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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Sour Cream Orange Rolls

Hi friends!  It's Amy J. with one last BEST EVER sweet roll recipe.  These are my mother's Sour Cream Orange Sweet Rolls.  These orange rolls are deadly delish!  Hence the reason we make them only a few times a year.  Every October and April, our church holds a world-wide general conference…our favorite weekends of the year!  Several traditions swirl around our house during these general conference weekends….but… the MOST POPULAR…THE ALL-TIME FAVORITE…are these Sour Cream Orange Rolls and our Caramel Bottom Cinnamon Rolls.  And yes, we make both flavors.  Please understand, making two different types of sweet rolls takes extra effort.  In the past we have tried to name one or the other the all time favorite sweet roll, but we have come to an impasse.  We simply cannot decide between the two…so WE MAKE BOTH!  Here's the recipe so you can make them too.




My mom used to make these orange rolls and these have been a favorite family treat ever since I can remember.













This recipe uses our BEST ROLL DOUGH RECIPE EVER!  Click the button below for the recipe:









Sour Cream Orange Rolls




Sugar/Zest Mixture:



You can use any oranges you like.  Mandarin oranges pack an awesome orange punch!






*Mix sugar with orange zest until combined and sugar looks orange.  Set aside.






*Take half of dough recipe above and roll out to the size of a jelly roll pan (11X15).  Spread with softened butter.  Sprinkle with sugar/orange zest mixture. 






Roll dough up horizontally into a long log. 






Slice 20 slices…each about ¾ inch.






Place in greased jelly roll pan…4 across and 5 down.  Cover with greased plastic wrap…(I spray mine with Pam).  Let rise until double, about 30 minutes (depending on the room temperature). Bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown on top.  Cool slightly and drizzle with Sour Cream Orange Glaze. 





Sour Cream Orange Glaze:




Place sugar, fresh orange juice, sour cream, and butter in heavy sauce pan.






Bring to boil.  Boil 3 minutes. 






Cool slightly and drizzle over warm orange rolls.  Dive into rich chewy velvety orange HEAVEN! 






HOLY COW THESE ARE AWESOME!  Take some to your neighbor so you don’t eat the whole pan!





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Sour Cream Orange Rolls

Sugar/Zest Mixture:
¾ cup Sugar
2 Tble Fresh orange zest
1/4 cup butter
*Mix sugar with orange zest until combined and sugar looks orange. Set aside with butter.

 *Take half of dough recipe above and roll out to the size of a jelly roll pan (11X15).  Spread with ¼ cup softened butter.  Sprinkle with sugar/orange zest mixture.  Roll dough up horizontally into a long log.  Slice 20 slices… each about ¾ inch.  Place in greased jelly roll pan…4 across and 5 down.  Cover with greased plastic wrap.  Let rise until double, about 30 minutes (depending on the room temperature).  Bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes or until golden brown on top.  Cool slightly and drizzle with Sour Cream Orange Glaze.  HOLY COW THESE ARE AWESOME!


Sour Cream Orange Glaze:
¾ cup Sugar
2 Tble Fresh orange juice
½ cup Sour cream
¼ cup butter, softened

*Mix all together in a heavy sauce pan.  Bring to boil.  Boil 3 minutes.  Cool slightly and drizzle over warm orange rolls.  Serve…dive into rich chewy velvety orange HEAVEN!  










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Caramel Bottom Cinnamon Rolls

Hi!  It's Amy J. here again!  I'm Making Life Blissful's recipe contributor and today I am sharing THE BEST SWEET ROLL RECIPES I have found.  These win!  Hands down!  You won’t find any better!  I guarantee it!  People have asked me specifically to make these for their birthday presents, for social gatherings, for breakfast and lunch parties, holidays gatherings, you name it!!  For years I have been on the lookout for THE BEST cinnamon roll recipe….well… I have found it.  It's these Caramel Bottom Cinnamon Rolls!  My friend Becki S., who is famous for her sweet rolls, shared her recipe for Caramel Bottom Cinnamon Rolls with me and I have been in love ever since. 





