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Saturday Morning


An array of Saturday morning entertainment…

After a long week of dealing with a nasty cold that has victimized all three of us I decided we could use a treat. I didn’t have the time or energy to make Grandma McKenney’s cinnamon rolls so I improvised and made cinnamon biscuits instead. They turned out quite good actually, but you really can’t go wrong with anything that contains butter and sugar, right? They brought up a flood of memories for me. Whenever I had the opportunity to stay with my aunt Laurel as a youngster she would make a stop almost every morning at the Hardee’s down the road for their yummy cinnamon biscuits and coffee before we headed up the canyon to Alta. I’m so excited because I nailed it. They taste exactly like what I remember.

Cinnamon Biscuits

2 cups flour

2 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp salt

1 Tbsp sugar

1 tsp cinnamon

6 tbsp unsalted butter (cut into pieces)

3/4 cup milk

Set your oven temp at 425. Combine flour, salt, sugar, and cinnamon in a bowl. Cut butter into dry ingredients. Stir in milk. Don’t over mix or you will end up with a tough dough instead of a nice flaky dough. Bake for about 8 to 10 minutes. Also, you can get ahead of the game by mixing everything but the milk the night before and just add the milk the next morning. If your like me this helps prevent mistakes due to the pre-coffee “morning fog”. Finally mix up a bit of powdered sugar with some milk for a tasty frosting. Wala!

On another topic but relevant to our Saturday morning: Gary informed me that he added the Neil Young “Living With War Today” link to the site. I was going to try to avoid political commentary on this blog but Gary is so passionate about wanting a change I guess we should share what we are doing and talking about. Besides I am a big Neil Young fan, and Harvest Moon is my all time favorite song.


We just got done watching all the video of his recording sessions. In case you haven’t heard about Living With War (LWW), this is Neil Young’s documentary recording series focused on the part of the war you WILL NOT see on the main stream news, and protesting the war in Iraq. Neil is still at it. Bless this man! If you’re interested, here are some links:

  • Living With War Today Videos (All videos are included in the “Living With War: In The Beginning” CD/DVD set.)
  • This video is particularly touching. Neil talks about how when he finished and was reciting the lyrics to his wife, he broke down crying: Flags of Freedom

Finally something so wonderful to post about. Ellen is starting to sit up on her own! She is also starting to say mama in her babble mostly when she is complaining or on the verge of crying (not sure how I should feel about this). She doesn’t associate mama with me yet but its exciting none the less. Needless to say our hearts are soaring.


  1. grandma mckenney

    OH my gosh she is doing so well at sitting up!! She is so smart!
    She looks good in these pictures wouldn’t know she is sick.
    Biscuits look yummy too.
    Can’t get sound on my laptop so I can’t hear the video, don’t know why.

  2. Sara

    Yummy biscuits! Good job on the cooking. Jeff and I were just admiring all of your snow.

    Ellie is growing up so fast. She is just SO CUTE!!!

  3. Leslie

    I love the close up picture of Ellie. Her eyes just pop and sparkle. Get out here so that I can squeeze her cheeks!

  4. Charie

    Ellie is so adorable in that picture with the hat. She kind of reminds me of Merced sometimes. How fun to have girls the same age. I hope we get to get them together someday soon!

    I would love to hear your polital views actually 🙂 Thanks for the links and I of course am a HUGE fan of Neil Young so thanks for a sharing. I hadn’t heard of what he has been doing.

    I cannot wait to try your recipe. I love that you have found such a love for it. Food is always so much better when love is put into it.

    I am jealous you are all getting together to ski at the Beav. Wish I were going too!

  5. I love this post. Ellie is so dang cute it makes me want a girl. I can’t believe the snow you have in Heber. How in earth do you shovel all that snow out of your drive?
    I love the Neil Young clip, we probably have a lot in common as far as politics go. When I was huge and prego with Phoenix me and Ryan protested the war in Boise downtown area. We got called all kinds of names. In Idaho we have learned that you have to be very careful who you bring up politics with because our ideas are not the norm. We have tried hard not to offend anyone but it is hard when you feel strongly about things.
    It would be so fun to get together sometime. Hope you have fun in all the snow.

  6. If you offend someone over your political views and/or involvement in a protest…it’s their problem not yours. Not sure at what point in our country it became acceptable to label someone as “un-patriotic” just because their against wars fought with borrowed money from China, and for special interest (rather than defense)! You’d think this day in age we could work out sound alternatives to forcing policy through the barrel of a gun. Oh no you got me started 😉

  7. I love it! You sound like my husband. We should get together sometime.

  8. Ok, so my sister informed me that I had the biscuit recipe all wrong. OOPS! I’m so embarrassed. I hope nobody else was a victim of me rushing through a post with out editing. She attempted to make it and they turned out like hockey pucks because I forgot to include the leavening. It’s fixed now though and all the measurements are corrected so try it if you dare 😉


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