Friday, April 18, 2014

It was Yeast Dough Week...and I think I gained two pounds!

We spend a week on yeast breads in my foods class.
Dinner rolls, Cinnamon rolls, and Pizza.
I think I gained weight just from the aroma in my classroom!

First, you roll the sweet roll dough into a large rectangle.
If you would like the recipe, click here.

Spread the rectangle with softened butter.
Leave one long edge 'naked'.

Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.
Roll the dough toward the 'naked' strip and seal.

We use a thread to cut the tube into pinwheel rolls...
then, they are placed cut side down in a greased 9x13 pan.

Since we are on a tight schedule in school,
the students "force raise" the rolls...
200 degree oven for 20 minutes.

Then the rolls are baked until golden brown.

And...drizzled with icing.
I think one could smell our rolls all the way down the hall to the library!

Can you believe it snowed this week?
This is my early morning route to work..
and, no need to worry.
There were no other cars on the street,
so I stopped to take the photo.

The wet snow did nothing for my hair!

Easter Blessings to you all this weekend.
I hope you all have the opportunity to spend time with family.

Take care,
~Natalie

Saturday, April 12, 2014

Happy Birthday to Nellie

Today is Nellie's Birthday.
I hope she is having a wonderful day.
It is her18th...which I understand that 
is a 'big deal' with European teenagers.

One year ago, Nellie was celebrating with us.

We had been planning to host a party with all of her American friends,
but she was adamant...
No Birthday Party.

Apparently, Hubby and I were embarrasing.

I guess that means we did our host parents' job right?
The American teenager is often embarrased by their parents...

But, we couldn't just ignore her birthday.
My friend, Karren had offered to bake and decorate her cupcakes.

So, we went ahead with just a little party for three..

Nellie's favorite meal,
Lasagna.
(I hope she's getting some this year)

The delicous cupcakes.

And here is our gift for her...

This SAK purse screamed Nellie's name
when I saw it in the store.

I can't wait to hear how she celebrated this year!

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Where the Week Went...


...let's see, where did the week go?

Last Sunday was such a nice spring day.
We went out to lunch with Grandma after church.

As a young girl, it was always exciting to spot the first robin,
a sure sign that spring was here.
And there... in our neighbor's yard...three robins.
In fact, I saw seven robins on our way to church!

After lunch, we took a little tour of Grandma's yard and garden spot.
(Notice that all of the snow was gone.)

But our sure sign of spring was a false alarm...

I'm not sure who was more excited 
about our early release from school,
the students or the teachers!

The wind came first...blowing our chairs right off the patio.
Then the snow...and it just went downhill from there.

Here's the following morning, a late start...
I love the sunshine on the waves of snow!
When the school has a late start, 
teachers are to report at the normal contract time.
Think about all of that uninterruped time to correct papers and plan lessons!


A Celebration in the Old Farmhouse Gathering team on Etsy 
prompted me to finish these cotton crochet scarves in spring colors.

It was Quick Breads week in my Foods class.
Waffles, Muffins, Biscuits, Banana Bread and Pie.
Biscuits and Gravy...yum yum!

And that, my dears,
is where the week went!

Take care,
~Natalie

click here to visit my 
Tins and Treasures Etsy Shop.

click here for a printer-friendly
Sausage Gravy recipe.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Happy Anniversary to my Vintage/Notions Shop

This weekend marks the 5th Anniversary for my 
second Etsy Shop...Natalie's Notions.

Most of you know about my Tins and Treasures Shop
that features our handmade items...
but I needed a place to list my extra sewing supplies.

Indeed, I have enough sewing and crafting supplies...
more than I can use up in my lifetime.
I wanted to share with all of you, so I opened this shop on March 28, 2009.
Can you believe it has been five years?!

In addition to Ribbon, Lace and Trims,
I have kits, patterns, fabric and notions.

I also find that this shop is the perfect place to list my mom's things,
like her vintage farmhouse kitchen utensils...

her vintage jewelry...

and her precious collecion of vintage scarves.

If you would like to take a peek, here are the links:
Ribbon, Lace & Trim = click here
Sewing & Crafting Notions = click here
Vintage Patterns = click here
Vintage Kitchen = click here 
Vintage Jewelry = click here
Vintage Scarves = click here

Some of the sections are nearly sold out, but trust me...
I have plenty of things to list this spring.
So stop back often!!

And, I just might have time on my hands tomorrow.
If the forecast comes true,
we will all be house-bound tomorrow!

Stay safe and warm.
Take care,
~Natalie

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Whatcha' Workin' on Wednesday...

Since my accident and wrist surgery,
anything in my studio appears to be work.
But one has to start somewhere.
Recently, I have tried a bit of crochet....

These all sold out at our local winter arts festival,
so I have been creating more, in fresh spring colors...
to be listed in my Etsy shop and featured in our next OFG celebration.
(stay tuned!)

But first things first.
A teacher is the most busy at the beginning of a school term...
introducing new courses, learning student names, 
checking out books, discussing classroom expectations.

Not to mention, correcting and calculating grades from the previous term.
This was the scene in our hotel room on our recent 'vacation' to Minnesota.
And.. nearly.. every.. day.. at.. home.. since!!

So, after a few hours of 'homework' tonight,
I am enjoying a bit of time 'creating'.

Take care,
~Natalie