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Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls


Rise and roll!

This was the first time bae aka my foodie partner-in-crime and I attempted making cinnamon rolls at home and it was quite the success during the holiday season. So much so, that it will now become a yearly tradition around Christmas time. Even with full bellies, everyone wanted seconds. So let me tell you about these sweet rolls of love because they’ll be a recipe you’ll never forget thanks Chef Michael Smith. Because sometimes you just need to indulge and these cinnamon rolls are DE-LI-CIOUS! You won’t regret waking up to these!

Easy Cinnamon Rolls

Easy Cinnamon Rolls

Easy Cinnamon Rolls

CINNAMON ROLLS

Recipe by: Chef Michael Smith

INGREDIENTS

For the Dough
1 cup milk
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon salt
5 cups all-purpose flour
1 – 1/4 ounce package instant yeast
4 eggs

For the Cinnamon Filling
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon

For the Glaze
1 cup powdered sugar
1/4 cup heavy cream (35%)
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

DIRECTIONS

Step 1 - Make Dough

For the dough, gently warm the milk, butter, brown sugar, vanilla and salt in a small pot. Don’t bring to a simmer; warm just enough to melt the butter.

Meanwhile, measure one-half of the flour into the bowl of your stand mixer along with the yeast. Add the warm milk and melted butter mixture to the flour and beat with your paddle attachment until smooth. Add the eggs 1 at a time, beating until smooth before proceeding. Switch to a dough hook and add the remaining flour.

Step 2 - Knead Dough

Remove and knead until a soft dough forms that is no longer sticky to the touch, about 5 minutes. Place the dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover and let rest in a warm place until dough doubles in size. This could take as long as 2 hours.

Step 3 - Make Filling

For the filling, stir or whisk together the softened butter with the brown sugar and the cinnamon in a mixing bowl.

Once the dough has risen, punch it down and let it rest for a few minutes.

Step 4 - Roll Dough

Flour your work surface, the dough, your hands and a rolling pin. Roll out the dough into a long rectangle shape, about 18 x 12 inches (45 x 30 cm), with the long side facing you.

Evenly spread the cinnamon filling all over the top of the dough, leaving 1 or 2 inches (2.5 or 5 cm) uncovered along the top edge. Leaving a border helps the dough stick together when you form the roll.

Roll into a long, tight, cigar-shaped log from the covered long edge to the uncovered long edge. Brush the outside of the log with oil or melted butter.

Slice the dough log into 12 or 16 sections. Turn each on its side and position evenly in a lightly oiled 15- x 10-inch baking pan.

Rest, uncovered, until the dough doubles in size once again and the rolls swell into each other, filling the pan.

Step 5 - Bake Dough

Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 350 °F (180 °C).

When the dough has risen a second time, bake for 40 to 45 minutes.

Step 6 - Make the Glaze

When cinnamon rolls are finished baking, remove from oven and allow to cool. When they have cooled enough to handle, stir together the glaze ingredients and drizzle all over the rolls. Serve immediately!

Bon appetit!
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Hello 2019

Hello 2019


I believe I said this last year but 2018 simply put, I blinked my eyes and woosh, 365 days later, 2019 is here. What a sweet, amazing, busy and adventurous year it has been. Though it was filled with many ups and downs I could swear a decade has gone by. I've realized how fast time flies by and how important it is to cherish every small moment. The memories we make are so important, as it's crazy how one day can differ from another in a couple of months. 2018 allowed me to learn new things about work-life balance, but it also taught me how to be happy with life, and enjoy it as it is.  Sometimes I overthink the smallest things, but at the end of the day, I'm blessed and thankful for everything I've got from my fiancĂ©e, family, friends, work peers and everything in between.

 As for 2019, it will be a year of smashing goals and as always I'm sharing a few:

1. Work-Life Balance + Self-Care

This isn't so much blogging related but with a day job that involves working with social media, it's hard to fully disconnect and having a partner who understands your role is important. Let's just say social media never sleeps and taking a vacation is the hardest thing when you're a one-person team. But in 2019, I'm dedicated to using my vacation days fully and unplugging.

