Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Finally Spring!


I haven't been a very good blogger
lately.  I have become enamored with
Instagram and it is so easy
to post pictures that I often
post things there rather than blogging.
(If you are on Instagram, my
username is karenavengibson).

But today, as I gazed out my
back window, I got excited about spring 
and decided to blog.
I spent the week last week
in Houston, Texas where the
flowers were BEAUTIFUL.
When I left Colorado Springs, a few things
were blooming, but not much.
When I got home, Spring had Sprung.
This is a snowball bush
that we planted last year.
I had never seen this bush
before we moved here.
I have seen huge ones with
flowers that look just like snowballs.
Mine is still a baby bush.
Purple ground cover.
I love the way it grows amongst the rocks.
This picture and the next are supposedly
the same bush.  Maybe just a
different variety???
I love purple, so these blooms
make my day.

Views from the deck.
Happy Spring, everyone.
I no longer have to be jealous of
my southern friends.  

Friday, May 10, 2013

Yummy, Yummy Cinnamon Rolls


This is by no means a step by step
tutorial for making 
Pioneer Woman's Cinnamon Rolls.  
You can find that by clicking HERE.

Instead, this post is some random
photos and thoughts
as I make the rolls.
I have had this wooden rolling
pen since I got married 41 years ago.
It is the GREATEST!
I wouldn't want another one.

My new granite countertops
make a great prep surface.
There are just some brands that you have
to be loyal to.  For me, one of those
is Gold Medal All Purpose Flour.
I have lots and lots of
different kinds of bowls,
but this one is the best for melting
butter in the microwave.
Ready to go in the oven.
There is something so satisfying about making HUGE
quantities of food and
putting some of it in the
freezer for later use.
 
Yes, this recipe uses butter.
LOTS and LOTS of BUTTER!
 
The Pioneer Woman's recipe calls for
granulated sugar for the filling
(along with cinnamon).
I substitute brown sugar and it is
oh, so, yummy!
The dough rolled up
and ready to cut is just so pretty.
I also make a different icing (frosting) than
the Pioneer Woman recipe calls for.
I make a Cream Cheese frosting
(thank you Terry Alsdorf for suggesting).
I use this homemade vanilla
which was a Christmas present from
my sweet DIL, Mandy.

If you've never made these Cinnamon Rolls,
you owe it to yourself and those you love
to make them ASAP.

Warning:  Don't get on the scale
for a few days.