Sunday, January 27, 2019

A Day for Cinnamon Rolls

It was extremely cold here in west-central Minnesota last night and throughout today. I decided to stay home from church, because I just didn't think it was worth venturing out that early in the morning. Maybe there was a little selfishness in my decision too. Appreciated the extra hour in bed. I did catch the Catholic mass later on TV, and although I'm not well-versed in it, I appreciated the sermon (homily?) and the music from a small choir in the St Cloud area. It made my day feel a little fuller, as I usually feel I'm missing something in the week when I don't attend.


Along with my bottomless cup of coffee throughout a cold day, I wanted to make something good to go along with it. I decided on cinnamon rolls. I'm out of raisins, so tried a mixture of dried apricots from the freezer and cherries. I mixed in a little bit of ground cloves with the cinnamon, and I think it was a good result.


It was so chilly in the house this morning, so both raises were very slow.


For the glaze, I used powdered sugar, juice from the cherries, and a bit of vanilla. It was worth the wait, and will be good heated up again tomorrow morning. 


Yesterday, one of my friends who visit often, stopped by and had a good snack of Scotch pine. I didn't have the heart to shoo him away (I'm pretty sure this is a male by the wider shape of the head), and I need to trim this tree up anyway soon. I get whacked in the face every time I try mowing past this tree. At least he hasn't touched the bark.


A few of the geraniums I overwinter in the house are budding and blooming. This is my favorite red one. It is a true red, not orange-red or burgundy, although I like them all. 


This blue jay was a part of the entertainment this afternoon as he pecked out the raisins and citron out of a stale chunk of the Christmas cake. The squirrels will have the rest.


Have a good week, and stay warm.
Phil










18 comments:

  1. Stay warm! It started snowing here this afternoon and I hear we will have record cold Tues-Thursday. Baking at least makes the house seem warmer and smell good too! Your rolls look really good! :)

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  2. I would rather stay inside when it is really cold, my bones don't like the cold. Lovely to see the wonderful wildlife you have visiting, I love all animals and birds. Your cinnamon rolls look lovely, I have never made them only bought them but I really think I shall be having a go at making some at some point.

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    1. I only started making them last year and they are very easy to make. Thanks for visiting.

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    2. Hello Phil, I am no long blogging under Living Simply - Living Well, just thought I would let you know, you should be able to find my new blog from this comment, thanks Marlene.

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  3. Haven't specifically checked this morning but I'm wondering if you got the storm over night. We didn't get a flake of the 3-6" forecast for here.

    Never thought of putting dried apricots in rolls as you did. Sounds good to me, though!

    Lovely pictures, as usual.

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  4. I would guess we only got about 1-2 inches. It is mostly drifting, so was lucky. I still have my fingers crossed that Tuesday's temps might moderate a little or at least the wind-chills.

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  5. My goodness those rolls look delicious, such a shame you live so far away I would have been right round to join you.

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    1. If ever in the neighborhood, you will have to stop by for coffee!

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  6. Those rolls look yummy! It's the time of year when something tasty with a hot cup of coffee is ideal. We don't have your snow, but it's been awfully cold. And the wind! Is it too early to say I'm ready for spring?

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    1. I've also had spring on my mind these last few days!

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  7. Such pretty photos of the deer, geranium, and blue Jay! Those cinnamon rolls look so yummy! Hope it warms up for you soon! Stay warm!

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    1. I'm getting some spring fever, and have been planning the garden, but it just snowed again and looks like a colder day tomorrow. But will still keep thinking of spring! Thanks for the visit.

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  8. Just stopped by to say hello. Hope all is well and that spring weather is soon coming your way!

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  9. Better late than never! I found this post while looking through what I missed while slowly returning to blogland.

    I am glad I found it as it is a treat! As are those rolls. Call ahead next time you bake those please. Love a cook who isn’t afraid to mix things up a bit. That is the beauty of keeping chickens as they are always happy to oblige when things don’t come out well. But I bet those were yummy!

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    1. Glad to hear from you. You had a rough time, and maybe the spring will be a little smoother sailing!

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  10. Just dropped back by here to say hello. Thank you for always stopping by my blog to leave a nice comment! Hope this finds all well with you!

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    1. Very nice of you. All ok, just so busy, I've been bad about posting. I always like your posts and comments. Thanks!

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