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Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

by Emily Honsvick 0 comments

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Emma is sick. It is so sad to see her so quiet and still. She seems to be filling a little better today, but we are still filling our day with lots of cuddles, stories, and her favorite shows. Is it bad that I am secretly enjoying all this cuddle time. I am soaking it up while it lasts. sickEmma sleepingEmma                 On another note, I was looking through my photos and realized there are a ton of recipes that I never shared with you. It would be wrong for me not share all the goodness, the food was that good! So to start off this food fest, I give you my new favorite cinnamon rolls.

Caramel Apple Cinnamon Rolls

applecinnamon2 I found this recipe while I was looking through Pinterest. It was super easy to make and so delicious. They were gone within a day of making them, they are that good! You can find the original recipe here Here is what you need: Dough:
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 tsp yeast
  • 1 egg
Filling:
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon
  • 6 tbsp butter soften
  • 1 apple cored and finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup caramel sauce (I bought whatever was cheapest at the store)
Topping:
  • 1/2 cup caramel sauce
Directions: First microwave the milk and butter for the dough. Microwave on high for 1 minute. Continue microwaving every 20 seconds until the butter is all melted.  Make sure to stir often. In your stand mixer, make sure it is fitted with dough hook. Add 3 cups flour, yeast, sugar, salt. Mix well. Add the milk/egg mixture and mix on a medium-low speed until it is all combined. While the mixer is still on, slowly add the rest of the dough. Add dough until the dough starts to pull away from the sides. Beat for about 5 more minutes. Remove bowl and cover dough with a damp cloth for 10 minutes. While the dough is resting, mix together the sugars and cinnamon for the filling and set aside.applecinnamon Once the dough is good to go, roll it out into a large rectangle. Spread the soften butter on the dough. Next sprinkle with the sugar mixture followed by the chopped apple. Last of all drizzle with the 1/2 cup of caramel sauce. Starting at the wider side, tightly roll up the dough. Then cut into about 11 or 12 pieces. Place the cinnamon rolls on a greased backing pan. Cover with the damp towel and let rest for 25 minutes. Once the rolls have raised, bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20. After they are done cooking. Place on a wire rack to cool for a couple of minutes then add the rest of the caramel. Now you are done and ready to the goodness! You are welcome in Advance. You will not be able to keep these caramel apple cinnamon rolls in your house. Something that we like to do if by some miracle they make it to the next day, we love to microwave them for just a few seconds. Then it tastes like they just came out of the oven.  Hmm I kind of want to go make them again right now. Hope you enjoy!          

The Perfect Fall Dinner

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I love fall and all that goes with it. In fact I count down until the cooler weather hits. Then I have an excused to cook all the soups that I want. Well yesterday was the perfect fall weather. The air was nice and crisp with just a slight breeze... well at first it was just a breeze until the crazy wind started happening. The trees around us were going crazy with the amount of wind whipping through the air. It was fun to watch the wind show from inside our cozy apartment. All the wind made me crave my one of my all time favorite fall dinners. Stuff Pepper soup, Grilled Ham and cheese sandwich, with apple cider. YUM! It seriously is the perfect fall dinner. Luckily today I am going to share the amazingness with you. It is a must try in your homes this fall! IMG_4085

The Perfect Fall Dinner:

Stuff Pepper Soup:

2 boxes (each 4.4 ounces) Long Grain Wild Rice 1 pound Ground Beef 1 large green pepper 1 medium size onion 1 jar, 26 ounce, chunky vegetable pasta sauce (Pretty much any pasta sauce will work, this one is just my favorite) 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) Italian diced tomatoes 1 can beef broth Here is what you do: Start cooking the rice as is directed on the box. While the rice is cooking cook the beef, green pepper, and onions until the meat is fully cooked. Mix in Pasta sauce, tomatoes, broth and cooked rice. Heat through and salt/ pepper to taste

Grilled Ham and Cheese Sandwich:

4 slices of ham lunch meat two slices of bread (we used white but sourdough would be amazing!) Cheese slices Butter Mustard Ranch sauce (1 part mustard to 2 parts ranch mixed together. Its so good on sandwiches it just might change your life) Here is what you do: Fry up the ham in a pan. Once it is heated through and starts to crisp on the edges take out of pan and put it aside. Take the pieces of bread and butter both sides. Then place one layer of cheese in between to two pieces of bread. Put on pan and grill until the bottom piece of bread is golden brown. Then Flip As soon as you flip take the top piece of bread off  throw on the ham and Mustard Ranch sauce. Close back up the sandwich and cook until the bottom piece of bread is golden brown. Now it is read to serve. This soup and sandwich combo is the Perfect Fall dinner that you have to try. I already can't wait to have it again. One of the best things is that the soup makes a lot... which means leftovers for our little family, yum!    

