Sunday Brunch: Fast and Fancy


brunchEvery week I muster up some strength to put out a spread for my small brood of men. It is never terribly time consuming or expensive and is always made while simultaneously corralling children and answering the phone. Motherhood never takes a break, after all.

Because I want to class up the joint, I use cloth napkins and placemats. I sometimes put flowers on the table. I always play music. As of late we have been listening to an awful lot of Nina Simone. And then I whip up something easy and delicious. Here is my menu for you to check out.

Cinnamon Rolls (Or Sugar Buns, as my four year-old calls them)

* I generally skip the cream cheese frosting, but if you like it then just whip together 4 ounces of cream cheese with a dab of butter, ¾ cup of confectioners sugar and enough milk to get the consistency you like. Spread after rolls cool.


I ball of pizza dough, thawed

½ stick of butter room temperature (just leave it out over night to get all soft)

½ cup of sugar (we use raw cane sugar for everything)

cinnamon (I have no idea how much…just keep reading)

small fist full of flour for dusting the counter

*preheat oven to 370 F

  • Roll out the pizza dough until it is roughly ¼ – ½ inch thick and in a somewhat rectangular shape.
  • Wash your hands and then spread softened butter all over the dough as if you’re greasing up with sunscreen.
  • Evenly sprinkle a layer of sugar over entire buttered surface
  • Evenly sprinkle cinnamon over entire buttery sugared surface
  • Starting at one edge, begin to tightly roll the dough into a log shape
  • With a knife, cut at the center (you now have 2), cut at the center of the two halves (you now have 4), and cut at the center of each of the 4 halves (you now have 8)
  • Using a round cake pan (or whatever you got) place the smallest roll in the center and then evenly place the remaining rolls until you have a neat circle of rolls.
  • Using your fingertips spread softened butter across the entire top of the rolls.
  • Bake at 370 degrees for about 30 minutes or until puffy and golden brown.

Once the cinnamon rolls are ready to go, I scramble up some eggs and fry up some bacon. The coffee gets brewed and the juice gets diluted. In a small bowl I’ll chop up an apple, slice up a banana, and toss in some grapes before mixing in a touch of honey and plain yogurt. Everyone grabs a plate and fills it up!


Sarah Cottrell

About Sarah Cottrell

Maine-based writer Sarah Cottrell is the voice behind Housewife Plus at the Bangor Daily News and is a regular contributor to Scary Mommy, Disney’s Babble, and Momtastic. Sarah runs a popular Facebook page, @Housewifeplus where readers laugh and share stories from the parenting trenches. She is a co-author in several books including I Still Just Want To Pee Alone from the New York Times Bestselling series. Sarah’s work has also been highlighted and featured by SELF Magazine and National Public Radio.