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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Costco Time!

I had stopped in at Costco's a few weeks ago at Hubby's request ... imagine that!?

Of course, I was only supposed to be picking up things for the party but I also had my own little Costco list going ... you know how I love lists!!

It was a big trip. Bigger than I had anticipated ... I've resigned myself to the fact that I need to make Costco a CASH ONLY store as it seems to be my budget blower lately ... 2015 Resolutions, here we come! Either that or learn to make do without going there .... sad, sad day folks!

Keep in mind that i put back the 3 bottles of my favorite champagne ... the price was just a tad over $40 and it was $5 less than the cheapest price I've seen this season)

Here's what I picked up ...

2 pkgs of baby romaine lettuce @ $4.29 each
bag of organic sliced apples (8 pk) $8.79
bottle of Santa Margarita $17.89 (one of the cheapest prices I've seen in a while)
2 trays of cheese slices for crackers @ $11.39 each
2 pkgs of 3 pack english cukes @ $3.99 each
2 large containers of blackberries @ $3.99 each
2 lbs of crimini mushrooms $3.99
2 twin packs of stuffed stuffed olives @ $10.69 each (this was a deal, Hubby pays $8.99/lb in the store)
box of crescent rolls $7.89
2 1/2 gallons of egg nog @ $3.99 each
pkg of chicken italian sauasage $13.49
30 count frozen yeast rolls $5.99
jar of tomato mix (aka salsa) $5.99
Ciliegine (them little mozzarella balls) $5.99
2 lbs of fresh cut up cauliflower $3.99
8 pk albacore tuna $14.89
6 pk canned chicken $11.49
2 pks 24 count organic eggs $6.99 each
3 pk mouth rinse $7.59
10 lb bag of organic sugar $8.79
box of energy shot (5 hour energy) $34.99
2 pkgs of 3 count platters $9.79
2 pkgs 2 lb bag of pecans $12.99 each
Solo cups $9.99
pkg of Coastal Cheddar $9.41
2 bottles of Pom Juice @ $8.99 each less $2.70 each
Container of Macadamian nuts $15.99
2 lb bag of walnuts $18.99
large container of raspberries $4.99
3 pk of butter lettuce $4.59
quart of half and half $1.99
big bottle of olive oil $11.39
3 pk of honey $13.99
bottle of balsamic vinegar $10.99
2 pkgs of Elizabeth Arden Visible Difference (jar and travel size each) @ $19.99 less $3 each
pkg of hard salami $7.29
6 lb bag of meatballs $17.99
cooked bacon $10,99
jar of antipasto $9.49
jar of Mateos Salsa $6.49
48 count Mucinex $27.99 less $6 (not paying that full price in store when we are all sick!)
jar of almond butter $15.89 (!)
Crest Whitestrips $39.99 less $5
18 count Kind bars $17.99 (I find out no one likes these!)
bag of Rice Work chips $5.99
box of Lara Bars $15.79 (again, no one likes these, back to the old chocolaty protein bars I guess)
loaf of UDI's bread $6.99
package of EOS lipbalms $10.99 (stocking stuffers and stock up for me)
12 count easy mac $9.69

Oh boy ... grand total? $640.69 with tax.

Yes, that was a lot.

So, something like 3 weeks later, I still have a lot of that stuff ... the eggs, mozzarella balls, half and half, mushrooms and cauliflower are gone (I had picked up eggs and half and half the other day) as is the wine and the apples, the bacon is about gone, the lettuce is gone, except maybe one head (I used those 'green bags' and they seem to help) ... and to think I'm heading in to a pantry/freezer challenge.  Aw heck, it will be fine ;-)

Monday, December 29, 2014

New Cookbooks

I'm so excited ... I got FOUR new cookbooks for Christmas ... well, actually, only three, as the 4th is Hubby's but I scooped it right out from under him to look at :)

There "should" be lots of new recipes coming your way soon, HOPEFULLY while I attempt yet another Pantry/Freezer Challenge in January ... I need to get a handle on the pantry and freezers, seriously!

So here's what I got:

1.  Against All Grain, Meals Made Simple by Danielle Walker.  Um, yes, this was on my wish list and the Boy spotted it ... sweet!



