Cinnamon Pecan Sticky Buns

A new post!
CinnamonRollsImagine that!

CinnamonRollI’m so glad to be back (about time!) with a new post…especially one that includes food.

Since my trip to Maine, I got a new job and am in the process of moving (an exciting thing despite the stress of packing, etc!) It’s been a whirlwind but I’m finally starting to settle into a routine which is nice. As a bonus, I love my new job! It’s in the interior design industry which has been a great fit for me. It’s funny I’ve never thought of doing something like this before…because I really enjoy being creative here on Midwestern Belle. Now I get to be creative in my 9-5 job too. (And yes, I’ll still be doing lots of traveling for work so the travel pictures won’t stop! In fact, hopefully there will be more!)

Right before I started my new job, my mom and I made these sticky buns together. As you may have noticed, over the past few years, I’ve started cooking more with my mom. It’s a fun way to spend time together while making something everyone will enjoy. Anyways, it’s always been kind of a challenge because there is so much stopping and starting when you’re trying to get good pictures while also being the cook. So, for this post, she cooked and I photographed! It was great!

IMG_8928 CuttingCinnamonRollDough CinnamonRollDoughCutHere’s the recipe in case you’d like to make it too…


Cinnamon Rolls
4-5 cups all purpose flour for dough, PLUS up to 1 cup more for flouring surface
2/3 cup warm milk
1 cup granulated sugar (plus an additional 2 tablespoons sugar)
1/2 cup butter
1 1/4 teaspoon salt
2 packets dry Red Star Quick Rise yeast
2/3 cup warm water (110 degrees Fahrenheit)
2-3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
3 beaten eggs
1 stick soft butter
1 1/2 cups brown sugar
2 cups chopped pecans, toasted in a warm skillet with 2 tablespoons of butter

2 cups powdered sugar
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 tablespoon milk

Stir 1 cup sugar, butter and salt into warm milk until sugar is dissolved and butter is melted. Set aside to cool.

Stir yeast into warm water then add 2 tablespoons sugar. Set aside until a foamy layer forms on top of the liquid.

Place 3 cups flour and cinnamon in mixer bowel with dough hook attachment. Add milk and yeast mixture along with eggs. Beat on low until smooth. Add flour, half a cup at a time, until soft dough forms into a ball. Cover with plastic wrap and set the mixer bowl into a larger bowl containing very warm water. Cover with a clean towel and set aside to rise, about 1 hour. Dough will double in size during this time.

After rising is completed, preheat the oven to 350 degrees and turn dough out onto a large floured surface and roll out to form a rectangle approximately 15″ x 20″. Spread on the soft butter the top with brown sugar and pecans.

Roll up dough into a log from the long side. Seal the edge with fingers to keep filling inside.

Slice into sections 2-3″ long and place in a deep buttered cake pan at least 9″ x 14″.  Set cake pan aside to rise again, about 20 minutes.

After rising, set pan on a foil sheet to catch drips while baking. Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes.

While rolls bake, prepare the glaze. Combine the powdered sugar, butter and vanilla, then add milk a splash at a time until the right consistency is achieved.

Glaze the rolls immediately after baking and enjoy!


IMG_8886MWBHello long lost friend! How’s your summer been going? There’s been quite a lot going on in my world…
IMG_8876MWBFirst, my laptop went out after over four years of dedicated service! The screen started going grey randomly, which as you can imagine isn’t great for photo editing OR writing blog posts. So, I got a new laptop AND…
CoastalMaineA new job!

As you can tell from looking at my past posts, my previous job took me all around the US and Canada, and I had the chance to see things I wouldn’t have seen otherwise. I’ve been from Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine and just about everywhere in between. As much fun as it’s been, I was ready to have a more “regular” schedule and not spend so much time in airports, which I hate!

One of my last trips took me to coastal Maine, where I took all the pictures in this post.


My first order of business upon arrival in Maine was to head to the coast to see the ocean and eat a lobster roll.


So, I headed to Cape Elizabeth, outside Portland, where I found beautiful views and this great little place on the water called The Lobster Shack.

TheLobsterShackCapeElizabethAfter ordering a lobster roll and cup of clam chowder, I decided to eat outside at a picnic table.


Sadly, as I set my food tray down, a seagull swooped in, hit me in the face with it’s flapping wings, and flew off with my entire lobster roll!!!

: (


So, back inside I went, where the staff was nice enough to replace my whole meal for free. (The clam chowder and drink had gotten doused in ocean water from the seagull, so I really had to start at square one.)


This time, I ate inside!



New York City

I spent the last few days working in Maine and have so many pictures and stories to share with you! I was right by the coast and had the chance to see the ocean, eat a lobster roll and have my lunch stolen by a seagull (my luck!) Of course, all the photos are held hostage on my memory card, so they won’t be on here till I get home and download them.
New York CityIn the meantime, I wanted to show you this picture I took with my phone as I flew into New York City last night. I was just passing through on my way to Dallas, but was able to get a beautiful view of the city. I also got to see the Statue of Liberty for the first time! I’ve been to New York twice, but both times I was busy working so I didn’t do much exploring. I keep saying I need to go back and actually see the city because there’s so much I’d love to do and see in the Big Apple.

(If this isn’t enough NYC for you, you can also see more photos I took of the city (back in 2012!)  here or take a trip to the famous NYC eatery Serendipity III here.)