There was a time where I juggled a full-time job, a part-time job, the blog, and freelance gigs - you could say I was a workaholic though I enjoyed it all and was passionate about learning new thing. I seemed to balance it all.

BUT,

 I've had to remind myself that it's okay to take time out for myself. Too often we are pressured into thinking that spending more time working or being busy is important. Well, screw that. You are allowed to have off days where you are completely lazy still in your PJs and watching Netflix. And as an introvert at heart, I LOVE a lot of quiet time alone as it allows me to recharge.

Hello 2019 - Rosalyn Gambhir - New Years

2. New Adventures and More Travel

I'll keep this one nice and short. As second-year homeowners, bae and I have honestly become such homebodies. We've been enjoying the amenities of a spacious backyard, our dog and cooking more meals at home aka the kitchen which is what sold us on the house. With that being said, I'm hoping 2019 allows me to re-discover my own city. With a few trips already planned for the year, I'm looking forward to reviving the Staycationer in me and document my journies with you all!

Hello 2019 - Rosalyn Gambhir - New Years

3. Going Back to My Roots of Food Blogging

2018 left me slightly unmotivated and uninspired in a world of comparison on social media. I know I said I wouldn't let it get to me, but with the nonstop scrolling on Instagram and the perfectly curated feeds, it simply left me in a sour mood. After getting hooked to Gary Vaynerchuk's Youtube videos, he made a valid point that completely changed my mindset for 2019,

"Don't lay all your eggs in one basket."

In other words, stop focusing on one platform and spread the love everywhere. I realized I spent way too much time on Instagram overthinking everything I was going to post especially writing out captions. This made me dread posting on the platform BUT if you're a long time reader, you'll know that the blog was my number one passion and the past two years it fell to the wayside. 2019 WILL be the year where I go back to my roots of food blogging from sharing my favourite recipes, restaurant reviews and of course my favourite mac n cheese dishes when traveling.

As for the whole Instagram thing, it'll take me a few months to adjust or maybe take a break from it?

Hello 2019 - Rosalyn Gambhir - Mac n Cheese

4. Finances

This is something I know a lots couples don't like chatting about but one of my personal goals for bae and I in 2019 is to get on track to pay off our mortgage. With only this form of debt on my side, I have made it my priority to budget and take baby steps to pay it down as quickly as we can. This is all thanks to discovering and learning new tips from #debtfreecommunity on Instagram as well as following the account @savinghalfourincome. I'm actually really excited about this journey and am taking the chance to soak up everything I learn. For example, paying extra principal payments (up to a maximum) biweekly and doing lump sum payments on our mortgage anniversary (since our bank allows it,) will shave off years and interest!

So the personal finance geek in me, I'm ready to get a plan in place for 2019 and work out how we can get to that paid off mortgage goal faster.

Hello 2019 - Rosalyn Gambhir - New Years

Cheers to a new year!
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Top 5 Last Minute Foodie Gifts in Kingston

Top 5 Last Minute Foodie Gifts in Kingston


Holy smokes guys it's almost Christmas!

In less than a week, December 25th will have come and gone. Seriously though where did the entire year go? 2018 just flew by and lord help me because I'm not ready for 2019 just yet.... as I turn 30 in March. Yup, I said it I'll be leaving my twenties behind.

 2018 has been a busy year, to say the least with ups and downs. But with a crazy work schedule leading into the holidays, I'm here to share my wisdom on holiday gift giving aka how can I make your lives easier because it’s crazy difficult to figure out what to get for everyone. So I feel you.

I've gathered together 5 of my favourite Kingston foodie items that will make the perfect gift for the last-minute planner, and the just plain forgetful. Let's see those hands up folks.

AND! Since I'm a practical gift giver, what better way to cheer someone up than with FOOD!

Top 5 Last Minute Foodie Gifts in Kingston

COCOABISTRO

 For your chocolate-loving friend, a box of decadent chocolates from Cocoa Bistro will win you huge bonus points. With a new location in the west end of Kingston, hop in your car and grab yourself a few boxes.

