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Homemade Garlic Bread Recipe. For busy moms (and dads)

Today, a little not portrait related post. I’d say, it’s going to be more delicious then normal. I’m going to share with you my favorire homemade garlic bread recipe!

How have you been? I hope not as busy as me. However busy is good, in some ways.
Busy in business is good, right?
Busy vacationing is also good, I think.

How about busy in the kitchen, while being busy with kids, while being also busy with some four leg companions, and then being busy having to keep it all together (because there is nobody out there to help you).

I have this suspicion you know what I’m talking about.

Even while that busy, and not wanting to have anything to do with the kitchen part of your house, you can still make this delish thing:

Homemade Garlic Bread Recipe _ ewa samples photography
Those are the days, or weeks when you look like this, every time you try to go for a walk. (this is a photo from my self-portrait project taken 4 years ago).


ewa samples photography, self portrait project

I was the brave one, always trying to do as much as I could at once!!! Not always succeeding, like with the walks. They would always end before they even started.

ewa samples photography, self-portrait project

Luckily, my kids don’t need any leashes these days. But my dogs still do. All 3 of them.

So, this past week, my husband was gone. The whole week. He’s been gone quite a bit this year.

So, while running a business, and trying to still cook homemade dinners (well, some kind of meal whenever I find the time for it), while experimenting with different approaches to eating is challenging.

For example, I tried the zero sugar diet. And the time-restricted eating. Thanks to a good frined, I also brew my own Kombucha!

I think, this whole “sugar thing” is some kind of joke. I’ll share my experience with you in the future, however, I’d like to hear your thoughts on that if you have something to say!

The time restricting eating is so funny. At least in my case, and I can’t wait to tell you all about it, too.

Anywho…, going back to my husband being gone, I’ve mastered some simple recipes that all of us like. I have to admit, we often have banana pancakes for dinner, or store bought cinnamon rolls. The majority of the time we have homemade and super quick to make, so-called by my kids, “milk soup”. It’s an oatmeal, really. With a lot of cinnamon and turbinado-coconut sugar mix.

This past week, my kids were gone playing almost the whole day. Coming back for a snack or two. Bringing with them a bunch of friends. And when you have to feed a bunch, you go for the easy fix. In my case, store bought cinnamon rolls. I go with these guys, becayse they do not have any corn syrup or high fructose corn syrup in them. Just good old sugar! (well, not really, but still better then most of what you can find in the stores).


Organic Cinnamon Rolls with Icing



But today, I’d like to give you homemade garlic bread recipe!

And why do you call garlic bread a “garlic bread”?
– because it’s a bread and it has garlic in it.

A joke created by my kids. I couldn’t have made it, I’m just not that funny. 😂😂😂

The dog picture is not there by accident. The pup was seriously too cute not to throw it in the post!

Homemade Garlic Bread Recipe

  1. Loaf of french bread (we love the freshly baked bread from Safeway). You can use sourdough instead. When husband is not home I use sourdough for this recipe, because it’s my favorite!
  2. Stick of butter. Not salted. ROOM TEMPERATURE, so it’s soft and easy to spread.
  3. Garlic powder.
  4. Minced onions.
  5. Salt.
  1. Pre-heat the oven to 400F.
  2. Slice the loaf of bread leaving the bottom of the bread intact, so the slices are still attached to each other.
  3. Spread the butter inside the slices.
  4. Sprinkle inside of the slices with garlic powder, onion, and salt. ( I like a lot of garlic powder and a lot of the minced onions.
  5. Wrap in the foil.
  6. Bake for 20 minutes.
  7. EAT!

I eat it simple. Bread, mozzarela, pickles, wine. The wine is optional in my case, as with age my tolerance to alcohol is getting lower and lower. With this speed, I’m assuming by age of 40 I’ll be totally allergic to even the smell of it.

The kids eat it plain!

This recipe gets pretty messy with the butter. However it’s really quick. And seriously delicious!

One more thing, this bread is WAY MORE delicious than the store bought garlic bread (pre-made and ready to heat-up). I’ve tried it and the store version doesn’t get even close to the homemade one. It’s a little more work then just throw it in the over, but the love you’ll get from your kids for it will speak for itself.

What’s your favorite recipe for a quick and easy dinner?

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Strawberry Filled Cinnamon Rolls – Picky Eater Approved

Strawberry Filled Cinnamon Rolls – Picky Eater Approved

This is my second jump into the journey of “Our quest for the best cinnamon rolls”. As some of you might already know, sometime ago I committed myself to make, and my kids to taste many different cinnamon rolls recipes, until I get bored with this project, essentially. I also decided to rate them  for the picky eaters, and not so picky, as I have one of each in this household. I’m saying this recipe was approved by my picky eater because she was the one who was more interested in the warm version more (she ate a few of them), then the not very picky eater (who stopped eating them after one bite of the first roll). Overall, those cinnamon rolls where not a big hit, comparing to the previous ones.

Our first try was Apple Filled Cinnamon Rolls with home made Apple Cider Caramel sauce. Beside the apple cider caramel sauce and few pieces of apple as the filling, this recipe wasn’t that different from the regular cinnamon rolls I make. I even use my old dough recipe, which was kind of cheating.

This time, I decided to follow as much of the recipe we are testing as my heart allows me. For examples, I can’t find a peace with the idea of buying a strawberry sauce or strawberry pie filling. I like to make it myself, if I can. So for this recipe I made my own. And it was delicious, although the color was not so vibrant as if you got it from the store. You know, it didn’t have all the artificial food coloring, that’s required in order to keep this super bright red color even after being cooked to death 😉

I cooked my strawberries with a small piece of peeled beet, for more vibrant color. I think it helped a little. I helped myself with this recipe from All Recipes.

