Tuesday, October 27, 2009

amazing cinnamon rolls

1st sorry I haven't been keeping up with posting meals everyday. It is hard to take a picture, upload the pictures, and post that evening. So I just decided I will still try and post everyday and if I can add pictures I will but I won't not post because I didn't have time to upload a picture of the food. Sound good?
Okay so yesterday I made pulled pork sandwiches. We didn't have buns so I made these homemade rolls. I made a couple changes to the pork- No coleslaw (because we don't like it) and I just used regular paprika ( I didn't have smoked). The recipe made a TON of rolls. So I cut it in half and... made cinnamon rolls which were to go to not post!

Overnight Cinnamon Rolls


1 T active dry yeast
1/2 C warm water (105 degr F/ 40 deg C)
4 1/2 C all-purpose flour (22 1/2 oz 700g)
4 large eggs
1/4 C sugar
1/2 C (1 stick) real butter at room temp

1/2 C (1 stick) real butter at room temp
3/4 C packed brown sugar
1 T cinnamon

Glaze (the recipe for frosting that I used is below)
1 C powdered sugar
2 T butter, melted
2 T milk or cream
1 t vanilla extract

In the bowl of a stand mixer, sprinkle the yeast over the water, allow to bloom for a few minutes, then whisk until smooth. Whisk in 1/2 C of the flour. Cover with plastic wrap and let stand in a warm spot for about 30 minutes.

Add the eggs, sugar, butter, and remaining 4 cups flour to the yeast mixture. Fit the mixer with the dough hook and knead on medium speed until smooth 10-12 minutes. Add a bit more flour to reduce stickiness if needed.

Cover with plastic wrap, set in a warm spot and let rise until doubled, about 2 hours.

While dough is rising, prepare filling. Take 2 T of the stick of butter and set aside. Beat remaining butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon together until combined and slightly fluffy, about 1 minute.

Butter a 9x13 baking dish. Transfer the dough to a floured work surface. Roll out into a rectangle about 15x10 in. Spread filling onto dough and roll up length-wise.

Use string or dental floss to score and cut the dough into rolls. You can make 12 small rolls, 10 medium ones, or 8 large. Place cut side up in baking dish. Melt the reserved 2 T butter and brush on top of rolls. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and place in the fridge overnight.

The next morning remove from refrigerator and let rise until half again as high, about 1 hour. While rising mix glaze ingredients until combined. Preheat the oven to 350. Bake until golden brown, about 30 minutes. Let cool in the pan for 15 minutes. Spread the glaze over warm rolls and serve.

I love cream cheese frosting so instead of using this recipes frosting I used this cream cheese frosting

Monday, October 26, 2009

I love love this meal!

Baked Creamy Chicken Taquitos
Recipe by OurBestBites.com

1/3 C (3 oz) cream cheese
1/4 C green salsa
1T fresh lime juice
1/2 t cumin
1 t chili powder
1/2 t onion powder
1/4 t granulated garlic
3 T chopped cilantro
2 T sliced green onions

2 C shredded cooked chicken
1 C grated pepperjack cheese

small corn tortillas
kosher salt
cooking spray

Heat oven to 425. Line a baking sheet with foil and lightly coat with cooking spray.

Heat cream cheese in the microwave for about 20-30 seconds so it's soft and easy to stir. Add green salsa, lime juice, cumin, chili powder, onion powder and granulated garlic. Stir to combine and then add cilantro and green onions. Add chicken and cheese and combine well.

You can prepare up to this step ahead of time. Just keep the mixture in the fridge.

Work with a few tortillas at a time and heat in the microwave until they are soft enough to roll without cracking. It helps to place them between damp paper towels. Usually 20-30 seconds will do it. If you find yours are cracking when you roll them or come unrolled right away, just try heating them longer and try the paper towel thing.

Place 2-3 T of chicken mixture on the lower third of a tortilla, keeping it about 1/2 inch from the edges.

Then roll it up as tight as you can.

Place seam side down on the baking sheet. Lay all of the taquitos on the baking sheet and make sure they are not touching each other. Spray the tops lightly with cooking spray or an oil mister and sprinkle some kosher salt on top.

Place pan in oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until crisp and the ends start to get golden brown.

Dip 'em in this dressing:

Creamy Lime-Cilantro Dressing
Recipe by Ourbestbites.com

1 pack (1oz) Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing Mix (regular or buttermilk, and ignore directions on the packet)
1C mayo
1/2 C milk (or buttermilk depending on which packet you buy)
1 lime
2 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
1/2 C roughly chopped cilantro
1/4 C green salsa*
hot sauce

Place milk, mayo, and ranch mix in a blender. Juice the lime in there too, you should get about 2T juice. Toss in the garlic, cilantro and green salsa. Blend 'er up. Sample it and add hot sauce to taste. Make it several hours ahead of time to allow it to thicken.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Framed Temple Picture

Hey girls! I really want to do a party where we make this picture or your preferred temple. All the temples the lady brings are also listed below. I think these pictures are so beautiful and I think that most of y'all would enjoy making them because the price is so amazing. Price details below. The lady will come out and teach us as long as we get 10 pictures. So if you are wanting to do more than one let me know that too! You have to pay two weeks in advance so the middle of November. I wanted to know what times also worked for everyone and then we would figure out a day and time that works best for everyone during the first week in December!

P.S. My wonderful husband, Clint, has offered to babysit so if you have kids you have a babysitter!

Here is specific detail about the Picture:
The total size is 26" x 32" - HUGE! Cost for the class is just $46, and includes all of the materials needed to make the project.

A teacher will bring all of the supplies and stay to teach the class. The project can be completed in
2-2 1/2 hours.

Temples: Salt Lake City, Bountiful, Timpanogos, Logan, Idaho Falls, St. George, & Manti.

I am really excited about this and I hope y'all are too! I hope it works out and we can get 10 Pictures!!! Comment if your interested!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Dreaming of making messes

Was does my 18 month old love making messes?

I know I haven't blogged in forever and the reason being is the above question. He is a little destroyer. You have to have you eyes on his stinkin' cute self or example: he will remove all of the dvd from the entertainment center and all my stamps, while I am cleaning that up he will run into my bedroom empty out my side table, throw shoes everywhere, if I leave the bathroom open he goes swimming in the toilet, and if I don't watch him when he is in the kitchen he get into the trash. Yes I am aware every 18 month old does this BUT my little man dreams about making messes. So I will update my blog soon when ya know, my child decides to start playing with his toys!