Over the backyard fence

It’s the first Friday Fave Five of Spring. Gooey cinnamon roll filling recipe A new season and a renewed effort to keep up with my favorite meme at the end of the week.

It’s been one of those weeks where it’s hard to narrow it down, but here are five things I’m grateful for:

1. Cinnamon roll frosting recipes Celebrating this grandson of mine on his first birthday! I hold him whenever I possibly can, knowing that in a short time he’ll be walking and won’t want to be held (sniff). Easy cinnabon cinnamon rolls recipe He is so round and roly poly and happy all the time.

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2. Cinnamon roll filling without butter We Facetimed with the Wisconsin contingency and all the grandkids got to see each other. Easy cinnamon raisin bread recipe without yeast It was great fun watching their reactions to one another. Easy cinnamon bread recipe without yeast The 3-year-old is the only one who really understood what the heck was going on, but there was lots of waving and smiling. Easy cinnamon roll recipe without yeast baking powder Kids don’t hold back, I love that.

3. Cinnamon bun dough recipe for bread machine My son Joe is taking a literature class this semester, and I’ve read a few of the books along with him. Cinnamon roll recipe from scratch We’ve had some great discussions. Cinnamon bun recipe bread machine I read some of Truman Capote’s works — a first for me. Best cinnamon roll recipe bread machine At Joe’s suggestion, I started with Breakfast at Tiffany’s. He is a wonderful, sensitive writer and his short stories are just lovely. The perfect cinnabon cinnamon roll recipe I haven’t read In Cold Blood and I’m not sure if I will, but I’m really glad I read his other works.

4. Cinnamon roll frosting recipe with cream cheese I found a new favorite at Starbuck’s — an Iced Coconut Milk Mocha Macchiato. Cinnamon roll frosting recipe It’s not as sweet as it sounds, and I sometimes ask for less caramel. Cinnamon roll frosting recipe easy But, as prepared it’s only 200 calories, so that’s something.

5. Cinnamon roll frosting recipe without powdered sugar Last but not least, I had a really nice week at work. Cinnamon bun topping recipe It was a quiet week, and I was able to get caught up, completing the transition to our new billing system. Cinnamon roll frosting recipe with powdered sugar I’m feeling quite capable and techie right now.

Our library has a quarterly adult reading program. The best cinnamon roll recipe in the world It’s a lot like the kids’ summer reading program, where you read a certain number of books to earn prizes. Cinnamon roll recipe using frozen dinner rolls This is a lot more low key. Soft fluffy cinnamon roll recipe For this winter the theme is “Chill with a Good Book.” You pick up a scratch card at the reference desk, and there are suggestions for three different kinds of books. Soft gooey cinnamon roll recipe You can go with the suggestions or read something of your own choosing. Easy soft cinnamon roll recipe When you read three books, you return the card and it goes into a weekly drawing. Cinnabon cinnamon roll recipe without bread machine The prizes are things like a library mug filled with chocolates. Easy cinnamon roll recipe with biscuits At the end of the quarter, all the cards go into a pot for the ‘big drawing.’ One year I one a $25 gift card to the mall!

Sometimes, you can earn extra points for weekly drawings by writing a short book review, which goes up on the bulletin board.

1. Cinnamon roll cake recipe Read a book that takes place at least 5,000 miles from where you live. Cinnamon roll cake recipe easy My choice was Kate Morton’s The Secret Keeper. Cinnamon roll cake recipe yellow mix I love this author. Cinnamon roll cake recipe pampered chef This story starts out in 1961 rural England. Cinnamon roll cake recipe pinterest Sixteen-year-old Laurel Nicolson witnesses a murder, committed by a family member. Cinnamon bun cake recipe on facebook Haunted by the experience for the next 40 years, she is finally able to confront it again, when the family member is dying. Cinnamon roll icing recipe without butter This takes the story back to pre-war England, where the details are unraveled. Cinnamon roll icing recipe with cream cheese I love books that jump around in time, and this one does it well, giving you just enough information to move the story forward and keep the reader in suspense.

2. Cinnamon roll icing recipe without powdered sugar Read a book that is less than 220 pages. For this selection, I chose Beehives, the second in a mystery series of three books by Mary Coley. Cinnamon roll icing recipe without cream cheese My friend gifted me this series after I visited her in Tulsa and we traveled to Pawhuska, the town of Pioneer Woman fame. Cinnamon roll glaze recipe without cream cheese The books take place in this area, and it was especially fun to read the first one ( Cobwebs) and recognize landmarks from Pawhuska. Cinnamon roll glaze recipe cream cheese Beehives is set in nearby Osage Hills State Park. Homemade cinnamon rolls recipe with yeast ‘The protagonist is Jamie Aldrich, a recently widowed science teacher, who has a knack for coming across dead bodies.

