Friday, February 24, 2017

Cinnamon Roll Muffins

We enjoyed some unseasonably warm weather at the beginning of this week, in the upper 60's. Started some of my spring cleaning, it was so nice to hang out the bedding and curtains.

This morning we woke up to snow and ice, winter has returned.  
Perfect weather for something warm and gooey...

Cinnamon Roll Muffins

1/2 cup brown sugar
 1 teaspoon baking soda
  1/2 teaspoon salt
  1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  1 large egg
  1 cup buttermilk
  3 cups flour 

  2 tablespoons butter, softened
  2/3 cup brown sugar
  3/4 teaspoon cinnamon

  1 cup powdered sugar
  4-6 tablespoons heavy cream
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Prepare a 12-cup muffin pan by spraying with cooking spray. Set aside.
  2. Combine brown sugar, baking soda, salt, vanilla, and egg in a large mixing bowl. Whisk together until combined. Add butter milk and whisk until smooth and combined.
  3. Add in flour and stir until dough comes together and starts to somewhat form it's own ball. Dough will be thick. Do not over mix. Stop once the flour is combined into the dough.
  4. Sprinkle additional 1/3 cup (or less) flour on the counter top. Knead for 2 minutes. You may have to sprinkle some flour on top of the dough and your hands to help prevent sticking.
  5. Roll out into a large rectangle (about 12" x 24"). Spread softened butter over the dough. Combine brown sugar and cinnamon together, for the filling, and sprinkle over the butter and gently pat down.
  6. Start at the long side and roll up into a tight log.  Cut dough into 12 pieces and place each slice into a muffin cup.
  7. Bake for 15 minutes (I took mine out at 14 minutes). Do not let them brown or over cook. The center might look slightly wet, the muffins should be puffy and have risen up, and be a light golden color.
  8. Let cool for a few minutes before glazing. To make the glaze combine powdered sugar and heavy cream, and mix with a fork to combine. 
  9. Warm up any leftovers in the microwave for about 15 seconds.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Fabric Basket & A Flower

Had fun working on a fabric basket this afternoon.  I had seen them here.  The basket is bigger than I had thought it would be, will be great for storing things in my sewing area. Made a mistake on cutting my slits in the basket, but it still works :0)

I plan on making one to send to a friend, glad I did mine first.  The next one will go much easier.

They are also reversible.  
I think they will be cute to use for storage around the house. Plan on making myself a few!

My DH gave me some flowers for Valentines Day and the bouquet had a lily in it. The buds have been opening one at a time and are so pretty. 

We have been having beautiful weather here the last few days into the 60's. 
Saturday I washed a couple of quilts and was able to hang them outside, they smell so nice.
Looking forward to Spring! 


Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Valentines Day & Chocolate

Chocolate, Chocolate, Chocolate...

Have to have some chocolate goodies for Valentines Day.

For our grandson who has been here for a couple of days chocolate cake is a must.

He headed home today and took what was left of the cake home to share (hopefully) with his brother.

For my hubby and our son I made a chocolate pie last night for our weekly  supper with the kids. For our daughter who doesn't east sweets I got her some black berries.

 Our son took some of the pie home with him last night, left a couple small pieces for his dad!

Today for my sweet hubby I make chocolate eclairs for tonight.  I had seen My Mother's Apron Strings post on her eclairs and just new that is what I needed to make for him.
Although, I found out that if you make them by just dropping them from a spoon onto the pan they are then called Cream Puffs, so I guess he is getting Cream Puffs!! Either way he will be very happy with them.  You can go to Susan's blog for the recipe.  Instead of the chocolate filling I made a vanilla cream filling.

Wishing you all a,


Wednesday, February 8, 2017


Making cookies for Valentines Day.
I enjoy making and decorating cut out cookies for the holidays.

Only hearts for this batch of cookies!
Valentines Day is almost here!

Cooling, then the fun begins!

~Ready for family and friends for Valentines Day~ 

White Cutout Cookies
1 cup shortening
1 cup sugar
2 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cream of tartar
3 cups flour
2 tbsp milk

Cream the shortening and sugar.  Add well beaten eggs, salt, and vanilla, beat together.
Sift baking soda and cream of tartar with flour. Add alternately with milk.
Chill dough for about one hour.
Roll to 1/4 inch and cut with cookie cutters.
Lightly grease cookie sheets.
Bake at 375 F for 8-9 minutes
When cool frost and decorate


Monday, February 6, 2017

Apron In The Mail

This apron was in today's mail for me from Susan over at My Mother's Apron Strings, it is lovely!
Susan gives away an apron each month on her blog and I was the lucky winner for January!!!
She does beautiful work, I will enjoy using this apron when I am baking!  

It was a fun mail day today, also got a package from a dear friend of mine.

She sent adorable heart mug rugs along with a charm pack, material, hot chocolate, and a pattern. What a fun way to start my week!


Thursday, February 2, 2017

Looking Back

 Mom has been in her heavenly home for 21 years as of yesterday.  As I look back at times it seems like she just left us and other times it seems so long ago.  Time seems to slip by so fast. Going through some old pictures I had found this picture of all of us cousins before any of our brothers were born and there has been more sisters born also.  More evidence of how fast time moves on. All of us now have children and grandchildren of our own. 

I am the first one in the front row on the left, my sister is right behind me.
Time may fly by, but each season in life is precious. Each season brings new adventures!
We have all went from being little girls to watching our children and grandchildren and there are a couple of great grandchildren now.

I am sure our parents are smiling down on us....