Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Baker's Review Wednesday: Cinnamon Sugar Breadsticks w/ Cream Cheese Drizzle

Cinnamon Sugar Breadsticks w/ Cream Cheese Drizzle

2 1/4 tsp yeast
1/4 C sugar, divided
1 C warm water, divided
1 1/2 Tbsp oil
1 egg
1 /2 tsp salt
2 1/4 C flour
1/4 C butter, melted
Cinnamon Sugar mixture:  6 Tbsp sugar mixed with 1 tsp cinnamon

In mixer dissolve yeast, 1/2 Tbsp sugar and 1/2 C warm water.  Allow yeast to proof.  Add in oil, egg salt, 1 1/2 C flour and remaining sugar and water.  Mix until smooth.  Stir in remaining flour to form a soft dough.   Knead until smooth and elastic.  Place into a greased bowl and cover.  Let rise in a warm place for about 40 minutes or until doubled.

Punch down the dough and put onto floured counter.  Roll into a 8 x 14 rectangle.  Using your pizza cutter cut into about 10 pieces.  Roll each strip like a snake.  Then hang the dough over your finger in the middle and twist the two ends together.  Place on a greased cookie sheet and allow to rise for another 20 minutes or until doubled.

Preheat oven to 400 and bake for 10 minutes or until golden brown.  Brush with melted butter and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar.  Drizzle with cream cheese glaze (see below)

Cream Cheese Drizzle:
4 ounces cream cheese
1 1/4 C powdered sugar
1 - 2 Tbsp whipping cream
1 tsp vanilla

Soften cream cheese and mix everything together.  Beat until a good consistency for drizzling.  Place in a ziploc bag and snip off the corner.  Drizzle over warm breadsticks.

(note: I made a double batch of breadsticks, so I also made a double batch of the cream cheese drizzle.  I think I probably had about 1/2 of the drizzle left.)

Yummy!  Delicious!  Oh, my, it was nummy, addicting-ness!!  Nice and fresh and warm and fluffy!  They were so good!  I would 101% recommend you try them!

Now that was fresh . . . the next morning, they weren't nearly as good.  If you warmed them up in the microwave for about 10 seconds, they were pretty good . . .but not NEARLY as good as fresh.  So go ahead.  Make them.  And eat them fresh.  All of them.  Because you may as well use all those calories on them when they're the best!!

Have a wonderful day!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

A Mini Album {Birthday Gift}

 This is a mini album I made for my cousin & best friend, Pamela, for her birthday.  It was a last minute thing - I saw my inspiration for it Friday, made it Saturday, and gave it to her Sunday, her birthday.

Wheww . . it was a relief when I finally got it done Saturday evening!

On the front I did a little pocket thing where I put some quotes I really liked in it.  All the pictures I just printed off at home, so they weren't very high quality, but they worked out okay:)

the front cover

the first page - explaining the book & a little note to Pamela

the second page - as you can see, these photo's are from our shopping trip

the third page

the fourth page

the fifth page

the 6th page (I wished I hadn't cut out the picture  .. . oh, well)

the 7th page

the 8th page

the 9th page

the 10th page

the 11th page

the 12th page

the 13th page

the 14th page

and the back cover:)

You may have noticed, but I used a set of double sided paper on this from a 6"x6" paper pad.

Hope you enjoyed:)

Monday, September 24, 2012

Burlap & Lace ~ School Bag

I'd been planning on making a new bag this style for school this year for quite a while . . . and I finally got around to making it a couple days before school started!  I'm glad I finally had gotten it finished!  I really like how it turned out and I'm enjoying using it.

(And, yeah, I'm finally getting around to blogging about it!!!)

Hope everyone has had a wonderful day!

Monday, September 10, 2012

Morgan Elaine & a Cute Lil' Ruffle Dress

So now it's the beginning of a new school year . . . at the end of last school year, I made this dress.  It was sitting there for a long time waiting for the last ruffle to get on it.  I finally got that done in August some time I think, but then I never got pictures done so I could blog about it.  At the end of August, I wanted to take pictures of Morgan at the neighbors house because she has so many lovely spots for taking photo's and I ended up having her wear this dress . . . and I am in LOVE with these photo's - they're all so darling!

One of my very favorite photo's - totally in LOVE!!

My neighbor picked some flower's for Morgan and let her have them . . .

She didn't like her spot here and was crawling down:)

She was getting crabby by this point, but here she was okay because she was just sitting there staring at the dog!

Lookin'at/smelling the pretty flower.

Sittin' in a cute lil' chair:)

Yeah, she was staring at the dog again!

A good shot of the dress:)

And another one I love . . . I like the backdrop with the cute old bench and her eyes again!!

This dress was made with the same base as this dress I made for Bronwyn, but then I added all the ruffles.