Cinnamon Rolls

This Christmas I wanted a bread machine. My great selling point to my husband was that I could bake for me all the time if I had one. They just make things so easy. Well the way to a mans heart is thru his stomach…. So for Christmas I received a bread machine. My all time favorite recipe to use it for thus far is cinnamon rolls. Easy and delicious, who doesn’t love a sweet, portable breakfast?

If you aren’t fortunate enough to own a bread machine, this can be made with out one. You simply have to mix and knead the ingredients for the dough, then allow to rise for an hour. Or use this recipe as an excuse to go buy one 😉

Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls

Cinnamon Rolls

Dough:

  • 1 beaten egg, at room temperature
  • enough 90 degree (F) water to add to the egg to make 1 1/2 C liquid
  • 1/3 C Oil
  • 1/2 C White sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 1/2 C Bread Flour
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast

Layer ingredients in bread machine pan as listed. Select your ‘dough’ option and wait….and wait….and wait… Mine takes about 1 1/2 hours or next to forever it seems!

Filling:

  • 1 stick of softened butter
  • 3/4 C white sugar
  • 4 tablespoons of cinnamon
  • optional add ins: raisins, pecans, cinnamon pieces

After dough is done with the initial rising, divide it in half. This simply makes it easier to work with and handle. Roll out dough until it is fairly thin, 1/8 inch apprx. Think the thinner it is, the more layers of gooey goodness. Smear half a stick of butter on to rolled dough. Sprinkle with half of the cinnamon and sugar. You also want to sprinkle on your add ins now if you are using them. Our favorite is raisins.

Roll dough up slowly to make tight layer. When it is all rolled, make one cut in the middle. Then halve your half, continuing until you have 8 pieces. Place on to a greased jelly roll pan. Do the same steps with the remaining piece of dough.

Let dough rise again for an hour or until doubled in size. More waiting fun….

Once doubled bake in a 350 degree (F) oven for 25-30 minutes. Your house will smell amazing.

Frosting

  • 2 pounds confectioners sugar
  • 1 stick of softened butter
  • 2 tablespoons of milk
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Mix in a stand mixer until combined and creamy. It is a fairly thick frosting. Spread frosting on hot rolls. This lets everything get melty and gooey, the best part! ~Enjoy

April Showers Bring May Flowers

After a soggy April, we’re finally getting some favorable gardening weather in May. I have yet to get any veggies in the ground (hopefully this week) but my flowers are beginning to bloom! Here’s a quick look thru of what I have blooming right now.

Iris Blooms

Iris Blooms 

One of my favorite spring flowers are irises. Huge fragrant blooms are all around my front door. LOVE IT! I did do some rearranging in this bed recently. I added some dark purple Japanese irises as wells as yellow and purple dwarf irises.I can’t wait until next year when (hopefully) everyone blooms.

Ornamental Strawberries

Ornamental Strawberries

I bought a small group of ornamental strawberries at a perennial sale a few springs ago. They are a great ground cover. Kid proof, dog proof, you can’t kill them. Read in to this. They are prolific, they fill up a bed in no time. We’re talking border line invasive. BUT they have these cute little pink flowers that smell divine.

Columbine

Columbine

Heres my dirty gardening secret, my columbine is blooming beautifully. The bed it is in may have avoided my weeding touch thus far…shhhh… It adds beauty to it none the less! Some times kids, cows and life get in the way!

Star of Bethlehem

Star of Bethlehem

I have been told that the Star of Bethlehem is considered a common lawn weed in some areas! Can you believe? I’m not quite sure where it came from in this bed. I did find some growing on a hillside in our yard, but no where close to this. I originally that the leaves were that of a crocus earlier this spring. It never bloomed with the others, than these white blooms popped up.

Lilly Of The Valley

Lilly Of The Valley

We have lived in my great grandparents house since we were married. Apparently either my great grandmother really liked Lilly of the valley or she was blessed with a knack at growing it because it’s everywhere. I don’t think there’s a bed that doesn’t have a bunch or two in it.

While I don’t do much field work, my flowers and garden are my #plant15 😉

Farm Mom Essential

It takes a lot to be a farm mom. We don’t get much sleep and we’re constantly multi tasking. Here is a brief list of farm mom essentials I compiled that help me survive my day!

