Apr 132009

I said I would share with you.

I have tested, tasted and tried recipe after recipe.
The things I go through for you!
Adjusting this and changing that.
This is my best recipe to date.
(I did not say healthiest.)


1 c. Boiling Water
1 c. Butter (yep, I use the real stuff)
2/3 c. Sugar
2 tsp. Salt
2 1/2 Tbsp. Yeast
1 c. Warm Water
2 Eggs
6 c. Flour

In a large mixing bowl, pour boiling water over butter, sugar and salt.  Cool until lukewarm.  In a small bowl, mix yeast in warm water.  Add eggs and beat.  Add yeast/egg mixture to butter mixture.  Add flour and stir.  Refrigerate overnight. (It’s sticky dough…that’s okay!)

Cinnamon Filling:

3/4 c. Brown Sugar (packed)
1/4 c. Flour
1 Tbsp. Cinnamon (I put a heaping tablespoon)
1/3 c. Butter

(Additional 1/4 c. Butter melted for later)

Stir together brown sugar, flour and cinnamon.  Cut in the butter until mixture resembles course crumbs.

Assembly of Rolls:

Divide dough in half.  On a well floured surface, roll into a large rectangle that is 1/4 inch thick (approximately 12inches x 8 inches).  Brush dough with melted butter, then spread 1/2 of the cinnamon filling evenly over dough. Sprinkle with optional items such as raisins and/or nuts if desired.  Roll into a jelly roll.  (It’s easiest to start at the back of the rectangle and roll forward.) Seal seams by pinching dough together.  Slice jelly roll into 1 inch pieces.  Place into a greased baking dish or onto a baking sheet.  Brush with melted butter.  (Repeat process for second half of dough.)

Place in a warm location until doubled in size.  Bake at 425° for about 15 minutes or until brown.  Glaze while warm.


1 1/4 c. Powdered Sugar
1 tsp. Light Corn Syrup
1/2 tsp Vanilla
Enough milk or cream, half & half (whatever you have on hand) to reach drizzling consistency.  (1 to 2 Tbsp)

Mix all ingredients together. Drizzle over cinnamon rolls.


Apr 102009

After making the kitchen set for the school auction, I thought to myself

“Wo – man, you need some new kitchen stuff too.”

And so I made myself some new kitchen towels!

Target supplied the organic kitchen towels, I just added the cute fabric along one side.

Super Fast!

Super Fun!

Super Fabulous!

The fabrics are (from front to back):

Aqua Playful Paisley from Farmer’s Market by Sandi Henderson
Navy Deco Rose from Daisy Chain by Amy Butler
Cookies and Cream by Timeless Treasures
Pink Medallion Bloom from Farmer’s Market by Sandi Henderson
Spring Pomegranate Seeds from Farmer’s Market by Sandi Henderson

One may say, if they were speculating such things, that I like Sandi Henderson’s fabric.

I do.  It’s true. 😮

You see the Cookies and Cream fabric?

It’s adorable, don’t you think?

Start thinking of projects to use this Cookies and Cream fabric

Don’t share your ideas quite yet…

Check back soon though for a sweet little contest!

Dec 232008

A cute little set of gingerbread cookies has put me in the mood to bake. (I usually don’t bake – mostly because when I bake I eat – and I don’t need to eat, so I don’t bake.) Seriously, how amazing are these! I was in awe when I saw them on flickr – little did I know one set was comin’ to me. :-)

So in this baking mood, I got to thinking – maybe I should buy some awesome bake ware – which led me to the Williams-Sonoma website.  I haven’t made the trip over there yet – but I have a feeling when I do, I had best leave the credit card at home and only carry a limited amount of cash. (Also because the same mall is home to the Apple store – and that could be big trouble!)  Have you seen some of this stuff?

This particular cake pan is PERFECT for the sewing party that is being planned with the baker of the awesome gingerbread cookies.  Perfect – with a capital P!  (I’ll have to post more details in the future for those of you in the Tucson area!)

So anyway, the kids and I are making sugar cookies tonight.  We’ll decorate them tomorrow and put them out for Santa.  They will not be amazing pieces of art but still, it should be lots of fun!