I’m feeling feisty. Just putting that out there first. Call it a case of the Fridays.
Now, getting down to business, today we are talking about Haven, a DIY blogger’s conference. I talked about going last year (read here) and if you read any number of DIY blogs, you’ve heard about it more than you’d probably like.
So I’m going to write the longest post on it.
I’m not going to write a ton on it because so many other have, but I didn’t want to ignore it because it was an awesome time! I learned a ton, met new people, and saw online friends turn into real life friends. Plus, it was SO nice knowing people from last year.
Disclaimer: This video was filmed all on my iPhone 4 in the vertical position. It should have been horizontal. Learned that in a class there. Woops. So hopefully you get the gist and don’t let the graininess get you down. Cause it sure didn’t get me down!
The buttery bread falls apart in your mouth when you take a bite.
It mixes with the sweetness that ensconces it on top.
Packaged all together in (somewhat) healthy whole wheat cinnamon buns.
That’s right, we’re talking food. This recipe is from a co-worker who is notorious for bringing in delicious food when the baking urge kicks in on her down time at home. Once she brought this recipe in the form of rolls, I was hooked immediately. Then, when she mentioned that she made it into cinnamon buns once, I couldn’t get it out of my mind.
One domestic Sunday I decided to give it a try at making my own cinnamon buns.
The great thing is that this recipe is for a bread machine. All I did was pop the ingredients in that morning and then enjoy the aroma of fresh baking bread for hours. Just the smell of bread is enough to make me keep making bread.
Seriously, every time I make bread, Eric and I look at each other and say, “Why don’t we make break more often?”
I always pledge to start making my own bread since it’s so easy in the bread machine and then you know what’s in your bread. However, I never make good on that promise. Oh well, maybe one day.
Whole Wheat Cinnamon Buns
1 Egg, room temperature
1 1/2 cup + 2 Tablespoons of water at 80 degrees
1/4 cup oil
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 1/4 cup of whole wheat flour (or white bread flour or a combination)
3 1/2 Teaspoons yeast
4 Tablespoons butter
Honey – a few squirts
Add ingredients for bread to bread machine in the order listed above (cut butter into fourths and put on fourth in each corner).
Use the dough setting on machine.
When dough is ready, roll out into floured surface, using flour as needed to keep from sticking to the rolling pin and cutting board. Make dough thin, about 1/4 inch.
Mix cinnamon and sugar to your liking. I just kind of eyeballed it to how much I needed. I used about 1/2 cup of sugar and 3 tablespoons of sugar. Sprinkle over the dough surface. Sprinkle raisins if you would like.
Roll dough into a long roll. Cut into 1 inch rolls. Place in greased cake pan.
Bake in oven at 350 degrees for 20 – 30 minutes. Rolls should be lightly brown on top.
Mix together powdered sugar and milk to make a paste (it should be the consistency of pancake batter). Once again I eyeballed this but know that it only takes a little bit of milk. Drizzle icing over cinnamon buns when they come out of the oven.
Let me know if you end up making these! I’d love to know what you think!
Those are just a few of my favorites but there are so many more! Make sure to jump on over to Hometalk to see all the bookcase goodness! You will look differently at that cheapy bookcase at Goodwill next time you walk by!
Any other ideas on updating bookcases? I’d love to hear what you would do with a plain Jane bookcase to make it sparkle with personality!
In celebration of being smack dab in the middle of summer, I thought I would recap some of my favorite summertime projects throughout the year. Whether you’re into redoing furniture, planting, or landscaping, I’ve got something to jumpstart the second half of summer projects!
How can I not start with my sun room, which I DIYed my way through last summer? You can read the entire recap with the link to every project, but I thought I would pull out my favorites.
Update: I’ve gotten a lot of questions about the durability of the vinyl spray paint. After about a year in extreme hot and cold the cushions have a few spots that need some touching up. But a can of spray paint and a few minutes a year of touch-ups is worth it to me! I’d do it again in a heartbeat.
Landscaping with rocks (part 1 and part 2) was probably the single best investment we did outside our house thus far. We’ve been living with these rocks for two years and have had no maintenance with them aside from the lone weed here or there that I have to pull. They still look as good as the day we put them down, except they look even better with more mature plants. I highly recommend doing this in your beds!
Sealing a driveway isn’t fun, but’s it’s a must every few years. We did this two years ago and we still have a couple more years out of it. But the rate life is flying by that will be just around the corner.
I just posted about these painted indoor/outdoor trays (with super cool DIY handles) in May but I can’t help but share again. They have been so helpful for indoor/outdoor entertaining this summer. Plus, they are a breeze to make!
Just to keep it practical, how to clean vinyl siding is actually one of my most popular posts ever. So get that hose off and scrub that siding! Once you work up a sweat cleaning siding, you will thankfully have a hose to cool yourself with. Plus, your house won’t look like it is trying to become a cheese wheel (get it, mold? cheese? no?).
Whew! I think that is enough projects to fill the rest of summer, right?!
Do you have a project that you are working on this summer? I’d love to hear!
Hey everyone! Welcome back to another week! Hope everyone had a wonderful long weekend full of sparkling fun! We had a blast relaxing around the house, cooking out, making s’mores with friends, picking 10 pounds of green beans from the garden, and other fun projects.
I also got a new, fun, “little” toy in the form of the Canon T3….which means that I can now take better videos (although I don’t have an external mic yet – working on it).
I thought it would be fun to break in the new camera with the first video house tour I’ve ever done. Let’s get to it!
Behind the Scenes Anecdotes
The morning I shot this video we had driven to Charlottesville (about an hour away) to buy this camera from a really nice guy on Craigslist. I got the deal of the century. I also couldn’t wait to try out a video!
The lens with the camera is so nice…but heavy…so I’ll have to condition my arm for longer, no tripod videos.
I have so many thoughts that I interrupt myself with my randomness. I’ll work on that.
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