The Simple Life
By Sheryl Simons
When you are content to simply be yourself and don't compare or
compete, everyone will respect you. Lao Tzu
Then summer fades and passes and October comes. We'll smell smoke
then, and feel an unexpected sharpness, a thrill of nervousness,
swift elation, a sense of sadness and departure.~~Thomas Wolfe
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Northern Michigan autumn is fading fast. Our yard is bare,
even though we still have beautiful blooming roses and petunias.
They haven't given up yet, and there are even some delphiniums in the
yard that are still in bloom (for the second bloom). There are still
some beautiful pockets of color and a short ride around the
neighborhood today brought some lovely golden orange maples into
view. Most of the reds are gone. I heard that the colors change 20
miles south, each week, but not sure if I can trust that rumor!
Going near the great lakes also makes a difference with the climate
near the big bodies of water making the weather more temperate, and
fall colors are slower to turn there. It sure is a beautiful fall,
and outdoor jobs are fun to do.
This week we will give the lawn a final mowing. Some years I have
cut all the perennials, but recently read that birds love the seeds,
so will keep some of them uncut for the birds. I can just as easily
cut them in the spring.
I have an area I want to make into a patio, but it was full
of plants and some are bulbs. I can't put the patio blocks down
until I dig up the bulbs. That got me to thinking that next year I
will put a marker where I have a patch of bulbs, so that when digging
I will know I have a clump of flowers there, hiding underground.
That will be a fun spring project for next spring to look forward
to. And, I might get some great ideas before then, as well.
Just looking around the yard, I see a few things that need to
be put away. Most things, like lawn furniture, get put away or
covered here. They might be winter hardy, but they will last better
if they are under cover. Things like putting hoses away and general
yard clean up are done in a few minutes on a nice sunny warm day.
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Simple Cinnamon Rolls
Several requests for cinnamon rolls recipes came from last
weeks bread recipe. I had an early start getting to know cinnamon
rolls. My mother, and my grandmother were the pros who taught me.
Start with the dough recipe from last weeks column, or go to the
website. Let it rise once and punch down. Let rest for 10 to 20
minutes. Pat out the dough into a 9 X 16 (or so) rectangle. Spread
a layer of brown sugar ( the more brown sugar, it will melt to the
bottom of the pan and make a carmelly glaze), a generous layer of
cinnamon, and various raisins, chopped apples, and or nuts can be
added, as well. Roll up and slice. I put this recipe into one 10"
pie pan, or a double recipe into a 9X13 pan. Let rise again. They
are ready to bake when you touch them with your finger and the
indentation stays. If it quickly disappears, it is still rising.
Bake about 25 minutes until golden brown. Frost and serve ( warm of
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"I have discovered that the people who believe most strongly in the
next life do the most good in the present one." -- C.S. Lewis
We all have but one life. We choose to make it a fairy tale, or a
nightmare. What me make of it, comes from our choices.
Keeping it Simple,
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