Apple Cinnamon Roll Rose Tarts

If you live in a city like Boston, brunching is basically a sport.  Finding a solid go-to place w excellent selections, reasonable prices, hangover-curing coffee, AND being able to get a seat in under an hour for you and your pals is not for the weary.  It’s not just for the #basics anymore:  try to get a table at any 4-star or higher Yelp-rated eatery on a weekend, and you will see a good sampling of the city’s men and women feasting away.

I have found a few places in the Boston/Cambridge area that are my go-tos, such as The Friendly Toast, The Trophy Room, Back Bay Social Club, and Masa, but there’s is never a guarantee that we can get a table before we whither away.  So, as much as I love love love going out to eat, has it ever occurred to us to host a brunch?

With my studio apartment, I can only host my cat, and she’s a jerk.  Currently we aren’t speaking, so I don’t think I’ll be asking her how she takes her coffee or mimosa.  But when I do move to a bigger apartment (which is currently in the works, more to come!), I fully plan to rangle the weekend crew over and relax over food at my table.  No wait, no worries.  No cats.

To start preparing for these home-brunches, I have begun experimenting with some munchies.  my favorite so far is this Apple Cinnamon Roll Rose Tart.  It’s beautiful, delicious, and your guests will go ga-ga over the smell of cinnamon rolls.  Enjoy!


 

Materials:

  • medium pot
  • measuring cup
  • cutting board and knife
  • muffin tin
  • cooking spray

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of cinnamon rolls
  • 1 apple
  • 1 c water

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Core and cut the apple in half, then thinly slice.  Aim for uniform sizes (you can discard ends).
  3. Add water to pot and bring to a boil.
  4. Cook apple slices in the water until soft, about 5-7 minutes.
  5. Remove from water and drain.  Allow to cool enough to handle.
  6. Remove cinnamon rolls from packaging.FullSizeRender_1
  7. Open one of the rolls into a long strip.
  8. Line dough with apple slices horizontally.FullSizeRender_2
  9. Carefully roll the dough and apple slices back, creating a rose-shape.  FullSizeRender_3FullSizeRender_4FullSizeRender_5
  10. Place rose into a lightly-greased muffin tin.
  11. Repeat with the rest of the dough.FullSizeRender_6
  12. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until rolls are golden-brown.FullSizeRender_7
  13. Enjoy with powdered sugar, or packaged icing.

 

Apple Cinnamon Roll Rose Tarts

  • Servings: 4-6
  • Time: 30 min
  • Difficulty: medium
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Materials:

  • medium pot
  • measuring cup
  • cutting board and knife
  • muffin tin
  • cooking spray

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of cinnamon rolls
  • 1 apple
  • 1 c water

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Core and cut the apple in half, then thinly slice.  Aim for uniform sizes (you can discard ends).
  3. Add water to pot and bring to a boil.
  4. Cook apple slices in the water until soft, about 5-7 minutes.
  5. Remove from water and drain.  Allow to cool enough to handle.
  6. Remove cinnamon rolls from packaging.
  7. Open one of the rolls into a long strip.
  8. Line dough with apple slices horizontally.
  9. Carefully roll the dough and apple slices back, creating a rose-shape.
  10. Place rose into a lightly-greased muffin tin.
  11. Repeat with the rest of the dough.
  12. Bake for about 10 minutes, or until rolls are golden-brown.
  13. Enjoy with powdered sugar, or packaged icing.

Moose Droppings (Chocolate Fudge Candies)

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It’s beginning to look a lot like…well, fall.  But this week is THE week, right?!  As you know, I am a total sucker for all things holiday, and Christmas is undoubtedly my favorite.  I think that’s do to my parents:  over the years, we have cultivated a series of traditions Christmas Eve and Day that never seem to get old.  Here’s what 100% happens without fail e’ry year: Continue reading

On this day in Boston.

April 15th, 2013.

It’s been 6 months since i’ve moved to Boston, and am so excited that I get to experience my first marathon!  How do these people run for 26 miles?  I gripe about driving 26 miles.  These folks are nuts.  And incredible.

After grabbing some food with my buddy, we head down to the finish line.  Incredible!  I mean, I’m used to a crowded holiday on a beautiful day on Boylston, but this was insane!  So many people are out to cheer on the runners.  I just want to get a picture of me at the finish line to post.  Not happening.  A “can’t believe I’m at the Boston Marathon finish line” post will have to do.  Okay, now time to get something to drink (I can’t believe it’s so warm out today!), and actually cheer on these folks!

I love how everyone is in such good spirits today.  It’s nice to be in a large crowd without angry, stupid things being yelled out… but I guess the only thing I have to compare it to is a sporting event.  -yeah, that’s a good point!  maybe it’s the weather, or that people work so hard, or that

BOOM Smoke. Confusion.  What… what was that?

Screams.  Lots of screams.

Running the other way?

BOOM!  SMOKE RUNNING SCREAMS YELLING.

Blood.

Let’s go, Jenni.  We need to get out of here.  We don’t know what that is, and we don’t know what’s next.

Hundreds of people running, walking, doing whatever we can to get away from the finish line.  Miss, miss, are you okay?  Your legs… they’re covered in blood.

This isn’t my blood.  This isn’t my blood.  This isn’t my blood.

Keep walking.  Just keep walking.  What happened?  Did… did that just happen?  Is this real?  We need to figure out what’s going on.  I’m sure our loved ones are freaking out.  Oh no, my Facebook post.  I gotta make some calls while we walk.