Homemade Oreo Cookies

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I love Oreos! So when my sister, Katie, introduced me to homemade Oreo Cookies I was hooked. Not only are the easy peasy to make, they take hardly anytime to complete. Which is perfect for me because that means less time in the kitchen and more time playing with my little one. What is even better is that I am going to share the recipe with you today. You are welcome in advance :) IMG_3562

Homemade Oreo Cookies Recipe:

Cookie Dough:
  • 2 boxes Devils Food Cake Mix
  • 1 cup oil
  • 4 eggs
-Mix together. Form little round balls and place on cookie sheet. Bake for 8ish min @350 Frosting:
  • 1 brick cream cheese
  • 1 cube butter (1/2 cup)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3-4 cups powder sugar
-Mix Well   Once the cookies have cooled a little, sandwich the frosting between two cookie and you have yourself an amazing homemade Oreo. Side Note: To make a smaller batch just cut everything in half.

Simple Whole Chicken Recipe

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And I am back once again. This past month has been full of crazy adventures with my family. I just can't wait to share with you all that my little family has been doing. But while I finishing getting all the photos together here is a quick update on our life... plus a awesome new recipe that you will thank me for later. We have finally settled down into a regular routine now that we are back from Vacation. Jake is spending a lot of time studding for his last big test. (The test that will decide our fate. No pressure or anything;) And I am working a lot more with my Nanny job. I think Emma loves the extra hours because she has so much fun with the kids. Between work and study we have still been finding time to play. We have filled our days with soccer fun, basketball games, dinner with friends, game nights, art time with Emma, reading together, and watching Psych. We are officially addicted to that show! We have spent the last few weeks catching up on previous seasons that we missed. Now we are counting down the days until they release the last season so that we can be completely caught before the show starts back up. Its killing right now playing the waiting game... we may be still learning how to be patient lol! During the mist of our random nights, I cooked my very first whole chicken. It turned out so good that I just had to share it with you.

Simple Whole Chicken Recipe

Here is what you need:
  • 1 whole chicken (neck and giblets removed)
  • 1 tbl olive oil
  • salt
  • pepper
  • rosemary
  • thyme
  • oregano

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Here is what you do:
  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees and make sure the rack is in the middle
  • Place chicken on a clean work surface and pat dry
  • In a small bowl mix together the olive oil and other seasonings.
  • Rub the oil mixture all over the chicken (inside and outside)
  • Place chicken breast side up in a frying pan
  • Place in oven and cook for 15 min
  • Turn oven down to 375 degrees
  • Cook for another 50-60 min (until all the juices run clear)
  • Let it rest for about 15 min
  • Enjoy and eat it all up!

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This is so simple I love it! It really takes no time to prepare and is so yummy. We think that it is so good that we are making it again tonight. Can't wait!

Cookie Dough Pizza Pie

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Hey everyone, I am back in the blogging world. The reason I have been M.I.A can be summed up in two words... Spring Break! Which for me means time with my amazing husband. I have loved spending so much time with Jake and I'm taking advantage of it while I can. To make up for the quiet on my blog I decided to share with you the most amazing dessert that I have stumbled upon. It was so good that we made it two nights in a row! It all started when Jake and I were craving pizza the other night. I started to think about our favorite pizza cafe, Pizza Pie Cafe. I could just imagine their buffalo wild wing pizza or their baked potato pizza, and my two favorites Oreo and cookie Dough pizza. Those two dessert pizzas just might change your life, they're that good. Sadly the Pizza Pie Cafe is far away in Idaho with all of there amazing food. So I started to think (which can be dangerous) I decided to make my own version of the Cookie Dough pizza. IMG_1958 Here is what I came up with... Pizza Dough (recipe from "Joy of Cooking)

  • 1 1/3 cups of warm water
  • 1 package or 2 1/4 tsp of active dry yeast
  • 3 1/2 cups of flour
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp sugar
Dissolve yeast in the warm water inside a bowl. Add all the other ingredients. Mix until dough is soft and elastic. (I let my Kitchen Aid do all the work) Put a little olive oil on the bottom of the bowl and on top of the dough. Let rise for about 45 min. Now for the Cookie Dough Goodness. It comes in three parts. It is super easy, so don't be discourage. Cookie dough
  • 1/2 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1- 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • handful of chocolate chips
Cream the shortening and sugar together. Add everything else and mix well. You will want the dough to be a little bit firmer then normal cookie dough. Side note: this cookie dough is not that good to snack on but it tastes amazing once it is cooked. Cook the Pizza Now that the dough and the cookie dough is ready, roll your pizza dough into two pies. Lightly  brush a little olive oil on top of the dough. Next crumble the cookie dough on top of the pizza pie. Bake at 400° for about 15 min. Take out and put on the toppings that are listed below. The Glaze
  • 1/2 cup butter soften
  • 2 oz cream cheese
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp milk
  • Powder Sugar (a cup and a halfish)
Cream the butter and cream cheese together. Add in everything else expect the powder sugar. Mix well. Slowly add powder sugar until the desired consistency. (be careful if you taste it. You might just want to eat all the glaze before the pizza is done. Hot Fudge- Since I didn't have this on hand, I decided to make some from scratch
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1/3 cup cocoa
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
Mix everything in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a boil constantly stirring. Boil the mixture until it starts to thicken. Optional- You can add caramel sauce to this and it will be amazing. We just didn't have any caramel sauce on hand. Seriously this recipe will change your life. This is a must when we make pizza now. Its a good thing that Emma and I go walking outside a lot or I would get fat off of this pizza ;) Pretty much you need to go make it now... ready go! IMG_1960

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