2.  Nom Nom Paleo  Food for Humans by Michelle Tam. I love her website, most of the time ... the cookbook looks to be laid out fairly simple ... I'm excited to dig in and really read some of the recipes!


3.  The Skinnytaste Cookbook by Gina Homolka ... another great website and actually, I'm enjoying the book so far in review!



4. Cook's Meat Book ... this is Hubby's. I actually bought it for him at Costco but held off looking at it til Christmas morning!  We've already used it for the big hunk of beef made on Christmas Day!



I need to start working on getting the cookbooks I have on the Kindle to books ... I do NOT like using the Kindle for cookbooks ... just doesn't work out well for me ... 

How about you? Did you get any awesome new books for Christmas? 

*These ARE affiliated links through Amazon ... if you do decide to purchase one of these using one of the links, I may receive compensation for same*

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Menu Plan Week 104 - Using What We Have

Here we are, the home stretch of 2014. What a year it's been, huh?

I used to look back and think of all the things I wanted to do but didn't, and then I realized that it was the equivalent of brain bashing ... so this year, I'm not going to do that ... instead, I will think of all the cool things we did and accomplished ... after all, I'm trying to focus MORE on the positive things in life!

So ... with the last few days coming in for menu planning ... I have some great ideas for the year on the menu ... for Christmas we got 4 new cook books that I really excited to try out ... (come back Monday for the post showing what we got!) ... and I'm even more excited to know that I have quite a few of the ingredients on hand already for the upcoming self imposed pantry/freezer challenge for January (yup, it's on, yet again! Stay positive!) ... I think my number one goal for the new year is to wake up New Years Day without a hangover so I can start off on the healthier eating plan!! ;-) Lets face it, hangovers mean greasy carby really bad food choices and I'd rather not start the first day of the new year like that!!

Ok, here's what we got planned for the week!

Sunday - looking at a mexican fest since I have everything on hand and HEY we can make margaritas! ;-) (and make more room on the bar and guest kitchen counter top). Tacos with the ground turkey (um didn't happen last week, will try to stash some away for Wednesday), fixins from the fridge, will also make the black bean and corn salad (most ingredients from pantry including Rotel tomatoes since I don't have any fresh ones)... SO ... this was changed at the last minute at noon on Sunday ... Winn Dixie has a special where you can fill up a bucket of wings for $12.99 ... ummm, yes, I can get a lot of wings in a bucket ;-) AND I still have some $5 off $30 coupons to use up before Wednesday ... so much for the thought of avoiding the grocery store til the last possible minute!  Feeding 6


Monday -Smokey Crock of Pork ... pork tenderloin in freezer (not that I would want to use the TENDERLOIN but it's all I have), bbq sauce in fridge, will shred some cabbage to make a coleslaw and buns in pantry and freezer. I also have some sweet potatoes if I'm feeling ambitious enough to make some sweet potatoes fries ...  Feeding 4


Tuesday - I would like to say leftovers and get the fridge cleared out and clean. If nothing is really left, we will make a modified version of Adult Grilled Cheese Sandwiches and tomato soup ...


Wednesday - New Years Eve! I am hoping to get out of the office by 3ish so I can be home and prepping by 4. We will have friends over (I'm guessing 12 to 14 total) and this year I'm going to ask everyone to bring champagne as I only have 2 bottles (well, I also have the Prosecco but I don't that counts for much more then Belllinis?) ... I want to make tiny tacos (came across this on Pinterest, will share if works but we just had tacos on Sunday!), bacon wrapped shrimp (bacon and shrimp in freezer), cheesy onion dip, cheese and cracker platter and possibly a small veggie tray with celery, carrots, peppers and ranch dip since I have the ingredients already on hand to make all ... Hubby might use his gift card to pick up a honey baked ham or honey baked turkey, not sure yet.  I also have dinner rolls in the freezer I can pull out if needed ... feeding 12 to 14 (18 if both kids are here with friends). I only have 12 flutes so the kids may have to use brandy or sherry glasses.

