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E-Reader Cover Tutorial

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A long-awaited taste of winter

Finally we have some snow again. So far this winter has been unusually warm and dry, with only a couple real snowfalls that melted quickly. This one probably will too, so I made the most of it while it lasted.

Today is gloriously sunny, but very cold with a wind chill in the teens. So, I went for a walk on the Paul Henry Thornapple Trail near Middleville. This is a great trail. It is a paved trail on an old railroad bed and it runs right alongside the Thornapple river. Today there were plenty of ducks, geese, and swans out, and they did not seem to mind the cold at all.

 The river looked so inviting, but I’m just not that hardcore of a kayaker. I prefer to enjoy each season differently and I’m not a fan of hypothermia.

I know there are many people in Michigan who do not enjoy the winter. I think it is because they have not taken the chance to experience the beauty and wonder that it has to offer; try it sometime. There are so many different things that you can do. Try snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, or just take a hike. The most important thing is to get out and experience it. You never know what you will find around the next bend in the trail. Enjoy!

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Cinnamon Rolls

Thanks to my reduced work schedule I have some extra time on my hands. I woke up this morning wondering what to do. Between Pinterest and Allrecipes, an idea struck me. I have always wanted a signature cinnamon roll recipe, and this would be a great way to start. Maybe someday I will move to the U.P. and sell huge cinnamon rolls, since no one up there really makes them anymore.

As it turns out, working with dough can be relaxing and helps you think. While kneading I decided that I should start this blog, so I felt obliged to make this the first real post.

Back to the rolls. Have I ever made them from scratch? No. Have I ever made bread from scratch without a bread maker? No. Do I have any real experience with yeast and kneading? Not really, but what could go wrong? As it turns out, not as much as I thought. I did remind myself that dough that isn’t thick enough does not knead well (or at all). It does, however, make a tasty mess. In fact, I managed to trash the whole kitchen and dirty twice as many dishes as I probably had to. At least there was plenty of time to clean up while they were rising.

I worked from the recipe for Mom’s good cinnamon rolls at allrecipes.com. I made some changes based on recommendations and others based on experience and preference. It turned out something like this.

Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients

  •                     2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
  •                     1/3 cup white sugar
  •                     2 cups warm water  or milk (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  •                     1 tablespoon salt
  •                     6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  •                     2 eggs
  •                     1/3 cup vegetable oil
  •                     2 teaspoons vanilla
  •                     1/2 cup brown sugar
  •                     1/2 cup white sugar
  •                     2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  •                     1/8 cup flour
  •                     Soft margarine

            Directions

  1.                     In a large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast and 1/3 cup sugar in warm water. Stir in salt and 2 cups flour. Beat mixture for 2 minutes. Beat in eggs and oil. Stir in the remaining flour, 1/2 cup at a time, beating well after each addition.
  2.                     When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes. Lightly oil a large bowl, place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes. In a small bowl, stir together 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup white sugar, 1/8 cup flour, and 2 teaspoons cinnamon; set aside.
  3.                    Roll out dough into a large rectangle. Spread some soft margarine over dough, then sprinkle with cinnamon mixture. Roll up and cut into 12 rolls. Place the rolls in a lightly greased 9×13 inch baking pan. Cover the rolls with a damp cloth and let rise until doubled in volume, about 40 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
  4.                     Bake in preheated oven for 25-30 minutes, until golden.
  5.                     Frost or glaze as desired.
 I frosted mine with some brown sugar cream cheese frosting I had on hand. Overall, they turned out pretty good. I will probably tweak the recipe some and try again, but first, I have to find a way to get rid of the ones I made without eating them all.

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Welcome!

Hi, my name is Meagan. I am at a transition point in my life and feel like I’m stalled on a precipice. I am 30 with 31 coming up in a week, and I’m still trying to decide what to do with my life. Do you ever feel like that?

Why “in the between”?

In a way, every part of life is in between something. At the very least, between birth and death, but there are also small and large stages and seasons that define you life. My professional life is in a transition stage. I have worked at the same job for almost 10 years, and it is clear that it isn’t going anywhere and I should be leaving soon. God willing, I will graduate at the end of April with a Bachelor’s Degree in finance and what I really need is a real job. My personal life is also stalled. I am currently single, but have sworn off dating for this season. I guess I am still waiting for God direction before I make any big changes on either of these fronts.

Why blog?

I suppose I am hoping that it will bring clarity to my life, and hopefully help others on their journey. Maybe it will chronicle a transition period. Maybe it will just be a place to post pictures to link to on Pinterest. Either way, I may not have a real direction but I have a start and that is often the hardest and most important part. I enjoy making crafts; cooking, baking, and canning; outdoor activities; and traveling to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. More than likely, a bit of all of that will make it into here. I can guarantee it will be a journey, and hopefully in the end we will find our way.

Ecclesiastes 3: A Time for Everything

1There is a time for everything,

and a season for every activity under the heavens:

2 a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to uproot,

3 a time to kill and a time to heal,

a time to tear down and a time to build,

4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,

a time to mourn and a time to dance,

5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

6 a time to search and a time to give up,

a time to keep and a time to throw away,

7 a time to tear and a time to mend,

a time to be silent and a time to speak,

8 a time to love and a time to hate,

a time for war and a time for peace.

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