The two-for-one post you’ve been waiting for!
Well, it’s certainly one I’ve been waiting to write. We’ll get to the buns later because I’ve been dying to feature a Fellow Budding Bear for quite some time and I figured- why not start with what you know? Just so happens, I know an extremely creative and talented bear with an amazing collection of one-of-a-kind, eco-friendly and up-cycled handbags and accessories!
(I know. You’re amazed. You knew bears could ride bikes and wipe their bums in toilet paper commercials- but designing and handcrafting bags and accessories? Pretty spectacular stuff here folks.)
In all honesty though if you love fun and funky prints and unique accessories, if you truly appreciate a sturdy and reliable handmade item… then you, my friend, will absolutely LOVE MayMay!
MayMay Designs was founded in 2008 with a petite yet chic collection of card holders, handbags and clutches. Since then it has budded into a very successful shop adding to the collection gift tags, bracelets, accent pillows, diaper bags and even purses and toy-travel cases for kids! I’ve chosen some of my absolute favorites to share with you, but you can find all of MayMay’s work at her Etsy Shop here, or her Facebook Fan Page here.
This Bear’s Favorites:
Chic(k) Diaper Tote
This super cute versitle bag is big and durable enough for active students or busy moms! This bag packs enough room for a laptop and books or diapers, wipes and a changing mat. Complete with an adjustable strap and outside pockets for easy phone access.
Textured Cinnamon Clutch
This super cute clutch is a new addition to the shop and is one of a kind. This little beaut was hand stitched to the sliver clasp! Being one of a kind it means there’s only one… better get it before I do!
These lovely accent pillows are so simple and sweet they could spruce up any area! Want a little more color? Check out MayMay’s shop for pink and purple ones too!
The Princess Purse Collection
This adorable collection has a little something for every little girl out there. Choose from beaded or tassel-like trimmings to pick the perfect purse for your princess!
You see what I’m saying? She’s got great stuff, right? She’s always coming out with new one of a kind creations- so check in often!
And now… onto the buns!
We made some cinnamon buns this weekend.. alright technically they’re rolls, but aren’t you glad I called them buns and showed you a picture of a baby’s buns instead of calling them rolls and showing you a picture of a fat-rolly-belly?
It’s a lengthy recipe we found online, with several steps and some waiting involved, but it’s worth it. The recipe calls for freshly grated cinnamon, which we chose to do, but I don’t think is necessary, and I certainly wouldn’t recommend it to anyone with a headache or someone who has hungover people around. The noise it pretty bad, and it takes a while. It was a good experience and now we know how much cinnamon we can get out of one cinnamon stick (about 2 ½ tablespoons). Anyway, if you choose to nix the cinnamon stick and just use cinnamon from your spice rack, I’d suggest using a little less of it, maybe 2 tablespoons instead of 2 ½. I’m no expert, but the cinnamon after we grated it was a bit thicker than the almost powder-like cinnamon I have in my spice rack.
A few more notes on these buns (rolls… whatever) this recipe calls for quick rising yeast, so unless you’re the ultimate baker who always has yeast on hand, you’ll need to plan ahead. You’ll see you need warm milk, it needs to be around 100 degrees when you mix the yeast in (Tyler says this is important because yeast is a bacteria and if the milk is the wrong temperature the yeast won’t react the way it’s supposed to….ugh, science..right?) I’m no scientist, but we used our meat thermometer to check the temperature of the milk. Also the amount of rolls you’ll get depend on how thick you cut them- we cut them about a half of an inch thick and got 19 delicious morsels out of this recipe, so if you want less or more, you’ll need to calculate accordingly.
Homemade Cinnamon Rolls (Buns… whatever)
Yields approx. 18 rolls
I cup warm milk
⅓ cup butter (melted)
4 ½ cups flour
½ tsp salt
⅔ cup sugar
2 ½ tsp quick rising yeast
Mix the flour, salt and sugar with the eggs and butter.
Mix the yeast into the warmed water (around 100 degrees), leave no clump unbroken!
Once perfectly unclumped,add to other ingredients.
Knead the dough until it is well mixed and no longer sticks to your hands.
Place in bowl, cover and let rise for about an hour.
After risen, roll out the dough into a rectangular form on a lightly floured surface.
Let the dough sit for another 10 minutes while you preheat the oven to 400 degrees and make the…
1 cup brown sugar
2 ½ tbsp fresh grated cinnamon
¼ cup butter (melted)
Mix sugar and cinnamon.
Melt butter and brush evenly over the dough.
Sprinkle the cinnamon-sugar mixture over the dough.
Roll up the dough, you can seal it with a bit of water on the edge.
Slice up the roll into half inch sections, place on a baking sheet and let rise for another thirty minutes.
Bake the rolls for 15 minutes of until browned. While the buns are baking, go ahead and make the…
3 oz cream cheese
1 ½ cups confectioner sugar
¼ cup butter
½ tsp vanilla
⅛ tsp salt
Beat the ingredients together to form the frosting.
Spread on buns once they’re slightly cooled but still warm.
Now go… bake buns and buy bags!