Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Panama City (part 2) – Merry Christmas, Ya'll!

Recipe below

Ah, the memories of Christmas’ past: snow, sleet, paper cuts, too much turkey, Grandma falling asleep face down in her dressing from drinking less than one glass of wine and me crying because I didn't get what I wanted. And I’m sure you have memories like that too. Isn't that sweet?

2012 has been an interesting year for holidays for us. Let’s take a look at the biggies. We spent Memorial Day at the beautiful, waterfront home of Rick and Margi Decatur, located on Aquia Creek which is about half way up the Potomac River towards Washington DC, along with Rusty and Jan of Cbay. The weather was incredibly beautiful and we had a wonderful time. The 4th of July saw us at a marina in Oswego, NY waiting for a window on the 5th to cross Lake Ontario into Canada. It was stormy and rainy, the very opposite of the kind of weather you would want for the 4th of July. Labor Day was unique. We were at a rundown marina along the Tombigbee River in Mississippi. The highlight was Lisa making a very suitable feast out of Turkey Spam.

It is Christmas Day 2012. We are sitting in the galley of Why Knot as we are wont to do every morning taking in the yuletide joy. Actually we’re listening to the raindrops fall on the fiberglass because, as the old holiday song says, “the weather outside is frightful.” Our Christmas day will be a laid back affair. But it is neat to see decorated palm trees instead of Douglas Firs. There are a couple of chores to be done but that’s all. But Christmas Eve was very memorable indeed.

Ross and Laura opened the cavernous salon of their boat The Zone for a Christmas Eve party. There was us and them (obviously) along with Bob and Ivy from Karma, Bill and Joy from Proud Lady, Kurt and Pat of Krazy Kru and Jeff from Knot So Fast. 
Pat (Krazy Kru), Bob and Ivy (Karma)

Bill and Joy (Proud Lady)

Bob and Ivy

Yours truly

There was lots of food and way too many laughs for one evening. Did you ever have one of the times where so much happened, so many things said and you laughed so hard that you can’t remember any of it? Well, for me last night was one of those nights. Hilarious.  It was awesome.

Now, by popular demand, here is the recipe handed down to Lisa from her mother –
Dee’s Sinnamon Rolls.

1 can Pillsbury Crescent Rolls
1/2 stick of butter
3/4 cup brown sugar
1 T cinnamon
8 marshmallows

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a cookie sheet, pie/cake pan, or muffin pan with aluminum foil and spray with Pam. Place another sheet of aluminum foil on the bottom rack of the oven to catch any overflow.

Stir brown sugar and cinnamon into the melted butter.
Pull apart the crescent roll pieces and lay them flat. For each roll, place 1 marshmallow on the wider end, drizzle about 1 T of brown sugar mixture over the marshmallow. Start wrapping the crescent roll dough around the marshmallow and sugar like a diaper then just keep rolling up toward the long edge so the bottom especially is fully encased. The top will probably be open. Place each roll in the pan and cover with any leftover butter/brown sugar, then sprinkle with dry cinnamon sugar over the top. Bake for about 10 - 15 minutes or until the dough is brown. The marshmallows will swell and likely run over long before the dough is cooked so be vigilant to poke the goo back in and line your oven.

Serve warm or make them up to a day ahead. They are easier to remove from the pan if they are a little warm. 

 And so, faithful followers we wish you a very Merry Christmas! Remember the reason for the season.

We get out of here on Thursday. Next post will be from Apalachicola. 

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