Our Little Ol' Family

Our Little Ol' Family

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Susie Homemaker

Busy day of cleaning, cooking, and doing laundry; plus taxiing kids around to and fro, and attending a very cold soccer game in which Lindsey scored a goal!!  Woo-hoo.  I tried a new recipe for cinnamon rolls today.  Here's the recipe:

Cinnamon Rolls (Pioneer Woman recipe)

40 to 50 cinnamon rolls

For the dough:

1 quart whole milk (4 cups)
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup granulated sugar
2 packages (4 1/2 teaspoons) active dry yeast
9 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
1 heaping teaspoon baking powder
1 scant teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon salt

For the filling:
2 cups (4 sticks) unsalted butter, melted, plus more as needed
1/4 cup ground cinnamon, for sprinkling
2 cups granulated sugar, plus more as needed

For the maple icing:
2 pounds confectioners' sugar
1/2 cup whole milk
6 tablespoons (3/4 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1/4 cup strongly brewed coffee
Dash of salt
1 tablespoon maple flavoring or maple extract


For the dough, heat the milk, vegetable oil and sugar in a large saucepan over medium heat; do not boil. Set aside to cool to lukewarm. Sprinkle the yeast on top and let it sit on the milk for 1 minute.

Add 8 cups of the flour. Stir until just combined, cover with a clean kitchen towel and set aside in a relatively warm place for 1 hour.

Remove the towel and add the baking powder, baking soda, salt and the remaining 1 cup flour. Stir thoroughly to combine. Use the dough right away or place in a mixing bowl and refrigerate for up to 3 days, punching down the dough if it rises to the top of the bowl.

Remove half of the dough. On a floured surface, roll out the dough into a large rectangle, about 30 by 10 inches, with a long side facing you.

To make the filling, pour 1 cup of the melted butter over the surface of the dough. Use your fingers to spread the butter evenly. Generously sprinkle half of the ground cinnamon and 1 cup of the sugar over the butter. Don't be afraid to drizzle on more butter or more sugar!

Beginning at the end farthest from you, roll the rectangle tightly toward you. Use both hands and work slowly, being careful to keep the roll tight. Don't worry if the filling oozes as you work; that just means the rolls will be divine. When you reach the end, pinch the seam together.

Transfer to a cutting board and, with a sharp knife, make 1 1/2-inch slices. One log will produce 20 to 25 rolls. Pour a couple of tablespoons of melted butter into several pie pans or baking dishes and swirl to coat. Place the rolls in the pans cut-side up, being careful not to overcrowd.

Repeat the rolling-sugar-butter process with the other half of the dough and more pans. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Cover each pan with a kitchen towel and let rise on the countertop for at least 20 minutes before baking. Remove the towels and bake for 13 to 17 minutes, until golden brown. Don't allow the rolls to become overly brown.

While the rolls are baking, make the icing: In a large bowl, whisk together the confectioners' sugar, milk, butter, coffee and salt. Splash in the maple flavoring. Whisk until very smooth. Taste and add more sugar, butter or other ingredients as needed until the icing reaches the desired consistency. The icing should be thick but still pourable.

While the rolls are still warm, generously drizzle icing over the top. Be sure to get it all around the edges and over the top. As they sit, the rolls will absorb some of the icing's moisture and flavor. They only get better with time...not that they last for more than a few seconds!

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Thursday Morning

Love this picture from Tuesday evening's game! Lindsey is playing goalie this week, as our regular goalie has a basketball camp she has to attend in the evenings this week. Great catch, Linds!

 Larissa won a medal and certificate in the Art Show Sunday! A Distinguished Honoree in the Fine Arts (Jewelry). Her rings were my very favorite. Way to go, Sissy! She is so creative! She designed and made all of these pieces! Arent't they awesome??

Larissa had a little friend visit this weekend. Baby Lily really liked Rue and kept saying, "Fiff, fiff!" which we are pretty sure means 'ruff ruff'! 
This evening is Cameron and Cyrena's rehearsal, then tomorrow is the wedding! I had one of those 'wedding photographer's nightmares' last night. First, I was wearing my pj's with no bra (yeah, NOT good!) and I was running around afraid that I was going to miss an important picture. Praying it all goes well. It should be a really fun wedding. Tyler is a groomsman, so I'll be sure to post a picture of him in his tux! I'm so excited!

