Thursday, February 25, 2010


We had a great weekend. General Conference was amazing. So many great talks, so much to think about, to use in our lives to make them better. And such a feeling of love.

On Sunday we had Mark's family over for dinner after the last session and had such a great time. We ate a yummy dinner with some appetizers, marinated flank steak, garlic mashed potatoes, salad, homemade rolls (I could eat a dinner of rolls alone), and coconut peach cobbler. Mmmmm! After, we played a couple of games and just had fun being together. Usually when we get together with Mark's fam everyone kind of goes and does different things after we spend 15 minutes at the dinner table or the tv is on, so it was really nice to do something all together. It really made me think about how important spending quality time together is to building meaningful relationships.

Here's the recipe for the rolls I made today. They are mm.mmm..good! I had never made homemade rolls before because they just seemed so intimidating. Then, last year I got my mom's recipe from her and tried it. So good, and so much easier than I had thought!

Best Refrigerator Rolls - from the kitchen of my Mom

1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup shortening
2 tsp salt
1 1/2 cup warm water
4 1/2 cups Better for Bread Flour - divided (note: my mom lives in UT and this works for her, I always end up adding a bit more flour here in OR, so you may need to adjust a little)
3 eggs, well beaten

2 Tbsp rapid rise yeast

Mix all ingredients together in mixer except for yeast and half of the flour. Then sprinkle yeast on mixture and add remaining flour. Mix until sticky. About 5 min. Place in lightly greased bowl and cover with a towel. Raise until double. About 2 hours.

Punch dough down and cover bowl with a damp towel. Refrigerate. (I make the dough the night before and then refrigerate it till whenever I'm ready to make it the next day)

Roll out as desired. Shape. (I divide the dough into thirds, roll each ball into about a 14" circle (about 1/4" thick) like a pizza crust and then use my pizza cutter to cut it into 12 triangles, then I roll them up into crescent shapes) Brush with melted butter. Place on baking sheets and cover lightly with plastic wrap sprayed with cooking spray. Let raise 2-3 hours. Bake at 350 for 15-20 min or 375 for 12 min.

Makes 3 dozen

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