Of course, when I had these thoughts I did not think we would take the holiday hosting plunge three weeks after having our first baby. But we did! And it was a ton of work for my husband who did most of the planning, preparing and cooking. But I managed to contribute cinnamon rolls for breakfast Christmas morning. I've always thought cinnamon rolls (or some equivalent "special" breakfast food) should start a holiday. And this year cinnamon rolls popped into my head as the perfect start to the day.
Making them was an experience. I drifted into the kitchen, made part of the dough before going back out to pick up a freshly awakened baby. A short time later I came back in wearing the baby, and finished the dough. The dough rose for a bit longer then the 2 hours called for in the recipe, although it seemed no worse for wear. And after cutting the rolls, I put them into the fridge overnight for their last rise before baking the next day.
I used this recipe from Bon Appetit, and I was really pleased with the results. The glaze made plenty - I am a frosting lover and these were perfectly iced in my book. The rolls were best the first day fresh from the oven, but oven heated leftovers disappeared the next two days as well. I did not get the rolls photographed... I will have to work on that important step in my next recipe, but I will say it felt good to be back in the kitchen. My motivation which abandoned me during pregnancy seems to be back, so hopefully my baby-juggling/cooking skills will continue to develop and I will be posting more regularly soon.
Happy New Year everyone!