Recipe: Refrigerator Rolls
Everyone has a recipe they're known for bringing to meals or potlucks. My grandmother was known for her rolls. She originally got the recipe out of a newspaper, but then tweaked a few things here and there to make it her own.
Well, now that Grandma is gone and has passed the recipe on to the rest of us, I'm sharing it with you, too. It's in my newest book, Writing Home, made and passed on by my character Christiana. But I wanted it more accessible, too. So, check below for a handy printable card. Or, if you'd rather I mail an already printed card your way, message me with your address.
My character loves this recipe because it's straight-forward and easy. No kneading required. I hope you love it, too. These bake up light and fluffy, the perfect addition to any meal. Have you ever made rolls before? Do you love them as much as I do?
Pizza Dough Recipe
In my book Saving Grace, one of the go-to meals my characters have on a rough night is pizza. My family lives on pizza some weeks, and none of us are bothered if we eat it several days in a row. But we tend to make our own more often than not. I even made a cute ninja turtle pizza for my four-year-old's birthday party. If you're rolling your eyes, thinking pizza dough is super complicated for a meal you can order and pick up in less than half an hour, let me prove you wrong. Here's the super easy pizza dough recipe my family has used for years. I hope you love it!
1 pkg dry yeast
1 cup warm water
1 t sugar
1 t salt
2 T olive oil
2 1/2 cups flour (I tend to start with a cup at a time and then add more until I reach the consistency I want -- some days it's the full amount and others it's not, depending on humidity)
Mix all ingredients together. Pour out onto a greased pizza pan or stone. Flour your hands and then press the dough out until it covers the whole pan (if it rips, simply press it back together and continue). This makes two small pizzas or one large. Add sauce and toppings. Bake at 425 degrees for 20-25 minutes. Enjoy!
While my characters like their pizzas with ham and pineapple, my son prefers pepperoni. My daughter turns her nose up at pepperoni, but loves when I make a pizza with alfredo sauce, chicken, and mozzarella cheese (sometimes I sneak tomatoes on to make it even yummier). There are so many options. Feel free to play with it until you find your family favorite!
Do you already have a combination you love? I'm always up for new ideas.
Poor Man's Stir Fry
So, this recipe probably isn't much cheaper than a regular stir fry. And you can see there's no rice. But I had to give it a name, and that's the one that popped in my head.
My children won't eat this, because it has peppers and onions. But I tested it on some friends, and they liked it so much they went back for seconds. To me, that's validation. I came up with this several months ago when I needed to use up some peppers and tomatoes, and I enjoyed it so much I've made it several times since.
Here's what you need:
Recipe: Rice-A-Roni Meatballs
Looking for something fairly easy and a little different from your normal dinner? Here's a recipe I learned from my dad that my family also enjoys. All it takes is a box of beef-flavored rice mix, some ground beef, an egg, and some water. Read on!
Recipe: Malted Milk Ball Cookies
Got any candy that looks like this? Then, do I have a recipe for you!
I don't even know where my Grandma got this recipe, but once I had it, it became one of my favorites. And that's saying something, because I don't even like Malted Milk Balls. But in a cookie, they're so good.
This is a perfect idea for all that after-Easter candy you picked up on sale on Monday, too. You did do that, right? Grabbed those half-price bags of Robin's eggs? Totally worth it.
Malted Milk Ball Cookies
1 cup butter, softened
3/4 cup packed brown sugar
1/3 cup sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 1/4 cups flour
2 tablespoons instant chocolate drink mix (or see a recipe to make your own here)
1 teaspoon soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
2 cups malted milk balls, crushed
In mixing bowl, cream the butter and sugars. Beat in egg and vanilla. Combine the flour, drink mix, soda and salt; Gradually add to creamed mixture. Stir in malted milk balls. Shape into 1 1/2 inch balls. Place 2 inches apart on greased baking sheets. Bake at 375 degrees for 10 to 12 minutes or until set. Cool for 1 minute before removing from pans to wire racks.
Yield: About 3 dozen
Recipe: Orange Carrot Cookies
It's Easter time. I love Easter. The new dress, probably a hat, white sandals with painted toenails peeping through. The joy of my children when they discover what the bunny left and hunt for eggs. And the promise that comes with remembering the real reason for celebrating this time of year -- Jesus is risen!
Of course, there's also the food. I used to think of ham for Easter, but the last few years, my husband has talked me into having lamb roast. Throw in some cheesy potatoes and peas. And something citrus-y for dessert. Mmmm. So, today, I'm sharing a cookie that just seems to fit this time of year better than any other (although I'd eat it any time you wanted to make it for me).
Orange-glazed carrot cookies. They may not sound that good, but let me tell you ... they're hard to resist. And since they're made with carrots, well, we can at least pretend they're not as bad for us as a normal cookie, right? The cookie itself is light and fluffy and soft, and not overly sweet. The glaze has that kick of orange that makes a mouth happy. I don't even know where this recipe originally came from, but it's a staple in our family. Are you intrigued? I'm sharing the recipe below (with our family tips), and I hope you love them as much as my kids and I do.
Orange Carrot Cookies
2 cups sifted flour & 2 1/2 tsp baking powder sifted together.
1/2 tsp salt
3/4 cup shortening and 1 cup sugar creamed together
Gradually add 1 tsp vanilla and 1 cup cooked mashed carrots to shortening mixture. Add dry ingredients and 1/2 cup nuts, if desired. Beat well. Drop by tsp on greased cookie sheet. Bake at 350 degrees about 15 minutes. Ice while warm.
Icing: 3 cups powdered sugar
3 tsp melted butter
4 tbsp orange juice
Grated zest of one orange
The original recipe did not include the nuts. If you use frozen orange juice (undiluted), you can leave out the orange zest.
I usually ice mine on the cooling rack with a cutting mat underneath to catch the drips. This icing is so good, you don't want to waste any!
I hope you love these as much as I do.
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