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You know I was just thinking about something the other day and I was talking to a friend of mines about it: I am so glad I did not peak in high school.  Lots of people did and in more ways than one.  Allow me to explain…

Some people (actually lots of people as it turns out), long for the better days of old.  Meaning, a lot of people honestly feel like their life has gotten as good as its gonna get.  They were the best they’re ever gonna be years ago and essentially it’s all down here from here.  Like…

If you honestly believe that your life has gotten as good as it gets then, why girl?  Like what’s the point of living?

Then again you have those people who don’t know they past they expiration date.  The people who just like still think they summertime fine but in actually they be winter break busted. Y’all know what I’m talmbout; them be the people that you just knew when yall were in 12th grade and they got a superlative like ‘best dressed’ or ‘most popular’ or some bullshit like that, that yeah that was it for them.  You know, the prom queen, homecoming queen, football jock, [insert high school stereotype here].  People like me [the smart girl…the nerd…the one that was go be rich one day 😉 ] always knew that this was it for these people.

And this is not just specific to high school, it can be any time in your past.  I actually know people who are like ‘I feel like I was the prettiest I’ve ever been when I was 21’ or ‘I gave all my good years to so and so’ or ’25 was the best year for me’, etc.  I just don’t understand it.

Now, before you try and come for me, I wasn’t like outcast or picked on for being smart in high school.  I was actually quite popular, because I was smart.  But I also knew that there was life beyond senior year and I was looking forward to it- because I was smart.  I had options, and I couldn’t wait to see where life would take me.  And this is the same feeling that I have today.  My life is still unfolding before my eyes and I’m excited to see what each day brings.  I’m not just gonna sit around and wait to die if I can help it; not as long as I have options, which is as long as I have breath in my body.  My Jesus aint die on the cross for that.

Big ass Cinnamon Roll 

You know what else gets better with time?  My cooking skills.  I feel like I be going to higher heights with my abilities lol.  So I still had some eggnog left over and I was tryina think of ways to get rid of it.  I swear I thought I had blogged the recipe for this before, but I can’t seem to find it.  If I did then here it go again.

Ingredients 

  • 1 pack of yeast
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 c sugar (you can use less if you want, but no less than 1/2 c)
  • 4 1/2 c flour
  • 1 c eggnog
  • 1 stick of butter, melted but cooled
  • 2 eggs

Filling 

  • softened butter, at least 1/4 c
  • 1/2 c sugar
  • 1/2 c dark brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground cloves
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg

Icing 

  • 1 package (8oz) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tbsp Hennessy
  • 1/4 c cardamom
  • 2 c confectioner’s sugar
  • 1 tsp vanilla flavoring

For the dough:

In a large bowl, mix the yeast, sugar, salt and abt half of the flour to combine.  meanwhile, heat the butter and eggnog just until the butter melts and the eggnog is warm.  Be careful not to scorch the eggnog. Add the liquids to the dry ingredients and mix to combine.  Add both the eggs and the flower intermittently and combine them until you have a dough.

Once the dough forms knead it on a floured surface until smooth.  Them place it in a greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap.  Allow it to rise until it’s doubled in size, for at least an hour.  Punch the dough in the center and turn it out on a floured surface.  Roll it with a rolling pen into a rectangular shape- it should be kind of large.  Do the best you can chial.

In bowl you wanna combine the sugars and spices for the filling (everything except the butter) and mix them together.  Spread the butter all over the dough and sprinkle it with the sugar mixture. If you want, you can add nuts, chocolate chips, or anything else you like in your cinnamon rolls.  Cut the dough into about 5-6 even strips.

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Then you wanna roll the first piece up like you would a regular cinnamon roll and then continue to roll the subsequent pieces around it.  I’m sorry y’all my recipe writing skills aren’t very prolific.  But it should look like this once you’re done:

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Usually I’d do this in a greased cast iron skillet, but this time I used a pie pan since I had some left over that I needed to use and dishes girl.  Cover and let rise for another hour.

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

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Once the dough has risen, bake for about 50-60 mins, until the center is done.  It may be a little brown because of the spices, so that’s ok.

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Mix all of the ingredients for the icing together with a hand mixer .  You can also heat them (on low) on the stove to combine, but its easier to mix them because the icing will be hot once you spread it on the roll.  Spread it all over the big ass cinnamon roll and cut yourself a slice.  Enjoy!

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