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I was featured!

I was featured!

Hello friends! Just popping in real quick to let you know that I was featured on not long ago! Please click on the link above or on the picture and go check out Kari’s series about many many other mompreneurs around the web. Have […]

Roller coasters, waterslides and Wave pools, Oh my! Our 30 hour adventure at The West Edmonton Mall

Roller coasters, waterslides and Wave pools, Oh my! Our 30 hour adventure at The West Edmonton Mall

The skies were blue and the air was crisp. With the five of us packed in our truck, we left Calgary and drove into Edmonton 2 days after Christmas. Why were we in notoriously cold Edmonton you may be thinking? Well, Pat and I had […]

Warm and Toasty Cinnamon Buns

Warm and Toasty Cinnamon Buns

Warm and spicey and gooey, right out of the oven. Is there anything better for a wintertime treat than homemade cinnamon buns? Mmmmm makes my mouth water just thinking about them. They take a bit of time and effort so I like to make them on a weekend day when we aren’t busy so we can enjoy them right out of the oven. Enjoy!

Warm and Toasty Cinnamon Buns


3 cups all purpose flour
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1 package quick rising active dry yeast
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup warm water 120-130 degrees
6 tablespoons softened butter, divided
1 egg at room temperature
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar, divided
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar
2-3 tablespoons milk
1 teaspoon vanilla


Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a 13×9 inch baking pan. Place 2 cups of flour, granulated sugar, yeast and salt in a large mixing bowl. Slowly stir in warm water. Add 2 tablespoons butter and the egg beating until very smooth. Add the rest of the flour slowly and stir until soft dough forms. Place saran wrap over the top of the bowl and let dough rise for about 30 minutes or until doubled.

Flour a smooth surface and roll dough into a 15×12 inch rectangle. Spread the rest of the butter on the dough. In another bowl mix cinnamon and brown sugar together. Sprinkle the mixture over the dough. Roll dough up in tight roll starting on the 12 inch side. Once dough is rolled tight cut into 12 slices, place each slice cut side down into the baking dish. Cover and place on a wire rack over a large pan of hot water.

Let rise 30 minutes or until buns double in size. Uncover and bake 25 to 30 minutes or until brown. Cool 1 minute then loosen the edges and place on a serving plate. To make the glaze mix confectioners sugar, vanilla and 2 tablespoons of milk in a bowl until smooth. If there is not enough liquid you can add 1 more tablespoon of milk. Glaze cinnamon buns and serve warm.

Related: Why Baking is Good for the Soul and 3 Easy Holiday Treats the Whole Family will love!


Make these warm and gooey cinnamon buns the next time you have a relaxing weekend!

When you feel like a Failure as a Homesteader

When you feel like a Failure as a Homesteader

Failure is such a harsh word, isn’t it? But, sometimes it feels like we are failures at this whole homesteading thing. Just this past year we have struggled with: A garden that was, shall we say, severely lacking in real vegetable growth. Losing most of […]

Romantic Weekend Getaway Ideas

Romantic Weekend Getaway Ideas

If you are like most couples, you are a very busy family. Having romantic time to spend together is difficult at best. You are also probably due for a vacation and that you are yearning for some alone time with your mate. Unfortunately with today’s […]

Smart Ways of Using Aromatherapy Essential Oils in Your Home

Smart Ways of Using Aromatherapy Essential Oils in Your Home

Aromatherapy oils are oils that are created from natural elements. They’re also called essential oils. They range from lavender to grapefruit and everything in between. They offer a number of therapeutic benefits, cleaning help and even health benefits. For more information about essential oils check out these other posts:

Here Are Nine Smart Ways of Using Aromatherapy Oils in Your Home

#1 Water Diffuser and Room Freshener.
Add six to eight drops of your favorite scent to a bowl of water. If the water is warm, it will help spread the scent more quickly. You could place the bowl on a table or counter. If you’re really in need of a quick freshening, simply add the drops to a pan of boiling water. Choose your essential oils based on your mood or need. For example, if you want to freshen up your home lemon, verbena, orange or other light scents are ideal. If you’re looking to relax, try lavender or sandalwood.

#2 Room and Linen Deodorizer.
Add a few drops of essential oil to water in a spray bottle. Keep a bottle in your bathroom. Spray near pet areas. Or use the spray to freshen linens. Lavender spray in your bedroom is a great way to add a relaxing scent.

#4 Sachet and Closet Freshener.
Add a few drops of essential oils to cotton balls and place in drawers or your closet. Lavender, cedar or sandalwood are nice choices.

#5 Heat Diffuser.
Place a few drops of essential oils on a cotton ball or wool ball and place inside a heating vent. When your furnace kicks on the blower will help spread the scent throughout your home.

#6 Sinus Remedy.
If you’re ill or struggling with congestion place eucalyptus oil in hot water. Consider placing the oil in a hot water vaporizer as well.