So….
I am always on the lookout for the BEST recipe for any given food.  I don’t know where it started.  But my earliest memory of recipe sleuthing was as a teenager, working at a restaurant, earning money for college.  They were famous for their huge homemade cinnamon rolls.  We would warm them up and serve them with several forks to hungry customers.  One day I decided to ask the cook for the famous recipe.  He was a friendly chap and willingly offered the recipe.  The minute I finished writing it down, I turned around to see the restaurant owner standing behind me.  He never smiled much, but this time he looked especially unpleasant.  He snatched the paper from my hand, threw it in the garbage, and ordered us back to work…oh…and he might have used some colorful language as well.  You would think this negative exchange might thwart my efforts.  Nope!   My shift was over and I went directly to my car and wrote down every tiny detail of the recipe on a random piece of scratch paper.  Little did the owner know my mind takes pictures as I write things and when used for short term memory recall…it is a great tool.  Hee Hee!


Here is the moral to the story.  This cinnamon roll recipe was just a basic recipe.  Nothing too crazy-amazing.  The rolls were famous because they were big…and really, that’s it.  So it wasn’t worth irritating my boss.  The recipe was only average, I tossed it years ago.  

Since then I have been on the lookout for THE BEST cinnamon roll recipe and these Caramel Bottom Cinnamon Rolls are the BEST EVER!  And you'll also love our Sour Cream Orange Rolls!  Both recipes use this easy roll dough recipe on the previous post.  So what are you waiting for?


ENJOY!

Love and sweet traditions,
Amy J






For these sweet rolls I use THE BEST ROLL DOUGH RECIPE EVER.  You can find this recipe on the previous page . . . click below:











Caramel Bottom Cinnamon Rolls:



Melt together butter, brown sugar, Karo corn syrup, vanilla, pinch of salt.  Don’t boil!  Just barely warm the mixture in the microwave or stovetop! 





Stir together to combine.  It will be runny!
Pour in bottom of one greased jelly roll pan.  Spread out to evenly distribute.  Set aside.





*Take half of dough recipe above and roll out to the size of a jelly roll pan (11X15).  Sprinkle generously with cinnamon.  Roll dough up horizontally into a long log.





Slice 20 slices…each about ¾ inch. Place on top of caramel in jelly roll pan…4 across and 5 down.  Cover with greased plastic wrap.  Let rise until double, about 30 minutes (depending on the room temperature). 

Bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes or until the caramel is bubbling up between the rolls in the middle of the pan (rolls will be golden brown). 





Beat together whipping cream, softened butter, vanilla, orange extract, pinch salt, powdered sugar.  Add powdered sugar until glaze is consistency of pancake batter.  Doesn’t that look CREAMY-RICH and AMAZING! 





Cool rolls slightly and drizzle with Cream Glaze. 

AAAAAAGH!  They are ready!  Eat one quick before the kids walk in!





Yep!  That’s exactly what I did!  HA!


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DELISH!







Now that you have made these, click the next page to make our Sour Cream Orange Rolls with the same roll dough recipe . . . (coming soon!)


















Caramel Bottom Cinnamon Rolls:

½ cup butter
½ cup brown sugar
1 cup Karo corn syrup
½ tsp vanilla
Pinch salt
*Melt all together and pour in bottom of one greased jelly roll pan.  Spread out to evenly distribute.

*Take half of dough recipe  and roll out to the size of a jelly roll pan (11X15).  Sprinkle generously with cinnamon.  Roll dough up horizontally into a long log.  Slice 20 slices… each about ¾ inch.  Place on top of caramel in jelly roll pan…4 across and 5 down.  Cover with greased plastic wrap.  Let rise until double, about 30 minutes (depending on the room temperature).  Bake at 350 degrees for about 20-25 minutes or until the caramel is bubbling up between the rolls in the middle of the pan (rolls will be golden brown).  Cool slightly and drizzle with Cream Glaze.

