Monday, November 17, 2014

Cinnamon Roll Bread

I love this simple bread I tried today.

It's worth making just for the aroma.


Cinnamon Roll Bread

For the bread:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk*
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup sour cream
*If you don't have buttermilk, you can do what the Pioneer Woman has taught me to do:
Measure close to the amount of milk you need and then add about a tablespoon of white vinegar, stir, and let it sit for a few minutes.  

Cinnamon Swirl Ingredients:
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon milk

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Prepare a loaf pan (I used a 10 x 6) by spraying with non stick spray.  
I then sprinkled cinnamon sugar in the pan.
In a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients.
In a small bowl, combine the wet ingredients.
Use a wooden spoon to combine the wet and dry together.  No mixer needed.
Spread batter in loaf pan.  Batter will be thick.

Combine the swirl ingredients together in a small bowl and drop by spoonfuls over the mixture.
Use a knife to make swirl designs into the bread.
Be sure to cut it deep into the batter.  I must do this better next time.
Bake for about 45 minutes until a toothpick inserted comes out clean.

Allow the bread to cool and then mix the glaze and drizzle over the top.

I think I'll add raisins next time.

I know what I'm having with coffee tomorrow morning. . . 

Printable Recipe  HERE

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Visiting Lowcountry Produce Market & Cafe

If you're ever in Beaufort, SC, you MUST visit The Lowcountry Produce Market & Cafe.  I fell in love with this place that was right across the street from the City Loft Hotel, where we stayed while visiting the area.
It's an old post office turned produce market /cafe, and it is a beauty.

I didn't edit any of these pictures, I'll just let them speak for themselves.

There are beautiful floor to ceiling shelves.

and cozy tables with cloth napkins and fresh flowers.

Pies!  And the Key Lime looked wonderful!

So many cool rooms with treasures.  This old vault room turned pantry

filled with herbs & spices.

Beautiful fresh produce.

Even some cool dishes for sale.

Lots of fresh canned produce and jellies.  The fig jam on their cheese biscuits was wonderful!


A wine room.

I've been dying to paint my pantry shelves green since I came home.

And the best.........In the back is the kitchen.....
and the made to order..........wait for it...............!  Oh, I was was happy!  These were so good.  Just looking at this picture, makes me want to make the trip back there.

I did make some healthy breakfast choices while there.  Their granola was soooooo good!

Hubby got the blueberry pancakes.

The next day, I got more granola.

He got the potatoes and eggs with the yummy cheese biscuit.

Guess what I brought home?

If you're ever anywhere near this place, you must go.
love, love, love.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Strolling Around Beaufort, SC

I enjoyed strolling throught the quaint little town of Beaufort, SC, 

and visiting all of the little shops.

The river runs behind the little town.

The draw bridge was a nice place for an evening run.

Most of the cafes and restaurants face the water.
It's a great place for a stroll or just to sit in the swings a while.

These are so many beautiful houses in the area.
I could imagine myself in my Scarlett dress standing on that big proch years ago.

I loved the colorful houses on the tree lined streets.

Pink is always a favorite.

And who doesn't love a "shotgun" house?

But...the simple cottages were the ones I seemed most drawn to.
Life is changing and small and simple is looking better.
It makes me wonder about the people that lived in the big houses so many years ago.
Were they just like me?  Did they dream their whole life of family and a big house, only to discover that family moves on all too quickly to build their own dreams?

Such is life.  We dream big, sometimes too big.
I built a big house picturing my family always being around,
running through the house, working in the yard, playing in the pool, Sunday dinners,
only now to wish we had a little cottage surrounded with pretty flowers.

An excerp from Nicholas Sparks book, The Longest Ride, sums up my feelings exactly;

"A young man lives in a tiny, run-down cottage on the beach and he rows his boat out into the ocean every day to fish, not only because he needs to eat, but because he feels peaceful on the water.  But more than that, he also wants to improve his life and that of his family, so he works hard at bringing in bigger and bigger catches.  With his earnings, he eventually buys a bigger boat so he can make his business even more profitable.  That leads to a third boat and then a fourth boat, and as the years pass and the business contines to grow, he eventually accumulates a whole fleet of boats.  By then, he's rich and successful, with a big house and a thriving business, but the stress and pressure of running the company eventually take their toil.  He realizes that when he retires, what he really wants more than anything is to live in a tiny cottage on the beach, where he can fish all day in a row-boat. . .  because he wants to feel the same sense of peace and satisfaction he experienced when he was young."

Such is life. . .

But the next chapter with the one you love is always exciting.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Visiting Beaufort, SC & Staying at The City Loft Hotel

After reading about Beaufort, SC in Southern Living magazine, My husband and I decided it was a place we needed to visit for a few days on one of the rare occasions we were able
 to get away,...alone.
We stayed in The City Loft Hotel  in downtown Beaufort.

We were very impressed with this stylish upscale urban hotel and its old fashioned hospitality.
We chose the "Destination Package," which proved to be a great deal.

The rooms were very clean and comfortable.
The turndown service included cookies each evening along with the weather
forcast for the next day.

The bathroom had a soaking tub, glass enclosed shower, and even a TV in the bathroom.
I could get used to that.

There was a nice coffee shop right downstairs.

Our package included $15 in coupons.
The "Whiteout,"  cafe mocha with white chocolate, was perfection in a cup.

There was also a nice on site gym.
I took this picture to show you that I am working out while my husband
found a TV on the exercise bike and watched a football game.
ha ha...

A carriage ride was included.  I recommend that you always take the carriage rides
in historic towns,  you learn so much that you would miss otherwise.
The wealth of information that these guides retain, always impresses me.

The hotel also provided bikes for us to ride.

It was fun riding the bikes around after the carriage ride to look closer at the many houses we
 had learned about.  I will do another post on just the beautiful houses I photographed.
As we rode around discussing which house we would like to live in, I decided on this one,
the biggest one in Beaufort.

Our package included a day pass for Hunting Island State Park, complete with lunch,
beach chairs, and beach towels.
The gourmet lunch we chose;  the Caprese on Focaccia and
Ham on Ciabatta, with to die for brownies.

They packed everything nicely in a cooler for us.

As the manager helped us load up everything for the day at the beach, I told her, "Wow, you just don't get service like this everywhere."  She replied, "We are in the 'hospitality' business, this is what you should expect."  Wow.  I was really impressed.

A place that actually seemed genuinely glad you were there and went out of their way to serve you.
I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone.

It was also very convenient, within walking distance to downtown and many great cafes.

Hunting Island was beautiful.

This Florida girl could not get over being able to park and walk just steps away to the water.
It is more natural for us to drag everything through the heat, sand, and sweat for a while before we reach the water.  We also realized this was actually the first beach that we have ever seen that wasn't in Florida.

The lighthouse on Hunting Island was......pulchritudinous.
~add that to your vocabulary...

When we heard that neither the elevator nor the AC were working that day,
we decided to just enjoy the view from outside.
hee hee...

Close by, a small giftshop with shady picnic tables on the beach

We brought home many great memories and treasures that day.
I can't wait to go back.

There is more than I can tell about this wonderful town in one blog post.
Come back for more.