Tuesday, September 30, 2008


So I finally found a roll recipe and a cinnamon roll recipe I LOVE. Ok, I have only made the rolls once, BUT they turned out. That is saying a lot for me, I have been trying since we have been married to make a roll that works out and these did and I didn't even use an egg because we were out! I am so impressed, so I am going to share the recipes with you. I also have a sugar cookie recipe that turns out for me....no cookie ever works for me so when I get a picture of those I will post it too.

These are supposedly the Golden Corral Rolls but I didn't think they were THAT good, here is where I got the recipe: http://www.recipegoldmine.com/ccg/golden-corral-rolls.html


1 envelope active dry yeast
1/4 cup very warm water
1/3 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup butter or margarine
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup scalding hot milk
1 egg, lightly beaten
4 1/2 cups sifted all-purpose flour
2 Tbsp melted butter or margarine, for brushing rolls

Sprinkle the yeast over very warm water in a large bowl. (Very warm water should feel comfortably warm when dropped on wrist.) Stir until yeast dissolves.

Add sugar, the 1/4 cup butter or margarine and salt to hot milk and stir until the sugar dissolves and butter or margarine is melted. Cool mixture to 105 to 115 degrees F.

Add milk mixture to yeast, then beat in egg. Beat in 4 cups of the flour, 1 cup at a time, to form a soft dough. Use some of the remaining 1/2 cup of the flour to dust a pastry cloth. I didn't use a pastry cloth I just kneaded it for a long time so it wasn't sticky.

Knead the dough lightly for 5 minutes, working in the remaining flour (use it for flouring the pastry cloth and your hands).

Place dough in a warm buttered bowl; turn greased side up. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 1/4 to 1 1/2 hours.

Punch dough down and knead 4 to 5 minutes on a lightly floured pastry cloth. Dough will be sticky, but use as little flour as possible for flouring your hands and the pastry cloth, otherwise the rolls will not be as feathery light as they should be.

Pinch off small chunks of dough and shape into round rolls about 1 1/2 to 1 3/4-inches in diameter. Place in neat rows, not quite touching, in a well-buttered 13- x 9- x 2-inch pan.

Cover rolls and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, 30 to 40 minutes. Brush tops of rolls with melted butter or margarine, then bake in a moderately hot oven (375 degrees F) 18 to 20 minutes or until nicely browned. Serve warm with plenty of butter.

This recipe yields about 2 dozen rolls.
This is where I got the cinnamon roll recipe: http://www.recipezaar.com/76864





For the rolls, dissolve the yeast in the warm milk in a large bowl.

Add sugar, margarine salt, eggs, and flour, mix well.

Knead the dough into a large ball, using your hands dusted lightly with flour.

Put in a bowl, cover and let rise in a warm place about 1 hour or until the dough has doubled in size.

Roll the dough out on a lightly floured surface, until it is approx 21 inches long by 16 inches wide.

It should be approx 1/4 thick.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

To make filling, combine the brown sugar and cinnamon in a bowl.

Spread the softened margarine over the surface of the dough, then sprinkle the brown sugar and cinnamon evenly over the surface.

Working carefully, from the long edge, roll the dough down to the bottom edge.

Cut the dough into 1 3/4 inch slices, and place in a lightly greased baking pan.

Bake for 10 minutes or until light golden brown.

While the rolls are baking combine the icing ingredients.

Beat well with an electric mixer until fluffy.

When the rolls are done, spread generously with icing.

Friday, September 26, 2008

So domestic

For the last month or two I feel like I have been very domestic. :) (Ok, when I say domestic I am by no means a Martha, but maybe more like the lady that walks Martha's dog...maybe) I think am starting to realize the free time I have now is quickly coming to a close. Anyway, here are a few things I have done lately:

Jeff has been wanting a BYU fleece blanket for a long time now. So when he was in Utah he went ahead and bought some, I finally took the hint and put it together.

I was so proud of this stich. I had a friend teach it to me a couple of years ago but hadn't tried it out since. So I thought it would be perfect to sew the two pieces of fleece together.

I made this tutu for Morgan a while ago but I just think it is so fun I had to post it.

These are the hair clips we made with Jeff's Aunt Melissa when we were in Utah, isn't it so cute!!! I wish I had a better picture but I couldn't get Morgan to sit still.

So, I made this skirt a while ago with high hopes because my friend made one and it was so cute! It is ok, not my favorite but such is life. :)

I bought this flannel when I was thinking I might be having a boy, but alas it will have to wait a few years....that or I have it posted on my Etsy shop. I LOVE it though and hopefully I can find more of this baseball flannel one day.

