Saturday, March 21, 2009

Cinn-ful Saturday

Remember these? Bread makers were all the rage for a while but seem to have gone the way of the Ronco Veg-O-Matic. My in-laws handed this down to us several years ago when they moved from their condo to assisted care. It's been sitting on the floor of my pantry since, that is, until this morning. On a whim, I decided to look for a cinnamon roll recipe yesterday, just in case we had a "I need something with my coffee" moment this weekend. Mind you this isn't what you want to indulge in on any ol' Saturday or Sunday, but maybe once in a while.... So I decided on these.
Whipping up the dough was a snap in the bread maker. Rolled up with brown sugar and cinnamon and ready to go in the oven. I adjusted the butter by spreading 6 Tblsp. on the dough and using ony 2 Tblsp. instead of 8 Tblsp. in the icing (while increasing the cream cheese to 4 ounces). Big reduction on the guilt factor, too...not!
Oh. My. Goodness.

Meanwhile, out in the yard. One of the gnarly, old flowering plum trees that line our street doing its spring thing.
Happy Weekend.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

In a sunny corner

It's been a while since I've been at my little blog. Life can carry us along on a wave of daily chores and detours. And there was that hour lost to daylight savings time, but I'm not complaining. Love the longer evening light, and we've enjoyed some bright days here lately in the Land of Liquid Sunshine. I set up a small table last week in my favorite spot to paint, in front of a south facing window. This face will be incorporated into a portrait quilt commissioned by one of my art friends.

Did you remember that registration started today for Art & Soul, Portland? I'm excited about taking a class with Katie Kendrick this time, and nudging my painting into a new direction. I love her whimsical, folksy style.

See you later.