Tuesday, April 28, 2009

250... NO WAY!

This is my 250th post! I cannot believe it! This blog has been such a wonderful outlet for me. I have always enjoyed baking and cooking, but blogging has given me an added joy. I have discovered this whole world of foodies that I never knew existed and I have formed good friendships. So a big, big thank you to those who have enjoyed my blog and therefore made me enjoy it more!

I joked when I started this blog back in August that I would bake/cook my way through this deployment. My good friend, Erica, pointed out to me the other night that I literally have. Yes, that's right. This deployment is coming to an end!!! I cannot say exactly when Nathan will be arriving home for two reasons... One - The date isn't set in stone. Two- OPSEC (Operational Security). But, I can say that he will be home oh so soon and I cannot wait! It has been almost 13 months and to have my husband and best friend back home with me will be amazing!

I also mentioned the other day that I have been crazy busy and that I would elaborate later. Now is later. :) Besides getting everything ready for Nathan's return, I have two birthdays in May. My son will be turning one May 29th and anyone who knows me knows that I plan WAY ahead of time, so while that is a month away, I am busy working on plans. My baby girl (who isn't a baby anymore) turns 4 (WHEN DID THAT HAPPEN???) on May 6th and we are having her party this weekend. She requested a surprise party and I am so excited for it! Although I didn't really think about the logistics of pulling off a surprise party with a deployed husband! But, luckily I have awesome friends who are helping me pull it off! The rest of this week will be spent making dozens of sugar cookies in the shape of 4's (I do numbers every year) and making 4 cakes (per the birthday girl's request!) all while keeping it hidden from my daughter. Can we say late nights? :)

Now on to a recipe! This is a great indulgent breakfast treat that is SUPER easy thanks to the help of (GASP) store bought cinnamon rolls. I prefer homemade cinnamon rolls and will take the time to make them if I am just making cinnamon rolls. But, this recipe just uses the rolls as a base and they are dipped in a butter/sour cream/brown sugar/pecan mixture. YUM YUM YUM! Seriously so good!


Cinnamon Pecan Pull Apart

3/4 cup chopped pecans
2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter, melted
1/2 cup sour cream
1 tsp vanilla
2 cans (12.4 oz each) Pillsbury refrigerated cinnamon rolls with icing

Heat oven to 350. Grease bundt pan; set aside.

In large bowl, mix all ingredients except for cinnamon rolls.

Seperate rolls and cut into fourths. Add dough pieces to pecan mixture; toss to coat. Spoon mixture into bundt pan.

Bake for 30-40 minutes or until deep golden brown. Turn upside down onto serving plate. Spread with icing.


SUGAR B said...

Happy 250th entry! That is quite an achievement. I am 148 entries behind you! ;)

Coleen's Recipes said...

Did you say you have submitted 250 posts since August? Did I hear you correctly? I'm in shock!! What an exciting spring you are going to have...birthdays and homecomings. I'm so happy for you.

n.o.e said...

Wow, that's lots of news! I'm amazed at your 250 posts. I thought I'd been busy with 200. Great job; love your blog. Congrats on the end of deployment and good luck with all the birthday goodies. Hope your daughter doesn't request 10 cakes when she's 10! Hmm or 18 when she's 18...

Michele said...

Congratulations on 250!
The cinnamon pull-aparts look amazing!

Millers! said...

I am so excited for you Cristine! You have such an awesome Month coming up, and it couldnt be any better! Thank you for your blog, its been wonderful to try some of your yummmmy foods! I hope you dont stop once Nathan comes home!

The McBride Family said...

I can't believe the guys are coming home and Anya is turning 4!!! Congrats on 250 holy COW! You rock and I am so glad you decided to start blogging all your recipes!

Mermaid Sweets said...

Wow, 250 - that means I have a lot to catch up on! Congrats and I can't imagine how hard this deployment would be, I think I have it rough with my hubby going away for 3-4 weeks at a time, thanks for doing your service to our country.

Katy ~ said...

Sweet post; my heart filled with delight at the excitement and happy frenzy you shared.

Wow! 250 posts! That's a lot of cooking and creativity. Well done!

The pull aparts look delish. Nothing wrong with convenience foods, because that's what they are--convenient, and I think from time to time we've all used them. Grins.

HoneyB said...

I'm so happy to hear that Nathan is coming home soon! You have a lot to celebrate with the homecoming AND birthdays AND your 250th post! :o)

The Mortensens said...

I'm so happy for you that this deployment is finally coming to an end!

And congrats on 250!

Leslie said...

Congrats on your 250! I am looking for the next 250!!!

April said...

Congrats on your 250th post! That is amazing!! This recipe looks fantastic!

Jeff said...

Tell your husband thank you for his service. It is always hard to be deployed and away from family. Many of us appreciate and understand the job is difficult not only for the soldier but for the family.

Congrats on the 250th post! Blogging is such an awesome outlet and god knows what I would be doing if it was not for mine.

The cookies in number four reminds me of my mom a lot. She use to do that too.

Flourchild said...

Great work..250 post..wow! Im so h appy your husband is coming home soon. I can't even imagine the joy your feeling!
Your recipe looks great. I love homemade stuff too..but you know sometimes those store bought items just make life easier.
I hope your daughters bday party goes well. Thank God for friends that help us!

Ingrid said...

Okay, well we know I don't have a problem with store bought rolls especially when kicked up several knotches. Looks good!

Hope all goes well with the surprise party! Happy 4th to your big girl! Oh, happy 250th to you! :)

teresa said...

It sounds like life is wonderfully busy, congratulations on the 250th post! My little girl is turning four this year too, so you are giving me some good ideas! The cinnamon rolls look fabulous too!


I can't believe our girls are going to be 4!! And even better is Nathan coming home!!! Oh man, I remember the feelings of anticipation...I am SO EXCITED FOR YOU!

I can't wait to see the pictures of the birthday party. I love that Anya's birthday is first so I can get ideas for our party in June! :)

You're awesome!!

Megan said...

Writing 250 posts certainly has kept you busy enough, never mind the fact that you are taking care of two little ones.

I am so happy for you that your husband is coming home soon - that is such great news.

And your kids birthdays are close together, just like mine's are. Hmm, wonder how that happened? :)

Can't wait to see what you make for Anya - I'm sure it will be outstanding.

With your husbands deployment coming to an end, do you think you'll be staying in Germany?

The Grows said...

I am so glad you started this blog, I have really enjoed it too. Not just the eating part, although that is probably my favorite, but reading it too. Your blog is awesome!!!!!

J.Danger said...

I am so glad that your husband is coming home! I am so excited for you!

You sure do a lot, and I appreciate you doing this blog through all of it.


Now, enjoy those parties!

Justin Schwartz said...

i've never made a pull-apart thing, but this is making me think I need to try

margot said...

Congratulations on 250 posts (that is some serious cooking and blogging) and your husband returning! Pre-made cinnamon rolls are one of my favorite convenience foods; I love how you dressed them up.

Elyse said...

Congrats on such a monumental post!! 250 is amazing. I'm so glad that you've managed to cook/bake through the deployment...and it's almost over. Can't wait to see more posts about those bdays to come!

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