What a Gal can Accomplish Before 10 AM

featured_cinnamon wreath

I’ve been on this kick of setting no alarms and trying to let my body tell me when to get up. I’ve found that I am 100% a morning person. Most people want to sleep in on the weekends. Me? On weekdays I have to drag myself out of bed. But on weekends, the earlier I wake up the more excited I get. More time to do stuff I want to do!!

5am:
Most would say, “Yay! More time to sleep.” But I decided to get up and start my day. I started slow with a pot of French press coffee and the TV. I watched an episode of Person of Interest.

I worked on some knitting. I’m currently knitting a skirt in a checkered lace pattern with a DK alpaca-wool blend.

IMG_9536

6 AM:
I stretched and did some yoga.

7AM:
I started the dough for a fun new bread recipe. It’s a cinnamon bun wreath.

IMG_9388

 

I found a base recipe in my cookbook, The All New Goodhousekeeping Cookbook, for the dough and then filled it with all of my favorites: cinnamon, almonds, coconut, hazelnuts and brown sugar.

IMG_9435

 

The dough was a very crumbly consistency but with some kneading it balled up alright.

IMG_9422

 

IMG_9446

I watched the snow start to fall.

IMG_9430

8AM:
I scrubbed the bathroom and the kitchen, from the shower to the floors.

9AM:
I hear the HB’s alarm go off – then grunting – fumbling – then silence.

I showered.

I began to roll out my dough and create the wreath. WHAT a workout! The dough was tough – but I was tougher.

IMG_9454

I hear the HB’s alarm go off again. grunting – fumbling – silence…

I sprinkled in my toasted coconut, almonds, hazelnuts, cinnamon, fresh nutmeg and brown sugar mixture onto the dough.  I added 2 tablespoons of butter to help it all stick together.  I rolled it like I’ve seen my grandma’s nut roll cookies rolled, smooshing it down with each turn.

IMG_9465

I shaped it into a circle, sliced it up and turned each segment out.

IMG_9467

IMG_9470

IMG_9474

10AM:
I stuck the bread in the oven for 35 minutes at 350 and clean up my mess.

I took the rest of the filling I didn’t use in the roll and added it to some cut up strawberries. So good!

IMG_9480

The HB poked his head around the corner – like a cute little squirrel.

IMG_9507

The bread came out of the oven and got a quick glaze of icing. (*Quick icing – 1 cup powder sugar, 2TB of milk (even soy milk works).  Scale down to how much you need.)

We got to have a nice and quick breakfast together before he went to band practice.

IMG_9491
Hmm….now, what to do with the rest of my day?