Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Orange Rolls

These were good, probably not something I would make too often but still good.  My middle child loved it which is kind of surprising since he is super picky!

1 (1/4 ounce) package active dry yeast
¼ cup warm water
1 cup warm milk (2%)
¼ cup shortening
¼ cup sugar
1 tsp salt
1 egg, lightly beaten
3-1/2 to 3-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup sugar
½ cup butter, softened
2 TB grated orange peel
1 cup powdered sugar
5-6 tsp butter, softened
½ tsp lemon extract
4 to 5 tsp milk
Dissolve dry yeast and warm water in a large bowl.
Add milk, shortening, sugar, salt, egg and 3 cups of flour.
Beat until smooth.
Stir in remaining flour, enough to form a soft dough.
On a lightly floured surface, knead dough for 6-8 minutes until smooth and elastic.
Place in a greased bowl, turning to grease all sides.
Cover dough and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size.
Should take about 1 hour.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine all filling ingredients; set aside until ready to use.
Punch dough down and roll into long rectangle.
Spread your filling and roll up, starting with a long end.
Cut into even pieces, about 12-14.
Place cut side down onto a greased 10x15 inch baking pan.
Cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 45 minutes.
Bake for 20-25 minutes at 375°. (Always check during baking. Rolls should be light golden brown.)
Combine the powdered sugar, butter, and extract in a small bowl.
Add enough milk to achieve desired consistency; spread one while rolls are warm.

Monday, March 28, 2016

Menu for 3-28 to 4-3

B- Ham, Egg, and Cheese Biscuit Wafflewiches (NR)
L- Tomato Basil Soup
D- Mozzarella and Balsamic Chicken, Brown Sugar Glazed Potatoes, and That Corn

B- Chocolate Chip Croissant
L- Sandwich
D- Lasagna Soup

B- Muffins
L- Cheese Quesadillas
D- ?

B- Cereal
L- Chicken Bites
D- Italian Beef Patties with Balsamic Cream Sauce, Glazed Carrots, and Pasta Salad

B- Scrambled Egg Popovers (NR)
L- Caprese Calzones (NR)
D- ?

B- Quiche
L- Taco Salad
D- Crescent Wrapped Chicken Parmesan (NR) and Salad

B- Lemon Curd Sweet Rolls (NR)
L- Out
D- Leftovers

Sunday, March 27, 2016

Last Day of Vacation

These past two weeks have been packed full of school activities, scouts, Easter parties and lots of volunteering.  While it has been a great week I have missed being able to spend time with my blog.  I have tried out some great recipes and look forward to sharing them with you but for now I am finally sitting down to write about our last day of vacation. 

This was the day we disembarked and I must say that it was the WORST disembarkation I have ever experienced.  New Orleans port was not nearly as well staffed as it should have been to handle the amount of people that were coming back.  There were only two, sometimes three, lines for a few thousand people.  The worst part was that people kept cutting in line so it took what seemed like forever to exit the building.

Once we were finally outside we were able to walk right to our bus which we were on for all of five minutes before we got back to the parking garage.  Phillip took Nathan and they went to grab the van while the little two and I stayed with our luggage and waited for them to get back. 

As soon as we were loaded in the car we started our long drive home.  The trip was going to take even longer than normal because it was pouring rain and we had to go slowly.  At lunch time we decided we wanted some country cooking so we stopped at Cracker Barrel to refuel ourselves.

Comfort food at its best!

Once we got about 90 minutes from home we ran into some major floods and had to take the long way around which meant we were going about 5 mph.  Finally we saw civilazation in the form of Dunkin Donuts/Baskin Robbins and decided we deserved a little something good for ourselves.  I mean after all on this last leg of the trip Phillip (who was driving) had dodged a chicken nugget covered with ranch that was thrown at his head for some reason and I had untagled gum that Jacob had stuck in Belle's hair. 

All the houses on the other side were under water.  :-(

That evening when we got home we were all more than thrilled to walk in the front door and just relax.

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Vacation Day 6

This weekend was really busy our baby girl had a slumber party here Friday night and then Saturday we had an Easter celebration at hubby's work and that night we had our nieces birthday party.  On Sunday we had church and then went to dinner with my family.  Seeing as how our weekend was packed I didn't really get a chance to update the blog, so here it goes...

First of all I am going to warn you get ready for a picture overload!!!  We had a ton of fun on our last day on the boat...  As we were wandering around the boat that morning looking for a place to sit we stumbled upon a towel folding demonstration and Nathan insisted that we take pictures of all of them.

After watching for a bit we found a little nook and decided to play some games while we waited for our special breakfast.  While this picture was dark it was still really cute.
One of the things we were most excited about and looking forward to was the Dr. Seuss breakfast.  Ever since I mentioned it to the kids they talked about it nonstop!  It was a lot of fun and honestly it was nice to get something other than your typical cruise breakfast foods.

Love this pic!
Green Eggs and Ham
Phillip had the cereal crusted French Toast
After breakfast the kiddos decided that they wanted to go to Camp Carnival.  Nathan had been looking forward to the ship drawing contest all week and ended up winning first place.  He did an AMAZING job!!!

That afternoon we went to the second Hasbro game show.  Nathan tried so hard to be picked but unfortunately that didn't happen.  I really enjoyed these shows and thought they were great for the family.

Doesn't that just look fun!
That evening the kids wanted to go back to Camp Carnival for the end of the cruise party so hubby and I went to dinner alone and then to a couple of comedy shows.  We were also able to grab a drink at one of the little bar areas.  I always love the comedians but we usually aren't able to go because we have the kiddos with us and they aren't exactly appropriate.  Perfect date night!!!  It was a nice way to end the cruise.
I think he ate about 6 plates of sushi...


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