Since this is my first new blog post in ages, and it will literally be a blue moon tonight, I felt the title apropos. We all know “once in a blue moon” refers to something that seldomly  happens, but do you know why we say that or what a blue moon actually is?

Jewels - once upon a blue moon...

Jewels – once in a blue moon

“According to modern folklore, a Blue Moon is the second full moon in a calendar month. Usually months have only one full moon, but occasionally a second one sneaks in. Full moons are separated by 29 days, while most months are 30 or 31 days long; so it is possible to fit two full moons in a single month. This happens every two and a half years, on average,” NASA explains. The last blue moon occurred in August 31, 2012, and the next one will not be until January 31, 2018, so they are quite rare.

Astrologers believe that full moons have an effect on the human psyche. People tend to be restless, emotional and more volatile during full moons. Indeed, it is amply documented that emergency personnel (doctors, nurses, ambulatory services etc.), and police have reported an increase in incidents during full moons all around the globe.


Reflect, introspect, and set new intentions

Blue moons are supposedly much more powerful still. They say the intentions you set during the last blue moon will come to fruition or end at the next, so it is a particularly good time to carefully reflect, introspect, and set new intentions. A celestial cleaning out of dead wood to make room for all the new possibilities.

I find myself at just such a  juncture now, so I have closed the site to new subscriptions while I reflect, regroup,  and take time to focus on that cookbook I have been longing to write.  Please know this is not permanent. It is my firm belief that when you come up against a block in the road it simply means you need to find a different route to your destination.

In the interim, I hope you will continue to enjoy reading some of my past tales, and I promise to regal you with new ones whenever time permits.  I have had a wonderful summer chocked full of major anniversaries, holidays, parties, art, fireworks, travel, and recipes to share with you….

Past tales worth reading again like When My World Turns Upside Down

I hope you continue enjoying past tales like When My World Turns Upside Down

.. and since this is A “Once In A Blue Moon” Blog Post, I thought I’d share the recipe for one of my most decadent indulgences, Cinnamon Rolls PM Park Style. Oh go on, there’s no harm in treating yourself once in a blue moon!

Cinnamon Rolls PM Park Style

Cinnamon Rolls PM Park Style

One of my fondest memories of my parent’s lake house in Clear Lake, Iowa was of them biking around the lake with all of their friends on the weekend for breakfast at PM Park. This is my take on the cinnamon rolls they are still famous for to this day.

Servings: 12
Prep Time: 0 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes


For the rolls

  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 large egg

For the filling

  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter softened
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup raisins optional

For the icing

  • 1 cup powdered sugar sifted
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter softened
  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon milk


For the rolls

  1. Heat 1/2 cup milk, water, and butter in a small saucepan over medium-low heat until warm. Pour into the pan of your bread machine and add remaining ingredients in the order suggested by the machine's manufacturer. Select dough cycle. Press start.

For the filling

  1. When cycle is finished, remove the dough and punch down. Roll into a large rectangle on a floured surface, and smear with softened butter. Mix cinnamon and sugar together in a small bowl. Sprinkle evenly over the buttered dough. If desired, sprinkle raisins evenly over the top.
  2. Roll dough into a log, starting with the long side. Cut into 12 equal slices. Place slices on a greased 9 x 13 inch baking pan. Cover with a damp towel and place in a warm part of the kitchen to rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes. Preheat oven to 375° F.
  3. Bake rolls in preheated oven for 25 minutes, until golden brown. Remove and cool 5-10 minutes before icing.

For the icing

  1. Mix powdered sugar, softened butter, and cream cheese until smooth. Add vanilla and milk, and mix until thick but spreadable. Once rolls have cooled slightly, spread evenly over the top, and serve rolls while still warm and gooey.

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  • August 1, 2015
    10:31 am

    I agree with Ruthee, don’t disappear! Just know you’ve got a lot of people in your corner who are happy to help. You’re the absolute best!

  • August 1, 2015
    10:45 am

    Aww, you guys are so kind and I hope the cookbook lives up to all or your expectations. You know I love what I do, and I know that is what will prevail in the end.