Frosting Cinnamon Rolls

Hey, how about writing a post about frosting cinnamon rolls while on a sugar detox.  That’ll be fun.

frosting cinnamon rolls

Let me just apologize now for all the references to the sugar detox but it’s on my brain this week.  I have the headache to prove it!   I can’t even imagine if I’d have gone cold turkey and cut it out completely.

Just these tiny steps have been a bit hard.  Tomorrow, we’re supposed to not eat any packaged foods containing sugar so I’m thankful to be working a few hours.  Hopefully, I won’t be too cranky.

In the mean time, I’m coping by pinning way too many desserts I’ll probably never make over on my Pinterest boards.  I also thought it would be a fun week to share my tiny tip for frosting cinnamon rolls.  As you can see from the photo up there, we’re all about the Pillsbury brand around here.

I’ve just never had great luck making them from scratch.  G and I do love the Sister Schubert cinnamon rolls in the metal pan but unfortunately, we’re the only two.  I’ll try not to focus on the fact that some of those are in my freezer (forgot to make them on Easter) while I give you my tiny tip for frosting the Pillsbury rolls.

How To Frost Cinnamon Rolls:

This tip is for those of you who can’t stand dry cinnamon rolls.  You know that kind you buy at the store that are beautifully frosted on top and a sad, dry disappointment underneath.  The Pillsbury ones can get that way as well.  Frosting them my way helps avoid that disappointment.

One time my husband burned a batch of cinnamon rolls and we had double frosting.  THAT really made them good.  However, that’s not the tip.

The easy steps for adding the frosting:

  1. While they are still hot, put a tiny dab of frosting in the middle of each roll (like the photo above) so it will sink down into the middle layers.
  2. Let sit for a second or two
  3. Go back and frost the cinnamon rolls with the remaining icing

One thing to note is don’t put too big a dab of frosting in the middle of each roll or you will run out of frosting before you get to all the rolls.

What kind of cinnamon rolls do you like?


Sharing My Flowers For A Dreary Day

Just a short, mostly picture oriented post today.  Since I was in the Trader Joe’s neighborhood on Monday, I had stop in and pick up a few things.  One of those things was a bouquet of flowers for the kitchen table.

Sharing my flowers for a dreary day:

After all the flowers I planted outside over the weekend, I wanted a few to enjoy inside as well. Does anyone know what those weird spiny looking flowers are called? I’m not sure what I did wrong on this photo but one of the reasons I did buy this bouquet was because I thought the red rose added more interest to it.  Yesterday afternoon I decided the vase I put the flowers in was way too small and just didn’t look right.  So, I changed it.  Hey, see that clean kitchen table in the photo above?  The flowers make for good incentive!  Here’s another view of the flowers in their new vase: Even the rose is happier in its new vase.  

These flowers are helping to brighten up the kitchen on dreary, rainy, and cold!? day around here.  They are also helping inspire me to keep our table clear.

What aren’t they doing?  They aren’t doing the dishes, sweeping the floor, or cooking dinner.  They are also not helping with this crazy afternoon craving for chocolate.

Note to self: Do not put clean kitchen on the to-do list the same week you plan to also do a sugar detox challenge.  Especially, one very soon after Easter when extra candy is still in surplus.  So far, I haven’t caved to the chocolate bars but the temptation is real.


Setting Mini Goals For The Week

Thought I’d try something a little different this week by setting 5 mini goals for myself.  I can’t call them weekly goals or I’ll rebel against the whole idea.    mini goals Plus, I need some things to keep me busy while I attempt this sugar detox thing.  Thank goodness it seems to be a reasonable one where I don’t have to immediately stop eating all sugar.   Overall, I did okay with it yesterday.  Fruit is okay.  I just wish the leftover Easter candy would quit screaming at me from the cabinet.Here are my five mini goals for the week:

  1. Keep the kitchen table cleared off and have dinner at it each night.  We’ve strayed away from eating dinner at the table, probably because it’s been covered with so much stuff.

  2. Blog every day this week.  I need to break out of my Monday and Friday (sometimes) only rut.

  3. Complete all the items on yesterday’s to-do list.  It’s embarrassing how often I don’t do all the things on the list.  There’s usually not a good reason either.  I just don’t do them even after putting them on the list.

