Quick & Easy Cinmamon Rolls

By default, I taught this cinnamon roll demonstration at our RS Fall Fun Day yesterday, it was the 3rd time I've EVER made them in my yes I was a bit nervous. I got this recipe from my friend Kelli, and it was amazingly fast and easy, my favorite part...only a 15-20 minute rise time!

Put below ingredients in medium bowl and let sit until the yeast has risen at least double:

1 c. sugar, 3 T. yeast, 1 c. luke warm water

In sauce pan, combine:
4 c. milk, 2 c. water, 2 T salt, 3/4 c. potato flakes/pearls, 3 T shortening
Heat until luke warm and shortening melts, stirring occasionally but do NOT let it boil or get too hot as it will kill the yeast in the next step! (if it does, just let it sit and cool down)

In your Bosch or mixer, combine:
5 c. flour (white or wheat), yeast mixture, and milk mixture and mix on low until well combined.
Gradually add in another 6-8 cups of flour (white or wheat), one cup at a time, mixing well after each.
You want the dough pulling off the sides of the bowl while mixing and a LITTLE sticky, bot NOT uncontrollable sticky!

Rise & Roll Instructions:
Put dough in large greased bowl to rise for 15-20 minutes and cover with dish towel.

When dough is ready, separate into two half's and leave one in the bowl as you work with the other.

Flatten the dough in a rectangle shape, about 1/4" thick.

Using a pastry brush, spread dough with melted butter, then in small bowl make your cinnamon/sugar recipe (1 c. sugar to 2 T cinnamon) and sprinkle 1/2 on top of butter.
Variations: diced apple pie filling, raisins, nuts, chocolate chips

Roll up dough length wise, then cut into 18 slices which will fill up one greased jelly roll pan

Repeat above for 2nd half of dough

Recipe yields 36 good size cinnamon rolls!


1 cube butter, 8 oz cream cheese, 1/2 c. milk, 1 t. vanilla, 4 c. powdered sugar


Pumpkin Dip

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
2 cups confectioners' sugar
1 (15 ounce) can solid pack pumpkin
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon frozen orange juice concentrate

In a medium bowl, blend cream cheese and confectioners' sugar until smooth. Gradually mix in the pumpkin. Stir in the cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and orange juice until smooth and well blended. Chill until ready to serve.

I served with granny smith apples and homemade cinnamon sugar tortillas

*recipe from

Mom's Pumpkin Bread

3 cups sugar
4 eggs
1 cup oil
2 cups pumpkin puree
3 1/3 cups flour
2 teaspoons baking soda
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon ground cloves
2 Tablespoons cinnamon
1 cup chopped nuts (optional)

Beat sugar, eggs, oil and pumpkin in large bowl together well. In a separate bowl, combine flour, soda, salt, cloves and cinnamon with a whisk. Gently mix the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients. Add nuts (optional).

Grease two bread loaf pans and divide batter into the two pans. Bake at 325 degrees for 1 hour and 15 minutes.

For cream cheese frosting:

8 ounces cream cheese
4 Tablespoons butter, softened
1 tsp vanilla
1/2 pound powdered sugar

Add more sugar to thicken and/or milk to thin out. You want it to be pretty thick. Serve with slices of bread.

Peach crisp with Maple Cream Sauce

This dessert is amazing! I'm not a huge fan of crisp but this I was. It's perfect now as the peach season is drawing to a close. So hurry and make it before you miss out!

5 whole To 6 Whole Fresh Peaches (best When Not Overly Ripe Or Soft)
1 cup Flour
½ cups Sugar
½ cups Light Brown Sugar, Firmly Packed
½ teaspoons Ground Cinnamon
½ teaspoons Ground Nutmeg
¼ teaspoons Salt
1 stick Butter (1/2 Cup)
½ whole Lemon
7 Tablespoons Real Maple Syrup, Divided
1-½ cup Whipping Cream
3 Tablespoons Light Corn Syrup

In a medium bowl, mix flour, sugar, light brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt using a fork or pastry cutter. Cut butter into small pieces and gradually add to flour mixture until evenly mixed.

Peel peaches into a bowl. Add the zest from half a lemon. Squeeze juice from lemon half and stir in with peaches and zest. Add 2 tablespoons real maple syrup to peaches, stir well.

Pour peach mixture into a small pan (8” or 9” square) and cover evenly with crumb topping. Cover with foil and bake at 350ºF for 15 minutes. Remove foil and bake for an additional 20 to 30 minutes or until crisp and brown on top.

