Thursday, December 11, 2008

Visions of Sugarplums - and Cinnamon Rolls - dance in my head...

I had an evening at home alone tonight. Ricardo had a meeting at church and he took Savannah with him. Even better, he just called and told me that they were bringing in pizza for everybody, so I didn't have to worry about feeding him when he gets back.

I had big plans for sitting down and blogging all evening. Catching up on the past few weeks' worth of stuff that has been going on around here. Things like the new haircut that I got when I was in Indiana, which I may or may not have cried a few tears over. (More on that later, when I get up the courage to post a pic of it).

But instead, I found myself curled up on the couch with my favorite blanket, the TV on, and the Food Network website pulled up. And the Better Homes and Gardens site. And my Taste of Home magazine next to me. Oh, my my my. I have officially been bitten by the Christmas baking bug.

When the Pioneer Woman reposted her Cinnamon Roll recipe earlier this week, I decided then and there that we would have to start a new tradition here at the Moments and Memories household.

So I told Ricardo, "Guess what? From now on I think I am going to make fresh homemade Cinnamon Rolls every year on Christmas morning."

And he replied, "How 'bout every morning?"

I think the plan meets with his approval. And yes, my HFTH sisters, I know it is not HFTH approved. But I think I can get by with it once a year.

But then I saw this piece of goodness on the Food Network site...Apple Coffee Cake with Crumble Topping and Brown Sugar Glaze, from none other than Emeril.




And now I'm torn. Coffee Cake or Cinnamon Rolls?

I have also been debating about whether or not to have a Christmas Cookie Exchange with a couple of my friends. It is such a busy time for everyone, obviously, but it sounds like so much fun. And you get at least six different kinds of cookies for the trouble of making one. Except, I wouldn't be able to limit myself to baking just one, and I would probably make these:





And these:



And these:


And of course, I would give them all away. Oh yes I would. Why would I keep temptation like this around the house?

So, if you were coming to a cookie exchange at my house, what would you bring?



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37 comments:

Rachelle said...

You must show us a pic of the hair! I'm sure you look just FAB! If I was coming to you house I am afraid I would be cookieless.....I am not much of a baker....How shamless is this...one year many moons ago for Valentines Day I put store bought cookie in a gift bag for a college boyfriend!!!!! Confessions of a non-baker....

Kellie said...

I make cinnamon rolls every year for Christmas morning. So I vote you make those!

And lets see...if I came to your cookie exchange, I would bring Molasses Cookies, from my mother-in-law's recipe. They are amazingly good. And if you can make them last a couple of days, they actually get better. But that doesn't happen much over here!

kaleytaylor said...

Hi Jackie! I have missed hearing from you! Glad to see you back again :)

Okay, I think you should make the cinnamon rolls, for no reason other than I, too, saw PW put that recipe up and decided that I'm going to do that every year and pass them out to family and friends...and maybe keep one for me and hubs too. So! That's my vote :)

And cute, CUTE blog design! You're getting really good!

Rach@In His Hands said...

Ohhhhhhh, I just fell in love. With those cinnamon rolls. I think I'm going to have to make them! ;-)

I'm sure your hair looks fantastic! But you know what...I've cried after a few haircuts I've had. I took me a week or 2 to get used to them. It's an awful feeling when you don't think it looks good. I get it!

I am NOT a baker, but every year Josh and I make cutout Christmas cookies with frosting & sprinkles. I'd bring those to your cookie exchange!

I'm glad you enjoyed your evening at home!

Wendy said...

Okay, I have to know - WHAT are those chocolate square things in the third picture? Recipe, please!

I love to bake but the only cookies I make regularly are plain old chocolate chip. I do bake snowdrop cookies at Christmas time so I would probably bring those. Even though they have no chocolate in them. I also make VERY good brownies.

I love Christmas baking and I'm starting mine next week. Now my sweet tooth is acting up after reading this and looking at the yummy pictures.

Wendi @ Every Day Miracles said...

What a festive and fun new blog look!! :) You are so good.

Oh my - all of those delicious things are really making me hungry. :) I have quite the sweet tooth...

How lovely it would be to swing by your house for a cookie exchange. :) I would probably bring my sugar cookies, frosted and decorated with little holly berries made out of red hots. They are so fun to make and seriously melt in your mouth!

