So, the other night, I had a serious craving for those rolls from Texas Roadhouse. But, then I thought of those a-MAY-zing Hawaiian rolls and I was pulled between the two. Even though Texas Roadhouse serves theirs with honey butter, I prefer them with regular butter. But I thought a little sweet with them would be yummy some other way. So, after some Pinning, Googling, and thinking a little independently from social media, I came up with these rolls. They are a bit of both rolls combined, and I’m pretty sure Heaven will want the recipe. Is that bragging? Hmmmm…. I mean, I don’t want to be conceited or snobby, but they are seriously good rolls. What’s more,
These are the very first rolls I’ve ever made… EVER!!!
And if I do say so myself, they were good. Like… really really good. I know I already said that, so now I AM probably bragging. Just trust me and try them. Then you can say the same thing about your rolls! These rolls were also really easy to make. If you know anything at all about baking, you can do this recipe. If you know nothing about baking, you still can do this recipe. Don’t be afraid, just try it!
Hawaiian Roadhouse Yeast Rolls
4 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast (2 packets)
1 cup warm half and half
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 cup sugar
1/2 cup honey (I used creamy)
8-9 tablespoons butter, melted
Coconut Oil is optional (spray form is what I used)
2 large eggs
1 tablespoon kosher salt
8 cups all-purpose flour
Flour for rolling surface and rolling pin
In a mixing bowl (the stand mixer kind is the best, but you really can do this with a handheld mixer, or even by hand if you don’t have a mixer), add yeast, milk, sugar, and honey. Stir or (on low) mix just enough to dissolve the yeast. Wait for the yeast to bloom. It will start to bubble and become aromatic (or as I call it, “smell like rotten beer”), in about 5 minutes.
Add 6 tablespoons melted butter, eggs, salt, and 4 cups of flour, mix on low using dough hook, until smooth. Add enough remaining flour for the dough to come together (mine takes the whole 4 additional cups) add salt. Let it sit for about 8 minutes until dough is tacky, but not sticky.
Turn onto a floured board.
Knead a few turns. Do NOT over knead the dough. That is what makes bread tough (My friend Kimberly taught me that. She was an excellent baker. Like, the best!) Place the dough in a bowl with 1 tablespoon melted butter. Toss the dough to cover entirely with butter.
Cover the bowl with a damp cloth and let the dough rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour. If your house is fa-REEZ-ing cold like mine (thank you menopause), use your oven. Preheat it to the lowest setting. Turn oven off and place bowl of dough on the top rack.
When the dough has doubled in size, punch it down and turn out onto a floured board. It’s going to seem a bit gooey. That’s ok.
Dump some flour on it and roll it into a rectangle (or what ever random size you end up with 🙂 ) about 1” tall. Make sure it’s not less than an inch or you’ll have thin rolls. Cut the dough into about 2.5×2.5 inch squares. I used a pizza cutter and it worked perfectly.
Spray cookie sheets with coconut oil (or rub it on if yours isn’t in spray form. I LOVE the spray and use it all the time. On like, everything!) If you don’t have coconut oil, 2T butter will work. The coconut oil spray I use is not aerosol and it’s totally worth the little extra it costs. It’s available in several different brands.
Place rolls on prepared cookie sheets about ½ – 1” apart. Cover and let rise until almost doubled in size, about 45-60 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350° and bake for about 17-19 minutes. They will be just turning a golden brown. We like our rolls and biscuits just baked enough to be edible and fluffy, but not so long they are all the way brown. Bake yours according to your own taste.
The rolls in the first picture were baked for 17 minutes. The second picture shows the rolls I baked for 19 minutes. I may have a wonky oven because the baking time I use is never ever the suggested time. So there’s that…. sorry?
As soon as you take the rolls out of the oven, brush them with melted butter. I covered the entire surface.
Next, put all of the rolls in a safe hiding place and hand them out as “people treats”. They are so good, you can probably get anything you want. Just ration them.
Or serve them with dinner. We had chicken fried steak and baked Yukon Golds with ours. Oh, and broccoli and salad. Honestly, that is what Mr. Matrimony had.
I had rolls.
(Note: I made this the traditional “Hawaiian Style” with pineapple juice in lieu of the water and sugar. They were good, and really not pineapple-y at all. BUT… the way I wrote the recipe above is better!)
