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Who doesn’t love a warm, gooey cinnamon roll on Christmas morning, and in my opinion, it’s even better if you can sneak a little nutrition into them as well! Here’s my take on our favorite Christmas treat.
Add 1/2 cup honey to tepid water. Stir with a fork. Add 1 and 1/2 TB yeast. Stir. Let proof for ten minutes.
Add 1 1/2 tea salt, 1/4 cup melted and then cooled coconut oil. Mix. Slowly add 6 cups of bread flour and 1/2 cup wheat bran or flax seed. Mix well. Let rest in a well oiled bowl for about an hour.
Roll out on a floured surface. Spread melted butter over the surface. Sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on top of butter. Roll up the dough and cut into 1-2 inch pieces (depending on how big you like your rolls). Place in buttered 9×13 pans with towels covering. Let rise until doubled in size. Cook at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes. let cool and then ice.
This past Sunday morning, a morning draped in hazy weariness due to the time change the night before, a morning where all the Ronnes were moving just a tad bit slower than usual, a morning like so many of our Sunday mornings where we gather around the table to eat cinnamon rolls, and drink coffee, and I make pizza dough for our traditional Sunday night pizza party.
A morning where I stood in the kitchen at around 10:00 am and realized my house was eerily quiet.
I glanced outside and noticed a few children playing. I peeked down the stairwell and into the basement where I heard a few more. Ryan was off tinkering with something that needed fixing. I hollered out to the whole house “Who has Annabelle?” to which I heard my oldest daughter reply, “I have her Mom! She’s playing in my room!”
Alrighty, I thought, it’s as quiet as it’s ever going to be in this house. I think I’ll finally follow through on my promise to record a pizza dough tutorial. I grabbed the laptop, threw my hair into a pony tail, put on a little foundation and mascara, and hit the record button.
Honestly, this was a one shot deal. Whatever I recorded was either going on the blog or I was not going to be releasing a pizza dough tutorial for quite some time because seriously, it is NEVER that quiet in my house. I can get the first 7 of my offspring to be quiet for a decent amount of time but THAT BABY ?! She’s two and not easily persuaded to do anything she doesn’t want to do.
I preface all of this to say, I was really quite proud of myself for managing to stay organized and functioning through all 6 minutes of the recording, at least I was proud of myself until Ryan watched it and pointed out a blooper so tragically ridiculous that we both just laughed and laughed and laughed. I considered scraping the whole thing with the unlikely chance that I might be able to find a few rare quiet moments to record a new tutorial and then decided against the idea. This was the video, plain and simple, the good, the bad, the mispronunciations, the ridiculousness, and all of the laughs. I pride myself on embracing all of my messes (jessplusthemess) and rejoicing in them. I pride myself on not staging my life on social media and by the act of not staging, I hope woman understand that my life is not perfect, but it’s still good. So, if you get nothing else out of this tutorial, I hope you at least get a good laugh at my expense.
Rustic Pizza Dough
Mix 1 1/2 teaspoon yeast + 1 1/2 tea salt + 4 1/2 cups bread flour. Slowly add 2 cups of cold water. Slowly add more flour if needed.
Knead dough for about 5 minutes.
Place in a well oiled bowl and let rise for at least an hour.
Bake at 500 Degrees for ten minutes or until cheese is bubbly.
These are really, really good and really, really addicting so it’s a good thing they have some health benefits or I’d feel really, really guilty after eating a few. I usually make these for the kids breakfast because most days they’re up at 6:00 am so they need something easy, filling, and tasty in their bellies. These always do the trick.
Banana Chocolate Muffins
3 ripe bananas.
2 cups flour
½ cup maple syrup
1 tea baking soda
1 tea baking powder
½ tea salt
2 TB coconut oil
1 tea vanilla
½ cup orange juice.
1 cup dark chocolate chips
Mix the first 10 ingredients together. Stir in dark chocolate chips. (You could also add ¼ cup flax seed or chia seeds and no one will be the wiser ) Bake at 325 for about 15-17 minutes.
This week’s recipe is a favorite of ours and a go to for anything that needs a spaghetti sauce – chicken parm, spaghetti casserole, and of course, my favorite, spaghetti and meatballs. It’s easy, completely healthy (no sugar!) and full of nutrients.
3-4 TB olive oil (depends on how much garlic and onions you add).
1 large onion chopped
4-5 TB finely chopped fresh garlic
(You can add chopped celery as well if you want)
Saute these three ingredients for a few minutes.
Add 4 14 ounce cans of quality tomatoes (crushed or whole is fine – I like Carmelina brand)
Add as much fresh spinach as the pot will hold.
4 TB Italian seasoning
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup red wine
2 cups of tomato juice (we make our own)
Salt and pepper to taste
Simmer all of this on low for an hour or two. Turn heat off and blend all together with a hand mixer.