Saying for the Day- There are few things in this world as good as a saffron bun.
One of my saffron bun receipes
ST. LUCIA BUNS (SAFFRON BUNS)
3/4 cup milk
1/4 cup margarine
2/5 cup brown sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons finely shredded orange peel
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon crushed saffron
2-1/4 cups bread flour
1 teaspoon active dry yeast or bread machine yeast
1 beaten egg
1 tablespoon water
Add the first 9 ingredients to machine according to manufacturer's dough cycle directions. When cycle is complete, remove dough from pan. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Divide dough into 24 pieces. On a lightly floured surface, shape dough into traditional shapes.
Place on a greased baking sheet. Cover; let rise about 3 minutes or till nearly double. Mix egg and water; brush onto buns. Place a raisin in the center of each coil. Sprinkle with sugar. Bake in a 375° oven about 10 minutes or till golden. Cool on a wire rack. Makes 12 buns.
News from Pigeon Falls– The little town in my garage where the trains still run and soldiers sit on the main street– Day five of “The Occupation” as named by Mrs. Trumble .Despite all of her requests the General in charge has not seen fit to explain anything to the good Mayor. Nobody knows why the soldiers are here or why they can’t leave the town.
Mrs. Schmidt is now sure her dream trip to Hawaii is off. If you can’t get out of Pigeon Falls then you can’’t get to Hawaii. She is also worried because her children call every day and of course they haven’t been able to call since this whole weird thing began. She is beginning to believe that it was done just to keep her from going.
Toivo and Eino haven’t told anybody about their trip out. For the moment they are keeping secret whatever it is that they saw.
The train comes in every day and brings supplies just as it always has only now it is guarded by soldiers. They unload everything and check it over. One wonders if they are looking for a bomb . They are from Homeland Security after all.
Nancy, whose coffee is back up to $.50 is running out of saffron.. She used a lot on St. Lucia’s day which was December 13. Saffron buns are part of the celebration of that day. Now she can’t order any more saffron with no telephone or internet connection. She could of course order it snail mail. But she is not sure that the mail the soldiers are taking is actually being sent. They have only the General’s word on that.
Will this “occupation” ever end. What about Christmas? What did Eino and Tommy see? Where is the dragon when you need him?
Link for today-Crazy Mad Englishwoman- Remember to leave the words Dr. John in the comments to get those crazy JCPOINTS. Check HERE for your total. The prizes can bbe seen HERE.
If you want a great explanation of where we got the tradition of the Christmas Tree from then goto Lazy Blogger. He explains it today.
We are doing a special Wednesday drawing this morning to give away the rest of the Christmas prizes. No choices. winner gets all the Christmas ones.
Betty has drawn.
The winner is
Congratulations Starbender. Starbender had 425 chances of being drawn as against 2332 for the person with the most chances.This time the prize will get to you if I have to carry it there myself.
We started the day trying to get postage printed at home. It looks so easy in the Post Office commercials but it isn't. First there are all the usual blanks to fill out. Then you discover that Priority Mail is the lowest price you can get . No parcel post. So I filled out the blanks and my credit card refused the charge. Twice it refused the charge without any reason. So I went to the credit card internet site and discovered that they hadn't changed my address. I changed it through the site and then went back to the Post Office site. Now it accepted the card and printed the label. But it runied one good label by printing the instructions on it. By the time we got the two packages labeled the mailman had come and gone. So now we have scheduled a pick up for tommorow. In the mail we got a wonderful suprise Christmas gift that we did not in any way expect. There are really nice people in this world. In the afternon we went shopping. This time we did get some more of our Christmas shopping done so that's good. Now we have been trying to get the inhouse network Peter set up to work and it won't. Well I need a breathing treatment.