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A Few Questions for YOU!

Question

Question

Would you do me just a quick little favor? Would you mind just filling out this quick little form? I’m contemplating some changes in the future for this little blog of mine, and I’d love your input.

Since my blog “niche” is just a wee bit scattered (uh, ADHD anyone??), I want to know why you are here reading this blog. Are you skipping every few posts, just waiting for the posts you’re most interested in? Or are you loving every single word I write? (Ha ha.)

Filling this out should take you two minutes, max. Unless your kids interrupt you every twenty seven seconds while reading it, then I can’t guarantee anything!

Boring post about boring things and being bored and boredom.

Hours ago, I walked allllllll the way downstairs with the intent to post a blog. (So lazy of late!) I had a few ideas of what I wanted to work on, and my new to-do list app kindly reminded me to write a post. Naturally, I spent the next hour googling quilt ideas and imagining a blog redesign.

I’ve wanted to redesign my blog for awhile now. The ‘look’ I have is just over a year old, but as I designed it in 2011, I was googling virtually every single thing I wanted to change. (Font change–google, read, get distracted, regoogle, read, apply font change. Font color change–google, read, get distracted… you get it.) While I like the look I have okay, I feel less and less like it’s “me.”

My other big time waster (hey, at least I can admit it!) is online window shopping for quilt fabric. I haven’t quilted since Rebecca’s quilt in May last year. Fabric is expensive, and unless I have a justifiable excuse, ie a birthday, then it doesn’t hit my “must buy” list. Everyone has priorities, and for the last yearish, mine has not been fabric. My friend has been bitten by the quilting bug again, and you know how these things go around… why is there no quilting vaccine, hmm? My husband would be richer for it. If you follow me on Pinterest, you’ve seen a few of the designs I’ve been pinning–and pining after!

I think the bottom line is that I am bored. B-O-R-E-D bored. <Sorry to be like your kids, there. I know how much you hate it when they say that.> I need change. I need excitement. For heaven’s sake, I need a way to spend my time beyond wiping dirty faces and {not} wiping the dirty counters. I blame this boredom on January, and the foot of snow that can’t melt in the 0 degree (F) temps we’ve been having around here.

Ooh, side note, I’m totally (finally) on instagram now, and filling my lovely boring days with pictures of things minutely entertaining. Join me!)

Now if you’ll excuse me, I have some web design concepts to google, and some quilts to pin!

Are you struggling with cabin fever too? Are you dying for change or are you craving a little boredom yourself right now?

An Unpinnable Halloween

I believe my daughter is waving to her reflection in this picture, and my toddler is grinning at a stranger in the distance.

I went to bed last night with delusions of grandeur, thinking I would wake up early and surprise the kids with some Pumpkin Pancakes (like these on the Idea Door!).
I woke up tired, grumpy, and late.

I believe my daughter is waving to her reflection in this picture, and my toddler is grinning at a stranger in the distance.

In this picture you’ll notice three girly girls, dressed up in costume. We were so late in getting ready that I missed the chance to take a photo of my son, and my oldest daughter was rushed out the door with her hair in a sloppy ponytail because we couldn’t find the brush and she was going to be late. No time for cute cowgirl braids. As she ran out I admonished, “Keep your hat on so no one sees your hair!”

Nicole, Abigail, and I went to the annual costume parade at the school but got there late, and missed Rebecca actually parading around. Instead we sat in the hallway with her and watched the other children go by on their way back to class, as Rebecca’s class was one of the first to go. (Frankly, I preferred this to getting there super early and waitingwaitingwaiting to catch a glimpse of my kid before she’s gone!)

Oh well. I’m a slacker. I decided I would make a cute little Halloween themed lunch. (These mummy pizzas are adorable, but the cookie cutter pumpkin sandwich is more my lazy style.) I would be awake, alert, and could master a little Halloween fun. We didn’t start school till just before noon and rushed through it before my daughter came home from her short day at school…

… then I realized I was out of bread, so we just reheated baked potatoes for lunch.

Our traditional pre-trick or treating bowl of piping hot chili will be waylaid by the fact that I didn’t have the ingredients for chili on hand.
Carving pumpkins? Didn’t buy ’em.
Decorating the house? Decorations were in storage… sure hope we get our Christmas decor out before February.

This blog is officially unpinnable, as far as this Halloween is concerned.

I’m just keeping it real for you. If you ever feel like less-than-the-best because of those cutesy, crafty moms on Pinterest who deck out their porches and create crafts for the season and bake up a storm, all in the name of enjoying a holiday with their family, I just wanted to let you know: you’re not alone.

Are you a slacker Halloween mom?