Thursday - Happy New Year! It's a new year and new eating habits SHOULD kick in today ;-) As I have lots of chicken thighs, I'm leaning towards some Damn Fine Chicken with a salad on the side. Feeding 6


Friday - Umm ... hopefully we will all be back to the land of the living ... if so ... Chicken Parmesan (chicken in freezer, I believe) balance of ingredients in pantry. Will serve with a small salad and dinner rolls (freezer). Feeding 8 most likely (and yes, chicken 2 days in a row ... what can I say?)

Saturday - Hubby's choice or maybe over to some friends. I just need to stay focused on the smart eating and drinking choices ;-)

Looking forward to linking up with Organized Junkie's Menu Plan Monday ...


Saturday, December 27, 2014

Frugal Activities #38

Oh my ... it's been a LONG time since I've done one of these posts ... definitely need to get back on schedule and be more accountable, don't you think?? ;-)

I'm hoping everyone had a Merry Christmas ... and to be quite honest, I'm glad it's over ... I've had such a busy schedule since before the week of Thanksgiving ... but all in all, it's been fun, if a little budget busting ...

Has it been a Frugal week or two, you ask?

In some ways, yes, in others, not so much!

Here are some of the Frugal Activities we've done ...

1.  Ate all my breakfast at home, 90% of my lunches were made at home and about 80% of our dinners were eaten at home. Not bad at all.

2.  Menu Planned for the whole month ... didn't necessarily follow the plan but I can be rest assured that we have plenty of food on hand to feed any lost souls that wander through the house...

3.  Used my Winn Dixie Fuel Rewards to get 60 cents off per gallon. This gave me a gallon of gas at $2.49 for premium. The Hemi will not take anything less than that ... is it pathetic that I did a happy dance while pumping $40 worth of gas??

4.  Re-purposed the leftover beef for sandwiches the day after Christmas. Sure, we could have just heated it up and ate it the same way yet again, but I had mini hot dog buns that were getting older and I really wanted to try something new ... glad I did and will be sharing THAT recipe coming soon ...

5.  Said NO to a girls night out for prickly pear margaritas. Yes, it pained me to do so BUT I did not have the free time and really did not want to spend the precious cash in my wallet for same.

6.  Did my own nails quite a few times this past month. I'm very thankful that Hubby got me a gift card to my favorite salon so I can get my hair color done (going a solid color this time in hopes that Hubby and I can color it from here on out to save a few hundred bucks every couple months), get a professional (read: GOOD) manicure and pedicure with hopes that I can maintain for a good 6 months AND a good eyebrow/lip wax.

7.  Been using the booze we have on hand (with the exception of #2 below) for adult beverages during our Boat Parade Party, weekend adventures and Christmas ... sure would be nice if I could continue to do that for New Years Eve too but I think we might be just about out of beer ... I've got so much tequila that I'm going to have to go back to making margaritas from scratch or just drink that stuff on the rocks ::shudder:: No joke ... I received 8 bottles of tequila from business associates and friends ... I've added that to the 10 plus bottles I already had ... hmmm...strawberry margaritas using the frozen strawberries???


And of course, full disclosure of our NOT so Frugal Activities:

1.  Ummm ... I shopped online A LOT for Christmas ... which meant using credit cards ... I need to go online and pull up each and every account, see what the real balances are and make a repayment plan this weekend.

2.  Bought 5 bottles of champagne. 4 for home (2 for Christmas, 2 for New Years and 1 for the office Christmas Eve mimosa tradition). Granted, they were on sale but still, $39.99 a bottle ... oops. Sucks to be a champagne snob ;-(

3.  Depleted my one savings account. Granted $3000 was part of the property taxes, but the rest was used to front some of the vacation expenditures (I opted to go cash only on my side while we were gone) and some was used to front the cash Christmas gifts (cleaning girls, kids).

Honestly, there were so many NOT so Frugal Activities that it's a blur. I'm not quite sure WHY I fell in to that hole this year? Partly due to lack of planning but then the rest of it? I don't know.

