October 31, 2010


I love Friday nights. Life seems more peaceful when we don't have to worry about going to bed so that we can get up early for work the next morning. Fridays are relaxing, serene. The end of the hard work week. This last Friday night it was wonderfully cool and slightly breezy before the storm blew in. It felt like beach weather.

We sat on the back porch, the kids playing in the yard, me getting some knitting done, and Ben playing guitar. I love when I get to just sit and listen to him play. I think this is one of my new favorite pictures. A capture of the peace we get in our down time to just sit and be a family.

October 30, 2010

Yes, My Darling...

Your sweet, tangy flavor will soon be mine to devour.

October 29, 2010

FK: Honey Quartet

Ahh, fingerless gloves. I think I'm developing an obsession. I don't know why I let these sit so long. They were done but for the thumbs. So I knit those on real quick, weaved in the ends, and Ta-da! Another pair of fingerless mitts.

After finishing the ones for my sister, I had gotten an idea for another pair. Then I remembered I had these. And also the Endpaper Mitts, so I pulled them out as well. I'm going to have a plethora of fingerless gloves.

I like the way these turned out, even though I wish I had done them in a black or deep red. They are a bit on the tight side, but the pattern notes that it should be that way to open up the lace repeats. I enjoyed knitting these a lot. The lace pattern added enough interest so they weren't too boring but also not too intense. And the little twisted stitch cables in the ribbing make for an interesting design element. I think I might make another pair of these later on.

Pattern: Honey Quartet by Annika Abbott

Yarn: Knit Picks Essential in "Carnation" - a little less than a ball

Needles: US 1/2.25mm Susan Bates Quicksilver DPNs

Pattern Notes: I did the long, completely fingerless version, reversing the cables for the second glove.

YTD Mileage: Weighing in at 40 grams, these gloves came to about 185 yards, giving a new YTD total of 4.45 miles! I just might make it to 5 miles by the end of the year.

Happy Knitting,

October 28, 2010

The Weather Outside

This is from Sunday, while we were smoking the pork roast. And it's starting to look like that outside again today. I love this kind of weather.

October 27, 2010

What's Cookin': Roast Chicken

Note to self: Next time, pull out the lettuce in the fridge for garnish...

On the menu for tonight was supposed to be Crock Pot Chicken, but I was thinking how I've never really done a chicken in the oven before. And that I've done a whole freakin' turkey, so why have I avoided doing a chicken?

Actually, I'm pretty sure I've done one in the oven, but the memory is so faint I'm not sure it really happened... But I think my brother was there so, Josh... if you're reading? Did it really happen?

This lapse in memory brought you to by the birth of 3 children.

Anyways! Back to the chicken. Roasting a chicken is so stinkin' easy I don't know why I always go to my Crock Pot. Mayhaps because I can just stick it there and forget about it until dinner. And Ben said it's nice for how much more tender it gets.

But the flavor... Oh, the flavor. I rubbed down my chicken with butter and spices, inside and out. It was so simple, but made it so tasty. Let's just get to it, shall we?

Roasted Chicken
1 whole chicken, giblet free and rinsed
1/4 C butter, softened
1 tsp lemon pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp basil
(Looking back, I should have added a wee bit of salt)
1/2 onion

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

Set your dried chicken either on a roasting rack in a baking dish, or straight in the dish, rack free. Mix the butter and spices together in a small bowl. Now the fun part. Rub that puppy down. Under the skin, on the skin, in the cavity. Any nook and cranny you can stash the butter and & spices in, stick it in there. Shove the onion into the cavity, too.

If you have a probe thermometer, stick it into the deepest part of the breast. Roast until the meat reaches 180 degrees, about 2 hours. (Or until the juices run clear, if you don't have a thermometer.) Remove from oven, cover in foil and let rest for 20 minutes.

Enjoy! Preferably with mashed potatoes, fresh homemade rolls, and a veggie of some kind.

Happy Eating,

October 26, 2010

Why My Life is Never Boring

My mom-in-love has baskets and baskets full of toys from when her kids were little. These baskets now get dumped out to entertain the generation of children that my sis-in-law and I have spawned forth from our wombs.

October 25, 2010

FK: Photog Mitts

Last week my sister sent me a message asking me to please make her some fingerless mitts because her fingers freeze to death and try to fall off her body when she's taking pictures out in the cold. She's a photographer. This is a problem.

