9 March 2016

a labor of love

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the timing of life worked out so that the first valentine’s day that the boy and i celebrated together was my first valentine’s day ever with a significant other. being the dramatic romantic that i am, i was a little overexcited about having a valentine! it was a weekday, and ian planned a date for that night, so i invited him over for breakfast before work. i had this brilliant plan to make heart-shaped cinnamon rolls (which, of course, i had seen on pinterest) for a cutsie and lovey valentine’s breakfast. cinnamon rolls are among the boy’s favourite treats, and we had a little inside joke about them, so i thought this would be perfect (especially with the heart-shaped twist)!

i foolishly chose a recipe that called for the dough to rise twice, and so i woke up two different times in the wee hours of the morning to prepare our epic love-day breakfast. feeling pretty drowsy, i tried to follow the directions exactly and then unroll and re-roll the dough into heart shapes. kind of long story short – yeast had a mind of its own that morning and the cinnamon rolls (which took longer than estimated to prepare and then burned, by the way…) really didn’t look cute. i ended up asking the boy to come thirty minutes later than planned and the spread wasn’t quite what i’d envisioned. but buttercream frosting, heart-cut strawberries and a good dose of falling in love saved the day!

since that 14 february, we’ve joked with each other about my “labor of love” that sure didn’t turn out perfectly but was wonderful nonetheless. and thus began a charian valentine’s day tradition of cinnamon rolls for breakfast! last year i used my sister’s only-have-to-let-it-rise-once recipe and decided to forgo the heart-shaped element because i was too scared of bizarre cinnamon roll blobs. this year, we had to have our cinnamon rolls a few weeks late since we were out of town on valentine’s day and then consumed with some other things until march. but last saturday, the “labor of love” returned, and by then i had built up enough courage to try to heart shapes again on a few rolls.

they were still a little wonky, but not too shabby!

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^^ the boy fresh out of bed on a saturday morning. i love that i’m crazy about him like this and in his well-tailored suit everyday for work. i just think he’s the cutest. ^^

and they were thoroughly enjoyed, that’s for sure. since i didn’t think to half (probably should have figured out a way to quarter!) the recipe, we had about twenty cinnamon rolls left over after breakfast. we thought about taking them to our neighbors or friends, and then ended up eating all of them over the course of the next three days. that kind of makes me sick to think about, but it also made us both kind of really happy :)

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i’m all for extending holiday celebrations into the next month! especially when we are celebrating something as outlandishly wonderful as true love. we had a friend over for dinner on sunday evening and the boy and i ended up recounting our love story as part of an awesome conversation the three of us got into. i adore looking back on all the miracles of our wild ride, and i am so so so so so so so so glad we chose each other.

here’s to labors of love!

13 comments :

  1. Sweet story. I was just trying to figure out what to make this afternoon for a surprise for my husband. I am going to try cinnamon rolls. Yours turned out so nice...quite pretty and they look delicious. Thank you.

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  2. “labor”, not “labour”? the pretense is broken...

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    1. haha! i have adapted to british spelling of words like favourite and colour, but i guess i don't use the word labor/labour quite as much so my brain hasn't switched over. it's funny/neat how you just adapt (no pretense!) to different words/spellings/ways of life when you live somewhere new (like picking up "y'all when in texas, etc.). i got so used to seeing "favourite" etc as a missionary and it just stuck as a habit. the "uk english" keyboard/system on my work computer autocorrects to british spelling but i wrote this bit about a "labor of love" on my american keyboard :) after i experience labor(/labour) and delivery in july maybe that "u" will start sticking in my brain, too!

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  3. How many Americans do you know that have lived in the UK and now consistently use British spellings years later? I’m sure it’s few if any. So yeah, it’s pretentious...

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    1. i have yet to take a poll of individuals in that category :) but i am sorry you find it pretentious ... not sure what else to say!

      thanks for reading anyway :)

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    2. I speak French and lived in France for a while, but English is my first language, and NONE of my friends speak French. After I moved back to the US I would catch myself spelling American words in French, especially if they are similar. For example- intelligente, actuel, etc. etc. Sometimes its just a force of habit!

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    3. I lived in Australia for three years as a child. I am 51 now and still have to think before I spell certain words. For example, once my family returned to the United States, I wrote the word "learnt" for many years until I realized I should have been using "learned"! But I am confused. How is Charity pretentious for using the American spelling of a word?

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    4. Hmm. I'm a Canadian/American (raised in Canada, have lived in the States for almost two decades) and I still use the different spellings interchangeably, depending on whatever is either most convenient or most habitual. I don't think it's terribly pretentious.

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    5. Actually, I've never even lived in the UK, just enjoyed multiple visits, and I happily help myself to spellings, words ("Brilliant!" being the ultimate), and phrases - out of love for the UK, nothing less. And I'm going to keep it up, LOL!

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    6. Hi Charity,
      One of my favourite parts of your blog is when you spell things with a British spelling. It's great to know that you still enjoy spelling this the way we do.

      I've visited the US 3 times & quickly learned the lingo. Even tho it's nearly 30 years since I last went there I still call photos pictures.

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  4. I made the cinnamon rolls yesterday and they turned out fantastic. I was surprised since I have not had much luck making moist and delicious cinnamon rolls in the past. Over half of the rolls are gone, already. Ha!Thanks for the recipe (off of your sister's blog).
    And, when we lived in France for three years with our children, we all adapted and/or adopted their language, some mannerisms, and learned to understand the humor of the French. It is hard to avoid this while living in a foreign country day in and day out, while socializing and friend shipping. It really does become a part of you.

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  5. Your house is looking so good! I want to see what the rest of it looks like (without air mattresses ;)

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