Monday, January 16, 2012

Cinnamon Rolls
Ok folks, another recipe from Pioneer Woman.
Thanks to some encouragement from a fellow blogger I decided to try my hand at making some cinnamon rolls. I was reading a post from Melanie over at There's no place like home.
She had made a ton of cinnamon rolls one day with her daughter. Well I was feeling sort of inspired you might say. She mentioned how simple this recipe was.
My middle son and his wife were in town this weekend so I used them as Guinea pigs so to say. Ha ha!
2 cups milk
1/2 cup vegetable oil 1/2 cup sugar
1 pkg Active Dry Yeast
4 cups flour
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 Tablespoon salt
3/4 cup melted butter
1 cup sugar
For the dough, heat the milk, oil, and sugar in a medium saucepan over medium heat to just below boil. "scald" Let this cool to just warm and them add the yeast. Then let it set for a a minute or so.
Add 4 cups of flour. Stir until just combined, then cover with a tea towel, and sit aside in a warm place for 1 hour. After the hour, add the baking powder, baking soda, salt, and 1/2 cup of flour. Stir thoroughly to combine. Pre heat the oven to 375 degrees.
Roll out the dough on to a floured surface, and roll into a large rectangle. The dough should be very thin.
To make the filling, pour melted butter over the dough. Generously sprinkle enough cinnamon to completely cover all of the dough. Then sprinkle 1 cup of sugar all over the cinnamon.
Now roll up into a long roll as tight as you can. Some of the filling will ooze out but that's ok. Now cut into rolls about 1/2 inch thick.
Place rolls into a buttered baking be sure not to overcrowd. Now cover again with tea towel and let sit for 20 minutes.
Bake for 15 min. until golden brown.
I can remember when I was a little girl and watching my mom make cinnamon rolls. She would take a string and slide it under the log you formed and instead of slicing with a knife she would cut the dough with a string. I thought that was the neatest thing ever!
The icing:
1 bag of powered sugar
1/4 cup melted butter
1/2 cup of milk ( used a little less than that)
1/4 cup maple pancake syrup
Mix together and drizzle over rolls fresh out of the oven.
Thanks for stopping by.
Have a great week.
How to tie a scarf
This is a different post for me. You must know by now my favorite thing to talk about is food.
Fashionista I am not!
I just found this on Pinterest. I've often wondered how some people tie their scarves. I just do the same one all the time. I think here it's called the European loop.
This is so cool!
I hope you enjoy this little tip.
Have a great day and thanks for stopping by.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Spicy Pulled Pork with Soda
My middle son and his wife were in town this weekend. We were keeping busy with family time, shopping and my son's favorite sport, football!
I was trying to think of a special meal I could make for them.
I was watching Pioneer Woman this morning on The Food Network, and saw a recipe I had to try. As usual I had to change a few things. Not because I thought I knew better but because I was missing some ingredients. The results were quite surprising.
Wow! This is really good! It will knock your socks off.
pork loin
1 medium onion
1 can medium Rotel
1 can soda any type (I used caffeine free Pepsi)
salt and pepper Season the pork and place in a large pan. Add onion (cut in one inch pieces) and then pour in the can of Rotel and soda. Cover and place in a 350 degree oven.
Bake for around 4 hours or until the meat is tender and pulls easily apart.
How easy is that!
This is not Pioneer Woman's recipe by the way, but what I was able to come up with since I didn't have the correct ingredients.
This was a great hit with everyone. I was so surprised how flavorful and moist it was!
I hope you all are having a great weekend!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Green Smoothie
Ok folks, here goes.
I've tried my first green smoothie.
This came from The Mediterranean Diet
Actually this is from Dr. Oz. If he says it's good or good for you, then it must be true. I mean, if you can't trust Dr. Oz then who can you trust!
And no one ever said it would taste good. Sort of like, "no pain no gain".
spinach celery fresh ginger apples cucumbers parsley lime and lemon juice.
Oh my gosh! This is really bad!!!
I think part of the problem is that I really don't like celery. I like celery in a salad, but just a little. Also I've had cooked celery in soups and lots of other dishes.
Spinach isn't so bad. I eat it quite often in salads. Cucumber is ok too.
I know, I know, it's healthy.
I guess it's a personal thing.
Maybe you all should check it out and let me know what you think. Also let me know if anyone of you guys have a suggestion or any good healthy recipe.
Thanks for stopping by.

Sunday, January 8, 2012

Fast and easy breakfast!
When my kids were babies I made breakfast for them every morning. I tried to think of creative ways to serve their meals so they would eat it and it would look a little different. I had completely forgot about this cute egg trick. My daughter and a friend did this last weekend. This is easy as can be.
Anything this fast and easy, I'm all for it!
Have a super day!