Flour, flour everywhere and a giveaway.
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Earlier this week my good friend Jennifer came over and an attempt to try to plan ahead some baked goodies for the holidays, we set about to baking. Jennifer is not just a good friend, she’s my baking friend. And while I’m learning a bunch about baking as I go, she’s sorta my security blanket – and nice company too.
Cinnamon rolls from the brand spanking new cookbook, “The Pioneer Woman Cooks” by Ree Drummond (The Pioneer Woman) were the choice for the day.
We had fun playing in the flour, mixing and all.
And the recipe was easy to follow with photos for each step along the way for guidance.
The cinnamon rolls rocked with maple icing – yum!
There will be some happy folks ’round here come December (or tomorrow).
And yes, I’m still cleaning up flour. But they’re so worth it.
The cinnamon roll recipe is just one of the treasures you can find in “The Pioneer Woman Cooks.” The cookbook is busting at the seams with fantastic photography and tasty eats.
There are cute horsey pictures…
and cute doggie pictures…
and cute cow pictures…
and other cute pictures throughout.
Oh, yeah and the food…
real good food…
If you haven’t heard of The Pioneer Woman, you should check out her site where Ree weaves her humor and genuine, no fluff stuff with her talented hand to bring delight and a more than a few chuckles to her devoted readers daily.
And Ree and I?
We go way back.
Nah, not really.
Not at all.
Other than a chance meeting a few months back, where I said something ding-dongy in my grand style, we don’t know each other at all. But if we had met long ago I’d hope we would’ve been fast friends and then I could say now we go way back and all but…nevermind…
From what I know and have heard from many that do know her so well, she’s cool. She’s kind. She’s real. She’s funny and everything else you would want to say about a friend if you could say that you go way back with.
Guess what? Today you have a chance to win one of her cookbooks. Two (2) randomly selected winners will become the proud owners of a “The Pioneer Woman Cooks” cookbooks.
Just answer this question…
What is your favorite quality in a friend that you “go way back” with? Do they make you laugh? Do they make you cry? Do they do your laundry?
Anyway, just answer the question (only one entry per person) and you’ll be entered to win. You have until Monday, November 9 at 9 p.m. EST.* Winners will be announced Tuesday, November 10 so be sure to check back to see if you’ve won and if you did to claim your prize.
Be sure to tell all of your friends too – you wouldn’t want them to miss out on all of the fun!
(*Daylight Savings Time is not being recognized at this time by my blog settings so contest has been extended until Midnight 12:00 p.m. Pacific Time, 11/9/09.)
Hello, dear Amy! I have the book and have been drooling over what to make first. I’m thinking the sheet cake. I would love to win this book to give as a gift to my mom, though. 🙂
My favorite quality? Just knowing that they will ALWAYS been there for me, no matter what. I love the sense of love and security.
I do so love PW’s website!
My favorite quality….someone I can be real with, they love me warts and all.
Those cinnamon rolls look to die for. YUM! My favorite quality is knowing that no matter how I feel at any particular moment that she is there on the other side to listen to me talk about anything and everything. She always has an open mind and great advice.
How lucky you are to have a baking friend ~ I’m envious! It’s good to see that your cinnamon rolls turned out wonderfully. I just finished reading Ree’s book last night – cover to cover. I am intimiated by yeast, but may be brave and try those rolls.
I have a good friend and we go back about 20 years. She owns a knitting store in town so I guess we get our “knit together”. She’s taught me all I know about knitting and I still have a lot to learn.
I know I already own Ree’s cookbook, so if I do happen to win, I want you to know I have a special sister that would receive it as a Christmas gift; or take me out of the drawing – it’s your decision.
I just wanted to pop in today and let you know I’m glad you posted about those scrumptious rolls.
The quality I like best in my friend that goes way back to the 3rd grade is she will listen. No matter how ridiculous I may sound. She’ll offer advice and because she knows me so well, realizes how I will receive it best! I really would love to have this cookbook. Thanks for the giveaway!
