Cinnamon Roll Recipe + an emotional week

Wednesday, December 2, 2015

It's been an emotional week around her already, y'all! I was shocked to hear Sunday morning that Georgia had fired long time coach Mark Richt. I mean, I know there's been chatter for the last couple of years now, but after the big win against Tech and finishing the regular season at 9-3, I thought it wouldn't come to this. I'm honestly still pretty sad about it. Mark Richt just seems to be such an amazing, God-loving man who didn't just focus on building football players, but building good men. But I guess it's ultimately a business and after fifteen years and no Nationals Championship, the UGA football powers that be thought it was time for a change. I just hope both CMR and UGA come out for the better after this change. I'm interested to see who the replacement will be. Early reports say Kirby Smart, Bama's defensive coordinator. 

In happier news, it's Fixer Upper time again!

I just love me some Chip and Jojo and Fixer Upper's new third season premiered last night. I know the whole farmhouse design isn't for everyone, it's not necessarily even my taste a lot of times, but I always love the finished products these two and their team turn out and they are seriously just the cutest. The house they did last night was absolutely gorgeous when they finished. I love that they transform the exterior of many of the homes they work on as well as the interior. It makes such a huge difference. Here's the exterior after of their first house of the season.

Okay, now on to the recipe I tried a few weeks ago for cinnamon rolls. I feel like every time I make cinnamon rolls, I end up trying a new recipe. I was very intrigued by this one because it called for sour cream which I had never tried before and it was a great addition. I found the original recipe here.  I will say that the original recipe I followed and linked does omit some important steps and information, so if you aren't familiar with baking, I will edit those into what I am posting below.

Ingredients (dough):

1 pkg active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
1 teaspoon sugar
3 cups flour
1 teaspoon vanilla
3 tablespoons sugar
1/4 teaspoon baking soda
2 tablespoons melted butter
1 tablespoon cinnamon
1/2 cup light brown sugar


  1. Mix 1 tablespoon sugar and warm water together.
  1. Sprinkle with yeast packet and mix gently.
  1. Let stand 10-15 minutes or until dissolved.
  1. Add flour, salt, sour cream, vanilla, baking soda and 3 tablespoons sugar.
  1. Make into soft dough. I initially mixed with a fork to combine, then got in it with my hands to really get everything well combined. 
  1. Roll dough out on floured surface, to about 1/2 inch thick.
  1. Brush dough with melted butter.
  1. Sprinkle with cinnamon and brown sugar (that has been stirred together). I did add about a tablespoon of white sugar to this step as well, which I did not list in the original ingredient list above because you don't have to add it. 
  1. Roll up, jelly roll fashion, cut into 12 slices.
  1. Place sliced rolls in greased 9x13 pan.
  1. Let rise until roughly doubled in size.
  1. Bake at 350 degrees until lightly browned, which ended up being around 20 minutes on my oven.
  1. Ice while warm with 3 tablespoons evaporated milk, 1/4 tsp vanilla, 1 c icing sugar, that has been stirred together well. I didn't have the evaporated milk on hand and icing sugar just means powdered sugar in this case. I do want to try the evaporated milk next time, I just replaced with regular skim milk instead. 
Going into the oven...

And fresh out of the oven....

These really were incredible, but it is one of those things that I will only make when we have a house full spending the night. My sisters kids were staying with us when I decided to whip these up so I can count on not having many leftovers once everyone has had their breakfast. I love sweets way too much to trust myself with leftovers ;) 

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