My recommendations: The wonderful part about CocoaBistro is that you can make your own chocolate box or if you're in a hurry then no problem as ready to go chocolate boxes are available. Though with that being said, some of my favourite flavours are: vanilla bean ganache, molten sea salt caramel, and espresso.

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THE CHEESECAKERY BAKERY

For that someone who always needs a sweet midnight snack or a treat on the go, the Cheesecakery Bakery has got you covered. Best part, these jars of wonders are available at several shops in Kingston. Also, I'd recommend getting a trio of cheesecakes in a jar so your friend or loved one can indulge and sample a few flavours. Getting just one jar shouldn't be allowed, they're that good!

My recommendations: When it comes to cheesecake, I'm a classic girl - I love cheery or blueberry. BUT! This holiday season, new flavours such as gingerbread, eggnog, and candy cane are available.

NORTHSIDE ESPRESSO + KITCHEN

So why did I include Northside? They now offer GIFT CERTIFICATES! So give your friend who dreams about weekend brunch all week the gift of an amazing brunch experience in downtown Kingston. Inspired by the cafe culture of Melbourne, Australia, this spot has become the new hip area to dine out, enjoy some mimosas and have a good time.

My recommendations: Try the revamped baked French toast with roasted butter apples, house-made caramel, and mascarpone cheese, as well as the Tim's Benny - eggs benedict, served with ham and apple cider hollandaise sauce and of course, we can't forget the infamous Avo Smash aka avocado on toast.

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KINGSTON OLIVE OIL COMPANY

This foodie gift may be odd but if you have someone special who truly enjoys cooking then olive oils will go over well especially with this gift set from Kingston Olive Oil Company.

My recommendations: If you're looking for a bread dipping combo, my favourite include Black Mission Fig Balsamic Vinegar with Nocellara Extra Virgin Olive Oil or the Hojiblanca Olive Oil. Ever since my first visit to Olivea, I've been hooked on this pairing. Though my favourite cooking oil is the Lemon Fused Oil which is great in pasta, chicken and fish dishes.

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NORTH ROAST COFFEE

So have someone on your Christmas list who is serious about their coffee? Well, chances are they have all the basic items they need to make their favorite brew. So you definitely don’t want to get them something they already have or won’t ever use, so what should you do?

Get them the Christmas blend from North Roast Coffee - a fair trade organic coffee roaster located in the west end of Kingston! While I'm a single cup of coffee in a day type of gal, I appreciate each sip and this blend gives me just the right amount of energy to get me going in the morning with a smooth taste.


Happy Holidays my foodie friends and hope this makes your gift giving a bit easier this year!
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Staycation in the Bay of Quinte

Staycation in the Bay of Quinte


If you know me, road trips, adventures and being a tourist in my own backyard are kind of my thing aka I'm always up to treat myself to a mini staycation. This past weekend I had the pleasure of exploring the quaint area of Bay of Quinte specifically Belleville, Ontario located just on the other side of the ever so popular Prince Edward County.

So if you're like me and want to go off the beaten path of the 401 highway, I'd suggest that you add this beautiful area to your road trip bucket list! The small town charm, the foodie scene, the conversations, the community, the entrepreneurs - it's beyond amazing to see this area flourish! Driving through the picturesque back roads was the first delight I got to enjoy as I drove through from Kingston.

Aren't we lucky that we have such places so close to us?

 Here are a few of my favourite spots that I discovered during my visit:

Staycation in the Bay of Quinte

THE HENRY CORBY HOUSE BED & BREAKFAST

Only a few blocks from downtown Belleville tucked away on a quiet street with other century homes, the Henry Corby House Bed and Breakfast was truly a cozy home away from home. Upon my arrival, I was greeted by the warm and lovely host Tara and as I walked in and glanced around, my jaw dropped - it was as though I had walked into a perfectly curated Homesense house. Every corner was filled with such thoughtful touches - the accessories, the love seats, the beautifully decorated rooms, the comfy beds, aromatherapy body lotion, adorable reading nooks, snacks and more. All the small details simply made for a welcoming stay.

And of course, the best part of a bed and breakfast is the delicious breakfast on the morning of your stay. Scroll down to see what I had!