Good question, huh?
I have been on a mission… of sorts. Not one that helps others in foreign countries build little houses in the dirt. This mission was for my own family to help our house stand more firmly on the Rock.
Two endeavors called me away from my blog. The first, was to physically organize the chaos that was our
dungeon basement. We have a storage full of things from both of our families, our parents, and our own. It was time to clean it out and save some cash every month! I called my faithful friend Missy and she became the Fearless Leader of my journey of sorts. Sorts… lol. Unintentional pun intended? I don’t know. Anyways, hopefully, I will be posting about that journey that included saying good-bye to old, often sad memories, and HELLO to clean new organized space including a multi-purpose room for family and CRAFTING!!!
Complete with glitter. Happy sigh…….
My other mission was to find a way to make some money. The biggest issue for me personally, was how I loathe asking Mr. Matrimony for money to buy him presents from me. Seriously, such a pain! I want to surprise him and not worry him about the cost. Other than that, it would feel very nice to be a financially contributing member of this family. Even our dogs have brought home money!
So, I came up with
And other outfits just for funsies….
It has truly been such fun! I often squeal while I’m in the middle of making an outfit. My dogs look up and start barking thinking someone has come in our house, lol! My mama, and many of my friends and relatives say I have (finally) found my niche. I hope so, because I am totally loving what I do!
I’ve been doing some hand-beading…
Decorating with buttons, beads, flowers, and felt…
Coming up with clever designs….
And learning how to take better pictures…
I have been selling most of my items through a classified “Yard Sale” page on Facebook. I have recently added an “official” Facebook page as well as an Etsy store. It would mean so much to me if my readers followed my links. And, if you like what I have created, your “likes” and “favorites” would be wonderful! If you see anything you are interested in purchasing, let me know. Readers of my blog will receive a free headband or set of booties with a Onesie set. If money is an issue, but you are crafty, please PLEASE please feel free to write to me and ask me for help in making your own creations for you Little One. I’d love to help with that!
One of the best parts of this journey has been having Mr. Matrimony supporting me, offering advice, and his wit has come in handy as well. I took the following picture at VBS of my friend Stephanie’s little girl. I told Mr. Matrimony it wasn’t the best depiction of my tutus, but I love the picture because it shows some of the more important things in life… pizza and tutus! Right on cue, Mr. Matrimony told me the caption. He’s so brilliant. Not as brilliant as I am though…. I married him ❤
Of all of the ways my mother has inspired, helped with, and taught me… the most imperative thing she taught me was how to raise a kid who needed creative, hands-on parenting. In my heart, I know Mr. Awesome wouldn’t be my son, if not for my mom (She literally is the one who told me to open my eyes and heart to Mr. Matrimony. She also said, if YOU don’t call him, I WILL!). My son also wouldn’t be the person he has become. Not that I nor my mom are the reasons for his awesomeness…. He did that on his own. Being the catalyst to help get him out of his situation is more what I was responsible for. He was 17 when he entered my life. Emotionally, and socially, he was much younger.
I don’t think I was the easiest kid to raise. Not that I was bad. I was just all over the place. I was always the one at the top of the tree. Or the fence. Or the rock…
Precocious is a word I’ve often heard to describe how I behaved as a child. We didn’t know it back then, but my type of “precocious” had a label. ADHD. I’ve asked Mom if she would’ve changed anything about the way she raised me had she known about ADHD meds. She told me, “NO”. It wasn’t so much her answer that soothed my questioning heart, it was the way she answered. Her response was swift and unwavering. Now that I’m writing about it, it makes me think… I wonder if it was something Mom had asked her own self. It must have been. It isn’t a question one can answer immediately without thought as to weighing out the pros and cons.
Or is it?
This is me…
I was like, 2 weeks old when I was born. Or more. I look like a 3 month old, don’t I? This picture was taken before they took me home for the first time!!! My poor mom… I was 10 lbs. 3 oz. She had me with NO drugs. Once, I asked her if they even had drugs back then. She told me they did, and I asked her if she was crazy!!! Well, she’s not. She didn’t think it would be good for me. She’s so awesome. She has put her kids first since day one. Now, we are at approximately day 17,948 since my brother was born, and her journey putting us first began. Even though thousands of miles separate us, I know that I’m still at the top of her list.