Cell phone towers are down.  This IS really happening.  Is it still happening?  Are we waiting for number 3?  Just keep walking.  We just need to keep walking.  


Eventually, my friend and I found a pub with WiFi, and were able to post to FB to let people know that we made it out okay, and to ask our friends to pass along the message.  We walked, mostly in silence, to my apartment (at the time), over 2 miles away.  I was also on lock down that Friday, when the brothers drove down my street during the chase, and when they finally caught the culprit.

I wish I could say it was over then, but to be honest it took, and is still taking, so much longer than I would ever expect to work through.  I wouldn’t talk about this for a long time.  It was weeks before a car door slamming outside was just a car door orI went anywhere alone.  It was a while before I could feel comfortable in a crowd without panicing.  It took months to be able to walk down Boylston.

Now, with the trial, a lot of it is coming back. I cannot listen to a survivor’s story without blubbering.  I cannot think of those who lost their lives without losing it.  I cannot write this without crying.  The other day, walking down Boylston and seeing the bleachers being erected, I knew I wasn’t ready to go back to cheer on finishers this year.

When you experience something like this, it certainly changes you.. but I refuse to only have fear as a result.  I did walk away stronger in some aspects, and that is what I hope to inspire you all with.  We all know the innate Life is short motto, but it’s so true.  We have no idea what could happen out there everyday that we are blessed with waking up.  So, with that in mind, here is your recipe for the day:

Directions:

1)  Let the little things go as much as possible.  You will become more patient, happier, and less stressed than you ever thought possible.  Keep asking yourself what really matters.

2)  Show more love to those less fortunate.  Give back more to those asking for change, volunteer, hug a stranger.  Do whatever you feel you need to do.

3)  Take more risks in life.

4) Show your loved ones more love.  You don’t know how much time you have with them.

Marbled Easter Eggs!

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Back up your back-up.

You know what’s really awesome?  LOSING YOUR DIGITAL PICTURES.  FOREVER.  BUH-BYE.

But Jenni, why didn’t you back up your pictures?  Why didn’t I think of that?  Oh, wait!  I did!  I really nice (at the time) external hard drive made just for my Mac, that I took precious time to move ALL of my files (documents, music, and pictures) from the last 7 years.  And after I get rid of the old computer and plug my external hard drive, what do I discover?  Why, all of my pictures from 2010 to 2014, mysteriously gone.

Did I say awesome?  I meant AHDJ#&$*&%*&$!!!!!!! Continue reading

Peanut Butter Cup Brownie Bites

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When life gives you lemons, ask who planted the lemon tree. Did you?

What I mean by that is this: okay, maybe things didn’t go the way you planned, but who put that plan in motion? I’m not asking to make you feel bad about yourself, I’m just trying to give you some perspective. It seems as though we have become a society of finger pointers– so quick to place blame, judge, get angry at those who don’t deserve it (at least not entirely). Plus, taking control admitting your part in something less than perfect that you’re experiencing is empowering. Think about it:  if everything is someone else’s fault, then outside forces are running your life. Not you. Sometimes, you need to step back and realize that maybe it was your bad somewhat, and have a sense of humor about it.

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The Fruiturkey

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Can you believe Thanksgiving is only ONE WEEK away?????

I LOVE Thanksgiving!  Surprised, right?  Shocking that the girl who loves celebrating and is obsessed with food would enjoy a holiday that centers around gorging until we are comatose from overindulgence.

As I mentioned in a previous post, my family loves their food, but tends to choose convenience over freshly prepared-from-scratch meals.  I don’t hate it, but it just means there isn’t much to help out with at family dinners.  Well, last Thanksgiving, I decided to take whatever minuscule food-prep  task into an obnoxious creation for all to enjoy.

I waited patiently, asking politely every few minutes, Mom, what can I help you with?  Finally, out of what I was sure was annoyance to get me out from under her, she told me to make a fruit and cheese platter for a snack, as we always have when the Cowboys play.

Challenge accepted.

As I began to pull out every fruit and cheese my family owned out of the fridge, a head of lettuce, skewers, and various knives, I had to ward off the constant, What in the WORLD are you doing?  Patience, my family.  Patience.  What they didn’t know is that I spent my time in the airport looking up how to create a DIY edible arrangement. The perfect idea for whimsy, outlandish, and yum.

The result:

fruiturkey

Yeah.  That happened.  It was actually easy, but tedious as watching your kindergarten niece try to spell everyone’s name on her iPad.

I won’t walk you through everything (just google it, and plenty will pop up!), but here’s what I used:

  • cantaloupe for the body
  • a pear for the head
  • grapes, cantaloupe, and pineapple for the feathers
  • olives, cheese, and a strawberry sliver for the face
  • olives and cheese on the platter, because we eat an absurd amount of cheese.

Enjoy 🙂

“Indian Corn” Cupcakes

Autumn is a great time for OCD baking.  There are so many ideas out there for shaped breads like the sheath of wheat bread, and insanely awesome baked treats.  I haven’t dabbled too much with shaped cookies, mainly because mine have always turned out to be ugly (but delicious) disasters.  I did create a couple of shaped cakes, though:  one for Easter, that I will write more about in the spring, and a pumpkin-shaped cake, which I stupidly did not take pictures of.  So frustrating when I forget to snap a pic, especially when it’s something that takes me forever to make.  That monstrosity took all afternoon.

Speaking of taking up an entire afternoon with obnoxious baked goods…. I have been looking through lots of old photos lately, and came across this memory: Continue reading