Where: 126 Bridge St E, Belleville ON

Staycation in the Bay of Quinte

Staycation in the Bay of Quinte

Staycation in the Bay of Quinte

Staycation in the Bay of Quinte

Staycation in the Bay of Quinte

Staycation in the Bay of Quinte

Staycation in the Bay of Quinte

Staycation in the Bay of Quinte

DINNER AT CAPERS

If you've never dined solo, then my friends that is something you should try at least once. Enjoying your own company while people watching is quite amusing especially with a glass of vino and in my case it was a Riesling from Sandbanks Estate Winery. My evening at Capers in downtown Belleville started early as I had quite the night planned out for my foodie self and it did not disappoint. The relaxed ambiance set the mood as some of my favourite oldie tunes played.

As a planner, I had already scoped their menus online and was surprised when they featured an appetizer that simply made me smile. As a kid at heart and comfort food lover, my first order was the deep fried mac n cheese bites with spicy ketchup. I'll let you soak that up...it sure made this gal happy as each bite was cheesy as the next. Crunchy on the outside and ooey gooey on the inside. But if that got you excited then you'll love the second appetizer - rosemary, brown butter spaghetti squash with crisp bacon, shallot, goat cheese, and gooseberries. It was melt in your mouth delicious as the berries added a pop of freshness. I know I'll be trying to recreate this dish when I get home!

Where: 272 Front St, Belleville, ON

Staycation in the Bay of Quinte

Staycation in the Bay of Quinte

Staycation in the Bay of Quinte

Staycation in the Bay of Quinte

BEVIES AND SWEETS AT THE LARK

After visiting The Lark in downtown Belleville, bar seating may just be my new favourite way of dining and the best part, you may just end up chatting with the owner. The Lark sets the tone for the low key setting with a hip industrial vibe and as this new hot spot opened within the year and let's just say, it's now on my top 5 restaurants within Kingston and Prince Edward County - keep reading to find out.

Even before stepping foot into this restaurant, as they specialized in cocktail drinks, I was recommended to try the Suburban Divorcé. An intriguing name that made me want to try it even more. A mix of vodka, lychee, ginger, Thai chile, and lemon. After a sip, you don't expect the kick but it hits you and wow, the cocktail is bold and refreshing at first with an oomph of spice. Let's just say if you want to try something new, this is it.

You when I told you that I had planned a foodie itinerary for the night, well next up on the list was the cheese board with three divine kinds of Canadian cheese, a homemade blueberry jam, local honey, and crostinis. As I chatted with owner Alex, it was great to hear that The Lark serves seasonal dishes with their own twists and that's where dessert comes into play. Am I full yet? Getting there but I couldn't resist a Bengal spice crème brĂ»lĂ©e. If you love autumn, then hop in your car because you'll be in heaven. Made with cardamom, allspice, cinnamon, and coconut milk, it was the perfect sweet end to my night as I made my way back to the bed and breakfast to let my slight food coma settle.

If you're looking for lunch, happy hour drinks or a late night stop, add The Lark to your foodie list.

Cheers to an amazing foodie evening and sorry Kingston, The Lark beat you in the crème brûlée department.

Where: 199 Front Street Suite 104 Belleville, ON

Staycation in the Bay of Quinte

Staycation in the Bay of Quinte

NETFLIX AND CHILL

No night is complete without a bit of Netflix and chill. As I got into my jammies and snuggled into bed to watch the latest episode of Riverdale, I made myself some tea and nibbled on artisan milk chocolates from Donini that were so graciously provided in a welcome package.

Staycation in the Bay of Quinte

SUNDAY BREAKFAST

 You know what's amazing when traveling alone? Getting the whole bed to yourself where you can lay on your back and starfish it out. And that's preciously what I did. As I enjoyed the ample space, I realized that I had chosen my breakfast to be served at 8am and could smell the aroma of goodness which quickly got me out of bed. Seated by a big bay window at the front of the house, the table setting truly gave me design inspirations for my own home. As breakfast was served, waffles with local maple syrup were my choice, I was joined by a lovely couple and another guest who made the morning quite enjoyable as we chatted about the city and convinced them to come back for a night out.