3. Homemade cinnamon rolls recipe laura vitale Re-read a book from your youth. This was easy for me, and I immediately dug through some boxes in the basement for my copy of Bambi by Felix Salten. Homemade cinnamon rolls recipe without yeast I decided to Google the author first to find out the history of how this delightful tale, considered one of the first environmental novels ever published, became an animated Disney movie. Homemade cinnamon rolls recipe easy Felix Salten was an Austrian author and critic, who wrote the book in his native language. Homemade cinnamon rolls recipe without bread machine It was eventually translated and published in the U.S., as were several sequels. Homemade cinnamon rolls recipe from scratch The sequels were first published in English, as Salten was a prominent Jew and his books were banned in 1935 by Adolph Hitler. Homemade cinnamon rolls recipe cinnabon The story of Bambi is a coming of age story, as the roe deer learns the ways of the forest. Cinnabon cinnamon roll frosting recipe It is also a poetic tale of the beauty of the earth and how all the animals connect with one another.

Yay! Today is the first day of Spring! The season is really strutting it’s stuff this year, as witnessed by the Chanticleer Flowering Pear tree outside my window. Cinnamon bun icing recipe without cream cheese I’ve been watching it for the past couple of days, and this morning I’m seeing the first blooms.

It was lovely being outdoors this weekend. Cinnamon roll icing cream cheese The iris bulbs that I got from a neighbor last fall, are sprouting up nicely. Cinnamon sticky buns recipe no yeast Daffodils, hydrangeas and crocus are popping up. Easy sticky cinnamon bun recipe I stopped by our library last Friday and the planters out front are bursting with pansies and tulips. Cinnamon sticky buns recipe biscuits I love that our town puts so much effort into gardens and landscape.

And, how can I post about Spring unless I include a new baby? This is Chloe, my friend Terry’s 5-month-old miniature Australia shepherd. Sticky cinnamon bun starbucks recipe We met for coffee yesterday and sat outside on the patio. Sticky cinnamon rolls recipe I wish I had a nickle for every person who stopped to coo over her and give her a pat. Cinnamon roll frosting recipe without cream cheese It seems no one can resist a puppy and she brought lots of smiles to an already beautiful, sunny spring day.

Hard to belief that it’s March already, and another month has flown by. Best cinnamon bun filling recipe Here’s what’s been going on this week:

1. Easy cinnamon roll filling recipe On Monday, I drove up to the town where I went to college to see an art exhibit that was featured in our alumni magazine. Cinnamon bread recipe without yeast It’s been up there since the first of the year, and I’d been meaning to take a drive up, since it only ran through February. Easy cinnamon roll recipe without yeast It was a beautiful, cool but sunny day. Sweet roll dough recipe for bread machine The drive up to Greeley wasn’t exactly relaxing — there’s a lot more traffic now than when I used to make the drive 30 plus years ago. The best cinnamon bun recipe ever But, I’m glad I made the trip. Easy cinnamon roll recipe no yeast The art gallery is on the older part of campus, where I lived as a student, so I strolled around and memories kept popping into my head of the wonderful years I spent at UNC.

2. Cinnamon roll dough recipe for bread machine I did a bunch of cooking over the weekend, recipes for the cookbook and some baking for Joe and Sam. Cinnamon roll frosting cream cheese One of our family favorites are these cinnamon rolls. Mini cinnamon rolls no yeast The recipe is called Clone of a Cinnabon, and they are delicious! I use the bread machine to make the dough and it couldn’t be simpler.

3. Cinnamon bun recipe bread maker I’m finishing up a book challenge with our local library. Cinnamon roll recipe bread machine One of the suggested reads is a book from childhood. Cinnamon roll recipe bread machine dough I chose Bambi by Felix Salten. Cinnamon roll recipe from scratch no yeast I loved it as a child, reading it over and over again. Swedish cinnamon buns recipe uk I’ll do a post about it soon, and the other books I chose for the challenge.

This month marks the 10th anniversary of Over the Backyard Fence.

That’s just mind boggling! So much for thinking that I don’t have a lot to say.

To mark OTBF’s anniversary, I’m going to re-post my first entry. Easy homemade cinnamon rolls from scratch without yeast My reasons for blogging have remained much the same through the years. Cinnamon roll glaze no cream cheese Back then, I was a stay-at-home-mom, hoping to find other like-minded women who were home with their kids and enjoying the homemaking experience. Cinnamon roll icing recipe easy Now, I enjoy connecting with bloggers who are empty-nesters and share in this new stage of life. Easy cinnamon roll recipe with cream cheese frosting In a way, blogging is like having pen pals. Cinnamon roll icing recipe with powdered sugar I like writing newsy notes, and look forward to reading what other bloggers have to tell about their days and their lives.

Many thanks to all of you — bloggers, friends, and family — who take time from your day to stop in and ‘chat’ with me, over my backyard fence.

