The other week, a coworker of mine brought in some cinnamon rolls that his wife had made.  They were the best cinnamon rolls I have ever had in my life, so I had to get the recipe.  He said his wife got them online at http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2007/06/cinammon_rolls/

I attempted, with success, to make them.  Except, I used regular frosting, not the maple kind that is on the website. 

Warning: Be sure you have PLENTY of time to make these.  It will take about 2-3 hours from start to finish. But you’ll be happily satisfied when you’re finished because they just melt in your mouth.  And keep in mind, they are a treat, so try not to cringe when you are adding all the butter….

Grant had 4 days off from work last week, so we packed our bags and took a short road trip to a wonderfully secluded bed and breakfast in Lake Joseph, New York at the Inn at Lake Joseph.  Lake Joseph is about 2 hours outside New York City and not far from Woodstock.  Besides the two of us, there was only one other couple there.  Our room was legit! Fireplace, jacuzzi tub, king size bed, full kitchen (though we didn’t need the kitchen, really).  It was so nice and relaxing!

The building our room was in used to be an old stable.  The bottom floor (our room) is where they used to keep the horses, the top floor is where they used to keep the hay.  Our headboard is the actual thing that they used to tie the horses to.  How cool is that? 

 After getting settled, we had to test out the jacuzzi tub.  In the closet were these two bathrobes. Ha ha!

While we were there, the first day we had to do some things we’ve never done before.  Neither one of us has ever been to a bed and breakfast, so that’s something we could cross off right away.  The breakfast?  Amazing.  All homemade, made to order.  It was so good!  And besides breakfast being included in the price of the room, they keep the ‘fridge stocked with snacks and food for lunch you can help yourself to, all equipment use, they have a pool table, table tennis, foos ball, an outdoor swimming pool (closed during the winter, of course) and other outdoor activities. One of the things we had to cross off of Grant’s list is sitting in a hammock.  He has never done this before, can you believe it?

Look how cute he is!  Me, on the other hand, have been in a hammock before, but have never tried getting in and out of one while pregnant, hence the “sprawled out and hanging on for dear life” pose I have going on—

After beating Grant at a game of pool–a first for me!–we went to cross something off both of our lists of things we’ve never done before–Snowshoeing (is that how you spell it?).

Neither of us could see how this is any fun.  You’re just walking on the snow.  Someone please tell me how this is supposed to be fun.  I understand it’s supposed to keep you from sinking into deep snow and you can take hikes in the woods with them on, but after about 5 minutes, and tears running down my face because I was laughing at us so hard, we had to call it quits.  I kept tripping over mine and Grant kept saying, “how is this fun?”  We decided to go for a walk to the lake instead.

We were both a little nervous because at breakfast that morning, one of the owners of the Inn asked us if we heard the bear the night before.  Bear?!  Apparently one got into the dumpster and turned it upside down.  So we were thankful that while on our walk we only saw a couple of deer.  When I took this picture, Grant whispered to me, “be vewy, vewy quiet.” Lol.

Can you see it there? 

We got to the lake safe and sound.  This place must be so packed during the summer because there seems to be more to do outside, but we weren’t complaining.  It was so quiet and wonderful!

That night we found a little steak house for dinner.  The steak house was little, but the steaks were NOT!  Grant got a 22 oz steak.  When the waiter brought it over, he said, “here’s your meatloaf.”  Lol

I got the coconut shrimp.  Yum!

We left for home the next day (Christmas Eve) after what was such a relaxing time away.  Oh ya, our room had a bbq on the deck, which we had to get a picture of before we left. 

We took our time driving back home, even stopping in Albany at this huge mall they have.  We bought two shirts for Jebediah that we couldn’t resist

Aren’t they adorable??!!  I can’t wait to see little Jebediah running around in these!!  After we opened presents on Christmas day, we went over to Allison’s house for an early dinner–Grant had to be at work at 4:00 pm.  Rediculous, huh?  Ya.  But we enjoyed as much of the day together and with friends as we could.  Allison’s kids got a basketball game they put in their basement. FUN!

I’m off work until January 4th, but Grant will still be working everyday, since he’s in season.  But the next big event?  The Ducks in the Rose Bowl.  I’ll have to wear my new gear–

GO DUCKS!!!

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