Thursday, October 20, 2011

Old Fashioned Overnight Cinnamon rolls

The only Cinnamon rolls I have ever made were special allergy free ones. I have since always wanted to try making some so when I came across the recipe I decided now was the time. What I love about this recipe is you can do the work and the mess at night and have it cleaned up and so in the morning you get a huge reward of a clean kitchen and Yummy Cinnamon rolls! (You can make them in the morning and let them rise all morning-afternoon and cook them in the evening as well.)

I was lucky enough to have the sun rising when they came out of the oven! What a great day it was! (if only blogs had smells!)
This recipe also tells you how to do an orange roll which I will try in the near future! You can make them with cream cheese frosting too!

  • 2 1/2 Tbsp yeast
  • 1 c warm water

  • 2 3/4 c flour
  • 1 c non-fat powdered milk powder
  • 1 c instant mashed potato flakes
  • 1 c sugar
  • 2 tsp salt

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 c butter, melted
  • 2 1/2 c water

  • 5 - 7 1/2 c flour

  • Cinnamon Filling: 3 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1/4 c. brown sugar
  • 1/4 c white sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon

  • Orange Filling: 1 stick softened butter
  • 3/4 c. white sugar
  • grated rind of one orange

  • Icing: 1 1/2 c powdered sugar
  • 2 Tbsp softened butter
  • 1/4 tsp vanilla
  • 2-4 Tbsp milk

Directions:Dissolve yeast in 1 c. warm water. Set aside. Combine the next set of ingredients (2 3/4 c flour to the salt). Mix on medium speed for 10 seconds and then add the next set of ingredients (2 eggs to 2 1/2 c water). MIx on medium speed for 10 seconds then add the yeast mixture and 5 - 7 1/2 c. flour. When it is done mixing and kneading (6 minutes of kneading), let it rise until double (about 2 hours).
Divide the dough into two pieces. Roll the first into a rectangle 18 x 15 inches. Spread filling of choice evenly over the dough. Roll the dough. Cut into 1 1/4 inch wide slices. Place on pan leaving plenty of room to expand. Repeat with the second portion of dough.
The night before you wish to bake the rolls, place on greased pan leaving plenty of room between the rolls for expansion. Cover with cloth. Put pan in cool location to rise over night.
IN the morning, bake at 350º for 15 - 20 minutes. Cool for 5 minutes. Frost.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Hootenanny Pancakes

You have to make them just because their name is SO fun to say and they are so easy! This is a fun oven pancake that is fast to throw together and yummy yummy!
They are not "sweet" by themselves which means they are great wrapped around a apple chicken sausage or some fresh fruit. (Kind of like I super easy crepe).
I failed to take any pictures of the finally product we ate them so fast (once you start it is hard to stop!) But here is what they look like in the oven!
Aren't they so funny all bumpy and bubbly!
I hope you enjoy some of these for Breakfast, lunch, or dinner!

Hootenanny Pancakes
  • 1 c. milk
  • 1 c. flour
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 6 Tbsp butter

Directions: Heat oven to 400º Melt butter in a large cookie sheet in the oven. Whip the rest of the ingredients. Pour mixture into pan and bake 20-25 minutes. Cut into squares and serve immediately. Put fruit, jelly, jam, honey, or syrup on top. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Simple fun Halloween craft for Kids!

Even though I love the summer Fall is just a time of year that has a fun festive feel to it.
I hosted my Little Man's play school this last week and we made fun footprint ghosts.
It was super easy, was tons of fun, and is great for a memory book or the grandparents.
ALl you need is some non toxic white paint (I used Crayola finger paint), a brush (I used a sponge brush), a sharpie pen. I painted my "Boo"s but if you had a white milky pen it would make it way easier!
The kids love it too because when you paint their toes it tickles so they giggle and giggle!

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Ringing in the Fall!

Although I still feel like we were jipped on our summer I have to admit I have been getting very excited for fall! One of my favorite fall treats are Pumpkin Chocolate chip cookies.
There are many recipes out there but this one is SO easy that I generally use it. The other bonus is my little man can make them with me since it is not as time or labor intensive as a cookie completely from scratch.
All you need is what you see in this picture (and the egg is actually optional!)Yes all of these things had been opened and used prior to the picture, box top cut off of box ets. just keeping it real!
The batter will be sticky but don't worry just plop it on the cookie sheet, sticky batter equals moist cookies (I use a cookie scoop to make it easy.)EASY PUMPKIN CHOCOLATE CHIP COOKIES
1 Box Spice Cake Mix
15 OZ Canned Pumpkin
1 egg (optional)
1 bag of chocolate chips (or as many or little as you would like to add)

Mix all ingredients until combined, plop blobs on cookie sheet bake at 360 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes. Try to let them cool a minute or two before shoving them into your mouth. I dare you to eat just one!
I actually never took a picture of the end result hahaha I guess I ate them too fast. But trust me they are worth trying and fun to share with your neighbors to celebrate the coming Fall!

What are you favorite traditions in the Fall?