Thursday, December 31, 2009
Dd2 was sick on her birthday, but she wanted to get her picture taken anyway. Here she is on her 5th birthday - this year. Impressive that I actually have something relatively recent scrapped! :-) The layout below is from when she was 13 months old.
I had an unspoken (unwritten) goal to get caught up with at least One of my dd's scrapbook pages by the end of the year. Well, it didn't happen. That is ok, I have lots of fun pages planned for next year! At least that is my story, and I'm sticking with it.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Open Flip Flap (above) and the back side of where it is attached (below.)
I put this project away shortly after starting it a few months ago because I had a long recipe that wouldn't easily fit on a 6 x 6 page. It stumped me until I realized last week that if it was to be sent out to my sister anytime before Christmas, I'd better get moving! All of a sudden I realized that I could use a Flip Flap to list the ingredients for the Cinnamon Pecan Rolls. These rolls are easy to make with any bread machine and according to my dh, "Better than the State Fair's." He assures me that is a compliment. :-)
Here is the recipe from the Oster bread machine's owner's manual (several years and machines ago.)
1 cup water
2 tablespoons butter, softened
3 ¼ cups bread flour
¼ cup sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 teaspoons regular active dry yeast
1/3 cup butter, melted
½ cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon corn syrup
2/3 cup pecan halves
½ cup granulated sugar
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons butter, softened
Place all dough ingredients in bread pan in order listed.
Press Dough Cycle and start machine.
Grease 13x9x2-inch pan.
Mix 1/3 cup butter, brown sugar, corn syrup and pecan halves. Spread mixture in pan.
Mix ½ cup white sugar and the cinnamon. Flatten dough with hands or rolling pin into 15x10-inch rectangle. Spread with 2 tablespoons butter; sprinkle with sugar-cinnamon mixture. Roll up tightly, beginning at 15-inch side.
Pinch edge of dough into roll to seal. Cut roll into 1-inch slices. Place in pan.
Cover; let rise in warm place about 1 hour or until double.
Heat oven to 375. Bake 22 to 27 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately invert pan onto heat proof serving plate or tray. Let pan remain a minute so caramel can drizzle over rolls. 15 rolls.
Check back for more pictures tomorrow. :-)
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
The book starts with a couple of snacks.There are lots of recipe for sweet items. Here is one that 5 yo dd and I made the other day.
This is the easiest one to make. My dh looks forward to the baking season because these are his favorites.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
I love Christmas. The way it sounds, smells and tastes! I love how it brings out the creative side of so many people as they make gifts from their hearts. The internet is an amazing source of inspiration and I was lucky enough to have stumbled upon these ideas in the last few weeks. The first is a mug made out of (what else?) PAPER! And the second is a 3 x 3-inch album fashioned into an ornament. For directions on the mug please visit this site and to see what the album looks like in it's 'raw' state, please visit here.