Foodie Fav: Cinnamon Twists

Valentine’s Day is coming up (don’t act like you forgot gentlemen) and while flowers are really nice, we’re pretty sure your girl wants some sweets too. Cue these super easy and super cute cinnamon twists from Lil Luna. So easy, even a man can make them. (Yes, we went there.) Throw them in a Ball jar to make them gift worthy and you’re as good as gold. Ok, maybe not gold. You should probably go get her that gold necklace as well, just to be safe.

  • 1 can crescent rolls
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 3 tbsp melted butter

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees and grease a baking sheet. Roll out the crescent rolls so they make four rectangles (as opposed to the triangles they want to be), pressing the inner edges together to bind them. Mix your sugar and cinnamon together and set aside. Brush 3/4 of your melted butter on to two of the rectangles, and sprinkle with 3/4 of the sugar mixture. Take the two un-buttered rectangles and lay them on top of the sugar coated ones, pressing the edges to seal them.

Cut both rectangles in to six strips (I found a pizza cutter is the easiest way to do this). Brush on the remaining butter and sprinkle with remaining sugar. Lil Luna suggests baking them for 8-10 minutes but I found that mine actually took around 20 to get a nice golden brown. I was able to try a bite of them at the party and they really are heavenly!

Cinnamon Twists

 

Happy Eating, XO.

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Pumpkin Cresent Moons

In case you were wondering, yes, the pumpkin craze is still going strong and we’re here to help fuel it a little bit more. Because I’ve already dropped enough dinero on Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte’s and Dunkin’s Pumpkin Spice Coffee, I brought my addiction to my kitchen. (Plus, canned pumpkin was on sale. Don’t hate.)

I combined my pumpkin addiction to my crescent roll addiction and came up with the perfect fall combo.

  • 1 can of crescent rolls (Pillsbury is the best, but for penny pinching, a generic brand is just fine)
  • 1/2 can of pureed pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Dash of pumpkin spice

Preheat the oven to 380 degrees (or to roll instructions). Mix together the pumpkin, sugar, and spice until well blended. Unroll the rolls, spread on the pumpkin mixture, then re-roll in to crescent shapes. Bake for 15-20 minutes until golden brown.

They’re delicious hot or cold (I’ve actually been eating them for breakfast on my way out the door!). And they go great with my Pumpkin Spice Keurig cups. 🙂

Pumpkin Crescent Rolls

 

Happy Eating, XO.

Home-made EASY Tapa

So apparently the Italians aren’t the only ones that do cheese sticks. One night when I was in Madrid last month, the kitchen was closed at this local bar and the owner said he would whip us up yummy Venezuelan tapas. (Tapas literally just mean small plates). So much to our surprise these tapas were pretty much the Latin version of a cheese stick that they served with this slap your mama good aioli. I swear we crushed them in under 5 minutes so ofcourse I had to come home and try & replicate them immediately.

  • Store bought string cheese (4 sticks since you will be cutting them in half for 8 servings. I say use a mozz and don’t get fancy with any Colby Jack)
  • Store bought garlic flavored crescent rolls (don’t do the regular, these are more buttery & flavorful)

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Literally use the same method from the pizza roll ups, but just with the cheese and dough. Also make sure that the cheese is sealed in by the dough and nothing can ooze out when baking. The pizza roll ups were more free to form whereas in this recipe you want the cheese locked inside the dough. Bake at 350 degrees for 5-10 min. (until golden not brown). Let them cool for 3-5 min before serving.

Aioli (I think this is how its made, no clue since the guy barely spoke English, but it tasted like this so I cant be that far off)

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  • 1/4 cup of plain yogurt (don’t do greek, its too thick & tangy)
  • 1 tbsp. of mayo
  • 1 tbsp. of crushed garlic
  • 1 shallot (dice it a bit so it breaks down easier in the processor or blender)
  • pinch of salt, black pepper, and dried parsley

Blend in food processor & serve chilled.

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Happy Eating, XO.

Pizza Roll-Ups

Even if you are not a football fan (gasp! are there such people still in the world?) I am sure you are doing something for the big game. (Super bowl is THIS Sunday kids, get with the program). I am also sure of the fact that we could all lay off the nachos, wings, pizzas, etc. that come along with watching the game. (Plus after 17 weeks of it, I think I have had my fill of hot sauce induced Sunday eats). However, since snacking is a must, but calorie overload doesn’t have to be. Here is an easy, quick, and healthy recipe for the game day munchies.

  • 1 can of the refrigerated reduced fat crescent rolls
  • 40 slices turkey pepperoni
  • 4 pieces of Weight Watchers mozzarella string cheese, cut in half
  • garlic powder (I added a dash of dried oregano because I like the freshness the little green specks add).
  • low fat marinara or pizza sauce

Preheat oven to 375. Unroll crescent rolls and separate into 8 triangles. Place 5 slices of turkey pepperoni on each crescent roll. Top pepperoni with string cheese half and roll up. Sprinkle crescent rolls with garlic powder & a pinch of the dried oregano. Place rolls on baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve with a side of warm sauce.

Happy Eating, XO.