Friday, April 16, 2010

Random Project 365 Pictures

I really wish that I would have organized these better. Here is another very random batch.

A house near me built their own hobbit hole. This little sign leading up to it is really cute.

This is a cute street in Macon, Georgia.

Sunset at a local reservoir

You're never too old for milk and cookies!

I love spring time!

Wine labels really interest me. These caught my eye at Publix.

Last but not least, my son wrecked his "new " car. At least it was with a concrete pole and not another car. Thank God for small favors!

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Please Vote

Ok y'all there is a little 'vote Jones" button on the side bar. Please click it and vote for my cow photo. If it's chosen it will be featured on a label of Jones Soda. Thanks so much!

Sugary Goodness

My friend and I have have been planning to make The Pioneer Woman's cinnamon rolls for awhile. They just look so good. Today we finally took a crack at it.

It's really a wonder we got any made at all. Whenever we are together we are constantly laughing.

We've known each other for 19 years. We know each others secrets. We're second moms to each others children. She describes me as the little devil that is always on her shoulder. I'm not sure how I should take that. Ha!

Back to the rolls, they did not look at all like Ree's. Maybe we missed a step from all the cutting up. They were soft and mushy when we were rolling them up.

We couldn't believe how much butter the recipe called for. I think we left some out and still felt like we put in too much. Get a load of that measuring cup. Yep, all butter.

They turned out so ugly, but they were oh so good! I didn't even get a close up picture, they were that hideous. So direct your attention to the nice steaming cup of coffee and away from the flat blobs of sugary goodness.

Here's Ree's recipe. Be sure to go to her blog to see a really nice picture of these delicious rolls!

  • 1 quart Whole Milk
  • 1 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 cup Sugar
  • 2 packages Active Dry Yeast
  • 8 cups (Plus 1 Cup Extra, Separated) All-purpose Flour
  • 1 teaspoon (heaping) Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon (scant) Baking Soda
  • 1 Tablespoon (heaping) Salt
  • Plenty Of Melted Butter
  • 2 cups Sugar
  • Generous Sprinkling Of Cinnamon
  • _____
  • 1 bag Powdered Sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Maple Flavoring
  • ½ cups Milk
  • ¼ cups Melted Butter
  • ¼ cups Brewed Coffee
  • ⅛ teaspoons Salt
Preparation Instructions

Mix the milk, vegetable oil and sugar in a pan. “Scald” the mixture (heat until just before the boiling point). Turn off heat and leave to cool 45 minutes to 1 hour. When the mixture is lukewarm to warm, but NOT hot, sprinkle in both packages of Active Dry Yeast. Let this sit for a minute. Then add 8 cups of all-purpose flour. Stir mixture together. Cover and let rise for at least an hour.

After rising for at least an hour, add 1 more cup of flour, the baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir mixture together. (At this point, you could cover the dough and put it in the fridge until you need it – overnight or even a day or two, if necessary. Just keep your eye on it and if it starts to overflow out of the pan, just punch it down).

When ready to prepare rolls: Sprinkle rolling surface generously with flour. Take half the dough and form a rough rectangle. Then roll the dough thin, maintaining a general rectangular shape. Drizzle 1/2 to 1 cup melted butter over the dough. Now sprinkle 1 cup of sugar over the butter followed by a generous sprinkling of cinnamon.

Now, starting at the opposite end, begin rolling the dough in a neat line toward you. Keep the roll relatively tight as you go. Next, pinch the seam of the roll to seal it.

Spread 1 tablespoon of melted butter in a seven inch round foil cake or pie pan. Then begin cutting the rolls approximately ¾ to 1 inch thick and laying them in the buttered pans.

Repeat this process with the other half of the dough. Let the rolls rise for 20 to 30 minutes, then bake at 400 degrees (see note below) until light golden brown, about 15 to 18 minutes.

For the frosting, mix together all ingredients listed and stir well until smooth. It should be thick but pourable. Taste and adjust as needed. Generously drizzle over the warm rolls. Go crazy and don’t skimp on the frosting.

Note: My rolls don’t work for me at 400 degrees anymore. I now bake them at 375 degrees.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Project 365

I've been meaning to post my photos for the 365 project on a weekly basis. I'm just not organized nor disciplined enough to do that, I guess. So, I will periodically post several at a time! I've really enjoyed doing this, and I'm quiet surprised that I haven't tired of it yet.

This is one of my favorites. My son loves to draw and has gotten really good. He has sold two drawings already. Not bad for the ripe old age of 12!

To add to his drawing talents, he also has a big mouth! ;)

This is my dear sweet mother. She loves planting flowers!

From the book "Romancing the Ordinary"

One of my favorites from a photo shoot with my friends daughter. My boys think I'm weird for taking a picture of her feet! Ha!

Macro water drip

I love fingerling potatoes! They are so hard to find though.

I collect cook books. Love them!

Salad collage.

My middle child texting his friends about his first car. We went out looking for two weekends and couldn't find anything that would meet his dad's standards. We finally found this and drove it home and surprised him.

This picture looks very lonely to me.

Typical Sunday morning breakfast at our house. It's lowfat and all though. ;)

Hunter told me to title this one "cowlick." Gross!

This baboon looks so sad to me.

That's all folks!