plant alive than I do! I seriously have the worst black thumb!

The best part of this project: it can all be done with just ONE board! Super easy and cheap project that will really brighten up your front porch. Or it is available to purchase on our store!

Alright, lets dive in folks.

Materials

1X10X6ft common board

Pocket hole screws

Paint/Paint pens for lettering




Start by first sanding your board. Our last sander finally gave up the ghost and we bought a new one. I can't believe how much nicer this thing is! It glides so smoothly over the surface, doesn't jerk my arm around and is so much more powerful! It doesn't take much to make me happy. 


After you're done sanding, it's time to make your cuts.

(1) 35 and 1/2 inches (back board)

(1) 10 inches (bottom)

(1) 7 inches (front)

(2) 6 inches (sides)



Some of my cuts were crooked, so I had to use these board straighteners and run it through our table saw to get them straight. 

Now it's time to assemble!


Drill all your pocket holes. 3 on the bottom of the backboard. On the two side pieces, I did 3 pocket holes on two sides of them to drill into the backboard and into the bottom board. 













I couldn't get my drill into the box to screw in the front piece, so I simply used wood glue and clamped it.

After the glue was dry, I did a coat of early american stain.



I used my silhouette machine to make my stencil. I love this thing! It definitely has a learning curve, but it's fun!



The reason this project took me forever was because I had the idea to make fun little seasonal cut outs for the letter "O." We had just ordered a CNC machine, so we had to wait for it to get here. Then my husband had to practice with it first. There were several trial and error pieces that went into the trash. But my husband has prevailed and he is now seriously addicted to this machine. Be prepared for TONS of CNC projects to be listed for sale on our store soon! :) 

I, however, changed my mind about the seasonal cut outs. I was not 100 % pleased with the results after I painted them. So I decided to just finish the sign without them. I'll try again on a future planter! :)




Here it is all done! I'm sure it will look so pretty with a bunch of flowers in it! Head over to my shop page if you want to purchase it! I just need to put a top coat over it to make sure it is protected against the weather. 




I finally finished my fall sign that I've been working on! I think I'm in love!




It makes me happy every time I see it! Now I just need to actually hang it!




My fall pillow covers came in the mail too! I have this adorable one and a couple on each side of my couch with a nice fall throw. So cozy! My couch is all decked out for fall!




I also snapped a quick picture of our upstairs shiplap sign all decked out in the leaves the kids colored. You can see more of my fall decor here if you missed it!

I believe that's all for now. I can hear my kids waking up, so I need to get ready for the day. No matter what your kids school looks like this year, I hope it's a great one!

Monique


Friday, August 28, 2020

NEW PROJECTS AND GIVEAWAY

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Happy Friday everyone! I hope you have all had a great week. Who else is excited for the weekend? My parents are generously babysitting our kids on Saturday so Jeremy and I can have a date day! And yes, we're spending our date woodworking. :) 

Okay, project time! I'm super excited to share with you what I've been working on!


First up was a refresh of this cabinet!




The original cabinet color was NOT my favorite, but we lived with it like this for years. Then I decided I would refinish it. My first time refinishing a piece of furniture. 




I sanded, and sanded and SANDED! 




Thinking this was solid wood, I decided to stain it. 



Yeah, it wasn't. It did not look good. But after all that work, I was not going to refinish it again. I also left the doors off because I didn't like the style of them.



So, I lived with it. For several more years. It eventually got moved upstairs out of sight and was replaced with my console table. I finally decided that it was time to give this piece another try. I had some leftover paint that my mom had given me, and I knew it would be perfect for this cabinet. I did two coats of primer and two coats of Sea Salt by Sherwin Williams. 



Ta-Da! From dark and horrible, to light and cheery! It makes me smile now every time I walk by! I just LOVE how it turned out! I'm toying with the idea of building shaker style cabinet doors to put on it as well. So simple and quick! It only took one day of work. Why oh why did I wait this long to tackle this project!? Do you have any projects that you have been putting off? Here is your motivation, just get it done! You'll be so happy when you do!                                                                                                             

Now for the fun part! I have been wanting to make a decorative lantern for a while. I finally scrounged up enough wood scraps to make one! 




I kind of made up the dimensions as I went along, so I had to go back and measure everything so I could share the directions. This isn't a complete picture of all of the wood I used. I decided it needed trim on the top as well as the bottom, so I had to get more. Plus, some of the pieces I cut were either too long or too short. So the dimensions pictured aren't accurate either. Just keeping it real ;) 





I love how all of our super cheap or free projects have ended up costing us a ton because we always decide that we need a certain tool! Of course we use the excuse "we'll use it for everything!" :) It is true though. Our step stools that we made last year was when we decided that we needed a table saw. And we do use it constantly!




For this project I mentioned to my husband that it would be nice to have a cordless nail gun that would be easier for me to use. That gave him all the excuse he needed to rush out and buy a new toy! 




I love this thing! Now I don't have to bother with setting up a noisy air compressor and carrying that heavy thing wherever I want to work. It came in really handy for this project when it was too hot to work in the garage.

Unfortunately, that's all of the pictures that I have of the build. I took a bunch of pictures, but apparently forgot to put the SD card in the camera! 



So, here it is all done! I'll give you the measurements and directions at the end of the post if you want to make one for your home!


It'll be a fun thing to use for decorating for all different seasons. 




It would look super cute filled with pumpkins for fall...



Flowers for spring



Christmas...

What would you put inside? 

GIVEAWAY!!!!

Subscribe to my blog for your chance to win this cute little lantern! Giveaway winner will be chosen on Friday September 4! 

Have a great weekend!


Here's the shopping list and cut list I used if you want to make one for yourself!

Shopping List:

1 1x2 at 10ft

1 1x8 at 4ft (you should only need 2 ft, but it usually comes no shorter than 4ft lengths)

Stain

Paint 

Nail Gun

1 1/4 in Nails


Cut List:

(2) 7 and 1/2 by 7 and 1/2 in squares (top and bottom pieces)

(1) 4 and 1/2 by 4 and 1/2 in square (top)

(1) 3 by 3 in square (top)

(4) 1x2 at 15 in (legs)

(4) 1x2 at 5 and 1/2 in (long aprons)

(4) 1x2 at 4 and 1/4 in (short aprons)

Instructions:

Start by making all of your cuts.

Attach the legs to the 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 inch base using wood glue. Once the glue has dried for a few minutes, flip it over and nail it on the four corners using your nail gun and 1 and 1/4" nails.

Attach the other 7 1/2 inch square to the top of the four legs using wood glue and nails.

Add the aprons to the tops and bottoms between the legs using wood glue and nails.

Attach the smaller 4 and 1/2 in square using wood glue and nails, followed by the 3 in square. 

Paint and/or stain as desired. 

To get the effect I did on this piece, I first stained it. Then applied a little bit of petroleum jelly on some of the corners before painting. The petroleum jelly gives the paint that antique, distressed look.