Babysaurus in the Kitchen :: Apple Cinnamon Crescent Rolls

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At our house, the best way to celebrate the rare mid-week work holiday is with a slow morning and a special breakfast treat.

Norah A. Babysaurus loves to “cook” and she never wastes an opportunity to push a chair up to the counter so she can stand next to me and help with whatever I’m trying to whip up, generally by swiping ingredients for her own concoctions, dancing on the counter, or putting all the cooking utensils in her mouth. And also telling me to stop whatever it is I’m doing because it’s all wrong. Today was no exception.

But unlike, say, a veggie stir fry, Apple Cinnamon Crescent Rolls are a perfect baking project for the two-year-olds among us. As long as you or someone you love do/does not have an irrational fear of opening pop-open biscuits, this recipe really doesn’t get much simpler. Or nummier.

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APPLE CINNAMON CRESCENT ROLLS

You’ll need:

1 can pop-open crescent rolls
1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
1/4 cup light brown sugar
2 teaspoons cinnamon, or however much the toddler wishes to dump in
1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
1/2 large apple, sliced thin

You’ll do:

* denotes Little Kid-friendly steps

1. Preheat the oven according to the crescent roll package directions.

*2. Combine 1/4 cup softened butter or margarine, 1/4 cup light brown sugar, 2 teaspoons cinnamon, and 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves in a small bowl. Mix well.

3. Open the crescent roll package, or have someone you love do it for you while you dash out of the room plugging your ears with your fingers and also holding your breath for some inexplicable reason. Roll out the crescent roll dough on a clean surface and separate the triangles.

*4. Drop about 1/2 tablespoon worth of the butter mixture onto each triangle and spread evenly.

*5. Lay two or three slices of apple across the width of each triangle, about 1/2 inch from the wide end. Norah A. Babysaurus particularly enjoyed this step, and made sure to do it again and again and again.

*6. Eventually, you will be ready to roll up the dough. Beginning from the wide end, wrap the end of the dough over the apples and roll toward the narrow end.

*7. Place rolls on an ungreased cookie sheet, leaving a few inches of space between them so that they will get evenly crisp and golden and delicious.

8. Have the little one(s) stand far away from the oven while you open it to put the cookie sheet in. Bake according to package directions, until the crescent rolls are deeply golden.

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Before/After: Kitchen Backsplash

In November, I spent a day cleaning and reorganizing some of the kitchen cabinets. It was a very successful project, but that’s not what I’m here to talk about. No.

I’m here to talk about what happened while I was reorganizing the kitchen cabinets — rather the Magnificent Creative Vision I had while reorganizing the kitchen cabinets. The Magnificent Creative Vision that got stuck in my mind’s eye and would not disappear, or be pushed aside, or drowned in hot chocolate, although I tried. And that’s how I knew it had to be done.

Before

I’m talking about the kitchen backsplash, which was painted a coppery metallic hue. A lovely, rich coppery metallic hue that glowed warmly in the morning light — but stood blandly against the kitchen cabinets, which Keith will not ever let me paint or otherwise permanently alter, never, ever, ever. I’d known for quite some time that the copper had to change. It’s always just been a matter of what would be better than a beautiful coppery metallic paint that looks terrible with the kitchen cabinetry chosen by the previous owner.

Then, it hit me so hard that I had to run straight to the Internet to make sure I wasn’t totally insane. When the house speaks, I obey.

After

Chalkboard paint! It’s perfect. And I’m still excited about it. In case you couldn’t tell.

I love that we can doodle festive holiday decorations, write messages, draw a graphic pattern, or keep it crisp and black, all on a whim. And I have a lot of whims, which makes chalkboard paint the perfect solution. (Plus, the black just looks SO much better, don’t you think?) It’s hard not to add a chalkboard wall to every room.

Sink - Before & After

Have you ever done a project that just seems so perfect, so right when it’s finished that you can’t believe you hadn’t thought of it before?