Friday, March 03, 2006

Friday Food Fun, & Other Things...

First... Friday Food Fun --

I just can't wait to share this totally deee-lish recipe with you. And for those of you with a gaggle of kids, I know that the Pillsbury Pop 'n Fresh ones might be easier, but I also know your kids will love helping with this, it's easy, and everyone will love them!!! Here it goes...

Mmmm-Mmmm-Gooey Cinnamon Rolls
(Yield: 16 rolls )

1 loaf frozen white bread dough, thawed in refrigerator (very important)
Flour, for dusting surface

1 cup packed brown sugar
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
2/3 stick butter, softened

1 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
1/3 cup cream cheese
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.

Roll out dough on a lightly floured surface to form a 15 by 7-inch rectangle. In a small bowl, combine brown sugar and cinnamon. Set aside. Spread 2/3 cup softened butter (I know all this butter sounds like a heart attack waiting to happen, but don't skip this step!) over dough and then evenly sprinkle with cinnamon-sugar mixture. Starting at the long edge, roll up dough like you would a jelly roll. Cut roll into 16 slices and then set aside in a warm place and allow dough to rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

Divide rolls among 2 lightly buttered round baking pans. Bake for 15 minutes or until golden on top. While the rolls are baking, combine the icing ingredients with an electric mixer until fluffy. Frost the warm rolls with the icing. Serve warm with plenty of napkins!

Let me know if you try this recipe out!

Okay, moving on to other more mundane things ... funny things that happened to me the other day at work.

Wednesday, my secretary (oh, okay ... she's not my secretary... she's the departmental secretary - whatever) any way, my secretary asked me how my son was doing on solids. I told her that he hates meat, loves pears, sweet potatoes, green beans, carrots and squash, likes bananas and applesauce, and tolerates chicken and noodles (all either stage one or two foods). She then shared with me a special food that not only her son loved, but she loved too. She warned me that it's a little fattening because it's made with heavy cream, but oh so worth it. The to-die-for food? Beech Nut Sweet Potato Sawful. So, I repeated it back to her in form of a question... "Beech Nut Sweet Potato Sawful?" And she said, "yeah, Sweet Potato Sawful - it's sooo good, but hard to find." So, being stumped, I asked her to spell it for me so I could look for it... and yes, this was one of those AAAHHH HAAA moments that confirmed my suspicion that there really are moms out there that prove men's suspicions that we really do loose part of our brain when we deliver the placenta... the spelling of SAWFUL -- S-o-u-f-f-l-e. (As in SOO-FLEEH. The french stuff.) Yes, it took all my will power to control the muscles in my face and prevent them from bursting into laughter, because she was serious as all get out, and I wasn't about to burst her bubble. So, once my child is old enough, I'll be looking for Sweet Potato Sawful, errrr... I mean ... Souffle ... so he can experience how the upper crust lives. Oh, Lord forgive me anyhow... I'm sure I've made some vocab flub-ups like this! (umm... like just the other day?) And rest assured -- I'm not gossiping. She's a friend of mine, and after I taught her the correct way to say Souffle, I asked her if I could blog about it because it cracked me up so much.

So a little while later (oh, around 10-ish in the am), one of our new, and very young and GQ-ish college hires, with a matchy-matchy izod sweater over his plaid untucked shirt with neatly folded cuffs and pointy collar came over to the cube next to mine that houses yet another very young college hire with spiky (and I do mean stiffly spiked) hair, and this is the very educated (they went to the same College) conversation that ensued... GQ: Dude, here's the book I was telling you about. Spiky: Like, what is it? GQ: It's theeee BIBLE for project scheduling! Spiky: Oh, killer red binder! GQ: Yeah, killer! It cost me a fortune! Spiky: Dude, I'm totally broke! GQ: No waaahhhaaahhhaaayyy! Spiky: Totally! I got a cup of Jo this morning, and used the last of my green! GQ: Bummer! Spiky: Yeah, but my mom packed me a rockin' lunch, so I'm not bummin' too much, dude! GQ: Maaan. Wish my mom would do that! I hang out at the cafeteria for lunch, totally yacking.

Okay, I need to break here and just say ... this is the future of our corporation? THIS? Duuuuuddde that's like, totally scaaarrry! Well, I guess we all started out somewhere, huh?

