Archive for February, 2013

Happy Birthday to Chuck Palahniuk, author of Fight Club (one of the most popular books in the library), Choke, Haunted and more!


Today is also National Sticky Bun day!

Sticky buns, also known as cinnamon rolls, are a delicious breakfast pastry made with leavened dough. Traditional recipes call for a glazed topping with pecans, maple syrup or honey, cinnamon, and butter (YUM!!!)

The first people to add honey and nuts to their bread were the Ancient Egyptians and glazed pastries have been popular ever since! German settlers in Pennsylvania created our modern-day sticky buns (originally called “Schnecken”) and the delicious buns are still considered a Philadelphia specialty.

You can bake your own in honor of  National Sticky Bun Day (mmm, and don’t forget to share with your favorite librarians!)


Wear your hair like Princess Leia!

  • 2 packages active dry yeast, 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm milk, about 110 degrees
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 pound (4 sticks) unsalted butter, room temperature, cut in pieces, plus more for the pan
  • 3 1/3 cups pecan halves
  • 2 1/4 cups light corn syrup
  • 1 1/4 cups packed dark-brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup plus 3 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon


  1. In a small bowl, combine yeast and milk. Let stand until yeast is creamy, about 10 minutes. In the bowl of an electric mixer, combine flour, granulated sugar, and salt. Add yeast mixture and eggs, and mix on low speed until completely combined, about 3 minutes.
  2. Increase the speed to high and add butter, several pieces at a time. When all the butter has been added, continue mixing dough until it is smooth and shiny, 8 to 10 minutes. Transfer dough to a parchment-lined 13-by-18-inch baking pan and use your hands to spread the dough out to fit the pan. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and place in the refrigerator to chill overnight.
  3. Generously butter one 12-cup or two 6-cup, 7-ounce-capacity muffin pans. Chop 2 cups pecans, and break remaining 1 1/3 cups pecans in half lengthwise, keeping the two types separate. Pour 3 tablespoons corn syrup into each muffin cup, and add about 1 tablespoon of brown sugar to each muffin cup. Add about 2 tablespoons of the halved pecans to each muffin cup, and set the filled muffin pan aside.
  4. Remove dough from the refrigerator, and let stand at room temperature until slightly softened, about 15 minutes. Roll out dough lengthwise, 1/4 inch thick by 15 inches long by 20 inches wide. Using a spatula, spread sour cream over the surface of dough, leaving a 1/2-inch border. Dust sour cream with cinnamon, and sprinkle with 2/3 cup brown sugar. Cover brown sugar with chopped pecans, and roll dough up lengthwise to form a roll 18 inches long by 3 inches in diameter.
  5. Heat the oven to 350 degrees. Using a sharp knife, slice dough into 1 1/2-inch-thick slices, and place in the prepared pan or pans, either cut side down, until every cup is filled. Cover buns with parchment paper, and let rise in a warm place until they rise 1/2 inch above cups, 20 to 30 minutes. Transfer sticky buns to the oven, placing a cookie sheet on the rack below to catch any drips. Rotate the pans between the shelves to ensure even baking, until buns are dark golden brown, about 40 minutes.
  6. Remove the pans from the oven, and immediately turn buns out onto a second parchment-covered cookie sheet. Replace any pecan halves that fell off buns when turning them out. Place the cookie sheet on a wire rack to cool.
Serves 12



Happy Valentines Day!!!


Valentines Day FUN FACTS!!!

1. In the Middle Ages young men and women drew names from a bowl to see who would be their Valentine. They would wear the chosen name pinned on their sleeves for one week so that it would be easy for other people to know their true feelings. This is where the phrase “to wear your heart on your sleeve” comes from!

2. Cupid, son of Venus and the Roman god of love and beauty, is a symbol of Valentine’s Day.  In the myth anyone shot in the heart by one of Cupid’s arrows would fall hopelessly in love!

3. In addition to the U.S., Valentine’s Day is celebrated in Canada, Mexico, United Kingdom, France, Australia, Denmark and Italy.

4. Worldwide, over 50 million roses are given for Valentine’s Day each year.

5. Richard Cadbury produced the first box of chocolates for Valentine’s Day in the late 1800’s and every year over 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold  for Valentine’s Day…yuuuuuum!

6. 73 percent of people who buy flowers for Valentine’s Day are men,  27 percent are women and 3 percent of pet owners will give Valentines cards to their pets!

7. Alexander Graham Bell applied for his patent on the telephone, an “Improvement in Telegraphy”, on Valentine’s Day, 1876.

8. The oldest surviving love poem to date is written on a clay tablet from the times of the Sumerians around 3500 BC.

9. The phrase “Sweets for the sweet” is a line from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Act 5, Scene 1.

10. The heart is associated with Valentine’s Day and  is considered the source of all human emotions. The symbol is the universal sign of love and its red color is considered as the most romantic!

OMG, these are most likely the best Valentines EVER!!!

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