Friday, March 28, 2014

The Comfort of Cinnamon Bread

It has been quite the week.

Not only did I launch She Plans Dinner but I launched my husband out to his yearly 4 day men's Bible study.

This never consists of just booting his butt out the door. Or sending him off with a sweet kiss. No. That would be precious.

My husband is the planner of this Bible study that has an attendance of 20-40 men every year. It has been happening for almost 20 years, but my husband has been at the planning helm for only about 3 of those years.

Him at the at the helm. Same diff. He prays over what passage they should study. He invites the moderator for the study. He looks handsome and buff.

We put together save the date emails and event brochures.

I keep track of who is coming, who has paid and how much. I email the camp with current numbers. I field questions from attendees, potential attendees, and the camp. I tweak the schedule and then run it by Mr. Hippie. I switch it to PDF format and email it out. I put little nothings on the FB page to keep it front and center in people's minds. I reformat study notes from whatever format the moderator originally used that didn't translate too well. (think 4 point type, crammed single space onto 3 pieces of paper)

And, I sigh a huge sigh of relief when he hits the road, and the end is in sight.

Between conference details, technical and launch details for She Plans Dinner, insurance audits and homeschooling, can you see why I have been cooking quick and easy meals and giving my house a lick and a promise?

what's easier than plopping a bunch of brats on a bed of Saurkraut and declaring it good enough?

oven fried potatoes-2 Tbsp olive oil, 4-6 potatoes, 1 envelope onion soup mix. Roast at 375 degrees for 40-45 minutes.
Today I am launching my kids and myself out the door on a short road trip. We are going to visit some of my best-est friends in the whole entire world. I am looking forward to cups of coffee and yard work, making Champagne Chicken and going thrift shopping. We will laugh belly laughs and we may even cry. And it will be good!

Maybe we will even watch Failure to Launch...

In keeping with the nature of my hectic existence the past few weeks, I have a really quick and easy recipe to share with you.

It is a sweet bread that has only 7 ingredients and 3 steps. I enjoy making a batch on Saturdays to eat as a family before we leave for church Sunday mornings. It is moist and fragrant. Definitely a family favorite.

Cinnamon Bread
2 cups sugar
4 cups flour
2 tsp baking soda
2 eggs
2 cups buttermilk or sour milk
1/2 cup oil

1/2 cup sugar
2-1/2 T cinnamon
*no, that is not a typo. It is 2-1/2 tablespoons of cinnamon

-Mix all the ingredients together well. It is a stiff batter.
-In a small bowl, mix the sugar and cinnamon for the topping.
-Spread half the batter into the bottoms of two greased loaf pans. Top with half the topping. Repeat the layers.
-Swirl with a knife.
-Bake at 350 degrees for one hour. Cool 10 minutes in the pans, and then turn out onto wire racks.

Enjoy your weekend! And don't forget to sign up for a She Plans Dinner subscription with your $5 off coupon. (celebrate5)