Saturday, September 15, 2012

Pictures of the Week...

:: Pictures of the Week ::

We are on vacation so I'll be posting a picture of our trip each day. 

Sunday: A moment of Zen. 

Thursday, September 13, 2012

This Moment

:: This Moment ::

{this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple,special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor, and remember.

Joining Amanda from Soulemama

Just a little comment: I picked this picture because she is my baby but already striking a pose! 

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Sticky Buns and Baby Dresses...

:: Sticky Buns and Baby Dresses :: 

These are two things that shouldn't go together but I can't think of any other way of taking two things that have been happening in our home and blending them into one blog post. But here it goes....

I had a few requests for my Aunt Betty's Sticky Buns recipe which is a family favorite. My Aunt was a wonderful woman who would do just about anything for anyone. I had the privilege of knowing her for about 27 years before she lost her battle with cancer. My aunt and I share our quick talking ways, a quirky little upper lip curl, and love for all things homemade.  She is definitely one of the women in my life who inspire me to be better every single day.

Recipe for Sticky Buns

2 yeast packages or .50 oz of yeast ( I measure bulk yeast with kitchen scale)
1/2 cup of sugar
1 t. salt 
1 egg 
Brown Sugar 
1/4 cup light Karo syrup or Honey 
3 T. shortening ( I use butter)
2 cups lukewarm water

Let me start by saying that a lot of the ingredients are NOT measured out perfectly which is part of the fun. I will explain how much I use as we go along. 

Dissolve yeast, sugar, salt in warm water. Add well beaten egg then add 3 1/2 cups of flour, then melted shortening then the remainder of the flour. 

Miss E loves stirring. I gave it a good stir and shaped it a bit with my hands to make it somewhat smooth. It will not be completely smooth but no worries. 

Let rise until double in bulk. Punch down and store in refrigerator OR let rise in warm place for 3 hours. My dough found a nice home in my laundry room. It's very warm in there. 

Roll out dough into oblong shape. I use my hands to smooth out the edges and make a uniform shape.  Now this is where it gets a bit tricky. I melted down 3  1/2 sticks of butter. I used a bit of the melted butter for the interior. 

I gave the dough a nice coating of butter and save the rest. Then you sprinkle brown sugar ( as much as you want), raisins, and cinnamon onto dough. Roll up dough like a jelly roll. Start with the edge closest to you and roll away from you. Tuck the edge under and the smooth out dough. 

Allow dough to rest. Meanwhile, pour the rest of the butter into a pan. ( I used a throw away pan since James will be taking it to work and likely forget my pyrex pans). Add 1/4 cup of light Karo syrup or honey and brown sugar as desired. ( I'll be honest, this is NOT a healthy dish so if you are gonna go, then go big!!) 

Cut the dough into 1 inch slices and place on top of butter mixture. 

Allow rolls to rest and rise about 2 hours or less. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees. Then bake for 15-18 minutes. 

While cooking, pour some wine and drink! You deserve it. And yes, to my wine snob friends...I know I drank red wine out of a white wine glass. But hey, it still tasted good. 

Remove from oven and flip pan onto foil covered cookie sheet. Let cool or serve immediately. 

If you have any questions about the recipe, feel free to leave a comment


:: Baby Dresses::

  I made baby girl some dresses this past is a peek....

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Yarn Along

Joining Ginny of Small Things

I have some beautiful yarn awaiting my hands and needles. We've had a busy weekend and I haven't had time to really start something new this weekend. But, we're going on vacation soon and I'll have plenty of car time and I can get started on Christmas gifts. 

I am starting a sweater vest from a book entitled Heirloom Baby Knits. It seems really easy and a very quick knit!

I am still reading Our Lady of the Forest by David Guterson and it is pretty good so far. He doesn't use  any quotation marks when there is conversation in the book and it takes me a back. Doesn't Faulkner write like this? ( I'll have to investigate) I also just received a book from my uncle, That Woman, The Life of Wallis Simpson, Duchess of Windsor. I can't wait to start it. 

Happy Knitting!! 

Monday, September 10, 2012


 :: Pirates ::

Today we just had to play pirates but who can play pirates without hats and a spyglass....

The hat pattern and idea is from Kids Craft Weekly  which is a great site! 

Ahoy Matey! 

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Minding My Monday...

:: Minding My Monday ::

*enjoying: the fact that the weather is finally cooler this morning. I felt the cool breeze when I went out to the mailbox this morning. FINALLY!

* drinking: a cup of Gevalia coffee with cream. This is my new favorite coffee. 

* reading: Our Lady of the Forest by Dave Guterson 

*baking: a bunch of breads and sweets for our vacation next week!

*creating:  finishing up some baby girl dresses

*thinking: I need to finish up a bunch of small project and open my Etsy shop by October. Enough procrastination!

*praying: for a safe and happy week for all my friends and loved ones. 


:: A peek into our Weekend ::