Maple Cream Sauce:

Pour whipping cream into a saucepan. Add 5 tablespoons real maple syrup, 3 tablespoons corn syrup and stir over moderate heat until thickened and reduced by about one-third, approximately 15 minutes. Refrigerate mixture until it is cold and thick, or set the saucepan into a small bowl of ice (the ice will melt and turn into ice water). Stirring your mixture, it will cool and thicken in about 15 minutes. Drizzle sauce over peach crisp. Serve warm.

*recipe found here

White Pizza with Chicken

2 tablespoons butter, melted
1 tablespoon olive oil
3 tablespoons minced garlic
2 tablespoons sun-dried tomato pesto
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese
1 cup Alfredo Sauce
2 cups chopped cooked chicken breast meat
1 (12 inch) pre-baked pizza crust
1 medium tomato, sliced
1 (4 ounce) package feta cheese

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

In a small bowl, mix together the butter, olive oil, garlic, pesto, basil, oregano, Parmesan cheese and Alfredo sauce. Arrange the chicken on top of the pizza crust. Pour the Alfredo sauce mixture evenly over the chicken. Top with tomato and feta cheese.

Bake for 10 to 15 minutes in the preheated oven, until the crust is lightly browned and toppings are toasted. Cut into wedges to serve.



Easy Lasagna

1lb ground beef
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 tsp garlic
1 1/2 jars of Prego Spaghetti Sauce
1/4 cup of water
No boil/oven ready Lasagna Noodles
3 cups cottage cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
1 tsp parsley
1/2 tsp basil
1/2 tsp oregano
3 bags (8oz) Mozzarella Cheese

Brown ground beef, onion and garlic. Pour in bowl and add spaghetti sauce and water. In other bowl combine cottage cheese, Parmesan ands spices. In 13x9 dish, spray with a Pam layer. Add in pan 1/3 of sauce mixture, then noodle layer, 1/2 cottage cheese mixture, 1/2 mozzarella cheese, sauce mixture, noodles, cottage cheese, mozzarella, sauce and then mozzarella and Parmesan cheese. Cover and bake 45 minutes at 375. Last 10 minutes take off foil. Let sit for 30 minutes, then serve.


Rocky Road Brownies

Rocky Road Brownies

I adapted this recipe from one of my moms favorites....Rocky Road Cake. But hers is basically a Texas Sheet Cake, 'from scratch' and takes TIME, which I never I use the yummy Ghirardelli's brownie mix and bake 2 mixes at a time in a jelly roll pan (lg cookie sheet).

Follow the box directions, but when done baking, cover the top with mini marshmellows. Put back in the oven another 3-5 minutes until they are gooey, about to turn brown (watch them carefully). Then pour this yummy frosting over the top and let them sit for an hour if possible to set before cutting into them! If you like nuts... sprinkle over the top!

Chocolate Frosting

In a small sauce pan, bring 1 cube butter w/ 5 T. milk to boil.
Lower heat and add 4 T. cocoa powder, 1 box powdered sugar, and stir well.
If it's still really really thick, you can add 1 t. milk. Then add 1 t. vanilla last.
The mixture should be just thin enough to pour over the top of the marshmellows!
This is REALLY EASY and REALLY POPULAR to take to home teachers, visiting teachers, neighbors, friends....anyone you need to's looks and tastes incredible!

Pumpkin Squares

I stole that picture off of the's very similar to mine, I just use a jelly roll pan and frost the whole pan, and put a few candy corn on each piece! I'm trying to eat ZERO sugar right now, or I'd make these and show you my picture, however, I'd probably eat 1/2 the pan!!! They are super light and moist! Love them!

Pumpkin Squares
2 c. sugar
2 c. pumpkin
3 eggs
1 c. oil
2 c. flour
2 t. baking soda
1 1/2 t. cinnamon
1/2 t. salt
chopped nuts, optional (I don't add them)
Beat sugar, pumpkin and eggs well, then add the oil. Combine dry ingredients and mix into wet ingredients.
Poor into large cookie sheet (jelly roll pan)
Bake at 350 for 20 minutes
3 oz cream cheese
1 stick butter
1 t. vanilla
2 c. powdered sugar
Frost cooled cake

Teriyaki Marinade

My mom gave me this recipe a few months ago, I've used it for chicken and pork and then grilled it and it's so yummy, thought I'd share!

1 c. soy sauce
4 T brown sugar
1/2 t. garlic powder
1 T. cider vinegar
1/2 c. water
1 t. ginger
1 T oil

Mix all together then marinate meat up to 24 hours! Great also for shish-kabobs too! I usually serve with rice and pineapple!