How to Make Your Own Frozen Rhodes Rolls

How to Make Your Own Rhodes Rolls

I love fresh baked bread. It’s an absolute comfort food for me, and instantly takes me back to the days when my mom would make homemade rolls for dinner or a loaf of bread for an afterschool snack. I am a huge fan of Rhodes Rolls. Actually, I still am. They are dairy and egg free* for Abigail, and they are so versatile; from breadsticks to rolls to pizza pockets/mini pizzas to fried bread (‘scones’ here in Utah) to… well, just about anything, really. I love to have a bag or two in my fridge at all times.
*manufactured in a facility that processes food containing wheat, milk, soy, and seeds 

The concept of Rhodes Rolls is really simple. Don’t tell the Rhodes company, but I’m on to them:
it’s just frozen dough.
Obviously, we can do this the good old fashioned DIY way. Making your own Rhodes Rolls take a little extra time but it is so worth it. It’s about a million times cheaper (I did that math! 1,000,000 times cheaper) and you can control the ingredients without putting any preservatives or, um. Other stuff.

The first step is make some bread dough. I use this recipe here and it’s fantastic. I’m going to blog about it “one day,” but the recipe promises bread, from first scoop of flour, to fresh from the oven in one hour. Anyone can make this bread. The “lecithin” she refers to is soy lecithin, and that’s the only ingredient: soybeans. I use this one here and was able to find it at Macey’s, a local grocery store. It lasts forever, so the cost is worth it.

After you’ve mixed your bread, do not let it raise. Form it into balls for your rolls. Out of curiousity, I weighed my little dough balls. I formed balls that were about 2 oz. in size, a little bigger than store bought. I think 1.5 oz would probably be a closer match to the Rhodes brand, but that’s up to you and your level of OCD.

Place your rolls on a sheet pan. I left about a half inch gap between each roll. I didn’t want them touching so I could store them later in a Ziploc bag. Then, like I made my frozen chocolate chip cookie dough, I flash froze it in my deep freezer but a regular freezer works fine too. I left them in there overnight, but you just need them to get nice and solid before you pull them out.

When you pull them out, they will have risen just a tiny bit before the yeast hibernates in the cold. Take them off your pan and throw them in a Ziploc bag. They can then be stored for 3-6 months or so in your freezer. Like Rhodes, I pull out exactly the number I need for dinner that night and reseal the rest in the Ziploc bag.  OR…

Place 12-15 rolls in a 9×13 pan. I like my rolls to squish together so I set them about an inch apart on the pan. Let rise in a warm location (the warmer it is, the faster it will go) for 2-3 hours until double in size.

Bake in a 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes until golden brown. Then…

Brush with melted butter or dairy-free margarine (optional) and enjoy!

Look at my Pinterest board for all the fabulous things you can do with Rhodes Rolls, DIY or otherwise! By the way, I still buy Rhodes Rolls when I’m low on time or ambition. I just feel better feeding my family the homemade version!

Oh and just for kicks, I have this little peek behind the scenes for you:

Have you ever tried making your own frozen Rhodes rolls?
What store bought recipes do you like to ‘DIY?’

 

A “nice normal family!” {Free Printable!}

We're a Nice Normal Family - Free Printable

Confession:
I’m still in my pajamas at 2:00 pm.
My kids had lunch an hour ago… and we ate breakfast at 10 a.m.
Summer days, I’ve decided, are like three school weeks.

We’ve been killing time… and trying not to kill each other. It’s going super well.

My sister requested a quote in vinyl, inspired from this pin. I thought it would be fun to make up a printable too. The quote: “Remember, as far as anyone knows… we’re a nice normal family.”

Let’s not let the cat of the bag. We’re all normal here! *wink*wink*

I’m offering this free printable in eight colors and two different sizes. (Whoa, that’s sixteen choices there.) This download is also available as a black and white jpeg (without the border) for your vinyl cutter. There are also individual jpeg downloads for printing at a photo shop.

Feel free to link to this post, but not the pdf file itself. This download is for personal, non-commercial use only. Thanks!

Click here for the 12×12 pdf set.
Click here for the 6×6 pdf set.

or
Click here for the black and white jpeg version (for cutting out with a vinyl cutter!)

or
Click below to download the jpeg images, perfect for sending down to your local Costco for printing. These are sized at 12×12 but will easily print smaller for you if you desire!

Pink jpeg
Yellow jpeg
Tan jpeg
Hot pink jpeg
Orange jpeg
Green jpeg
Aqua jpeg
Brown jpeg 

I’d love to show you images of the final project… but as my sister will tell you, I have not actually delivered the requested vinyl signs. :/

Which color printable is your favorite? I ♥ the aqua, though the green matches my home the best!
Do you have a favorite quote that represents your family?

 

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