Jeff's sweet Grandma taught me how to crochet around the edge of flannel blankets and I think it is so fun! I think I received four of these kind of blankets for Morgan and I used them ALL the time. So when I watch t.v. I will pull out one of these blankets to work on so I don't feel like I am just wasting time.

I bought a bunch of these crocheted headbands online and have had lots of fun putting them together. I also put these on my Etsy shop...just because I would have WAY to many if I kept them all!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Happy Birthday Jeff!!!

Sunday was a very important day in our house. It was Jeff's 30th birthday!!! I am SURE he is going to love that I posted his age!!! I was hoping to do something really fun for this big day but plans didn't really work out for what I had in mind (I will just have to do that for another big day) but I think overall it was a good weekend.

Friday Jeff and I went to dinner...by ourselves! That was a first in a long time. It was so nice, we went to Macaroni Grill and got two appetizers so by the time we needed to order our entree we were already stuffed so we decided to split one, but by the time it got there we asked for it to be boxed. We did order a slice of their amazing lemon cake to go as well!!! mmm What a good night! Too bad Morgan cried almost the whole time she was as the baby sitters :( Sorry guys!

Saturday we were pretty much bums all day. I decided to give Jeff his gift early so he could decide if it is what he really wanted. Here are some pictures of him opening his gift, see if you can tell if he liked it:

Fake smile. I think he was worried because lets be honest he is the hardest guy to shop for so my last few presents to him have been pretty lame.

Hmm, what could it be...

All right! Another printer! Wahoo!!! I love his fake expression here.

Look at him, he looks giddy like a school boy!

Theres a real smile!

I think I did a good job, considering I am totally anti xbox. :)

I figured for the next few years he is going to be to busy to use it much. He starts his online MBA on Thursday, plus work, plus his calling, plus time with us....maybe it will give him an hour a week. :) haha

On Sunday we had some friends and family over to celebrate the real birthday with cake. I was so busy getting everything ready that I totally forgot to take pictures :( Our house was CROWDED, but it was lots of fun to get together with everyone. I made his favorite cake:

Ok, this is one I made a while ago, and instead of doing a double layer I did it on a sheet cake so we could feed everyone, otherwise I would have had to have made a few of these. This is what it is supposed to look like, much prettier than on a sheet cake.

Anyway, Morgan and I would just like to give a shout out to the best Husband/Father out there and let him know how much we appreciate all that he does for us!!! We LOVE YOU!!!

Wednesday, September 10, 2008


Just a note to that last post. :) Since it was such a small school and pretty much everyone was LDS and we didn't have stake dances, I think the school tried to make up for it by trying to have a dance every month....it really wasn't that many dances! :)

Here goes!

Ok, my sister Nat and I were talking a while ago about high school and dating and dances and we decided we should post our dance pictures. Nice huh. Ok, this was back in probably April but our scanner was broke and I told her when we got a new one I would do it. Now her blog is private but if you click on it and ask her to add you I am sure she will. She has some pretty good pictures on there. Anyway, here is most of them, I am not sure where the rest went but I think that this is plenty! :) (I hate posting pictures on here because I can never get them in the right order, I even scanned them in the right order. Oh well, sorry!)

This is my friend Kelly, we went to the Valentines dance our Jr. year. I cannot for the life of me remember what we did though!!! Sorry Kelly, if you remember let me know! He is a good kid, we were in the same ward for YEARS and now he and his wife (one of my girlfriends from high school) live like 15 minutes away from us!!!

Haha, this date was awful. Not my date but everything we PLANNED for the date went wrong! Seriously....everything, from asking this group of boys (who we really didn't know very well, but heard they hadn't ever been asked to a girls choice before) to dinner, to getting the car stuck, to my date getting sick when I was supposed to pick him up and almost not coming, to getting my hair done it looked like poo so I had to come home and hurry and wash it. Yeah, it was awesome. These poor guys probably were wondering what they had gotten themselves into!

Here is the group. :) It was a fun bunch of people though. After this I told myself I wouldn't ever ask a boy on a date again!!!

This is Madison High School Prom. I went to Sugar but I dated this guy for a while and was able to go. We went hiking and had luau for this date. It was pretty fun and then he picked me up in a limo! Wahoo, that is something that doesn't happen very often in good old Sugar City. (Although I had gone to our prom a week or two earlier and my date picked me up in a limo then too, so it wasn't my first time but it was still pretty darn exciting!)

Here is the group picture. It was a fun date and probably some of my favorite backdrops were at this dance. The dance was in a barn in the middle of nowhere. So fun.

