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The most annoying alarm rings out over my phone. I contemplate for a few seconds whether or not I should hit snooze and decide against it just in case it snowed outside and I absolutely need to leave on time. I run downstairs, gasp at the sleepless face that greets me in the mirror and immediately start putting my make-up on. My scrubs come next and then my hair either gets combed out or whipped up into a messy bun. No time for anything fancy. Next, I’m running to my Keurig to switch on the power and dumping a little creamer into my travel mug. My purse and Alea’s bags are already laid out from the night before. I run out and start my car and after my travel mug is full, I get Alea dressed. A quick hug and kiss good-bye to daddy and Alea and I are on our way.
That’s a typical weekday morning around these parts.
After painting that not-so-pretty picture, I’m sure you can imagine why weekend mornings just so happen to be my favorite. Especially now that I have every single weekend off– weekend are even more relaxing and even more special. Especially when they’re complete with sweet rolls and OJ. Nothing’s better than sweet rolls and OJ.
Unless you add a sweet little four-year-old into the mix– then it’s even sweeter!
1. Pepperidge Farms Apple Sweet Rolls
2. Chocolate chips
3. Candy corn
For a little bonus fun, I snagged all of these ingredients at Walmart the other day when Alea was in preschool. She usually comes with me to the store, but I wanted to make sure this special little treat would be a surprise!
1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
2. After you open the container (watch out! It pops! This was Alea’s favorite part!) divide the rolls. This is easy to do, as they’re pre-cut.
3. Lay out 3 rolls to make a snowman. You may have to take a little off of two of the rolls to make the head and the belly rolls.
4. Now make sure there’s at least 2″ between each roll.
5. Press your thumb into the center of each roll and squeeze the apple filling into the center of each roll.
6. Bake for 12-14 minutes or until golden brown.
7. Top with the icing. Then add a candy corn nose and use chocolate chips for the eyes, mouth and buttons of your snowman.
For Alea, I think waiting the 12 minutes for our sweet cinnamon rolls to get their perfect golden brown was the hardest part. She never was all that good with patience, but neither is her mama! Thank goodness I poured a couple glasses of Florida Orange Juice to keep her occupied. “It’s sour mommy! It wrinkles my nose!” and lots of giggles followed!
It was worth the wait, though, when Alea saw the finished product of her cinnamon sweet roll snowman! Isn’t he the cutest? You just can’t help but smile when you look into his chocolate chip eyes! Alea was in awe of her sweet roll snowman and I was entranced by the sweet little smile on her face and the excitement in her eyes. So much so, that I forgot I had a sweet roll of my own to eat. Don’t worry, though, it got eaten. And it was was absolutely delicious to the very last bite.
Weekend mornings are just so magical, aren’t they? There’s just something to be said for slowing down and really savoring the time that you spend with your family and especially with the little ones in your life. She may have finger-painted her face with chocolate chips and asked for a hug with her sticky cinnamon fingers, but there’s nothing better than sweet rolls, OJ and weekend mornings well spent.
Nothing at all!
How do you make mornings special with your little?