ThrowBack Post: Week with Roxie!

Roxie watched the kids for week we were at Jr High camp. She’s going to make the BEST mom! She kept them so busy and so happy!! She is talented for being a Mom beyond her years!

Wasn’t this the cutest idea ever? She let each of them pick ou  2 beanie babies to take to the zoo to get pictures with the beanie and the real animal! Brilliant and adorable!

Becks picked a snake:

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And a lizard:

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SP, well, she picked two flamingos!

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Becks and Austin (aka the Jonas Brother on his granola bar!)

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Thanks Roxie!! They are still talking about their week with you!

Seriously though??

We keep teasing him that if he looses any more teeth he will have to only eat applesauce. From a straw. After this latest top-tooth loss, we might not be kidding anymore!

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This one was knocked out and apparently bloody. Becks thought it was so cool! Poor Mrs. P!!

And his shirt is buttoned all the way up like that cause he has on his Superman jammies under his clothes. Mrs P is cool and let Sam (her son) do it when he was in kindergarten!

Cinnamon Rolls Recipe

We love cinnamon rolls. I usually regret eating that much sugar for breakfast, but that hasn’t stopped me from doing it again. So, it’s a special treat! Found a great recipe that will be my go-to one. This one was nice cause you do all the prep the night before.
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Ingredients

 

Dough:

 

  • 4 large egg yolks, room temperature
  • 1 large whole egg, room temperature
  • 2 ounces sugar, approximately 1/4 cup
  • 3 ounces unsalted butter, melted, approximately 6 tablespoons
  • 6 ounces buttermilk, room temperature
  • 20 ounces all-purpose flour, approximately 4 cups, plus additional for dusting
  • 1 package instant dry yeast, approximately 2 1/4 teaspoons (I couldn’t find instant yeast, so I mixed fast rise yeast with the buttermilk and heated it a little. It worked great)
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • Vegetable oil or cooking spray

 

Filling:

 

  • 8 ounces light brown sugar, approximately 1 cup packed
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • Pinch salt
  • 3/4-ounce unsalted butter, melted, approximately 1 1/2 tablespoons

 

Icing:

 

  • 2 1/2 ounces cream cheese, softened, approximately 1/4 cup
  • 3 tablespoons milk
  • 5 1/2 ounces powdered sugar, approximately 1 1/2 cups

 

Directions

 

For the dough: in the bowl of a stand mixer with the whisk attachment, whisk the egg yolks, whole egg, sugar, butter, and buttermilk. Add approximately 2 cups of the flour along with the yeast and salt; whisk until moistened and combined. Remove the whisk attachment and replace with a dough hook. Add all but 3/4 cup of the remaining flour and knead on low speed for 5 minutes. Check the consistency of the dough, add more flour if necessary; the dough should feel soft and moist but not sticky. Knead on low speed 5 minutes more or until the dough clears the sides of the bowl. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface; knead by hand about 30 seconds. Lightly oil a large bowl. Transfer the dough to the bowl, lightly oil the top of the dough, cover and let double in volume, 2 to 2 1/2 hours.

Combine the brown sugar, cinnamon and salt in a medium bowl. Mix until well incorporated. Set aside until ready to use.

Butter a 9 by 13-inch glass baking dish. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface. Gently shape the dough into a rectangle with the long side nearest you. Roll into an 18 by 12-inch rectangle. Brush the dough with the 3/4-ounce of melted butter, leaving 1/2-inch border along the top edge. Sprinkle the filling mixture over the dough, leaving a 3/4-inch border along the top edge; gently press the filling into the dough. Beginning with the long edge nearest you, roll the dough into a tight cylinder. Firmly pinch the seam to seal and roll the cylinder seam side down. Very gently squeeze the cylinder to create even thickness. Using a serrated knife, slice the cylinder into 1 1/2-inch rolls; yielding 12 rolls. Arrange rolls cut side down in the baking dish; cover tightly with plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator overnight or up to 16 hours.

Remove the rolls from the refrigerator and place in an oven that is turned off. Fill a shallow pan 2/3-full of boiling water and set on the rack below the rolls. Close the oven door and let the rolls rise until they look slightly puffy; approximately 30 minutes. Remove the rolls and the shallow pan of water from the oven.

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.

When the oven is ready, place the rolls on the middle rack and bake until golden brown, or until the internal temperature reaches 190 degrees F on an instant-read thermometer, approximately 30 minutes.

