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Moving On

Like oh so many others, I am making the switch to Dreamwidth. There is already someone over there with the username "Musesrealm", so I went with "Muses-Realm". I would love to connect with all of you over there!

I will continue reading things here until my paid account runs out in December, but I do not anticipate making any additional entries here. Not that I really do any way. I will cross post my entries here from Dreamwidth, however, so those of you who are not switching can still read my entries.

See y'all on the flipside!
Eating Ice Cream

Cinnamon Rolls

palusbuteo helped me choose this recipe to share. It comes from Farm Life in Rural Nebraska by Leonard Cyboron, my great-uncle. I corrected the spelling errors, but otherwise left it as Uncle Leonard wrote it. ;-)

Mom's Cinnamon Rolls

2/3 cup Scalded Milk
Add and stir in
1/2 cup Sugar
1 1/4 teaspoon Salt
6 Tablespoons Shortening
Cool to luke warm.

Measure into bowl:
2/3 cup lukewarm water and 2 Tablespoons sugar.
Sprinkle or crumble in 2 packages yeast (dry or compresses)

Let stand until dissolved--stir and add luke warm milk mixture.

Add and stir in:
3 eggs beaten
3 cups all purpose flour
Beat until smooth.
Add and stir in 3 more cups all purpose flour.

Turn dough out on slightly floured board and knead.
Place in greased bowl and brush top with melted butter.
Cover with clean towel, and let rise in warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 1/2 hours.

Punch down dough and divide into 3 equal pieces.
Roll out each piece into oblong pan about 14 x 10 inches.
Brush each piece with melted butter.

Mix 2 cups sugar, 1 Tablespoon cinnamon, and 3/4 cup raisins (raisins can be omitted).
Sprinkle a third of the mixture on each piece of oblong dough.
Roll up each piece length as for jelly roll.
Cut into slices about 1" thick. Place in greased shallow baking pan about 1 hour.
Bake in hot oven 400 degrees about 20 minutes.
Ice tops with plain icing while still warm.

To make plain icing:
Combine and beat until smooth:
1/3 cup sifted powdered sugar
2 teaspoons milk
1/8 teaspoon vanilla

I'm Fine

A few of you have asked if I am okay, and it's just easier to make a quick post here rather than respond to everyone individually.

I am fine. Worcester (my city) is about 40 miles or so West of Boston, and I wasn't anywhere near the marathon yesterday. Several parents whose children attend my daycare were there with their families, but they are all also fine. We're all upset about what happened, but we're physically okay. Thank you for your concern.

Hugs to everyone!
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More New Icons!

Today I had a much needed day off from work. To celebrate, not only did I get a bunch of housework done, but I made a few new LJ icons and updated the respective pages over at The 'Realm as well. Yay!

New Icons:
[08] Flight of the Conchords
[09] History of the World (Part I)
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As always, feel free to use the text-less ones as bases; just don't forget to let people know where you got the base from. :-)
Roman Entertainer

New Icons!

These are not uploaded by category over at The 'Realm. They have been sitting on my computer for over two years now (wow, has it really been that long since I uploaded icons!?), and it's way past time to share them. So here they are. Hopefully I will have them available via The 'Realm tomorrow.
[02] Miscellaneous
[03] Religious
[07] Firefly / Serenity
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Banana Oatmeal Cookies

Banana Oatmeal Cookies from Jamaica

3/4 c. margarine (175ml)
1 c. sugar (250ml)
1 egg
2-3 bananas, pealed and mashed (about 1 c. / 250ml)
3 1/2 c. rolled oats (875ml)
1/2 c. peanuts or almonds, chopped (125ml)
1 1/4 c. flour (300ml)
1/2 t. baking soda (2ml)
1/2 t. salt (2ml)
1/4 t. ground nutmeg (1ml)
3/4 t. ground cinnamon (3ml)

Preheat oven to 375F (190C). Cream together the margarine and sugar. Beat in the egg. Add bananas, oats, and peanuts/almonds, mixing thoroughly. In a separate bowl combine flour, baking soda, salt, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Add dry mixture to the banana mixture, mixing well.
Drop dough by teaspoonfuls on ungreased baking sheets, about 1 1/2 inches (3.5cm) apart. Bake 12-15 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on rack. Makes approximately 4 dozen cookies.

From Extending the Table by Joetta Handrich Schlabach.
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Fire Update

My mom is still at home and hasn't been asked to evacuate. Although they didn't get any rain in the area today, the temperatures were cooler (85 instead of 95), and it wasn't as windy.

As of five hours ago the fire was just under 37,000 acres, and was still 0% contained. 1/3 of all mobile US firefighting units have been deployed to fight this fire, and some National Guard units as well.

The fire is now about 3 miles from my mom, and she could see the flames two ridges over when I spoke with her this afternoon. We have friends whose neighborhood has been reached by the fire, but there is a trench around it, and only one home was lost so far in that neighborhood. 100 structures have been confirmed destroyed so far. There could be more, but since fires like these tend to jump around a lot it isn't safe enough to go in and do a proper check. There has been one confirmed casualty, but the name and location haven't been disclosed to the media yet.

My boss asked if I needed to go back to Colorado to be with family, and I told her no. I mean, what could I do there? Unless the evacuation order was given I'd just be sitting around with my mom and pets, waiting for the reverse 911 call and breathing in ash and smoke. If the evacuation order was given I'd just be another person evacuated to a shelter or friend's house.

I have to keep reminding myself that even if she does get evacuated it doesn't mean that her house is gone. Many times it's just a precaution. I know several people in remote areas quite far from the fire who had to evacuate simply because if the fire were to start heading in their direction they would have no means to evacuate later. Some of those canyon roads go for *miles* without running into a cross street or another street that isn't a dead end.

So yeah, that's where we're at. Watching and waiting and praying.
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Kinda Freaked Out

There is a large fire just a few miles away from my mom's house, and it is 0% contained. The fire is west of her and was moving north-ish. When I talked to her this morning they had evacuated the town about 1 1/2 miles north of her (Bellvue, CO, where many of my friends live), though she had not gotten a reverse 911 call telling her to evacuate. Now I hear through the grapevine that they are evacuating LaPorte, CO, which is only 1 mile north of her, and about as far east of the fire as she is. To say I'm worried is an understatement. There isn't really much between her house and the fire except a few miles of extremely dry foothills covered in very dry beetle-killed pine and brush. There really is nothing I can do from 2,000 miles away except wait and worry.

Updates can be found here: For the curious among you, find Mount Ethel in the middle of the huge fire, and go east to LaPorte. The lake south west of LaPorte (Claymore Lake) is just west of my neighbor's property, and a place we used to hike to all the time as kids.