Tuesday, February 24, 2009


First things first. John got this newest "toy" this week. In the fine print it says John Parkhurst State Farm, Power Hitter 2008 from State Farm Bank. What that means.... He did an awesome job... but we knew that but it is nice when he get rewarded for the great things he is doing. WAY TO GO JOHN WE ARE PROUD OF YOU!!!

Cranberry Swirl Loaf ( from Taste of Home Dec/Jan 2008)

3 to 3 1/2 cups all purpose flour

1/3 c sugar

1 package yeast

1/2 teas. salt

1/2 c water

1/2 c. milk.

1/3 c butter cubed


1 cup chopped fresh or frozen cranberries

1/4 c packed brown sugar

1/4 c water

1 TBS butter cubed

1/2 c chopped walnuts ( I used pecans)

1 TBS lemon juice

2 TBS all purpose flour

2 TBS sugar

2 TBS cold butter divided

In a large bowl combine 1 cup flour, sugar, yeast, and salt

In pan heat water, milk, and butter to 120-130 degrees. add to dry ingredients, beat until combined. stir in enough remain flour to form a soft dough

turn onto a floured surface, knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 mins place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled about one hour.

for filling, combine cranberries, brown sugar and water in saucepan. Cook over medium heat until berries pop about 15 mins. remove from heart mash and stir in butter nuts and lemon juice. cool.

punch dough down turn onto a lightly floured surface, roll into a 20 in x 10 in rectangle. spread cooled filling to within 1/2 inch of edges. roll up jelly roll style, starting with the long side, pinch seam to seal place in a zigzag patter in a greased loaf pan.

for topping combine flour and sugar in a bowl cut in 1 TBS butter, melt remaining butter and brush over dough and crumbly topping over. cover and let rise until doubled about 40 mins. bake at 350 for 40-45 mins until bread sounds hollow.

What do I do all day.... clothes.....

crafts and play time with the cutest little red head wonder....

cook 3 meals a day.... and always lots of dishes...
Today after breakfast. I made a meatloaf for dinner, a double batch of meatballs, fix John a sausage sandwich for lunch and me a calamari sandwich. Trying to use up all the beef we have since we have a new load coming in a couple of weeks thanks to Dad. Harrison had a bath this morning too.

look for new recipes (today looking for a way to use cube steaks, and roast, which are what I have left in the freezer, blog & email for my sanity, talk to family and friends.

and lots of cleaning.... when you are home all day with a two year old messes just seem to multiply, I can pick up the same mess four times a day. And work with Harrison on his speech. Sometime during the day a shower is nice. May not seem too exciting but it keeps the day full. I usually do my major cleaning on Wed. since I am at the office while Harrison is at Mother's Day Out on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday but did most of that today since Harrison is still getting over a stomach bug.


Papa and Nini said...

Love the bat John great job. Ann Kelly you do stay too busy don't you watch any Soaps. He can't make that many messes he is only two. All of that food looks and sounds good.I have some space in our freezer for beef if yours is too full. Good ole Sponge to the rescue.Glad Harrison is feeling better.

Carla said...

The picture of the bat also does a great job showing off your new green paint! I wish I could stay home and do all the things you do. I still do them all, just with a lot less time and though I make home cooked meals, they're not as elaborate as yours!

angie said...

you make me sound lazy!!!!! darn you!!! haha! that bread looks so yummy!! that bat is to cool!

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