I am blessed to have such an amazing family. These last two weeks were all about spending time together and making memories.
We all love to dance and my brother got to play with the band. We had so much fun. I want to thank my sister and her family for putting together such a great celebration. It is pretty crazy that my side of family has 3 cousins graduating and a graduate on my husband's side. That is a lot to celebrate.
While the guys were out in the woods us ladies had a grand time. We watched a turkey peck Kyle's pickup. It saw it's reflection in the chrome or maybe it was getting revenge. We did some shopping, wine tasting, and baking. The beekeeper came to work with the hives and gave an interesting lesson on bees.
Everyone was able to try their hands at making something throughout the week. I pride myself in having several recipes that require the use of a hammer. Boys find the kitchen more intreging when a recipe calls for the hammer.
One Hour Cinnamon Rolls
by Camille Paskett and Shanna Roberts
Mix and let sit for 15 minutes:
3 1/2 c. warm water
3/4 c. sugar
1/2 c. oil
6 T. yeast (4 1/2 instant yeast)
1 T. salt
10 1/2 c. flour
Mix together for 10 minutes, then sit for 10 minutes. Oil the baking pans, dump out dough. Divide in half. Press one half out into rectangle. Spread with ¼ c. melted butter and then with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Roll up tight, but not too tight. Divide into 12 rolls and place in pans. Repeat with other half of dough. Let rise. Bake for 15-20 minutes at 400. Makes about 24 rolls.
1 T. cinnamon
1 cube butter
2 dashes salt
2 t. vanilla
6 c. powdered sugar
Orange Rolls: Add orange juice concentrate to regular frosting
Chocolate Rolls: Add baking cocoa and a few drops of water to regular frosting
Cream cheese Rolls: Add cream cheese to regular frosting
I sent some honey home with the crew. As I was getting it ready we noticed one jar was way darker than the other one. Of course, we had to have a taste test. The lighter honey was much sweeter and the dark honey had a richer flavor.
The daffodils and guineas are blooming. They look so happy to see the sun.
My bird feeding station took a dive this spring. The bottom had rotted out. I took it apart, cut off the rotten wood, made new feet, and stained everything.