23 January 2011

julie&julia

a great blogger is something that i have never claimed to be. although i have been writing online for many years, under many names, on many journeys from xanga...to now....and when i am honest with myself, i know very well that i have promised myself numerous times that i would be a more fervent writer; dedicated. i mean, it is something i love...but i never find the time for it. this is a problem that echoes all across the board of my life....

tonight i watched julie&julia. due to the fact that i have this odd & inexcusable disdain for meryl streep, i was quite surprised that by the ending, i wasn't ready for it to be over quite yet. it could have been that my love for food kept me in awe and quite jealous or maybe it was the fact that i found a lot of good life lessons in it.....like you are never too old, for instance. it was definitely a grab life by the horns kind of movie for me. unfortunately i have been cursed with a dreamer mentality. i always have all of this wonderful ideas....and as time and words pass, through my fingertips like sand they fall.  

i must say that currently i am quite pleased with many aspects of my life. on the inside there is always a growing. each day i feel God brings something new&refreshing or altering to me. but on the surface...in the other arenas...i must say that i am mostly happy. at times...i really struggle with work. for as much as i truly love teaching, i feel as though it is a one sided love affair. like i put so much in and receive so little back. i know that this season will one pass. it just will. but in this stress i find solace {some} in planning for the wedding. it is hard to believe how quickly july will come upon us. i am really working hard to put my ideas to life. for someone who has very little time & very much on her plate, i'd have to say that i feel much accomplished.

as i ramble on, i must say that i am not even sure why i decided to write more tonight. maybe it was just because i could. because it was on my mind.

i just thought it important for me to get out my thought on the movie. the thought that....really....i am not old yet. how old is old? just because it hasn't happened yet doesn't mean it never will. i have always been a late bloomer....so why would i deceive myself into believing that this case would be any different?

{two-thousand eleven} i have big plans.

g'night everyone.
just like julie...i am sure no one really reads this...haha...but alas...i write.


peace&love{danielle}

It is never too late to be who you might have been. ~George Eliot

the ever-blessed&glorious mainstreet disney cinnamon rolls....

why yes. i literally spent my afternoon slaving over these delicious treats....but boy oh boy...mickey always does it right, doesn't he?

anyway...ever year...around this time....i get in my disney mood. anyone and everyone that knows me, knows that. maybe it is because i associate disney with florida and florida with sunshine {duh!} regardless....i have been CRAVING the cinnamon rolls from mainstreet in disney world lately and i just HAD to find the recipe. after some long searching...i think i found it. if not, it sure is a dead ringer. so as i promised, i am posting it! {along with some helpful hints/tidbits...there are some changes i would make...}


corey decided to help....in the beginning......




yes...i made the dough...and this would most definitely qualify "by hand"


dough + cinnamon + brown sugar = wonderful


bake. bake. bake.


and oo la la ENJOY!



MAINSTREET DISNEY CINNAMON ROLLS {copy cat}
What you'll need: 
LOTS of butter...haha...this is where you may want to do some altering....

DOUGH:
1/2 cup of warm water
2 packages of fast rising yeast
2 tablespoons of sugar
1 (3.4oz) package of instant vanilla pudding (+ 2 cups of milk)
1/2 cup of unsalted butter, melted
2 large eggs, beaten
1 teaspoon of salt {i only had salted butter...so i barely put any extra in}
8 cups of all purpose flour

CINNAMON MIDDLE OF DELICIOUSNESS:
1 cup of unsalted butter, melted
2 cups of brown sugar
2 teaspoons of cinnamon

CREAM CHEESE FROSTING:
***DISCLAIMER- i think that this whole recipe for the frosting could be cut in half...i had OVER a cup of extra- and i didn't skimp!***
1 8-ounce package of cream cheese, softened @ room temperature
1/2 cup of unsalted butter, softened
1 teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
3 cups of powdered sugar
2 tablespoons of milk {i had to use more...}

THE PROCESS:
In a small bowl, combine water, yeast, and sugar. Stir until dissolved and set aside.

In a large bowl, mix the vanilla pudding according to the package instructions {this is where the 2 cups of milk comes in}. Then add the first 1/2 cup of melted butter, the eggs, and the salt {if you choose to add more salt}. Mix well, then add the yeast mixture. Blend well. Gradually add the flour and knead it until smooth. Place in a very large greased bowl. Afterwards, cover and let rise in a warm place until the dough doubles in size.

Once the dough has doubled in size, punch it down and let it rise again for a second time.

Once dough has rose for the second time, roll dough on a very large floured surface. Dough should roll out to a long rectangle, about 34 x 21 {i just used my countertop as best i could}. Take the 1 cup of melted butter and spread over the entire dough surface, using a pastry brush {i think you could DEF. cut the butter down here...i didn't use it all}.

In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over the top of the buttered dough. Roll the dough up like a jelly roll.

Measure dough about every 2 inches and cut with a knife. Take each roll into the palm of your hand and gently pack the roll {this keeps it from coming apart during baking}.

Place each roll into a buttered baking pan and allow to rise in a warm place for about 20-minutes. Bake in a preheated oven {350 degrees} until golden brown in color, about 15-20 minutes {our oven is temperamental so i have to almost go 30-minutes}.

Basically the frosting is just all of the ingredients combined REALLY well. i made sure mine was completely smooth. no lumps! Frost rolls while they are still warm.

i promise....SOOOOOooooooo good!



let me know if you try them!!! they do take a loooong time...but they are so worth it!
until next time,
peace{love}danielle