Last night I started thinking of cinnamon rolls, warm and ooy-gooy rolls. So... I threw together the ingredients in the bread machine and let it do its' magic. All the work I had to do was later place it in a greased bowl, set a heavy plate on top, and let it rise in the frig overnight.
As I write, the rolls are out of the oven and on the cooling rack (and yes... you can only imagine the aroma in the air). All I had to do was set the dough out for awhile on the kitchen counter to let is "warm" just a bit before rolling them out and adding the cinnamon and sugar.
The hardest part was letting them rise again in a cold kitchen (outside temperature is 18 degrees) before going into the oven. I left four tablespoons of butter out overnight to soften enough for cinnamon roll "icing", a recipe I found long ago in an Amish cookbook which is more buttery than sweet.
I'm making Grandma's chicken casserole for dinner, an easy recipe which I can put together early in the afternoon when I have more energy. After days of assembling his own dinner because I didn't feel well, this will be a treat for hubby.
The only real occasion is a cold, wintry day. It is also the first morning Christopher can sleep in for ages. He had a few late nights and one near all-nighter, finishing semester projects and studying for tests. It is so hard to believe finals are coming up soon.
Hubby was awake early to have breakfast before heading out for a "handy man" job... enough to pay for gas in the car this week. Life does get interesting when one has to live by faith but His provision is amazing. It's not what I would have chosen... but it certainly strengthens faith muscles.
For instance, as I type, a kitty is vying for attention. She was stretched out beside me on the sofa last night and I told her how thankful I am of God's provision of a new furry friend. As I've written, she is not only sweet but she looks like the type of kitty I had my heart set on (much like Hazel, the kitty at the B&B). She likes it here. :)
I plan to get the Recommendations post up this week (remember it?) and I owe e-mails to a few people. Even with constant fatigue, I feel so much better when I'm not fighting flu bugs. As soon as I purchase AA batteries, I'll post pictures of my Christmas decorations. My husband says the tree is the prettiest ever (as far as decorating) but he tells me that every year.
All I have to do now to finish "decorating" is to make cinnamon hearts to hang on the porch tree. Instead of getting rid of our old Goodwill Christmas tree, I assembled it and placed it behind the rocking chair on the front porch. The cinnamon ornaments are basically free (I have old cinnamon I've saved for the project and a can of applesauce already).
I've never put a tree on the porch and I'm absolutely loving the way it looks. Again... pictures will follow when possible.
When one decides life is good and looks past that which isn't... the good life comes into focus. :)