Smother me in Butter and call me Happy

Making cinnamon rolls is something that I’ve always wanted to get good at, so for my first go, Karen helped me with a sweet roll recipe that consisted of water yeast, butter, sugar, and warm milk.  The consistency of the dough was different than that of the rolls that I had made the other day which was firmer.  This dough had to be softer,  slightly sticky even. Then it needed to rise for an hour. After that,  it’s rolled out,  stuffed with butter and sugar then set to the side for Saturday breakfast.

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Baking: Part One

I love watching cooking shows on Food Network. I even try my hand at it sometimes when my mother would leave me at home without frozen food.  But baking is a whole new animal, you can’t really taste as you go, and measurements are even more important than in savory cooking.  The original plan was to focus on making bread, starting with helping to make the bread for the school, then branching out to artisanal breads. The first day I spent my time with Karen making rolls for the next days lunch, chocolate chip cookies for community meeting, and a gluten free cake for snack that night.  The first thing I learned was how touchy yeast is. If the water is too hot, the yeast will die, and if the water is too cold,  then nothing will happen. Bath temperature is just right.  Yeast is very fascinating, and it’s everywhere, even in the air, which is called wild yeast. When the right amounts of water and flour are added, the wild yeast will feast on it and one can make a sour dough starter with it.

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Ssssstttticky Buns

Juggling a full load of bread for the school, and prepping sticky buns, and making cake for snack, was interesting and rewarding when everything went well.  That day’s snack cake was an oatmeal cake with a caramel drizzle.  This time the caramel didn’t turn out the way I wanted, and I think its because there wasn’t enough butter, and I also forgot to put the agave syrup in it.

The sticky buns turned out great, the sticky part was a combination of one part white sugar, one part brown sugar, butter, and agave syrup.  It was put in the bottom of a deep pan with the buns packed in tight.  There is nothing better them a warm sticky bun.

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Goat Coats

The winter is here and Jack Frost has come with it.  Buying coats for two growing boys is out of the picture with my student budget, so I made some.  Easy books like The Backyard Goat, by Sue Weaver and How to Raise Goats, by Carol A. Amundson, have some notes on jacket making.  Upside down children’s sweaters are great when you button them up the back.  For my coats, I used a wool flannel skirt that I bought at a thrift store for a dollar. I cut it up and made some coats for my little guys, and the wool helps keep them warmer and waterproofed.

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