I don’t think that people always realize how hard it is to find interesting things to talk about after being a stay-at-home mom for seven years.
And for over a year of that, my son has been in school. So any complaints about not napping, uneaten lunches, or funny day-at-the-playground anecdotes are off the table.
Which was pretty much all I had left.
And I can tell that it drives my husband crazy when I constantly recycle old stories.
The time I got caught smoking in the bathroom in high school (stupid).
The time I had to clip an elderly woman’s toenails when I was in Beauty College and they were really thick and pieces were flying up and hitting me in the face (gross).
The time that one of my boyfriends had a shart emergency at Hastings and we had to rush home so that he could change his underpants (I was so mad because I was right in the middle of looking at books and wasn’t ready to go). Oh wait…I’m not sure if I’ve talked about that one yet. Yay!! New dinner table material!!
Anyways. I recycle stories. A lot. Because I have nothing else to talk about.
But in my defense, there are lots of days in a year. So , if you’re like me and your husband comes home and is all “oh wow, this and this happened and blah blah blah people need things from me because I am a working man of the world and I even ate lunch with humans at a real restaurant,” and you’re stumped for material, just think back and pull from the archives.
It’s totally fine.
In other NOT NEW news, I made cinnamon rolls. Which are hardly exciting in food blog lands. But–they are one of my all time favorite foods ever. The only thing I hate is that making them takes sooooo long. Even if I use frozen bread dough, it has to rise. So…I made these using Pillsbury French Bread dough. You just roll it right out and you’re good to go!!
1 roll Pillsbury refrigerated French Bread Dough
3 Tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
4 oz (1/2 block) cream cheese, softened
2 Tablespoons orange juice
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 1/2 cup powdered sugar
Preheat oven to 375. Spray a 8 inch cake pan with nonstick spray. In a small bowl, combine cinnamon and brown sugar.
On a lightly floured board or counter, unroll bread dough (it’s easiest to do when it’s cold, so don’t let it sit out long before you do this). Flatten and stretch it a bit until you get a nice, even thickness rectangle.
Spread dough with the butter and sprinkle on the cinnamon sugar mixture all the way to the ends. Roll the dough up long ways, pinching where the dough meets to seal. Cut in 1 inch slices and place in greased pan. Bake for about 20 minutes or until rolls are lightly browned.
While the rolls are baking make your frosting: In the bowl of a mixer, beat cream cheese, vanilla, and orange juice until fully combined. Add powdered sugar and beat on medium high for about a 1 minute. Spread on warm rolls and serve immediately.
Makes about 10 small rolls…enough for about 3 or 4 people.
If you don’t want the orange flavor in your frosting, omit the juice and use milk instead.
I hope you have a happy Tuesday!! Thanks for reading!!