{Recipe Favorite} 30-Minute Dinner Rolls

I know I’m not the only one who, at times, needs to get dinner on the table fast. And when fall comes around I love making soup and having bread to serve with it.

I stumbled upon these 30-minute dinner rolls on Pinterest, and at first I was a little skeptical, but these are the real deal. They are good and they’re fast.

Here’s a shot via Kitchen Meets Girl:

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That’s literally how they turn out every time. They’re great as a side with soup and salad, but they’re also really nice sandwich buns for pulled pork or Leftover Christmas Ham sandwiches etc…

Give these a try! I know they’ll be a hit! Thanks Kitchen Meets Girl for this great recipe!

Coming soon – my favorite soup recipes, and how I turn these rolls into fast cinnamon rolls!

P.S. I’m leaving for Allume tomorrow! Thanks for praying for us!


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Just Set the Table

We were getting ready for company. This is code for frantically running around the house stuffing toys in cabinets, wiping counters, sweeping up dust bunnies, making sure we have enough glasses (and realizing we don’t)…

On that subject – I’m trying to do two things to alleviate the stress that so often comes with having company – 1) plan ahead and 2) chill out about it. But this time I hadn’t planned enough ahead nor was I that chilled out.

Morgan was having quiet time, but she wanted to get up and help me. I said yes (because, hello – I needed the help.) I asked her to set the table. She happily agreed, and started getting silverware and plates.

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A few minutes later, however, she was over by the sink asking if she could wash dishes. My answer was no – I didn’t need help with the dishes, but I did need help setting the table.

She’s great at setting the table. I know she really gets a kick out of washing dishes, but the floor gets wet and I knew it wasn’t a good time to add mopping the floors and changing her clothes to the to-do list.

So, she continued setting the table. Until she was back at the sink asking about washing the dishes. “No, Morgan, I do want you to help but I don’t want you to wash the dishes right now – I asked you to set the table – that’s what I need you to do so we can be ready.”

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As these words were coming out of my mouth, there was a switch in my mind, and I heard these words as if God were saying them to me. Because there are things that I think would be so fun to do – things that I’m capable of doing, but what God is really asking me to do is to just set the table. Setting the table might not be fun or glamorous and it definitely doesn’t involve bubbles, but I have to be faithful to the primary things God is asking me to do.

Are you setting the table or do you keep asking to wash the dishes?

 


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One Last Hurrah

“Use what you have, use what the world gives you. Use the first day of fall: bright flame before winter’s deadness; harvest; orange, gold, amber; cool nights and the smell of fire. Our tree-lined streets are set ablaze, our kitchens filled with the smells of nostalgia: apples bubbling into sauce, roasting squash, cinnamon, nutmeg, cider, warmth itself. The leaves as they spark into wild color just before they die are the world’s oldest performance art, and everything we see is celebrating one last violently hued hurrah before the black and white silence of winter.”

Shauna Niequist, Bittersweet: Thoughts on Change, Grace, and Learning the Hard Way

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Dutch Baby {Weekend Cooking}

Levi asks me a couple times a week to make a Dutch Baby. It’s like big pancake, but it puffs up like a popover. It’s baked in an oven-safe skillet, but you can also make it in a metal 9×13 pan if your cookware isn’t oven-safe. When it shrinks down after coming out of the oven it’s warm and custardy – I love it! If you haven’t had this little gem of a breakfast food, then you should – soon.

This morning I made Melissa d’Arabian’s Vanilla Dutch Baby :

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She even has a video at the link above in case you’re worried you’ll mess it up (you won’t.) Sprinkle with powdered sugar, cut into wedges and dig in! She has a fancy blueberry/lemon topping, but I’m not that ambitious… It’s delicious without it!

My all-time favorite Dutch Baby recipe is this one: Weekend Breakfast Recipe: The Apple Pancake from The Kitchn. Holy moly – butter, sugar/cinnamon/ginger mixture, apples and the custard pancake. The apples caramelize in the brown sugar and cinnamon, the pancake is nice and thick and everything is just right about it. LOVE this recipe.

My picture doesn’t nearly do it justice:

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Here’s The Kitchn’s picture:

Picture via the kitchn

Yum!

Try it and tell me what you think! Do you have a Dutch Baby recipe you love?

 


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Special Delivery

Here’s something ordinary-awesome – Steve buys me Food Network magazine.

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Ok, I’ll explain why this is more than ordinary.

I love cooking. And I love the Food Network. When the Food Network came out with a magazine, I got the very first issue. I am a charter Food Network magazine junkie.

Steve caught on to the fact that I liked this magazine, and one month he picked it up for me. Then the next month… and the month after that…

I have every single issue of this magazine (this is only some of them):

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I have every single issue not because I’m a hoarder, but because every month since 2008 my husband has surprised me with it.

He knows when it comes out, and every month he checks the magazine aisle in the grocery store for the next issue and picks it up for me. He could have bought me a subscription that comes in the mail, but I’m glad he hasn’t. Instead, one day every month he comes home with it in a grocery bag along with the loaf of bread or jar of peanut butter I asked him to pick up – special delivery.

I say that’s pretty awesome.

 


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Mama, Can I Do Bible Study?

In the mornings I try to take a little time to work on whatever Bible study I’m going through. Morgan is usually gone by the time I do this, but on the weekends she comes over and says to me:

“Mama, can I do Bible study with you?”

The first time it happened I wasn’t sure what exactly to have her do, and honestly for a split second I was tempted to say “No, I’m too busy” or “No, this is my time”… and then I did a double take – my 5-year old wants to study the Bible with me… YES. OF COURSE.

