Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Card for my BIL



Last night I was working on sympathy cards. I like what I came up with but it seems to winter-like using dark colors. (Cranberry and Choc. Chip). I needed to make a birthday card for my brother-in-law and I didn't have any ideas. I chose Wanted again. I really want the Bronco set but I'm not ordering it until October. I needed some inspiration and used a sketch challenge. I think I'm going to have to alter it a bit before I can send it off. It needs more. It is nice to be stamping again.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Toys and more toys . . .

We have several birthdays coming up in the next 6 weeks. All three are looking forward to their birthday and starting to think about what they might like for gifts. There have been commercials recently advertising a baby that swims. Both of the girls would like this.

"Where are you going to use it?" (The commercial shows a swimming pool.)
"In the tub"
"You don't take baths anymore."
"We will!"
"There won't be much room."
"I really want it."

This baby is made by Zapf. Back in the early days when I had no experience with potty training, it was recommended to buy a baby that had a toilet and would 'pee' to show your child how to do it. I did this. Let me tell you it didn't work. What works well for a boy is tossing some goldfish crackers in the toilet and having a little target practice. Keep an eye on him that he doesn't toss the goldfish crackers on the living room floor and take aim though.

Eventually there came a time when the girls played with the baby dolls they had been given or the lovely one that I bought. If you take the Zapf one in the tub with you, it fills up with water. Once the girls were dressed, I would have to dress the baby. Without fail, some of the water would come out of the baby's bottom and make a nice wet mark on my leg(s). Can't you hear them tittering with laughter now?

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Back in the Saddle Again

I haven't been to the dentist since we moved here. I never had a problem going to the dentist until that last time. It put some fear in me. I'm finally biting the bullet and going to get my teeth cleaned today and I will need some additional work done. I left the last dentist with more work to be done, I just couldn't overcome the fear. I guess I fear having no teeth when I'm older more so today is the day.

Everything is getting back to a schedule and we are adjusting to the home schedule and the demands of various teachers. I'm surprised by the the amount of homework that has been given already. With all of this, we need to revise how and when we do things.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Orange Sticky Rolls

Read below for the ordeal, but here is the recipe.

Orange Sticky Rolls

Orange Glaze
1/2C frozen orange juice concentrate, thawed
1/4C brown sugar
1/4C sugar
3T unsalted butter

Orange-Cinnamon Filling
1/2C brown sugar
1/4C sugar
2t cinnamon
1t grated orange zest
1/8t ground cloves
1/8t salt
1T unsalted butter, melted

Biscuit Dough
2-3/4C flour
2T sugar
2t baking powder
1/2t baking soda
1/2t salt
1-1/4C buttermilk
6T unsalted butter, melted

Grease 9" cake pan. Bring all glaze ingredients to simmer over medium heat. Cook until mixture thickens and clings to back of spoon, about 5 min. Pour into prepared pan. Cool until glaze hardens, at least 20 minutes.

Adjust oven rack to lower-middle position and preheat oven to 350. Combine all filling ingredients except butter. Using fork, stir in butter until mixture resembles wet sand.

For the biscuits, whisk together the first 5 ingredients; set aside. Whisk buttermilk and butter in a small bowl (mixture will clump), then stir in flour mixture until combined. Knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth, about 5 minutes.

Roll dough into 12x9 rectangle. Pat filling into dough, leaving 1/2" border around edges. Starting at one long end, roll dough into tight cylinder and pinch seam together. Cut log into 8 pieces and arrange on the cooled glazed.

Bake until rolls are golden and glaze is darkened and bubbling, 18-25 min. Cool in pan 5 minutes, then turn out onto platter. Let rolls sit 10 minutes before serving.

Orange Sticky Rolls . . . FIRE!!

I had some buttermilk left over from another recipe and I didn't want to waste it so I pulled out a recipe I've been wanting to try. First off, let me say that they taste really good. I was pleased that it wasn't a yeast roll needing time to rise.

What went wrong with the recipe? I did a lot of things wrong. I started preparing it and I realized that the twins had a dentist appt. and I was down the wire time-wise. The glaze cools so it can harden and not be a lot of liquid absorbing into the biscuits, preventing it from being dough-y. When I was putting the rolls into the pan one stuck and I ended up breaking the skin so the liquid was flowing again. When I went to put the pan in the oven I discovered that I never turned it on. Now I'm in a pickle. It couldn't wait for my return and my son had never taken anything from the oven. Since I hadn't made these before, I didn't know how much liquid there would be when they were turned and I didn't want him to burn himself. Lucky for me my husband agreed to come home to get them out and wait 5 minutes to flip them. A few minutes before he came home, there was a small fire in the oven. The juice overflowed into the flame. After I left, what was on the foil had caught fire. We were still 5 minutes late for the appointment but I'm so thankful I didn't leave before my husband came home. The kitchen had a lot of smoke from it and the house ended up smelling. Today all is good and we have been enjoying the rolls.

Tuesday, August 7, 2007

First Holiday Card This Year



I received a SMAK (small act of kindness) a week ago with this fold. I thought it was too cute when I opened it and wanted to make one myself. I thought of a snowman straight off for some reason. Perhaps it is too hot here.

Sets: Cold Play, Sincere Salutations
CS: Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Purely Pomegranate, WW
Ink: Blue Bayou, Soft Sky, Groovy Guava
Misc.: Adhesive rhinestone, snowflake wheel

The Blue Bayou is 4-1/4 x 8-1/2, scored at 5", 2-1/4 square for offset square
Purely Pomegranate is 3 x 8-1/2, folded in half
Soft Blue, 4 x 3-1/4 (the snowflake panel), and 4 x 2-3/4 (pomegranate card)
WW is 3-3/4 x 3 and a 2" square for snowman.

The bayou has the fold on the left and the pomegranate has the fold on the right, adhered onto the bayou. Super easy card and fun to do. Plus there isn't a lot of space for writing when you use the pomegranate for the greeting and that is great when you are a person of few words.

Monday, August 6, 2007

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies!!

What is better than peanut butter and chocolate? I made these brownies today and they are delicious! I think there are three left. They were enjoyed by friends and my kids.

Peanut Butter Swirl Brownies

1/2C butter or margarine, softened
2/3C sugar
1/2C brown sugar
2 eggs
2T milk
3/4C flour
1/2t baking powder
1/4t salt
1/4C creamy peanut butter
1/3C peanut butter chips
1/3C baking cocoa
1/2C semi-sweet choc. chips

In a mixing bowl, cream butter and sugars. Add eggs and milk; mix well. Combine flour, baking powder and salt; add to creamed mixture and mix well. Divide batter in half. To one portion, add peanut butter and peanut butter chips; mix well. To the other portion, add the cocoa and chocolate chips; mix well. In a greased 9" square baking pan, spoon chocolate batter in eight mounds in a checkerboard pattern. Spoon seven mounds of peanut butter batter between the chocolate batter. Cut through batters with a knife to swirl. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack.

Saturday, August 4, 2007

What a hoot!


I went with a couple of friends to see this movie last night. I didn't know anything about the movie, just that others had said it was good. I enjoyed the movie. It was really odd to see John Travolta dressed as a woman. A fun part for me was the singing in the audience of the theatre. There was a point in the movie with all of the dancing that you just wanted to get up and dance yourself. Still don't know if I would buy the movie, but it was a lot of fun to watch.
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