Friday, January 25, 2019

Pull-Apart Breakfast Muffins

I found a really simple and very tasty recipe at TBSP.  Let me show you just how easy it is to make. 

Start by preheating the oven to 350 degrees.  Then melt and brown 1/4 cup of butter in a sauce pan.  Mix together 1/2 cup of sugar, 1 tsp of cinnamon, and 1/4 nutmeg.

The open a container of Pillsbury refrigerated French bread. and cut it into 32 even pieces.  Place the pieces on parchment paper.

Brush both sides of each bread slice with butter and dip each side in the sugar mixture. 

Stack 5-6 bread slices.

Then cut each stack in half.

Place each stack in a muffin tin sprayed with cooking oil.

Sprinkle with some of the remaining sugar mixture and set the muffin tin on a cookie sheet.  This will keep the sugar mixture from getting on your oven surface as the bread rises.
Bake for 20–25 minutes.

Let cool just slightly and remove from the muffin tin and they are ready to eat.  Very yummy!

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

Fresh Summer Pasta

There’s nothing like this pasta recipe to take in the fresh flavors of summer.  To make it, you’ll need:

A pint of cherry tomatoes
A tablespoon of fresh dill
Two green onions, chopped
A package of feta cheese
16 oz. of cooked penne pasta

Cook pasta according to package directions.

In the meantime, toss all of the ingredients together in a large bowl.

Drain the pasta and dump it (hot and steaming) into the bowl with the other ingredients. 

Stir it all together.  The heat from the pasta will warm the tomatoes and melt the cheese.  Yum!

Murals of Downtown Flagstaff

Flagstaff is an artsy town.  It seems that everywhere you turn (winter or summer), there’s a gallery or a festival with lovely and interesting displays of art.  But in addition to the more traditional art venues, we have walls of downtown buildings and allies that are covered with murals.  Let me take you on a tour of the downtown.

Flagstaff 4th of July Parade

The 4th of July celebration in Flagstaff is, by far, my favorite.  This town knows how to throw a party.  I’m convinced that the months of cold, snowy weather give people time to plan every way possible to honor summer.  Flagstaff doesn’t just celebrate the 4th on that day, it’s a whole week of activities, but parade is one of the big highlights.  The streets of downtown are lined with 10,000+ people.  Children hold bags like it’s Halloween, waiting to gather the many treats passed out by the parade participants.  Come along and take a look at the fun!

Even Monica loved the parade!