If you’re a mom and reading this, I would like to wish you a Happy Mother’s Day! Now, do me favor and stop reading this. Do not even scroll down further. Instead, forward this link to anyone in your household old enough to bake and tell them this is what you want for Mother’s Day.
Dear Family Member,
My name is Alice Currah, and I am a mom of two teenage daughters and one sweet eight year old son. I am going to shed some light on what to get the special mom in your life for Mother’s Day so she truly feels appreciated and special. I should tell you upfront that I believe every day of the year should be Mother’s Day. But since it’s not, please do everything you can to honor her. I guarantee you she will feel the love.
The good news is that it does not take much to make moms feel special. We just want a little bit of recognition for the sacrifices we make for you. Who else is willing to drive you around like your personal chauffeur? We also often do your laundry even when we know most of your clothes are clean – leaving them on the floor does not make them dirty. Not to mention we always make sure you have something to eat. We know your favorite cereals and what your favorite dish for dinner is. We are pretty much your personal concierge service. Wouldn’t you agree? That’s not even including our other jobs of managing the household and/or working in the marketplace. We are mostly compensated not in monetary currency but because we love you the journey of motherhood is our earned treasured stored deep in our hearts.
So for Mother’s Day, please let the special mom in your life sleep in uninterrupted. And when she wakes up, tell her you love her, appreciate her, and that what she does for you does not go unnoticed.
Finally, if you bake please make her these homemade cinnamon rolls. Let her enjoy every bite in peace. Clean up all the dishes and let her indulge in the day doing nothing but whatever it is she wants to do.
From A Mom Who Knows,
Recipe: Homemade Cinnamon Rolls
A homemade cinnamon rolls recipe made from scratch. Tender soft dough rolled in spiced cinnamon topped off with cream cheese frosting.
1 cup warm milk (115 degrees F)
1 egg (room temperature), slightly beaten
¼ cup butter, melted
¼ cup vegetable oil
½ cup white sugar
½ teaspoon salt
3½ cups flour plus more for dusting
1 (.25 ounce) package (2¼ tsp) instant dry yeast
½ cup (1 stick) butter melted
½ cup sugar
½ cup brown sugar
3 tablespoons cinnamon
½ cup butter, softened
¼ cup cream cheese, softened
1½ cups powdered sugar
In a stand-mixer mixing bowl, add the milk, egg, melted butter, oil, sugar, and salt. Add the flour on top of all the liquid mixture sprinkling yeast on top.
Using the dough hook, knead the bread mixture on speed 3 until dough is smooth and elastic adding additional flour as needed (approx. 5-7 min.).
Place the dough in a greased bowl and cover with a wet towel. Allow the dough to rise until doubled in size, approximately 1 hour in a warm area. *Hint: I typically preheat my oven to 200 degrees while dough is kneading and turn the oven off when kneading is complete. From there, I stick my covered bowl into the oven and leave the oven door cracked open to allow the dough to rise.
In a small bowl, the combine sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon - set aside. Turn the dough onto lightly floured surface and roll into a rectangle slightly larger than a 9×13 pan (rectangle). Spread the surface evenly with melted butter. and sprinkle the sugar mixture on top. Use your hands to so the entire surface is evenly coated. Beginning with the long side, roll the dough into a long log pinching the seam to seal.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Cut (I like using dental floss) the log into 12 equal slices and place them in a greased 9 x 13 baking pan. Cover with a damp towel and allow the dough to rise for 30 minutes.
To make the frosting, beat the butter, cream cheese, and sugar on medium-high speed for three minutes. Set aside.
Bake cinnamon rolls for 20 minutes or until golden brown. Frost with icing.