So of course I said yes, because it means more knitting! Yay! And with a purpose! Double Yay!

(Picture I took with my sister's fancy Canon. Way better than my point-and-shoot.)

At first I had thought I would just make some regular stockinette gloves, but then I thought, "Hey, it's my sister. They can't be boring." So I designed these with the cable running up the back, offset a little toward the thumb. Just to make it a little interesting.

I think they turned out fabulously. They were a very quick knit - this pair took me less than a week, but would have been less had I had more time to sit and knit. And boy are they warm. I wore them around before she came to get them and I almost didn't hand them over.

But then I remembered I can make my own.

Pattern: Photog Mitts by Meg 

Yarn: Knit Picks Essential in "Ash" - not even a 1/3 of a ball

Needles: US 2/2.75mm Harmony wood DPNs

YTD Mileage: 4.62 grams = 143 yards, making a new YTD total of 4.34 miles!

Happy Knitting,

How My Husband is a Genius

Behold! The Project. The one I said I was waiting to show you. Know what it is?

Can ya guess?

It's a smoker! This whole beast of tasty-making awesomeness came from a 15 second video on YouTube, in which Ben saw a tool box, just like the one he had stashed in the shed, turned into a smoker.

So he took that idea and ran with it. He made an extra box to attach to the side for the fire. Added a smoke stack, wheels, a side damper (pictured above)...

Added in some shelving racks and made a grill out of stainless. This pork roast was our first attempt last night.

He pushed to get the smoker finished so that we could have the pork for dinner, but we weren't able to start until 4. So we put it on then, and let it smoke until about 8:30. The fire was dieing down and the "oven" was losing heat and he didn't feel like feeding it more, so we pulled the roast off and finished it in the oven. But after 4 and a half hours of smoking...

Oh my sweet wonderful heavens. It was amazing. I could have eaten that whole thing right there, by myself. I'm going to use the pork in something tomorrow, probably sandwiches. Unless I eat it before then.

We had hot dogs and cheddar wurst for dinner last night, which we of course did in the smoker. Those were some of the best cheddar wurst I have ever had. Smoking them added so much delicious, incredible flavor.

I have affectionately named the smoker Trodgor. I'm sure only a handful of you will get that reference, and it's too much to explain. So just go with me.

We still have some learning to do on times and heat control, but I think we just put our BBQ into retirement. Next up: Chickens, tri-tips, turkeys, pork chops...

It's OK, you can be jealous. ;)

October 22, 2010

First Time For Everything

I just realized that I had meant to post this awhile ago, and I never did! Shame on me.

Last month, Lynn at Queen of the Castle hosted a give away for three different Gooseberry Patch books. All you had to do was leave a comment saying what your favorite thing about fall was. So I entered, thinking "Heck, I never win anything, but why not."

I seriously have never won anything. And guess what? I WON! (If you hadn't guess that yet...) I was, and am still so very excited. I received the book a few weeks ago and have been going through it when I have down time. (Ha!)

I love it! It's filled with comments, ideas and suggestions from the Gooseberry Patch readers about slowing down, stopping the smell the roses, appreciating the little things, hints on losing weight and eating well, and wonderful recipes.

I've already made the pumpkin muffins and they are wonderful. I can't wait to read the other recipes and try them.

Thanks so much Lynn, it was a great surprise, and a great book! :)

And to those who think there's no point in doing something because you just won't win... Just do it, you might be surprised!

October 20, 2010

For Those Wondering...

Ok, I guess I've gotten enough comments now that it's time to let everyone know we are alright! LOL!

Yes, we're all fine. I've just been seriously lacking in any drive to write at the moment. Hardly any knitting, no new recipes (at least not I'm ready to post yet, I have one from last night that needs another test run...), and I'm waiting for Ben to finish a really awesome project before I post about it. I've mostly been reading blogs and stuff on photography - which doesn't make for great blogging until I find batteries for my stupid Battery-Eating-Demon-Camera. I've been drooling over the Nikon D3100, and am sort of hoping that we can swing it after we reach a few goals at the end of the year. And once I get a new camera (eventually), I'd like to start a 365 photo project.

I guess I was just a little burned out and didn't realize it.  I've got stuff coming, I just need to find the desire and the content! I'll try to get something up for you guys soon!

