Cinnamon Rolls

I told Shannon ages ago that I would post this recipe for her.  I know there was a story behind it, but I can’t remember it now.  (Shannon, maybe you can refresh my memory!)   I do remember we were talking at church about cinnamon buns, and she told me that she’d never made them before without yeast.  So here it is:

Oh, before I forget, I’m including the recipe for the glaze, but I have never made it.  The first time I made this recipe, they were gobbled up before I had a chance to glaze them.  I decided that since evidently everyone liked them just fine without it……..(and it’s just another bit of sugar that Ray doesn’t need).

Cinnamom Rolls:

2 Cups Flour
3 tsp baking powder
2 tsp white sugar
1/4 tsp salt
2/3 Cup shortening
1 egg, well beaten
1/2 Cup milk
1/4 Cup margarine
1 Cup sugar (more or less)
Cinnamon

Combine flour, baking powder, sugar and salt. Cut in shortening.  Add milk and knead lightly.  Roll into a rectangle, about 1/2 inch thick.  Spread with margarine.  Cover with brown sugar and sprinkle liberally with cinnamon.  Roll and cut in 1-inch pieces,  and place on greased cookie sheet.  Rolls shopuld touch each other.  Bake at 425 F for 8-10 minutes. Partially cool and spread with glaze.

Glaze:

2 Cups icing sugar
1 tsp vanilla
Milk, as needed to blend

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Happy 3rd Birthday Mackenzie!

02-2007-004.jpg02-2007-002.jpgMackenzie turned 3 on Friday!  Where has the time gone?  Seems like just yesterday she was just a tiny little thing coming home from the hospital.

On Saturday, we had a “Mommy and Me” tea, with Kelly and Sara.  What fun!  The girls were so cute–sipping (gulping/slurping!) tea, nibbling on (cramming them in their mouths!) sandwiches.  Surprisingly, nothing was spilled or broken!  We have a ways to go in training these little girls to be ladies, but they’re only three, so we still have some time yet!

All alone…..

Mackenzie was crying in her room last night after I put her to bed, so Ray went in to see what was wrong.  “Why”, she asked with her little lip quivering and her voice trembling, “do two people sleep in all the other rooms, but I sleep all alone in my room?”  I think she broke her Daddy’s heart.

Oh Mackenzie, just you wait.  When you kids are older, if the boys are still sharing a room, then you’ll be bugging them because you have your own room!

Hip Hip Horray!

Ip Up A-Ray, Ip Up A-Ray, Ip Up A-Ray!!!

(translation? Hip Hip Horray!)

This said by Mackenzie to me this morning while pumping her little arm up and down in the air.

Why?  Because I made her breakfast!  You would think I never feed her!

Priorities, accountability and consistency

I have just recently realized something about myself:

I blog in spells–have you noticed that about me?  I’ll be going along, writing posts, reading posts and leaving comments, and then one I’ll think, “Wow, I’ve been spending alot of time in front of the computer lately”. So then for a few days,(or almost a week, like last week! :)) I don’t post, and than I realize, hey, I haven’t updated my blog in a while, and then it begins again!

What I’ve realized in thinking about this, is that I often look at spending time with God in the same way. I’ll be faithfully having my devotions everyday, spending time with Him, and then one day, I’ll think
well, I’ve been doing good, so it’ll be okay if I miss today. And one day turns into two, then three, and so on, until the day I start to wonder why my life feels like it’s spinning out of control again. It doesn’t take long to figure it out. It’s never okay to put God on the back burner, even just for a day!

If I never blog again, it won’t affect my life at all (except maybe my sanity!), but I can’t neglect the one thing that really matters. And being in God’s word affects every part of my life. I need to be in there, every day, learning and growing. I’m thankful for the consistency and the accountability that Book Review Friday is giving me.

So if ever you don’t see a new post from me for a few days, hopefully I’m still paying attention to the things that matter, the things that are most important!

Randomness beginning with “why?”

Why is it that the pitcher of juice can sit on the counter for hours, untouched,  but as soon as I put it in the fridge someone will be out looking for a glass of it?

Why can I leave the floor without mopping it for a week or more, but as soon as I mop it, within the hour someone will spill something on it?

Why is it that no one will want to play with the kitten (or puppy, or whatever), but as soon as one child does, then all want to and end up fighting over it?

Why did I not realize that sitting in a cold arena to watch Darian skate would probably not be the greatest idea today? (I hurt even more now!)

Why when I keep the kids up later so they’ll sleep in in the morning, they never do?

Why does it take longer to get the kids ready to go outside than they actually stay out? (on some days!)

It was a weekend…..

Oh yes.  It really was.  One that I hope is not repeated anytime soon.

Woke up Saturday morning with high hopes for the day.  Ray was working in the morning,  Darian had a birthday party to go to in the afternoon, and I had lots of plans of what I was going to accomplish.  Didn’t happen.  Ended up being a nasty PMS day.  Yup, I still get PMS, even after having a hysterectomy.  Still  have ovaries.  So I usually have 1 good (???) day of PMS symptoms, but usually only every couple of months.  And it’s nasty, but at least I know it’s only one day and that no other nasty stuff will follow it! 🙂

So needless to say, Saturday did not meet up to my expectations!

Woke up Sunday morning, feeling like myself, and just rearin’ to go.  Ray parents called, they were coming up after church, and were going to bring lunch with them.  Was that okay?  Of course!  So I was getting everyone ready for church, and giving the house a quick going over.  Went to get ready myself.  Into the shower, and then it happened.  Next thing I knew I was flat on my back in the tub.   With numerous parts of my body screaming at me that they were hurting!  Ray came in, and got me out.  Needless to say, I didn’t get to church.  Mom and Dad picked up the kids to take them to church with them, and after much convincing, Ray got me to agree to go up to out-patients.  Didn’t find out much that was exciting.  Looks like a bruised elbow, but lets do x-rays tomorrow just in case.  Ice every 2o minutes for the next 2 days, and lots of Advil.  Watch for tingling and /or numbness in the fingers in case of nerve damage, and on to the next patient!  Oh, but does it ever hurt!  Didn’t learn much that I didn’t already know, but at least Ray didn’t nag at me all day that I should go.  Probably should have mentioned that I hit my head, had a terrific and headache and was feeling nauseous, but I didn’t think to!

So, I’m off today to get x-rays done. And did I mention that I hurt more today than yesterday! Hopefully next weekend will be better!