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Mini Cinnamon Rolls

I looked at my points tracker on Friday night and was astonished that I still had 30 weekly points left on the table the night before weight in.  I had a great week.  Didn’t have a 46 point day, drank my water (we’ll talk about exercise later, m’kay?) and am still going strong with #dryjanuary

So I was shocked when I only lost .2.  But then I had to remember, it’s not unusual for me to have a low loss after a big one, and I did lose 3 pounds last week.  I didn’t let it rattle me, it’s just a number, and I am in this for the long haul and in the end its the big picture, not just one weigh in of seven days.

After Weight Watchers I went to the local car dealership because the lease was up on my Nissan Juke.  I loved that car, but seems like I was the only one who liked it.  Hannah and Jacob thought it was too small – but guess what?  It was my car, and it fit me perfect.  But they don’t make the Juke anymore.

That’s my new ride!  It’s a Nissan Rogue Sport.  It’s actually a down grade from what I had – cloth seats, no sun or moon roof, but it still has a lot of bells and whistles – heated steering wheel?  Didn’t know that was a thing.  It came with a remote start, and it’s $150 less than my old car payment.

I love to lease because I don’t like maintaining cars, that was Tony’s job, and now that he’s not here, I’d just let someone else take care of that, and that is worth the price of the car payment alone.  I am perfectly aware that I could buy a car for a smaller car payment, but this works for me.  

I met up with Hannah, we ran some errands and it was after 3:00 before I started getting bizzy in my kitchen – unheard of for a Saturday!

I am THIS CLOSE to the perfect low point brownie.  These are actually chick pea brownies!  I didn’t have any black beans, and because people say that you can’t taste the beans in this recipe, I figured, once pureed, would you know if they were chick peas or black beans?

I had to laugh so hard, because this is how I handed Hannah the brownie to taste – mind you that is 1/2 of one serving, and only 1 point – 2 points for 1/9 of a 9×9 pan.  Pretty sure that’s how professional chefs serve their food, no?!   I will probably post this recipe next week after I tweak it a bit, but it’s close.

Aunt Martha, I still love that makeup bag you gave me – it holds all my diabetes stuff and I use it every day.

Sunday morning I had a taste for cinnamon rolls.  I haven’t had a true cinnamon roll in ages, and when I looked through my blog to see if I had made them (I was sure I did because my step-son LOVES all things cinnamon) turns out my recipe calls for a stick of melted butter, and a cup of brown sugar.

I took two ounces of my Skinny Pizza Dough and decided to make one sweet treat and one savory. Today I am showing the cinnamon rolls, because they were the star of the plate.

I rolled out the dough pretty thin, then spread 1/2 teaspoon butter over the dough, a teaspoon of brown sugar and a few pinches of cinnamon.  I rolled it up, then cut it into three pieces and baked at 425 for 10 minutes.

I made a glaze of powdered sugar and milk, and used 1 teaspoon of the glaze for the cinnamon rolls – so these three mini cinnamon rolls were only 3 points.  One for the dough, 1 for the butter and 1 for the glaze.  And these were perfect – a bit of a crunch on the bottom where the brown sugar caramelized, and soft on the inside.  If I wasn’t meeting my Mom for lunch, I would have made more right then and there!

Did you know that Hannah has a new Instagram account?  She joined Weight Watchers the second week of January and has lost 8 pounds.  So proud of her!  And go follow her on Instagram – she’s a much better photographer than I’ll ever be.  Go Hannah!

Before meeting my Mom for lunch, Jacob and I stopped by the coffee shop.  She makes the best sugar free hazelnut lattes.   I finished up my meal plan after doing a quick inventory of what I have on hand, and came up with this meal plan below.  I am SO excited to show you my low point chicken and waffles tonight.  I subscribe to NY Times food section by email and last week they did a recap of chicken and waffles, and I can’t shake it, so I am going to make it!

I only had three things on my grocery list, but it never fails that I can still spend a minimum of $50.

And my Momma and I were going to be shopping at Whole Foods!  #wholepaycheck

My Mom turned me onto mochi ice cream balls – holy cow, were these amazing!  I didn’t get a photo or video of me eating them, because we let them defrost for about 15 minutes and they were just perfect – a slight chew of the “dough” on the outside – and I got a coffee filling.  Luckily the price tag prevented us from buying more – they were $2 each!  My Mom treated me, because you know, I am her favorite.  #duh.  Loved spending time with you yesterday Mom!

Lookie there – I spent $10.39 on my groceries!  But if I had bought those same items at my local grocery store, it probably would have been $5 πŸ˜›

OMG, have you guys seen the soap display at Whole Foods before??!!  Lori, I totally thought of you – they were selling these soaps for $1.49 an ounce – I weighed one of them and each one would cost between $10-$14 per bar, depending on the size.  That black and white one?  Charcoal and lemongrass and it smelled amazing.