1.) Coffee
image Between kids, cows and the critters the kids drag home you’re going to need a lot of caffeine to keep up with it all. 3 am baby feedings can roll into 4:30 am alarm clocks, then out the door you go in a sleepy haze. If not properly caffeinated you could be confusing milk replacer with formula, oops!

Its really not much different when ones farm kids get older. They don’t stop. I’m frequently multitasking wondering where they’re hiding or what they’re “innocently” getting in to.

2.) A Good Wash Machine

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Dirt, poop and all the fixin’s are literally everywhere on a farm. I can remember my early farm mom days where I was concerned about keeping the little ones clean while I milked or did calf chores. Gone are those days my friends. They will get dirty, they will be smelly and there’s really nothing that will stop it. All you can do is bust out your trusty wash machine, some Shout and some Tide, cross your fingers and say a prayer. Word to the wise: play clothes.

3.) A Large Children’s Wardrobe

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Layers are an essential part of the wardrobe to many farm kids in the winter. Take #3 here, I’m pretty sure no less than 4-6 adorned his body in this photo. A big wardrobe is also important because of our dear friends dirt and poop. You will need barn clothes and good clothes. Believe me, some stains do NOT come out even with half a bottle of Shout.

4.) A GPS

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Now any reliable GPS, tracking collar, maybe In a pinch micro chip will do. Farm kids like to play, they become distracted, they wander. You find them sitting in skid loaders, hiding in calf hutches or corn fields. They will think they’re funny while you have a mild heart attack.

5.) A Large Heart

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Now I’m not trying to be mushy here, but farm kids drag stuff home. We didn’t stop with a dog, or 4, and a cat in this house. We could give any good petting zoo a run for it’s money. Chickens, goats, horses, pigs and the occasional heifer have ended up in the barn at our house. The pigs and chickens provide food, the heifers become cows and give us milk to sell, these horses….1 became 2, which is ready to become 3 in a few months when 2 has a foal. Like I said petting zoo.

image 6.) A Camera

image Farm kids are full of antics. Ones they do on their own, ones fathers and grandfathers put them up to. You get the gist. Some times you need to catch an adorable snap shot here and there. It’s helpful to look at these on days they come in exceptionally clad in mud and poop or to keep as black mail for a later date.

7.) Tennis Shoes

We all know a good pair of boots are essential to tend to livestock. Occasionally us farm moms need a good pair of tennis shoes or sneakers. Like when kids think they’re funny and let calves out of pens, kids play with heifers and forget to close gates or your GPS gives out.

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8.) A Strong Back

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You have to carry the weight of many things being a farm mom. Feed sacks, buckets of grain and 10 month old babies who refused to be put down. All seriousness, if you’re an expecting farm mom buy a baby carrier and save yourself!

9.) Soap

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This is perhaps one of the most essential, ranking right up there with the good washing machine. Also keep in mind enough sand and dirt on little feet will stain. The tribes feet generally have a tan hue about them all summer that I’m not 100% positive comes from the sun.

10.) Comfortable Pillows

After a hard day of playing and causing general chaos can wear any tiny farmer out. A good stack of pillows is a necessity at the end of a long day.

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Quick, Versatile Roast Beef

Some quick and easy roast beef

Some quick and easy roast beef

It’s that time of the year again, planting season is in full swing just about everywhere. This can leave a person wondering…what should I eat in the field today? This can also leave a few meal preppers wondering what they cook that isn’t going to have them stuck in the kitchen. Look no further!

Chuck all the roast in to the crock pot, add some seasoning packets and walk away my friends. This makes a lot so you can feed a lot of hungry farmers. You can also freeze for nights when you aren’t exactly feeling like Betty Crocker to reheat and eat.

Roast Beef

  • 5 lbs of assorted cuts of roast (I used 1 rolled rump roast as well as 2 round steaks)
  • 1 packet Zesty Italian Salad Dressing Mix
  • 1 packet Brown Gravy Mix
  • 2 packets of Italian Dressing Mix
  • 1/4 cup water

Place all thawed meat in the crock pot. I had to cut my round steaks and strategically place. Mix all packets in a small bowl and liberally sprinkle over roasts. Pour in water. Put on the lid, cook on slow and walk away for 8-10 hours. Shred beef once cooked. It can be re-moistned with juices if necessary.

Ways to serve:

Roast beef sandwiches, in a tortilla with desired fixin’s, add to cooked noodles for beef and noodles, over mashed potatoes. You get the gist. It eats well about any way served.