Thursday, April 17, 2014

Freezer cinnamon rolls for a month

I love to have food ready to eat. I don't enjoy cooking dinner everyday because there is so much to do anyway. Come dinner time I just don't feel like cooking every single night seven days a week. We don't eat out a lot and I like to feed my family healthy foods. So I cook or do the prep work maybe once or twice a week for the entire week. I use my deep freezer to its full capacity.
Desserts are the same as dinner for me, I love to eat them but don't like to start from scratch all the time to make them.
The other day I  made up a large batch of cinnamon rolls and thought I would show you how I freeze them to last for a while. They are one dessert my husband always gives me a hard time about not making enough. But the reason is they are time consuming to make all the time. So I thought I would save time and make them once and we get to enjoy them 6 times.

The recipe I use makes two jelly roll pans full so I divided that up into smaller aluminum pans and ended up with 7 separate servings. We ate one pan the same day and I froze the other six. Here's the simple way I did it.

I separated the dough into two balls and roll them out one at a time. It's easier to work with two smaller ones that one large roll.
After I have the ball rolled to into a rectangle I spread a thin layer of butter on top. Then sprinkle the cinnamon and brown sugar mix all over it. I usually go heavier on this mix than skimp.

Roll up the rectangle into a roll and slice the roll into about 1" thick discs. See how long the roll of dough is, that is only one ball, now you see why I divide it into two before I start.
I use regular old sewing thread to slice the discs.

I lightly spray the pans I'm using and lay the sliced discs in them touching each other. I can fit six into each pan.

To freeze them I usually only plan on them being in the freezer for a month or so so but I still want them to stay as fresh as they can so I wrap them up good. I start with plastic wrap and cover them nicely, after that I put a cut piece of cardboard on top and tape it in place on two sides. This is to allow the pans to stack on top of each other in the freezer without suiting the rolls.  Then I put a layer of aluminum foil.

Be sure to write the date on the foil and the oven temperature and cooking time so you don't have to get out your recipe again when the time comes to bake them, if you don't have that memorized.

At this time, I also make the cream cheese frosting and divide it into smaller round containers to freeze.  They thaw very fast after being put in the fridge.
After we cook the cinnamon rolls we add the frosting to our own individual rolls. This is the way we like it!

When I am ready to cook up a pan, I usually just take a pan out of the freezer the night before and let them thaw in the fridge over night. The next day, I let them sit on the counter to warm up and rise a bit before I bake them.
Sorry no pictures of my frosting or the final cinnamon roll cooked, I usually eat them up too fast without thinking of taking a picture. Maybe I'll update this when I cook the next pan up!

What foods do you like to freeze to save time?

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Etsy front page today

For a few minutes of the day I was on etsy and I noticed hundreds of hits on my shop, particularly on a certain item. I figured something must be up so I checked the front page and what do you know my Sea glass mini bunting spool was right there on the top!

A few days ago this was featured in a treasury list and there the list was, being featured on the front page.  This was a first for me and I'm so happy for the opportunity :)

Etsy treasury curated by: PaperAndPaintRocks

The winner from the giveaway ending Monday was Heather. Heather, Email sent for your address! Congratulation!

Thursday, April 10, 2014

etsy collections: treasury

This weeks newest etsy treasuries featuring my items.

First we have Winter to Spring put together by Aerogen.
My new purple triangle mini pouch is the bottom right corner.
I love Spring. And I love Lotta Jansdotter fabrics prints.

Next we have Spring 29 put together by Nurlu
My Little vintage truck pouch is in the 3rd row.
Did I say I love Spring? And I love the soft canvas that the vintage trucks pouch is made of.

I also love seeing my items in etsy treasuries. It's so fun to see how they are put together with other related items!

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

around the town giveaway: edeenut bag full of Daiso loot

Welcome back for more Daiso loot.
If you missed my post yesterday you should check it out for details about a new shopping discovery.
Today you could win an edeenut zipper bag full of some cute Daiso loot.

Here is the stuff that came home with me last week.
Everything was $1.50 and boy does that add up quickly.

Star silicone cups, and an ice tray. Mini spoons and forks and bamboo toothpicks.

Washi tape and fabic tape.
This was too easy to just keep adding to my cart.

My oldest son got a kick out of the wording on the tape, "Handmade is pleasant to tear and stick!"

Mini gift bags. chubby mini clothes pins. I plan to pretty these up soon!
A little pack of flavored gum.
Fun shaped erasers. A pack of pink and purple mini sticky note pads.

My little guy enjoyed eating his applesauce and carrots today with our new star shaped silicone cups with the mini spoon. I can see what the big deal with bento boxes are lately.
We are loving the sun and try to eat lunch outside as often as we can.

Now here is your chance to get a taste of Daiso cuteness.
You can enter the giveaway below with rafflecopter to win this green and coral ruffle zipper pouch filled with some cut little stuff.
This is just open to US residents only.
Giveaway ends Monday, April 14th at midnight

Also, if you would like a chance to win another bag filled with more loot, head on over to my Instagram feed @edeenut and enter to win!

Green Chevron and coral ruffled zipper wristlet filled with a purple sticky note mini pad, pink wash tape roll, mini chubby clothes pins to decorate, funny seafood eraser set.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Monday, April 7, 2014

around the town, Daiso

Some of you who have been reading my blog may know I live in Southern California.
I tend to stay in my little neck of the woods most of the time because everywhere you drive around here easily takes over 30 minutes (on a good day and an hour on a bad day).
When I do venture out further, there is all sorts of fun things to explore.
Recently my little boy started to play hockey and he needed new equipment and so we headed to Irvine to grab all that he needed at Monkey Sports.

Just down the street is a store I have heard of a few times and really wanted to check it out in person for myself.
It's a Japanese dollar store called Daiso where everything is practically $1.50.

With my purchase, I picked up a few extra cute things to offer my readers.
Come back here tomorrow to see what I got and to enter the giveaway for some of your own little fun things!
I'll be giving away two packages, one here on the blog and one on Instagram.
You can enter both, just be sure to follow me on Instagram @edeenut for you chance!

I discovered inside is full of pink. I had my two boys with me and they still thought it was such a novelty.
I went down every aisle so I could really see what was there.
I think I filled my whole cart up in the stationary and kitchen sections.
Lots of these things will be used to package up my products when shipping out orders from my shop.

Here are some of the cute things that you can find on the shelves if you plan to make a visit to the stationary section.
Colored gift bags and storage boxes.
I could have picked them all up, maybe next time...

Washi tape and fabric tape. 
They had a ton, and this little sampling I have below it just a tiny section of what was there. 
There was a lot of pinks and blues and I really wanted to find some oranges but there was none to be seen.

My kids got a kick out of these little shaped erasers! Who wouldn't?
There were all sorts of themes, it was hard to not get one of each.

The kitchen section for bento box lunches was a fun stop too.
These toothpicks are so cute and small, they are a little thick at the top and narrow down so a sharp point.
I have plans for the bamboo ones I got very soon.

Tiny sauce bottles for portable lunches.
I can see these filled with salad dressing or ketchup.

 Little silicone cups in all shapes and sizes.
We got star shapes because they are not so girly.

Mini picks and forks and spoons are just too cute.
The picks are perfect for sticking in cheese cubes and cut up watermelon and other fruits.

This is one size of bento boxes they had.
There were others that were larger more square but not a huge selection.

And because I thought these patterned zippers were pretty unique, I took a picture.
I didn't pick any up for myself because I had to stop somewhere.

Come back tomorrow to see the loot that came home with me. 
I will also have the giveaway details ready for you to enter.
I would love to hear what you think if you've been shopping at Daiso!