Wednesday, April 23, 2008

No rest for the weary

Today is Administrative Professionals Day--Happy Administrative Professionals Day. In honor and to honor the fantastic team I work with I made them breakfast as a surprise this morning. I knew it was going to be hard to pull it off because I had to re-mulch the front flowerbed and get the yard cleaned up, plus some touch up painting around the house. Kendra's having one of her 10000 bunko groups over tomorrow night and we wanted things to look good. I found black mulch and Lowe's and it's really cool I must say. I tend to get lost in a wandering stupor when I go to places like that and take too much time to get something that should be jiffy quick. I really want to have a good gardening karma, but I just don't. I didn't really grow up around it and it just never rubbed off.

Titus and Levi helped me out (as much help as a 5 and 2 year old can be), which was really great. I enjoyed spending the time with them and being patient and steady. My Dad had a short fuse when I was growing up and I can remember all too many times his sending me in the house to get him out of my hair because I frustrated him. I don't want that memory to be my son's memory. It took us about three hours to get the yard done.

After a quick shower and dinner, I watched American Idol (I don't want to miss that puppy) and helped get the kids to bed. It was around 9 when I went to the store to get groceries for the food I had planned to make. I got home about 10:30 and started cooking. Not being a night owl at all I had a rough time staying on task I just wanted to go to bed. I made a double batch of Chocolate Chip Muffins (turned out VERY good) and also made Piggies (sausage rolled in a crescent roll). It was about 11:30 and I knew I couldn't go any further. After cleaning up I got to bed by midnight. Alarm set.

5AM!! I got up at 5AM and made the other two items I was serving: Poppy seed cake and Gorilla bread. Poppy seed cake is simple and straight forward, I use a lemon glaze over and not in the cake. Gorilla Bread is over top decadent indulgence. If you like monkey bread then you would love Gorilla bread. Regular canned biscuits that get flattened, then are wrapped around some cinnamon sugar and a cube of cream cheese and placed in a bundt pan. The bundt pan is also enrobed in brown sugar, butter, pecans and more cinnamon sugar. It only takes 30 minutes to make and is just out of this world. You can find the recipe at Food Network's website, just search for gorilla bread.

Having all of the stuff done; Poppy seed cake, Gorilla Bread, Piggies, Chocolate Chip Muffins, and tossed fruit I headed over to the office. Everyone was surprised and pleased with what I did and knew they were loved. It's fun for me to cook and get recipes together, and then see people enjoy them so much--love that.

We bought Teensy some walking shoes a few weeks ago and the store where we were had these shoes which I immediately loved and almost bought (three sizes too big) Teensy a pair. I just loved the creativity. Can you tell what these babies are without me telling you? Give up? See below for the answer.

It an itsy, bitsy, teeny, weenie, yellow, polka-dot bikini SANDAL! How cool is that?


Memaw's memories said...

I love the sound of the gorilla bread. I'll have to bring some to work for my co-workers.

And those shoes. Absolutely to die for. I need three pairs. Where on earth did you find them?

Sharon said...

STINK!!!! I miss the heck out of you right now! Your breakfast for staff sounded so good!! I will, for real
=furreal, look up that gorilla bread recipe! I could make some sin in a bundt pan! WooHoo!! Love hearing about your family. God has richly blessed you all!
Love ya much!