Welcome to my blog. Cinnamon roll topping recipe Years ago, I grew up in the same town where I’m now raising my own family. Cinnabon cinnamon roll icing recipe I remember summer afternoons, or warm weather days after school, when my mother and our next door neighbor would chat over the white picket fence that separated our back yards. Cinnamon bun recipe with cream cheese icing They often happened to meet up when they were out hanging laundry or taking it down from the clothesline. Frozen bread cinnamon roll recipe They would chat, their little ones hanging onto their legs, us older kids knowing better than to stand and listen, so we would play elsewhere in the yard where we could hear their every word. Cinnamon roll icing recipe brown sugar My mother was so blessed to have a neighbor who soon became her best friend. Homemade cinnamon rolls recipe with cream cheese icing Both my mother and the new neighbor had moved to our town from out of state. Easy homemade cinnamon rolls recipe no yeast Both women were stay-at-home-moms (as many were in the 60s). Cinnamon roll frosting without cream cheese Both women had left behind their parents, and hardest of all, their sisters. Cinnamon bun icing cream cheese So they found one another and grew a friendship that lasted for 35 years.

Times have changed and although the neighborhoods in my not-so-small town still look the same, they’ve changed, too. Cinnamon roll icing without cream cheese I work from my home so that I, too, can be a stay-at-home mom, even though my children are all school age now. Cinnamon roll glaze without cream cheese From my office window, I look out on the street where we live and watch my neighbors drive off to work each day. Cinnamon roll glaze cream cheese A few years ago, there was another woman like me who lived across the street, and we once admitted to each other that just the sight of our cars in the driveway gave the other a sense of comfort, to know that “someone else” was at home, too.

My back yard is edged with a “privacy fence” like the rest of the neighborhood. Cinnamon roll pancake recipe with cream cheese glaze I’m not sure that either of my next-door neighbors even has a clothesline. Cinnamon roll glaze recipe without powdered sugar (I do not). Cinnamon roll bread recipe without yeast I don’t feel isolated. Cinnamon swirl bread recipe no yeast Well yes I do, and that’s why I love reading blogs written by other stay-at-home-moms. Cinnamon rolls recipe south africa But if I need some human contact I can jump in the car, meet a friend for coffee or volunteer at my kids’ school where the staff is always looking for warm bodies to help out. Easy cinnamon roll dough recipe For the most part, I like working from my home. Cinnamon roll recipe without yeast or butter Yes, I always have to make the coffee, but since that was sometimes an issue when I worked in a “real office” at least I don’t have to deal with that. Cinnamon roll recipe without buttermilk My office mates are cooperative and cheerful, even if one does sleep and shed on my daytimer, and the other snores occasionally while asleep under my desk. Cinnamon bread recipe no yeast I can take a break and blog when I want to, and no one looks over my shoulder asking what I’m doing. Cinnamon bread recipe yeast And when there’s a warm, sunny day, I can sit on my screened-in back porch and listen to the birds chirping, put my feet up and take my coffee break out there. Cinnamon raisin bread recipe without yeast Sometimes, though, I look longingly at those high fences and think how nice it would be to find a friend on the other side.

In the kitchen . . . Homemade caramel pecan cinnamon roll recipe I am cooking up recipes for a family cookbook that my friend Pamela and I are putting together. Homemade cinnamon roll icing recipe Well, we’re supplying the recipes and pictures. Easy cinnamon bun recipe homemade Her daughter Lori is our publisher! Yesterday, I made Turkey Spinach Meatloaf. Homemade cinnamon roll waffle recipe And a batch of chocolate chip cookies, just because. Cinnamon roll recipe without yeast or buttermilk Tonight, I’m making Pecan Salmon and a spinach salad.

Post Script . . . Cinnamon roll recipe no yeast or milk I’m really struggling with Facebook these days. Cinnamon roll recipe no yeast or baking powder I turned off my account before the election, because I just couldn’t handle all the political statements. Simple cinnamon roll recipe Even from people I agreed with! it was so much sparring and trying to have the last word. Simple cinnamon roll recipe no yeast I’m back on, but now I find myself wanting to comment all the time about the state of our country and what’s going on. Homemade cinnamon roll icing with powdered sugar I feel an obligation to speak out, however, I don’t feel that FB is the forum for it. Cinnamon roll glaze recipe with powdered sugar I have a small circle of FB friends and I very much respect their opinions and don’t feel that I need to educate any of them. Giant cinnamon bun recipe So, I’m trying to control my ‘trigger finger’ when I want to Like a post, just for the satisfaction of saying, “Yeah! Take that!” I miss the old days when FB was just a social place to catch up with friends and family. Giant cinnamon roll recipe And I feel that I’ve become one of the people who have steered away from that.

This was the view today from what my family lovingly calls, “Mom’s Bench.” It is a park bench that bears her name, located at the top of a trail in an Open Space area in our town. Giant cinnamon roll cake recipe Today the wind was blowing like crazy, but it was warm and sunny, upwards of 75 degrees F. Cinnamon buns bread machine These clouds looked so soft and plump, I wished I could lay my head down on them.

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