Uncategorized, Breakfast

Cinnamon Rolls

This dough is fantastic. It’s really not terribly sweet. It’d make the perfect roll too! I’ll say that this dough turned out better than my dinner roll recipe. It’s not as heavy, that’s for sure. It proves for sure that my last one had too much flour.

As time gets closer, I’m getting more worried about my kiddo going to school. It’s a new school, new teachers, new students…..I hope that he has a good year. He may succeed in this new school. It may be what he needs. Who knows!? We are going to have to get him school clothes here pretty soon. He’s also going to need a crazy truck full of supplies.

I really love watching my son grow up into a handsome, loving, caring young man. Sometimes I do wish that I could shrink him back to that newborn age. I loved those baby years. Even when he was a little older. I’ve loved every thing about his childhood. I’d change some things, but overall he has given me the best gift. Motherhood has been the best thing I’ve ever done. Quiet possibly the only thing I’ve done right. Ok this post was a bit silly, but it’s been so heavy on my mind lately….

Basic Dough Recipe

1 cup milk

3 tablespoons butter

2 3/4-3 1/4 Cups all purpose flour

1/4 cup sugar

1 teaspoon salt

1 package dry active yeast

1 egg

In a small sauce pan bring milk and butter to simmer. You need a degree of 120-130 degrees for the liquid. In a mixer mix the warmed liquid, 1 cup flour, sugar, salt, yeast, and an egg at low speed until moistened. Beat 2 minutes at medium speed. Stir in remaining flour until soft dough forms. Knead for two minutes. Place dough in a oiled bowl. Cover. Let rise for 45-60 minutes until doubled in size. Punch down. On a floured surface toss dough until no longer sticky.

Cinnamon Rolls

1/4 cup melted butter

1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar

2 teaspoons cinnamon

Mix the sugar and cinnamon Set aside. Roll out dough into a 18×15 rectangle. brush butter on dough. Sprinkle with sugar/cinnamon mixture. Start rolling from longest side. Cut into 15 pieces. Place in a greased pan. Cover and let rise for 30-45 minutes. Bake 375 until brown. Approx. 20-25 minutes.

To do brown and serve: Bake at 275 for 25-30 minutes. Remove from pan once cooled. Store in fridge (up to 2 days) or freezer (2-3 months).

Icing:

2 Cups Powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

2 tablespoons butter

3-4 tablespoons milk

Mix all together and ice cinnamon rolls.

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Noodles, Uncategorized

Mac and Cheese

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I have a serious problem with Mac and Cheese recipes. I’m always on the hunt for new pasta recipes in general. I do have a few pasta recipes I make on a normal basis, but I’m not sure what happens when I find a new one. It’s like the one I have isn’t enough. My hands get sweaty, my eyes light up, my heart beats faster and I just have to try the cheesy starchy yum-ness. Ok, that’s a total exaggeration.  Or is it!?!?!? 😛

Seriously now….

So…my husband has a serious issue. I’m talking about stuff now. About 6 months ago he ran into a deal where he was able to get two boats for free. He decided the boats weren’t fixable, but he wanted to keep the trailers because they are of value. He originally was going to make himself a trailer, but then he started getting offers he couldn’t pass up. One of the offers was a smoker. This guy he worked with a few years back makes these really cool smokers. I’m pretty excited to get it. I’ll be able to post a bunch of my smoker recipes. I haven’t been able to yet, because our smoker had broken. I really didn’t think I’d get another one, because we didn’t want to buy another one. Then suddenly this popped into our lap for a trade! YAY! We can’t wait! I like to make a bunch of stuff in the smoker and freeze it for later. It really makes it easy to have quick meals when you’re in need!

8 oz elbow macaroni

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

4 tablespoons butter

1/3 cup all purpose flour

3 cups milk

2 cups shredded cheese

1 cup shredded mozzarella

3.4 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon mustard powder

 

In a pot bring water to a boil. Add noodles. Cook until al dente. Drain. add back to pot and add 1 tablespoon butter. In a saucepan melt butter. Add flour cook for one minute. Add milk. Stir. Once mixture becomes thickened add cheese and seasonings. Add pasta.

