September 02, 2010

Baking Day

It is so nice to come to the end of a long day of baking, however, I tried several new recipes today and they are all scrumptious!  It's too bad that we were only able to taste the small crumbs that aren't going to the Amish auction tomorrow.  We tried a wonderful new recipe for Cinnamon Swirl Bread that was extremely easy.  Toss all the
ingredients into the bread maker on the dough cycle.  Divide the dough and roll into thin rectangles, the thinner the better for more buttery cinnamon and sugar in the middle.  Brush on the butter, sprinkle the cinnamon and sugar on heavily and then roll it up.  Put them into two bread pans and let them rise for an hour.  They were beautiful even before they went into the oven, but wow, the smell while they were baking was unbelievable!  Needless to say, come Saturday morning, the baking will be for us instead of the Amish auction.  Let's see, there is also Chocolate Mint Fudge Brownies with Chocolate Mint Icing, and the first Pumpkin Bars for the up coming Fall season with Pumpkin Pie Spice Cream Cheese Frosting.  YUM!  If that doesn't say AUTUMN, I don't know what does.

After almost the entire month of August without rain, we received our due yesterday.  The rain gauge measured 3" in our neck of the woods, other nearby areas received up to 10" of rain and there was a lady pictured on the local news that was swimming in her front yard and down her street.  Fancy that.  All I know is that I felt very blessed not to have to water for the past two days.  I'm sure our well is much fuller now too.  As I write, the thunder is rolling....I wonder if we will even make it out for the auction tomorrow.  Where we live, you have to cross a creek to get out, no matter which way you go.  One way, is a low water bridge that takes hardly any rain at all to wash over the road, and the other way takes you straight through the creek at a low spot.  Around here, the saying...if the Lord is willing and the creek don't rise.....is meant literally.  It's part of what we love about living here.  After a good, heavy rain, the demands of the world disappear for a short time.  And it's raining again....

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