I went to a few Madison dances but for the life of me I can't remember this guys name. (He asked me to a girls choice at his school) I can't even remember where I met him. He was nice...a little odd, but such is life. All I remember about this is that I was leading pep band that night (yeah I know I am a stud) and he was supposed to pick me up from our high school and we were supposed to go to the dance after. Well the game got over and I waited and waited and thought he stood me up, (I wasn't to hurt). So I went home and he ended up finding my house and picked me up there. That is why I look so awesome! haha Oh well. The girl in the top right corner and I ended up rooming at the same place in college, she is great!

I know, I know, you are all asking where I got my fabulous dress and how in the world did we match so well! I have known this guy since I can remember we were in the same ward all our lives. So, in October of my senior year I get a pumpkin on my doorstep and he was asking me to prom....in MAY!!! haha So I wasn't sure whether to be flattered or worried. Anyway, I ended up going (against my Dads wishes. He didn't think it was fair he asked me so early). BUT, part of the deal was that he and his buddy wanted to go Shakespearian style and they were going to make the outfits!!! I about died but at this point I didn't really care anymore, so I thought what the heck! I even told my parents to come be chaperons! haha I think for this date we just played games and made pizza....I think....anyone else remember? Anyway, yes I am blinking in this picture but I think it just adds to the overall experience. :) Good times...

This is Sadies our Sr. year. I think we went roller skating and had pizza and played games.....I think...but our group was so fun that really we would have had a good time if everything went wrong.

This was our homecoming royalty from my Sr. year. I just had to throw this picture in the prove that I wasn't wearing a tiara in the rest of my pictures for no reason. I think I was nominated every year and finally won my Sr. year. In my school people vote...they don't run for royalty. There was no way I was gunning for this. Our school has a tradition, in the assembly where the royalty is presented they have to kiss their partner....This was SO uncomfortable!!! This guy was my next door neighbor my entire life, we were friends but not like best friends. My girlfriends and I joke about this being the bullet kiss. It was just SO fast, and awkward! haha Oh well. I ended up having to ride with the royalty in the parade this year. This was the year where my best friend and I stayed up all night to make our float because no one else showed up and I didn't even get to ride on it!!! :(

This is our group shot from Sr. Homecoming. I don't remember what we did on the date but I do remember my date asked me out using a plunger. :)

This is my good friend Jake, we went to a few dances together. This was our Jr. Prom and yes...I have worn that dress before....on a number of other dances but I paid a lot for that dress and I was going to get my money out of it!!! I think for this date we played games and pool and ping pong etc. I joke about it being my metallica date because that is ALL we listened to! He and his brother were in a band and LOVED metallica. We even watched one of their concerts on DVD! haha BUT they did record the sunrise and we watched it about noon and had lunch. They thought we would appreciate that more than waking up at the crack of dawn to watch. Smart boys. He is the one that gave me my first limo ride. I felt pretty cool after that. :)

Here is our group picture. Yes, we are pretty much wearing the same dress...the same hair...everything. We didn't plan it. :) The other couple ended up marrying each other.

This is another Madison dance. I can't remember what we did....is that sad? Am I just getting old? I am sure good times were had.

I thought this was another cute background. This was my first date dance. He was also in my ward growing up. He ended up marrying one of my good friends. We went hiking and had dutch oven on this date! mmmm I look SO young here. If you look closely at my arm it has a bunch of bruises on it from powder puff football!!! This was homecoming for my Jr. year.

Here is our group pictures. What fun times...

This was the college valentines dance my Sr. year. (thats right...I have skills...haha) I was just worried I was going to slip and fall in this picture.

I think we watched a movie in a classroom on this date. But, I did go on a date with that guy who is kneeling down in the blue suit . He was 23 I was 16, I don't know what my parents were thinking....I don't think he knew I was only 16! haha Maybe I was 17....still, I just remember it being very awkward when he found out. It turned out to be a great date, it is nice when there is no pressure...or maybe he was just being super good because I was illegal, either way its a funny story!

This is homecoming my freshman year of college and my first college boyfriend...Smiley Riley. We went repelling for this date I think...SCARY!!!

This is the Spirit Week dance at BYU-I. Such good times. I served with a lot of these guys on student council. I don't remember what we did here, but I just remember being SOOOO stressed about spirit week, both Jeff and I had to help organize it.
I think this is my favorite dance picture. I just wish it wasn't on a polaroid. It was an 80's dance at college. You can't really see it but Jeff had on a hot pink shirt! I think he still has it, so you should ask him to wear it!!!

Anyway, I am sure that was VERY exciting for all of you! BUT, it was a fun tag!!! SO I nominate all of you to do the same! I want to see embarrassing high school/college dance pictures! :) I will have to make Jeff do it too, he has a picture where he is dressed up from like the 1800's! Haha, I think it beats my Shakespearian dress!