Monday, May 27, 2013

Light Wheat Rolls

When my great-aunt Arlene died, I got a cookbook that was hers, called Home Cookin'  This is a recipe from that book.  Do NOT make this recipe unless you have ALOT of time.  This is not something to start making at dinner time.

Makes about 2 dozen

2 packages of dry yeast
1/2 cup sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 3/4 cup warm water
1/4 cup butter-melted and cooled. 
1 egg, slightly beaten  in
2 1/4 cup whole wheat
2 1/4 cup-2 3/4 cup all-purpose flour  (IF I make these again, I will probably use all white wheat flour, instead of mixing 2 kinds)

melted butter for on top

Dissolve yeast in warm water in a large mixing bowl; add sugar and salt to the yeast mixture.  Add butter, egg, and whole wheat flour to yeast mixture and stir well.  Graduall stir in enough all-purpose flour to make a soft dough.  Turn dough on a well floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic, about 5 minutes.

Place in a well-greased bowl, turning to grease top.  Cover and let rise in warm place, free from drafts, for one hour, or until doubled in size.  Punch dough down; cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size again.  Punch down dough and divide into 2 equal portions.

Roll each portion into a 14x16 inch rectangle.  Cut dough into 12 strips. 

Brush strips with melted butter.  Add seasoning/grated cheese if you would like to.  I did some plain and some with seasoning and the plain ones were pretty bland.  I also added sugar and cinnamon to a few for dessert. 

Roll each strip into a spiral; place in a well greased muffin pan.  Repeat process with remaining dough.  Brush tops with melted butter.  Let rise, uncovered, in a warm place for 40 minutes, or until doubled in size.  I had a few extra pieces so I did some mini rolls.

Bake 400 deg, for 12-15 mins.  Brush again with melted butter. 

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Nail Polish

So I know that Nail Polish doesn't sound like food, but these are. 

Because both of my girls have summer birthdays, I usually do a 1/2 birthday treat for them to take to school. 

This is what Bella picked for hers:

All I did was melt candy wafers (they come in a TON of colors are craft stores, so I didn't even have to color it), on low in the microwave.  Then I dipped a marshmallow in it.  Before the candy cooled, I stuck a tootsie roll on top. 

Mini King Cakes

I found this recipe when I was looking for an easy, quick Mardi Gras dessert.  It doesn't take ANYTHING like King Cake, but they are definitely easy and they're still festive. 

Mini King Cakes

Corn Dog Casserole

So this isn't the healthiest recipe that I make but its a favorite.

Corn Dog Casserole

I make it just like the recipe except I don't add celery, sage or black pepper. 

This is another one that I forgot to take pictures of so I will add one later.

Leftover Rice Pudding

We eat ALOT of rice in our house.  Unfortunately, we don't really like leftover rice.  I have a husband who is a little particular about the stickiness of his rice.  :-)

If we have a lot of extra, I make this for dessert.

Here is the original link:

  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • about 3 cups milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • ⅛ tsp salt
  • 1½ tsp vanilla
  • ½ cup raisins or fruit of choice-I use craisins
  • Spices to taste …like cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, etc-I usually just stick to cinnamon
  1. All add ingredients to the cooked rice except the spices and bring to a boil.
  2. Boil for a few minutes and then cook until most of the milk is absorbed.
  3. Once you get to your desired consistency, add your spices.
I prefer to eat it warm.  If we have leftover leftover rice pudding, I just microwave it before we eat it again.  If it gets too dry, you can add a little extra milk before microwaving.

Spinach Quiche

Whenever I make pie dough, its enough for 2 pies.  If I just want to make one pie for dessert (although this rarely happens), I use the other half of the dough for quiche, for dinner. 

Here is the pie dough recipe: Butter Pie Crust

I adapted this recipe from

After the pie dough is in your pie pan, poke holes in it with a fork.  Bake it (empty), for 10 mins, at 400 deg.

While its baking,
Saute the onion in the olive oil until its soft.  Then add the spinach and cook until its wilted.  Alow to cool. 
(10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained - or 1 pound fresh spinach, cleaned and torn in small pieces
1/2 an onion, chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil

While the spinach and onions are cooling, mix:

4 eggs
1-1/2 cups milk
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
1 cup shredded cheese
4-6 slices of cooked bacon, broken into pieces

Then add the cooled onion and spinach.  

Pour all of the ingredients into the pie plate.  Bake at 375 deg, for about 45 mins.