One thing that I did not share on Friday's post about our time with Tracie was that we both have a love of food and cooking! We talked a lot of recipes! On Thursday evening, after the kids were down for bed, a pan of Angela Stone's famous cinnamon rolls was delivered to our door! Now, seriously, I thought I made the world's greatest cinnamon rolls until Ang brought over a pan of hers after my knee surgery. Oh. My. HECK! SOOOOOOOOO good! Since then, mine just don't even compare! So, Thursday night, kids in bed, a pan of Ang's delectable cinnamon rolls with this message written on the lid: GREAT FIRESIDE, WASN'T IT, QUAYD!!? (Ang had promised the kids who she saw at the Fireside, the Sunday before, a pan of their own.) These rolls were for QUAYD!!! And what's worse, he was in bed, so we couldn't even say, "Please share?!"
After only a few short minutes, we decided that he would be happy to share, so we snitched one each. (That would be Doug, Tracie and I.) Then, Doug went to bed at midnight. We'd had Catalina Chicken at 5:30. At midnight, munching sounded good. We were no where near ready for sleep. So, we had some cucumbers and tomatoes and homemade English Muffin Bread toast, left over from dinner. And we kept talking. And talking. At 2AM, those cinnamon rolls were still calling our names. Literally, every few sentences, one of us would mention those rolls. By 2:30, I had the great idea, "I could just bake some more and we could eat Angela's. Quayd would never know the difference." But, I controlled myself. At 3AM, we decided that we needed a second one. After all, he would just share in the morning, right? It was making us both CRAZY! At 3AM, we opted to go outside in the dark and pick a few peaches off the tree for a bowl of peaches and cream. Funny thing is that it was the worst bowl of fresh peaches I've ever had. Not because they were not perfection, but because they were not Angela's cinnamon rolls!
Since then, I've laughed many times and even confessed to Quayd that I had a diabolical plan to sub my own rolls for his. He would have been happy with two pans of mine! But, he agreed that Sister S. makes some seriously good cinnamon rolls, which happen to be his favorite thing on earth, next to shrimp.
And so, for three days, I've thought about the rolls. At church, I went up to congratulate Angela, who was called to serve as our new YW president. (More on that in a minute) I said, "Ang! I have a bone to pick with you!" And then I proceeded to tell her the story, followed by my teasing, "Don't ever bring your rolls to QUAYD after he's in bed and tempt me like that again!" She said that she was happy to share the recipe. I called after dinner and was devastated to hear her husband, Dan, say that she had left for Colorado right after church. NOOOOO! I have to wait longer?!?!?! He said, "I bet I could find the recipe" when I told him that it was in an old ward cookbook. He shared. I baked. And OH. MY. HECK! I'll never make my old recipe again! Thank you, Angela!! And I share the recipe here, with a pic of our Sunday night treat!
Angela's MOST amazing Cinnamon Rolls
Dissolve 3 Tbsp. of yeast into 3/4 cups of warm water, with about 3 Tbsp. of sugar. Let it sit until it begins to bubble. While the yeast is "working", scald 3 cups of milk in the microwave. Add 3/4 cup of butter and let it melt into the milk to cool it to lukewarm. Add it to the yeast mix. (Never add too hot of a liquid into the yeast mixture or it kills the yeast.) Add 1 Tbsp. of salt and 1 cup of sugar. Then, mix in 10 & 1/2 cups of flour. Mix well until the bread pulls away from the side of the bowl. (It was a slightly sticky dough.) Let rise one hour. Roll out onto counter, cover with melted butter (I used 1/2 cup melted for the two jelly roll size pans) and sprinkle with cinnamon sugar. Add nuts or raisins, if desired. Roll up and then slice. (I use dental floss to slice! Coolest trick ever!) Bake at 400' for about 12-14 minutes. (12 minutes worked for me.) Remove from oven, cool a bit and cover with frosting.
Maple Frosting (not Angela's exact recipe, but I found one that sounded like Dan described because he wasn't sure about her specific recipe.)
3 cups powdered sugar
4 Tbsp. butter, softened
4 tbsp. half and half
1 tsp. maple flavoring
Blend together until creamy. Spread on warm, not hot, cinnamon rolls. Enjoy!
As I mentioned, Angela was called to be our new Young Womens President. This came as a shock to Grace, who was sitting next to me in Sacrament Meeting. As Brother Lynch released several sisters, including the previous presidency, Angela was among them. I knew the second that I heard this that she would be the new YW president. As he called their names, I watched Grace's eyes fill with tears. She is so absolutely attached to the previous leaders, especially Sister McCoy and Trisha Andersen, the president. Then, she started into a full-fledged bawl. I leaned over and hugged her and tried to, reverently, console her all the way through the sacrament and then several more times through the meeting, as it would hit her all over again.
Trish has been her president since Grace entered Young Womens. She's dynamic and assertive and spiritual. Kay has been her tender-hearted advisor and then was called as the counselor over Grace's age just shortly after Grace advanced into Young Womens. So, these two amazingly powerful women have been her biggest influence outside of the home for the past three and a half years. She was heart-broken. I leaned over and told her,"You're going to love Sister Stone. If the Bishop had have called me and asked me who to choose for YWP, she would have been the first one I'd have thought of. She's great!" Grace tried to "cowboy up", put on a smile and went to Young Womens.
During dinner last night, she told us about the tender testimony meeting during their Young Womens hour and that she'd stood to express her gratitude to the outgoing presidency and that she was excited about Sister Stone and the new leaders. I'm so grateful for these dear, dear women who've dedicated almost four years to the girls. Change is normal in church callings. It's a good thing, but it's never easy in the beginning. I feel strongly that our bishopric were inspired to call some of the best women in the ward to replace some more of the best women in the ward to lead my daughters and the other young women in the ward. I teased Trish that I'd hoped she would stay in for six more years until ZJ graduates! It was a big day in my girls lives. More that likely, Grace will be under the leadership of Angela for the remainder of her years in Young Womens. ZJ will go through this change one more time in a few years. But for now, I'm thankful for both the old and the new!
Today, Zaylee has "a meeting", as she calls them. She has lots of them! Grocery shopping will fill my hour during her meeting. And so the quiet mornings begin. Well, as quiet as they can be with a four year old by my side. Life is good!
A bad attitude is like a flat tire. You can't go anywhere until you change it.