Cinnamon Rolls Anyone?

I selected my grandson, Austin, who is 13, to help me with these rolls. He likes cooking and eating so it’s a great combination. The recipe is found on most flour bags but here is a simple one I follow.

   Most of the time I measure out everything early, even the day before sometimes, then it’s easier to put together without all the other ingredients out. Mix up the dough and put on the coffee while it rises.

David Yaussy, my brother in law in West Virginia, makes these cinnamon rolls when the family gets together. When his sons went off to college one of the first questions they called and asked was “Hey, Dad, how do you make those cinnamon rolls?”  One by one, he has three, he has taught them how to fix them. So I guess this is it a Yaussy Family tradition and my grandson, Austin,  has always felt he was part Yaussy. He has always liked following in his big cousins foot prints. Here is Brandon Yaussy enjoying his Dad’s caramel rolls! Just another version of the same sweet roll recipe.


Our son Adam is a math teacher and coach. He gives private lessons in hitting and pitching. He is a Sunday school leader and wonderful, active and patient father of three wonderful children and a loving and helpful husband to his wife Lisa. They met in high school where they were often honored with king and queen of the prom and best couple of the school and other such awards. They both played sports and excelled in their fields, no pun intended! Adam was ace pitcher and was offered several college scholarships as was Lisa for her catcher ability in girls softball. So they choose the same school and went off to college together. They help each other out with everything so when Lisa asked him to drop off a gift to a baby shower for her because she wasn’t feeling well enough to go, he didn’t think a thing about it. He always did things like that. So on his way to a pitching lesson he was giving, he stopped by the house to drop off the baby gift. Greeted at the door by a very pregnant woman he didn’t recognize, he handed her the gift which she was happy to receive. As he looked around he noticed one other man who seemed relieved to see another man joining the ladies shower. A puzzled look soon came upon Adam’s face when he noticed he didn’t know anyone! Since they had both gone to school with their pregnant friend to whom the gift was intended, he said,”I think I’m at the wrong shower!” The women all said that the baby gift was the ticket to the party so he was very welcomed to stay and enjoy the party food. Even though everyone was very nice, he decided he needed to get the gift back and proceed to the right shower which had to be close by. They all had a good laugh as he left his new found friends.

Lisa makes these Pampered Chef peanut butter cookies with Reese peanut butter cups for her kids for special occasions and they love them. She says they are so easy when you’re busy with three kids and a husband!! Just make a batch from any store bought package of peanut butter cookies and roll into small balls. Place these balls in a small muffin tin. Make a hole in the dough and put the peanut butter/chocolate drops in each tin. Bake as directed and let cool.  ENJOY!

With Ireland Being Such A Small Country, How Can So Many Of Us Have Irish Blood ?? 🍀🍀🍀

In tradition with St. Patrick’s Day my granddaughters , Ella and Callie Atkinson,  decided to have an Irish Tea Party and invite their Papa. They helped me make cream horns from puff pastry and did a very good job. Then Callie, of course, added green color to the filling just for the “Irish” of it!!

And to continue the tradition we made Shepherd’s Pie for dinner. This was easy and tasty!   Top of the mornin’ to you and like the Irish say back ” and the rest of the day to yourself”!

It’s what you do when things don’t go right that counts!!

After you pull out the lights for the windows, you see they are so tangled it takes forever to get them straightened out!! When the lights finally get untangled and you try to replace the burnt out ones, be careful because those bulbs are hard to find!    Then you get out all your special cookie cutters…. And promptly burn and break the first batch! Or you try a new recipe and it fails so badly, the dog doesn’t even want them! These are the days you’re glad to be a Christian. Glad to have the faith that you know tomorrow will be better. We are all born with a desire to keep trying. Watch a baby! I’ve had this blessing many times with my grandchildren when they try to learn to crawl or walk. When they fall, they get right back up and try again and again till they make it. We as adults have a harder time of accepting failure and trying again. Or we can’t let go of the past and miss out on the present. I once heard a therapist give this example and it has stuck with me since. She said, life was like a GPS! When you are headed in a direction and you make a wrong turn, the GPS doesn’t ask you why you made the wrong turn it just tries to find a new path for you to take to get you where you wanted to go in the first place. And it does this all through the trip. Sometimes turning around and sometimes taking new roads. In the end if you follow the GPS, it will get you there. God is like that too. He forgives and best of all forgets. As long as you pray and follow His path you will end up in the right place. So when you fail, just pick yourself up and try again. So as you are traveling on unknown roads and you turn on your GPS to get you where you want to go; do the same with GOD and allow Him to guide you on the unknown roads of life. His concern is about where you are right now and like the GPS, He isn’t worried about where you’ve been.

I want to thank ECI (Equestrian Chaplaincy Int’l. Inc.)  for giving me the opportunity to help in Hungary. The teens there are so excited about the English camps that are held each year for the fellowship and learning of God’s love. They will walk miles and ride trains just to get there. I, of course, came home with an authentic Hungarian Goulash recipe to share and also the special paprika they use. When Bob and Evie Barnard and I came home from being over in Hungary we prepared a luncheon for the mothers of two of the missionaries that are living over there. After all, the mothers are also giving their children and grandchildren to the mission field. That is a sacrifice for them as well. We served Hungarian Goulash and one of the mothers wore a Hungarian vest to the luncheon. We had also brought back pictures and videos for them to enjoy. We Christians need to stick together!

John 3:18 says, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.