I was off at a run from the beginning. I’m fairly sure I ran before I walked. I also talked a lot. Like a LOT. Mom says my first word was a paragraph and it started with, “I do it my-TELF!” Probably she’s not exaggerating. Most of the pictures of me when I was little are with my mouth open….
Okay, maybe my mouth wasn’t always open…
Mom was always keeping us kids involved in all sorts of activities. She was my Brownie and Girl Scout leader, my chauffer for piano, violin, viola, and cello lessons,
my long haul truck driver for horse shows (it was because of her that I loved them since I was very little),
and my driver’s training teacher. She took me to Friday Night Ice skating (she taught me how to skate on the cow pond we lived next to when we lived in Missouri)
and Saturday Night Dances with my LDS friends from “over-the-hill”. Mom taught me to cook (the good ol’ Southern way), and bought me a corsage when the creep I asked to the Sadie Hawkins dance didn’t have one (I think she had a back up corsage for every dance, just in case they were all creeps).
My mom crafted a lot and pretty much taught me everything she learned as she went along She took me with her to tole painting classes, helped me pour wax into the sand at the beach to make candles, and showed me how to cross-stitch. We painted on clothes together, dried and arranged flowers, and made wreaths.
Here is Mom’s craft room when I was growing up….
And my craft room now
Complete with my own cement block wall (just like hers!)
Every time I find an old box of stuff in the basement, something from my past with mom and crafts is uncovered. Just last week in a box she left when she moved back to her childhood home, I found these books….
The lessons Mom taught me about crafting are all tied in to my love of the 100 year old house Mr. Matrimony and I are restoring.
Here is our home now….
And how it was when we were first married….
Restoring my parents own 100 year old home, Mom worked her fingers until they bled. I really don’t remember my dad doing actual “hands-on” work like my mom did. Here’s what my childhood home looked like after Mom worked her magic on it.
Note: In the near future, I’ll do a story on the house I grew up in; complete with period furniture, wall & window coverings, appliances, and all the other lovelies we had back then.
Most of all, she surely she was also my guardian angel because I was injured so often (something like 9 sprained ankles, a concussion, ski-injury-knee that required surgery, and 2 broken toes at the same time) there’s no way I would’ve survived without an angel, or at the very least, a prayer warrior looking out for me. That was Mom. It could have been worse. She could have left me to my own devices and who knows what would’ve happened to me! But no… she parented me. That was my ADHD medication. My story was written on my mom’s heart and she turned each page, making sure none were stuck together. When pages were frayed, and the letters smeared with my tears, her own tears wiped them away. She savored those chapters. Not with joy, but with necessity that is takes for a mother to help get the story right.
Mom, I want your story to be written on my heart so that I will not forget and you will have a legacy to continue until the end of time. We have many more chapters together and each one is better than the one before. The one we are in now, is especially good! Thank you for guiding me. For teaching me. For parenting me.
Thank you for never giving up.
Thank you for being there until I finally got things right (i.e. Kelly and “The Call”).
Thank you for being my inspiration for this blog. For helping get my creative juices flowing. (I really am going to do the post with the plant starters!)
Everything good that I am is because of you. Without you, I wouldn’t have my relationship I have with my husband, my son, or with God.
Sometimes, I wonder what it would have been like to be your friend when you were young.
But in researching for this post, I’ve been reading the comments in your yearbook, notes from your friends, and writings from the backs of pictures of cute boys. I’ve decided you were too precocious for me. Being your daughter has turned out better than any other relationship would have. I guess God really does know what he’s doing.
Thank you for being the one BFF that has lasted my entire adult life.
I love you Mom.
I wanted to title this post, “How to Organize Your Laundry Room and Make it Look Cute When You Can’t Afford To” but I have a hard time using so many words.
Those of you who know me in real life can stop laughing now.
