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Thankful Thursdays: Holidays, 4 day weeks and family

I can’t believe it’s almost Easter. What is happening to the time? I can’t believe we’re nearly in the 5th month of 2011. Is there a pause button?

This year started off really well and then hit a terrible wobble and well, things seem to be picking up again and I’m grinning from ear to ear.

I’m dedicating Thankful Thursdays to a few things. We have so many holidays coming up and for the first time, I’m not working them. Yay.

I am beyond excited that today is like a Friday. Every week should be a four day week. Bailey for President.

I am so thankful that I am getting to see my family. I can’t wait to spend quality time with them.

We are very close knit (read HERE.) We even live 4 kms apart, but we don’t always see each other as regularly as we would like. I can’t wait to dance around in the family living area, listen to my mom and dads CD collection, watch movies, catch up and eat hot cross buns and Easter eggs. It’s always the best because there are never any fights over who eats what. We all have our favourites. My mom and my sister love the cream and caramel eggs, I love the white eggs and marshmallow ones, my sister and I  love the bunnies and my dad…well he loves them all.

Mom and Tandi’s favourites

I’m in the baking mood again, so I’m going to attempt  to bake my own Hot Cross Buns.

I’ve found this recipe, so hopefully I’ll add Hot Cross Buns to my baking resume.


  • 3/4 cup warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon instant powdered milk
  • 1/4 cup white sugar
  • 3/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 egg white
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 3/4 cup dried currants
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoons milk


  1. Put warm water, butter, skim milk powder, 1/4 cup sugar, salt, egg, egg white, flour, and yeast in bread maker and start on dough program.
  2. When 5 minutes of kneading are left, add currants and cinnamon. Leave in machine till double.          
  3. Punch down on floured surface, cover, and let rest 10 minutes.
  4. Shape into 12 balls and place in a greased 9 x 12 inch pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place till double, about 35-40 minutes.
  5. Mix egg yolk and 2 tablespoons water. Brush on balls.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) for 20 minutes. Remove from pan immediately and cool on wire rack.
  7. To make crosses: mix together confectioners’ sugar, vanilla, and milk. Brush an X on each cooled bun.

I also need to Spring Autumn clean my apartment – my wardrobe to be exact. It’s time to retire the Summer wardrobe and move in the Winter. Murphy’s Law better not get any funny ideas.

I hope you have a very blessed Easter.

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