On a side note, I really need to do a pantry/freezer challenge as I can't find ANYTHING because everything is just so crammed into every opening available. Hubby was making double baked taters on Christmas and I could not find the 1 lb bag of bacon bits that I'm sure I have in the pantry ... guess what? I don't have any but the fact is that if the pantry was organized the way it SHOULD be (used to be) then I wouldn't have been so insistent that we stop everything and pull out all the stuff from 2 shelves. Uggg. Same with the freezers, bacon ... I have so much bacon yet I couldn't find the ordinary stuff for the bacon wrapped water chestnuts ... ended up using the cherry wood smoked stuff (which was delicious) ... just would have preferred to save THAT for something else (like a wedge salad!) ... but at least we used what we had on hand!

How about you ... sticking with your Frugal Activities or have the holidays thrown you for a loop??

Looking forward to sharing at the Money Propeller and the Prudent Homemaker ... here's aiming to get back on track and sharing this weekly!

Friday, December 26, 2014

Bite Size Caprese

I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas! I'm glad its over and even happier that everyone cleaned up and put their new found toys away after we were done opening all the gifts.

After devouring some cinnamon rolls, we cleaned up the kitchen and Hubby got busy with the turkey breast and hunk of beef ... I ran to pick up my dad which was an hour round trip ... 

When I got home, I prepped these little guys. Seriously, so simple to make and such a hit with all people and tastes!  I had made these for the boat parade party and they were the first thing gone ... and I had over 3 lbs of grape tomatoes that I had used ... whew!



Putting them on a toothpick and making them seriously bite size is so much better than the whole sliced tomato ... much easier to eat and way less messy!

It's easy to do, and makes a pretty presentation on top of it! Gotta love that!



Package of grape tomatoes, rinsed and patted dry
mozzarella balls, cut in half (technically called Bocconcini or Ciliegine - Costco has the best prices on this!)
fresh basil leaves
toothpicks
balsamic glaze (this is the brand I used)

Are you ready?  

Lay out your tooth picks on the counter.

Grab a toothpick, spear a tomato with it (I did it side to side as stem to bottom takes up too much toothpick space), grab a basil leave and fold in half/quarters if larger, thread that on next and then spear a mozzarella half.  



Line up on the toothpick so it's pretty much centered and place on a serving tray.



Repeat with the remaining tomatoes.

Arrange the sticks on a tray in some sort of fashion, whatever makes you happy, and then drizzle a light stream of the balsamic glaze over the top.

Now. When you get tired of threading what feels like hundreds of these things, just take an easy way out and dump them in a bowl, cut up the basil with a pair of scissors and call it a day ;-)



Here's the funny thing ... a few people thought these were some sort of dessert tidbits as the glaze is really dark and looks like chocolate ;-)

*Note, I didn't add the balsamic glaze til right before the party started which is WHY I don't have any pictures of the absolute final product!

Enjoy!


Looking forward to sharing with some of these great parties ... make sure you check them out! Wonderful WednesdayHearth & SoulFluster Buster Creative Muster Show Me What Ya GotWhat's Cooking WednesdayIts a Party!Works For Me WednesdaySugar and SpiceWake Up WednesdayWhatever Goes WednesdayWednesday WhatsitsReal FunWork It WednesdayLovely Ladies, Weekly CreativeDomestic Superhero, All Things ThursdayThe Weekly CreativeTogether on Tuesday, Tasty ThursdayFull Plate ThursdayCreate It ThursdayFabulously Frugal ThursdayCrafty Thursday Obsessions Showcase Your TalentThink Tank ThursdaySimple Lives ThursdayFoodie FridayGet Real Frugal FridayFrugal FridaysFood on FridayFreakin Did It FridayFeature FridayThe Pin JunkieFreedom FridayFriday FavoriteFoodie Friday, A peek into my paradiseWeekend SocialFoodie Friends FridayFun Friday blog hopCelebrate It!,  Friday FavoritesTGIF BLOG HOPWeekend RetreatWhat’s ShakinWeekend WondersWeekend PotluckGet Him Feed Anything GoesDwell on FridaysFriday Foodfight, Lil Luna Link PartyFoodie FridayTGI Friday Friday with Friends, Simple Living Foodie FridayInspirationsWeekend WanderWeekly RoundupFeature Yourself SaturdaySaturday Night FeverThe Party BunchShow Off Saturday, I Gotta CreateShow Off WeekendShow Stopper SaturdaySweet and SavoryThe Weekend CreativeWeekend PotluckWill Cook For SmilesStrut Your Stuff SaturdaySaturday Show & TellSuper Saturday Show & TellSay G'day SaturdayNot Bad SundayPotluck PartySunday Showcase Sundae ScoopSuper SundayMop It Up MondayMerry MondayCreative MondayThe ScoopMelt In Your Mouth MondayPin It Party Made By You MondayHunk of Meat Monday What’d You Do This WeekendMarvelous MessMaking It CuterTime To SparkleMealtime MondayTime To Sparkle, Makin You Crave MondayClever ChickCreative Corner Blog HopMake Your Own MondayMix it Up Monday,  Save Money MondayLou Lou GirlsInspire Me MondayIn and Out of the Kitchen, MemoriesTasty TuesdaysTuesdays At Our HomeHow To TuesdayHandmade TuesdayMaking a HomeShow Me The GoodsTotally Tasty TuesdayAll My Bloggie FriendsShare Your Stuff TuesdayTuesday Talent ShowFat TuesdayPenny Pinching PartyThe Gathering SpotAnti-Procrastination Tuesdays