While the rolls are cooling slightly, make the icing by whisking the cream cheese in the bowl of a standmixer until creamy. Add the milk and whisk until combined. Sift in the powdered sugar, and whisk until smooth. Spread over the rolls and serve immediately.

 

 

 

 

Fun Snack!

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Made these last year too (with Christmas Hershey Kisses!), and since I had a weak moment at Costco and bought that HUGE container of window pretzels, I needed to get creative!

I tried two different kinds of Kisses, caramel and pumpkin. The pumpkin weren’t yummy. And the chocolate coating on the caramel ones didn’t melt, so I just squished them down, breaking the chocolate so the caramel ran out and around the pretzel . They looked awful, but they tasted good! I can live with that.

Ideally, you put kisses on pretzels, bake at 200 for a few minutes, just to get the chocolate soft, and then take them out and press and M&M into them.

This was perfect for “helpers”–she unwrapped them and laid them on the squares! How cute is her apron?? IMG_0956

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The “Skyscaper”

 

After the zoo, we hit Winsteads. We have never been, but apparently it’s one of those places that is famous around here. We ordered the “skyscaper!” It’s a huge chocolate shake! IMG_0926

IMG_0928Poor Berkley, being so patient and waiting her turn! 
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We wasted no time digging in!IMG_0931
Girls on one side…
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Boys on the other!IMG_0951

And here’s the disaster we made between straws, napkins and spoons!

IMG_0950Here’s what we decided: a shakes a shake (except at Red Robin! I looooove those!), this was fun for the experience, but not a repeat.


Boo Zoo, or was it Zoo Boo?

 KC zoo really is a good one, we think. We’ve enjoyed all of our trips there this year. They have special Harvest/Halloween events on the weekends in October. A very fun trip!

Seal sunbathing

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They had these super cute tractors for the kidsIMG_0819

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It’s ok that he’s riding one, they were for the kids 🙂

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I love these dudes!

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Brian bumps Berkley.
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Berkley cries. Brian laughs.IMG_0828

Hayrides! We love hayrides!IMG_0841

Walking the plankIMG_0842

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Bean bag tossIMG_0850

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Bean Bag Toss turned Photo OpIMG_0854

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Treasure huntingIMG_0858

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Brian said, “Come take my picture.” Me: “Sure, of what?” Brian, “You will get it soon.”IMG_0862

Brian took Beckham on the highly dangerous Sky Safari that just opened up.

I hate heights. This looks miserable to me.IMG_0872

IMG_0874If we had a family mascot, it would be a meerkat. Judge if you will, those things are fun-ny!

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Picnik collage
Brian played dead and tried to get the vulture to eat him. IMG_0913

We un-wisely decided to forgo the tram and walk back. Boy that stoller is heavy. I mean, it sure looks that way at least! It’s uphill on the way back!

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SP loves the “remingos” cause they are pink!IMG_0920

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Life on Earth is Short. Our Existence Isn’t. Praise God!

When my dad died, we had to go through some of his stuff to find paper work. This was a hard job, and I’m so thankful for my brothers who really stepped it up in this area. My dad has always had this military-type, fire-proof lock box that he kept valuables in (I always assumed it was from his service in the Marine Corps, I may have made that up.). We always knew it was in the same drawer he kept the jar full of $2 bills that we all used to buy lunch in High School! I had never been in it, but I knew it had stuff in there that he was keeping safe. When we opened it up, there was car titles, his metals from Vietnam, discharge papers, social security cards, old driver’s licenses, his will, important stuff.

And then there was this:

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I don’t remember making this, I assume it was in college. (why else would I have made him wait to open it unless I wasn’t there on the day?)

But he remembered me making it.

He could have told you what year I made it.

And he thought it was special enough to save.

It was the only “non-business” thing in the box. It was that special to him.

I wish I had made more of these for him. I had no idea.

He also still had on his keychain one of those pennies with the cross cut out of it that I had totally forgotten I had given him when I was in High School. (Maggie, I think we were obsessed with those together, do you remember them?!)

When I gave it to him, being the good banker that he was, he razzed me about it being illegal to deface currency. But he put it on his keychain and left it there all these years.

It was the only thing I wanted. 

Who will not fear, O Lord,

and glorify your name?

For you alone are holy.

All nations will come

and worship you,

for your righteous acts have been revealed.

Revelation 15:4