Archive | December, 2013

Mock Cinnamon Rolls and Eggnog

28 Dec

Ok, so I should have posted about the holiday cookies, and maybe I still will before they are all gone… But for now, thought I would document the mock cinnamon rolls we made this morning. Pretty simple- start with a tube of crescent rolls, pre-made dough! Whizz up in the Cuisinart some cinnamon sugar left over from the sugar cookies (or more traditionally, a little brown sugar and cinnamon), a handful of pecans, and half again as much dried cranberries.

Open up the roll of the crescent rolls, I left them as four squares but the traditional triangles would work just as well. Spread the sugar cinnamon nut mix over the top-


And start rolling!


At this point if you wanted a more traditional roll, you could cut these in half, maybe even turn them cut side up and place em in a pan for that, but I don’t mind these logs like this.


All rolled up and ready for the oven- 375 degrees for around 10-12 minutes according to the package directions. We’ll see…

In the meantime, want some eggnog? Lol… You can do a simple, not quite so rich nog with skim milk and egg beaters in the blender. Let’s see, it’s about half a cup of egg beaters, the equivalent of two eggs, quarter cup of sugar (this is a low sugar version, add more or use the traditional powdered sugar if you want it sweeter), and two cups of milk. I also added a dash of our cinnamon mixture (typically has cinnamon, allspice and a little clove) before whirring this up in the blender. If you like a good foam on top, do the eggs first, then add the rest. My Vitamix does a good job of foaming things anyway, so I just dumped it all together. Pour it in the glass, with a little nutmeg grated over the top, and you’ve got a nice little egg nog.

On the plate with half an orange all sliced up, pretty fancy but simple Saturday breakfast! Ok, well brunch if you go by the time 😉


Winter Snow

20 Dec

woke up to snow on the ground this morning, mini panic attack cause i didn’t bump the furnace on last night, and wondered if the house got too cold, and the hummingbird feeders froze…


came upstairs to find a hummer ON the feeder, getting a drink in the gloom of early morning. Hardy little buggers, lol… I didn’t want to be up that early, that’s for dang sure. But if your hungry and need your sugar fix, I guess that’s what it takes.


The feeder out in the garden was covered in snow of course. I’m sure it was frozen, didn’t check.

What’s Blooming- November 26th 2013

20 Dec

I know, been a while since i have posted anything… got a few things stacked up to post



Cuphea ignea

Fuchsia tryphylla ‘Gartenmeister bonstedt’

Fuchsia triphylla ‘Mary’

Fuchsia x ‘Billy Green’

Kalanchoe blossfieldiana

Lantana camara ‘Landmark Peach Sunrise’

Ocimum basilicum (lemon variety, cutting growing in water)

Pentas lanceolata

Phaelenopsis hybrids

Plectranthus ‘Velvet Elvis’

Saintpaulia hybrids

Schlembergera hybrids

Strobilanthes dyerianus

Tradescantia zebrina




Agastache ‘Grape Nectar’

Antirrhinum majus ‘Rocket’

Arbutus unedo

Camelia sinensis ‘Maiden’s Blush’

Chaenorrhinum origanifolium ‘Blue Dream’

Choysia ternata

Chrysanthemum partheniacum

Claytonia sibirica

Clematis cirhosa

Fuchsia hybrid (.50 special)

Gazania ‘Daybreak Garden Sun’

Grevillea victoriae

Lobelia erinus

Lobularia maritima

Lonicera sempervirens ‘Major Wheeler’

Mahonia x media (‘King’s Ransom’?)

Nemesia ‘Aromatica White Improved’

Nicotiana mutabilis

Nicotiana sylvestris

Primula aucalis

Salvia elegans

Salvia elegans ‘Tangerine’

Salvia guaranitica ‘Black and Blue’

Salvia microphylla ‘Hotlips’

Salvia ‘Wendy’s  Wish’

Viola adunca

Viola x wittrockiana

Verbena x ‘Estrella Voodoo’


Viola x wittrockiana