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Menu Plan Monday - Week 103 - Using What We Have

I didn't get to the grocery store ONCE last week until Sunday morning! Amazing!  And the only reason I even went then was because I needed milk to make the Broccoli and Cheese soup (no, it never got made during the week!) .... and even better, I stopped at Aldi's and got everything I felt I needed ... spent $80 which was more than I had anticipated but picked up a "few" things outside my list.

With that said, I think I'm going for a non-disclosed pantry challenge in January. Heck, I've got food stuffed in every nook and cranny of the kitchen cabinets, pantry and freezer. It's not even funny anymore. I should be thankful, I understand, BUT the clutter and disorganization is driving me nuts and makes me rather crabby when I'm trying to cook because I can't find that bottle of whatever that I just KNOW I have ... so yeah, January is going to be my kitchen declutter month, food wise.

I hope you all have your Christmas shopping done ... I do, I guess. I'm waiting on a few packages to arrive from Amazon and the Gap and then I'm done, as much as I can be!

The work week will be short ... looking forward to having a half day Wednesday (hopefully!), full day off on Thursday and hopefully, another full day on Friday (providing that I can get everything lined up in timely fashion by the time we leave on Wednesday) ...

Here's what we are aiming for this week:

Sunday - lasagna, wedge salad and dinner rolls. I also made some Broccoli and Cheese soup (at last!) which I will be sharing this week ... feeding 4. I cheated on the wedge salad and used bacon bits and bottled ranch ... some days I need all the help I can get!



Monday - was just me, Hubby got home late, so I wrapped presents and offered him leftover soup when he got home. Feeding 2

Tuesday - ahem, that would be TODAY. Princess is making cookies and well, we just ordered pizza ... feeding 3

Wednesday - oddly enough, one of old Christmas traditions was McDonalds ... but this year, we will make our own burgers and fries at the house and continue the tradition in a healthier way ;-) Feeding 6 to 8


I don't think I have onion rings to offer up this time around and promise to make the burgers bigger!

Thursday - Merry Christmas! Sadly, I'm not sure 100% yet WHAT we are doing but here are the options at this moment: Roast Beef with double baked taters ... turkey breast with double baked taters ... which ever main course we decide on, we will still have the cheese and crackers, veggie platter, deviled eggs, and a few other odds and ends to snack on ... feeding 10 at last count ... and NOW I'm thinking that we will be making BOTH!

Friday - leftover day! No idea how many feeding this day but there will be plenty to go around! Feeding 6 to 8

Saturday - you know ... it's going to be up to Hubby today ... :) I need a day off!

Has anyone else noticed the price of hot dogs lately? $5 for a package?? OMG! I am hoping like crazy I have some in the freezers (I'm pretty sure I do ... need to look at my freezer inventory list (and UPDATE it)

Looking forward to linking up with Organized Junkie's Menu Plan Monday ...

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Menu Plan Monday Week 102 - Using What We Have

Well ... I just noticed on Thursday that the post never posted! So, here it is!

