Sunday, November 21, 2010

Change is Good?

We are making a few changes around our house, not really a remodel but still holes are being made in walls and wire is being threaded.
It is a little disconcerting to me to make a hole (even a neat hole) in a perfectly good wall.

Sometimes you have to make things worse before you can make things better.
I guess the same thing can be said of a myriad of things.
Still, sometimes it feels that we live in a never ending construction zone.
Luckily Mr Darcy is a whiz at destroying things and then building them back up!
If only he had the time to finish his projects.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

A perfect Thanksgiving Roll

We love bread at our house and this recipe which is found in 'The Essential Mormon Cookbook' is a perfect recipe.  It is made a day ahead and refrigerated and it is 'fool proof', I am living proof.

Feather Light Overnight Rolls

1 C water
1 C butter (2 sticks)
3/4 C sugar
2 t. salt
1 C cold water
2 (.25 ounce) packages yeast
1/2 C warm water
4 eggs, beaten
7 1/2 C flour
  Butter for spreading on dough

In a 6 quart pan bring the 1 cup water to a boil.  Add the 1 C butter, sugar and salt. Remove from heat.  Add the 1 C cold water.  Dissolve yeast in the 1/2 C warm water (not hot).  When first mixture is lukewarm, add yeast mixture and beaten eggs.  Stir briefly.  Add flour and stir together. Cover pan with lid and refrigerate overnight.  When ready to roll out, divide dough in thirds.  Lightly flour surface of bread board.  Roll each third out in a large circle about 1/2 inch think.  Spread dough lightly with butter.  Cut dough into wedges and roll each up, beginning at the wide end, to form a crescent shape.  Place on 3 greased baking sheets ( 12 rolls per sheet). Let rise about 4 hours.  Bake at 400 for about 12 minutes. Makes 3 dozen rolls.

I am telling you what, everyone in my family LOVES these and requests them for every get together.  I am taking them to Thanksgiving dinner this year as Sissy, the gorgeous one, is hosting it at her house. (Thanks baby girl, I love you tons).  Anyone can and should make these for their family gatherings, they make you look like a baker extraordinaire.  (I wish I had a picture to attach of all of my children and grandkids enjoying them but no one would stop eating them long enough to take the picture.)

As a side note: if you do not already own the cookbook that I mentioned above, you MUST get it.  Every recipe in it is fabulous (at least all that I have tried have been). 

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Note to self..Not another lame excuse

What is the deal? why are you not getting with the program.
What is the deal with your procrastinating nature?

You know you will feel so much better when you get
your assignments accomplished don't you?  It  will
give you a well earned sigh of relief and you know how
good that will feel.

The Relief Society Christmas Party is coming closer,
and closer, and closer and you know you must get to
it! Like right now. Hey! don't think I don't see you trying
to hide behind this computer screen...put this thing down
and get to work making those phone calls.....
I tell you what....sometimes I am such a task master!

Note to Self

The time has come to acknowledge all my blessings. 
Sometimes I get caught up in the day to day grind and
find myself focusing on the things I lack instead of the
things I am blessed with.

So......I have decided that I will focus on the good, and
with that give thanks for all that I have been blessed with.

I am making myself a gratitude journal that I can keep with
me and will serve as a reminder when I am down in the
dumps and having a pity party.

I will keep you posted self about my progress.

Monday, November 1, 2010

What a bunch of Characters!

It is said that you become like who you spend time with.

So what do the following pictures say about me and mine?
I know, and I am thrilled! I love that I might have some kind of a connection with the Wonderful World of Disneyland! Even if it is through association, I'm good with that!

This was a truly, superbly, spectacular visit at my home away from home because Mr Darcy and I chose to spend this amazing 12 hours with our oldest granddaughter. That's right , my favorite place with one of my favorite people.  It was true perfection, the weather, the crowds, the amazing water show at the end of the evening, the incredible breakfast with the characters...Sigh...what more can one expect? was perfection!