I love to make cinnamon rolls! I have a recipe from my mom that is delicious! You make them the night before you plan on eating them, then they raise all night. -Very light and tastey! I will have to go check out PW. I have only been to her site a couple times. I think I'm afraid I will get hooked - because I have heard so many people read her blog. :)

Lois Lane II said...

Yum!!! I would bring peanut butter fudge -- my BFF's recipe.

Yeah, Hubby and I wrote it together during the summer and fall. It was a really great experience, just working with him and everything. I'll have to write a blog soon about what a joy it was during that time. =)

photomama said...

I think that coffee cake looks great and I already printed the recipe so I can make it.

I would bring white chocolate macadamia nut cookies to your exchange.

photomama said...

I think that coffee cake looks great and I already printed the recipe so I can make it.

I would bring white chocolate macadamia nut cookies to your exchange.

Rachel @ Unexpected Blessings said...

YUM! We do a Christmas bread that is like a cinnimon roll for Christmas. My mom got the recipe in High School and we eat it every Christmas morning. I make at my house now for our girls.

To help with your breakfast decision I would say... Which one will fit into your Christmas morning scheadule better? If one takes an 1/2 hour or so of prep work I would go with the other one. There is too much fun going on Christmas morning to spend it in the kitchen!!!

Sara@ Butterville said...

You know, Jackie, I've missed you. I was wondering where you've been. You said you were sick, I'm so sorry that you weren't feeling good. I just thought that maybe you were in the recording studio doing your piano Christmas music for all of us that love you! I DO love the new Christmasy theme you have! I am SO loving that Apple coffee cake! I like apples. I like cinnamon rolls too, but that coffee cake looks SOOOO good. You could make both. Rhodes cinnamon rolls are tastey, you let them rise in your fridge over night...then in the morning you put in the rolls while you mix up the coffee cake and Vwalla, BOTH! What time can I excpect them to be ready? I need to adjust it to drive time.
Cookies: I'd bring my homemade rolo turtles and my Christmas tree Spritz. (thia of course would be after I hit Kohl's or Target for a new mixer. The last batch bunrt out the motor in my old mixer.)

Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

I'd totally bring candycane oreo's to your cookie exchange...because I love them and I wouldn't have to bake them :)

I am sure your hair is cute! You must post a pic of it so we can all reassure you!

I've missed you my bloggy friend!

Moriah @ Please Pass the Salt said...

I vote for cinn. rolls. Although I always make those buns I posted about around Thanksgiving. They are heavenly.

We used to do a cookie exchange every year and it's great fun. I ALWAYS do the sugar cookie cutouts with icing and decorate them cute. I made some yesterday, even, to use as gifts to friends in lieu of an exchange this year.

Coincidentally, my mom is hosting a cookie exchange this morning at her house in CO. Too bad it's too far for me to drive! lol

And finally, I love the bloggy Christmas look and the "Friends I'm going to meet someday" heading. Fitting!

Erin K. said...

Would it be cheating if I brought candy instead of cookies? I really am in love with my doctored-up "Crock Pot Candy", which is my new favorite thing to share for Christmas. Or, I could bring my mom's Christmas pastel cookies - they are shortbread-type cookies that are flavored and colored. (Mint, cherry, and lemon - yum!)

If I get ambitious during my Christmas break, I just might make those PW cinnamon rolls. (I wonder how many Weight Watcher points they are... Then again, I probably don't want to know.)

Elena said...

I would bring 7 layer cookies, they are the all time favorite at my house! Your cookies look really yummy. I would vote for the homemade cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning:)

Jennifer @ Taking My Time said...

I hear ya about haircuts. I got one a little over a week ago and I'm having trouble getting used to it. I'm not good at communicating with my hairdresser and I didn't find a pic of an example to take with me. I was tired of my straight, shoulder length, stringy hair and wanted layers. And I GOT the layers. Hopefully it will grow quickly into the syle I envisioned.

You're doing a great job on your blog designs; I love the Christmas theme - good job! You're so creative. I'm not, which means any cookie I would bring to an exchange would be boring and simple :)

Smilingsal said...

