Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Delicious Dinner Rolls!

These are the rolls that my mom would make sometimes as I was growing up. I love them and felt like making them for Casey. (I also used them to go along with my visiting teaching message this month so it worked perfect!) The rolls can be shaped into any various patterns or styles but this is the kind that my mom would make most often. I hope you all enjoy...

1 pkg yeast
¼ c. warm water
1 t. sugar
½ c. butter OR ½ c. shortening
1 c. evaporated milk
3 beaten eggs
½ c. sugar
1 t. salt
5-6 c. flour

Put 1 t. sugar in ¼ c. warm water. Stir in yeast. Set aside and allow bubbles to form. Melt butter (or shortening) in a large bowl. Add milk to the butter. Add yeast mixture. Add beaten eggs, sugar, salt, and 3 c. flour. Beat mixture until smooth with electric appliance. Add remaining flour, until easy to handle. Knead about 5 minutes. Dough should be moist but not sticky.

Rise 1 hour or until doubled. Form into rolls and place on greased pans. Spray tops of rolls with cooking spray and cover with saran wrap. Allow rolls to double in size (3-4 hours), in a warm place.

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Bake 15 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool on wire rack. Brush tops of rolls with melted butter. Store in airtight container. Makes 32 small crescent rolls or 24 large.

After the dough is kneaded, it can be stored in a greased, airtight container in fridge for 3 days (punch down dough each day) or 1 month in the freezer. If in freezer, allow to thaw before forming rolls.

Orange rolls: 1 c. sugar, 1 lg grated orange peel, ½ c. melted butter. Spread on one side of dough before forming into rolls.
Cinnamon rolls: ½ c. melted butter, ½ c. sugar, ½ c. brown sugar, ¼ c. cinnamon, ½ c. raisins. Spread on dough then roll up and cut using dental floss.

Monday, February 15, 2010


Sitting on Santa's lap for our first Christmas together!

I *love* this ornament... we searched everywhere for it!

Christmas morning 2009 (Casey made the breakfast--he is so good to me!)

Touring temple square!! We were married here about one month prior to the picture being taken! :D

Some of our wall decorations in our new apartment! :D I have always wanted to have my three white dresses hanging on the wall! This is in our living room on the main wall. The quilt was made by my great grandmother.

This is another project that I have always dreamed of making. My aunt gave me the Living Christ frame for high school graduation. I wanted to make the Family Proclamation one since that time but had to wait until I was married. I just created the pattern myself for cutting out the pictures to fit the mat using a clear ruler!! This is on the opposite wall from my dresses, by the front door.

The antenna that my brilliant husband made. He researched online for ideas and patterns and then made it! It is GREAT to watch free tv! :D

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Christmas, moving and school...

Our first Christmas together was very enjoyable! During the holiday season, we went on Christmas rides and saw Santa and of course went to the temple. We even went downtown Salt Lake to see the lights on temple square a couple of times!!! Provo temple was closed for cleaning so we went up to Mount Timpanogos a couple of times. It is very beautiful! Christmas morning we were together in our tiny apartment and then traveled up to Salt Lake to be with our family and have two Christmas feasts! :D (I'm having difficulty with blogger right now trying to upload pictures. They will be included in the next blog post so I don't have to deal with text.)

We stayed up in Salt Lake with my parents for a few days. It was a nice vacation! We were able to enjoy the beautiful snow. Casey and his brother-in-law were able to fix both of our cars. My car needed a lot of work and I was so appreciative!!! :D

When we returned to our apartment in Provo, we began packing everything. Our landlord released us from our contract because there were so many problems. I think once she said it, she regretted it because she didn't think we would actually move. I honestly hate moving but it was so worth it!! We left our basement studio apartment. The entire room had our queen size bed, a two person love seat and a desk! The pantry was located under the bed and it was always interesting trying to find anything that I wanted to make... Our new apartment has to be at least 3 x bigger, if not 4! Our bedroom now alone is bigger than our entire other apartment. I love that we are able to invite friends over for dinner and have a place to have guests sit in the living room. Our new apartment is also nice because we were able to bring down Casey's desktop computer, our TV & Wii, rocking chair, couch, etc! The best part about our new apartment is that it is much cheaper. (Crazy that somewhere so much bigger and nicer would cost less!!!) We love it here and plan to stay for awhile!

Also, we have an interesting story to share with the TV! Provo has awful reception to pick up the free stations. We tried several different store bought antennas with no success. We did not really want to pay for cable but I was beginning to think that if we wanted to watch TV ever then we would have to. One day while I was at school, Casey built an antenna out of wire, a board and a cardboard box covered in aluminum foil!! It works great!! My husband is so smart! :D

Our new ward is also so very nice and welcoming. Our Bishop and his wife knew our name after asking us once. They both must be blessed in the name remembering activity but it is so nice to feel included! Casey and I also were called to serve as Sunday School teachers. We are very excited because we will be teaching together! :D Our ward is very active and I feel like callings were created just to give people callings. I kind of feel like this is true for us too because there are SO many SS teachers and we will probably only teach 1x month... but we are very excited for the opportunity!! :)

Other exciting news, Casey was accepted to UVU!!! He will begin school there this summer as a full-time student!! We feel blessed because everything is working out so well for our new family! Speaking of school, I began my last semester of classes at BYU! I will be student teaching fall semester! :D I am very excited! My classes are rather difficult this time--especially food science! I spend so much time studying and going to reviews for it... as long as I pass though all the time will be well worth it! I am also enjoying my Family Finance class a lot! It is good information!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Banana Upside-Down Cake

I made this a few Sundays ago. It turned out really well!! I had some friends ask for the recipe on facebook... instead of trying to message it to everyone, I will just post it here! (Sorry it took so long, and also sorry about there not being any pictures...)

Banana Upside-Down Cake

1/4 c. margarine/ butter
1/4 c. packed brown sugar
2 T. chopped walnuts (I used pecans--about the same...) (optional)
2 bananas (cut into slices)
1 1/2 c. Original Bisquick mix (strange--I know!)
1/2 c. white sugar
1/2 c. milk or water (I think I used milk because we had some that was getting old)
2 T. vegetable oil
1 t. vanilla (I used real vanilla... the extract should work just fine!)
1 egg

1. Heat oven to 350*F (* = degrees). Melt margarine in round pan 9 x 1 1/4 inches (or square pan 8 x 8 x 2). Sprinkle brown sugar over margarine, then sprinkle the nuts. Arrange banana slices onto brown sugar mixture.

2. Beat remaining ingredients in a large bowl with electric mixer on low speed for 30 seconds, scraping the bowl constantly. Beat on medium speed for 4 minutes, scraping bowl occasionally. Pour batter over bananas.

3. Bake 30-35 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Immediately turn pan upside down onto heatproof serving plate (I used a "jelly roll pan" aka cookie sheet). Remove pan. Let cake stand at least 10 minutes before serving.

Some other creative ideas:
*substitute 1 large thinly sliced pear for banana
*Substitute 1 1/2 c. raspberries for banana, white sugar for the brown sugar and sliced almonds for the walnuts. Decrease vanilla to 1/2 t. and add 1/2 t. almond extract
*substitute banana for 1 can sliced pineapple (cut in 1/2). Add maraschino cherries.