cinnamon rolls!

18 Jan

Well, in true Candice fashion I was up until 2am last night baking away.

But first, let’s back up for a second.  It’s time for a little honesty.  Over the last couple of weeks I have really been slacking with my workouts and with putting energy into eating clean.  My workouts have consisted mainly of the classes I teach and a couple sporadic short treadmill runs, and my eating has included a few too many Amy’s frozen burritos.  There has been so much going on here as of recent, and I’ve been hanging on by a thread as far as taking care of myself.  I’ve been getting an average of about 6 hours of sleep a night among other things….and it’s really starting to wear on me.

So this morning I got up with the best intentions of really making the extra effort to treat my body really well and start replenishing my energy. As many of you know, I believe that just because you slack a little in any area of healthy living for awhile, doesn’t mean that you should give up or be discouraged. It’s all about whether (and when) we get back on track.  There’s no way I’m going to eat, sleep and exercise perfectly for the rest of my life, so I’m adamant about cutting myself some slack when life gets crazy.  But there is definitely value in getting back on track when you feel like you’ve derailed a bit.

So, things started off really well this morning in regard to eating; I made up a bowl of oats cooked in water, and then added a few spoonfuls of soy yogurt and a sprinkle of Kashi Go Lean Crunch.  It definitely was lacking a bit in the fruit and veg department, but otherwise made me pretty happy.

The rest of the day continued on a pretty good track, but then I started feeling a little crazy, oh…sometime after dinner.  I got this serious craving for a cinnamon roll. How do these things happen? lol.

Even though it was nearing 9pm and I still had some tasks to complete before bed, I naturally started brainstorming how I could get some vegan cinnamon rolls stat.  Oh boy.

After a few moments I suddenly remembered this recipe from Project Food Blog several weeks ago.  At the time I thought it looked awesome, but I just wasn’t feeling cinnamon rolls. But this is the kind of thing that I tuck safely back in my mind to be pulled out on a perfect night such as tonight.  While I realized that this recipe would no doubt be outrageously delicious, I didn’t realize just how involved the whole process would be.  Let’s be real…do I ever?

But once I get started on an idea like this…there’s nothing that can stop me.  And for the next 3ish hours I was mixing, chopping, kneading, sifting, stirring, rolling, flossing and of course baking.  And man oh man was it worth it.

These rolls were like everything that is good in the world being wrapped up in a soft and doughy little spiral, baked at 350 degrees and coming out just the right shade of golden brown.  They were chewy and hot, with the mingled flavors of pumpkin, cinnamon and butter baked into the inside.  To. die. for.

I used this recipe…and only made a few changes like maple syrup instead of vanilla extract, organic cane sugar instead of regular white, soy milk instead of almond milk. I also replaced two cups of white flour with bread flour, and I did not put Earth Balance in the Pecan Cinnamon Streusel filling (I was buttered out!).  It still worked just fine!  Lastly, instead of the cream cheese frosting on the recipe, I simply mixed a little bit of powdered sugar with some soy milk for a nice, thin glaze.

Hey – at least I did have a green monster on the side this morning.  I am trying to clean it up around here after all.

Obviously my biggest problem now is how to not eat the entire pan in the 48 hours.  Thankfully, I do have a few ideas up my sleeve.

So, aside from sabotaging myself by staying up until 2am making cinnamon rolls, I am really trying to step it up and take better care of myself, even during these crazy times.  Because when it seems that so many things in life have been turned upside down, my health is the one thing I can still control. The one thing I can still hold onto that makes me feel sane.  And vibrant.  And like I can take on anything.

So tell me, what are your tricks for keeping these things in order when life gets crazy?

Are you a cinnamon roll fan?  What’s your favorite morning baked treat?


14 Responses to “cinnamon rolls!”

  1. Heather (Where's the Beach) January 18, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

    LOL girl you’re crazy! But in a good way of course 😉 I used to love cinnamon rolls but couldn’t even tell you the last time I had one. I try really hard to maintain my workout schedule when things are crazy b/c that’s the only thing I seem to be able to have control of and it helps keep me slightly balanced.

    • candice January 19, 2011 at 10:04 am #

      haha…I know – that’s exactly what I was thinking at about 1am:)

      Control is a big thing when so many things are out of control! (did that make sense?:)

  2. Dorry January 18, 2011 at 2:31 pm #

    These looks delicious! I love it when I make substitutions in a recipe and things still come out great in the end. I love cinnamon rolls. There’s nothing better than the smell as they are baking in the oven. Working out is more crucial for me when things are hectic in life. I try to make time for it no matter what…but if I simply don’t have the time, meditation and prayer gets me through!