The holiday season is in full force and effect around here!!  We had our Christmas Party on Saturday, and even though we put a time frame on the invitation this year, the last person left around 2:30am ... making it a very very long day and night for this hostess.

We went through a lot of food and still have plenty leftover for some quick meals this week, thankfully!

I'm hoping to avoid the grocery stores this week ... thinking only thing we will need is milk ... fingers crossed that I can make that happen! *Thursday ... so far so good!*

Here's what we are looking to make this week:

Sunday - leftovers - lasagna, caprese salad and green salad. Feeding 6.

Monday - soup and sandwich ... will make a Broccoli and Cheese soup using the leftover fresh broccoli (from veggie tray) and cheese (from cheese tray) ... sandwiches will be using leftover rolls and leftover lunch meat (from meat tray). Balance of soup ingredients are in the pantry/fridge. Feeding 4 (maybe 5).

Tuesday - Taco Bowls (with ground turkey) ... ground turkey in freezer, lettuce in fridge, balance of ingredients in pantry/fridge. I have the taco bowls that I picked up on clearance last week for $2 a box. Feeding 2 (yes!)

Wednesday - No one was home so I just reheated meatballs with some fresh basil and parsley sprinkled over the top while I watched Survivors final episode.

Thursday - Hubby's office party (starts at 8:30pm!) and I am NOT going ... which is fine by me, in the end ;-) ... looking at snacky things like guac, salsa, chips, veggies, etc. They will have food trucks and caterers ... and NO SPOUSES. Hrrrmp.

Friday - My office dinner party ... Grille 66 ... I'm looking forward to the steak and frites again! Oh, yes, spouses ARE allowed at mine!

Saturday - Hubby's choice but I'm really looking for a laid back kind of  day ... I so need it!  *As I didn't make the soup on Monday, I will make it today and hopefully during daylight hours so I can get some good pics and share the recipe if worthy!

What are YOU making this week!?

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Cinnamon Rolls - a Christmas Tradition

The recipe originally comes from The Pioneer Woman ... and I've been making them every year for the past 5 years ... of course, I had to count on my fingers and remember key events to get to that number of years ... really, FOUR YEARS??

They aren't hard to make either ... I mean heck, if the Pioneer Woman is making them ... you know that they are GOOD and EASIER than most recipes ... gotta love that about anything!

I started making these on Christmas Eve one year, and it just became something that everyone expected ... and since I love that people LOVE when I make something for them, I'm always happy to bring out the flour and hop to the baking ...


I still have a HECK of a time getting rolled tight, but probably because I really really load them up with the filling. Which is what makes them so good, I think.

I also use brown sugar instead of white ... so there's my one noticeable difference in the recipe...give your self 2 days to make these as you can toss the dough in the fridge over night and roll and bake the morning of.

Cinnamon Buns ... my version:

2 cups of milk (I use 2%)
1/2 cup oil
1/2 cup of white sugar
1 pkg yeast
4 cups plus 1/2 cup of all purpose flour
1/2 tsp baking powder (make this heaping)
1/2 tsp baking soda (make this 'scant')
1/2 tbs salt (heaping)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
cinnamon

Ready?  Get yourself a big pot and add the milk, oil, sugar. Give it a quick whisk and scald the milk ... this is just BEFORE it starts boiling. Make sure the pot is big because it will bubble like mad AND you are going to mix the flour in too.



Once it is scalding go ahead and remove from the heat and let it sit for an hour or so til it cools down some (lukewarm to warm but NOT hot).

Sprinkle the yeast over top of and let that sit for a minute while it does it's foamy action.



Add in your 4 cups of flour. It's going to be a wet soggy mess, but that's ok. Put a lid on it and either let it rest for an hour on your counter top.



Add the 1/2 cup of flour, baking powder and baking soda AND the salt. Stir together. At this time, I would recommend you put in the fridge. It may grow overnight, just punch it down and tell it who's the boss. Personally, I would highly recommend you do the overnight thing. The dough will become much more manageable once it's cool like that. OR you can proceed to finishing them NOW.





::next morning::


Hello and good morning my baby (ummm, surely you talk to your food when excited?). Sprinkle your counter top surface with some flour. Dump the dough out in the middle of all the flour and roll out  into a rectangle (now, mind you, it does not need to be perfect).




