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Blue Ribbon Baking

Dear Kay,
Not to be braggy or anything, but I did want to show off a bit of holiday baking I did this morning:
It’s SO EASY, really! All you do is crack open a tube of aerosol-dough Pillsbury Cinnamon Rolls-Not-The-Lowfat-Ones-Which-Aren’t-Sugary-Enough, quintuple the baking time, and you’ve got a great centerpiece for your Christmas dinner.
Or fuel for the fire.
Or a weapon.
Merry Christmas, y’all! We’re going to be out of radio contact after Christmas, so it’s time to screw in some low-wattage light bulbs on el blog and encourage you to reuse and recycle our archives.
Speaking of the new year, here’s my first resolution: to set a batch of knitting goals for 2008, the way Polly does. She’s so insanely productive over there. Anybody else have a resolution?
Wishing everybody a peaceful holiday. May all your cinnamon rolls be golden brown . . .



  1. Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

  2. Ah, those buns resemble the last panful of cookies anytime I bake cookies. Merry Christmas, and a happy New Year!

  3. Merry Christmas, and don’t break a tooth on those buns!

  4. You crack me up! Those aerosol-infused rolls look horrific…keep up the great Southern baking traditions. Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

  5. A little spray paint, a sprig of plastic holly…
    I’d say you’ve got all the fixins for a unique and long-lasting truck-grill ornament!
    All the best to you and yours –
    Happy hols, everybody!

  6. Happy ho ho ho to you.
    I’m thinking 2008 will be the year of the sock, but it’s just a vague idea, not a resolution, which you know won’t last!

  7. Mmmmmmmm!

  8. Cinnamon buns roasting on an open fire.

  9. I’m with Gretchen! Those look just like the sugar cookies I baked with DD yesterday! I keep telling my DH it’s the stove, not me!

  10. I’m with Gretchen! Those look just like the sugar cookies I baked with DD yesterday! I keep telling my DH it’s the stove, not me!

  11. Domestic goddess everywhere unite for not feeling ashamed of burned items! I myself burned the peanut brittle for honey not once, but twice!
    My goals for 2008:
    Learn to knit an article of clothing. Socks not counting here(already signed up for a sweater class!)
    Learn to understand the Elizabeth Zimmerman way to knit – I would love to free myself from patterns the way her method allows.
    Finish up some of the UFO’s I’ve got
    Start on the Buncha Blocks afghan for graduation day, 2009.
    Think I’ll make it to the end of 2008???
    Merry Christmas, ya’ll!

  12. mmmm… cinnamon flavored hockey pucks… my favorite!!
    Happy Holidays and a Happy New year to all of you and your families.

  13. happy new year
    i resolve not to resolve

  14. Mmmm, if those were giant marshmallows toasted over an open fire, they would be just the way I like them! I don’t think you can cut the tops off of those rolls, flip them over, and tell the kids that they’re upside-down cinnamon rolls. The kids are too savvy nowadays, and, besides, the burning smell and smoke in the kitchen would be a dead giveaway.
    Happy Holidays, and may all your 2008 cinnamon rolls be cooked to perfection!
    Mary G. in Texas

  15. Bigfoot says that frosting will cover that right up, and no one will be the wiser.
    That will probably the worst thing that happens this season. I’m glad for you!

  16. And I thought I was the only one who could take simple task and do it so spectacularly! It also reminds me of the cherry pie I once made after hand picking the cherries, I made a beautiful pie crust and promptly burnt it all to a sotty black char (and set off all the smoke alarms in the house) by turning on the electric broiler element instead of the baking element! Arghhh! Merry Christmas!

  17. Oh, I don’t know why that photo elicited long, hard belly laughs. Could be the rum-spiked nog. But still…. So.Funny.
    Merry Christmas, Ann & Kay!
    I’m allergic to resolutions.

  18. I just discovered your book after reading about it through another knitter’s blog and picked up a copy today; best Christmas present ever, and much needed friendship from two great gals! Thanks for the loads of inspiration and tales of knitting fun!

  19. merry christmas & a very loving holiday to my 2 favourite bloggers in the universe.
    although:: i never ever wanna see the words ‘aerosol’ and ‘dough’ in the same room together, ‘kay? xoxo

  20. Maybe the same knitting resolution as last year: knit from my stash. (However, like going on a diet and then obsessing about food, I did a similar thing with yarn — and then made more than 30 purchases over the year!)

  21. Sure to be the hit of the Christmas meal. Or something to hit people with. In any event, hope both of your families have a wonderful holiday full of love and warm cuddly critters. And chocolate, lots of chocolate.

  22. Merry Christmas to you and yours!!

  23. I do so like the special efforts at baking for Christmas, especially from the bakery….
    Almost every New Year’s Eve, I make my resolution, which I never seem to break over the year–I resolve to make no resoutions. Works every time.
    Have a happy and a healthy.
    Thanks guys for 2007.

  24. LOL! Merry Christmas!

  25. YOUR PICTURE = Why I knit!
    ALL my cooking attempts look like that!
    Great laugh for this Christmas morning. Another gift from MDK!
    Peace to KnitBloggers one and all!

