Monday, October 4, 2010

September's over!

 Here's one of my latest creations.
A large tote with some very fun fabric. 
My labels were designed by mommiemadeit (etsy).

I really love this fabric.

We make pizza most Friday nights (thanks to our friends Kevin and Jenny).  We make a full batch of dough and have more than enough for pizza and other treats.  We've made stromboli, pepperoni rolls, bread sticks, cheesy bread sticks and garlic knots.  I decided it was time to add Monkey Bread to the Friday Night/Saturday Morning Routine.

  I took about 12 ozs of dough (enough for a small pizza) cut it into to small bits and rolled into 4" long rolls.  After letting them rest for a few minutes, (they get back some of their elasticity) I tied them into knots and set them aside while I prepared the sauce.

Recipe for Sauce:
3/4 c brown sugar
1/2 stick butter
pinch salt
Cook over low heat until brown sugar has dissolved into the butter, 
stirring occasionally.  

Pour into a well greased baking dish. I used a 2.5 liter corningware dish.
Mix 1/2 c granulated sugar  & 1/2 - 1 tsp cinnamon  (to taste)

dip knots in the cinnamon sugar and put on top of sauce.  
The knots will expand while baking.
Bake at 350 for about 20 minutes.  
I will make these again soon and test my own recipe!!   They really were delicious! 

If you are ever in Chapel Hill you must go to Sugarland.
The gelato is out-of-this-world good.  
The cupcakes looked divine but I went for the gelato 
after having seen their show on Food Network
I didn't try their signature gelato martinis (it was morning) 
but went straight for a chocolate & coconut combo.  
Sigh.  I wish we lived closer.
 So many tempting flavors.  They were patient with me and the kids as we decided and they offer samples.
 My dish was clear... that's all chocolate on the bottom. 

I added a new app to my phone, a very fun Retro Camera 
(thanks to Kristen) and took a few cool shots.  
Last week, this train was in front of the office.   
The plant was growing in the garden beside the roses... about to drop all of its seeds. I thought it was very pretty though I don't recall seeing it in bloom.  The leaves remind me of a sunflower but the seed pod looks more like a poppy.  

I may have a bunch of them next year, if anyone is interested.

 And Molly, the long awaited pillow is complete.
Now the hardest part, getting it mailed.  
This was a fun project that I started in earnest - way back in April.  
I think it will look right at home on her couch.

The weather has turned chilly and I have more time to work on my projects without feeling guilty for missing all of the perfect weather of the last few weeks of September.  
I look forward to a productive October.