Adventures in Cooking: New Way for Cinnamon Rolls

I love finding new ways to do things. Even when it comes to something as simple as cinnamon rolls.

I grew up making cinnamon rolls the way the package instructions say to.

Grease a round cake pan and place raw rolls inside, sides touching.

After I moved into the apartment, I didn’t have a cake pan available, but I did have muffin pans.

So I sprayed the muffin pans with PAM and placed them accordingly.

Cinnamon Rolls 1 before

I baked them at 375 for 11 minutes, or whatever the packaging said.

And this is how they came out:

Cinnamon Rolls 2 after

It was really easy to get them out of the pan using tongs, I iced them, and served them for breakfast.


The Haunted Rectory by Katherine Valentine


A rectory at a New England church has had problems keeping new priests since the long-time priest died. A new priest is brought in from Rome to see if he can figure out what is going on. The local rug hooking group aids him in his quest, but will the problem be solved before they lose a member and friend.


I really enjoyed this book. It kept me interested and slightly scared. The story is religious in the sense that it deals with Catholicism and exorcism, but it is not shoved down your throat.

© Cori Endicott October 2013

New Term: Post Graduation Panic

Last night, while watching Elementary, I kept looking around the room. Philip asked me what was wrong and I expressed that I felt like I was forgetting something I had to do. This isn’t the first time I’ve felt this feeling, but I couldn’t place why I was feeling like that.

He replied, “You’re done with school. You’ve graduated. You’re done,” and hugged me. And he was right. It has been 2 1/2 weeks since I graduated and finished my Master’s degree. In the past when I had a month-long break between semesters, about halfway through I would start feeling panicky and felt like I was forgetting to do something important.

Right now is no different. If there are any other graduates out there, no matter what degree level, if you’ve ever felt like this, you’re not alone.

Today at work, I feel the same way. I have plenty of work to get done, but I still have that panicky feeling like I’m forgetting something. Hopefully, it will pass.

Small Change by Shelia Roberts


Three friends who are having money troubles band together to try to get their respective acts together to save money.


As someone who is on the Dave Ramsey plan, I was cringing and yelling at the characters at the beginning of the book.

I did get some neat homemade gift ideas from this book. Recommended, overall: enjoyed reading it.

© Cori Endicott September 2013

Cooking Observations

A thought that has been reoccurring to me over that couple of days is how less stressful cooking seems to have become.

Two nights ago I made Rosemary and Garlic Roast Chicken with carrots and potatoes. I haven’t made this dish too many times, so it’s not a practice makes perfect situation. However, I realized as I was chopping the potatoes and carrots, as the butter, garlic, and rosemary melded together on the stove, how much simpler this had become. I remember freaking out over not getting things done in order, or something ridiculous like that. It seemed like the dish took forever to put together as well as forever to cook (1 1/2 hrs covered, 30-1hr uncovered). This time it didn’t. The serenity of making a favorite dish and no hiccups was very nice.

I had the same feeling last night while making a much less involved dinner: sloppy joes. Husband doesn’t like store bought sauce so we mix our own concoction. Again, the hamburger was browning away while I mixed all the spices, ketchup, mustard, and water in my big measuring cup (4 cup). Yes, a relatively simple dish, but again I had serenity wash over me.


(This was the set up for chicken and herb cous cous.)

Adventures in Baking: Cake Pops!

My grandma’s birthday was last week, and I was in charge of making the cake. Well, back when my new husband and I were burning through our $200 in Bed, Bath, and Beyond gift cards, I picked up a cake pop maker. So I figured this was a great time to test it out! I had yet to use the machine, and had no idea how these things would come out.

I did the smart thing and read the instruction booklet, looking over the different recipes that came inside. No where in there did it say that I couldn’t use a store-bought cake mix, but I was still weary.

Cake Pops-GC bday (1)  I had everything set up, used a ziploc bag as an icing bag to pipe the batter into the irons.

Well, I overfilled them and my first batch turned into one big cake pop pancake:

Cake Pops-GC bday (3)  

This is what the pan looks like without batter in it. Cake Pops-GC bday (4)

The second go, I was better at the piping. Still over filled them somewhat, but not as bad this time.Cake Pops-GC bday (5) FYI, they’re supposed to look a little burnt on the bottom. No joke! The instruction manual actually addresses that!Cake Pops-GC bday (6) My handsome husband was taste-testing the first batch, and found that strawberry preserves work really well on them! Yes, it tasted yummy.Cake Pops-GC bday (8) After all the batches were done, I left them on the racks to cool completely before icing. (Another tip from the instruction manual.) The small crockpot in the background contained the screw up of chocolate ganache I was trying to make to dip these things in. The recipe I used was the one in the back of the manual. It didn’t work. Cake Pops-GC bday (9) I was started to panic, as I do when I’m making something for the first time and screw it up royally. But then I remembered! My mom gifted/I may have stolen from her the end-all, be-all Taste of  Home cookbook!!! I love that thing! Seriously, if I could only have one cookbook….wait, that’s an upcoming post, never mind!

Anyways, I looked up the chocolate ganache recipe in there, and IT WORKED!!! I have yet to find a recipe in that book that didn’t work the first time round. Again, that’s another post. Moving on…

Cake Pops-GC bday (10) I started dipping some of them, but stopped when it wasn’t working the way I had hoped. Surprisingly, I wasn’t disappointed. I put the few that had been dipped into the fridge, let the ganache cool, poured that into a mason jar, and took it to Mom’s to celebrate.Cake Pops-GC bday (11)So instead of arriving with beautiful dipped cake pops, I set up shop with plain pops with a various of dipping sauces: chocolate ganache, Tia Maria ganache that was in the fridge, and strawberry preserves.

Really wish I had gotten a picture of my set up. Oh well!

Now that I know how to use my cake pop maker, I’ll be using it more often!