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!
No TWD here. This past week has been a doozy and I just didnt get to it. I know I am dropping the ball. But, sometimes things happen, ya know? I come offering a picture of deer eating out of my neighbors bird feeder and a killer coffee cake from Sass & Veracity. Hopefully thats enough for this week.
Deer may not be that impressive to a lot of people. But, considering I live in suburbia, its quite something to see 4 deer just standing in the neighbors yard, less than 50 feet away.
Coffee cake may not be impressive either. It was wicked good however, and if you are a fan of LOTS of coffee cake crumbs, this is the coffee cake for you. The ratio was about 50/50. Get the recipe here.
Check out the TWD blogroll for the REAL TWD of the week.
Sure, I bailed on this week’s TWD. I am so sorry Steph! I ran out of time and ran out of eggs. Having company this weekend did not help. Excuses, excuses, I could list them, sure. Fact is, I just didnt get it done. Shame, shame, some leader I am, huh. Bygones. I will be in full swing for next week. Promise.
However, Today is my good friend Chelle’s birthday. I take this opportunity to wish her a very Happy Birthday!! I hope its a wicked fantastic one Chelle. Love ya! If you stop by her blog, you should wish her a happy birthday, too. Because I said so!!
Please, please, please check out how the rest of the fabulous TWD guys and gals conquered flan.
(Image by Gretchen of Canela & Comino for Cupcake Hero)