I really would love to have one of those “perfect” laundry rooms. Wouldn’t you? If you do, that’s awesome! I hope you can still use some of my ideas. If you do not have one of those laundry rooms, this post is for you! Realistically, most of us won’t be able to custom order a new laundry room with our new house. This will be another of my REAL posts for REAL people with REAL rooms and REAL budgets. Our own laundry room is a former back porch that was enclosed years before it was ours. On one side, the wall is covered with ancient exterior siding that has two windows in it. Also, it has a lot lot lot of holes! Holes in all sizes and shapes. They might be from the old knob and tube electrical wiring, or clotheslines, or shelving. Maybe someone may have tried to hang things up with copious amounts of nails until she found a place that was “just right” for the items to hang. Maybe. Before Pinterest taught her not to do such a thing.
Moving onward, there is a small, side wall that still has an original window on it. The remaining walls are wood paneling. Probably from the 70’s. These walls have “modern” windows in them. They also are probably from the 70’s. In other words, ours is not the prettiest of laundry rooms.
One of these days, I’d like to completely revamp the laundry room. Did I mention the walls are 80’s green and blue? The blue that goes with geese wearing bows? Thankfully, our laundry room is sans geese, but for now, the green and blue stay.
I did some organizing, that I think looks kinda cool. I’ve had some nice compliments on it as well. People think it’s cute and fun. And it is, thank you very much! 🙂 By the way, this is the room we keep our pantry in. Since you’ve already seen that, today I’ll only be concentrating on the end that contains the laundry area. Plus, I have to clean it up for the pictures and where else but the countertop would I put all the stuff??? lol…. I kid, I kid. It really is pretty organized, so as per my usual m.o., I’ll be showing you the realistic pictures.
Here’s the view that greets our visitors who enter our home through the former back porch….
First, I bought (what I thought was) a decent organizing hamper. One with a nifty rod for hanging clothes on. It pretty much immediately fell apart. So, I went back and bought a more expensive more-than-decent sorting hamper. It’s made of metal and heavy duty fabric. I know it isn’t, but it seems almost indestructible! We are pretty (very) rough on it and it’s held up for years with only a couple tightenings of nuts and bolts. FYI, I found it at Wal-Mart. You can find one at this link…
We’ve probably had it about 5 years. In that time, none of the stitching has ripped or even stretched. You can see how stuffed I keep it, so it’s definitely heavy-duty. The canvas bags can be removed and machine washed. They don’t even shrink!
I sort our laundry in this order…
Next, above the washer and dryer, I’ve hung some tiny little bookcases to the wall. I love using things for other than they were intended! These were, if I remember correctly, .50 cents each.
The baskets I keep on the shelves are from the dollar store. They have removable liners that are safe for the washing machine. Here’s what I keep in them….
- Purex 3-in-1 Sample 3 Pack (Perfect for Mr. Matrimony to take on deployment)
- Dry Cleaning Substitute
- Bleach Pen
- Machine Cleaning Supplies (I just toss the sponge in with a load after I wipe down the washer!)
- Mesh Bag for Delicates
- Resolve All Stains
- Hair Spray (Used for permanent marker stains!)
- Mrs. Stewart’s Liquid Bluing
- Nothing (One of the good things about keeping things organized means you have empty containers next time you need a place to store something!)
I have one other dollar store basket in which we keep fabric softener sheets. I’m out of those right now, so if I showed you a picture, it would be of an empty basket. For this one, use your imagination 🙂
And of course, this is where I keep my yard-stick-chalkboard lonely sock crate….
I found this neato rack for holding my ironing supplies…
And here is what it looks like, hanging up in our place….
Mickey Mouse is holding items that need to be ironed. By the way, Southern California dollar stores have all sorts of high quality reusable shopping totes from area amusement parks. Don’t spend the extra money for them at the park! At the thrift store recently, I found an ironing board that is wall mounted, so I’ve sold my other one that used to hang on the rack. The ironing board leaning against the wall is vintage. I use it for displaying items on when I take pictures. But, my dream is to someday using it for a laundry folding table. For that, I’d hafta fold laundry.
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We keep our pet supplies in the laundry room. I like to buy leashes to match my outfits. Okay, that’s a lie. The only reason we have so many leashes is because I usually forget to take them on trips. Dollar stores have decent leashes… *sigh* The reason we have so many dog clothes is because we live in an oft cool climate and we have hairless dogs. Actually, that’s a lie as well. We have all the doggie clothes because I think they are too cute and I buy all the clearance ones I can get my hands on! By-the-way… my dogs hate me. Here’s proof…
Since we have so many accessories, we need a place to keep them. A while back, Mr. Matrimony made this storage unit for me….
