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My life: the coloring’s of a 2 year old

4 Feb

Good music.

A beer.

A new adventure.

A dream.

Self motivation.

A new chapter.

A new chapter…

There’s a point in every story where the climax is almost reached and the story tends to lean in one conclusive direction, leaving the witnesses with a false sense of knowing what will come next or what the outcome may be. I am always one who predicts what will happen. I tend to usually be right, of course, when I am not. Okay, who am I kidding… I am usually never right.

If I had to draw my life out on a map, it would basically look like a two-year old went a little crazy with a marker. It’s all over the place and the “paint by numbers” section is nowhere close to what it was supposed to be. There’s black for white, and red for green. It’s not at all what I was told.

My life has been full of chapters that I have graciously ended and improved on. It has been full of climaxes and full of rock-bottoms. I have learned and I have failed, miserably, at times. Yet, here I stand. A smile on my face and new chapter in my life…

I have to say though, my last chapter is coming to a close and it has been the hardest one to close.

I fear as though this will be the start of chapters being hard to close.

My job as a mom to young, I want you to hold me young minions, is almost at its climax and I am having to put those years behind me. It’s the place: “I’m 31 and I am done having children”, it’s a bitter-sweet place…

It’s a bitter, bitter… sweet place…

Like for example: Now that my youngest is potty trained, I will no longer have to change any more diapers. Ever. EVER! Then it’s the realization that “I will never change my babies diaper again”.

It’s the sad SAD realization that my babies will no longer be that small again… bitter sweet.

* yeah, yeah, I hear you mom and dad saying: “This girl is RETARDED!” (you say it like Carlos Mencia does) “I would be stoked to never change a diaper ever, ever, ever, again!”

Yes, I hear you, but I aint talking to you! I’m talking to the future you. The future you when you come to my same cross roads…

BUT WAIT!!!!
Exciting things come after you close a chapter, willing or not.
New things can begin, new dreams come alive!

I am looking forward to this new chapter. Even though I am not ready for the craziness that comes with two little lady killers, I am up for the challenge. There is bound to be a couple “Mom doesn’t like that girl…” moments and you best bet that I’ll have my shot-gun ready. I’ll have my shot-gun in one hand and a spatula in the other… pretty much.

So, HERE’S TO CLOSING CHAPTERS WE MAY NOT BE READY TO CLOSE TO ALLOW US TO HAVE NEW DREAMS COME ALIVE.

I have dreams other than just being a super awesome mom, we should all have them. Yes, I may have cleaned up toys, washed soccer and MMA uniforms, answered a billion “why” questions, kissed another booboo, pretended to go to the moon, pretended to be a monkey who went to the moon, colored I don’t know how many Lightening McQueen cars, read the same story with ‘Scout The Dog’ and a number of other things I do automatically like some mom zombie… But that doesn’t mean I can’t have other dreams. I can be the best mom, and totally rock at other things too.

I’ve learned that just because one chapter closes, doesn’t mean it’s the end of me. I’ve taken the opportunity from my kids getting older and applied it to something for me. So, for the last year I have been working on building my business Ohana Sweet Treats. {thus the lack of me being here}

My dream is finally {slowly} becoming a reality. I couldn’t have closed the “baby” chapter unless I had started my new one.

A blank canvas now becomes a dream. MY dream now becomes my vision. A vision becomes reality.

I am focusing on maintaining my passion and my goal to be a better mom, daily. I am proud to say that you can follow my business on FACEBOOK or INSTAGRAM and you can find my “behind the scene” blog here! I am back bitches!!!!!


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Mini Strawberry Shortcake “Doughnut”

24 Aug

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Oh Lordie, Lordie!

A mini-spin on the very popular strawberry shortcake. Annnd a doughnut. Yeah, believe it.

Recipe up HERE!

Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls-copycat

26 Jun

 

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You can learn how to make these bad boys and don’t worry….
There is more where this came from…

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Here’s my version of a combination of a few recipes claiming to be Cinnabon™ Cinnamon Rolls. It’s close. Enjoy!

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm milk
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups of flour

Filling:

  • 1½ cup packed brown sugar {I use dark brown}
  •  3 ½ tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup butter, softened {not melted}

Icing/Topping:

  • 8 tablespoons butter
  • 1½ cup powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt

Warm up milk so that when you touch it, it feels like a warm bath, not scolding. If you have never dissolved yeast in milk before, please read about it here. Set aside somewhere out of a draft, like the microwave. Yeast should start to bubble and rise after a few minutes. If it doesn’t refer to the link above. But, while the yeast is doing its thing…

In your Kitchen Aid mixer, add Flour, sugar and salt. Mix on slow speed until well mixed. Take out 1 cup of flour mixture and set aside.

Using your “paddle”attachment, mix in butter and eggs slowly. Mix on speed “2” or low for 2 minutes.

Switch out and use your “dough hook” attachment.

Slowly add your bubbly yeast while continuing to mix. SLOWLY. Try not to let the yeast “puddle” in the mixture. Mix on “2” or low for another 2 minutes. Add remaining flour mixture that you set aside adding 1/2 cup at a time. Let the mixer “knead” the dough for another 4-6 minutes. Once dough reaches the top of the hook turn off.

Oil a large bowl and place dough in it. Cover with a towel and set aside out of any drafts. I place mine in a un-heated oven to protect it from the cold. Let rise for 1 hour or more. Usually until the dough has doubled in size.

While your dough is rising, you can work on your filling.

Combine brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl and mix until well combined. Set aside.

Once dough has doubled in size, punch down the dough.

Oil the bottom of a two cookie sheets and place dough in the middle of one and put the other aside. With your clean hands, press the dough all around the cookie sheet {staying with the rectangle shape}. Once you have a rectangle shape of the whole cookie sheet get a spoon and spread on your softened butter over the surface of the dough. *Make sure your butter is softened, not melted*

Once you have spread your butter over the dough, get your brown sugar and cinnamon mixture and sprinkle over the top of the butter. Spreading evenly.

Roll your dough starting from one side, making a tight roll.

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Once rolled slice the rolled dough in 9-12 pieces {depending on how big you want your rolls}

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Place each roll onto the other oiled cookie sheet you had set aside.

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Once all rolls are on your oiled cookie sheet, place towel over them and set somewhere out of a draft to let the rolls rise for about an hour or more, again.

Note: Place rolls closer together on pan, about one inch apart for more of a soft edged cinnamon roll. Spread rolls out more if you like a crusty cinnamon roll.

Rolls after 2nd rise, doubled in size!

Rolls after 2nd rise, doubled in size!

Rolls should double in size and be ready to bake!

Bake at 400° for 10 minutes or until brown

While your rolls are baking, get your icing ready!

Icing: Beat butter and cream cheese until smooth. Add vanilla and salt and beat more. Then lastly beat in the powdered sugar slowly. Beat until fluffy and spread on warm rolls. OR – place in an airtight container and use later, simply by warming up your cinnamon roll and spooning on a scoop of refrigerated icing on top and let melt.

Note: Yields 9-12 rolls per recipe. I double my recipe, because I love them that much.

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Freezing Option: Yes, you can prepare these bad-boys and freeze them for later. After you have sliced your cinnamon rolls, place them in a gallon Ziploc bag, you can usually fit 9 in one bag. Suck out as much air as you can and seal bag. Lay rolls flat in the freezer for about 2 hours before you move them elsewhere in the freezer, if needed. To eat, bring rolls out of the freezer and place them out on an oiled cookie sheet. After placing rolls on cookie sheet, cover them with a clean towel and let thaw and rise for about an hour or more, until doubled. Then bake as usual!

ENJOY!!!

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