The ones below were almond caramel and I almost wanted to it eat.

It was a great weekend.  I have to share pics of the pups – Roman doesn’t usually like me picking me up and will only tolerate it when he’s really tired.

Rummy loves being picked up!   OMG, look at all that grey hair!  I don’t notice it until I see it in pictures, but I am low maintenance, so not ready to start dying it i


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  • Shelley B
    January 22, 2018 at 8:49 am

    The mini cinnamon rolls look amazing – I love the doughy insides best, and that’s what these look like!

    We rented a fully-loaded Nissan Murano for our drive to North Carolina last month and it was very nice, especially that heated steering wheel when it was 9 degrees! I think you’re doing the right thing with leasing; car troubles are so stressful, so this way you get to avoid that!

    • Biz319
      January 23, 2018 at 7:58 am

      Thanks Shelley – I am not a very extravagant person (i.e., shopping at thrift stores!) so this little splurge is worth it to me. Jacob fixed my computer so I think I can comment on your blog again – whoop!

  • maggie
    January 22, 2018 at 9:46 am

    I love the idea of leasing/renting things when you don’t want to maintain. My husband and I bought a house 2 years ago and hated maintaining it; we sold it quickly and are renting again and are so much happier. (Oddly enough, I don’t mind maintaining a car but I hated doing it for a house.) I read an article recently about how people are happier when they spend money on things that make their lives easier. Totally worth the slight difference in payment if it means you are worry-free.

    You’re not the only one who goes into a grocery store with a $10 list and comes out with a bajillion things. Happens to me every time πŸ˜›

    • Biz319
      January 23, 2018 at 7:57 am

      See, I am the opposite, I don’t mind maintaining the house, but a car – nope!!

      That’s Hannah and I also at Target or Walmart – we’ll have a few things to get and next thing you know we are getting a cart, and when we get to the register realize we’ve been there two hours πŸ˜›

  • Helen
    January 22, 2018 at 10:02 am

    We were just talking over the weekend about how the vehicles we currently own will probably be the last we ever own outright as we plan on leasing in retirement. My boss leases all the time and I think the best thing is that you get to pick a new car every few years.

    The only time my grocery list gets stuck to is if I send it with Mr. Helen to do the shopping lol!

    • Biz319
      January 23, 2018 at 7:55 am

      Right? Lower maintenance on leasing cars, and you can usually get a much nicer car than if you were to buy it. Because leased cars are only kept for 3 years, they need the resale value and usually have more bells and whistles than you’ll ever need – like my steering wheel heater (although a couple weeks ago I would have killed to have that!). Also, you can negotiate the amount of miles you will use – I did 12k, because I probably won’t come near 36k miles in 3 years, but my last car I was still driving to work, so I negotiated 15k a year for an extra $7 dollars a month.

      And Tony was to worst at shopping lists – I could give him three things to pick up and he nearly always spent $75!

  • Carrie @ Season It Already
    January 22, 2018 at 11:12 am

    Love this –>> “I love to lease because I don’t like maintaining cars, that was Tony’s job, and now that he’s not here, I’d just let someone else take care of that, and that is worth the price of the car payment alone. I am perfectly aware that I could buy a car for a smaller car payment, but this works for me. ”

    Also, love those photos with you with the pups!

    • Biz319
      January 23, 2018 at 7:52 am

      Hey Carrie! Glad you like my analogy of the car leasing – makes sense to me! πŸ˜€ I love those pups, even though they still sometimes shit on my hardwood floors πŸ˜›

  • Kym
    January 22, 2018 at 11:37 am

    It made me giggle to see the saying on the make up bag below the “brownie” you were handing to Hannah. Happy to hear on Insta Story that you redeemed yourself. It will be interesting to see what your final recipe looks like. Glad you were able to get a new car taken care of. I need to do that too but I HATE going on the weekends. Your mini cinnamon rolls are too cute. I’m safe from them as I’m not a huge fan. I find cinnamon rolls to “doughy” for me. I know, I’m broken, who doesn’t like cinnamon rolls.

    • Biz319
      January 23, 2018 at 7:51 am

      My Aunt who is in her 70s gave me that back a few years ago and I love it – has all my insulin stuff, pens, test strips etc. On the other side it’s all flowers and I didn’t notice the “fuck” side until a few days after I used it! πŸ˜›

      Hannah isn’t a fan of cinnamon, but she liked these, and because they are so small, they aren’t very gooey on the inside like regular ones.