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Aug 26

Learning something new!!

Posted on August 26, 2020 at 10:38 AM by Tiffany Miller

Good Morning!!

I have had the privilege all summer to help and work in my mother in laws garden. This years harvest was quite amazing. I watched how things from seed grow and give us so much to enjoy. We grew four different types of squash, tomatoes, different types of peppers, green beans, potatoes, onions, and sunflowers that we will be able to make our own sunflower seeds. 

All summer I have enjoyed being apart of this garden. It's almost been like a treasure hunt looking through the squash leaves to find all the different types of squash. There is nothing more amazing than watching something you have worked on grow and feed your family. We have laughed, sweated, and shared stories of the past and how this is something they have all done from generation to generation. Growing up in Texas, having a garden is very hard. With temperatures rising past the 100's, it's hard to keep things watered and get something out of it. You can see my delight as I have loved watching things go from seed to table and being a part of that. 

With all of the harvest that we get, we can the vegetables. Canning is a lost art I think, and is something I have always wanted to learn. Last night I got to learn how to can green beans. I was beyond excited to learn this lost art of preserving veggies that will last for years on the shelf. I smiled knowing I was apart of planting, harvesting and preserving something that we will have for all different types of meals. Every vegetable is different and the process is different. I observed, asked questions and loved every minute of the family time we had. Not one person got on their phone, but instead told stories of how they learned this process and are now being able to pass this along. Once the process is done you set the hot jars out of the counter to cool and listen for the lids to pop. That's how you know they are sealed. What a sweet sound it is hearing the jars pop and feeling like a real canning expert. 

That time last night is something I will cherish forever. It is now something I will get to teach my children when they are older. Being apart of that really got me thinking about our world today. We move around so fast and have lost a lot of those things that they had to do in the past to survive. Everything we want is at a click of a button and we focus more on our screens than face to face family time. With our world still feeling chaotic and future things are unknown, now is the time to stop and spend time together learning something new. 

I want to encourage you to learn something new that you have never done before as a family. Try something that might even scare you. Learn how to make your own bread, can some jelly, make a quilt, build something, or even teach your kids something that was your favorite when you were a kid. Ask your kids if there is something new they want to learn. Whatever it is, take a break from your screens and spend time together. These are the memories they will remember and cherish forever. Here is a recipe I found to make some quick homemade cinnamon rolls. No yeast required. Try it and have a great time learning something new and exciting together. 
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Quick Cinnamon Rolls Recipe:

¼ cup butter, divided


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons white sugar 
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 egg


  • ½ cup white sugar 
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

Cream Cheese Frosting:

  • 1 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • ¼ cup butter, softened
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract

Step 1 Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Brush a 9-inch square baking dish with 2 tablespoons melted butter.

Step 2 Whisk flour, 2 tablespoons white sugar, baking powder, and salt together in a large bowl. Work 3 tablespoons softened butter into flour mixture using your hands. Beat milk and egg together in another bowl; pour into flour-butter mixture and stir with a rubber spatula until a soft dough forms.

Step 3 Turn dough out onto a floured work surface and roll dough into a 1/4-inch thick rectangle. Brush surface of dough with 2 tablespoons melted butter.

Step 4 Whisk 1/2 cup white sugar, brown sugar, and cinnamon together in a small bowl. Sprinkle 1/2 of the cinnamon sugar mixture in the bottom of the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle remaining cinnamon sugar over butter-brushed dough. Roll dough around filling to form a log; cut log into 18 rolls and place rolls in the prepared baking dish.

Step 5 Bake in the preheated oven until rolls are set, 20 to 25 minutes.

Step 6 Beat confectioners' sugar, cream cheese, 1/4 cup softened butter, and vanilla extract together in a bowl until frosting is smooth. Top hot cinnamon rolls with cream cheese frosting.


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