Recipe: Cinnamon Roll Pie

Cinnamon Roll Pie Recipe | this heart of mine

Let me begin by saying, the cinnamon roll pie was not my invention. That being said, I’m going to take full advantage of the concept. I saw it mentioned here and immediately the delicious rolls I made earlier this year came to mind. I’m a fan of from-scratch rolls anyway and I knew the simple recipe would work perfectly. I love that the cinnamon roll pie takes a little of the production time away so that cinnamon roll taste gets to your mouth quicker. Plus, it changes things up just a bit. And it’s pretty, no? :)

Cinnamon Roll Pie Recipe | this heart of mine

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What I’ve Been Doing

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Hello! Happy November.

I’ve been a little quiet here. Here’s what I’ve been doing:

I’m in the process of breaking up with my phone. Sounds ridiculous but I am. Staying up-to-date and alert of everything is exhausting (and hard on my eyes), not to mention the many things I miss when I’m staring at the screen. While I love dreaming and creating, I am having trouble with all the extra stuff. This blogging business requires quite a bit of marketing and I struggle with it. I am happy to read about others exploits and creative endeavors as well as scroll through the small glimpses they share with the world but I am conflicted when I do it for myself. It ends up feeling like a validation process to me. I take a fabulously framed shot of my children walking into the setting sun, their ruffled hair shining in the light, and then I wait for people to like it. Emotions soar or plunge all depending on number of people who like the image. It’s so silly! (said the super silly person).

So this last week, I went about my real life without telling everyone what I was up to, what I was making, what I was thinking. I baked cookies and a cake. I read animal books to my children. I took walks, ran errands, shuffled children to school and back and attended activities. We trick-or-treated with our homemade costumes and enjoyed an evening of laughing with friends. Instead of framing the best shot to share or brainstorming a new post, I tried to stay in the moment. I had a little withdrawal in the beginning, my fingers itching to check something else, but after a while, I felt the freedom and I liked it. I did things because I wanted to, either for my family or myself. I captured visual memories for my memory bank alone.

Blogging is my job and I am very thankful I get to do it. Really, I am. However, like other jobs, it can be draining. As I’ve said in a few other previous posts, this hasn’t been my year. Personal and professional struggles have pushed me to an uncomfortable place and I’ve spent a lot of time wondering and questioning my purpose and my direction (more time than my usual over thinking). I don’t have all the answers and honestly, I am confused as all get out. That being said, I have dreams and ideas for the next two months that I am excited to bring to life. I hate to say plans because those seem to bring on plan-busting events. (See, emergency appendectomy.) :)

Thanks for coming by my little place on the web. With the endless choices and things to see, I appreciate the time you spend here.

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Gold Paper Succulents with Cricut

Gold Paper Succulents with Cricut Explore | this heart of mine

There is nothing like getting inspiration at the last moment! These gold paper succulents are my project for the third installment of Cricut Design Space Star. Our team chose gold as our theme and I wasn’t inspired….until just yesterday. After scrolling through the Cricut Design Space library, I came across a 3D flower pack which led me to a succulent pack and inspiration hit.

I love succulents, despite my inability to keep them living. Something about watering them. :) Anyway, I really like the faux succulents I’ve seen that have been painted gold and I thought a paper version would be fabulous. Gold is so warm and lovely and perfect for a fall table. These little succulent pots with the Be Thankful flag are ideal for each guest’s spot!

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Raspberry Pomegranate Sorbet Recipe | this heart of mine

I’ve been in love with making simple sorbets ever since my first attempt, the pomegranate sorbet. Then came blood orange sorbet and then tart cherry sorbet. And today, a raspberry-pomegranate sorbet. It’s a mix of pure pomegranate juice and real (frozen) raspberries blended together, frozen into cubes and processed in a food processor. Its flavor is bright and refreshing while making your lips pucker a bit too. I’m already missing the berries of summertime and this helps just a bit.

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Simple Animal Costumes

Simple Animal Costumes: Lions, Tigers & Black-Footed Ferrets | this heart of mine

Lions and tigers and black-footed ferrets. Oh my!

My children love to dress up, regardless of the time of year (though Halloween provides their mother extra incentive and pressure to sew costumes). Currently, Love Bug and Sweet J are highly interested in animals thanks to their favorite show, Wild Kratts. We now know more about cheetahs, geckos, otters and monarch butterflies, among a whole host of others. The favorites, or at least the ones who made the ‘what costumes would you like? list’ are lions, tigers and black-footed ferrets. I have studied images of these animals more than I’d like to admit but I wanted to make sure I was creating cool yet simple costumes.

Simple Animal Costumes: Lions, Tigers & Black-Footed Ferrets | this heart of mine

The costume style is just like the puppy costumes I made two years ago (my babies were so little!!). It’s a long, tunic-like, almost shift-dress-like form. Very simple and easy. I used fleece for all three costumes for two reasons: 1) fleece is very easy to sew with. No hemming or finishing edges. I can cut shapes and then use those shapes exactly like I want. It’s the best!! And 2) Halloween eve is usually a chilly one for us and fleece gives us the best chance to actually wear the costumes without heavy outerwear and stay warm. Win win!

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