#7 Refrigerator Deodorizer.
Place several drops of orange, mint or lemon oil in a bucket of warm water. With a clean sponge, use the water to clean out your refrigerator.

#7 Counter Cleaner.
Add lemon, thyme, basil or even geranium oil to equal parts distilled white vinegar and water. Use to clean countertops in your kitchen and bathroom.

#8 Light bulb room freshener.
Place a drop of your favorite oil on your light bulbs. Make sure to add the oil when the bulbs are cold. When the light is on and the bulb heats up it will heat the oil and fill the room with scent. Consider placing lavender oil on bedroom light bulbs to relax. And invigorating grapefruit or other citrus scent in your home office.

#9 Furniture polish.
Add four to six drops of lemon essential oil to half a cup of olive oil. With a clean dry rag, use the oil to polish wood furniture.

Essential oils fill your home with fresh and natural scents. You can be sure you’re providing your loved ones with a safe environment free from harmful chemicals when you use aromatherapy oils to clean and deodorize your home.

More info on Essential oils:

wow these are some great ideas! From furniture polish to counter cleaner, read more smart ways to use aromatherapy essential oils around your home!

The Big List of Awesome Homesteading Blogs

The Big List of Awesome Homesteading Blogs

I believe homesteading is really a community activity and to be a better homesteader myself, I need to learn from other people who have been there before and know what they are doing. In the spirit of community, I wanted to share with you today […]

Currently: January 2018

Currently: January 2018

Welcome to our January edition of Currently! Starting~ to plan our garden and homestead game plan for this coming year! Hoping~ This year of homesteading and gardening is going to be much better than last year! Scheduling~ Everything! haha well it feels like it anyways. […]

Top 10 Favorite Posts of 2017

Top 10 Favorite Posts of 2017

Hey Everyone!

I can’t believe 2017 is over! This past year has been an absolute whirlwind and in some ways I am thrilled to say buh-bye but it’s also a little sad as it feels like each year flies by faster and faster. Watching our kids grow and knowing that we only have a few more years of enjoying our kids being kids (And teenagers!) is bittersweet.

Moving on (before I get teary eyed!), and before we start on 2018, I just wanted to say thank you to all my readers and followers for sticking with me this crazy busy year. I tried to stay consistent with my blogging and tried a few different type schedules to try and figure out what works best for me and for you my dear readers.

Homesteading and travel are such large and varied subjects and I’m realizing it is going to take me a long time to both learn everything I want to learn, and share everything I HAVE learned with you along the way.

I’m looking forward to much more learning and sharing as we move into 2018.

As one last look back, I thought I’d share the list of top 10 favorite posts of 2017 here, on Just Dabbling Along.


Top 10 Favorite Posts (by pageviews) on Just Dabbling Along:

10. My online income report September 2016 ~ Income reports always seem to get lots of views and I took a step back from focusing on them in 2017 as I was working on developing my core content, but who knows, maybe I will return to doing them in the future…

9. The best hamburger soup like mom used to make ~ Glad to see one of my all-time favorite recipes is also one of your favorites too!

8. Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing ~ A review ~ This is still one of my favorite online courses and I would always recommend it to anyone wanting to learn more about affiliate marketing specifically.

7. 5 best free films about gardening, farming and Permaculture ~ Again, one of my favorites that I’m glad you get excellent info about too.

6. My Online Income report October 2016 ~ and again, the always popular income reports.

5. Sam’s Sunday Favorites-April ~ I have to say, this one was a bit of a surprise to me. But hey, if you like reading about my favorite things, then I will continue sharing them!

4. Dream Big Printables~ a review ~ This is a pretty consistently popular one, looks like I’m going to have to do some more reviews for you all as they definitely seem like a favorite!

3. 8 Ideas to make your homestead more sustainable~ I love to see that a homesteading post is in the top 3! And to see that it is one about sustainability? Awesome!

2. 10 Gifts that aren’t things, They are experiences!~ This is still one of my all-time favorite posts! I am so happy to see it is one of yours too! Let’s keep those junk toys out of our homes and landfills and make life experiences and family excursions a priority instead. It is sooooo worth it. I promise.

And the number 1 post by pageviews of 2017?

1. Happy Canada Day 150!~ a very simple post wishing my fellow Canadians a fabulous 150th Canada Day!

Thanks for stopping in today, let me know what you think. Is your favorite on the list? Is there a certain type you would like to see more of? Let me know in the comments or come chat with me on Instagram (@justdabblingsam) or on our Facebook page.


How to Throw a Fun Christmas Party on a Homesteader Budget

How to Throw a Fun Christmas Party on a Homesteader Budget

Sometimes at Christmas time you really just need to stop being so frivolous and be a little frugal. There might be certain areas you prefer not to skimp on when it comes to the holidays, but you can throw a really great Christmas party with […]

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