Saturday, June 23, 2012


Before we get to the adorable kitten videos, I would like to take a moment to advertise Christie's awesome baking skills and celebrate an amazing accomplishment!

For those of you who don't know, Christie is gluten-free due to Celiac Disease.  She found out about this problem 14 years ago and has been learning to cook and especially bake gluten-free foods since then.  Now it's much easier to eat in restaurants and buy gluten-free foods and ingredients because there are lots more products available and they're available at more places (like Target!)  But it's still tricky to MAKE gluten-free treats because the textures of gluten-free flours are weird.  But since this whole thing started, Christie has kept trying (and failed lots of times and thrown a lot of failed attempts in the garbage!) and has found some recipes that really work well when she adapts them.  Her ginger snaps, snickerdoodles, and pumpkin bars are famous (they're all made gluten-free through adapting the recipes in the good old "Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook" she got as a wedding present 16+ years ago - that link is to the new version, but I hear the old ones are better, so maybe try digging around in used book stores until you find one!)

This last week, Christie got a hankering for cinnamon/caramel rolls.  A BIG hankering.  Big enough to forget the many times she's unsuccessfully tried to make them over the past 14 years.  The last time was at Christmas two years ago, and they were not excellent, but she and Greg did eat them all, so they weren't horrible, either.  But this time, she found this recipe.  Thanks to the Baking Beauties for posting this delicious recipe!

Now, not only do I and the kittens get to enjoy the aroma of deliciously cinnamony, raisiny, carmely delight, but Christie gets to eat those cinnamon rolls and enjoy every bite!  Hooray!  (You'll notice there's one missing!)

Okay, now that that's out of the way, here are the kittens!

Ermine LOVES her silver sparkly ball!

She carries it all over in her mouth and then puts it down and chases it.

A box arrived from Amazon!
More sparkly ball:

Otter playing with the top from a milk jug:

Orca peeking out from behind the curtains like a wildcat peeking from behind jungle foliage:

Ermine sleeping on the windowsill (well, MOST of her is on the windowsill!)

Ermine's sweet little face!

Otter likes Saturdays because there's tons of laundry (clean and NOT) around!

Ermine sleeping on the kitchen chair:

Happy weekend to everyone!


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