About Moi

About Moi
My Name is Brittany, and I'm 23yrs old. I was diagnosed with Lupus when I was 15, and then diagnosed with RA, when I was 18. I also got married when I was 18, and I'm enjoying my happily ever after with my hubby! When I got married, I was slim and trim...But not for long. After getting married, I started to gain a LOT of weight! In 1yr, I gained 50lbs! Finally, I went to the Doctor, where I discovered I have low thyroid. After being put on medicine, my weight gain slowed down, although over the next 3yrs, I gained an additional 26lbs. When I was 20yrs old, I got yet another diagnoses of Poly Cystic Ovarian Syndrome. That's 4 diagnoses in a 5yr period, if you lost count. They all effect my weight, in one way or another. Add on top of that, my love affair with food, and every 1 of those 76lbs gained was accounted for. Being 76lbs over weight is unhealthy for anyone, but it was especially unhealthy for me, and my health issues. Since starting this blog, in Jan-2010, I have lost 40lbs! I'm a new, slimmer, and healthier me! Before losing weight, I was told I needed knee replacements. Losing weight was the ONLY tool I had to help me hold off on that life changing surgery. Since losing 40lbs, my knees have never felt better! My husband and I are also trying to start a family, but my PCOS was not going to make it as easy as 1,2,3, as I didn't have periods on my own. My doctor had told me if I wanted a baby, I HAD to lose weight. Since losing 40lbs, I've had regular cycles for the first time in my life! Which is very important when trying to have a baby ;) This journey of mine is more than me simply wanting to wear skinny jeans. It has been a quest to becoming :Deliciously Healthy, so ALL of my dreams can come true! I'm almost half way there! With each new day, I get closer and closer to my goal of 120lbs, and becoming :Deliciously Healthy!

Monday, November 15, 2010

Brittany's Kitchen Adventures- Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Cupcakes

Welcome to Brittany's Kitchen Adventures!
Before going on a "diet", I had practically never stepped foot inside the kitchen. I've had to teach myself how to cook/bake, but there's still a lot of things I've never tried, because they intimidate me. I'm a Deliciously Healthy cook/baker in training. Come on a journey with me as I conquer the kitchen! Every Monday, I pick something new and challenging to try in the kitchen! I blog about each kitchen adventure, whether it was a success or not. There's bound to be some disasters, but hopefully a lot of Deliciously Healthy successes!

A while ago (like as in a very long time ago. Okay, okay, it was LAST thanksgiving:), I bought everything to make pumpkin cinnamon roll cupcakes. Sounds yummy right? I thought so too. Everyday, I thought about making them, and everyday, I chickened out. Soon, the pumpkin season was over. As it rolled around this year, these popped in my mind everyday, just like before. But I was still too intimidated to make them. Yeast? Rise? Kneading? Hmmm. That's a whole lot of scariness right there. I saw it very fitting to make these for my first Kitchen Adventure. These weekly adventures are all about me trying new things, and pushing myself out of my comfort zone, so I can one day conquer the kitchen!

I got out all the ingredients, took a deep breath, and got started.

I started with "activating" the yeast. That was pretty scary to me. I don't know why. Now I know that all it involves is pouring a packet of yeast into 1/4 cup of warm water. What's so hard about that? See, I'm already growing. Master yeast: CHECK!

Next I put the first 9 ingredients into a mixer to combine everything, then pulled out the dough to knead it. That part was intimidating, hard on my hands, and fun at the same time! 10 minutes later, the dough was kneaded, smooth, and my hands were dead!
I kneaded dough for the first time!
Yay me!
(Oh yeah, I cut my hair:)
Then you're supposed to cover the dough, and store it in a warm place for 45 minutes to let it rise. ???. What counts as a warm place? A little bit of stress kicked in at this point. Where the heck do I put this thing? My house is 69 degrees. I don't think that counts as warm. So, I turned on the oven for a couple minutes, then turned it off, and set the bowl in there, for 45 min.
Is there a better way to do this? What do you do?
It seemed to do the trick. It said if it leaves indents when you poke it with your fingers, then it's done rising. Looks like indents to me!
From this point, I started to get a little more comfortable. I rolled it out into a rectangle sprinkled the cinnamon mix, and the pecans, over the dough rolled it up cut it, and put it into the muffin pan. Then I stood in front of the oven, and watched the heavenly goodness, rise out of the pan!
Hot out of the oven:
When they were done, I drizzled the glaze over the top of the cupcakes, with a pipping bag and viola! They were done!
I did it!

And they are pretty darn yummy! And only 219 calories!

And if I can do it, YOU can do it!! Go HERE for the recipe!
I added 3 TBS of pecans to the mix, and I made them into cupcakes. Cause cupcakes are just better :)
Come back every Monday
, and watch me try something new!

I think next week I'm going to make pumpkin pie, for the first time! Cause we gotta get ready for Thanksgiving people :D


Unknown said...

Congrats on your first adventure in the kitchen. Looks like it was a huge success!!! =D


Hannah said...

Umm yummy! I'm not a fan of pumpkin at all but this sound so yummy. Great job.

And what you did to rise the dough is a great way to do it. All I would suggest is adding some moisture to the process if it's taking a long time to rise or is a dryer dough . To do this you can boil a few cups of water in a pot and once it boils put it in the oven with the dough. Oh and make sure it's not too hot in the oven. A few minutes preheating is fine. But your yeast will die at anything higher than 140 degrees.

Alexia said...

They're so cute, Brittany!
I'm smiling because I too am terrified of all that dough & yeast business. Glad it turned out well & I'm living in wait for the pumpkin pie recipe. I'm especially terrified of pie, but I love it so!

:Deliciously Healthy said...

Thank you for your tips Hannah!

Bella said...

Yum! I love the idea of cinnamon bun cupcakes! Everything you make always looks so good! Looking forward to future installments.

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NAN said...

I taught myself how to cook when I was around your age, Brittany. I got the old red checked Better Homes and Gardens cookbook and a red Betty Crocker. Yeast is fun to work with; I also have a tip for rising- turn the oven on briefly- it usually will reach 160-200 degrees fast. Then turn it off, cover your dough with a clean dishtowel and put it in there, shut the oven door and it works every time. I also prefer the fast rising yeast and it's cheaper to buy in the jar. You can still bake and lose weight but BEWARE!

Tammy said...

Holy crap those things look FANTASTIC!!! I'm so impressed with your baking skills!! Glad you conquered your fear. :)

Corletta said...

Ma'am....before I ever BEGIN to create something that yummy looking, I'm gonna need to figure out the nutritional value. Let's be honest, I could eat EVERY ONE of those yummy cupcakes :) Thanks for the motivation to cook!

:Deliciously Healthy said...

NAN- thank you for the tip!

Unknown said...

Those are so perfect and pretty looking! Good job!

Jess said...

Delicious and you know what? They look pretty too! So proud of you. I would never have the guts to try it!

erica said...

oh my goodness!!! Love this!


The Chubby Girl Diaries said...

Congrats on your weight loss thus far! You are just so darn cute! :)

The cinnamon rolls look delish!! :)

I look forward to following your journey again!


Jolene - EverydayFoodie said...

I love pumpkin everything!!!

Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog, saying that I am an excellent host! Let me know when you are in Saskatchewan, and I will have you over ;-)

Jenn @ Organic-Mama.ca said...

Oh my goodness that looks AMAZING! You should make some more & send 'em to your online buddies *cough* me *cough*