    • candice January 19, 2011 at 10:05 am #

      Totally agree about meditation and prayer!

  3. kelli January 18, 2011 at 3:32 pm #

    look at you go!!! i’m in love with the photos, and those rolls look heavenly!

    i stray off the path every so often, but always seem to find my way back. it helps to be inspired by bloggers like you!

    when i feel like that, i ask john for help in the kitchen or try to clear my schedule out a bit. my priorities have changed since i realized good health is everything. even if it’s a paying gig, i will cancel if i need to catch up on rest.

    honestly, i’m more of a savory than sweet girl, but i do enjoy me a nice pastry every now and then. i’d gladly gobble those rolls!=)

    • candice January 19, 2011 at 10:08 am #

      Thanks so much, Kelli. Totally made my day:)

      And you are certainly an inspiration! Sometimes I wonder how my life would be different if I had never found my incredible blog friends.

      Good point about good health being everything…definitely more important than money (to a certain extent of course:) I totally agree, even though I don’t always act like it. When I start to slip it affects every area of my life…usually that’s enough to get me back on track.

  4. Jennifer@ knackfornutrition January 18, 2011 at 3:45 pm #

    your photography is just stunning. i know i tell you all the time but really love it. feel free to throw a couple cinnamon rolls my way 🙂

    • candice January 19, 2011 at 10:08 am #

      Thank you so much Jenn – you just put a huge smile on my face:)

  5. amber@SAHM's musings January 18, 2011 at 6:49 pm #

    Those look delish. I mean it! Stuff some in a priority mail box and send them my way LOL!

    When things get crazay and believe me I’m in the midst of it I just try to get more rest, refocus and dance. For example, I just bought a dancing with the stars workout video and got up this morning to dance around in my living room. Then when I dropped the kids off at school/CDO I went to Zumba. More as an escape and to get some blood pumping. However, I had a bad experience at zumba and I may not be going back. So the one thing I was looking forward to as a fun time ended up being a thorn in my side for the rest of the day. I should have just ran which was my original plan.

    I also like to purge stuff because it helps me feel in control when the world is spinning out of control.

    • candice January 19, 2011 at 10:11 am #

      haha! After my news from today it won’t be long before I could just drop some on your doorstep!

      What a great idea about dancing. I’m a terrible dancer (I have no rhythm), but sometimes I’ll just let go of all inhibitions and break it down in my living room. It’s truly amazing how much stress and tension it releases. I’d love to try that DVD!

      What on earth could have happened at Zumba (if you don’t mind me asking)? So sorry that it put a damper on your day. That’s so frustrating!

      And being in complete danger of this being the longest reply in history – I totally agree about purging stuff! That is one thing that never fails to make me feel less stressed. Thanks for reminding me of that!!

      • amber@SAHM's musings January 21, 2011 at 2:10 pm #

        When I went to Zumba the instructor had the music turned up incredibly loud. After 3 songs I was trying to decide whether to leave and go run or not say anything or say something. My ears were hurting big time. Let me preface this by saying I’m a nonconfrontational, peace-loving kind of person but I also believe you should speak up (kindly of course) when something is bothering you. So I got up the nerve (because no one else around me was going to say anything and they were complaining about the loudness too) and I asked if she could turn down the music a tad and totally placed the blame on myself. Well she started giving me a hard time (sarcastic humor) calling me an old lady etc. This woman doesn’t even know my name! She kept taking little jabs at me through the entire class and even when it was over. One funny comment was fine but to keep it up, even if she was joking but at this point I think she took personal offense, it was too much. So I’m trying to decide if it’s even worth my time and energy to go back. I don’t appreciate how she treated me and the fact is is that I wasn’t the only one who had the problem. I went to have fun and to blow off some steam and get a good workout not to be patronized.

        [rant over]

  6. Becky January 19, 2011 at 7:23 am #

    2 AM baking – that’s intense! And delicious. Not only do your cinnamon rolls look tasty, but they are lovely.

    I’m sorry life is throwing you curve balls lately, but it sounds like you have a good game plan. I definitely think starting each day with the best intentions and a positive attitude helps.

    • candice January 19, 2011 at 10:12 am #

      thanks, Becky!

      I really appreciate your encouragement and the reminder that how I start out the day is so so important. It’s easy to forget that!


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