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Cinnamon Roll Quick Bread

Cinnamon Roll Bread has become one of my favorite quick bread recipes around casa
twelveOeight.  It makes a great bread to serve for a coffee play-date with friends, as 
well as a wonderful addition to our Christmas morning breakfast.
I think I may whip up a few extra batches this year to wrap up and keep on hand for 
last minute gift giving (and to feed weary elves) too. 
Getting the fluffy, sweet taste of a cinnamon roll without using yeast is the best part
of making a quick bread.  Well, the icing may be the best part.  Not waiting for dough
to rise is the runner up.
Apparently, cinnamon is a thermogenic as well as it speeds up your metabolism.
Bring on the cinnamon!
See, you feel better about the icing don’t you? 
Me too 🙂

Cinnamon Roll Quick Bread Recipe

makes one regular size loaf or three mini loaves
adapted from this recipe 
bread:
2 cups of flour or gluten free flour blend
1 T. baking powder
1/4 t. salt
3/4 cup sugar
1 egg
1 cup of milk or milk substitute
1/3 cup sour cream
swirl:
1/2 cup sugar
3 t. cinnamon
icing:
1 1/4 cups powdered sugar
2 T. milk or milk substitute
Preheat oven to 350*
Grease baking pan(s).  In a mixing bowl combine first four ingredients and set aside. 
In a second bowl, combine the egg, milk and sour cream, and add to the flour mixture.
Blend well and even distribute the swirl mixture in a lengthwise line across the top of 
each loaf.  Using a knife or fork, swirl the mixture into the dough a few times to create
a pattern without over-stirring.  You want to keep the swirly effect.
Bake one loaf for approximately 40 minutes, or three mini loaves for about 25 until 
they are turning golden on top and a toothpick comes out clean when tested.
Remove from oven, and cool on a baking rack.  Once loaves are cool, you may leave
them in their baking pans, or remove and drizzle with icing mixture.
Enjoy!

Click HERE for our Eggnog Bread recipe

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Inspiration Monday Party | Easy Holiday Idea Features + a GIVEAWAY!!

It’s a FOURTH MONDAY party…our favorite kind. ANNNNNND…
we have a super special treat with not one but TWO guests joining the fun.
If you’re linking up via A Little Claireification or Busy Being Jennifer,
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AWESOME GIVEAWAY THIS WEEK>>>
Our giveaway this month is from the delightful online shop, HomeSpun Happiness
This shop is stocked with gorgeous jewelry, gorgeous embroidered items, crocheted fabulousness and much more! You could win $100 to spend there by entering below through Rafflecopter. Perfection for the holiday season!


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Merry + Bright Rustic Christmas Wall Art

I live for Christmas, like collect all year, live.
Sing Christmas songs way too early and far too late each year kind of live.
It’s 
just
magic.
Every day I bring some old and some new things out to enjoy throughout 
the Thanksgiving and Christmas season, my pulse beats a little faster.
Visions of orange rolls and homemade fudge are dancing in my head.
Thanksgiving marks the beginning of a fun-filled glitter-covered time of year,
while we watch the forecast a hope for snow.

We might have to head for the mountains to see it, and settle for rain here in
the valley, but the rain can’t dampen my spirits.
I have a turkey to thaw out and Christmas lights to check.
A wreath to finish and sweet potatoes to fluff.
So while the sweet potatoes are a baking,
here is what I am working on…

I started by using an already finished piece of wood that I had stained in a grey stain
this summer.  I looked through all of my mason jars and rings, and found enough regular
and wide mouth rings to spell out my phrase.
I found some very pretty and realistic wood grain scrap book paper at JoAnn’s.  By
tracing each canning ring and cutting them out, I was able to insert them and glue into
place to form a backing for each letter.

From there, I used a dab of hot glue on the back of each letter and attached it to the 
wood grain paper.  I attached each ring with a few dots of hot glue around the back 
edge of each ring, and glued in place.  A couple hooks, and picture hanging wire
created a sturdy picture hanger for the back.  This way I can use it on a shelf or 
hanging up.  The ornaments a Dollar Tree ornaments strung on jute twine.

{more DIY Christmas ideas from twelveOeight}

To see how I made these Christmas hurricane lamps 
and silver leaf stand click HERE


Make a Candy Cane Canning Jar Wreath
find the instructions HERE 


How to make Hand & Body Scrub
recipe HERE


My Favorite Eggnog Bread Recipe
click HERE

What are your plans for the week of Thanksgiving? Lots of eating, shopping, 
decorating (I just revealed my plans!) I cannot wait to see what you have been
up to as well!

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Upcycled Picture Frames-Creating Art For Free | Amy with The Blissful Bee

Sometimes you have a bunch of old frames lying around the house and you just don’t know what to do with them all! I know I find myself running into this problem, and the other day I decided to do something about it.