 

Reviews, Uncategorized

Review: Aero Bar ROUND 2

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A few months ago I posted about a chocolate Aero bar that I tried. Lisa a follower on my blog talked about the peppermint aero bar. I hadn’t seen it. I went to the store today and guess what they had!!!! THE PEPPERMINT AERO! I bought it, specifically because Lisa told me to try it! I love it! I hated the other one, but this one is so perfect! The peppermint is NOT over powering. It’s airy and very creamy. It may just be one of my new favorites. Thanks Lisa…and if any of you haven’t tried this- go buy it…try it!

Dessert, Uncategorized

Apple Roses

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Puff Pastry has a recipe called Apple Roses. I had seen it floating around Facebook a few times, but I never made them. Finally I decided to give it a go. I was pretty happy that I did. Everyone loved them. They taste like yummy comforting apple pie. It’s probably one of my favorite recipes too!

It’s been a long day. I wanted to do something quick and fun. I really worked really hard to get things clean and organized in our house today. My husbands step mom is giving us an upright freezer. I’ve been really excited about this, because I have the worst time with my freezer right now. I am vertically challenged and I can’t reach stuff in the bottom of that thing. I decided to empty it out and get ready for the new one to come in. There’s so much stuff in it. I didn’t even realize how much there was. What made it even worse is everything from my refrigerator’s freezer was in there too, because it kept leaking. Finally, my husband fixed it. It’s not leaking anymore. I’m glad he was able to do it without being forced to call a repair man. Money saved! YAY!

1/2 package of puff pastry, thawed

2 red apples

2 tablespoons lemon juice

1 tablespoon all purpose flour

3 tablespoons apricot preserves

cinnamon

powdered sugar

Thaw the puff pastry at room temperature. Prepare a bowl half filled with water and the lemon juice. Cut the apples in half, remove the core and cut the apples in paper-thin slices. Leave the peel so it will give the red color to your roses. Right away, place the sliced apples in the bowl so that they won’t change color. Microwave the apples in the bowl for about 3 minutes, to make them slightly softer and easy to roll.  Unwrap the puff pastry over a clean and lightly floured counter. Using a rolling pin stretch the dough into a rectangular shape. Cut the dough in 6 strips. In a bowl, place three tablespoons of apricot preserves with two tablespoons of water. Microwave for about one minute, so that the preserves will be easier to spread. Spread a thin layer of preserves on each strip of dough. Preheat the oven to 375°F. Drain the apples. Arrange the apple slices on the dough, overlapping one another. Make sure the top (skin side) of the slices sticks a little out of the strip. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Fold up the bottom part of the dough. Starting from one end, carefully roll the dough, keeping the apple slices in place. Seal the edge at the end, pressing with your finger, and place in a regular greased muffin cup. Bake for about 40-45 minutes, until fully cooked. Sprinkle with powdered sugar and enjoy!

NOTES: Make sure the pastry is fully cooked on the inside before removing the roses from the oven! If after the first 30 minutes the apples start to burn on top, move the pan to a lower rack of the oven and finish baking. You can also cover loosely with aluminum foil for these last 10-15 minutes, to avoid burning the top.

Chicken, Uncategorized

Mashed Potato Bowls

When I was pregnant with Coop, KFC came out with mashed potato bowls. I LOVED them. I would get my husband to go get one from time to time. I decided I could make them at home myself and so I did. I know the picture above doesn’t look the best. I apologize, I guess I didn’t realize that the food was creating condensation when I took the picture. I like doing these because it’s easy. The hardest part of it is to peel potatoes. If you really were in a hurry you could buy premade mashed potatoes.

 

Steamed corn

chicken nuggets

chicken gravy (I do not make this usually- I buy the jarred kind)

mashed potatoes

Put mashed potatoes on the bottom. Chicken nuggets next. Corn. Then gravy on top.

Reviews, Uncategorized

Review: Koala’s March

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I really like another brand similar to these SO MUCH. I find it hard to resist them, but the downfall is I can only find the brand I really like at two stores. One is Target which is 40 minutes away and the other is BI-LO which I never go to. I found these thinking these would be similar but they aren’t. Honestly, I like them, but they’re just not my thing. The inside is indeed the texture of a chocolate bar. The outside cookie part is good. It’s not overly sweet. The chocolate one is very sweet. Just being honest, I doubt I’ll buy these again. It’s just not my cup of tea.