  4. Make the bed every day.  I usually do this especially if I’m doing laundry.  Putting clean laundry on an unmade bed (my husband will do this) is a pet peeve of mine.  I just plan to be intentional about making sure I make the bed this week.

  5. Finish my library books and take them back to the library!  I’m giving myself until Sunday on this one.

Have you set any goals this week?  How do you keep yourself motivated.

Also, have you ever competed a sugar detox challenge?  Any tips or advice for me?

And finally, anyone else out there with a rebellious personality where it takes all your self-control to not rebel against completing goals even when you are the one who set them in the first place?


Happy Homemaker Monday,

Ever have those Sunday nights where everyone in the family just pretends it’s a 3 day weekend?  That was our Sunday night last night.  We just weren’t quite ready for the weekend to end I guess.

Monday came though.  It came just the same.  Interestingly, even the non-morning people weren’t terribly grouchy this morning.  They (I mean me) may need naps later though.

Time to get on with the business of planning this last week of April!

The Weather

Today is supposed to be warm and windy.  Highs in the 70s most the week except on days it might thunderstorm (then, it drops to the 50s): Wed, Fri, and Sat.  I’ll take it.  I am loving these warm, windy, and sunny spring days.

On My Reading Pile

I renewed my library books but sadly, I didn’t do much reading outside of working my way through a bunch of my April magazines. I need to make reading more of a personal priority.

Movies or Television Shows I Watched This Weekend

After finishing up season 2 of Better Call Saul on Friday night, I didn’t watch anything the rest of the weekend really.  Spent most of it outside (and at the grocery store and playing Monkey City on my phone with J).   My husband and I are split on Better Call Saul.  I love the slow, subtle storytelling pace of the show but he can’t stand it.

On My TV

The Flash is new on Tuesday night and I have a Netflix movie to watch (Jackie).  Maybe The Voice but it’s not “have to see” TV for me.


Another rough week to menu plan.  I know this is going to be a thing as the weather gets nicer.

Of course, a full week of snacking on Easter candy hasn’t helped any of our appetites either.  I actually signed myself up for a 5 day sugar detox challenge.  Wish me luck on this one!

Trying to get us turned back around to “real” food this week.  Of course, I’m also trying to clear out the pantry (AGAIN) so we’ll see how it all works out.

MONDAY:  pork chops, potatoes, iceberg lettuce wedge salad *car to dealership for service*

TUESDAY: steak bites (special request from husband), baked potatoes, asparagus, (grilled cheese sandwiches for kids)

WEDNESDAY: Spicy lemon chicken, veggie rotini (carry over from last week)

THURSDAY:  Fish (may try to make this orange shrimp for my husband and myself), probably fish sticks for the boys *coffee with a friend in a.m.*

FRIDAY: chicken enchiladas (special request from G), tacos for the rest of them *I work just the afternoon*

To-Do List

  1. Take car to dealer for routine service
  2. Fill the pepper shaker so I can quit pouring pepper out of the big container (You would think I’d have done this after the first time I enjoyed? “peppered” eggs for breakfast but no…)
  3. Confirm Thursday plans
  4. Clean kitchen
  5. Take care of poor houseplants in need of re-potting
  6. Make list of my summer “unavailable” dates for work
  7. Get G registered to take ACT in June
  8. Make master to-do list of house (inside and out) projects
  9. Make list of 3 choices for Mother’s Day weekend activities to give to husband and kids
  10. Pay bills?


Working on landscaping and adding a small flower garden in the front yard.

Close up of the flowers in my hanging basket

The start of the garden area with the butterfly bush my sister gave me on Easter plus my hanging basket.

Think I may need to add some of those fairy gardens around the area.  The boys won’t care but they look so fun that I think I need one.  Maybe in this pot of lavender on the front porch?  We bought some marigolds for the garden but I decided a few needed to go in this pot by the front door (still working on my spring refresh from a few weeks ago). 

Looking Around The House

Same old. Same old.  Need to clean the kitchens and bathrooms, clean off kitchen table, etc.

From The Camera 

Yesterday’s progress on the flower garden area.  I have some summer bulbs planted and was super excited to find a milkweed plant at the local hardware store.

Still a work in progress.

