Saturday, September 13, 2014

30 Minute Dinner Rolls

When it comes to weeknight dinners, I'm all about quick and easy.  I love a recipe that requires five or less ingredients and cooks in less than an hour.  Time is a luxury I can't afford on nights we have practices and homework.

I know many families have these same issues.  And I'm thrilled to announce I've found a recipe for dinner rolls that takes thirty minutes.  

This translates to if you start the rolls first, then get on with your dinner prep and side dishes the rolls are finished and warm in time for supper.

True story.

This recipe is brought to you by Kitchen Meets Girl.  Are they the best rolls I've ever made? No.  Not at all.  The fastest? Yes.  Sometimes you have to make concessions in order to have dinner on the table in under forty minutes.

Her recipe says 30 minutes, but it took me forty because I had little helpers.  I also used half whole wheat flour which produced a denser, heavier roll.  I recommend whatever you like best and will help you sleep at night.  I need to know I made something with fiber.  If you don't need fiber, use that white flour all night long.

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water
  • 1/3 cup oil
  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 1/2 cups flour (either bread flour or all-purpose will work)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the warm water, oil, yeast, and sugar. Allow the mixture to rest for 15 minutes.
  3. Mix 2 cups of the flour, the salt, and the egg into the yeast mixture using a dough hook. Add the remaining 1 1/2 cups flour 1/2 cup at a time.
  4. Shape dough into 12 balls and place in a 9x13 pan. Let dough rest for 10 minutes.  This step is perfect for little helpers.
  5. Bake for 10 minutes or until tops are just golden brown.

Most importantly, enjoy and get on with your evening! 


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

14 Years Ago...

In May of 1999, I went for my first golf lesson at my dad's country club.  I wasn't thrilled and I wasn't interested in golf.  I went because I was working for my dad, and golf was an important part of his industry.  It's where "business was done."

I walked into the pro-shop, saw the golf pro and suddenly golf was my favorite thing in the world.  And after $300 in lessons, I scored my first date.

Fourteen years ago today, I married him.  And he helped me pick moths out of my giant tulle princess dress during our picture session.  We should have taken that as a warning of all the crazy shit we would have to navigate.  It's been a wild ride.

Happy Anniversary to my one and only.  

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

What I Need for Back to School

A few weeks ago we had our first night back on the football field.  My son had his three day mini camp, and started his practices soon after.  This time of year signals the back to school prep, and I start to think about what we need for classes and lunches.  I try to clean and organize the house, and I take the kids for new socks, sneakers and other basic necessities.

I also silently grieve as I accept the fact that my alarm will soon be going off five mornings a week.  I will also have homework and conferences.  My days of nothing-ness are coming to a close.  Some parents look forward to that yellow school bus.  I must admit I prefer the summer thing much more.  
With all of the lunches and coolers I pack for school and football games, I need to keep the kitchen stocked with quick snacks for my kids.  Eating "on the go" can  get unhealthy, and I do my best to keep yogurts, fruits and vegetables in my fridge.  I also stock plenty of Capri Sun Roarin' Waters Flavored Water Beverage because they are a great-tasting, low calorie drink option.  It's also super easy to toss juice pouches into a cooler or my purse when I'm running out the door.
Trust me, if I take my kids anywhere there are guaranteed to complain they are thirsty and that they need to pee.  I never leave the house without beverages and my toddler potty in the trunk of the car. Motherhood is all about keeping sane. 
I like to pack a cooler for just about any outing, not just football games and other sporting events.  Not only is food from home healthier than snack bar or fast food options, it's also cheaper.  My kids bring lunch to school and we bring food to games, practices and outings.  Capri Sun Roarin' Waters Flavored Water Beverage is my favorite.  They are sturdy and won't explode all over my purse if I toss them in when I grab my keys  The bottom of the pouch is clear, which makes me feel good because I can see that they contain no artificial colors.  They are the perfect choice for a mom of four busy kids.

My must have list for lunches:

1. Capri Sun Roarin' Waters Flavored Water Beverage
2. Yogurt for kids (Greek is preferred, we buy whatever is healthy and on sale)
3. Apples
4. Whole wheat bread for sandwiches
5. Cold cuts
6. Peanut butter and jelly
7. Protein bars for my athletes
8. Small treats such as cookies or fruit snacks
9. Grapes (cut in half)
10. Granola bars

What do you pack in lunches? I'd love to hear from other moms!

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