Saturday, October 27, 2007

Silly Saturday











So I could not wait to put up this blessed post until Monday. What a fun, silly day I had. I suppose fun is relative...I started my Saturday waking up after only 3 hours sleep. Carly (our dog) was sick in the night and I was just UP. I think I took a nap this morning while the kids watched a movie. If I did it was so brief, I did not miss anything in the plot. I got up, showered, and made myself a cup of coffee. I had already had 3 cups of the real (caffeine) coffee pot brewed stuff before Sweet Hubby left for work. I LOVE these coffee bags. I was sure I could get 2 cups out of one bag, but that second one is pretty wimpy. It is just nice to make one cup instead of a whole pot. I decided I would make that big roaster chicken I picked up at the store last week. I had thrown it in the frig instead of the freezer as I had planned to cook it right away. Hmmm, Oct. 25th was the sell by date. OK, I am very weird when it comes to meat and poultry. The bird idea flew off, but I knew I wanted to make Niki's homemade buns no matter what we have for dinner. I mixed all the ingredients as her tutorial showed. Hmmm (I did that alot today)...I am use to putting 2 cups of flour in my bread maker (remember I use this servant to mix and knead) and this recipe calls for 4 1/4 cups. WOW, I will have a lot of buns!! After 150 minutes of mixing, kneading and rising and kneading again, I opened my bread maker to a HUGE mess. The dough and flour were everywhere. I did not get a picture before I pulled the dough out as I was almost panicked to get it out of there. Now, Niki has some great pics of her bun making and her hands look so nice and clean through out the whole process. I am still scraping dough off my knuckles hours later! I am certain I did something wrong along the way but I am determined to move on. I form my dough balls...or whatever you call these things that look NOTHING like Niki's. I am not kidding...it would not make a ball. See the dough stuck to my hands? That was with flour on my hands too! Oh my gosh, I crack up again just looking at those ugly things!! I set my timer to 45:00 for the rise. I take a picture for all of you to PROVE I am following the directions, pop them in the oven covered with a towel, light on, just like Niki says. I throw in The Newsboys "Adoration" CD, pump up the volume (the kids are outside) and move along with my day. The last song played and I thought, Hmmmm (see I did it again)...that CD is longer than 45 minutes. I go to look at the timer and it still says....Yep, I forgot to press "start". I pull them out and they actually look like giant versions of Niki's. Now I am laughing. No one else is there to share how totally comical this is! I mix the egg bath and then wonder if she said 1 egg or 1 egg white. Hmmm...I can NOT run up stairs and look because these things could take over the entire kitchen by the time I get them in the oven! I go with 1 egg, sprinkle 1/2 of them with sesame seeds, and call it done. I throw them in the oven, set the timer for 25 minutes, do NOT take a picture and press "START"!! The house filled with a wonderful aroma and I ended up with these beautiful LARGE buns. Now I have had such a tickle out of the whole process and have laughed out loud on more than one occasion. I had such fun e-mailing Niki and cracking up with her. I sent her a final e-mail to tell her the buns looked great and it was time to go vacuum out my bread machine. I got an e-mail back with her telling me to be careful not to damage the machine or vacuum. Well there was no way that was going to happen, as I use my attachment to get down in there. As I am cleaning out all the flour that had been thrown during the initial mix, I smelled an awful burning smell and saw smoke coming up from my vacuum cleaner. Hmmmm...I shut it off and looked down to find the towel I had thrown over my shoulder earlier was now sucked ALL the way into the vacuum!!!! How did you KNOW Niki??? Oh my goodness, I have never laughed so much and so hard all by myself! Either it really was all that comical, or I was SO tired, I would have laughed at anything! The best part was, those buns were AWESOME!! They have a great sweetness to them and the texture is great. My Sweet Hubby LOVED them and the kids raved. If anyone wants to give this a try and see if Niki is just this incredibly apt baker, or if it was ME...you can find the recipe at this post. She also posted a bun recipe for Ranch Buns on the same page. Let me know how it goes for you. My kids are asking me what is so funny as I am in my office by myself laughing. By the way, I ended up making Spaghetti to go with those excellent buns.
As for quilting, my pink and brown has been neglected for at least a week. I have been a book worm, and that is ok. I need to get going on my Thanksgiving projects. I want to make a table runner and matching napkins for Thanksgiving dinner. That means 24 napkins. Also, I am planning on jumping in on an apron swap that is starting soon...I hope. I will tell you for sure once it is announced!
I am also working on my next installment of The Face of Trauma. I plan to post it on Tuesday. Pray for me where this is concerned as this is a tough one. I am not sure how much to share, so I need to be prayerful about it.
It is a little after 9 PM here. Hmmmm (that is the last one, I promise)...is it too early to go to bed?? I will leave you all with this. Have a blessed Sunday!

