Monday, September 21, 2015

Monday, September 21, 2015

Monday, September 21, 2015

What the Beck???

Recipe Review
Today’s Recipe and Location:  Hot Cross Buns
Found in: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: A Year of Holidays
Pages:  89 - 92  Copyright:  2013 Harper Collins

I figured out that there are 408 calories,  if 24 servings are made. (Please note that the calorie counts vary depending on the specific brands of ingredients that you choose to use.)

         I really liked these buns. They do take some time to make, because I needed to allow time for the dough to rise initially. The dough took a little over an hour to rise up, so while I waited I made the spice-fruit mixture. I did not add the raisins, as I really don’t like them. Once it was done rising, I sprinkled on the spice mix atop the rolled out dough. Then, I refolded the dough and rolled it out again, and then repeated this process again.  The last step was to pinch off the dough and roll it into balls. One again, I had to let the rolls rise for about 45 minutes. Then, I coated each with an egg wash and baked them. The final step occured after the buns had completely cooled. Then I made the icing and drew an “X” across each bun.  They are so good and have a slight flavor of the cinnamon. These time consuming buns were worth the wait. They would be great with a hot cup of coffee or tea. 

The ingredients

Mix and heat the liquids

Add the flour and dry ingredients

Here's the dough

Mix the spices and set aside

Add more flour into the dough

Form the dough into balls

After they rise, apply the blurry egg wash

Bake until golden brown

Make your X

Ready to enjoy!

                They were a hit with Michael Serpico!

Ballard Creek at Potawatomie Park

         Last weekend, the Ballard Creek Band played at Potawatomie Park for a 5K run called Dash in the Dark. One of the major sponsors was Dick Pond Athletics. There were a lot of runners, and it was a fun event. Many members of my family were present which made it a ball. My great nephew, Wyatt was there to cheer on his Grandfather Rick and great uncle, Greg who are both in the band.

My brother-in-law, Rick
I waited too long, and the sun hurt my picture

My niece, Maddie, sisters Susan and Kim
and a dear friend Regina

The boat went by as they played

A beautiful night to be next to the river

The band's banner

The Sixth Avenue house revisited

         This is an update on the Sixth Avenue house that was for sale last year. It was finally sold, and is now being divided into condos. I spoke to one of the workman who said that they are trying to keep the integrity of the outside while dividing the inside.  There is something about this old house that I love.

They're workin' hard on the reno

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