Sunday, May 25, 2008

The Doughboy wouldn't let you down!

Let me redeem myself with this more specific, smaller version:

Easy Caramel Sticky Buns

Fresh-baked caramel rolls in just 35 minutes. What are you waiting for?
Prep Time: 10 Min
Total Time: 35 Min
Makes: 10 rolls
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cup butter or margarine
cup packed brown sugar
tablespoons light corn syrup
cup chopped pecans
tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
cup granulated sugar
teaspoon ground cinnamon
can (7.5 oz) Pillsbury® refrigerated buttermilk biscuits
Heat oven to 375°F. In ungreased 8-inch round pan, place 1/4 cup butter; heat in oven 3 to 4 minutes or until butter is melted. Stir in brown sugar and corn syrup until well blended. Sprinkle with pecans.
In small bowl, place 3 tablespoons melted butter. In another small bowl, mix granulated sugar and cinnamon.
Separate dough into 10 biscuits. Dip biscuits into melted butter to coat all sides; dip into sugar mixture, coating well. Arrange biscuits, sides touching, over topping in pan.
Bake 18 to 22 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 2 minutes; turn upside down onto heatproof serving plate. Let pan remain 1 minute so caramel can drizzle over rolls. Serve warm.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

Martha Stewart I am NOT

Since I just love to live life on the edge, I tried a new (for me) yummy Carmel Roll recipe from a fellow blog member, Maureen.

Those who know me can vouch that I am NOT a gifted baker. I require very precise recipe directions. There are good reasons why I do not improvise and rarely, if ever, make a substitution. I'm merely a Martha wanna be.

Due to an unfortunate mishap involving a pizza, I had to take a break from using my oven until I resolved some clean-up issues. This was a task that I continued to ignore for a lengthy period of time, probably in part because I could not locate the chisel in the garage. But alas, I finally cleaned my oven and decided to make these rolls to celebrate Mother's Day.

The recipe called for frozen dinner rolls but did not state the size of package or number of rolls. Therefore, I used the entire package. Based on the result, I'm assuming this was a lofty assumption. I was so busy playing games with my kiddos that I never once peeked into the oven until I saw smoke coming out of the back vent. That's never a good sign, although I 'm happy to report that our smoke detector is in working order. Here's the finished masterpiece:

Side overflow view:

Look at my poor oven! And right after I had cleaned it too! Baked-on brown sugar and butter. Yippee! But the rolls tasted great, just a wee bit dry since all the good gooey stuff was sitting in a molten mess in my oven!

My oven is clean again, so I'm ready for my next baking adventure. I'm getting pretty handy with that chisel.



chopped nuts and raisins

1pkg frozen dinner rolls

1T cinnamon

1pkg regular butterscotch pudding (not instant)

6T Butter

1/2 C brown sugar

Generously grease a bundt pan. Sprinkle chopped nuts & raisins in bottom. Arrange frozen dinner rolls on top of nuts & raisins. Sprinkle pudding mix over rolls. Melt butter, stir in brown sugar and cinnamon. Pour over rolls. Let rise at room temp overnight. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. While warm (or on fire) invert onto a plate.

Becky's Flower is...

I am a

What Flower
Are You?

Friday, May 23, 2008

Continuing role call of flowers

Jo's flower is

I am a

What Flower
Are You?

which means "Mischief is your middle name, but your first is friend. You are quite the prankster that loves to make other people laugh."

Memorial Day

Memorial Day is officially celebrated on the last Monday during the month of May. Memorial Day is dedicated to service men and women who gave their lives for freedom and country. It is also a time to remember loved ones who have passed away. The roots of Memorial Day go back to 1865 and the end of the Civil War.
Memorial Day was traditionally held on the 30th of May. In 1971, Congress changed it to the last Monday in order to afford a three day holiday weekend. Regardless of the date, we encourage you to attend a parade, and to visit a cemetery to honor and remember our servicemen . Take time to remember lost loved ones in whatever way you feel appropriate.
Did you Know? Memorial Day was first called Decoration Day. It was changed to Memorial Day in 1882.
Memorial Day also marks the beginning of the gardening and summer seasons, even though summer will not occur for a few weeks later. It is usually marked by holding the first family picnic of the year.
Although our weather is still struggling to get more pleasant many of us have turned our attention to the garden. I came across this little quiz and thought it would be fun to share.

I am a

What Flower
Are You?

which means: You have a sunny disposition and are normally one of the first to show up for the party. You don't need too much attention from the host once you get there as you are more than capable of making yourself seen and heard. Maureen

Hi I am Pat(yellowsweetpotato) and I am this flower

I am a

What Flower
Are You?

and this is what my flower means:
"You stand up for what you believe in, even if it gets in the way of what other people think. You are proud of yourself and your accomplishments and you enjoy letting people know that."

Friday, May 16, 2008

$$$ Saving tips

We have started sharing ideas about how to trim some of the costs of our daily life. Most popular one that was mentioned, was to limit trips to the fewest number of efficient trips possible. Shopping for "manager's specials" at the grocery, or buying generic brands were another common idea. Using coupons to cut more pennies off is another. I join every keytag pennies off group, and personally don't worry if "someone" knows my favorite brand of hair dye or deodorant! If the store brand is on special, it will usually beat a coupon at our grocery, and the quality is generally very close.

On days when the coupons are included, it is sometimes a good investment to buy additional copies of the paper. I used to buy one, calculate the coupons I'll probably really use. If that was over 4 times the price of the paper, and it is usually is... check how soon the expiration dates are, and get ready to clip those coupons! This is especially good if you have a mid week paper that has a food section with coupons. When we first moved to TX, the Wednesday papers were packed full of them, and for a quarter a paper I could get big bucks of savings. Course back in the good ole days, they didn't have expiration dates sometimes!!!

Hope some of my other dear friends will come on in and add the things not included. 'Rissa suggested a website, but I copied and pasted something else over that copy paste and have CRS.... can't remember site! LOL Jo

Friday, May 9, 2008

flowers for mothers day

Just need to add this in here around Mo's post about mothers day. Got up this morning and the big brown truck had been here already or last night not real sure which. Anyway there was this box. Opened it and flowers from my son and his family. Thank you Andy,Mel,Jacob and Colin. Love my tulips
Mom, grandma, and Pat(yellowsweetpotato)

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Remember Mom


Congress approved the holiday in the United States in 1914. They set the date as the second Sunday in May each year. The idea for a day to honor mother started in Britain and was picked up by Julia Ward Howe in 1870 after the American Civil War, not to honor mothers, but to unite mothers in a protest against war. Her daughter continued calling for the holiday and a Mother's Day was celebrated in West Virginia in 1908. The holiday spread from state to state and after 45 states had approved it, President Woodrow Wilson declared the first national Mother's Day in 1914. It was a day to show a flag in honor of mothers who had lost sons in war, not really the holiday we celebrate today honoring mother for being mother. It is a commercial success today as the busiest day of the year for restaurants, and sets records for florists and long distance calls.