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So, I still get my Bible study done, but I pick a passage of Scripture; I highlight it and we talk about it. Then I give her a special pad of paper to write it on. Sometimes she has me write it with a highlighter in cursive so she can practice her cursive writing.

I love love love that Morgan wants to read and write the Bible, and I hope she always does.

 


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The Worst Summer Ever

I was standing outside chatting with our neighbor when she asked me a pretty benign question – “Did you have a good summer?” I, with my big mouth, not willing to fake it, responded, “No! … Actually…” <insert awkward laughter and me blabbering about not going to the beach ever because it was cold>…

I don’t know what kind of season of life you are in, but I’m coming out of a pretty hard one. (Or maybe we’re not through it yet – I don’t know! What a fun thought…) So, that was the truth – it was a crummy summer. Really bad things happened. Things that I never ever would have chosen for our family.

But that is not the whole picture. Two things go through my mind when I think about this summer -

One –  we had some really fun moments this summer. But I can’t remember most of them because I’ve been fixated on all that went wrong. All summer I lamented what an awful time we had, so no one was more surprised than me when, the night before school started and we were all sitting around the dinner table, I blurted out

“So, what was your favorite thing we did this summer?!”

It was almost an out-of-body experience. What the heck am I talking about?! We didn’t do anything fun at all! And that’s exactly what Morgan said. I weakly feigned disapproval at her comment as Steve rattled off the fun things we did – Cherry Festival, fireworks in our backyard, checking out the animals and food trucks at the fair… He gently corrected her poor attitude (and, unknowingly, he corrected mine.)

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(Thankful for a healed pinky…) -

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Two – if I could see the whole story – if I could stand at the end of it all and look back, knowing the fullness of my story, our story  – would I choose differently than what God has allowed and ordained for us? I doubt it.

I’m still wrapping my head around that one.


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Great Cloud of Witnesses

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Tonight, I turned off the light and folded my body in two to kneel on Morgan’s bottom bunk and whisper with her before she went to sleep.

Morgan: “Mama, I want our lives to be like a movie.”

Me: “What do you mean?”

Morgan: “At the end of our life – will they play music like in the movies?”

Me: “Uh… not exactly…”

Morgan: “Well, I want our life to be like a movie that everyone watches to see what will happen.”

Me: “Oh Morg… There are people watching. The Bible says there is a great cloud of witnesses watching what goes on here. Watching the greatest story every – the story of God’s great rescue plan.”

Morgan: “What do you mean? Who is watching?”

Me: “Everyone who loves Jesus and has already died and gone to be with Him – Noah and David and Joseph and… all kinds of other people…”

Abel, Enoch, Noah, Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses… And so many more -

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” (Hebrews 12:1-3)

Let’s not grow weary and lose heart – a great cloud of witnesses is watching our story. The Story.


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The Bathroom Reading Plan {Spring/Summer Edition}

You know how some people talk about the books that are on their nightstand? Well, my books are on my bathroom counter. Yes, as in, next to the toilet. I keep them on my nightstand too, but a book is really good if it’s made it to the bathroom stack.

I used to read all the time. Once we had kids there was no time for reading during the day, and at night I was exhausted or I wanted to be spending time with my husband.

If you are lamenting the loss of your reading time for any reason, seriously – try the bathroom reading plan (B.R.P.). I’ve gotten whole books read with only time in the bathroom. Ya’ll are probably like “TMI, Lauren…” but you know that people are not going to mess with you when you’re in the bathroom. Ok, scratch that – if they’re ages 3+ you can usually convince them not to bother you for a few minutes while you’re in the loo.

Reading is necessary for me. There is something about the written word that gets me deep down. And not just written word on a computer or on a kindle, but actual books that you hold in your hand. I know I’m old fashioned, and maybe I’ll convert one of these days, but I’m fairly certain that as long as they continue to print books I’ll choose the ones you hold in your hand and mark up the pages.

The following books were part of my B.R.P. this spring/summer. I recommend them with no reservations and give all of them five stars. They are that good.

Major Pettigrew's Last Stand - Bathroom Books by Ordinary|Awesome blog          The Sweet By and By - Bathroom Books by Ordinary|Awesome blog        The Mysterious Benedict Society - Bathroom Books by Ordinary|Awesome blog

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A few of them were especially meaningful to me, but that is another post entirely.

Click on the books to find them on Amazon! Happy reading!

What have you been reading lately??

 


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Fringe of Frost

This morning, when I reluctantly left the warmth of our down comforter, I peaked outside and spied the grey glistening of frost over the leaves and individual blades of grass. I snuck out and took a few pictures. If the neighbors saw me they probably wondered what I was doing tiptoeing around in my pajamas.

Fall and winter are my time of year. So much color, so much sparkle, so much drama, [so much cold, Steve is going to say.]

Orange, red, electric yellow, spices, pumpkins, fires, acorns, [football]…

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon a delightful book of poetry by Myra Cohn Livingston called A Circle of Seasons. The landscape this morning brought to mind part of it:

“Autumn leaves a fringe of frost when pumpkins turn to gold,

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Pulls his collar up to warm his face grown gray and old,

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Fringe of Frost - Ordinary|Awesome blog

Gathers in his harvest, says a prayer of thanks,

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Fringe of Frost - Ordinary|Awesome blog

Gives a little shiver, and all the air turns cold.

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Fringe of Frost - Ordinary|Awesome blog

Fringe of Frost - Ordinary|Awesome blog

Fringe of Frost - Ordinary|Awesome blog

O earth,

Rest well

Under the Autumn spell!”

 


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