Staycation in the Bay of Quinte

Staycation in the Bay of Quinte

CAFFEINE BREAK AT THE BRAKE ROOM

As the morning progressed and I checked out of the bed and breakfast which was quite hard as I jotted down so many design ideas for my house, my day of discovering the region (and burning off some calories) was just about to begin but first, coffee. I had heard of The Brake Room on Instagram and had seen rave reviews so it was a must to visit.

This semi-new spot to the coffee scene in Belleville is all about serving its community of coffee lovers and cycling folks. As I took in the surroundings of the shop, I placed my order for a vanilla latte and a blueberry pop tart, oh yes I did and I even got some to go for my foodie partner-in-crime. As I took a seat, I spent some me time to do some reflection.

Where: 34 Dundas St E, Belleville, ON

Staycation in the Bay of Quinte

Staycation in the Bay of Quinte

DAHLIA MAY FLOWER FARM

As I plugged in my next location into Google Maps to head to Trenton also known as Quinte West, I grew slightly impatient as I drove out of Belleville to Dahlia May Flower Farm. Again I had stumbled upon their Instagram page and what girl doesn't love flowers because I was swooning over the gorgeous bouquets of flowers and arrangments. What started as a small family operation by owner Melanie Harrington specializing in growing beautiful varieties of flowers has now blossomed into a flourishing business! I can't wait to return next spring and summer to see the greenhouse filled with dreamy fields of flowers.

But what truly inspired me to venture to this area was to see the work of a young female entrepreneur who took an idea and with passion grew it big while still staying geniune and humble. It was a pleasure to chat with her as I picked our bulbs for my garden at home. It is places and stories like this that fuel me to discover our region.

Where: 1226 Stockdale Rd, Trenton, ON

Staycation in the Bay of Quinte

GRILL'S ORCHARDS

As my last stop before heading back to Kingston, Grill's Orchards was an obvious stop. Known to locals and families for their corn maze and pumpkin patch, Grill's has been serving the community in Quinte West for over 80 years! As soon as I walked in, it smelled like the savoury and sweet goodness of fall. There was something for everyone - jams, apple cider, turnovers, pies, hot drinks and of course apples.

Where: 886 Grills Rd, Quinte West, ON

Staycation in the Bay of Quinte

MMM DONUTS...

The infamous words of Homer Simpson, Glazed and Confused and Wannamaker’s Bakeshop in Belleville are bakeries that you definitely need to add to your list if you have a sweet tooth and makes for the perfect treat to head back home with.

Where: 144 North Front Street, Unit 1, Quinte West

Thank you to the folks at Bay of Quinte for organizing this amazing trip!
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Being Grateful This October

Being Grateful This October


Being Grateful - Thanksgiving

Being Grateful - Thanksgiving

Being Grateful - Thanksgiving
As we celebrate the many blessings in our lives this month, let us be reminded of the people that supported us and loved us along the way. Your mom cheering from the sidelines as you start your first job, your dad jumping up and down as you score your first goal or your best friend convincing you to go on a date with that cute guy - the list goes on.

Live each day with a grateful heart.

This year and honestly every day, I’m thankful for supportive friends and my amazing partner. When you live a long way from family, I've realized that it is important to build a tribe of people who love and accept you just the way you are! And remember quality or quantity folks - my friend group may be small but they are truly amazing. I'm blessed to be surrounded by so many kind and thoughtful people that my heart is so full of gratitude.

The last few months have been quite the journey for me from a busy work schedule and trying to put my self-care first while also balancing the side hustle life. I chatted about this before but I've slowly learned to shift my mindset and rather than thinking I was selfish or guilty for taking time to myself or rescheduling plans, I realized that I needed to be at my best to fully function and to give time to others, which is so valuable nowadays. So having friends and a partner who understands this, has been immense and I couldn't be more grateful for this.

 My life is far from perfect, but it’s so easy for me to beat myself up over the smallest thing. It's been a few years now but thanks to my partner's transference of positive thinking, it has allowed me to focus on happiness and see what I'm fully capable of whatever comes my way.

 What are you grateful for?

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