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I dug through my old frames and picked the simplest one I could find. First, take out the glass, then cut your scrap fabric to size and tape it (or glue it) to your cardboard backing.

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The next step was to spray paint the shell. I used some satin spray paint I had left over from another 
 project.
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After the spray paint dried, I glued the shell onto the fabric backing. 
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And tada! You’re all done:) Now you’ve created some decorative art for free!! 
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Amy I love this idea! I have a huge box of old picture frames that could have a new lease on 
life now.  Thank you as always, for sharing your creative ideas with us-

Inspiration Monday Party | Holiday Side Dish and Appetizer Ideas!

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 Welcome back to Inspiration Monday Party!
 It’s been a fun & busy week but we cannot wait to see what you have been up to!!
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We had so many great projects linked up last week, you guys rock! I’ve got Thanksgiving on the brain, so this weeks inspiration is favorite holiday sides and appetizers. We love to pin your projects through out the week to our “Monday Features & Favorite Board” found here, so be sure to follow us there.  Feel free to grab a button if you were featured.  (on the sidebar)

1.  Sweet potato butternut squash from Joyful Healthy Eats2.  Great Dinner Rlls from My Turn for Us3.  Roasted Fall Veggies from Love Grows Wild4.  Cranberry Maple Brie from Will Cook for Smiles5.  Bacon Green Bean Bundles form Five heart home6.  Orange Spoced Cranberry Sauce from Lemon Tree Dwelling7.  Apple Sausage and Leek Stuffing from Flavors by Four8.  Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes from Spend with Pennies

How about two of the cutest Handmade Holiday outfits from Two Many?

{this week at twelveOeight}

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How To Make Peppermint Body Scrub

Peppermint Hand & Body Scrub is one of my favorite homemade gifts for the Holidays.
There is something wonderful about using a good scrub and moisturizing in the wintertime.
I may not always have time to get a quick manicure, or my hair cut anywhere near on time,
but I always have time to keep a jar of this in the kitchen and shower to keep my skin
soft all winter.  
Sometimes it’s just doing one small thing that makes all the difference don’t you think?
Taking the time to do just one small thing for ourselves even on the busiest of days,
as we enter such a blessed, and wonderful busy season.

Follow up with some homemade Body Butter and your skin will thank you even on the
coldest and driest of days.

 
click HERE for the Body Butter Recipe 

After I whipped this up, I tested it on my hands, and not only did it leave them super
soft, but a faint scent of mint lingers.  Divine!

Peppermint Hand & Body Scrub Recipe
Small and medium mason jars and or/jar with lids and seals (I found this one at Dollar Tree!)
 In a small mixing bowl, combine the following, mix will and carefully add do a clean, dry jar
4 cups of granulated sugar
1 1/2 cups of oil (a good canola oil works great)
2 t. peppermint oil
1 drop of red food coloring
It’s that easy! You may notice a bit of sugar settling at the bottom of the jar, a quick
stir before you use your scrub will do the trick.


 

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The Best Chocolate Cake Ever

Remember the Bundt Cake scene from My Big Fat Greek Wedding?
Here is a clip, in case you enjoy watching it as many times as I have.
It just never loses it’s humor for me, and instantly reminded me of how
I felt once I realized I could make an egg-less cake.
What is it? A cake with no eggs?
In ANY shape desired…
Even a bundt if you are feeling like living dangerously…

Ok, I went the easy route and make this one in a 13″ x 9″ pan,
it could also be make in a larger sheet pan too.

The Best Chocolate Cake Ever
makes one 13″ x 9″ cake

In a large mixing bowl combine and set aside:
2 cups of regular or gluten free flour
1 teaspoon of baking soda
2 cups of sugar
pinch of salt

In a saucepan, combine the following and bring to a low boil:
1 cup of butter
1/4 cup of baking cocoa
1 cup of water

Remove from heat, and add:
1/2 cup of sour cream
and add to the flour mixture.
Spread cake batter into a greased baking dish,
and bake at 350* for approximately 30 minutes depending
on your oven.

Cool and frost with the following frosting, top with chopped walnuts
3 cups of powdered sugar
5 Tablespoons of milk
1 teaspoon of vanilla extract
1/4 cup of room temperature butter
6 Tablespoons of baking cocoa

Blend well with hand mixer till smooth and frost cooled cake, topping
with chopped walnuts or pecans.

You can even put a flower pot in the center,
Opa!

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Etched Glass Typography Vase | Krista from The Happy Housie

Hi everyone!! It is Krista from The Happy Housie back again and I am so excited to be here today sharing this super easy DIY Etched Glass Typography Vase with you – just in time for your holiday table.