Take your soft butter and rub it over the surface of the dough. Um, yes, I do use my hands because it's quicker and easier... then sprinkle the brown sugar over the butter and then the cinnamon. I don't measure the cinnamon, I just eyeball it, but I'm pretty generous with it.


Roll the rectangle up. I have no easy recommendations on this, except if you have a bench scrapper, use that to assist you where the dough might stick a little. I am still struggling with a TIGHT roll, but it's sufficient.

Once rolled, pinch the seam as much as you can. Cut into 1 inch sections (using the bench scraper, knife, non-waxed floss, etc.).

Place these is a dish that you've sprayed with non stick spray.


Cover and let rise for about 30 minutes.

Bake at 400 degrees til light brown, 15 to 18 minutes.


Pull out, and top with glaze. I've made it with powdered sugar and milk with a pinch of vanilla. But I prefer to use canned cream cheese frosting that I've diluted (to make pourable) with milk. I just dump the frosting in a bowl, add a little milk, whisk, add more milk (a little), whisk until it's runny enough.


Enjoy!


*This makes a TON of cinnamon rolls and you can easily cut the recipe in half! If you don't want a bunch of sweets taunting you this year, by all means, halve the recipe!

*I am going to become very emotional this year when I make these as the last time I made them, my neighbor had requested them after she had gone through some chemotherapy ... it took her all day to eat one but she ate it and called me to bring another for the following day.

Looking forward to sharing with some of these great parties ... make sure you check them out! Wonderful WednesdayHearth & SoulFluster Buster Creative Muster Show Me What Ya GotWhat's Cooking WednesdayIts a Party!Works For Me WednesdaySugar and SpiceWake Up WednesdayWhatever Goes WednesdayWednesday WhatsitsReal FunWork It WednesdayLovely Ladies, Weekly CreativeDomestic Superhero, All Things ThursdayThe Weekly CreativeTogether on Tuesday, Tasty ThursdayFull Plate ThursdayCreate It ThursdayFabulously Frugal ThursdayCrafty Thursday Obsessions Showcase Your TalentThink Tank ThursdaySimple Lives ThursdayFoodie FridayGet Real Frugal FridayFrugal FridaysFood on FridayFreakin Did It FridayFeature FridayThe Pin JunkieFreedom FridayFriday FavoriteFoodie Friday, A peek into my paradiseWeekend SocialFoodie Friends FridayFun Friday blog hopCelebrate It!,  Friday FavoritesTGIF BLOG HOPWeekend RetreatWhat’s ShakinWeekend WondersWeekend PotluckGet Him Feed Anything GoesDwell on FridaysFriday Foodfight, Lil Luna Link PartyFoodie FridayTGI Friday Friday with Friends, Simple Living Foodie FridayInspirationsWeekend WanderWeekly RoundupFeature Yourself Saturday, Saturday Night FeverThe Party BunchShow Off Saturday, I Gotta CreateShow Off WeekendShow Stopper SaturdaySweet and SavoryThe Weekend CreativeWeekend PotluckWill Cook For SmilesStrut Your Stuff SaturdaySaturday Show & TellSuper Saturday Show & TellSay G'day SaturdayNot Bad SundayPotluck PartySunday Showcase Sundae ScoopSuper SundayMop It Up MondayMerry MondayCreative MondayThe ScoopMelt In Your Mouth MondayPin It Party Made By You MondayHunk of Meat Monday What’d You Do This WeekendMarvelous MessMaking It CuterTime To SparkleMealtime MondayTime To Sparkle, Makin You Crave MondayClever ChickCreative Corner Blog HopMake Your Own MondayMix it Up Monday,  Save Money MondayLou Lou GirlsInspire Me MondayIn and Out of the Kitchen, MemoriesTasty TuesdaysTuesdays At Our HomeHow To TuesdayHandmade TuesdayMaking a HomeShow Me The GoodsTotally Tasty TuesdayAll My Bloggie FriendsShare Your Stuff TuesdayTuesday Talent ShowFat TuesdayPenny Pinching PartyThe Gathering SpotAnti-Procrastination Tuesdays