"experience is what you get when you didn't get what you wanted." -randy pausch

Thursday, November 10, 2016

so there's a crack in the garbage disposal...

so there's a crack in the garbage disposal.
also all of my halloween decorations are still out.
except for over the tv, which basically i call my fireplace mantel.
that has thanksgiving up.
and the halloween stuff is piled up on top of the couch so baby dean and chase can't get to it.
because the kids got into the storage closet.
which means i can't get into the halloween bins to put it all away.
so our house has a lot of this going on in it right now.
the plumber came out yesterday to inspect.
the sink. the disposal. whichever.
and he declared he'd never seen a crack in that place.
i asked him if it could have been caused by someone throwing 23 quarters down the disposal.
he laughed, and i raised my eyebrows, 
and we had a moment of solidarity standing there in my kitchen.
they're coming back tomorrow to put in a new one.
merry christmas house! we are buying you a new food grinder;).
then the light bulb in the light fixture over the kitchen table started smoking.
i kid you not.
sean and i laughed really hard about it all at the end of the day yesterday.
i love this stupid house.
mostly the peach tree ;)

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

and also, i'm wondering who mitt romney voted for.

it must be noted that Donald Trump was elected as President 
of the United States today.
i walked my two little boys into city hall yesterday to cast my vote.
would you look at Dean in his little shirt!?
that little smirk.
i just want this picture on my bedside table forever.
don't you worry, there's still a mullet full of tight little curls in the back there.
no matter what, there's no greater feeling than the patriotism of election day. 
when it comes to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness,
anything feels possible.
and freedom. 
you can taste it in the air.
i BELIEVE in america, 
and i love that i have the right to vote.
today, i'm rejoicing in that.
and also, i'm wondering who mitt romney voted for.
just sayin.

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

NO work NOvember {on Thanksgiving Day}

when it's a
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when you make these because i want to
and enjoy it right along with you AHHHH!!!
The dough itself takes 30 minutes to make, then rise for 2 hours, and then roll them out and bake at 350* for 15 minutes. i had SO much fun having my kids tell me what to write for the things they were thankful for, and now i can't wait to read them all around the dinner table on Thanksgiving Day.
This is by far one of my favorite traditions we've ever started!
Click HERE to see the segment from today on Good Things Utah!

1 1/2 CUPS milk
3/4 cup + 1tbls sugar
1 egg
1 Tablespoon salt
2 tablespoon sugar
2 cups warm water
9 cups flour
1 cup butter

  1. Dissolve 2 Tablespoons of yeast in 2 cups of warm water and 1 Tablespoon of sugar. Let for 10 minutes.
  2. Scald 1 1/2 cups of milk, 3/4 cup sugar and 1/2 cup of butter, in a microwave safe bowl, for about 2 minutes.
    • Cutting the butter into pieces helps it melt faster.
    • There will probably be some little cubes of butter still floating in the hot mixture, they will melt.
  3. Add yeast to this hot mixture, but it will be too hot to just dump the yeast straight in.
  4. To cool it down stir in 1-2 cups of flour, then add 1 egg and 1 Tablespoon of salt, and leave it to cool for a couple of minutes.
  5. Make sure your milk mixture is just warm, not boiling and add the yeast mixture!
  6. Using a fork or wooden spoon, gradually stir in 9-10 cups of flour (counting the flour you have already added to cool it earlier).
  7. I would recommend only adding 2 cups at time and stirring in between. These rolls turn out so much better when they are mixed by hand.
  8. At the end the dough will be dense and sticky, and may be hard to stir, you can use your hands to incorporate the rest of the flour if needed. Be sure not to add too much flour. Then smooth the dough out and cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Leave it in a warm place and let it rise.
  9. When your dough is close to raising completely, butter 2 cookie sheets and set them aside.
  10. Let the dough raise until it has doubled in size.
  11. Cover your working space with flour to prevent the dough from sticking. Dump your dough out and divide it into 4 balls. Eyeball the sizes, then lift them up and feel the weight of each ball. Try to make them even, but they don’t have to be perfect.
  12. Using one ball of dough at a time: roll the dough into a circle on a floured counter. Once it is rolled out spread the top with butter from edge to edge. You will use about 2 Tablespoons per circle of dough.
  13. Cut the dough into quarters using a pizza cutter.
  14. Then cut each quarter into 3 pieces. You should end up with 12 triangles from each circle of dough.
  15. Roll the dough starting with the wide end of the triangle
  16. Tuck the tail of the triangle under the roll and place it on the buttered cookie sheet. You will make 3 rows, with 8 rolls per row. This will give you 24 rolls per pan. Two balls of dough will fill 1 pan. You will get a total of 48 rolls!
  17. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  18. Place the pans of rolls in a warm place (on top of the oven if possible) to let them rise. Once they are touching and full in size, cook (one pan at a time) in the oven ’till they are golden brown. About 10 – 15 minutes.
    • It may take longer depending on how hot your oven cooks. Keep a close eye on your first pan to get the right time for the second.
  19. While they are still hot and fresh out of the oven run a stick of butter over the tops of the rolls for a delicious buttery glaze.
i'm so good at forgetting to write 
"thankful for" 
and man oh man, i couldn't miss the chance to take a pic with
he ate my rolls guys.
i don't know if i've ever met someone as genuine and personable as louis.
so down to earth and calm.
i felt blessed in so many ways to be around these people today.
the paper won't burn, and you can still read it, 
even though it's all wet from butter!
two trays of "thankful rolls" in my freezer,
ready for thanksgiving day.

Sunday, November 6, 2016

'Cause Ain't NOBODY got time to bake rolls on Thanksgiving Day.

Tune into Good Things Utah
@9am Mountain
for my tips and tricks to homemade rolls
for Thanksgiving Day,
without any of the work!