Just looking at those pictures made me gain 5 lbs!

sara said...

we make cinnamon rolls on Xmas morning, but they come from a can and we put then in the shape of a tree! I have not been able to bake one cookie yet this season....hopefully when I get home I can get busy!

His Girl said...

If I came to your house for a cookie exchange, I'd bring... my fat jeans! Wow! I could die a happy, happy death at your house :)

Jenn said...

Um Yum! It all looks scrumptious to me! I make cinnamon rolls year round for my crew. It is a really simple recipe and they are amazing. For Christmas morning I make a pan of cinnamon rolls and a pan of carmel pecan rolls. Yum, Yum!
Love the new header! I tried to download the ribbon Christmas tree that you have on your header, but it was going to take something like 15 hours!!! So, I gave up and am sticking with what I've got right now.

Casey said...

All I can say is YUM!!

Oh-- and believe it or not, I am planning on starting the cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning tradition too!! :)

Growin' with it! said...

i loved your sweeties comment about wanting them every morning! okay, so i read a cool idea on putting a box of each person's favorite cereal with their stocking! as much as i love warm cinnamon rolls, i have a feeling that sugar cereal is what is going to appear!

Tracy's Porch said...

Yummy - I am so wanting sweets now!

RosyRose said...

oh my goodness..yes, yes you should give them away..:) Maybe we could work a trade(wink,wink)
I want to see the hair too..please?

Lisa said...

Don't you just love an evening at home alone?! So rare, and such a treat.

I enjoy Pioneer Woman, although I've really only explored her Photography section. But don't you know, I've printed off the cinnamon rolls recipe and will give it a shot ( not on Christmas morning, though).

Lizz @ Yes, and So is My Heart said...

I'd bring the sugar cookies I just frosted. They aren't fancy, but they are already made. Easy!

I have a super easy sweet dough recipe of which you just reminded me. I do believe I'll also have to start a cinnamon roll tradition.

Lisa@verybusymomwith4 said...

And this is why I gain 5 pounds every single Christmas :)

The one thing I do cheat on is cinn rolls--there's this great frozen kind from a chef in Main (Gange's I think) but I am have to make these--YUM!

Aspiemom said...

Your new Christmas blog-look is GREAT!!!

I know what you mean about the alone-time. You get it so little that you're overwhelmed with what to do with that time. I probably would have done what you did.

I make a coffee cake and breakfast casserole for Christmas morning - weird combination, I know. My sister makes cinnamon buns. The reason I don't is that I make them about every 2 mos., so it isn't as "holidayish". But the coffee cake I only make that one day a year.

That last picture, are they whoopie pies? They look like them. I have several whoopie pie recipes. Those candies look great - they look like cheesecake inside. You'll have to post the recipes of what you make and like!

And a picture of your new 'do!!!

ttm said...

I LOVE His Girl's comment about bringing her fat jeans! HILARIOUS!! That's what I'll be wearing, my maternity pants with the elastic waist.

Colored With Memories said...

i can't believe rachelle admitted to that! that was a crazy night!

anyway...i vote for cinnamon rolls over coffee cake...and i'd bring peanut butter blossoms.

Krystal said...

Ok Jackie, so it is 8 am and I haven't had breakfast...now I am officially starving!

I'm off right now to check out PW'S cinnamon rolls. Hopefully you can make them ahead of time!!!

Merry Christmas I love your header!
Krystal in TX

Carolina Mama said...

Great cookie recipes, great new hair cut. Life is good. Can't wait to see your hair! And We love Gingerbread so we'll exchange.

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

I vote for cinnamon rolls on Christmas morning!

And if I were coming to your cookie exchange, I would bring pecan dreams. mmmm...

creative gal said...

I vote for the cinn. rolls!! We always had those Christmas morning at my parent's house. . . Kind of a cool tradition! :o)

jennifer said...

hooray! i'm glad you are back!

I missed you!

creative gal said...

Thanks for asking. . . we are hanging in there. . . GOD IS IN CONTROL and I know he is walking with us during this time!! THANK YOU for praying, please keep praying for us all!

The Fritz Facts said...

I really want too see the hair! Come on! I will show mine on Friday...

I would bring...buckeyes. Vanilla frosting and peanut butter chips melted and formed into balls. Chill for about an hour. Dip in melted chocolate. So amazingly good.