Thursday, November 28, 2013

Sweet Potato Brioche Rolls

Today is a good day to bake these bread rolls with a little twists and flavor. My first brioche roll and I am hoping they will turn out decent since I have offered to bring dinner rolls to the Thanksgiving table.

The first 2 rolls are my test rolls. I bake the rest of the batch an hour later. I am well pleased of how the baked rolls come out from the oven, just perfect for the occasion. Happy Thanksgiving!


1/2 warm water
1 tbs yeast
1/2 flour

3 eggs
6 tbs margarine
4 1/2 flour
1/4 cup sugar
1 medium baked sweet potato

1 egg
1 tbs water

In a small bowl, stir together warm water and yeast and let it sit for 3-5 mins till bubbly. Add flour and mix well, let it sit for 1 hour. (will rise slightly)

Mix together eggs and sugar. Add yeast flour mixture to mixing bowl, add in flour. Add in soft margarine, mix well till all are incorporated and kneaded to smooth texture. Transfer dough to clean bowl and cover with towel and let dough sit in draft free warm place for an hour or so. Dough will rise to doubly. Punch down dough and cut dough into 20 evenly divided pieces. Fold each piece into a ball shape. Cut 8  - 1/2 inch slits (see picture above). let bread rolls for 30 mins to an hour.

Heat up oven at 350degree. Whisk up an egg plus 1 tbs water into egg wash. Brush top of bread roll with egg wash. Pinch middle of each roll and poke in a slice of almond. Bake rolls for 18 mins.

enjoy things and life ... always with Gratitude & Thankful Heart

..Dr. John White writes that several years earlier
God had made it possible for him to acquire a lovely home
with many luxuries. His feelings about the house fluctuated dramatically.

When he would begin to compare it with those of his friends,
he would feel proud because he had such a fine house and his joy would evaporate.
His home would actually become a burden.
All he could see were the many hedges and trees to care for and the endless odd jobs to do.

When he reminded himself that it was a gracious gift from God,

White said, “While vanity clouds my eyes and burdens my heart, gratitude clears my vision and lightens my load.”

adapted from Our Daily Bread 11/28/2013

Psalms 95:2
Let us come before Him with Thanksgiving and extol Him with music and song.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Gathered Around Bowl

I have wanted to try sewing this for awhile since I first saw that this idea from this site page here . I thought it is neat and cute thing to sew and I have been curiously wanting to try this out myself. And it is, I like to do better in my second try. I have some padding on the base but on the sides. On my next try I will add padding on the sides to give it more support.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Bag of Gold Ornament or Pin Cushion

This is my favorite ornament yet and thus this ornament deserves a post all by itself. This design is pure inspiration .. a creative spark from God. I just keep on sewing with 'NO' plan earlier on .. it just happens. I like it. I need to pattern this and copyrights this under Joanne's Trails & Pursuits.

Soft Stuffed VT Football

I have to put together these in matter of days as I need to get them ready by Friday night. Guess what I got them done this morning... yeah! So, don't pick on my tardiness. These folks are die hard Virginia Tech fans, hope they will like them ... at least the little kids will find enjoyment tossing them around :)

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Russian Apple Cake

They callled it the Apple Thing or in Russian, Apple Sharlotka

I saw this recipe from Smitten Kitchen. This recipe calls for lots of apples and for a DESSERT to be without butter and being not too sweet, it is a WIN WIN situation. And if you want to top a slice of this cake with a scoop or two of ice cream, I say go for it.

Since apple is in season and what could be a better time to try out this recipe. I am using 4 gala apples and 2 1/2 golden delicious apples. I read that using 2 or 3 different variety of apples can enhance the favor of your bake and I agree with that idea., therefore I have 2 different type of apples.

I do not have a springform pan, I just used a regular pan, I was afraid that I may have a hard time removing and transferring the cake out from the pan but it was, shall I called it ... piece of cake.

6 or 7 apples ( I used 6 1/2 apples)
1 cup of flour
1 cup of sugar
3 eggs.

Grease a  9 inch baking pan.
Peel and cut up apples, add apples to pan.

Beat eggs with sugar until well blended.
Fold in flour enough to incorporate the mixture.
Pour dough mixture over to apples.

Heat up oven at 350 degrees, bake cake for 55 to 60 minutes.
Let cake cool down and transfer cake to serving tray, cut into 8 to 12 pieces.
Serve as is or top with ice cream or whipped cream. Enjoy1

Like I said, I adapted the recipe from here.