Saturday, December 22, 2012

Almost Ready

I am almost ready for Christmas.

Two gifts will most likely be delayed..envelopes with photos will have to suffice. ( One is mine..and  I know what it is.)

The last of the packages have been wrapped.  The wrapping paper mess has been cleared away.

Chance and the Shiny Brite Tree

Chance guards the top of the stairs.  He is just a turd.  He knows something is up.  Company should be coming and why are they not here yet?

Today is the day to bake.  Some Pumpkin Bread and maybe some Sugar Cookies in the shape of trees that Far Guy had a hankering for.  I am searching for Mary Lou’s  Sugar Cookie recipe..I know I have it here someplace…it was the best ever sugar cookie recipe. 

Far Guy will make his famous “cinnamon” rolls which are really Caramel Rolls that everyone looks forward to on Christmas Morning. He always used to use frozen bread dough.  Last year we taste tested two bread machine recipes.  We couldn’t remember which one was the we had to taste test one of the recipes again.  A horrible job but someone had to do it. (We froze most of them!)

“Cinnamon” Caramel Roll Dough

7 1/2 ounces water

1 egg

3 Cups Bread Flour

4 Tablespoons Sugar

3 Tablespoons Powdered Milk

1 1/2 teaspoon salt

5 Tablespoons butter

2 teaspoons yeast

Set the bread machine on dough setting and let it do the work for you!


Far Guys Super Duper Caramel Recipe

1 Stick of butter

1 Cup of Brown Sugar

3 dashes of milk ( about 1/4 cup) Dash is his word..not mine.

He stands and stirs and stirs as this mixture cooks has to be just right.  Not sugary and not break your teeth rock hard.  It is a least that is what he says. When it is exactly right..The caramel goes into the bottom of an 8 x 13 pan. ( It should flow..says Far Guy.)

The dough goes on the floured counter and gets rolled out.  Butter, white sugar and cinnamon are spread on the dough, then it is rolled up and cut into slices using a piece of dental floss.  Put slices on top of the caramel.  Raise about 2 hours.  Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes. Makes a pan full..about 12 rolls.

Yes, we are almost ready..a few more odds and ends..and we will be all set:)

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Anonymous said...

Such a good photo of Chance. Wish I had some rolls to enjoy with my a.m. coffee!

Merry Christmas.

Primitive Stars said...

Morning, love the picture of Chance......oh everything sounds yummy, thanks for sharing the recipe, enjoy the baking day, Blessings Francine.

Muffy's Marks said...

It is amazing what can be accomplished when it comes down to the last few days. You have made a welcoming home for all your holiday guests!!

DJan said...

Your Christmas pictures just make my day! I love that one of Chance with the tree behind him. Perfect bokeh!

Karen said...

Good for you with the wrapping! It seems to have become a Christmas Eve 'tradition' (procrastination) around here:(

Leah said...

Yummy.... we have a favorite caramel roll recipe too -- easy peasy using frozen bread dough (cinnamon rolls) and our caramel has one cup of vanilla ice cream in it... the caramel is always perfect. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

Anonymous said...

I love your blog....and the pictures of Chance are great. Merry Christmas from a reader in California.

MTWaggin said...

That recipe sounds amazing and I adore that photo of Chance. You will be a busy household so make sure to take some time for yourself and have a Merry Christmas.

Jacqi Stevens said...

It must be a guy thing, this cinnamon-roll-for-Christmas thing. My husband does it, too. Although I must say...Far Guy's caramel variation looks like a tempting recipe!

thecrazysheeplady said...

Nice shots :-)

West Side of Straight said...

Yum, those rolls sound so good!

Dreaming said...

I have a few gifts to wrap.... best get at it!

Judy said...

I need to get at some baking...problem is, we'd eat it then...

Red said...

Looks like you're well prepared for the big day. Have a wonderful Christmas.

LindaG said...

Great photos. Thanks for the recipes!

Merry Christmas to you all! ♥

Rita said...

By now it is Christmas and the festivities should be in full swing! Merry, merry Christmas to you and yours. :)

Lanny said...

Chance is adorable as usual. I'm glad he got his wish for Christmas, lots of company!