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“While the dough is rising, life goes on.” ~Peter Reinhart

So, I was thinking of making the world — or at least my corner of the world — a bit better. So I decided I’d do that with cinnamon buns!

In this past week I’ve baked ginger lime cheesecake, tangerine cookies, and walnut slice. Today I made cinnamon buns. We invited the neighbours over for coffee so I thought I’d try a new recipe rather than one of the ones I’ve made before. I don’t believe in being too conservative or safe so I’m not afraid to try a new recipe even when we’ve invited people over. Happened to enjoy this new recipe and it was really quite easy too.

These ones rose quite nicely didn’t they? I didn’t even allow them a full 45 minutes to rise as the recipe called for — I was afraid they’d begin to roll over the pan so I put them in the oven like this. I love the aroma of baking yeast and warm cinnamon.

I’m thinking of setting up a recipe swap, but the kicker is that it must be done through the post office and not electronically. I don’t have many followers but still — I think it would be fun for those who might like to participate. I’m even thinking of making up some postcards with the recipes written right on them. I’ll keep you posted once I decide whether or not to give a recipe swap a try. What do you think?

Oh hey, my husband and I took a wee road trip (I needed to buy some blue jeans — long story) and after scoring some nice Wranglers I found an utterly amazing shoe store! I’m not one of those people who obsesses over shoes. Truth be told I don’t have many shoes but, after going through Cardino Shoes, I must go back and buy something special.

May your weekend be filled with quality time with your family and friends; delicious home made meals; and some great reading. Oh, and as Michael Pollan says, “Don’t eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn’t recognize as food.”



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Cicerosings - November 3, 2012 - 10:43 am

Those cinnamon buns look amazing. I made a plum upside down cake this morning as some time today a lady is going to drop by for coffee.

I made a recipe book and got it published. I enjoyed that so much that I’ve started another book … one on Mither … for her grandkids (my brother’s kids as he is the only one that had kids … 3 girls).

We have a break in the weather and our ice of a couple of days ago is all disappeared. That means I must get out and spread manure on the garden. Looks like I’ve about 3 days in which to accomplish this task.

Love that last line about food and great-grandmother! I’m not knocking eating vegetables but these people that go on and on about it … I remember as a kid that there weren’t a whole lot of vegetables available to us in Canada (especially in the winter … and broccoli, for instance, was almost unheard of as were avocados etc. These people that purport that the grain/lentil/veggie way was the way of the ages … well, they didn’t live in the north country 100 years ago. Personally, I think we obsess too much on food these days: gourmet, spiced just so, gluten free, dairy free, peanut free, egg free, specialty cheeses, special everything, etc. It makes my poor pea brain weary. Plain and simple sometimes really is best. Like mmmm, cinnamon buns. You could send one my way … if only it were so easy.

Sherry Galey - November 3, 2012 - 12:41 pm

If you did not live so far away, I would be over in a heartbeat to sample these babies. I can almost smell the cinnamon aroma from this amazing image. I’d love to be part of a recipe swap. I have a few good ones and I’m always up for collecting more. I checked out that great shoe store too. I love the selection there and their website is very inviting. I’m with you on the Pollan philosophy too; today we’re having tomato soup made with the last of our garden tomatoes and onions.

Michele Jack - November 4, 2012 - 7:18 pm

I knew it was Duncan. First clue was the Wranglers and second clue was the shoe store. You are certainly finding the best kept secrets on Vancouver Island. Happy Exploring!

Lyd Miller - November 10, 2012 - 5:57 am

Hi Diane! WOW those cinnimon buns look good!! Think that should be a recipe you need to send to me 🙂 Just started reading your blog and enjoying it. We are in Honduras right now enjoying the rainy season.