Thanks for the concern, you guys are the best! :)


October 11, 2010

Monday Randomness

This post is really just about this picture. I'm just adding in some extra stuff because I couldn't do a whole post on just one picture.

I did it in Photoshop, messing around with layer masks. I've always wanted to do a picture like this (black & white background, colored subject). I was very proud of myself for figuring it out, so I had to share! (Yes, I know certain family members already know how to do this. I'm slow and independent. So shush.) It's our poor, tired potato bush. It still has a ton of flowers, but you can see they are starting to lose their color and vibrancy.

This Week's Menu:
Monday: Slow cooker Carnitas (Pork tacos)
Tuesday: Pork Sandwiches (from leftovers)
Wednesday: Spaghetti & bread
Thursday: Biscuits and gravy
Friday: Pizza
Saturday & Sunday: Most likely leftovers, and/or hot dogs

Both of the kids have been picking up so many new words and sentences lately, and they jabber constantly. Jack's had a few really cute misplaced words or just horribly cute mispronunciations:

"I need a sheeps!" - When there was no sheet on his bed. (Funnily enough, I think I've said this sentence to Ben before...)
"Can has some soups?" - Wanting the soup I was making for dinner
"Look! A crock pop!" - While I was setting the crock pot on the counter
"I want bruffa teefs!" - Translation: "I wanna brush my teeth!" This one cracks us up.

They make me smile every day.

And knitting... well... umm...

Not much, sorry. I've been spending so much time reading about photography and Photoshop and researching cameras, I haven't had much desire to knit. I've been obsessed with taking better pictures.

I realized that I really don't take many pictures at all. I used to. I have very few of the kids aside from right after they were born, or the family in general. And I'd like to take better pictures of my food and knitting. So I've been messing around with that stuff. But I did finish the body part of the second Honey Quartet glove. Now I just need to put the thumbs on both of them.

Have a great Monday!

October 7, 2010

What's Cookin: Meatloaf

I'm not really sure how to make a slab of meatloaf look totally appealing, but I tried. Probably should have taken the picture after I smothered it in gravy.

Ah, meatloaf. One of my husband's favorite foods. Along with tri-tip, and steak, and... Basically anything from the side of a cow. If at one point it moo-ed, it's good eats to him. Meat and taters. And he passed that love onto my very carnivorous children.

I've debated putting my recipe for meatloaf "out there". Public. I've felt that meatloaf is one of those recipes that should be closely guarded. You know, great-grandma's secret recipe. The one that every one says "Oh man, that was the best. I wonder what she put in it? Too bad she took it to her grave with her..."

But... I think now I'll share it. Just because Ben loves it so much, and I think man-approved food should be share with other women who have men of some sort. So here it is. Remember, I rarely measure anything, so these are just estimates. And if you try it... let me know how it went over, won't you?

Meg's Meatloaf - feeds 5 people, with leftovers
2 pounds ground beef
1/2 sleeve Saltine crackers, pulverized*
2 eggs
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
1/2 tsp hot sauce <-- secret ingredient
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1 tsp dijon mustard (or regular yellow works too)

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Put everything in a bowl together and mash it all up until well mixed. Form into a loaf and place in an 8 x 8 baking dish. If desired, slather the top with a mix of ketchup and hot sauce. (Ben doesn't like topping.) Bake until inside temperature reads 160 degrees, about one and a half hours.

We serve ours with mashed taters, gravy, cheddar garlic biscuits, and some kind of veggie if I have it (tonight I didn't).

*I usually use about 1/2 C bread crumbs, but I was out. It tastes about the same either way.

Happy Eating!
Back in June, I wrote of a baby girl of a co-worker born with half her heart missing. She went through surgeries and hospital stays and after about a month or so, was finally able to go home.

Friday the momma brought the baby in to work to show her off and say hello to everyone.

Saturday the baby had a heart attack. Her organs began to fail and she was hospitalized again.

And now, Ben just called and told me that... That the Lord took her home. We're not sure if it was last night, or this morning. But she is being held by God now.

Please, send your prayers, thoughts, whatever you have to the parents of this baby girl. I can not imagine dealing with the lose of a child.

And all I can do is sit here and pray that God will give them guidance and peace. She was not my baby, and I still feel a piece of my soul has been broken whenever I hear of a child passing.

"Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these." - Matthew 19:14

"Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid." - John 14:27

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest." - Matthew 11:28

"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." - Matthew 5:4

October 6, 2010

2010 New Year's Resolutions Revisit

It's October (in case you've been living calendarless under a rock somewhere, in which case you might want to stay there) and that means we're less than 90 days to 2011. Someone pinch me. I can't believe how fast this year has flown by. My babies will 4 in March, which will be here before I know it, and I'm not sure I'm OK with that. I'll be 24 in February and I'm not sure I'm OK with that either.

Anyhoo. This time of year I like to go over my New's Years Resolutions and see where I'm at, so I can sneak in some last minute progress if I need to. I wonder if suddenly remembering to do something at the end of the year defeats the purpose of a resolution?

1. Choose one thing to give up buying. For those who know me, you're aware that I'm horribly obsessed with knitting. However, with knitting comes yarn (you can't really knit without it). A product which I am even more obsessed with. If I were to give up knitting I would be perfectly content as long as I just had piles and piles of yarn around me. The problem is it is pricey. So I have resolved that this year I will not make a single purchase for yarn or knitting related thing with money that I or Ben make/receive (unless it is a gift certificate). I have a lot of stash yarn that I need to use up so that should keep me busy. However, I told my mom this and for Christmas she gave me a coupon stating she will get me $20 worth of yarn/supplies every month. So I won't be totally deprived. :) - I haven't bought anything knitting related at all this year with actual money. At least I don't think so. I bought a pair of Addi circs, but that was with a gift card so I'm still good. Woo! And I've acquired yarn, but they were gifts.

2. Become better at blogging. My biggest problem is remembering to take pictures. I will try to be better about this. Also, not just letting my mind wander and rambling away. To create posts that people would actually want to read. - Ugh. Maybe not so good with this one. I think I have been taking more pictures, but I'm not sure about the rambling. Does anyone besides the moms actually read my blog on a regular basis...? LOL!

3. Become a more self-sufficient family. This year we want to get chickens and plant a garden. This will hopefully mean we don't have to go to the store as often and can buy less since we can get food from our own backyard. This will mean building a chicken coop. I am hoping that we can use our tax return to do that. We are zoned for a maximum of 12 chickens or other small creatures for "food or fur-bearing purposes". So maybe I can finagle a goat as well. Ben's mom is also doing her garden again this year, so I am hoping that we can plant whatever she doesn't and we can trade. - Ok, the chicken idea got axed, for the sake of preserving my marriage. But I think my mom-in-love made up for it by  now housing a surplus of incredibly spoiled chickens.... Her, my sis-in-law and I have all had an abundance of eggs. The garden idea didn't go so well. Things just don't grow as well in pots... The slab where the garden will go is starting to come out though, so we'll see what happens in the spring. I'm still working on that goat...

4. Fix up the house so that it is more comfortable. This will not save us money, but in some areas is necessary.We have a very nice house, but it was in bad shape when we moved in. We need a new roof - it leaks. We also only have a fireplace insert and two room heaters to heat the whole house in the winter, and a swamp cooler for summer. While these do work and we can live fairly comfortably, the house is still very chilly some days, as well as very hot in the summer. I am hoping that this year we can at least replace the door in our room and the window in the boys room and get a new roof. This will help with less cold coming into the rooms during the night. We will be doing these ourselves, with the help of family, so it will be cheaper than hiring someone. - Well, the roof didn't happen this year. It's still on the to do list, but my husband decided that saving money was not worth doing it himself. Which I'm actually quite happy about. Now he won't have to kill himself trying to get it done. Some things are just worth paying the extra money for. We have fixed up the house to make it more comfortable, just not much more weather proof. But we made it through last winter and we can make it through another. Changes will come, but we have other goals for our money right now that are more important to us.

5. Work more on the grocery budget.  My goal is to lower the grocery bill by using less meat and moving toward produce that is in season. Making even more things than buying it as long as it is cost effective to do it at home. It doesn't make much sense to make something if it will be more expensive than buying, unless there is a severe health benefit. - I think this one has gone quite well this year. It was a little difficult still at the beginning of the year, but when we started our Official Budgeting in April, things just fell into place. While I do go a bit over budget every now and then, I am closer to the mark every month. I think this year I have gotten a lot smarter about our purchases, and more creative. We've found things that we enjoy greatly because we are on the budget, that we never really would have tried otherwise. I call this resolution a success.

