This morning Louis Dean was up hours before me! I knew what he was up to the moment I opened my eyes! He was baking!!! This is one of his all time favorite things to do. It makes his eyes sparkle and shine. AND it makes our place smell like the best coffee house in the world!
A double batch of bread rolls!
What better meal than freshly made bread, butter and cheese???
If it had been later in the day - there would have been wine!
Now I shall tell you the tale of the batch that didn't make it.
Louis Dean and I are in our twelfth year of marriage. Early on.....like the second year we were married, we found ourselves shopping at Sam's and salt was on the grocery list. It was the ONLY thing that we were not going to buy - because it ONLY came in a 20 pound bag! Still, for whatever reason that I can't remember now, we were pressed for time and didn't want to have to stop again at a grocery store for this ONE item. We bought the 20 pound bag. We still have over a quart of it. I have it in a plastic container and it is marked SALT! Did I mention that Louis Dean got up early? We don't DO 'early' well. At any rate, his first batch was not 'proofing' like it should so he took it out and pinched off a piece to test. Salty! He has used a half cup of SALT instead of a half cup of SUGAR!
No problem! He was off to the store to buy more yeast.....and flour!
By 4:30 he had the cinnamon rolls proofing in the oven and we took a break in the gazebo.
While HE had been baking, I had been decorating!
He brought out some potato chips for our snack and said he was sorry he couldn't find a BIG bag!!
While every photo of Louis Dean is good - and you may have noticed that I only used HIS photos in last night's post - he took one of me and I am posting it WITHOUT make up!
I did 'soften' it, though.
Lest you be envious of having a baker for your husband.......
he does not come without a price!
I am not even going there tonight!
It got WORSE after this photo so I will be better off to tackle the clean up tomorrow!
Tonight I dressed up the front door as well as the front porch for Christmas.
I am going through tub after tub so nothing is really DONE yet.
Still, progress is being made and I am past the overwhelmed state and into the spirit of decorating!
While the cinnamon rolls were baking, Louis Dean helped me put up the big living room tree!
The one that I bought at a thrift store two years ago and that was prelit and burned out and that Louis Dean spent hours and HOURS clipping off the old lights!
As he was trying to get around to go to the other side of the tree - he found himself virtually boxed in!!!
He really is my Knight in Shining Armor!
The tree stands!
AND we are having cinnamon rolls for supper!