Okay, first things first. Happy New Year! 2011. Wow! Where does the time go? Really, where does it go?
Last year, my blogging was somewhat.. lacking. Alright, it was awful. Down right, awful. In my defense, 2010 was the hardest year for me that I can remember. It was a mentally and emotionally exhausting. At some points, I did not know how I would get through the year. So, blogging took the back burner. So be it. My family comes first. The end. But, its 2011 now. And I am truly hoping to start blogging more again. I miss it. I really do. Hopefully, I still have a few readers out there. Hi there, nice to see you!
To kick things off, I decided to bake something yeasty today. I love the smell of a yeasty treat in the oven. One of Liam’s favorite breakfasts is cinnamon rolls. With that in mind, I decided to make monkey bread. If you don’t know what that is, you must have been living in a hole the past few years. Its been everywhere. Or maybe you are new to the interwebs. If so, hi there! Nice to see you!
I should have started this project earlier in the morning. It takes several hours to proof and put together. It worked out in the end, since we ended up having a monster brunch to start the New Year.
New Year, new stuff, yada yada. Liam rates all my baked goods. I am totally raising a pastry snob. He is harsh with his ratings. I figured it makes for good entertainment value. This is how he rated the monkey bread.
Liam’s Rating: Bread nice and soft, not too crunchy. Cinnamon really good, but I like a little more cinnamon, a tiny bit more, but otherwise, really good. Overall rating– A
I do not like publishing recipes on my blog. Maybe its my loyalty to Dorie that started it, but its expanded. If you want the recipe for Monkey Bubble Bread in BAKED Explorations, buy the book. Come on, do it. Its a great book with phenomenal photos, and you won’t regret it.
Happy 2011 to everyone! Hope it turns out to be a fabulous year! xoxo- Laurie
Total sidenote: The Pens play in the Winter Classic tonight. Go Pens!
Cool Mom Picks is one of my daily reads. Yes, I have sung their praises here before. But, they just put out their Safer Toy Guide for 2008. I love, love, love this guide! If you have little ones, I urge you to check it out. It has a lot of unusual, unique and very cool toys. These are things that not every kid on the block will have, which is great! Its always nice to find something special with Santa coming soon. Check it out!
Oh yeah baby! The Pens beat the Flyers 4-2 in the last home game of the season. This win won them their first division title in 10 years. It was extra sweet since it was against the Flyers. If you are in to hockey, you know that the rivalry between the ‘burgh and Philly runs deep. Last night was no exception to the intense hockey always played against these 2 teams. Cheap shots against Sid were present. Fights, scrums, you name it. Hard to pick out who played best. Geno, Sid, Gonch, and Hossa all racked up points. The Flower was on fire. Awesome game. I was sad that I did not get to go. Hard finding a sitter for 3 little boys!!! Liam and Jaos thoroughly enjoyed it though. I look forward to the call that our half season tickets are available. The waiting list was 800 people long when we signed up. Might be waiting till the new arena is open.*sigh
Last game of the season is in Philly on Sunday. It will be a good one. War times good. Philly isnt in the playoffs yet. They will be desperate. Good times.
*First pic courtesey of ThePensBlog.
Gettin a new tat today! woot! (and a Pens game too!)
Doesn’t get any better than that.
Today, when I went to the mail, a little box was sitting inside. I had an idea what it was, and was instantly giddy. The contents would make anyone, very, very happy.
I advise everyone to go check out what Blake has going on at Blake Makes. Very exciting stuff.
Thanks Blake! Now, what to make, what to make….