Homemade Strawberry sauce

Homemade Strawberry Sauce

All the pictures included in this post are taken with iPhone 4. Having my “big girl’s” camera in this messy and sticky kitchen seemed to me like a not the best idea.

strawberry filled cinnamon rolls

Strawberry Filled Cinnamon Rolls - Picky Eater Approved

Strawberry Filled Cinnamon Rolls - Picky Eater Approved

Strawberry Filled Cinnamon Rolls - Picky Eater Approved

Here is the original recipe for the strawberry filled cinnamon rolls. The only changes in the recipe were:

  • instead of white sugar I used turbinado
  • instead of all purpose flower I used mix of all purpose flower and whole wheat flour (ratio: 2 cups of APF, and 1 1/4 WWF)

For the cream cheese glaze:

  • I skipped the butter completely,
  • used mix of honey and turbinado sugar in place of the powdered sugar to my taste


Overall, as much as I liked the taste of those cinnamon rolls, they got soggy very quickly, and my kids ate them only on the first day, and right after they were baked, and still warm. They were not interested in them after that. My kids have started asking me to make more cinnamon rolls, but using their words “no those with strawberries in them”. Even the not very picky eater moves her head in agreement.

I would say 2 stars out of 5 in our cookbook.

After my first post I got two recipes from my readers and I’m going to try them next. One is not really a recipe for cinnamon rolls but Cinnamon Swirl Bread from Smitten Kitchen. I’m already feeling challenged. We will definitely omit the raising or currants, but I’m planning to stick to the whole wheat thing…

What’s baking in your kitchen today? If it’s a pan of cinnamon rolls don’t forget to share the recipe with me!!! ????


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Quest for the Best Cinnamon Rolls (my kind of photography challenge)

Whatever circles you’re in, I bet you see all kinds of new year resolutions, or new year challenges that people are taking on. In photographers circles 365 Projects or 52 Projects are very popular. It means that some people are challenging themselves to take ONE PICTURE A DAY for a year (365 Project), or ONE PICTURE A WEEK for a year (52 Project). I’ve done it, and since the year started I’ve thought about doing some of those projects again. However, I’m not good at following things (rules) other people set as goals. For example, many of the challenges out there have weekly or daily “themes” that you should follow. Like for example My_365 account on Instagram. Every week they release a list of themes for each day for the upcoming week. While it’s good for some people who might struggle with creativity and with coming up with the ideas of what to shoot for 365 days straight, this isn’t really working for me.

So, when I saw this post about cinnamon rolls on Kids Activities Blog, I immediately knew this is my kind of challenge, and I want to take it. This household is big on cinnamon rolls. But hey, which isn’t. Right? If you don’t like cinnamon rolls, I want to know your name, I want to study you to understand what kind of human being is not in love with cinnamon rolls 😉

The Best Cinnamon Rolls

Over the last few years I’ve mastered to create my own recipe for the BEST CINNAMON ROLLS, and wasn’t really planning on experimenting with the it ever again. But after seeing “25 amazing cinnamon roll recipes” I’ve decided that if I want to challenge myself in anything this year (and by “challenge” I mean something for my personal life, not business), trying as many cinnamon rolls recipes as I can is a great way to do it.

If you have your own favorite recipe, let me know, I would love to test it, and write about it!!!

Just so you know, I am not a blind follower of any recipes, also. So, I’m going to try to make as many of them as I can, but at the same time, I’m giving myself the freedom to change the recipe to my own taste.

My first recipe for this challenge was from “Little Spice Jar” – “CARAMEL APPLE CINNAMON ROLLS

I’d made her Apple Cider Caramel Sauce the day before, and I’m telling you to get up and make it right now!!! It’s sooo freaking delicious, and easy to make.
apple cider caramel sauce -1

I made the dough from my own recipe:

2 cups milk (it should be pretty warm, not hot though)

1/2 cup olive oil

1/2 Tbsp. salt

3 cups all-purpose flour

2 cups whole wheat flour

1/2 tsp. baking soda

1/2 tsp. baking powder

1/3 cup turbinaro sugar

1 packet (2 1/4 tsp.) active dry yeast

1/3 cup flax seed meal

(you can add 1/4 cup chia seeds)


softened butter,

turbinado sugar,


1 grany smith apple, cut into small pieces (I didn’t peel the apple, and my kids “kind of” complained about it)

apple cider caramel sauce,


I add all the dough ingredients to the bread machine in the order they are listed above. Set it to the “dough” and wait until the process is done. About 1.5 h.

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After the dough is ready, I split it in half and work each half separately into a big rectangle. Spread softened butter on it, sprinkle turbinado sugar, cinnamon and the caramel. I don’t use any measurements for the filling ingredients. I just do what feels right 😉 So, I did the same this time.

the best cinnamon rolls

I don’t like the cinnamon rolls to be overly sweet, so I never really add a lot of sugar. In this case knowing that I’ll be adding the caramel sauce I added even less sugar then normally.

the best cinnamon rolls

After all the filling ingredients were on the dough, I rolled it and cut into two inches slices:

the best cinnamon rolls

I alway bake mine in round baking pans.

the best cinnamon rolls

8 rolls per one pan, with some space between then to rise. Before baking, let them rise for about 30 minutes under the cover.

Bake in 375F for 18 – 20 minutes.

the best cinnamon rolls

Done and Done! If they are not sweet enough you can add more caramel on top.

Overall, since I haven’t changed much from my regular recipe, I can say, these were pretty good. I LOVE the caramel, and the kids couldn’t stop talking about it, they were so excited. Next time I would probably peel the apples, though. 

We have already picked our next test: Strawberry Cinnamon Rolls.

Can’t wait!!!

What’s baking in your kitchen today? If it’s a pan of cinnamon rolls don’t forget to share the recipe with me!!! 😉
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