The orchard is abuzz with activity. Lots of new trees being planted, the final pruning of small fruits is underway and the store shelves are being stocked. I felt sorry for the men as they planted peach trees in the cold rain Saturday.

I’ve not written since returning from the warm weather. It’s time to get back to a routine. I just took some sticky buns out of the oven that I’d made before Christmas. I found a recipe in Cook’s Illustrated that told how to make rolls, let them rise in the pan and then cover tightly with foil and freeze. I’d forgotten about them until I was digging around in the freezer a couple of weeks ago.

Sticky Buns made in December, baked in April

Sticky Buns made in December, baked in April

They are baked still tightly covered with foil for 30 minutes and then uncovered and baked another 15 or 20 minutes until nicely browned. They’re baked with a glaze in the bottom of the pan but then another glaze of brown sugar, butter and pecans is spooned over the top. They turned out well. Now I can make ahead and know that everything doesn’t have to be done the day I want a treat.

My last post (It’s A Hard Life)I showed a photo of the orphaned puppy that Laura brought home from the Dominican Republic. She weighed six pounds, she was lethargic and had mange. Her black coat was full of big patches where the hair was gone. She’s now over twenty pounds, her coat is glossy and she’s full of energy and curiosity. She’s a joy.

It's hard to get her to be still long enough for a photo

It’s hard to get her to be still long enough for a photo

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