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My birthday (belated) dinner

So we had as many of the kids as could be here over on Sunday for my belated birthday family dinner.  Husband made this wild wonderful pomegranate barbeque brisket and I made the cupcakes and burger buns. I will get the recipe from him.  And I have not forgotten the Smore cupcake recipe…just havent had time to get it posted.  At the bottom of the post is the bun recipe…ENJOY!

The cupcakes were lemon with lemon buttercream (with lemoncello – OMG – yummy) – recipe soon!

AND bestest of all Jessica brought me my birthday present!  Arent they beautiful!!!!????

New handknitted socks…oh and the pictures are all Jessica’s handiwork as well.  Thanks again Jess…seriously, the socks are so beautiful!

Now here is the bun recipe:


  • 3/4 to 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 1/2 cups Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
  • 1 tablespoon instant yeast

1) Mix and knead all of the dough ingredients—by hand, mixer, or bread machine—to make a soft, smooth dough.

2) Cover the dough, and let it rise for 1 hour, or until it’s doubled in bulk.

3) Gently deflate the dough, and divide it into 8 pieces. Shape each piece into a round 1″ thick (more or less); flatten to about 3″ across. Place the buns on a lightly greased baking sheet, cover, and let rise for about an hour, until very puffy.

4) If desired, brush buns with melted butter. Or brush lightly with egg wash (1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water), and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

5) Bake the buns in a preheated 375°F oven for 12 to 15 minutes, till golden. Cool on a rack.

NOTE: I made three batches and one batch I substituted 1/2 all purpose for 1/2 cup whole wheat.


Our sad, sad tree:

We lost one of our lovely oak trees that has been home to a well used rope swing for almost 13 years now.  But the big old thing had been struck by lightning several times and was more than half dead.  I will miss the swing and the shade the tree provided but will rest in the thought that at least now we wont be crushed by it in our sleep.  Every time a little wind came up we would lose large very heavy branches.  With memories of Hurrican Rita still fairly fresh in our minds, we decided not to take any chances.  So the men with tractors came first thing this morning and felled the tree.  Now Husband is cutting it up and moving it.


Kitty help please

Okay, you have met Julius and Napolean (or LaPolean as Sam calls him).  They are R-O-T-T-E-N.  Spoiled completely. Evidence #1:

I wonder how many hours a day he would sit with Benjamin??? But here is the problem.  Poop.  Specifically kitten poop.  They use the litter box with gusto…unless they find some place else they would like to leave a little gift.  Like the floor of the girls room.  Or a box of tissue paper I had in my shoppe.  So here is my question: How do I break them of this? My first instinct is to ring their adorable little necks. I think that is a bad choice.  I know with a puppy some people rub their noses in it if they pee on things but with a cat – who I know is smarter than me…what do I do??? Husband will NOT ALLOW them to stay if this keeps on.  He let them nap all over us yesterday while we were watching the Olympics but pooping other places than the litter box will sour him very quickly on their cuteness.  I will take any and all suggestions.

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