Thursday, April 22, 2010

Thankful Thursday

It is Thursday correct? Yep that is the kind of week I am having!

There are many women who have had positive influence in my life. With Mother's Day a few weeks away ...note to self: think about gifts for moms... Where was I? Right, I have been thinking particularly about other mothers who have influenced me recently. Today I would like to thank a few of these women.

I wish Ree Drummond aka The Pioneer Woman was my neighbor! The wonderful aroma that must gently drift from her kitchen would make its way into my home and inspire me to bake even more. Since we are states apart her recipes that she documents on her blog will have to do for my nose. I would like to say THANK. YOU. for sharing this amazing little ditty with me (and the rest of her followers!). I love cinnamon rolls but these are beyond any Cinnabon I have ever indulged in. I have not tried her frosting, I am sure it is wonderful, but I choose to use my favorite.

My Favorite Frosting
4C Confectioners Sugar
4T milk
3T butter (heaping)
1t vanilla
1 dash salt
Beat all ingredients with mixer 3-5 minutes. If too thick add a LITTLE milk. If too runny slowly add Confectioners Sugar.

Thank you Ree for sharing this recipe and not keeping it to yourself. It has made Saturday mornings delicious around my home!

A friend had told me about Ree's blog before and I have been reading it for a while but if it had not been for Ginger at Ginger Snap Shots I may have never known about the Cinnamon Rolls. Thank you Ginger for mentioning out-of-this-world sounding cinnamon buns. Ginger homeschools her two daughters. I think Bookworm and Gypsy will be very much like her daughters. She writes about their homeschooling experiences and everyday topics. Last month she talked posted about her daughters' learning styles. This is something I have been trying to keep in the front of my mind while planning for school. She linked to a few sites that I was able to gain a better understanding of my girls' learning styles.

Thank you Ginger for posting about your homeschool and sharing so many great ideas.

A few weeks ago I finished reading The Duggars: 20 and Counting!: Raising One of America's Largest Families--How they Do It. I have always been fascinated by big families. The Duggars are no exception. I chuckle to myself when random strangers people make comments that I have my hands full with my three little ones. Yes, I am busy, but it is nothing compared to many other mothers. There were many things Jim Bob and Michelle talked about in the book that were a bit extreme for me. I still took a lot away from the book.

We just finished our family closet. This was an idea I had tossed around for a while the book just nudged me to take the last step. I have taken a blanket to several doctor appointments for the girls to sit on with a few small toys. The one thing that stood out to me most was talking quietly.

Michelle talked about how her children know the softer her voice is the more upset she is. This was rolling around it my head for over a week. I kept thinking, "She is crazy, there is no way that would work for kids." Then I found myself yelling at the girls to clean up, it's time for lunch, Monster was pulling things out left and right, I was hungry and trying to do five things as usual, and then that thought hit me again. So I started whispering, "it is time to clean up right now. we are going to eat lunch when we are done. etc." They both stopped, looked at me and started cleaning up. After a few minutes Bookworm looked at me again and asked, "Mumma, were you yelling?" I continued whispering, "no, it is just time to clean up." I was floored. This must be a fluke. There is no way this would work again. The next day I started to lose my temper and tried again. It. Worked. Again. I told Brad about what had happened. He said, "Maybe it is like God speaking to us in that still small voice." I think he hit the nail on the head. Since then he and I will start whispering and both girls know we mean business. I dare you to try and keep your blood pressure high while whispering at your kids next time they won't listen!

Thank you Michelle for sharing your ideas and wisdom you have gained over the last 20+ years of mothering.

Which moms have influenced you lately?

Andi and Brad have been married since 2002. They have five squishers who keep them on their toes. She is a second generation home educator. In her spare time Andi creates and sells handmade goodies in her shop, Andi Gould Designs.


  1. holy cow, you inspire me!!!!
    On another note, do you really make 7 pans of rolls on Saturday morning! Have you tried to cut the recipe in half?

  2. na-uh you inspire me with your ALWAYS smiling face!!!

    I have cut it in half and it is still a lot! I have started making the whole batch and freezing them (uncooked). Then when I want one or 10 I just whack 'em in the oven.

  3. You have gotta try this frosting recipe of is SO good (I don't know about on the cinnamon rolls but it is deeeeeelish on cupcakes).


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