  26. YOUR PICTURE = Why I knit!
    ALL my cooking attempts look like that!
    Great laugh for this Christmas morning. Another gift from MDK!
    Peace to KnitBloggers one and all!

  27. YOUR PICTURE = Why I knit!
    ALL my cooking attempts look like that!
    Great laugh for this Christmas morning. Another gift from MDK!
    Peace to KnitBloggers one and all!

  28. Mmmm, Cinacinders!

  29. Merry Christmas to you and your family.With that said “Here’s to Knitting Resolutions.”Getting something done each month insted of making Christmas presents from June until the last minute.Making something for myself would be a good one as well. Happy New Year.

  30. Ah, looks a lot like some of my Christmas morning breakfasts past!!
    My New Year’s resolution is not to wait until the last week of 2008 to finish my 2008 socks. My second 2007 sock is not yet cast on and my “rule” is that I must finish it before January 1.

  31. OMG I can’t stop laughing. It’s nice to know that not everything you touch comes out to the Martha Stewart perfection. I still think you’re a goddess… but with some human relapses. There’s hope for the rest of us, still. Hope you had a very Merry Christmas.

  32. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. I admit I laughed out loud when I saw those rolls, they brought back “fond” memories of some of my previous baking episodes.

  33. I have never even HEARD of aerosol dough…However, you can paint and laquer these, and they will last forever. Quite lovely. Is your house okay? No smoke damage? Looks like you were doing that, “I’ll get it after just one more row” thing I’m famous for. Never burned anything B.K. (Before Knitting)
    Merry Merry, Happy Happy!!!

  34. idealist that i am kept waiting to read that your addition to recipe was blueberry jam topping. anyone else visit here to read imaginative comments/ideas?
    here’s more completed FOs in 2008, slightly more doable than some of my political wishes.
    peace, naomi

  35. A very happy holiday season to you all! Love the new recipe;)

  36. In Texas we would call those Blackened Cajun Cinnamon Rolls. My resolution is to teach 5 people to knit (Scientology has nothing on knitters) and complete a sweater for myself and my grand daughter.

  37. new years resolution… finish the Christmas stocking I vowed to finish for Christmas this year πŸ™‚ Peace Ya’ll

  38. :O) When we arrived at youngest son’s Christmas Day, he ran to the door to say he’d be a minute because something was on fire in the kitchen!! How do mashed potatoes catch fire? I didn’t ask. You could let those buns dry, gild them and have them forever! :O) samm

  39. Looks like a great way to make your own homemade coal for naughties. Send some over for Elio’s stocking, please.

  40. Yeah, right!

  41. I bet the smell was the crowning glory! glad I’m not the only one that burns the bisquits!

  42. Your pic, which made me laugh out loud!, reminded me of the goose my husband did last Christmas on the grill! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Asheville!

  43. Your pic, which made me laugh out loud!, reminded me of the goose my husband did last Christmas on the grill! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Asheville!

  44. Those nifty cinne-buns can go with the Shaker Lemon pie I made for Xmas dinner. Totally blew my “if it’s made with lemon, it can’t be bad” philosophy out of the water! Bleeccch!

  45. I didn’t know what the picture was until I started reading the replies, LOL on the floor almost. I hope to all had a great merry christmas. I sure did. I am going to make the MDK log cabin afghan. I am taking a workshop class on it. I just can’t seem to get the binding off stuff.
    oh well, time for the old year to go and the new year to come. That is my 2008 goal to make the log cabin afghan.
    HAPPY NEW YEARS TO BOTH OF YOU, and to all Knitters/crocheters around the world.

  46. Our tradition is Pillsbury Orange danish. Personally I like them on the undercooked/doughy side. It’s so hard to find them, I usually buy a couple of cans right after Thanksgiving and store them till Christmas morning. It’s not like they’ll go bad or anything! It is hard to remember to take them from the oven, though, with all the hullaballo going on!

  47. you could use the cinnibuns as a knit beret blocking form, no?
    I over cooked the sauerbraten. It was gobbled up anyway-this family will eat anything.

  48. I have a panful that look EXACTLY the same- I thought you stole mine!!!!! My kids laughed so hard!

  49. Mine looked EXACTLY THE SAME THIS YEAR- thought you stole mine when I saw your blog!

  50. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you both. Thanks for all of the ideas, smiles, giggles and downright belly laughs this year.

  51. OMG – I am laughing so hard that my hubby-doo had to crank up the TV to hear over me – oh, my golly, my tummy hurts from that (or maybe the butter pecan ice cream, but I’m a blamin’ it on you).

  52. Whoops! Those Pillsbury rolls are nasty anyway. My goal is to finish at least half of my UFOs and make myself a sweater. Also I’d like to make myself some mitts.

  53. Oh, yum.

  54. oh the memories… I love those cinnamon buns… and I’ve burned my fair share of things too.. including some chocolate almond cookies that set off the fire alarm, which located on the stairway which I’m too short to reach to reset, so it went off for 15 minutes.. that is until the husband came home.. so embarassing…….

  55. I’ve been trying to keep my secret for baking these to this just beyond perfection point and now you have gone and blogged about it and the whole world knows how to do it. No good can come of it. πŸ˜‰
    Nice to know I am not the only one!


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