Cinnamon Rolls…and menu planning

Welcome back everyone. So, it’s been asked why all the food stuff on the blog. Here’s the answer. I love food. As you are aware, I am very bad about updating the blog when I have to report on what the kids are doing. For the most part, those things don’t change on a daily basis. However, we eat something different every day! Plus, I’m uber (how do you spell that?) excited about the cookbook that I want to share recipes with all of you!

Anyways, as promised, I posted the cinnamon roll recipe at the end of this post. I doubled it, just for fun, haha! They turned out amazing, of course, was there any doubt? Next time guests come over we are having these again for sure, they were that good. Guest worthy.
Also, as you may see I am planning my meals. I usually do, in my head. Sometimes I write down recipe ideas that I read on blogs. I occasionally write on the white board what protein we might be eating…but February is a big month for us. We are going on a spending freeze. We will pay our bills, buy gas for the cars, and limit our groceries to $150 per week. That’s it. No take out. No Starbucks (I conveniently planned this spending freeze after peppermint mochas are out of my system). No new clothes or shoes, for anyone. No pizza night. No pay per view. We are doing this for the whole month of February, just to see what we can save! So, back to meal planning. Especially since I have a freezer full of food; and two pantries filled to the brim! However, $150 pretty much buys me 6 gallons of organic milk, two dozen organic eggs, some fruits and veggies…and not much else. I will be baking all my own bread this week….all our treats for lunch and dessert…And, since I’m sure you are all interested, I will keep you all up to date how it goes!

PW Cinnamon Rolls

Ingredients

  • ½ cup oil
  • 2 cup milk
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 pkg yeast
  • 4½ cup flour, divided
  • ½ tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 cup melted butter
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • cinnamon
  • 3 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp maple flavoring (optional)
  • ¼ cup milk
  • splash of cold, brewed coffee (optional)
  • pinch salt

Instructions

  1. Mix oil, milk and ½ cup sugar in a pan. Heat until just before boiling, remove, and let cool about half an hour. When warm, sprinkle in yeast. Let sit for a minute, then add 4 cups of flour. Stir together and let rise for an hour, cover with a towel.
  2. After one hour, add remaining ½ cup flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir together. Let sit another half hour, covered. (At this point you can either continue on with the recipe, or put your dough in the refrigerator overnight.)
  3. Punch dough down, and sprinkle counter with flour. Roll dough and form a rectangle. Roll dough thin. Drizzle melted butter over dough, sugars and generous amounts of cinnamon. Roll dough into a long log, keeping it tight. Pinch seam.
  4. In pie pans, spread a tablespoon or so of melted butter (very important!!!). Begin cutting the rolls about 1 inch thick and lay them in pans. Let rise for another 30-60 minutes. Bake at 400 degrees for about 15-18 minutes. While baking, prepare frosting. Mix powdered sugar, maple flavoring (optional), milk, coffee (optional) and salt. It should be thick, but pourable. Drizzle over warm rolls, GENEROUSLY! Enjoy!
  5. This recipe can easily be doubled, just divide dough in half before rolling it out. Before frosting the rolls, I put in a ziploc in the freezer for future use. A great recipe when you have a lot of mouths to feed!

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4 comments on “Cinnamon Rolls…and menu planning”

  1. Anonymous

    Man, this food looks delicious. BTW, its uber, not oober.

    -Jeff

  2. ah yes, uber, that does look better. I am making a healthier dinner tonight, if it turns out good I will post the recipe Jeff!

  3. Margaret brungard

    Please help me I getting ready to start losing wt but I still love some sweets I’m not a chocolate fan love coconut cream key lime any recipes easy also love lemon I want to do this please help

  4. Hoda

    I done the dough am asking is it should be stuck in my hands :》 cause the dough raised ok but it is stuck in my hands. Another question about the cutting or the forming part plz could you clarify .thnxxx

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