Cute Little Guy

Our city had a open house at the local historic house in December. This little guys was on display.

Christmas Bear

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I miss warm weather. And we don’t even get snow. I bet folks is snow country are really missing warm weather :- }



Christmas Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls

Christmas Gingerbread Cinnamon Rolls


2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp ginger

1/8 tsp nutmeg

2 1/2 cups biscuit baking mix

2/3 cup milk


1C brown sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/2C unsalted butter, melted


1 1/3 cup powdered sugar

2 tablespoons milk

Heat oven to 375 degrees F. Grease bottom and sides of rectangular pan, 13x9x2 inches.

Stir Bisquick, milk and spices until dough forms. If dough is too sticky, gradually mix in enough Bisquick (up to 1/4 cup) to make dough easy to handle. Turn dough onto surface well dusted with Bisquick; gently roll in Bisquick to coat.

Shape into ball; knead 10 times. Roll into rectangle, 15×9 inches; spread with butter. Sprinkle evenly with brown sugar filling mixture. Roll up tightly, beginning at 15-inch side. Seal well by pinching edge of dough into roll. Cut into 1 1/4-inch slices; place cut sides down in pan.

Bake 23 to 25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool 5 minutes; remove from pan. Spread Glaze over warm rolls.

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Today’s Photo

Our daughter getting into the fun and helping me decorate.

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Twice Baked Potatoes

My family loves this snack. It is pretty filling, so sometimes I don’t have to make dinner on days I made this.

I get my daughters to help me scrub about 10-15 potatoes. We usually soak them in 2 big bowls of water in the morning to loosen the dirt. I have a kitchen brush that is only for potatoes scrubbing.

I pierce each potato with a fork before putting in the oven to bake.  I usually bake them at 400 degrees (my oven is off a bit, so I raise the temp instead of 350-375) for 1 hour. I use the nonstick tin foil and do not bother wrapping them in tin foil.

When the potatoes are cooked through, I pull them out and slice them in to thick rounds. I lay them out flat on the pan again.

This is a bit time consuming, but I put a bit of butter on each little slice of potato. Next comes real bacon bits (fake bacon bits just do not taste right). Then a layer of cheese on every little potato slice and back in the oven they go to melt that cheese. Just about 5 min.

I like sour cream on my potatoes. My kids have started to like it too. Our one daughter adds green onions to her plate.

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Back Up and Running and A Photo

The poor little laptop had a file failure. The little thing is 3 years old.

After trying for many hours to get it to just boot up and failing and over and over, I decided to go with an option the screen get giving me  – save the files on dvd’s and go back to day one – out of the box – pretty and new. It took all night to burn 4 dvd’s of files. The little laptop walked me through each step. It numbered the discs even.

I finally got some sleep at about 5:00 am. When I woke up I hit do-over button. That took a very long time. But it booted up and welcomed me to my new laptop. The set-up of the “new” laptop took much longer than I remembered. I used the 4 dvd’s to put all my documents and photos back on laptop. They are also safely stored on a external hard drive now.

My pretty lap top is now called Lazarus.

It has been a slow process of installing Office, Photoshop and many other programs back on.

Here is a photo I finally edited from our outdoor lights.

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