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 Disney’s Babble and Momtastic. She is a co-author in six 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, National Public Radio, Washington Post, and VICE Tonic.