Wednesday, November 22, 2017

A Christmas Memory and Fresh Baked Bread!!!

I think our mornings are my favorite time of day.
We have kept the fireplace burning all day long and it has felt so warm and cozy and very much like Thanksgiving is upon us!

Every December we read out loud from our many Christmas books after we read the Bible.

This was our first time to read A Christmas Memory.

We usually spent 2 hours with our coffee, news, and reading. We're slow starters!
Then Louis Dean went to the kitchen to start his bread making marathon!

I cleared off the counters for him and then stayed out of his way.

Louis Dean has to focus on what he's doing and he is so easily distracted that he asked me not to even talk to him.

  I continued with my cleaning in preparation for the decorating to begin soon.
However, I DID put on my clothes - grungy ones - and a little make up so when Louis Dean asked me to make an emergency trip to the store to get him another jar of yeast, I was quickly on my way!  

By the time I got back home the first batch was in the oven baking and the house smelled so good!

I went back to my 'rat killing' but it wasn't long before Louis Dean had another emergency.
This time the battery had died in the little white scales he uses to weigh his rolls.

It's important to him that each and every roll weigh exactly the same.
Every single one is 1.7 ounces.

He made six batches and was in the kitchen for just about 8 hours!

He was one tired baker!

He made 112 dinner rolls and they all turned out perfectly!
He went off to take a nice long hot bath while I put the kitchen back to order.

We make a pretty good team.

I have the fruitcake cookies all tinned up, two bottles of wine,and the tubs of rolls all ready to take to Fort Worth in the morning. I'm going to set my alarm and put the ham on in the morning.
This will be the fourth ham Louis Dean brought in.
This is what I wrote to my sisters this morning:
Louis Dean just bought our FOURTH ham! He finally got the one I asked for in the first place! The first one was a picnic that you must cook. I don’t know how he did it but the bottom part turned to MUSH! I mean MUSH! The second one he got out of the freezer and it was the exact same kind as the first one so he decided not to use it and went to the store this morning for another one. Well, he paid big bucks and got a tiny little ham! He turned around and went back to the store and got a spiral cut honey ham! And I will get up early and put it in the roaster in the morning as it is fully cooked and must be heated up! Now we have two big bags of the good part of the first ham in the fridge and two hams - a big one and a little one - in the deep freeze! And one in the gazebo fridge for tomorrow! Now he’s on to making the dinner rolls!

We have a LOT of fresh baked bread now!

Wishing you all a blessed Thanksgiving Day tomorrow.


Deanna Rabe said...

Happy Thanksgiving! That is a lot of rolls, and they do look wonderful! That's a real gift to everyone at your feast!

Ginny Hartzler said...

EIGHT hours!! He is one in a million! And I bet they are so good! Don't you just love the smell of baking bread? Now I want to go buy a ham. I hope you have a wonderful day! And I know you will, because you spread joy, and then it is contagious.

Blondie's Journal said...

He is a keeper, Linda! I love a man that can cook. Th rolls look yummy.

4 hams? Well, you have to keep trying, right?

Safe travels! :)

Happy Thanksgiving!
Jane x

Sandra said...

I was about to comment that I wish I had a baker here like LD but then on second thought no. because bread and sugar are my most favorite food on earth. we are eating out and my dessert will be a yeast roll, which is the most favorite thing at Golden Corral. tell LD I am just like him. I tell bob don't talk to me when I am cooking or putting pills in the weekly boxes. 8 hours in the kitchen is mind blowing. I have never done more than 2 and that is rare. happy thanksgiving, enjoy your family

Susie said...

Linda, I hope LD gets a nice roll and ham sandwich. :) That is one working man you have there. LOL. Hope you both get to relax and enjoy all the family time for a few days. I will be with my daughters and I am excited to see everyone. I am also making a ham for the dinner today. I think we are gathering early so that some can get to other family functions. I don't mind just so I get tell them how much I love them. I want to see their smiling faces. Please tell all there hello for me. Blessings to one and all, love you guys so much, xoxo, Susie

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

Happy Thanksgiving from my house to yours! I could just smell that bread baking right through your pictures. That was a labor of love for sure ! So thankful to have met you and your Louis Dean.

Bluebird49 said...

I know someone is enjoying that ham and all those rolls today, or will be soon! I can't believe I missed your post last night, but it was long day. I was tired from cooking and making deviled eggs and chicken salad to bring to our son's house to go with the rest of the feast, and packing to come. When we got here yesterday afternoon, just walking up the steps was wearing, but I'll get used to it after it's about time to go home! lol! I so enjoy the grandchildren coming up into our bedroom (I'm resting in here in my recliner right now), and lying on the bed, talking about everything with me! A time to treasure!) Before long we'll bless our food and eat together.
Watching movies together at night, remembering other special holiday memories together, and making more was just great.!
I'm thinking you're about ready to decorate for Christmas, and wondering how soon you can get down to your happy place, too. So much to do, so little time, huh! Enjoy each and every second, dear!
I know you will have fun at Nita's soon! Be blessed!

Vee said...

Are ya feeding an army? (I imagine that you are! ) ☺️


He is a cook, those rolls are making me want one, cause I know the smell and I can breath them in. I know how great it is, as hubby loves to cook too.
Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving day.
Have a nice weekend ahead.

Nonnie said...

I feel successful making one batch of rolls in a day. That LD is something else. I love your tradition of the reading. I think I will get my books out and try that. I hope your day was wonderful. That's sad about the hams.

Nancy Chan said...

Linda, you are so blessed! LD is a great baker and he worked so hard for 8 long hours! Both of you make a great team! Love the look of the dinner rolls. Happy thanksgiving!