Tuesday, June 14, 2011


I have had a very strong desire to try out The Pioneer Woman's cinnamon roll recipe.   Today, since I was going to be home all day, I thought I'd give them a try.  Now, one thing that I've noticed about her recipes, is that there tends to be enough to feed a family twice our size.   Some of the recipes, I have made using the measurements of ingredients that she recommends.  I serve one half and then freeze the other half for a future meal.  In the case of the cinnamon rolls, I just "halved" the recipe.  So instead of making nearly 50 rolls, I had about 23.  Still a bit much for a family of 4, however, tonight, my husband is having some of his friends over, and I'm counting on them to have a few.

Who could say "no" to these?

Tuesday, June 7, 2011


I'll give an update about my last post.  My son seems to be handling the passing of of his favorite children's pastor well.  We weren't able to go to the celebration of life service because we had been sick, and were still recovering. 

So, on to new business. 

My youngest is now a teenager.  However, he is still young at heart.

He started the day with presents (even before breakfast).

The theme of his party was "Spongebob Squarepants" and this pillow/throw came from his sister (that third eye on Spongebob is actually the tag........so it's not a mutant version).

The day was off to a sugary start: Donuts for breakfast!

Later in the day, the birthday boy wanted to play at the nearby park.  His sister, also young at heart sometimes, joined him on the swings (everyone else who were there age and height, were playing basketball nearby and swearing loudly).

From the park, we took the kids to our local mall, where the birthday boy wanted to buy a case for his new iPhone with the money he had received that morning.  We also stopped at the bookstore, which was selling everything for half off and my daughter found a "Diary of a Wimpy Kid" hat for a great deal!  Then my husband treated everyone to an Orange Julius (I had forgotten how tasty those were!).  Another full dose of sugar...........

Then we went home and had these after dinner........

Then, the sugary weekend continued, two days later, when we had his birthday party and this treat........

And then this happened............

Ouch!  I gave Spongebob a splitting headache!
He was a good sport!