So let’s be brutally honest today.
This barn renovation may just be the end of me… and my mom who is also the general contractor. It’s driving us both insane and turning us into balls of tired stress. It’s kind of wanting to make us pull our hair out… ok that’s a little dramatic, but it’s just very stressful. The whole family can’t wait for it to be finished and over with.
I know that in theory, since this will be the first real home I can call my own, coupled with the fact that I actually get to build my perfect dream kitchen, that it should mean that I am loving this experience. Honestly though, it has been one problem after the next. Especially with the county telling us every time we turn around that we need to spend more money to meet some sort of code requirement. It just kind of wears you down. We actually have to put a door right next to the front door because we have to have outside access to the storage/pantry room. All the barn stuff, on top of work stuff, on top of life stuff, has just been a lot to juggle.
I am trying not to complain. I am still beyond grateful and excited for this new barn of mine and I couldn’t be happier, but at the same time I feel like you guys might be wondering why I haven’t shared another barn post since the spring and why I do not talk about the process all the much. The reason is I am totally embarrassed that it’s STILL not done. I know this is stupid, but I just am. If there is one thing I hate, it’s someone who says something and then doesn’t follow through and I feel like that is me right now. I do realize that this is how building goes, but I never thought that reinventing such a small space would be so time-consuming… and so expensive!
I am honestly not sure when the barn will be completely finished, but we are hoping to at least have it be livable by the 15th of December because apparently my family can’t handle me + all my messes (ok and craziness) with sixteen+ people in the house for Christmas. It’s kind of tight quarters in our house as it is, so adding eight plus people (I say plus because the list is not finalized yet and we always take extras) makes cooking anything for the blog and my other projects in the kitchen nearly impossible. People are in and out, grabbing this, stealing that. It’s totally fun for the holidays though, I mean, the kitchen is always the best place to be. Good snacks and good drinks.
I don’t know, we will see what happens, either way everything is going to be good and I know the barn will de done eventually…right?
Someday I will show you photos, but right now I just do not have all that many because um, we still have windows and doors missing, zero cabinets, zero appliances and zero stairs (Friday). Yeah, I know, you are thinking that December date is never going to happen. But we do have heated floors, the electrical is almost done, the framing is done and almost all the windows (we are missing one)… YIKES.
Positive thoughts people!
So anyway all this stress and busyness means this Thanksgiving needs to be simple, easy and quick.
And that is where these cute little five ingredient swirls come in. And yeah, I know that Tuesday’s recipe was also “idiot proof”, but really we can never have too many easy and delicious recipes in our box. Never.
These are literally SO simple. You just need some puff pastry, butter, creamy brie, dried cranberries and cinnamon sugar. Don’t get freaked because I added cinnamon sugar, I promise it is what makes the swirls sparkle. Literally.
I mean aren’t they kind of pretty? Perfect for both Thanksgiving and Christmas. So yeah, my Cleveland family – expect to see these swirls Christmas Eve. It’s gonna be a good night.
Really though, these are some of my favorite bites. I just love the combo of cinnamon, brie and sweet cranberries. PLUS, what the heck could be better than baked, warm brie and flakey, buttery puff pastry.
Honestly, they’re the ultimate holiday snack/appetizer. You really need to make them, please?!?
(Idiot Proof) 5-Ingredient Cranberry + Brie Cinnamon Sugar Puff Pastry Swirls.
- 1 sheet frozen puff pastry thawed
- 4 tablespoons butter melted + divided
- 8 ounces soft brie cheese softened to room temperature
- 1 cup dried cranberries
- 1/4 cup cinnamon sugar*
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Unroll the sheet of puff pastry on a lightly floured work surface. Brush the pastry with about 1 tablespoon melted butter and then sprinkle with a dusting of cinnamon sugar. You can go as heavy or at light as you would like, I used about 2 tablespoons.
Spread the softened brie over the pastry. If the brie is not spreading, just dice it into small pieces and place it evenly over the dough. Sprinkle the cranberries over the brie.
Starting at one of the long ends, roll the pastry up as tightly as possible. Brush the roll with the remaining melted butter and then sprinkle the roll with cinnamon sugar to coat.
OK, now go grab some dental floss. Place the dental floss (do it!! It works so well!) under the roll where you want to cut, I cut mine every 1/2 inch. Take the ends of the floss in each hand and wrap them around the roll. Keeping the ends of the floss in each hand, don’t let go and then tighten the floss so it starts to cut through the roll. Again, don’t change hands. Tighten until the floss comes out and the individual roll is separated. Repeat with the remaining rolls.
Place the swirls on the prepared baking sheet and bake 12-15 minutes or until the cheese is bubbly and the pastry golden. Allow to sit on the pan about two minutes and then transfer to a serving plate. Serve!