Thursday, January 1, 2015

The Flour Flower Lady Christmas

I love Christmas, and I especially love baking things to share with family and friends. This year I had planned to make my decorated cookies but I got sick the weekend before Christmas so that didn't happen. I did manage to make these pretzel/Rolo/pecan goodies for my friends at work and they were outstanding, and simple. I also made some ornaments with melted peppermint candy in cookie cutters and they turned out very cute and festive tied onto gift bags.

I had a recipe for some energy snacks made with peanut butter, coconut, honey, crushed Cheerios and chocolate chips. They turned out to be very yummy and I gave those out to friends and family too.

Every year I make cinnamon rolls for Christmas morning. I have been using a recipe I found on the Pioneer Woman blog a few years ago. They are really easy, there is no kneading, and you can make the dough the day before and bake them on Christmas morning. My husband ate 3 of them the second I got the frosting on them. They are that good. I always send some home with my guests after Christmas dinner. The original recipe makes 6 pans of rolls but I cut that in half.

For the grand finale I made some Guinness and Bailey's cupcakes. The cupcake recipe calls for Guinness stout in the batter. Then you make a ganache that is dark chocolate, Bailey's, cream and butter (no calories there!) Then you make a frosting with powdered sugar, butter and Bailey's. They were so good! My guests got to take some home. I was disappointed that the ganache turned out pretty solid in the center of the cupcake. I thought it would be more the texture of a thick pudding. It was definitely a great recipe though.

And for flowers, my garden had not yet frozen so I cut the remaining white zinnias and put them in a vase filled with cranberries. It made a pretty centerpiece.

We were blessed to have both my boys with us on Christmas, along with Nick's wife and family, and of course, the best Mom/Grandma/Great Grandma ever! We had such a good time.
My grandkids are so fun! They love my piano as you can see.

Now I'm on to a new year with more baking and more flowers. Stay tuned!

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Photo Friday - Blue

Yellowstone Lake - Yellowstone National Park - August 2014
The big blue sky over the lake and the wonderful reflection - lots of "blue" going on here.

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Photo Friday - Depth of Field

From the Cliffs of Moher, Ireland.
I focused on that little ladybug and the ocean made a beautiful backdrop

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Photo Friday - Park

This past summer we went to Yellowstone "Park". There we saw LOTS of buffalo. This one on the left decided to "park" his butt on the road, which slowed down traffic for miles. 

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Photo Friday - Tiny

Look how tiny the people are when you look down from the top of a castle!
Blarney Castle - Ireland

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

When I Die...

Some of you know that I sing in a Christian community choir. We have been practicing a song by Keith Getty and Margaret Becker that I love. It has an Irish kind of sound to the music which is wonderful, but the words are so great too.  The name is "Jesus, Draw Me Ever Nearer (May This Journey)". After we sang it this week I told Bill I want this read or sung at my funeral.

Jesus draw me ever nearer
as I labor thro the storm
You have called me to this passage
and I'll follow, though I'm worn.
May this journey bring a blessing; 
may I rise on wings of faith.
And at the end of my heart's testing, 
with Your likeness let me wake.

Jesus, guide me thro the tempest; 
keep my spirit staid and sure. 
When the midnight meets the morning, 
let me love You even more. 
May this journey be a blessing, 
may I rise on wings of faith.
And at the end of my heart's testing, 
with Your likeness let me wake.

Lord draw me ever nearer!
Let the treasures of the trial
form within me as I go.
And at the end of this long passage
let me leave them at your throne.
May this journey be a blessing, 
may I rise on wings of faith.
And at the end of my heart's testing, 
with Your likeness let me wake.

With Your likeness let me wake.

And if you can get my ashes to Ireland, spread some at Glendalough!

Saturday, October 11, 2014

Photo Friday - Blur

I like this blurred picture - and the unblurred star that means a lot ot me.