Spring Guidebook

Free Spring guidebook to help you get the most from this beautiful season. Whether it is during actual Springtime, or just when you have a season of growth. Click image below to access the digital PDF. Also available to print and use as a hard copy! I love to print off the foods to nourish pages and post in my kitchen for easy access while I menu plan.

Happy Spring!

Sourdough Cinnamon Nut Rolls with Salted Caramel Drizzle

My only story with this is that I make cinnamon rolls about once every three years, and then wonder why I don’t do it more often.

This time I adapted some basic recipes and made my own creation, which turned out well (but maybe that’s because I only eat these once every three years so they taste extra good…).

Here’s what ya do:

Sourdough Cinnamon Nut Rolls with Salted Caramel Drizzle

Ingredients:

Dough:

  • 8 tablespoons cold butter
  • 300-350 grams all-purpose flour (about 2.5 cups)
  • 100 grams active sourdough starter (about 1/2 cup)
  • 240 grams buttermilk (about 1 cup. Note- you can always add a TBS of vinegar or lemon juice to a cup of milk to make “buttermilk”)
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup (the good kind please)
  • 3/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda

Filling:

  • 150 grams brown sugar (about 2/3 cup)
  • 5 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 3 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3/4-1 cup walnuts, chopped

Salted Caramel Glaze:

  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2.5 tablespoons half and half, or cream
  • Large flaked salt

Instructions:

Plan ahead! Start about 8-12 hours before you want hot, sweet rolls.

  • Grate the cold butter into large bowl. Add the flour and mix in with butter. Add sourdough started, maple syrup, and buttermilk to the flour and butter. Cover bowl with kitchen towel and let rest at room temp for 8-12 hours.
  • Heat over to 375 Fahrenheit. Butter a 12 inch cast-iron, or a casserole dish.
  • Mix salt, baking power and soda together well in a small cup. Sprinkle this on top of dough, and mix well.
  • Flour a clean counter and turn dough out of bowl. Give the top of the dough another good puff of flour. Roll dough into a big rectangle. Mine ended up being about 20″ by 12″.
  • Mix cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeat, and chopped walnuts in a bowl. Coat dough with your melted butter, and sprinkle with filling ingredients.
  • Roll the dough longwise, and then cut into 8-10 even rolls. Place in baking dish (I love cast-iron), leaving a smidge of room in between to allow for baking up.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes until golden and crispy on top.
  • Drizzle caramel on top while still warm.
  • Take photos to commemorate.

Glaze:

Melt butter in small pan on stove, add brown sugar and cream. Over medium low heat, stir until sugar dissolves and allow to bubble for 3-4 minutes. Remove from heat and sprinkle a generous pinch of salt, stir to combine, and drizzle over hot cinnamon rolls.

Fall Bucket List 2020- COVID Safe

No matter where you are, Autumn can be such a fun time for traditions. One we always do in the New England area, is apple picking. This may seem crazy to some, to pay an inflated price to pick your own apples, but it is such a fun Fall activity, and we do it every year. With activities looking very different due to COVID, our bucket list for the season changed a bit. Less parties (unless virtual), no Harvard football game, and trick or treating on Beacon Hill is out. BUT there are still so many fun and cozy traditions to be made! Here’s our pandemic friendly Fall bucket list: 

Fall Bucket List

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  • S’mores by the fireplace
  • Paint pumpkins
  • Make pumpkin spice golden milk
  • Take a nature walk to see Fall leaves
  • Cozy up for a read-a-thon day
  • Take family photos 
  • Visit a corn maze
  • Make a gratitude tree
  • Go thrifting for a few new cozy Autumn pieces for wardrobe or home (online or in-person where safe)
  • Bake butternut squash bread
  • Go for a scenic drive
  • Apple picking with cider donuts
  • Have a food prep day and stock freezer with chile, soups and breads
  • Mail a care package to a loved one
  • Vote
  • Have a candlelit dinner
  • Collect leaves, pinecones, and acorns and make a fall craft
  • Throw a football at the park
  • Donate a coat to a coat drive
  • Learn about ancestors for dia de los muertos
  • Have a game night with family/roommates

30 Fun Ways to Move Your Body

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Joyful Ways to move your body

  1. Turn on a playlist of songs and dance!
  2. Take a walk around the block, take photos of your neighborhood as you do
  3. Take the stairs but listen to music as you do
  4. Walk a dog
  5. Walk or Bike to brunch instead of drive
  6. Do an online workout with friends before hanging out
  7. Yoga with Adriene YouTube video
  8. Play basketball
  9. Hula hoop
  10. Hike
  11. Pushups/sit-ups during a t.v. commercial break (or every 20 minutes during a movie)
  12. 7 minute workout (this is the app I use)
  13. Go to a pool and play water games
  14.  Make out with someone/have sex (had to include it 😉
  15. Deep clean your house while listening to a favorite podcast or album (save it for just when you clean so it’s motivating 😉
  16.  Throw on some spandex and do good old fashioned aerobics (jumping jacks, kicks, prancercise etc.)
  17.  Kick a soccer ball around with a friend
  18. LAUGH
  19.  Do just the stretches that feel good to you. Breath deeply during the stretching.
  20. Jump on a trampoline
  21. Go shopping (it’s true-it can burn calories). No purchases required.
  22. Put on a YouTube karate video and pretend you’re the karate kid
  23.  Play at a playground (just bring a kid, or go off hours so you’re not that creepy adult…)
  24. With support, try a handstand
  25.   Play a yard game with friends (tag, red rover, capture the flag, etc)
  26.  Sit on an exercise ball while hanging out, to engage core
  27.  Doorbell ditch treats to neighbors. Bonus points if you tuck and roll out of there to avoid being caught.
  28. Try partner yoga for a fun challenge
  29.  Run around with your kids, nieces/nephews, grand kids, or pet kid (plant kids do not work as well for this activity)
  30.  Stand in the sun, reach your arms up to the sky, breath deeply, and be grateful for your body.

I’m feeling better already! 😉

-Rachael