13 comments:

Copper's Wife said...

Laughing right along with you!!! We all have "those" kinds of days, and laughing through them is so much better than crying through them.

meggie said...

I hope you have enjoyed your weekend. Those rolls certainly looked Great!!

Rose said...

Oh Bren that was funny but those buns look amazing!!! Next time u make them, hopefully things go smoother!!

Niki RuralWritings said...

ohmygosh....ROTFL....well practically....I can't remember the last time I had this much fun!!! What are ya makin next??? Can I come over Pleeeease......
Just kidding......
Going by your picture I think your breadpan is much smaller than mine, looks like half the size, but I can't be sure cause you know it's just a picture...I'm going to check the size of my bread pan and let you know what it is...the buns look AWESOME!!! And I'm soooo glad your family loved them. I would half the recipe next time and it should work out just dandy!

The VACUUM is tooooooo much, though, what a day you had, my friend.
{{{{BIG HUGS}}}}}

Joni said...

Oh man what a day. I really laughed about the vacuum cleaner. I would be embarrassed if anyone ever knew what all I have tried to suck up. LOL.

Libby said...

Ahh, but any day playing with dough is a good day . . . ask a 4 year old *s*

Solstitches said...

That was too funny and reminded me of the time I tried to make an angel food cake in too small a bowl.
The mix was swirling round my kitchen like a snowstorm.
It's good to laugh. I'm glad your buns were a big hit with the family. Bet you can't wait to make them again!

Margaret

Charlene said...

Oh my it reminds me of the brocoli soup exploding in my blender a few weeks ago. I haven't blogged long enough to think - get the camera, but I wish I had.

I can smell those buns though, they looked gorgeous!

Sweet Mummy said...

What a silly day! Aren't they just crazy sometimes!

I just wanted to pop by and let you know that I gave you an award this evening. You are SO brave to share the hard parts of your story, and I so appreciate what you have to say. Thanks for being real!

Donetta said...

Fun post sweetie. Thank you for the loving comment today. I rested all day. We were both up all night. I got home from the ER at 4am I got there about 11pm. I slept this evening and am belling better the dose of steroids is so high.
I will wait to read on Tuesday thank you for the heads up. I wish my soul would catch up with my spirit and that this time of year would not require so much out of me. It does happen all year long it is just the blatant disregard that is difficult to watch. Feel free to link to my blog if you want Tuesday the life restored and the lie uncommon.
I had bread bricks! I was given a bread machine recently and now could make spelt bread with lessons.(I cant eat wheat)

teodo said...

Dear Bren when during the night a mom don't sleep then the day after is very very long.....
but your bread in the pic seem tasty and nice.
ciao ciao

Karolee said...

Those buns look wonderful! You may have to move to the next step and get a Bosche or K-Tek (I have a K-Tek) to mix dough. I can do five loaves of bread at one time - even though I usually only do two.

Guðrún said...

The buns look yummy, I am glad that your family liked them after all the trouble you had making them.