Well, in true Candice fashion I was up until 2am last night baking away.
But first, let’s back up for a second. It’s time for a little honesty. Over the last couple of weeks I have really been slacking with my workouts and with putting energy into eating clean. My workouts have consisted mainly of the classes I teach and a couple sporadic short treadmill runs, and my eating has included a few too many Amy’s frozen burritos. There has been so much going on here as of recent, and I’ve been hanging on by a thread as far as taking care of myself. I’ve been getting an average of about 6 hours of sleep a night among other things….and it’s really starting to wear on me.
So this morning I got up with the best intentions of really making the extra effort to treat my body really well and start replenishing my energy. As many of you know, I believe that just because you slack a little in any area of healthy living for awhile, doesn’t mean that you should give up or be discouraged. It’s all about whether (and when) we get back on track. There’s no way I’m going to eat, sleep and exercise perfectly for the rest of my life, so I’m adamant about cutting myself some slack when life gets crazy. But there is definitely value in getting back on track when you feel like you’ve derailed a bit.
So, things started off really well this morning in regard to eating; I made up a bowl of oats cooked in water, and then added a few spoonfuls of soy yogurt and a sprinkle of Kashi Go Lean Crunch. It definitely was lacking a bit in the fruit and veg department, but otherwise made me pretty happy.
The rest of the day continued on a pretty good track, but then I started feeling a little crazy, oh…sometime after dinner. I got this serious craving for a cinnamon roll. How do these things happen? lol.
Even though it was nearing 9pm and I still had some tasks to complete before bed, I naturally started brainstorming how I could get some vegan cinnamon rolls stat. Oh boy.
After a few moments I suddenly remembered this recipe from Project Food Blog several weeks ago. At the time I thought it looked awesome, but I just wasn’t feeling cinnamon rolls. But this is the kind of thing that I tuck safely back in my mind to be pulled out on a perfect night such as tonight. While I realized that this recipe would no doubt be outrageously delicious, I didn’t realize just how involved the whole process would be. Let’s be real…do I ever?
But once I get started on an idea like this…there’s nothing that can stop me. And for the next 3ish hours I was mixing, chopping, kneading, sifting, stirring, rolling, flossing and of course baking. And man oh man was it worth it.
These rolls were like everything that is good in the world being wrapped up in a soft and doughy little spiral, baked at 350 degrees and coming out just the right shade of golden brown. They were chewy and hot, with the mingled flavors of pumpkin, cinnamon and butter baked into the inside. To. die. for.
I used this recipe…and only made a few changes like maple syrup instead of vanilla extract, organic cane sugar instead of regular white, soy milk instead of almond milk. I also replaced two cups of white flour with bread flour, and I did not put Earth Balance in the Pecan Cinnamon Streusel filling (I was buttered out!). It still worked just fine! Lastly, instead of the cream cheese frosting on the recipe, I simply mixed a little bit of powdered sugar with some soy milk for a nice, thin glaze.
Hey – at least I did have a green monster on the side this morning. I am trying to clean it up around here after all.
Obviously my biggest problem now is how to not eat the entire pan in the 48 hours. Thankfully, I do have a few ideas up my sleeve.
So, aside from sabotaging myself by staying up until 2am making cinnamon rolls, I am really trying to step it up and take better care of myself, even during these crazy times. Because when it seems that so many things in life have been turned upside down, my health is the one thing I can still control. The one thing I can still hold onto that makes me feel sane. And vibrant. And like I can take on anything.
So tell me, what are your tricks for keeping these things in order when life gets crazy?
Are you a cinnamon roll fan? What’s your favorite morning baked treat?
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