Huzzah! Pretty good progress. I think the only one I really need to work on/have the time for/whatever by the end of the year is the Better Blogging one. But I have to remind myself I have 3 very hyper boys, and that makes for little computer time. Or maybe I'm doing OK by just writing what's in my head and heart.

So, what were your New Years Resolutions, and how are you coming along?

October 5, 2010

Let's Play a Game

Shall we?

If you were trapped on a desert island, or it was the end of the world, or there was a culinary world disaster...

What kitchen item would you take with you? What can you not live without, or would have to have with you in order to survive.

Mine would be my spices. I can cook on just about anything, with or without utensils. But I need my spices. I can't live without my spices. Life would be so horribly boring. At the very least I would need salt.

So what about you? What would you need? A food item? An appliance? A certain cookbook?

What kitchen/food related item would you not be able to leave behind?

October 4, 2010

What's Cookin': Fancy Pants Pumpkin Seeds

Remember Once Upon a Time when you were a kid and sometime around Halloween there was the frenzy of pumpkin carving? Blood and Slimy pumpkin guts everywhere. Chunks of pumpkin flying every which way. And the mess of pumpkin seeds that your mom and/or you would take, de-goop, wash, dry and roast?... Only to be tossed with some salt. Boring.

These ain't yo momma's pumpkin seeds.

I'm generally not a big pumpkin seed fan. They stick in my teeth and usually make me choke at least once while eating them. I think pumpkins have a vendetta against Megs. But I got pumpkins from my Mom-in-love and decided that since I was going to be pureeing the flesh for freezing and future use, I might as well use the whole thing and roast the seeds. Use it up, remember? Waste not, want not.

I looked online for a general temperature at which to roast the seeds and came across a sight that had that info, as well as some flavoring options. Well. I saw "butter" and knew what I had to do.

My goodness, these are delicious punkin' seeds. I, who is the aforementioned non-pumpkin-seed-fan, have been grabbing a few bites every time I walk by them. They taste like they should be served in some fancy restaurant, or packaged and sold in a high-falutin' cooking shop. Savory, spiced, hot... Make these. You won't regret it.

Momma's Notes:
-A layer of tin foil on your cooking sheet will make clean up a bajillion times easier.
-Depending on the amount of seeds, you might not need all the butter. Start with the 2 and work up to 4 as needed.
- If you don't wish to use or don't have butter, you can use olive oil or vegetable oil.
-The spicy version is quite spicy. Or "Picy" and Ty would say. If you're not sure you want a ton of heat, try less cayenne. You can always add more.
- None of these sound good? Experiment and try your own!
-I'm trying to take better pictures, especially of food. Pretty good ones, eh? It's ok, you don't have to lie. I've been reading through Pioneer Woman's photography sections... And now I want a DSLR.

Fancy Pants Pumpkin Seeds
Seeds of one pumpkin, de-gooped, washed and dried
2-4 Tbs butter, melted

Savory Flavor:
1/2 tsp garlic powder
2 tsp Worcestershire sauce

Spiced (or "Halloween") Flavor:
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ground ginger
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp allspice

Spicy Flavor:
1 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper

Preheat oven to 275 degrees.

Mix together seeds, butter and applicable spices for flavor you would like. Roast in the oven for 10-25 minutes. It's a big range because it will depend on your oven. Just watch them and pull them out when done. It was about 20 for me.

Sprinkle with a bit more salt, toss and serve!

Happy Eating,

Feed Me Monday

(This was Saturday, when it was warm and humid. A dough that normally takes an hour or more to double, did this in about 45 minutes. )

 Good Monday Morning to you! It is a beautifully cool, crisp, and cloudy October day here. We have chances of showers today and I very much hope it happens. I love rain and it would just make today wonderful.

It's Feed Me Monday! Here is the menu plan for the week. I have to tell you, if you are in a menu planning rut, just ask the hubby for ideas. Ben always comes up with good stuff.

Menu Plan:
Monday - Bean Soup and Biscuits
Tuesday -Bean Soup leftovers (even better the next day!)
Wednesday -Breakfast (eggs, pancakes, etc.)
Thursday -Meatloaf, mashed taters, bread
Friday -Meatloaf leftovers
Saturday - Pizza (homemade, of course)
Sunday - Either leftovers or hot dogs

And here's some foodie links for you!

