Lazy Amish Cinnamon Bread & DIY Chalkboards

This week was consumed with a lot of crossing off to-do lists. Is there anything more satisfying than when you fall in a rhythm, get a TON of things done, and are crossing off your to-dos like a boss? Not very much.

To celebrate some of the tasks completed I made Amish Cinnamon Bread yesterday afternoon. Usually when I see bread recipes I run in the other direction and try to drown out scary thoughts of endless kneading, overnight dough rising, and extensive direction following.

This recipe is super quick and simple. Perfect for lazy bread makers like me… who could have never hacked it in an Amish lifestyle. Therefore I am calling it Lazy Amish Cinnamon Bread. The recipe yields 2 loaves or 24 muffins. I made one loaf and 12 muffins. You can halve the recipe for one loaf or 12 muffins.

Lazy Amish Cinnamon Bread

Ingredients:

Batter:

1 cup (2 sticks) butter, softened

2 cups sugar

2 eggs

2 cups buttermilk or 2 cups milk plus 2 tablespoons vinegar or lemon juice

4 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Cinnamon/sugar mixture:

2/3 cups sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

Method: 

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2. Cream together 2 cups of sugar, butter, and eggs in a mixer.

3. Add half of the flour, half of the  buttermilk, and half of the baking soda. Blend ingredients.

4. Add remaining flour, buttermilk, baking soda, and vanilla extract. Mix until batter is blended.

5. In separate bowl mix 2/3 cup of sugar and 2 teaspoons of cinnamon.

6. In greased and floured loaf pan or lined muffin pan fill about half way with batter. Add 3/4 of cinnamon and sugar mixture. add remaining batter. Sprinkle remaining cinnamon and sugar on top.

7. Swirl batter and cinnmon /sugar layers with a knife.

8. Bake loaf for 50 minutes, bake muffins for 16-18 minutes or until toothpick comes out of center clean.

9. Remove muffins to cooling rack immediately. Let loaf cool in pan for 15 minutes before moving to rack.

Cinnamon Swirl Muffins Cooling
Cinnamon Swirl Muffins Cooling
Served best warm, with a dab of butter
Served best warm, with a dab of butter
Lazy Amish Cinnamon Bread out of the oven!
Lazy Amish Cinnamon Bread out of the oven!
Sweet Cinnamony Goodness.
Sweet Cinnamony Goodness.

Other projects completed this week? DIY Chalkboards.

DIY Chalkboards

1. Go to the Salvation Army or Goodwill and nab some pictures or mirrors with cute frames. These were $4.00 a pop.

Pics from the thrift shop
Pics from the thrift shop

2. Grab a tube of chalkboard paint from Wal-Mart’s craft section, put painter’s tape around your frame, and paint the canvas.

chalkboard paint on canvas
chalkboard paint on canvas

3. Follow directions on chalkboard paint for applying multiple coats of paint.

Looking more like chalkboards!
Looking more like chalkboards!

4. After curing for 24 hours, cover with chalk to condition.

condition by covering with chalk
condition by covering with chalk

5. Wipe clean with wet and soapy paper towels or washcloth. Remove painter’s tape. Then you’re all set! Chalk drawings are easily erased with a wet and soapy washcloth.

All drawn up. Getting ready for exciting things to come!
All drawn up. Getting ready for exciting things to come!

Make some lazy bread, make some chalkboards, have a GREAT weekend!

P.S.

Nabbed this little piggy while I picked up the frames at the thrift shop. He will be helping me out in some future endeavors!
Nabbed this little piggy while I picked up the frames at the thrift shop. He will be helping me out in some future endeavors!
The trail that 99% of runs occur on
The trail that 99% of my runs occur on
Why is it when he comes home with handpicked flowers it can give me a bigger smile than store bought bouquets? :)
Why is it when he comes home with handpicked flowers it gives me a bigger smile than a store bought bouquet?
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