DIY Etched Glass Typography Vase
For this project you will need:
  • a vase or large candle holder
  • glass etching cream and brush (I used Martha Stewart brand)
  • alphabet stencils (or you could use scrap booking letter stickers to do the reverse etched pattern)
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I started by cleaning my vase thoroughly according the package directions on the etching cream. 
I then placed my adhesive letter stencils randomly around the vase, in varying directions.
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I made sure all the edges were pressed down nicely and then applied my etching cream. The package instructions say to leave it for fifteen minutes and then rinse off, but I would experiment a little first. When I only left the cream on for 15 minutes it didn’t seem to etch as completely as I wanted,
but perhaps I hadn’t applied enough of the etching cream.
After experimenting, I applied about this much and left it for a couple of hours 
while we went over to a friends for dinner.
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When I returned I rinsed all the etching cream off thoroughly and washed the vase 
again inside and out with warm water.
Done!
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You can see that the pattern is really subtle. I also like that it can be used all year around 
because the typography is not specific to one holiday.
DIY Etched Glass Typography Vase with candle by thehappyhousie for twelveoeight
Here I have it dressed up for Christmas, but you could add a different coloured candle 
and perhaps some corn around the base and it would look great for your Thanksgiving table
as well.
DIY Etched Glass Typography Vase by thehappyhousie for twelveoeight
I have a few other Projects I would love to share with you and would be thrilled if you had the chance to hop over and visit me at The Happy Housie to see what I have been up to lately…
such as how I made these Decoupaged Succulent Mug Planters (a great DIY gift idea!):
DIY Gift Idea Gold Decoupaged Mug Planters by thehappyhousie #MSholiday
Or take a look at our Late Fall Mantel….
Late Fall Mantel with vintage paddle and mason jars at thehappyhousie
And I finally even shared how we created our Faux Mantel  
out of an old ugly china hutch from a second hand store….
DIY Faux Mantel Cabinet made from old hutch before and after
Thank you Tanya for having me here today…it is always so much fun 
to connect with the readers of Twelve O Eight! Thanks for reading.
And remember my housie friends, HOME isn’t built in a day. 
Enjoy the journey.
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Thanksgiving Mac and Cheese Recipe | Donna from A Little While

You know how people are always saying that there wasn’t enough food at Thanksgiving Dinner?  
And how your Thanksgiving pants are still loose even after the feast is over?  
And how everyone goes home hungry?

Yah.  Me either.
We added Mac and Cheese to our Thanksgiving Dinner menu our first ‘married’ Thanksgiving.  We were hosting.  I wanted to dazzle.  

I have brothers.  

Brothers like to eat.

Brothers like to eat Mac and Cheese.

I found the perfect recipe, and perfected it even more. (Who doesn’t like more butter?)

Thanksgiving Mac and Cheese
(kraftrecipes.com)

1 stick of butter
1/4 cup flour
1 cup milk
8 oz. Velveeta, cut into small cubes
2 cups elbow macaroni, cooked
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
1 sleeve of butter crackers, like Ritz, crushed

Heat oven to 350.

Melt 3 Tbsp. butter in medium saucepan on medium heat. Whisk in flour; cook 2 min., stirring constantly. Gradually stir in milk. Cook and stir 3 to 5 min. or until thickened. Add Velveeta cubes; cook 3 min. or until melted, stirring frequently. Stir in macaroni.

Pour into 8×8 glass dish, sprayed with cooking spray; sprinkle with cheddar. Melt remaining butter; toss with cracker crumbs. Sprinkle over casserole.

Bake for 20 minutes.

The year my family came for Thanksgiving, I doubled the recipe and put it in a 9×13 baking dish, which was all but licked clean after dinner!  The next day I made it again, but added chopped leftover turkey.  It was so good!

Have you ever made your own homemade pumpkin puree?
Click HERE to see how easy it is!


Enjoy and Happy Thanksgiving!

Donna
a little while 

Thank you SO much for sharing your recipes with us Donna! 
Have a wonderful day friends, and as always thank you so much for reading-

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Inspiration Monday Party | DIY Projects To Paint, Build & Make

Hello party friends!
It has been a fun & busy week but we cannot wait to see what
 YOU have been up to!!
~Welcome back to Inspiration Monday Party~
big inspiration monday
This is the place where your links are seen simultaneously 
on all four blogs at the same time…
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We had so many amazing projects linked up this week,
but some of these DIY Home Decorating projects
caught my eye…
We love to pin your projects through out the week to our
“Monday Features & Favorite Board” found here
so be sure to follow us there.
Feel free to grab a button if you were featured.
(on the sidebar)

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– Please do not link Etsy stores, giveaways, or other link parties {Bummer, huh? But there are lots of specific parties out there just for these fun things!}
– By linking up to Inspiration Monday you are giving the five blogs, listed above, permission to feature your project and/or photos on our social media outlets and blogs.
-While certainly not required, we would love for you to follow along on social media with the hostesses {links on each of our blogs here}:

Thank you so much for reading, and as always, may your heart and home be full of everything you love! xo, Tanya         linking up to: http://www.savvysouthernstyle.net/ And these awesome parties: http://www.twelveoeightblog.com/awesome-link-parties