Thursday, January 6, 2011

Loving the New Year!

Wake-up! It's a New Year. Time to celebrate and do important things, like....
..playing with Uncle Spencer
...and some more playing. Kitchen stuff makes some of the best toys. Canning jar rings made for a lot of fun and noise. Try it sometime. Great for teething babies!

Out and about, before the New Year, for a family lunch at our favorite Chinese Buffet restaurant. Sadly, our dear friends had hoped to drive up from Indiana for a visit and lunch, but, were not able to come. Rain check for lunch, Kareena!

Made this marvelous Butterscotch Bubble Loaf. Don't you just love the name! HA! It sounds like a celebration.

Take 24 Rhodes Dinner rolls and cut in half (thawed but still cold). Dip rolls in 1/2 box butterscotch, non -instant, pudding mix. Place rolls in a sprayed bundt pan, sprinkling in between layers of rolls with pecans or walnuts. Sprinkle remaining pudding mix on top of rolls. Then, melt 1/2 cup butter, adding in 1/2 cup brown to make a syrup. Pour over rolls. Loosely cover with plastic wrap and let rise 1 and 1/2 hours. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes. Cover with foil the last 15 minutes. Immediately loosen from sides of pan with a knife and invert onto a serving plate.
So good and yummy.
Hint: from my own experience....I was busy playing with my grand daughter and let the rolls rise about 2 hours. They were tooooo huge and up and over the sides of my pan. Made tough to bake, as the rolls that were up and over the sides, dropped off and landed all over my oven---ha! There was smoke....but, after fetching the loose rolls out of the oven, all was well.

My husband is the carmel corn maker in our home. Sure enjoyed this with one of our many family movie nights over the holidays.
Finally, our New Years Eve "finger food" extravaganza. Such a wonderful tradition. Everyone makes their favorite finger food/appetizer to share.

Beautiful sunset.

Wonderful New Year beginnings.
Happy 2011. May your New Year's dreams and wishes come true. xo
p.s. Stay tuned for a terrific and colorful project. Get your fabric scrap's ready!


  1. I know I've said it before, but I love when you post about your grandbaby. It reminds me so much of when my first was born and my family was completely in love with her. They all still have a special bond.

  2. are exactly right! HA! That is how we feel, too. Such a special time...completely in love with her and so connected already. xo

  3. The baby looks like a beautiful! Love the pull apart bread too, it is always a hit at our home. Your finger foods look wonderful too :D

  4. such good memories :) and pretty sunset pictures for the new year, i agree.

    ps what are the odds that i can have you mail me some of that delicious looking butterscotch bubble cake? ;) heehee


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