Food Bites:
Pumpkin Spice Bagels :: From Apples to Zucchini. I have pumpkin now, so I think these will be coming out of my kitchen soon!
Alea's Bierocks :: $5 Dinners. This looks like an awesomely cheap and filling dinner. I have these on my "when I have the ingredients" list.
The Frugal-Recipes Daily - Erin from $5 Dinners has put together a new site featuring various frugal foodstuffs and crafty things. Check it out, it's pretty cool!

What are y'all eating this week?

October 2, 2010

What's Cookin': Yeast Rolls

Once upon a time, before my great-grandmother Lola was too terribly crazy and senile, she would make yeast rolls. And they weren't just yeast rolls. These were Bust-Your-Gut-From-Eating-So-Many-Because-You-Just-Had-To-Have-One-More Yeast Rolls. And you generally were too full to eat dinner once the yeast rolls came out of the oven.

I remember many times when I was a girl and she would let me make them with her. It's one of the few nice memories I have of her. (She's still alive, she's just a little... grumpier.) They were buttery and delicious, warm from the oven. I loved making rolls with her.

When I got married she gave me a mish mash of a few items. An old measuring cup (that is my favorite) and a used cutting board, some random knives, a few cookbooks... And the recipe for her wonderful yeast rolls. In the year before we had our babies, I didn't really cook much from scratch, and sort of had a fear of making bread. So the recipe was put away, and it stayed put away through three babies and two moves. I would think about it every once in awhile in a "Hmm, I should make those one day" sort of way, but never really got around to digging it out.

This last Wednesday my baby brother turned 15. (He's going to hate me for calling him "baby brother", hehe). Ben and I did a BBQ for him, which involves Tri-tip (I think y'all in other places call it brisket), marinated veggies, and usually a loaf or two of french bread simply dressed up with butter, garlic powder and seasoning.

Well, this time I had forgotten to get the French bread and I wasn't going back to the store for just that. So I thought I would make some french bread. No, too much work and I had too much cleaning to do. So then thought, biscuits. Eh. I do them a lot. Dinner rolls? Yeah, that would work... Hey! I have that recipe for Grandma's Yeast Rolls!

So the recipe was dug out. It's a commercial printed card, but it's the same recipe she used. They tasted just as I remember. Warm, buttery and soft. Melt in your mouth goodness. I've changed the recipe slightly from it's printed version to fit the way in which I bake. For example, the recipe says to proof the yeast in the bowl and add the other ingredients into it. I prefer proof my yeast in a separate bowl and pour it into the other ingredients. But they turned out the same either way.

A note on using a mixer verses your hands/arms: The part that says "beat in flour until dough is too stiff to mix" is hard to tell in a mixer. I've made these rolls twice in the past two days, both with my mixer, and both times they turned out well with the 4 1/2 C. It will be a sticky dough. If you are unsure, you could add 3 cups with the mixer and do the last bit by hand.

So here, for you, is the recipe passed from my Great Grandmother Lola to me. Enjoy!

Yeast Rolls - makes 24
1 C warm water
5 tsp yeast
1/2 C (1 stick) butter, melted
1/2 C sugar
3 eggs
2 tsp salt (original calls for 1 tsp, but I like the extra flavor)
4 -4 1/2 C AP flour
Additional melted butter for tops, if desired

Combine the yeast, warm water and 1 Tbs of the sugar in a bowl or measuring cup. Allow to soften and foam, about 5 minutes.

In another large bowl, or in your mixer bowl, combine butter, sugar, eggs and salt. Pour in yeast mixture. Beat in flour, one cup at a time, until dough is too stiff to mix. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 2 hours or up to 4 days. (This makes them a great make ahead recipe.)

Grease a 9 x 13 inch baking pan. (Or just use whatever pans you have. We used to use pizza pans too.) Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and divide into 24 equal pieces. Roll them, place into the baking pan, cover with a towel and let rise until doubled in size.

Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake until golden brown, about 15-20 minutes. Brush warm rolls with butter if desired.

Happy Eating!

October 1, 2010

Fiber Friday and Happy October!

Remember these pics?

Yeah. I haven't really gotten much farther. It's been a pretty slow knitting week. I did cast on for the second Endpaper and have gotten through one and a half pattern repeats. And the third and final clue for the Honey Quartet finally came out yesterday, so I started working on that but it's really just more of the same and the end cuff.

But! Today is October first and in honor of the month, I think it's time to make some more Pumpkins!

Happy Knitting!
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