Cream Glaze:
¼ cup whipping cream
2 Tble butter, softened
Splash vanilla
1-2 drops orange extract…optional, but delish!
Pinch salt
Powdered sugar

*Beat all together, adding powdered sugar until glaze is consistency of pancake batter.



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Friday, September 23, 2016

Best Roll Dough Recipe Ever

Warm, gooey, frosted sweet rolls . . . we all love 'em, right?  Well get ready for the roll recipe tutorial of a lifetime.  Our recipe contributor, Amy J. is here with the BEST ever roll dough recipe!  And I mean, EVER.  This simple roll recipe is all you need to make dinner rolls, bread sticks, and of course sweet rolls--like Amy's amazing Caramel Bottom Cinnamon Rolls and Sour Cream Orange Rolls. The added gluten makes all the difference in serving chewy, soft, springing, sweet rolls. Anyone can make great rolls.  These step-by-step instructions will make you a roll-making pro!  Hang on tight!  Here we go….






BEST ROLL DOUGH EVER!






Stir together wet ingredients, set aside.









Stir together dry ingredients, using only 4 cups flour, set aside.








Combine wet and dry ingredients.   Stir by hand until combined and gluten is activated and stretchy…about 2 minutes.







Here it is starting to get stretchy . . . 







Put in stand-alone mixer and gradually add flour until dough just barely sticks to fingers (see pictures below).








This is too sticky on the fingers.  Needs more flour.








This dough is just right.  Barely sticks to my fingers.










Knead 10 minutes.  You can also knead by hand if you don’t have a large mixer.

Divide dough in half, cover and set aside.  Prepare sweet rolls as desired.  This recipe makes two jellyroll pans of rolls…40 rolls total. DEEEEELISH! 




Form dough into balls about the size of a golf ball.  I fit 30 on each greased jelly roll pan.  This recipe makes 2 jelly roll pans.






Cover and let rise until double.  Don't you love my handy little cover for my pan.  If you can find a pan like this with the cover, GRAB IT!  Plus, if you can find a couple, you can stack them! The rolls rise perfectly!





Bake at 350 until golden brown 20-25 minutes in an electric oven....gas will take longer.  Enjoy!



BEST ROLL DOUGH RECIPE EVER

3 c. hot water…shower hot
½ c. oil
½ c. sugar
3 eggs, beaten

2 Tble INSTANT yeast…I like Saf Instant yeast
1 Tble salt
2 Tble GLUTEN…this makes ALL the difference!  Your rolls will be soft and chewy…AMAZING!
4 c. flour

4-6 c. flour

*Stir together wet ingredients, set aside.  Stir together dry ingredients, using only 4 cups flour, set aside.  Combine wet and dry ingredients.  Stir by hand until combined and gluten is activated and stretchy…about 2 minutes.  Put in stand-alone mixer and gradually add flour until dough just barely sticks to fingers.  Knead 10 minutes.  You can also knead by hand if you don’t have a large mixer.

Divide dough in half, cover and set aside. Form dough into balls about the size of a golf ball. Let rise double.   


Bake at 350 until golden brown 20-25 minutes in an electric oven....gas will take longer.  


Note: If you wish to make just one variety…double the filling amounts.  This recipe makes two jellyroll pans of rolls…40 rolls total.

This dough recipe is also awesome for dinner rolls!



USE THIS RECIPE TO MAKE OUR CARAMEL BOTTOM CINNAMON ROLLS 








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Thursday, September 22, 2016

Simple Family Night Kit and Scripture Stories Printables

What did your children learn from you today?  Was it positive or negative?  Did they learn anything at all from you?  Today I want to share with you a way to teach your children things that really matter.  I'm gonna show you how to make an simple Family Night Kit (Family Home Evening or FHE idea kit) and tell you all about My Lil Pumpkin Patch and their Scripture Stories on Etsy to help make your family night kit quick and easy (and cute!).  You'll love the 30% discount coupon code at the bottom too.

*This post is sponsored by My Li'l Pumpkin Patch.  This post may or may not contain affiliate links.  All opinions and ideas are my own.