Miss Natalie had called several ophthalmologists in the KC area about an 8 week job shadowing opportunity this summer. Today she received a call back from the office of one of KC's best dr's and they have invited her to accept the job shadowing position! In researching this dr, we've found that he is a phenomenal doctor, a Harvard Medical School and Tuft's University graduate, leading many research studies (which is a real area of interest for Natalie), and serving on national committees. We're so excited that she's going to have this opportunity this summer!! Way to go, Nat! (AND she'll be home for the summer!)

Tyler moved back home last weekend. His lease on his house was up and he is wanting to find something in a different location and with different room mates. One of his room mates had been stealing from him, which really stinks. Also, Tyler was recently promoted to Assistant Manager at the convenience store where he works. He's been putting in a LOT of hours with training and his regular hours, too. He's been working about 10 hours a day. UGH!

Larissa just has 37 school days left before graduation. Please be praying for her for the stick-with-it-ness to get it done! I know she can do it, but it will take a lot of effort on her part.

Evidently I misunderstood my doctor. Since I have to push around heavy carts with books, she doesn't want me to go back to work until after my April 25 appointment. I knew I wasn't supposed to 'lift' over 10 pounds, but wasn't thinking about 'pushing' and 'pulling' waaayyy over 10 pounds. So glad THAT was cleared up before I hurt myself! Healing is going well and I do NOT want to mess anything up! I was originally planning to go back to work yesterday.

 Gotta scoot for now. Hope you are having a great week!

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Happy April! Come on, Spring!

Our snow has finally all melted, other than some of the big piles on parking lots. Hooray! We are ready for spring! It was 28* this morning, though, so warm days appear to be on the horizon, but not here yet! Since I've not updated for a while, this will be a pictorial update to get you all caught up!

Here's Miss Lindsey (#14) in their first soccer game, before Snowmageddon #3.
Last week, the kids had Spring Break.  One day Kylie and I went down to Crown Center for some fun.  We ate at Fritz's Restaurant, which was yummy and fun!
While we were there, we ran into my friend, Amy, and her family, who live in Columbia, but were in town for vacation.  What are the chances that we'd be there at the exact same time?? I had posted the above picture on Facebook, and Amy's sister, who was on vacation in Hawaii, saw it and knew Amy and crew were there.  She texted Amy, who then came to find me!  How neat is that??
We also went to the Crayola Store.  Cool place!
On Easter, we went to my mom and step-dad's.  Here are Adonica and Steven.
We brought my brother, Steven, some of his favorite Hazelnut coffee. He seems pleased!  :)
Kylie took a picture of Daddy!
Kylie also took a picture of me with my mom and Steven.  Aww, I love this picture!
Kylie and I colored Easter eggs.  Here's one we decorated for Natalie.
At Kylie's first volleyball game, she had tons of people there to watch her.  Here's a student teacher from her school.
This is her Art teacher.
Here she is with her teacher's oldest daughter.
Here she is with her teacher and her teacher's daughter.
Kylie and her best friend Morgan are on the same team!  They both did a great job!
Kylie and her buddy, Mattie!
Mattie's cute little sister, Amelia!
Kylie and Morgan with Kelly...
Cookie and Kylie...
Kylie with the Collins family...
One day Lindsey, Kylie, and I went to the thrift store.  Lindsey found some cute boots for $4.
We made Easter Rice Crispy Treats.
Here I am with my new sunglasses and necklace I got with a gift card from Maralyn and Nabil!
Leah came for a visit and went shopping with me!
Kylie and Leah...
We went to lunch with Cookie and Kelly the day before Easter!
On the first day of Spring Break, we had 8" of snow on the ground again!  Kylie and Rue enjoyed some snuggle time inside where it was warm and dry!
Here are some of the big ol' snowflakes from that snowstorm. 
Here is Miss Lindsey (in white) at another one of her soccer games, after the snow finally melted.
Also, during this time, Lindsey had a cello solo at Districts and received a II rating, which is so awesome for her first solo!  Yay!

Gotta scoot and get Lindsey to her soccer game.  Have a great day!