A Simple Guide for Gifting

okay we all know there are hundreds of these out there but i wanted to share mine with you incase you needed a couple more ideas. i have three kiddos two girls 9, and almost 5 and then a 21 month old boy. so you can pretty much find something in a different age group for you kiddos. 

now I'm not big on getting them a bunch of things that will most likely end up donated by mid year. i like to do 4-5 gifts per child. this year we're also going to Disneyland the day after Chirstmas so ill probably let them choose a small thing there. now on to the guide. ill start with Zane and end with my oldest.  oh before i start we also like to go through all of the toys we already have to clean out whats broken and no longer being used . ill donate the good ones to a local shelter and trash the unusable ones. 

now Zane is into cars and pretty much anything that moves around so naturally anything with a car is a win at this age. i hope this guide helped you in some mayor you found something that you love on here. 

on to Keilyn, she will be five yes FIVE on the 20th of December which also means she will get more then enough gifts. we usually do one great gift for her birthday that we let her pick out. anyways back to Christmas. she's currently at the stage of loving barbies, cars, action figures, she pretty much doesn't see gender when it comes to toys so we can buy her anything and she will absolutely love it. 

Jazlyeen is 9 and a half. this year she stopped believing in Santa, which was a very hard pill for me to swallow i felt like she was no longer a little girl, like the magic of Christmas was gone. after we talked about it she decided to continue to believe and pretend for her siblings ( bless her sweet heart) she's into basic 9 year old girl things, barbies, board games, drawing, making, and reading. so here is a few ideas for her. 

 

seriously guys gift giving can become overwhelming my advice to you is to make a list and check it twice . i hope you found at least one item that you love. 

Cinnamon Rolls

yup today was the day! the day i decided to wake up and make homemade cinnamon rolls and boy let me tell you it was one of the best choices I've  made all day. now ill admit it i was a little intimidated by them, but i was determined oh so determined . one thing i learned after making these today is that ill never and yes i mean it ill NEVER go back to store bought cinnamon rolls again,

you guys these cinnamon rolls are LIFE i mean it they are so delish! so heres the recipe for you, oh and it took me about two and a half hours from start to finish, thats with the rise time. oh and by the way im totally eating one as i write this. 

Ingredients:

Dough

  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 1 cup milk warm
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 softened unsalted butter 
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour

Filling

  • 1 cup brown sugar packed 
  • 3 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup butter softened

Cream cheese icing

  • 6 tbsp  unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/4 cup cream sugar
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  1. for the rolls, dissolve the yeast in the warm milk in a large bowl. Let it sit for about 5 minutes. one way to check of yeast is still good is it will start to froth up. 

  2. add sugar, butter, salt, eggs, and flour to the bowl of a mixer mix on medium speed 3 mins.

  3. pour the milk/yeast mixture in the bowl and using the dough hook, mix well. 

  4. place dough into an oiled bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place about 1 hour  until the dough has doubled in size.

  5. roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface, until it is approx 16 inches long by 12 inches wide. It should be approx 1/4 inch thick.

  6. preheat oven to 350 F degrees

  7. for filling, combine the butter or margarine, brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.

  8. spread the mixture evenly over the surface of the dough, roll doll carefully. 

  9. place the cut rolls in the prepared pan. cover them with a damp towel. Let them rise again for another 30 minutes until they double in size.

  10. bake for 30 minutes or until light golden brown. 

  11.  make the icing by mixing all ingredients and beat well with an electric mixer until fluffy.

  12. once rolls are done spread icing. 

and just like that you'll never go back either ! this recipe is perfect to make and freeze for those days you want a roll but don't feel like  making them again. its a yummy christmas morning treat, or a lay in your bed and watch a movie kinda treat,