Friday, November 4, 2011

I Love Fall!

And I'll say it again......I love Fall!!

Here in southern California we don't get a lot of the colors, but there are a few trees that break out in a glory of color...usually red...and I love it!!

The other evidence of Fall is the direction of the sun and the Fall shadows.  The color of the sun seems warmer than the clear Summer sun and I love the longer shadows in the evenings.

We also get Santa Ana winds.  Bleck.  

These are hot, dry winds that make me grouchy...but the worst part is that they are prime winds for big fires.

We aren't in an area that would put us in danger of the fires, but every day that we have them I pray that nobody gets weird and starts a fire.  It is heartbreaking to see fires consume homes, just heartbreaking.

So, the other day we got the winds and I was so excited when I went to bed and hadn't heard of one fire!!

This is my feeble attempt to capture the effect of the wind.  Sorry.....

And in other exciting news I have recently become comfortable with yeast!!

Yes, for years I have strongly avoided recipes that contained yeast.  Oh, sure, I made a loaf or two of bread from time to time, just to see if I could pull it off but the yeast just scared me.

But then I discovered a One Hour Cinnamon Roll Recipe !!!!!  One hour?  Yes!!!

Of all the bread recipes that I've wanted to try, Cinnamon Rolls was the one that always got to me.  I love cinnamon, bread, butter....bread.....Anyway, the usual recipes call for a long time of rising.  At least, a long time if you want to make them for breakfast. :)  But this one you can truly go from the first mix to eating a delicious Cinnamon Roll in One Hour!!!

So I tried my hand at this recipe (reading up on what "warm" water is) and it worked!!

Three times so far!!

Holy yum!!!!!

Sue at Mrs. Micawber's Recipe for Happiness does an amazing job of explaining the recipe and the steps and then, to finish it off she gives a stunning array of toppings!!!  Trust me, you will want to try every single one!!

And then, that got me so brave that I tried what for me was the pinnacle of bread making...French Bread!

I'm sorry to say that I didn't get one picture.....mainly cuz we ate it so fast!!! :)

I've got a few projects started but I am completely at a stand still with them and believe I have Analysis Paralysis.  And this is the totally wrong time of year for this!!  Must. Make. Gifts.

I guess I'll figure it out.  I'll probably just have to take the plunge and just force myself into it.  That usually does the trick...just doing it.  Thank you, Nike!! :)

I hope this finds you enjoying your Friday and that you are cozy and warm!!