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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Swedish Tea Ring Recipe

Last week, my youngest had her Countries Around The World Day. Each third grader has been researching their heritage and picked one country to focus on and research more. She picked Sweden. Once their done with their reports, they present them to parents and classmates in a school wide event. As part of the project, we also brought in a food or dish from the particular country. We settled in on a Swedish Tea Ring. It was delicious and I wanted to share the recipe (and photo montage) below...

Swedish Tea Ring


  • For the Dough:
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon butter, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/4 cups bread flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast

  • For the Filling:
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • For the Icing:
  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk, or as needed


  1. In a bread machine, put milk, egg, butter, sugar, salt, bread flour, and yeast in the order suggested by the manufacturer. Select the Dough cycle and press Start. When dough is mixed, transfer to a greased bowl; cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled, about 1 to 1 1/2 hours.
  2. Grease 2 baking sheets or line them with parchment paper; set aside.
  3. Divide dough in half. Roll each piece out into rectangles about 12x16 inches. Spread each dough rectangle with 1 tablespoon softened butter. In a small bowl, combine 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon, 3/4 cup light brown sugar, and 1/2 cup raisins.
  4. Sprinkle cinnamon mixture onto buttered dough. Roll them up jelly-roll fashion, along long side. Pinch edges to seal. Stretch and twist into rings, pinching ends to seal. Place them seam-side down onto prepared baking sheets. Using clean scissors, cut 2/3 way of the way through the loaf at about 1-inch intervals. Spread each cut slightly. you wish to
  5. [At this point, the dough can be refrigerated: cover dough with greased plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight. The next morning, let pastries come to room temperature for about half an hour before baking as directed in step 7.]
  6. Alternately, cover each ring with a clean towel or greased plastic wrap and let loaves rise until double, about 40 minutes.
  7. Arrange two oven racks so that both baking sheets will fit. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  8. Bake for 10 minutes in preheated; rotate baking sheets. Bake until rings are light brown and the filling is oozing and bubbling, about 10 minutes more.
  9. In a small mixing bowl, combine confectioners sugar, almond extract, and milk until icing is desired consistency. Drizzle icing over warm pastries.

 It was a great day and she had a lot of fun. It's amazing to see how hard the kids worked on their projects. Great to enjoy some yummy food too!

Friday, April 14, 2017

April Daily Goodie Box Feature and Review #sponsored

It's been another busy week. We survived play season and am now in the thick of Easter preparations. 

I also received the April Goodie Box this month and was so excited to see the goodies! Last month I talked about the Daily Goodie Box. In case you missed it, you can check it out here. The Daily Goodie Box is 100% free so not at all like other subscription boxes out there. Simply become a member and fill out a personal profile on their site (also free). If you meet the requirements for a Goodie Box you'll be eligible for a box shipped to your doorstep! The eligibility is based on various factors like demographics, interest in current products, etc but it's worth trying to get one because the boxes are GOOD! Every month, they feature samples of a variety of food, drink, and personal care items. You'll be  asked to review your items in online profile. The more reviews you do, the better your chances of getting chosen for future boxes! Win, win, win!
Now let's check out what arrived in this month's Daily Goodie Box! 

  • Bakery On Main - Bunches of Crunches
    • Each serving offers 10 grains - so good, chocolaty and delicious, you'll want more of this energy packed snack! 
  • Slurpee - Slurpee Cotton Candy
    • Reminded me of my old days - grabbing a Slurpee in the Summer, but this was in the form of cotton candy! How fun! 
  • Eboost
    • This is their newest flavor energy plus vitamin power line. It offers a "brighter mind and healthy metabolism"! Sign me up please! 
  • Detox Water
    • Subtle lemon flavor, delicious and refreshing. Non GMO, supports healthy skin and metabolism. "Healing hydration at it's best"
  • DUDE Products - Quick Dude Shower Wipes
    • I think these would be great to bring along on a hike, the beach or wherever a stinky, sweaty guy might need a freshen up. Seems like it would work on the ladies too! 

  • Goddess Garden Organics - Everyday Natural Sunscreen
    • I do love this product and I've bought Goddess Garden Organics sunscreen in the past because it's natural sunscreen made with plant-based ingredients and natural minerals. Provides broad-spectrum sun protection, offers a non-greasy application, is certified organic, reef safe, and biodegradable! 
  • Adamia - Therapeutic Repair Lotion
    •  This lotion contains macadamia nut oil. It helps to speed up the healing process and is especially effective on aging skin and skin tears. Great for my Spring dryness! 
You can sign up to get your own Daily Goodie Box too, no credit card is ever required! Each box also contains a bunch of coupons! 
*Please note, I did receive a Daily Goodie Box to review and post my honest opinions. I did not received any other compensation. 

Have a great weekend my friends!

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Over and Out (This Week)

It's theater week - performance week so pretty crazy on this end! I hope to be back next week - perhaps not relaxed and refreshed but looking forward to a less hectic schedule and one more week closer to Spring weather. I actually saw 76 degrees this Tuesday...could it be? 
Have a great week my friends!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Quick, Easy and Thrifty Gift Idea

Happy Tuesday my friends, the very last week of March and it's been one long month! Looking ahead to Spring and a bunch of Spring birthdays, Mothers Day and more. I usually hit my local Dollar Tree for wrapping paper and party supplies. You can literally get some of the same things you get at your local party store for a dollar each! If I'm getting generic things that are going to be thrown away anyway, why pay more? 
A couple weeks ago I headed there for some green/white items for St Patrick's Day and came across these pretty bars of soap. I decided to give them a try and was pretty impressed with them so I decided to share with you. At only a dollar a bar, I thought these would make a pretty addition to a guest bathroom, Easter basket stuffer, Mother's Day or Teacher's gift. I'm not suggesting you want to cheap out on those occasions, but this is a pretty and very economical way to present a gift. Thinking of gifting a bar, with a sponge and coffee card for teacher appreciation week. What I love about this soap, is that they're solid, heavy duty bars that don't disintegrate after one use. They're also paraben free, free of colors, made in the USA and are wonderfully scented - not overpowering or fake, just pretty and subtle. I grabbed Lemon Verbena and Mint, Lavender Chamomile, Oatmeal Coconut and Shea Butter. 
They also had these heavy duty Bath & Body Sponges for a dollar. They are soft and feel substantial, win-win! 
Hope you have a great day!
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