Oh, and on this oh, soooo eventful day ... I was headed back to my desk from the cafeteria to scarf down my Chicken Marsala (which incidentally, I think the cafeteria prepared for the geriatric employees (that would be 90 and over) because it had absolutely no.salt.whatsoever). I was coming up to a very tricky three-way hallway intersection ... so tricky that maintenance installed one of those round bubble mirrors on the ceiling so you could see what was around the corner... And coming around the corner at a rather fast clip, was a woman, and a man, and they were talking, paying very little attention to the mirror that would indicate that IIIII was coming and had the right of way. And you know how a mom will hold her hand out to slow down a speeding toddler? Well, she did just that. Held her hand out. At toddler height. Right into the mans crotch.

Needless to say, an embarrassing moment was had by all. Red face, red face, red face! I'm sure she'll be checking that mirror as she comes 'round that corner next time, and she'll keep her hands to herself!

And finally... because I care so much about each and every one of you, I feel it is my duty to bring to light a very serious matter ... there is a number you should be aware of... twenty. As in, 20, or for some, twen-tee. Yeah, you heard right. That's the number of Oreo Thin Crisps that come in the 100 Calorie Pack snack bags. I know this, because I was counting. And, really, they are very tasty, but if you like to count up to, oh, let's say, 60 (as in six-tee), like I do... then, you'll need three bags of snacks, and we're looking at 300 calories instead of the original 100 that we started off with. I just thought you might want to know.

That about wraps up all the very important things that happened in the course of one very important day. All so fascinating, huh?


Peach said...

Hee Hee! Loved the word picture of the lady protecting her co-worker's crotch! Had me laughing out loud. Too bad about those Oreo crisps. I'd rather count to six and eat half a dozen real double stuf Oreos than those unsatisfying crisps any day!

Chilihead2 said...

Great post. Had me laughing the whole time.

momrn2 said...

Now that's what I call a fun day at work. Had me laughing the whole time, DUDE... :-)

kpjara said...

Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for a Friday laugh...We have our weekly "staff meetings on Fridays" so I've grown to HATE Friday at work. This is the hardest day to "control the rudder".

The 2 "GQ's" discussing stuff was the funniest to me! Thanks for sharing.

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sarahgrace said...

Hello! Just wanted to say thanks for stopping by, it's always nice to "meet" new readers. I had to come over here and check out your blog and was pleasantly surprised to find another godly, but "real" blog. I look forward to reading more : )

And I'm with peach-teapots: I'd rather eat double stuf Oreos any day as well!

GiBee said...

Sarahgrace... What an absolutely beautiful name!!!

Faith said...

What an eventful day! Are all your days this exciting. I mean the crotch thing is classic. HEHE

Kristen said...

I love the image of the two college geniuses. I can picture the whole thing. And crotch lady?! Toooo funny!!

Corina Bowen said...

OH, mygosh! so not good for my diet... funny as can be though!! hehe
Thanks for your visits.. I have you on my favorites to keep reading!

Chaotic Mom said...

Vin, nickname for my hubby. Also real name of gorgeous, hunky actor I'll never meet. :)

Wow, I was "infertile", too. Four miscarriages, first one was a couple of days before Mother's Day, 1994. Used Clomid wich resulted in the first son. Well, two of my boys are deaf with cochlear implants. I remember making a "deal" with God, that I'd take whatever He sent my way. Remembering that actually helps me cope when I'm worn out with the boys.

I had to blurb all that after reading your bio on your blog. I 100% believe in laughter, too. Thank you for bringing me some through your blog!

My hubby was looking over my shoulders and told me I can stay on line as long as I promise to make your Cinamon Roll recipe. I'd make them anyway, ha ha! Yum!


Lauren said...

I can't wait to try the recipe, I'll let you know when I do!

Totally with Peach and SarahGrace on the double stuffs... yum.

Very full day at work for you, and you get paid to spend a few hours there obtaining blogging material, go figure?

Crazy and lovin' it said...

Oh I am still snickering about Sawful. That was too, good. I have a good friend that will say val-it parking just to get a reaction out of people. He thinks it's funny.

Carol said...

So, like, how tasty are the cinnamon rolls and sawful togethr, Dude? I'm up for some serious snack yack.

I can just hear it now...

GiBee said...

My goodness!!! What in the world are all you ladies doing up so late? I can't even keep my eyes open past 9:00 some nights!

Momma M -- Isn't it amazing how God crosses people's lives? And he never gives us more than we can handle... Your boys must be a total blessing from heaven!!!

All of you ladies keep me laughing all the time... Thanks for your great comments!