The piece itself is made out of a shelf. He enclosed it on the front and sides, so the doggie clothes won’t fall out. After I painted the whole thing purple, he attached these sweet little doggie bums! They are from IKEA and I think they are only a couple bucks each. To give them added strength, and to keep them from being bumped and falling off, he added a nail to the top of each of them. They are so stinkin cute!
This little antique cabinet is the last piece of furniture my father restored. It has the original wooden wheels! I was so blessed to be able to keep it after he died. ❤
In the mirror, you can see the bag keeper I found at IKEA. We have others as well. They are great for using in closets to keep kids socks in! In the drawer of the cabinet, I keep winter hats, earmuffs, and gloves….
On the top, I have a container (it’s a kitchen gadget container I found at Wal-Mart) in which I keep gloves without their mate….
Underneath, inside the cabinet, I keep my larger size laundry supplies….
Lastly, take a look at what I keep on the top of my dryer….
I make big bins of laundry soap at a time. The container is just what I keep a smaller amount in for daily use. A small trash can for lint keeps it from floating all over the place. I attached magnets to the bottom of that place mat. It’s sort of a catch-all for the lint. It seemed like a spectacular idea when I came up with it. Honestly, I’ll let you know, lol. It seems cumbersome at times. The real truth about why I keep it is because it reminds us to keep the top of the dryer tidy! ha…
Here’s a picture of the entire area….
Sorry about the glare. My “curtains” are an old quilt and a very used goose down comforter. These windows are going to be replaced someday. Until then, every winter Mr. Matrimony will hang up the “curtains” and leave them until the weather is warm.
It may not be perfect, but it’s ours, and it’s a great place to accomplish a not-so-great chore!
Do you have a dream laundry room or is yours vintage?
I cannot take credit for this idea. My friend The Singing Honey Bee came up with it. She is a busy girl! Freezer meals and snacks is one way she saves time so she can spend more of it with her family. I hope you will check out her blog with all of her wonderful ideas. Here’s a link….
Earlier, I wrote a post about buying clearance items at our local Albertson’s (here’s that link… https://dumpsterdivingdarling.wordpress.com/2014/03/28/my-adventures-in-clearance-shopping-at-albertsons/ )
One of the things I clear the shelf out of, when available at clearance prices, is yogurt. I usually find the 4 packs for .99 cents, quart containers for $1.59, and individual ones for .59 or .79 each (the individual price may seem high, but that is for the Greek kind that regularly can run upwards of $2 each).
So, one might pose the question, “What do you do with 37 yogurts that will expire in 2 days?”
Well, lemme tell ya!
Disclosure… These particular smoothies are pretty health conscious. If you want something a little more sweet-snackish, you may want to add a little bit of sugar. In the smoothie pictured, Mr. Matrimony placed one pack of Sugar in the Raw. He said it made it “perfect”. I’ll take “perfect” any day, and thanks Honey ❤
- Veggies (This is a scary one for some… it’s optional. That’s why I didn’t include a picture of it. I used frozen kale. Spinach is a great option as well. I promise!)
Aside from these fruits, I added raspberries from the neighbors garden and over-ripe bananas we had previously frozen.
These are the yogurts I added. There were more of some kinds. Use whatever you have. Don’t be afraid to mix stuff that sounds weird together. Their really are no rules aside from 1… “It’s all good!”
Once again, I got ahead of myself and forgot to take pictures of much of the process. I do however, have a picture of the dirty over-sized mixing bowl I used to mix everything in…
All you do is combine the ingredients in a large bow. Stir it up. When it is thoroughly mixed, place the mixture in freezer bags. I used quart size and added what I guessed was the equivalent of 2 servings. Here’s a neat little trick I learned a long while back (I can’t remember who taught me, or I’d give them credit!). When you have filled the baggies, remove as much air as possible without getting any on the seal area (it won’t close tightly if it has fruit in it). Then, place them laying down on a cookie sheet. Freeze all of them together. When they are thoroughly frozen, remove them. Take them off of the cookie sheet and put them back in the freezer. This way, you can stand them up individually or stack them neatly with your other freezer items. It makes so much more room in your freezer! Also, it keeps them from forming to each other in clumps so that they are difficult to separate. The best part is, they won’t sink down in the shelving made of wires. Aside from a complete thawing of the freezer, they are near impossible to remove when that happens.
