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Ooey Gooey Cinnamon Buns

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Feeling in the mood to treat myself, I made cinnamon buns. I have to admit, at first I was a little nervous to make them from scratch especially because the prep time for the recipe I was using was about 2 and a half hours. In reality though, it was quite straight forward. The bulk of the preparation takes about half and hour and then mostly you just play the waiting game. You have to let the dough rise twice which is what takes the most time. I wish I was the kind of baker that could claim I make my own recipes but alas I always follow existing recipes almost to a fault. However, I will deviate from my usual recipe analness with this one. I used the cinnamon bun recipe from allrecipes.com. Next time I make this recipe I will make it a little bit more ooey and a lot more gooey. For the filling and the topping I would definitely double what the recipe calls for. As amazing as they turned out they were a little dry. Also another tip is that the recipe calls for you to wait at least an hour for the dough to rise but really the longer you wait the fluffier the dough so I actually waited two hours each time-it was definitely worth the wait.

This recipe is great because you can prep it at night, let it rise while you sleep, and then when you wake up all you have to do is pop it into the oven and enjoy warm homemade cinnamon buns!

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Eat Your Greens

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This week was a very moody week in terms of weather (today is the first day since I have been here that it even resembles winter of any sort). I am NOT complaining, in fact I might be enjoying the rain a little too much. Reminds me of home. Plus we really, really needed it here.

This week we finally splurged and bought a NutriBullet – which has been so fun. It was totally Cory’s idea (he hates leafy greens, so we found a way to “cheat the system”) and we are totally having way too much fun thinking up new recipes and trying them out. It’s only been a couple days, but we are going to try to do at least one a day. So far, so good. (here is one of our faves so far)

Our weekend consists of some shopping, errands, and a TV marathon on Sunday night (followed by a late night recap of the Oscars).

I hope you all have a great weekend! Passing this baby on to Alli for the next week!

T. G. I. F.

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Allison, In the Kitchen, Two Cities Vancouver, Uncategorized

Sweet potatoes!

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As I have mentioned before, I am trying to eat a healthier diet. With that said, I have been trying to find healthier takes on some of my favourite meals. One of my favourite foods is mashed potatoes. Even though potatoes are not bad for you, because they are high in starchy carbohydrates and low in protein I try not to make them a common staple in my diet. However, I have started eating mashed sweet potatoes! Of course not the same recipe as your grandma probably makes at Thanksgiving coated with brown sugar and marshmallows. I just keep it simple, adding herbs or spices or sometimes just some margarine. It fills the same craving as regular mashed potatoes yet sweet potatoes are a lot healthier. Sweet potatoes are low in calories and have no fat. Also they are rich in beta-carotene, vitamin A, and potassium. I also have found that I like it better without adding any cream because sweet potatoes are already pretty sweet.

I hope you enjoy as much as I did!

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