Tuesday, December 15, 2020

Last Minute Ladies Gifts

Whether you need a stocking stuffer or a gift for a secret sister exchange I've the things that will make her excited. Don't forget to check out my mother in law, coworkers, and bestie gift guides too. 

1. Plush Blanket // No one gets mad about a ridiculously soft blanket. 

2. Travel Cosmetics Bag // Perfect for travel or keeping your counters organized.

3. Swig Cup // I have given so many of these as gifts. 

4. Mini Waffle Maker // These are so cute and come in a ton of colors and shapes. 

5. Erasable Pens // That's right... I said erasable. 

6. Mittens // I love this pack because you get two sets. 

7. Frother // One of my favorite kitchen appliances. 

8. Dinner for Two // I recommend ALL Of Christina Lane's cookbooks.

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Monday, December 14, 2020

Last Minute Guys Gifts

 The countdown is on and are you still struggling with what to buy the favorite guys in your life? Well, I have you covered. All of these gifts are approved by my husband as awesome and they will arrive by Christmas! The best part is most of these are under $25. 

1. Gloves // I grabbed these for Jon last year. I was skeptical of them for the price but the rating was high. Jon loved them and they are still going strong through their second winter season. 
2. Swig Tumbler // I love the golf dimples on this one. 
3. Crave Box // Jon received this gift earlier this year and flipped out. I promise you'll be winning if you buy your guy this. 
4. Speaker // Waterproof, 10 hours of playing time. Perfect for the shower or the shop. 
5. Thermometer // I buy Jon on of these every Christmas because ours usually get lost between seasons, lol. 
6. Heater Ice Scraper // Enough said. The perfect gift. 
7. Gas Can // Or as Jon would say the best gas cans on the market!
8. Heated Vest // Jon has had his for a couple years and loves it. Last year he bought me one for Valentine's. If you grab one for yourself know the lady's version runs pretty slender. 
9. Jack Stack Seasoning // Jack Stack is our favorite KC BBQ. Order in their meat as a great gift OR grab these seasonings. 
10. Calendar // Because this is hilarious. 

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The Best Cinnamon Buns on the Planet

This isn't quite your typical food blogger post. I have zero pretty pictures to go along with this post, however, so many asked for the recipe after seeing me talking about my cinnamon buns on my Instagram stories that I figured this would be the easiest route. 

The recipe comes from an amazing cookbook my great aunt Betty Rockfellow put together. My mom has made these cinnamon buns so many times that I am pretty sure she has the recipe memorized. There are a few steps so bear with me. I promise all the effort is worth it. 

Two Hour Buns

This Cinnamon Bun recipe actually uses a bun recipe for its dough. If you don't want to turn all the dough into cinnamon buns these rolls are equally as delicious. 


  • 3 cups warm water
  • 6 tbsp sugar
  • 6 tbsp oil 
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp or two packets of quick rise yeast (usually comes in a three-packet strip)
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 7 cups flour 
Mix yeast with 1/2 cup warm water and 1 tbsp of sugar in a bowl. Let rise for about 10 minutes. In a large bowl mix eggs, 5 tbsps sugar, oil, salt, and rest of warm water (2 1/2 cups). Now add year mixture and then flour. Spray countertop generously with cooking oil (you can grease with butter too). Turn out onto a greased surface. Knead about 5 minutes until smooth and elastic. Place dough in a greased bowl (again I use cooking spray), turning once to grease top. Cover with tea towel and let rise for 15 minutes. Uncover and punch the dough down to release the air. Let rise another 15 minutes OR until double in size. 

The are the instructions to continue with regular buns. Place balls in a greased 9x13 baking dish. Three across and four length-wise. If you are using an 8x8 or 9x9 you with do three by three. Cover and let rise for 1 hour. Bake at 350 for 15-18 minutes. This recipe can be made into 2 loaves of bread as well. Note from Aunt Beatty: Jean found this recipe about 30 years ago. It is the only recipe I have used since. 

Cinnamon Buns 

  • Filling Ingredients
  • 3/4 cup butter
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon 
  • 2 cups golden raisins 
Base Ingredients
  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 2/3 cup brown sugar 
Note from Aun Beatty: I use the Two Hour Bun recipe to make my cinnamon buns. If you use the whole recipe it will make about 5 or 6 (9-inch) pie pans of buns. The above ingredients are for 1/2 of the bun recipe. 

Instructions: If you are using the full dough recipe divide two into two. On a greased counter, roll dough into a rectangle about 8x30 inches. Onto the dough spread softened butter. You want your butter very soft so it spreads easily. Then cover with brown sugar, sprinkle with cinnamon and raisins. Starting on the long side of the rectangle, roll to the other side. Slice roll, cutting them about 1 1/4 inches wide. 

Mix together the base ingredients and spread the desired amount of mixture into the greased pan. My mom and I don't use very much of the base mixture. Place bun slices in the pan. If you are using a 9x13 baking dish again do three across and four down, or if using an 8x8 do three by three. They will expand. Let rise until double (probably 30-45 minutes). 

Bake in 350-degree oven for about 20 minutes. Be careful to not let the raisins burn. When cooked turn out leaving the sticky side up. 

Whether you make the buns or the cinnamon buns both recipes freeze really well. 

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Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Winter Uniform

Puffer Coat | Black Top (love this one, and this one too | Masks (these are hands down my favorite out of all the ones I have bought | Earrings | Winter Boots | Suede Booties 
Black Jeans (you won't believe how cozy they are)

These staples have been on repeat and probably will be that way throughout the rest of the winter. The best part is several of the pieces I have been wearing are things that are always in my wardrobe. Yes, even Old Navy clothes can last season after season. This year I watched for sales and added two new boot options. The winter boots are so warm, and I am obsessed with the booties. They elevate any look instantly. Don't forget to through on a cute pair of earrings and you'll put together in no time. Even if you are on day five of dry shampoo ;) 

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