Thursday, December 30, 2010

Saying Goodbye to 2010 and Hello to 2011!

I'm not sure where the year went, but I know it was a year of ups and downs for us.

I've had a few days off of work. And you would think that I would be busy around here, but I've been a little on the lazy side. Of course, this cold is hanging on, and makes me tired. 

I did make a nice dinner last night, and we've had leftovers today. I love leftovers! I had two turkey drumsticks leftover from Christmas and decided to boil them down and make some broth. I added the meat from the drumsticks to the broth, and then added celery, carrots, garlic powder and onion powder, salt and pepper. I let it simmer for about 20 min. or so, just until the carrots and celery was tender. I made up some instant rice (since that was what I had on hand) and added it to the soup. It was good!

Along with the soup I made Pull-Apart Garlic Buns, I found the recipe in the newest Taste of Home magazine (it's the small magazine that has the tear out recipe cards).

Pull-Apart Garlic Buns

2-1/2 to 3 cups all-purpose flour
1 Tbsp. sugar
1 pkg. (1/4 oz) active dry yeast
1 tsp. salt
1/2 cup milk
1/2 cup water
2 Tbsp. shortening
1 egg
1 tsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 cup butter, melted
1 Tbsp. sesame seeds

In a large bowl, combine 1-1/2 cups flour, sugar, yeast and salt. In a saucepan, heat the milk, water
and shortening to 120-130 degrees. Add to dry ingredients; beat until just moistened. Add egg; beat on medium speed for 3 minutes. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic; about 6-8 minutes. Do not let rise. Divide into 12 pieces. Shape each into a bun. Combine paprika and garlic powder. Dip each bun into melted butter, then in paprika mixture.
Place six buns in a greased 9x5 inch loaf pan; sprinkle with half of the sesame seeds. Top with remaining buns and sesame seeds. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled; about 45 minutes.
Bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool.

For Christmas, I received a new camera. I love it! It does so much better than my old one! :) So, I've been using it quite a bit.  With the weather being a little yucky, I haven't had too much to take pictures of. Annie, our dog was the first "volunteer". She's not to excited about having her picture taken.

Emily is always up for having her picture taken. The trick is being fast enough to get a good picture of her before she moves. Thank goodness for digital cameras!

Emily received a kids makeup kit for Christmas.
I think we need to talk about how "less is more". 

 Emily with Tiggy, our barn cat.
I've brought him in the house before, but he is just too ornery!

Emily with Annie in the barn.

Hope everyone has a Happy New Year!


Toyin O. said...

Those garlic buns look yummy!

Real Life Reslers said...

That food looks yummy! I need to try and make those rolls--my hubby LOVES garlic. Your pics are adorable. I love your daughter's little camo jacket. Happy New Year!!!

Real Life Reslers said...

PS just one other did you get that neat little blog list on the side of your page? I want one!

Mardell said...

Hi Renae,
Happy New Year! I've been so absent in bloggy-land for several months. I've missed it. I'm happy to visit you again & glad to hear you had a nice Christmas. Love your family photo in front of the tree. How is Emily enjoying school? I think of you often & hope you're doing well. Lets pray for a wonderful 2011!
Hugs to you,

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