This. Because when this video went viral over Christmas I thought it was the cutest thing. I was somewhat impressed that this little toddler even knew what an avocado was, much less the fact that he was (maybe) excited about receiving it as a Christmas gift. That being said, Dan’s mom got him a pineapple…
Do you ever go to the grocery store without a plan on Superbowl Sunday, and then immediately regret it because all the suburban moms are sampling the beer cheese dip and blocking the whole isle with their big carts when you only have the small basket cart and can’t even get through? Yes, that happened.
Phew, 2015 was quite the year! 2015 started with fireworks in Cairns, Australia and ended in Saint Paul, Minnesota. I quit my job, started a new job, bought my first car, and moved (again). I started this blog, went backpacking in Kauai, made the decision to go vegan, and competed in my first bike race (ever). I got to see the Redwoods, the Great Barrier Reef, and the St. Louis Arch all in the same year. I’m thankful for my health, my friends and family, and having a career that lets be do all these things.
This is my first post back in a while. With all the traveling and family time over the holidays, it was nice to take a break and relax. I spent my Christmas in Green Bay and will be heading back next weekend for the Packers//Vikings game so there’s been a decent amount of time in the car over the last few weeks (for me, that is). I didn’t take a lot of food photos, but did try some new recipes with my family. My grandma made stuffed portobello mushrooms for Christmas Eve dinner which I am definitely gonna have to recreate at home. I also drove my little sister back to the cities so that she can spend the week with her cousins. We shamelessly rocked out to Justin Biebs and the new Adele album in the car for most of the 4 1/2 hours. Like I said, shamelessly.
If you’re still wondering what to have for Christmas morning, then you need to keep reading. These rolls are soft, not too sweet, and a classic holiday flavor that’s not peppermint or gingerbread. Yes, I still love peppermint and gingerbread but that sounds pretty nasty for a sweet roll, am I right? Plus, you can make these all year round and not have to explain to people why you are baking gingerbread in July. I love, love, love sweet rolls but can’t stand to have a whole pan in my house. With just me. Because then I eat them, and nobody needs a whole pan of sweet rolls no matter how good they are. So I’ve been playing around with what to make for Christmas morning and finally decided on egg nog french toast bake. BUT, I decided to whip these bad boys up for a 2 year old’s birthday party which I am attending tomorrow afternoon. No, these rolls are not for the 2 year old, they are for everybody else.
I have always had a really hard time with dough. I tried many times in college, and failed miserably each time. After a while, I decided that sleeping was better than wasting my time and flour, so I stuck to things that didn’t have to rise. Last Mother’s Day however, I promised my boyfriend’s family sticky pecan rolls because those are his mom’s favorite and the pressure was on. I have this way of over promising and sometimes under delivering when I try new recipes for the first time. I like to look at a few, tweak here and there to my pleasing, and then pray that they work out. THANKFULLY, these ones turned out pretty good and I thought, “Hey, maybe this dough thing’s not too bad”.
Toasted coconut, almonds, blueberries, and crunch. Is there anything else you need in your breakfast or mid morning snack? Don’t answer that. I loooooove breakfast but always find it hard make time to eat in the morning at home. I can manage the coffee and making myself presentable thing but breakfast is usually at the desk or on the go. So yeah, granola fits the “easy to eat” category but it’s so expensive, right? Wrong – make your own.