Holidays, Recipes

Apple Cinnamon Rolls With Orange Cream Cheese Icing

This is a wonderful tasty recipe that I grew up on, Kevin made the dough for me and was like this looks way sticky, I took one taste of the dough and knew it was right!  As kids these were always waiting for us Christmas morning and they are so tasty!

Dough Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 cups warm water
  • 3/4 C sugar
  • 2 packets fast acting yeast
  • 2/3 C  butter melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 Tsp salt
  • 5-6 c flour 


  1. Dissolve yeast in water with sugar
  2. Whisk in melted butter
  3. Whisk in eggs
  4. Stir in Salt & Flour {dough will be sticky & tender) 
  5. Let rest/rise 15 min & stir down with spoon, rrepeat for a total of 5 times

Once our dough is ready you will want to split it in half, the above recipe will make enough for 2 logs of rolls.  Roll out the dough on a floured surface about  1/3 of an inch thick.  Brush it with melted butter and sprinkle on brown sugar and cinnamon.  I also like to add in some chopped apples and walnuts. Roll the dough in to a log and use some threat or floss to cut.  I go 1- 1 1/2 inches thick, Place them in a sprayed 9×13 pan or a round backing dish (pie plate) allow them to rise for 45 minutes then bake at 400 for 20-25 min (Golden Brown).  When you remove them from the oven flip them out and allow them to cool for a bit.




I like to make an Orange Cream Cheese Icing as well!  Simply combine all of the listed ingredients in a bowl with your mixer or in your food processor!

  • 4 ounces of cream cheese (softened
  • 3 Tb butter (softened)
  • 2 Tb orange juice concentrate
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 2 C powdered sugar
Holidays, Recipes, St. Patrick's Day

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner & Link Up

Yay my first official link up!

Ok so I make Corned Beef with Mashed Potatoes every year, the following morning I make hash!  Today I will share my recipe’s for all of this with you with the twists to the recipe that I grew up on!

Corned Beef


  • 2-3 lbs Corned Beef brisket
  • Dark Irish Beer (I use Guiness, those in DFW Price match the 4 pack to $4.99 at Sprouts this week 3/12)
  • 1 yellow or white onion peeled and cut in quarters
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic (I used the stuff in a jar)
  • Pickling packet that comes with the  brisket
  • 1 head of Cabbage
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup yellow mustard


  • Place the meat in the crock pot along with the onion, garlic and pickling packet.  Cover it with beer and cook on low 9-11 hours.  ( I have used high and had it done in 8 hours)
  • Remove the meat from the crock pot and place it on a lined baking sheet.
  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees
  •  turn the crock pot  to high place the cabbage in after cutting it in quarters (remember to remove the core)  Cook it till it is tender. should be about 20 minutes.
  • Mix the mustard and brown sugar together, you can microwave it for 30-60 seconds (stir every 30 seconds) to make sure it is well incorporated.  This will make a nice glaze.
  • Cover the brisket with the glaze and bake for 20 minutes.
  • Remove your brisket and allow it to cool for about 10 minutes before slicing it.

Now my mashed potatoes are made with red potatoes with the skin left on, a turnip that I peel and cook with with potatoes along with minced  garlic.  I add sour cream and butter and mash them with a pastry cutter to leave them chunky as that is how Kevin likes them.  I add garlic powder, salt and pepper to taste.

Now this is Kevin’s favorite, the next morning I take the remainder of the meat and make a hash.  I use red potatoes again with the skins on and cut them up add them in a cast iron skillet with butter, garlic, salt pepper I cook this on medium till the potatoes are tender and browned then toss in the meat chopped up till it is heated through!  I like mine with a couple of eggs over easy!

Now please feel free to link up your St. Patrick’s Day recipe, craft or family tradition!  Just make sure its related to St. Patrick’s Day!  Be sure to use this button to let everyone know where to find other great ideas for St. Patrick’s Day!



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Ash Wednesday, Catholic Faith, Holidays, Lent

Taking Up… Instead of Giving Up

“Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

This is my first Lenten Season since deciding  to become Catholic this past fall.  So today was my first ever Ash Wednesday!  It was nice that we were able to attend as a family, and this is the best that David has done yet!  Normally he goes to the nursery, except for Holy Days of Obligation such as today,  We sat in a pew in the church not the narthex and he did the usual flirt with the older woman behind you 😉 need to teach him to wink at them .

When I took him up to receive his ashes, he bowed his head like I am in trouble now, Father must have seen me messing around in the back!  And as you can guess he rubbed them off on daddy before mass was even over 🙂

So, with this being my first “true” Lent, I am deciding to enhance my spiritual life other than giving something up.  I will be working on my prayer life.  Growing up prayer was different in the Mormon Church, you started with Dear Heavenly Father, followed that with what you are thankful for, then asked for blessings such as over the meal for for those over seas and so on.  You ended with  In the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.   Well Catholic prayer is different, there are many “scripted prayers” and this is new and awkward for me so I am working hard to make it so it is natural!

My Rosary, Prayer Cards, Bible, Prayer Book and other spiritual books to help me on my Lenten goal.
My Rosary, Prayer Cards, Bible, Prayer Book and other spiritual books to help me on my Lenten goal.

I want to read daily from the meditations in “The WORD among us”,  I have the Lenten one and with that I am working on praying the rosary each day and “The Love Dare.”

We started preparing for this last week by sitting down at the dining room table for all meals as a family and blessing the food before the meals, David’s Favorite part is Amen!

I will update y’all on how I am doing as the Lenten Season progresses.

Let me just say this though, this journey for me entering the church and my husband returning home has been great!  We have grown as a couple, individuals, and parents!  I am looking forward so much to our Marriage Convalidation this spring and my Baptism, First Holy Communion and Confirmation this Easter!  (And then quickly working to have David Baptized!)  I am so grateful that i get to take this journey with my sweet husband!



Easter Baskets

Hear is a post from last Easter that I updated and  thought could be helpful to some of y’all!

So with Easter quickly approaching I thought that I would share with y’all what I put in David’s Basket so that maybe you will get some ideas for your little ones!

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  • Paper Easter Grass
  • Mini Oreo Cup
  • Teddy Graham Cup
  • Animal Crackers
  • Gold Fish
  • My First Crayola Crayons
  • Toy Mater
  • Cars 2 DVD
  • 2 Hard Spout Sippy Cups

Some other ideas that I had were: Bubbles, Borad Books, Little Garden Tools, and Bath toys!

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David, Holidays

Christmas Dinner


So I know I went way over budget for groceries this month but its Christmas… We will be having Scalloped Potatoes, Ham, Green Beans, Rolls and German Chocolate Cake.  I will make and appetizer thats ham rolls (cream cheese with Tabasco spread on ham with asparagus), I will also make Chex Mix, and Kevin will make Fudge!  I will post pictures tomorrow of dinner once it is done, as well as some video of David walking and Christmas Morning.