Sunday, September 25, 2011

Forget not. . .

Last night at the General Relief Society Broadcast for our church, President Uchtdorf gave a wonderful talk - reminding each of us of five important things: 1) Forget not to be patient with yourself, 2) Forget not the difference between a good sacrifice and a foolish sacrifice, 3) Forget not to be happy NOW!, 4) Forget not the why of the gospel, and 5) Forget not that the Lord loves you.

Truly - we are not forgotten by the Lord. He knows us - our challenges - our joys - those things that make us happy and those situations that bring sorrow and sadness into our lives. He understands our hurts and He knows how to succor us.

I left the church last night feeling a renewed energy - that is something I needed right now. To read or view the talk in it's entirety - click here.

Have a blessed Sabbath!

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Candy Corn Cake Pops

I was standing in the grocery check-out a couple of weeks ago and saw a picture of these on a magazine cover. Sorry I can't tell you what magazine it was - but I thought I should branch out from plain old round ones and try something different. I started out by shaping the dough into the candy corn shapes and dipping the whole thing in yellow chocolate.

After letting the yellow dry - (and breaking off the piece of chocolate that started growing on the bottom) - I dipped it again in orange.

Duplicating that process, the last color to dip was white.
And voila! Candy corn cake pops! Now it's ready to put it in a plastic sleeve and add a pretty ribbon. Happy Fall!

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Hot Rolls

I've had a lot of friends ask for my hot roll recipe. So here goes! Don't they look good? Imagine the warm bread, a pat of creamy butter and a spoonful of homemade strawberry jam.....makes my mouth water!

Hot Rolls
1/4 lb butter - softened
1/2 c. + 1/2 TBS sugar
1 TBS salt
1/4 c. powdered milk
Mix these first four ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. I use my kitchen aid mixer for this. Add:
2 1/2 c. warm water (think baby bottle warm)
2 c. flour
On slow speed, mix well. Add:
3 eggs
1 TBS yeast (I use instant yeast - so easy to use)
6 - 6 1/2 c. flour
I add the eggs and mix well. Then I will put in three cups flour and the yeast. Mix this well, then gradually add the rest of the flour until the dough pulls away from the sides. You may either leave the dough in the mixing bowl, or transfer to a large bowl sprayed with nonstick cooking spray and lay a light towel over the top. Put in the refrigerator overnight to raise.

I like to mix mine up right before I go to bed. It's great to do on a Saturday night....get the rolls ready Sunday morning - let them raise while you are at church, come home and pop them in the oven and they are hot and ready for dinner! (You can also leave it out in a warm place to raise if you are going to be home to watch it).

In the morning, remove all the dough from the bowl and place on the counter. I usually spray my surface with a little nonstick cooking spray. Cut into four equal pieces. Roll one piece at a time into a circle (like pizza dough). Cut in 12 triangles using a pizza cutter and roll into the crescent shape.

Put on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray and allow to raise till doubled. (do this with all four sections).

Bake at 350 for 15-20 minutes or till golden brown. After removing from the oven brush the tops with softened butter.

For a change - instead of making crescents, cut chunks off of the dough ball and roll into a rope and tie in a knot.