Sweet Start Your V-Day

We know Valentine’s Day is not really about the kids.

It’s fun to make decorations and eat candy while grumbling about how the holiday is so over-commercialized by greeting card companies, chocolatiers and jewelers.

But why not just give in and take a day or night to spoil your relationship a bit? It’s not a terrible idea.

Bedtime last night was interrupted by the arrival of a dozen of the World’s Tallest Roses in a giant vase . They are beautiful and amazingly hilariously taller than my kids (pics to come) and I do feel deliciously spoiled (and okay, kind of excited to see what we can make with the four foot long box they came in).

So, for Valentine’s Day, here’s my advice: start the day with a sweet treat for everyone, then consider the kids DONE and move on to taking care of your true Valentine.

cin rolls

These cinnamon rolls are not exactly healthy, but they are a lightened up version of the usual and they are miniature enough that you can’t do too much damage as long as you stop after a few.

vday rolls

My three year old loves making these – it’s a totally kid-proof recipe.
Noah Making Cina-bunsPretty instantly delicious, though the wait for something so yummy is never easy.

noah waiting

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Mini Cinnamon Buns

Recipe from Iowa Girl Eats

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes


Ingredients (16 minis)

  • 1 8-ounce Tube Refrigerated Crescent Roll Dough
  • Butter (1-2 TBSP)
  • Cinnamon
  • Brown Sugar
  • 1 TBSP Skim Milk
  • 3/4 cup Powdered Sugar
  • 1 tsp Maple Syrup


Preheat oven according to dough package directions. Spread out half the dough (4 triangles) on a cutting board and pinch all the seams together. Flip over and pinch the seams on the other side.

Smooth the seams and roll the dough with a rolling pin. Brush the dough with half the butter, and sprinkle with cinnamon and brown sugar. Roll into a log and cut into 8 pieces.

Place mini cinnamon rolls into a mini muffin tin coated with butter or cooking spray. Repeat steps 1 and 2 with the other half of the crescent roll dough. Bake according to package directions.

Mix maple syrup and milk in a bowl. Add in powdered sugar until desired consistency is reached. You can also add a bit of strawberry jelly to tint the frosting pink.

For an alternate cream cheese icing, mix 2 ounces cream cheese (softened) and 1/4 stick unsalted butter (softened)  and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Add 1/4 cup powdered sugar or more to taste.

Drizzle over warm cinnamon rolls.

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