I decided a long time ago before my children could even walk, that I was going to be their number one teacher.  Like many of you, I decided that there were certain things I wanted them to know about life, and that I did not want them to find it out from the world first.  I wanted to tell them first.  I decided NOT to depend only on the schools, church teachers, or neighbors and family to teach them, but instead to first to depend on me.  When my children were younger, many people asked me how my kidlets knew so much about good values, the gospel, and even just random good things.  The answer is simple . . . I just taught them.  I didn't have a magical technique, but I did have a strong desire to make learning fun and engaging for my kidlets, no matter how small they were.  AND I made it a regular occurrence--at least once a week I sat down with them and just taught them in the best way I knew how.  It wasn't always perfect and sometimes what I taught didn't sink in.  But over time, I have reaped the rewards of my efforts and you can too.

I remember as a child sitting and church or school and loving visuals and interactive learning.  I hated long, boring recitations that someone just read from a paper.  I hated busy work.  I wanted to touch, see, try, and feel something while I learned.  So I carried that over into the teaching of my children.  I knew they could learn if I helped them enjoy it.

So I made a little Family Night Kit.  Family Night is a special night just for the family.  It's something my LDS faith really encourages.  We gather in our home for an hour or less.  We sing, play games, teach values, pray, and eat dessert.  We take turns teaching each other lessons.  My kit makes this easy.  In our crazy world, it's the one night where we all sit down, look each other in the eye, and actually talk.  We talk about what matters most.  We do our best to bond (and not fight . . . though it has happened), and to enjoy the few moments where we are all in one room.   Our Family Night Kit is my go-to kit to teach values when I need a quick lesson.


How to make a simple Family Night Kit:





1.  Make a simple list

Make a list of the subjects and values you want to teach your children.  My list included things like: obedience, faith, honesty, service, love in the family, forgiveness, prayer.


2.  Put together a storage box

Make a file folder for each of the subjects on your list.  Store them in a file box or file cabinet.  Notice how my labels are even handwritten.  Whether typed or not, do what is easiest for you.


3.  Collect supplies on each subject

Take some time to gather some teaching materials that go along with each subject.  Keep an eye out for articles, stories, coloring sheets, and pictures.  When you find something that goes with one of your subjects, simply add it to the file folder.  This is a process that can be done over time.  Think of it as your family night collection.




I held onto items I got from church and stories from our church's children's magazine.  Don't make this a big chore.  Kids will be happy with any variety.  Use a laminator to help items last longer and survive kids touching them.

This is the laminator I use . . .




4.  Add visuals and printables

It's nice when you can find some easy printables and visuals.  Kids need a lot of hands-on stuff and visuals.  Games are good too.  Remember to keep it fun for them.







I love these printable Scripture Stories from My Li'l Pumpkin Patch.  So cute and colorful!!  They are perfect for teaching your children the stories in the scriptures. These scripture printables were created by Stephanie Albright who says of them,

"I had the idea to create visuals for scripture stories a couple years ago for my kids, and I'm so excited to share them with you!  I desire to instill in my children a knowledge and love for the scriptures and the people therein, so my kids may look to those people/stories as an example of faith and courage when they are faced with their own trials.  These stories work great for Family Home Evening, talks in Primary, and Sabbath Day learning.  I hope you 
enjoy!"




The Scripture Stories are easy to print and easy to cut.  No intricate lines to try to get around with your scissors (I only have time for 3rd grade cutting--seriously!)  You can laminate them for extra sturdiness.  You can add felt to the back to make them into flannel board stories, or add sticks to make them little puppets.  The ways to use these are endless!


There are Bible story printables as well as Book of Mormon printables.  Stephanie has more stories coming like The Nativity story, as well as other items for kids like quiet books, mini scripture cases, carseat covers and more!


I want you to be able to try these Scripture Stories!  Because I LOVE them so much Stephanie is offering my readers at 30% discount with code BLISSFUL30!  This is awesome because they are already a low price, so this discount makes them only $2.80 and $3.50!!  Code expires 11/1/16.

USE CODE BLISSFUL30 at checkout to get 30% off these Scripture Stories 


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