Sunday, December 21, 2014

Decorating cookies ......

We decorated cookies with the boys on Sunday
I baked 5 dozen sugar cookies for them to decorate
Jacquelyn came down sick with the flu so they were unable to come over
I saved a bunch of cookies so that Declan could decorate on another day
But Maddox and Gabe sure had fun.......

and of course I forgot to take pictures of the finished cookies
but the boys did a great job

And afterward decorating cookies we ate a
delicious spaghetti dinner!!


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Cinnamon Buns ....

I started making Pioneer Woman's cinnamon buns a few years back
I made them for my parents and siblings and gave them
on Thanksgiving weekend. They were already frozen so they just
saved them for Christmas morning.
Then I would make another batch closer to Christmas for our
Christmas morning and to give to a few close friends
I will warn you on this.....once you start making them for
people, you really have to stay with it!! haha.......everyone loves them
and though it takes a little effort and time, they are fun to make.
Today one of my dearest friends Janace came over and we made
a batch......8 tins of buns!
Now tonight I made another batch and was able to get
10 tins of buns. All a matter of how you roll them out and
roll them can vary
I follow Ree's recipe to a T! I even measure out my dough
once I roll it out......10 inches wide, 30 inches long
and here are my only tips.......
have everything ready to go, makes it so much easier
when you pour the butter on the dough, just use your hands
to spread it out...and cover every inch of the dough
notice I already have my tins all lined up and buttered so when I start
slicing the dough, they are all there ready to go
next you sprinkle the sugar and cinnamon and just make
sure you get every bit this point it's really too messy
to try and use your hands so just sprinkle it all over
then comes time to roll it up.......and you'll have the butter, sugar
and cinnamon oozing out but that's fine, just smear it on there as you
roll it. It is easier if you have 2 people doing it but tonight it was
just me and it rolled up fine.
after you slice  them up, just cover with kitchen towels and let rise
for about 20 minutes. Look at them there.......all comfy in
pretty red Christmas towels :)
and once they come out, put the icing on right away.....and smother them
good in the icing. I only bake 2 tins at a time so sometimes your icing
can start to harden a little....if that happens just add a few drops of
milk and whisk it up some more.
These are by far the best cinnamon buns I have ever had.
a little warning though......they are very addictive!!

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Elf on a shelf ...

Elf on a Shelf is all the craze.......everyone's doing it!
But what I'm wondering is when and who started all of this
because over 50 years ago.......yes, it's painful to type that
my Momma had some little Elves that she would put throughout the house.
She told us those Elves were watching us and they would report back
to Santa if we were good or bad

They had little outfits that were red and white stripes
and a tiny bit of tinsel around their neck

to be honest, they used to creep me out a little
until I got old enough to understand that really, they were
just little plastic head elves

a few years back, Momma gave each of us one of those Elves
and I bring him out every year.
He sits on my book shelves in the den and he is
the "Original Elf on a Shelf"

and here's my December chalk board.....idea from Pinterest


Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Thanksgiving 2014 ....

We sure did enjoy our Thanksgiving
except that we missed Momma terribly
I dreamed about her on Wed night
I dreamed that it was Thanksgiving, I was standing at the kitchen
sink washing up some dishes and I saw her walking up on the deck
I went to the door and said....."Momma, I thought you were gone"
she answered...."Well, I'm back!"
and that was it.....I don't remember anything else
sweet to see her in my dream
We had 12 for dinner
and as always, we ate about 5:30, half time of the Dallas game
Despite an awful showing of the Cowboys, we really enjoyed dinner
and here's just a few pictures from dinner......I didn't take to many
This is me modeling my apron that Momma gave me last year
it has a inside pocket for your cell phone!

These dogs just know that they will be getting
turkey dinner later spoiled


out newest grandson John Thomas

3 brothers

Declan has become quite obsessed with's cute