What I’m Wearing Today

Blue Black Hills/South Dakota Tee-shirt, jeans, and tennis shoes.

Simple Pleasure

Driving.  I don’t mean just to the grocery store or work but I do enjoy a longer car journey and noticing new things along the way.

Quote For The Week

 Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?  How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? (Matthew 7:3-4)

Also, I noticed this bumper sticker on my way back from the car dealership: Got Jesus? It’s hell without him.  (Thought it was pretty clever).


Have a great week & don’t forget to check out all the other great blogs linked up to Happy Homemaker Monday hosted by Sandra from Diary Of A Stay At Home Mom!




Happy Homemaker Monday

Hope everyone had a great Easter.  We had a nice time hosting our traditional Easter brunch and visiting with family.  It was a bit rough getting back into the Monday routine this morning though.

Jumping straight into the categories this morning.

The Weather

Well, it rained pretty much all night Saturday making our yard a muddy mess for brunch yesterday.  The year before was snow.  I think I’m due dry, sunny, and warm weather for next Easter (which, by the way, is on April 1st, no fooling!).  Onto the weather we’re expecting this week:  great Spring day today, sunny & 70s, tomorrow, warmer and a slight chance of rain, warm and dry until the weekend when it cools off and is supposed to rain again.

On My Reading Pile

Pretty much the same books as the last few weeks.  I need to renew or return my pile of books about digital photography as I think they are all due back tomorrow.  Maybe I’ll take a little reading break today while I’m cleaning up from Easter brunch yesterday.

Movies or Television Shows I Watched This Weekend

My husband and I watched the movie, Sully, about the airline pilot who landed the plane on the Hudson river.  We both thought the movie was very well done and not too long (rather refreshing).  We also finished up season 4 of The Americans.  Now, it’s sit around and wait for season 5 to come to Amazon.

On My TV

I’m not sure.  I think I’ll try to do more reading this week although I watched a couple of episodes of Fringe yesterday after brunch and might re-watch the episodes I own (impatience made me buy some when it was on Netflix and they hadn’t added season 4 or 5 yet) of it.   If my husband watches The Voice, I’ll probably watch some of that with him.


Another hard to plan menu week around here.  It’s school testing week so I feel compelled to at least try to put decent dinners on the table.  It’s also the week after Easter brunch so I have very little motivation to be in the kitchen.   Oh, and absolutely no desire to set foot in a grocery store! A complicated combination.

MONDAY:  Chicken Legs, Potatoes, Salad, Fruit left-over from brunch (this also goes in the boys’ lunches all week)

TUESDAY:  I’m going to play Bunco and leaving my husband in charge so probably brisket leftover from brunch, probably fried potatoes, and maybe fruit (doubtful)


THURSDAY:  Spicy lemon chicken (this is an old crock pot recipe that I have to find), vegetable rotini (probably all J will eat)

FRIDAY:  Leftovers, grilled cheese sandwiches, OUT, I have no idea

To-Do List

  1. Finish cleaning up from Easter brunch yesterday (I think I just have one round of dishes left to go in dishwasher and some to wash by hand)
  2. Laundry!!
  3. Take inventory of kids’ summer clothes, both boys seem to need shorts
  4. Work Tuesday
  5. Spend a bit more time blogging and visiting other blogs (I missed getting around to visit a lot of you last week)
  6. Clean the house (always)
  7. Maybe work Friday
  8. Check on library books/renew or return them
  9. Buy more cold medicine (G had an awful cold all last week)


Hoping to do a little landscaping in the front yard.  My sister gave me a butterfly bush yesterday and I need to figure out where I want to plant it.

Looking Around The House

We should have cleaned better before Easter brunch but it doesn’t look awful.

From The Camera 

The Easter bunny came to visit!

Part of the Easter brunch spread

What I’m Wearing Today

White tee-shirt with elementary school logo, black Capri pants, and tennis shoes.

Simple Pleasure

Being able to relax a bit in an empty and quiet house on a Monday morning after a busy weekend.

Quote For The Week

For we walk by faith, not by sight.  (Corinthians 5:7)

Comparison is the thief of joy (Theodore Roosevelt)


Don’t forget to go visit Sandra and all the other bloggers in her Happy Homemaker Monday link up.

What do you have planned for your week?





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