When you are ready to make the smoothie, simply remove a bag from the freezer and let it thaw a tiny bit (like, less than 5 minutes). Leaving it in the bag, mush it up and squeeze it into the blender. There is no need to add ice or milk. The consistency as it is should be just about perfect.
When you get everything mixed, taste it. You may be okay with how it is just like this. Maybe the yogurt you use has extra sugar added, or the fruit is in syrup. Just make sure you try it before you add sugar. No need adding extra if you like it just fine without!
How do you use up things that are taking over your freezer?
Mr. Matrimony and I have the greatest bed.
I found it at http://www.rcwilley.com/ in the clearance section. They always have loads of great deals. They ship internet items to the store for free. If you have an RC Willey, I highly recommend checking out their website. Oh, they also have a clearance room onsite. It’s usually amazing as well!
Not so long ago, we bought a new mattress. It made our bed super high! It also dwarfed my bedside table.
When I came across these legs….
I picture flashed through my head. Sorry, I don’t have a copy of that picture…
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Well, it was inspired from a Pin I had seen awhile back, so a picture wouldn’t be unlikely.
Anyways, I asked Mr. Matrimony to attach these free legs to my bedside table. First, he had to add boards to the bottom of the piece because there was no bottom. He used a 1×4 and cut it down to two pieces. Here’s what they looked like after he installed them….
Here’s a view from the front, with the drawers removed….
Next, he simply screwed the legs into the boards. He put them right up next to the corners to give it extra strength.
I forgot to take pictures while I was painting it. It was quite easy though because I did it all in an espresso brown. I might doll it up later, but for now, it’s quite perfect!
Isn’t it sweet?!!??! I just love it!
Have you upcycled any of your furniture in order to make it more efficient in your home?
I am SO loving the pops of color in our dining room! It’s almost like having a whole new room. The projects I’ve been working on just make that much difference. To see part one (fabric covered plate chargers) check out this link…
I finished the napkins last night. They are so cute!
I love how our napkins are mix-and-match. I paid only a dollar each for them at Hobby Lobby. Here’s the secret with fun cloth napkins… use handkerchiefs! There are so many different colors and patterns out there. You will definitely be able to find some to match your home. One more thing about cloth napkins, we use them daily. At some meals, we don’t even need them. If that’s the case, after the meal, each member of our family just lays the napkin across the back of their chair. The same person uses their napkin at each meal this way. Every little bit helps the environment and ME (from doing more laundry!)
Here’s what you’ll need to make these napkin rings….
- Wide ribbon
- Embellishments (I used those plastic crystal dangly things. Buttons, flowers, all sorts of things can be used.)
- Twine (various colors and sizes are available, check them out)
- Glue Gun
- Tape Measure
I’ve made some pretty good pictorial directions for this post. Let’s start with one of them. First, you will be making the actual napkin ring with the fabric….
- You may want to make your napkin rings a little bigger. If you do, just add however much you need. I like to put our guest flatwear in our napkins, roll them up, and put them in the rings (like in a restaurant). It’s something that looks good displayed all the time. Also, having them rolled and ready makes prep time shorter when we are having guests over for a meal.
- Cut the ribbon at a slant or with pinking shears. This will keep them from unraveling.
Now to adorn the napkin rings. Really, you can use anything you’d like. I found these plastic crystal dangly things at Hobby Lobby for $4.18. There’s at least 200 in the bag. Score!
On this one…
I used a smaller piece of twine with this one…
I threaded 3 plastic crystal thingies on the twine at about 3-4 inches apart. I then wrapped the twine around the ribbon. With some, I left the ends long, but on others, I cut it off. When you string the plastic crystal thingies on the twine, they don’t lay flat. That was fine and still looked cute when I put more than one on each piece. When I did only one though, it just wasn’t right. It needed to lay flat. So, I came up with this idea….
They are just so sweet. I hope you enjoy what you come up with. If you have any questions about attaching different adornments, just ask. I’d love to help!