Winter warriors and Cinnamon Puffs

16 Jan

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Todays Muffin Tin Monday treat is for my husband…I am sure he would prefer chocolate peanut butter cupcakes or something like this, but it is only partly about him since I am of course in charge of the baking and I don’t want cupcakes.
Not when I make them all the time and my muffin tins can be used for so many other wonderful yummies.

Anyway…in case you didn’t know, or you are halfway around the world…winter has arrived, finally and with vengence…and winter here means cold…like -24 without the wind chill.
Of course living in Canada means winter sports. My husband was glad that we had little girls because in his mind that meant no hockey rinks at 5am with a cup of coffee in his hand, while shivering uncontrollably…he has like negative 50% body fat and therefore would shiver in a pool.
What he forgot to take into account was figure skating (alright I admit it they are only in learn to
skate but they look so cute in their little white skates that I can’t help but dream…of course if
they want to play hockey or ringette that would be fine with me. T is kind of a bruiser and when A finally gets on skates the world should watch out…football might actually be a better sport for her.)

Now everybody who knows my husband knows that he is a summer kind of guy, spending hours outside with the girls playing in the yard, or tending his garden (I have often said that in the summer we are better parents).DSC_3499
Anyway, needless to say, it isn’t my husband who schleps the kids to the rink every week (thank goodness it is only once a week right now…thank you to my own parents for their lack of social life when I was little), it is myself or my mother and sister, or my in-laws. He did, however, come to their ice show…he clapped and cheered and made our girls smiles extend from one ear to the other more brightly when they saw him in the stands (I am so glad he came because before the show there was a little boy who was saying that dads never come to these things, it is only moms…and I watched my little one become more crushed with every word).

So why, you ask, does he deserve a special treat and a special mention…I will tell you. My girls got an ice rink kit for Christmas…you know the kind with a sheet of plastic that you make in your yard outside. It was left of course up to my hubby to set it up for them. For a week it would melt and thaw and the wind would blow it and then the tap froze and he said "forget it, there is a rink up the street if they really want to skate."
Then we had DSC_3658a thaw that was to be followed by our first “winter storm” of the seaon, so while I took the girls to a party or somewhere else in Mom’s taxi, he fixed the rink. It wasn’t perfect but it was doable. The girls, who had checked outside everyday to see whether it was frozen, donned their skates and headed outside with Daddy. They stayed outside for well over an hour skating round and round, with little pink cheeks and sparkling eyes, on their own little rink made by daddy. Right there he seemed the work worth it.
This past Saturday, in -30 degree weather, he stayed outside all day (while the girls were at skating and a birthday party) and sprayed the rink…over and over until it was perfect. DSC_3664 He was out in the cold so long that his mittens grew icicles and stood up on their own (his beard was a sight to behold too)…then yesterday in weather that many wouldn’t venture out in, he told the girls to bundle up and took them out again…I still had to tie their skates and get them dressed, but he was the one that stood outside with them in the cold watching them skate round and round on the little rink that daddy made them.

So because he has become a winter warrior simply to make his girls happy I am devoting this weeks muffin tin treat to him…make them for any winter warrior in your world or to eat snuggled up inside…DSC_3667

Cinnamon Puffs (adapted from a survival guide my mom gave me when i went to university "Where’s Mom now that I need her").

1 pkg yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1/2 cup milk, scalded and cooled
1/8 cup granulated sugar
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 cup cooking oil
1 egg, beaten
2 cups flour
1 1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup butter or margarine, melted
1/2 cup granulated sugar
2 tsp cinnamon

Dissolve the yeast in warm water; set aside for ten minutes. Stir in milk, sugar, salt, oil,egg, and 1 cup of the flour; mix well. Beat in additional flour and vanilla until the dough is sticky. Spoon dough into greased muffin tins. Let raise until doubled, about 45 minutes. Bake at 375 for 15-18 minutes. Dip tops in melted butter and then cinnamon-sugar mixture. Let cool and enjoy.

These were deemed yummy by all but we are already thinking of ways to switch it up…maybe some lemon in the dough, and a drizzle of icing instead of the sugar…and BTW my hubby is already planning a bigger rink for next year…

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2 Responses to “Winter warriors and Cinnamon Puffs”

  1. Karen Bond (@trilogyedibles) January 16, 2012 at 8:29 pm #

    These look great and your husband is a keeper for sure!

  2. erin hay January 17, 2012 at 7:20 am #

    Kate this is an awesome story….LOVE IT! Daddy’s are amazing and cant wait to try this recipe!

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