Wednesday, October 18, 2017

A Labor of Love

I spent half the day making cinnamon rolls for my love.

Now, you know I only make recipes with five ingredients or less. So making these cinnamon rolls was a real expression of my love. This recipe called for about 25 ingredients and it took me five hours - not to mention two loads in the dishwasher.

These are Katherine's famous Blue Door Bakery cinnamon rolls which are really Aunt Kathy's Cinnamon Rolls from Candace Nelson's Sprinkles cookbook. Katherine made them so many times this summer for the market that she can make the recipe in her sleep.

You'll have to get the book for the recipe. It's too long to post here.

Trust me when I say that Don was in heaven when he ate not one, but two of these cinnamon rolls after dinner. If it weren't for the stick and a half of butter in the six rolls, he would have eaten the entire pan.

The recipe makes three pans of six buns. (The pan on the far left has 12 buns because I cut that log before reading the directions). 

There are Sprinkles bakeries in nine states (including Texas), specifically Austin, where we will be next week. This shop will be on our sight-seeing list because I want to get a cupcake from a Cupcake ATM

I will most definitely make these cinnamon rolls again for special occasions like Christmas morning or Don's birthday or if I host a brunch. They are well worth the effort!

Monday, October 16, 2017

Lemony Kale & Sausage Soup

Other than the salt and pepper, this soup recipe only has four ingredients. It is flavorful, filling, and healthy.
I got the recipe from the Fed & Fit Cookbook by Cassie Joy Garcia who blogs at Fed & Fit. Check out her great recipes!

Here is the recipe with my modifications:

Lemony Kale & Sausage Soup

2 lb. bulk breakfast sausage ( I used Giant Eagle sweet Italian)
12 ounces kale, coarsely chopped (I only had a 5-ounce package of Kale, but it was fine
8 cups low salt chicken broth (I used organic Kirkland from Costco)
1/2 t. salt
1/4 t. pepper
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (I used two lemons)

In a stockpot, cook the sausage over medium-high heat until sausage is cooked through. Break up the sausage with a wooden spoon as you go.

Once the sausage is cooked, add the kale and stir. Cover the pan and let the kale wilt and become bright green.

Add broth, salt, and pepper and bring to a simmer.

Finish by adding lemon juice. Enjoy!

A note in the book says this soup freezes really well. So I froze two cups for future lunches/dinners.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

My Work Life

On the Sorta Awesome Podcast yesterday, Meg and Rebekah talked about the jobs they have held and what they learned from them and whether or not they had anything to do with their college degrees.

I've had a lot of part-time jobs (PT) and a few full-time ones (FT) over the years. Some I only remembered when I sat down to write this.

My undergraduate degree was in Accounting and Data Processing (what they used to call Information Systems). And my graduate degree was in Library Science. And here are all the places I have worked:

Where: White House Chicken
Position: Waitress (PT)
Duration: 3 weeks
What I learned: Fried chicken is greasy and you can't get that smell out of your clothes

Where: Young's Restaurant
Position: Salad Girl (PT)
Duration: 1 year
What I learned: I don't like blue cheese

Where: Firestone Tire & Rubber Co.
Position: Secretary (FT)
Duration: 2 years
What I learned: Handling and packaging hazardous materials is complicated stuff

Where: Thom McAn Shoes (Great Lakes Mall)
Position: Salesperson (PT)
Duration: 1 year
What I learned: How to do squats

Where: H & R Block
Position: Receptionist (PT)
Duration: 1 tax season
What I learned: People have to file taxes

Where: University of Akron Computer Center
Position: Computer programmer (PT)
Duration: 2 years 
What I learned: How to program computers using COBOL

Where: Arthur Andersen & Co.
Position: Systems Analyst (FT)
Duration: 2 years
What I learned: I wanted to marry Don

Where: Fabri-Centers of America
Position: Systems Analyst (FT)
Duration: 2 years
What I learned: Employee discounts are great (especially if you like to sew)

Where: American Greetings
Position: Systems Analyst (PT)
Duration: 2 years
What I learned: I wanted to stay home with my kids

Where: Home
Position: Mother (FT)
Duration: 21 years
What I learned: Wouldn't have traded it for anything

Where: Bainbridge Banter (now Spirit of Bainbridge)
Position: Contributing Writer (PT)
Duration: 2 years
What I learned: $25 per article is not worth it

Where: Valley Christian Academy
Position: Librarian (PT)
Duration: 7 years
What I learned: Best job ever

Where: Richards Properties
Position: Painter/Cleaner/Bookkeeper (PT)
Duration: 6 years
What I learned: You don't always have to get paid to enjoy your job

Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Riley in the Fog

Yesterday morning there was a heavy fog in our neighborhood. I took Riley out into the street to get a photo of him with the fog as a backdrop. I really like the way it came out. I think it is the first time I've ever let him in the street without his leash. He wasn't sure if he should stay with me or run like the wind while he had the chance.

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Someone is Sixty

Gretchen turned 60 yesterday and we kidnapped her and took her out to dinner.

We couldn't have done it without the help of her sweet husband, Dave. He told a few fibs (oops, I wasn't supposed to say that) so that Gretchen thought she was going out to dinner with him. Then we showed up at her door and surprised her! Does she look surprised? How about her dog, Winston?

We made her wear a tiara that lit up on top of her head as well as a sash that let everyone know it was her birthday. After our nice dinner at Oak & Embers in Hudson, Celeste went out to the car and brought in this fabulous cake from White Flour Cake Shoppe in Solon. She even brought me my own little gluten free cupcake as well!

 We had a great time - and Gretchen was such a great sport about the whole thing! Happy birthday Gretchen!

Sunday, October 8, 2017

Puppy Update

 It was a big week for the dogs.
 Roman got to go camping last weekend! According to Katherine, he was a very good boy. He protected his family and slept in the tent without his crate.

So handsome!

Lucy learned how to catch a flying frisbee in mid-air!

She's so pretty!

 Riley fell asleep with a ball on his head. 
He's so silly.

And Heidi made a Newfoundland friend.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

Strange Fashion

I was browsing the Nordstrom website for a dress this afternoon and came across some fashion items that I just had to share. These are for real clothing items available for purchase at their store. And they are not cheap! This tulle-wrapped hoodie sells for around $1,000.

I first thought this was a nightgown, but it is sold as a dress for $1,395.

Another dress I thought was a nightgown is going for $3,475. Aren't those slippers on her feet?

This one looks more like a dress, but I still think those are slippers on her feet. Price tag $2,400.

Either I am really out of touch with the fashion scene, or I'm a frump.