I have a handful of friends that I go WAY with, I mean back to the 70s. These girlfriends of mine are really like family – like sisters. They stayed friends with me when I had big hair and parachute pants, they danced Michael Jackson moves with me late into the night (even though I can’t dance), and they tell me the truth when they don’t like my new hair style. But the best thing about old friends (and sisters)is that they don’t judge me- they love me just the way I am – flaws and all.
The thing I love about my best friend is her laugh. It’s infectious and loud and just great to hear. And it calms me immediately. And the fact that we can sit in silence for hours and there is no awkwardness. And that when we bake together, she takes complete control and i get to sit back and sample the goodies 🙂
I was having a family emergency and had one of those Sunday mornings when I did not have enough energy or “want-to” to get dressed for church. About 15 minutes past time for church to start, someone knocked at my door. I had on nothing but my nightgown but went to the door and peeked. There stood my best friend who had waited to see if I were going to be at Sunday School and when it was obvious that I couldn’t make it, she got up from class, went to her car and drove to my house. We didn’t do anything but cry and pray but I love that she loved me enough to just come and sit and let me cry. If I win a cookbook, I think I’ll give it to her since I already have one.
I’m loving your blog. Thanks WYFF-4 for the tip. ~Martha
My fav quality in my best friend is that we can go weeks (or sometimes a month) without talking, but when we do pickup the phone or meet for lunch, we pick up right where we left off. She is never mad at me for not calling and loves me not matter what. I love that!!
My friend, Jane, and I met our freshman year in college (24 years ago) when we lived next door in our dorm. She’s smart, beautiful, fun, and encourages me in my faith in Christ…I love her dearly! We’ve shared lots of laughter, tears, secrets, and some of the most memorable events in our lives. Because we both have busy families, we may go months at a time without seeing each or talking. Then when we get together we immediately reconnect and don’t want the time to end. She is a jewel…a true sister of my heart. (She would do my laundry if I needed her to…she’s helpful that way!)
You and Jenn can send some of those cinnamon rolls this way… 🙂
One of my most dear, Delisa. We “met” in the nursery at church and we have been friends ever since. We were in each other’s weddings and it’s just amazing how we can still click after being apart for months at a time. I love her.
The best quality to have in a friend or to have as a friend is to love unconditionally. One that can listen without judging. One that you can sit with in silence and still know you are with someone special. Some one that laughs, cries or just smiles when you do. Hey, that’s my sister!
My sister is my best friend and what I love about her most is the laughter we share. she is always there with a ready smile and joke to cheer me up when I am down. Love your site, such fun!
I love PW….I actually won a beautiful kitchen aid mixer through her website last year!!
My favorite quality in my old friends would have to be their sense of humor, and down-to-earth personalities. I also appreciate friends that you can go awhile and not have a chance to talk or see each other, but when you do it’s like nothing changed and there’s no need to explain why you haven’t called, visited etc,. Just REAL people!!
my fav quality is that no matter how often (or not) you see each other, you can always pick up where you left off & they come through in the important times.
love your post!
Ree is in Utah, I am going to her book signing tonight. I can’t wait:) I love your photos! Great post. I am lucky to have wonderful friends. The qualities I admire are: good listeners, friends that remember special dates/events, a fun sense of humor, dependable, and food friends are always good to have:)
first of all…Jennifer, when I get back, will you make me some of those yummy looking cinnamin rolls?
quality in a friend: knowing that sometimes a person wants to hang out, talk, goof off or whatever, but sometimes the person just needs a friend to listen.
The ability to be totally myself…all aspects of me and love those moments when we get totally beside ourselves with laughter over the smallest of things. I have about 4 really awesome friends that I’ve grown up with. They are the best!
My best friend Denise always is on my good side because she can make me laugh. Even if we don’t talk for days at a time, we always pick it right back up with laughter.
My oldest and dearest friends are always there for me – no matter what life brings – offering words and gestures of encouragement and some laughter along the way.