Recipe: Clover Rolls

These are our very favorite rolls and they only take a little over an hour to make!  They would take a little longer if you want to roll each individual piece of dough into a ball to make perfect clover-like rolls, but I go for the rustic look and arrange the pieces to look more like flowers, or weeds.  They taste just as good, though!  I make these for Thanksgiving or a weeknight dinner that needs a little umph.  Basically, you can make them for anything!

Clover Rolls
Yields 24
Our very favorite rolls, perfect for any occasion and are done, start to finish, in about an hour!
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Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
15 min
Prep Time
45 min
Cook Time
15 min
Ingredients
  1. 1/2 cup low-fat milk
  2. 1/4 cup sugar
  3. 2 teaspoons salt
  4. 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  5. 3 packages (or 2 Tbs + 3/4 tsps.) of dry active yeast
  6. 1 1/2 cups warm water (105F – 115F)
  7. 5 – 6 cups all-purpose flour*
Instructions
  1. Combine milk, sugar, and butter in a small sauce pan and heat on low until the butter is melted and sugar is dissolved, until lukewarm.
  2. Dissolve the yeast in the warm water (not too warm or it will kill the yeast) and let rest for 5 minutes.
  3. Add the warm milk mixture to the yeast mixture and about 2 cups of flour and the salt. Once combined, mix on low with a bread hook for about 1 minute.
  4. Add the rest of the flour ½ cup at a time until the dough starts to clean the sides of the bowl, then mix for 2 more minutes.
  5. Cover the bowl and let rise for 20 minutes.
  6. On a lightly floured surface, turn out the dough and form into an evenly thick “log.” Divide the log into 24 equally sized pieces, then divide each of those pieces into three little pieces. Arrange three small pieces nicely into one muffin well in a muffin tin.** Repeat until all muffin wells are full.
  7. Cover and let rise for 20 more minutes.
  8. Bake at 425 for about 12 minutes. Best right out of the oven!
Notes
  1. *I find that 5 and 1/2 cups is perfect.
  2. **I like to use silicone baking cups for easy clean up!
Adapted from Lick the Bowl Good
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Easter bonnets and such.

Easter 2017 was our most meaningful yet as a little family!  I found this download^ online and it came with an outline of everything the Savior did each day of Holy Week, with songs, pictures and scriptures and a little activity to go with each day.  It made it so easy to really capture the true spirit of Easter and to teach it to tiny babies.  I didn’t do everything exactly as was written, but it definitely inspired me to make a point each day of Holy Week to focus on the Savior and his last week on earth.  Then for each frame up there on the printout, James and Charlie drew a picture of what Jesus did each day.  To be honest, I’ve never had such a spiritual Holy Week!

On Palm Sunday, Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey.  John and I took the boys to a little donkey farm in our neighborhood after church and it could not have registered with these little babies more!  They kept saying things like, “I bet the donkey Jesus rode looked like that one!”  I will never look at donkeys the same.

Then, on Good Friday, we took the boys to a “Stations of the Cross” exhibit at a friend’s church.  It was very focused on the crucifixion and very vague on the blessings of Jesus’ resurrection, but because of what I know through the Restored Gospel, I was able to read between the lines and feel the Spirit and beauty of the sacrifice that Christ made.  It was hard for the babies to witness, though.  At one point, Charlie tugged on my shirt and said, “Mom, look how sad my face is.  I don’t want Jesus to die.”  I’m so grateful I could teach my little baby what happened, why it happened, and what blessings come because of it.  It was a beautiful, very impactful exhibit, though.

Auggie could not be any more wonderful than he is currently.

JW’s traditional Aebelskiver, or “Easter-skiver” feast that he makes for us every Easter!

We recycled the boys’ wedding outfits from Tanner and Misa’s wedding a few years ago–just passed each one down a babe, then dressed James in clothes he already had to match the little brothers.  Gotta get the most out of the cute once-a-year outfits they have, right??  This is what they wore to the ward egg hunt and they definitely got a lot of attention for their cuteness.  I will always remember these three prefect boys as they are right now.

I promise we love John, hahaha!

 

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Recipe: Aebelskivers

John’s family history comes from Denmark and so we were given a coveted aebelskiver pan for our wedding.  I’d never heard of them growing up and had obviously never had them, but when John made them for me the first time I was hooked.  Now he makes them for us every Easter as a little family tradition, but I crave them year round!

Aebelskivers
A Danish delight, serve with your favorite pancake toppings! You will need an aebelskiver pan. Double and freeze!
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Total Time
1 hr
Ingredients
  1. 2 egg whites
  2. 2 cups all-purpose flour
  3. 2 teaspoons baking powder
  4. 1 tablespoon white sugar
  5. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  6. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  7. 2 egg yolks
  8. 4 tablespoons butter, melted
  9. 2 cups buttermilk
  10. 1 cup vegetable oil for frying
  11. cinnamon and sugar, powdered sugar, or desired toppings
Instructions
  1. In a glass or metal bowl, beat the egg whites until they hold a firm peak. Set aside
  2. In a separate bowl, combine flour, powder, sugar, soda, salt, egg yolks, butter, and butter milk, all at once, and blend until smooth.
  3. Gently fold in the egg whites last.
  4. Put about 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil in the bottom of each aebelskiver pan well (or just brush each well with oil) and heat until hot.
  5. Pour in about 2 tablespoons of the batter into each cup. As soon as they get bubbly around the edge, turn them quickly (Danish cooks use a long knitting needle, but a fork or spoon will work).
  6. Continue cooking, turning the ball to keep it from burning.
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Recipe: fast, easy and delicious BUNS!

Never buy buns again!!!!  These take less just about an hour and are WAY better than store bought.  Plus you can mold them into any shape for any occasion–hearts for hamburgers on Valentines, bunnies for rolls on Easter, oblong for hotdogs or hogies, etc. etc. etc…..  Do yourself a favor and make these and just see how easy it is to always have access to buns, even if you don’t have any money left in the budget that week to zip to the store to buy some for an impromptu bbq!

Buns!
Yields 12
Easy, fast, way better than store bought. Shape these however you like for whatever your purposes! Delicious as a dinner roll, as well.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Total Time
1 hr 20 min
Ingredients
  1. 5 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 2 (.25 ounce) packages dry yeast
  3. 1 cup milk
  4. 3/4 cup water
  5. 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  6. 1/4 cup white sugar
  7. 1 teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. Stir together 2 cups flour and the yeast.
  2. In a separate bowl, heat milk, water, oil, sugar and salt to lukewarm in microwave. Add all at once to the flour mixture, and beat until smooth, about 3 minutes.
  3. Mix in enough flour to make a soft dough, 2 to 3 cups. Mix well.*
  4. Dust a flat surface with flour, turn dough out onto floured surface, and let rest under bowl for about 10 minutes.
  5. Divide the dough into 12 balls. Shape dough into 12 slightly flat balls by continually tucking the edges of the dough in under itself until you get the desired shape. Place on greased baking sheet to rise until doubled in size.
  6. Bake in a preheated 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) oven for 12 to 15 minutes
  7. Let cool for 10 minutes before slicing.**
Notes
  1. *I use my Kitchen Aide stand mixer with the dough hook
  2. ** We love to spread a little bit of mayo on the insides of the cut bun and broil to toast for about 2 minutes before filling with whatever we're putting in the buns!
Adapted from Charlene Kaunert
Adapted from Charlene Kaunert
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