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G A T H E R I N G S | Cinnamon Rolls

Seems like the kitchen is where everybody always congregates when we have people over, and the Gatherings "kitchen classes" are some of my most favorite. Having the ladies find their spots around one of the kitchen islands while the teacher instructs from the middle of the room seems to be the perfect set-up.


On this Thursday evening, a seasoned veteran teacher to Gatherings, Dianne Swanson a/k/a @theflourladyms, gave us step-by-step instructions on how to make homemade cinnamon rolls using her special starter mix. She began the process by showing us how to feed the starter. Then allowed us to get our hands into the dough. First, we used our handy-dandy rolling pins to flatten the dough, then we filled the dough with a sugar-cinnamon mixture, rolled the dough up in a cylinder shape, and began to cut into individual rolls. Working with our hands was so therapeutic, especially when we were kneading the dough. But the best part of this evening was breathing in the smell of cinnamon while it was baking. Well, on second thought, maybe actually biting into the "ooey-gooey, carb-o-licious creation" was the best part of the evening.

Dianne was so gracious in sharing her secret recipe with us. This is the recipe that she started using each week when making various types of rolls for her neighbors in Reunion. Now, however, her business has grown outside her neighborhood to customers all over the county. Customers drop by between set hours to pick up their delicious home-made, melt-in-your-mouth rolls. Try a variety of flavors from cinnamon, triple berry, and bananas foster to seasonal fruit specials. You can even enjoy Caprese rolls made with J Olive garlic infused olive oil, oven roasted farmers market tomatoes, fresh basil, and mozzarella cheese. Oh my goodness, don't you want to just click and place your order now!

Dianne is now fondly referred to by many as "The Flour Lady". She took her passion for baking and made it into a profitable home business. I would say she makes these hashtags come to life! #femaleentrepreneur #beyourownboss #dowhatyoulove


And don't you just love our new Gatherings apron!

Another lady that has taken her passion and made it profitable is Shelia Allred. Shelia loves to bless others with her new silhouette machine where she links her computer to create designs. Just Insta message @ssallred your idea and she can create it. Thanks, Shelia ... I love our aprons!


Bless This Food Catering ...

Bless This Food surely blessed us on this Thursday evening with a big ole mound of homemade chicken salad that they delivered straight to my front door. Owner, Teresa Sones, felt a calling to help working moms with nutritious and good tasting meals for those who, like herself, were too tired at the end of the day to think about what to serve for dinner. Bless This Food specializes in ready-to-bake meals to help make dinners easier and more convenient for busy families. The staff is equipped to handle all of your catering needs, including weddings, baby showers, holiday dinners and more. Order a meal for yourself or for a loved one and Bless This Food will deliver free of charge with 48 hours notice. Visit their website @ Located at 154 Jackson Street, Flora, Mississippi, Bless This Food is a friend to Gatherings.


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