Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Chelsea Rolls

I was walking around the kitchen, when a thought struck me. I had not baked anything in so long, I was starting to miss it!! (I recently took a good long break of baking because I was doing it every day last summer.) So, I looked through some cookbooks I got from the library, and I saw one that looked fairly easy.  Usually, I pick super challenging ones, and it does not come out at all, but this certain recipe looked and sounded easy. Since I really haven't had much experience in baking with yeast, I thought I should continue learning how to do it.

So, I began on an adventure baking with yeast. First, I mixed the wet ingredients, that went okay, then I mixed the dry ingredients. It was going good until I came to the spot with the yeast. It called for 1/4 of a packet of yeast. What in the world was that supposed to mean?? So, I did the next best thing, I searched on Google. And I read that there are 2 1/4 teaspoons of yeast in a packet. Okay....all I had to do was divide that by 4. And you come out with a little more than a 1/2 teaspoon. "Wow, this was easier than I thought" I said to myself.
I mixed all ingredients together and kneaded it for 5 minutes. Then I put it in a bowl with plastic wrap over and let it rise for an hour. 

I must have waited 3 hours for that bread. It took so long for it to double in size. I just couldn't think what I did wrong. So, I rolled the non-risen dough out, and made Chelsea rolls,(they are like cinnamon rolls except there is cinnamon, raisins, and honey in the middle.)And I baked them, and they tasted like mushy yeasty bread.  Blah! I was stuck in a real pickle. Great, now what was I supposed to do. I was originally making these for my Dad, because he likes it when I make him desserts. But I don't think he'll enjoy these.

Then Mom came home. The queen (in my head) of yeast!! We went through the recipe together and figured out that I was supposed to weigh out a 1/4 of and ounce of yeast. Ohhhh. That makes more sense. I didn't put enough yeast. That's why it took so long for it to rise!!

So, I began the proses of the Chelsea Rolls again, only this time I knew exactly what to do.(thanks the help of my mother.) And they turned out great!! Way better than the ones I baked before.

Joyfully in Him,

Saturday, March 16, 2013

A Post of Happiness

This post is about the little things this week that made me happy!

Monday: I played a good game of Killer Bunnies and it started snowing like a blizzard!!
 Tuesday: I woke up at 7:00 a.m. and got to watch the sun rise! It was beautiful. I just thank My Lord for creating the shinning sun!!
Wednesday: I had a nice violin lesson and I found my brown belt in my closet. (it looked really nice with khaki pants, my gray sweater, and a cool minty green scarf!)
Thursday: I had the pleasure to make a birthday present for my brother-in-law's birthday, and I made him chocolate mustaches! 
Friday: I spent the day shoppping with my Mom at some stores and I got a really cute pair of shoes! Yay!! I also found in the attic a candle holder. It was really pretty.
And I got to test it out! =]

Joyfully in Him,

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Book, Books.....and More Books!

My books finally came!! I bought two tea book on amazon and an Adventures in Odyssey guide book for a really good deal!! My sister found the tea books at sort of an expensive store, so I looked for them on Amazon for four dollars!  The Odyssey book my older sister had at her house, and I really enjoyed reading it, so I found that one on Amazon too!!
 This book had little stories about tea parties and has little 
tea quotes from books and famous people.
This book is a true story about how the author set up a tea society and had all the neighbor ladies come over to her house and have tea on her front porch. I think it is a really cute story.  She has good illustrations too!!
  And of course, the A.I.O. guide. It tells you all about each episode up to album 50.  It gives you behind the scene things and different ideas they had for the episodes. Ideas they didn't use but almost did. It tells you random facts. I like it!

Joyfully in Him,