Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Homemade Bread SUCCESS!

Mary Katherine and I decided we'd give Pioneer Woman's Cinnamon Rolls a try today and they did not disappoint. They are scrumptious, yummy, to die for, melt in your mouth, unbelievable....oh the ooey-gooey madness of these treats! We did in fact even use a tape measure to try to follow the recipe line by line. That was until it was time to add Maple Flavoring, and from the pictures you can tell our icing was a little bit darker than Pioneer Woman's! Our new motto: "more maple=more maddening". I will have to hold Mary Katherine accountable for saying we'd make these at least 4 times this year.

Of course, my kitchen will NEVER be the same, but that is alright, if only the smell will linger. If you haven't tried these I encourage you to do so! Your scales will vote NO don't you dare try these, but put the scales away and enjoy eating these and sharing these wonderful delicacies with friends and family!
And if you are looking for a great cookbook for yourself or to give as a gift, The Pioneer Woman Cooks is a fantastic one, with some of the most beautiful photography and the best stories, as well as some of the best recipes, ever!

I couldn't stop trying the 'breadmaking' with all of the ingredients sitting out, so I tried a Tasty Kitchen recipe for homemade rolls after Mary Katherine left. They turned out well also. They are called Heavenly Yeast Rolls and the recipe for the rolls can be found here.

The wonderful aroma of yeast at work is a special reminder of years long ago when my Grandmother would bake wonderful homemade breads, rolls and biscuits.

We didn't make a New Year's Resolution to learn to 'bake bread' this year, but I think it might just be one of ours after all. Well that and losing weight (ha!). The two just don't seem to 'fit' together, but oh well. Warm fresh breads will hopefully be a staple here and at Mary Katherine's before the end of 2010...stay tuned!
Blessings today and always,
"People need more than bread for their life; they must feed on every word of God."
Matthew 4:4 NLT

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Abundant Birthday Blessings

One of my very special aunts and uncles
sent me a quilt made by my Grandmother.
I can never express my gratitude for
their giving spirit and thoughtfulness;
to have something once again,
so very special, made by her is a 'gift'.
...and Christy was so kind to surprise me with an
announcement that she will be taking me to hear
Ron Hall, author of "Same Kind of Different as Me",
next week...
I cannot wait to hear him speak, as his was one
of my favorite books of all time...
....and I was so blessed to be given a digital frame by
Mary Katherine and her family, and to have photos
uploaded on it for me to enjoy every day...
while Tripp's family were very kind to give me a
very special tote, with one of my favorite Scriptures and
also a bracelet with the same Scripture engraved on it...
-Philippians 4:13
...and my sweet brother-in-law took the grand kids
fishing and caught this 'whopper' above
along with several others
so we had enough for all of us to enjoy
a delicious birthday dinner,
capping off a great day with
family & friends...
We were given a Kindle which Jack & I
are very excited about.
He got to read the 1st book on it
since his birthday came first!
Thanks to my sweet siblings and their families
for getting this wonderful gift for us!

Thanks for all of the very kind birthday wishes
and the very special gifts.
I feel so undeserving, but at the same time
I'm very thankful indeed.

Blessings today and always,
Matthew 21:22

Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Boys will be boys!

Happy New Year!
Trying to catch up, one sticky note at a time.....
after enjoying family being here
throughout the holidays!
Tripp & Ben thoroughly
enjoyed their time together during the holidays.
It was fun watching them "play" together again
after several years of not being able to be here
at the same time....
...and it is so hard to believe the once 'little boy',
my favorite nephew:), is now 6' 5"!!!
Friends made these red and green
Christmas lights for us
using 12 Gauge Shotgun Shells!

Also shown in the picture is one of
several autographed copies of
The Pioneer Woman Cooks!
She will never know how grateful us girls
are to have our very own copy
of her great cookbook!

And if you haven't purchased yours yet,
I highly encourage you to do so.
It is a GREAT cookbook with wonderful
stories and absolutely beautiful photography...
She is so very talented (understatement of 2010),
and we thank her from the bottom of our hearts
for signing these books and sending them
back so quickly!

Have a wonderfully blessed 2010,
Matthew 21:22
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