day 24: {cinnamon rolls}

no recipe for you today.  just some pictures of the most delicious cinnamon rolls ever.  the recipe is my great grandmother’s secret recipe.  so, you’ll just have to drool over the pictures!

merry christmas!


day 8: {homemade-ish pretzel bites}

i don’t know about you, but typically when i think of Christmas goodies, i tend to think of sweets.  however, while i do love sweets, i also love salty little treats.  a couple of months ago i came across these homemade-ish pretzel bites on {you guessed it} Pinterest.  and, boy, are they yummy.  i personally like a salty pretzel over a sweet pretzel, but you can make these fellas salty or sweet.

what you’ll need:

1 bag frozen Rhodes dinner rolls, thawed

sea salt or garlic salt


 cinnamon and sugar


1. thaw dough and then cut into four pieces

2. place dough bites onto parchment lined cookies sheet and let rise

3. once your dough bites are double in size, bring a large
pot of water to a boil

4. preheat oven to 375 degrees

5. place kitchen towel on cookie sheet and cover with paper towel

6. drop about 10 dough bites into the water for about 45 seconds, toss gently making sure all sides are shocked in the water

{sorry for the crummy photo. it’s hard to get a picture of boiling water when the only thing you know how to take a picture with is your iPhone}

7. remove bites from water with slotted spoon and place on paper towel to drain

8. at this point you dough bites are going to look a little pruney and be kinda sticky.

9. let bites cool on paper towel for about 2-3 minutes or until you can touch them

10. place on greased cookie sheet and bake for about 15 minutes or until golden brown

11. once out of the oven butter generously with melted butter and sprinkle on some sea salt or garlic salt. or if you want them sweet roll in cinnamon sugar mix.


it’s here! {25 days of Christmas}

oh dear, i’ve done it again.

yes, that’s right, i haven’t blogged since October.  i know it’s not like i have such a big following that i’ve let anybody down, but still October was two months ago.  nonetheless, i’m baaaaack!

so, i’ve decided to do {25 days of Christmas}.

yep, that’s a post a day, everyday, between now and Christmas!

so, day one: gingersnaps, or as the recipe says, the best-ever gingersnaps.  they’re my favorite.  i think i’ve had them every Christmas since before i was born.  i don’t even know if that’s possible, but i think it must be true.  i love them almost as much as i love A Charlie Brown Christmas and Elf, almost as much as i love Christmas music and my willow tree nativity, but not nearly as much as i love celebrating my Savior’s birth.

so, we’ll see if i can do it.

everyday, for {25 days}!

day 1:

Best-Ever Gingersnap Cookies

1 cup sugar

2 cups flour

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon ground cloves

¾ cup shortening

¼ cup molasses

1 egg, slightly beaten


Combine sugar, flour, salt, soda, & spices; mix together.

Cut in shortening to resemble course crumbs.

Stir in molasses and egg.

Shape into 1 inch balls and roll in sugar.

Place on ungreased cookie sheet and bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

{do not, i repeat, do NOT bake for more than 10 minutes.  if you do, your cookies will be very hard and crunchy, when they are supposed to be nice and soft and chewy!  so, even if they don’t look done at 10 minutes, they are!}

Remove from baking sheet immediately.

If you want you can pat down the tops a little to make them extra chewy!

{now i have a confession to make}

 when i made these last night, i got caught up in the excitement of making my first batch of Christmas cookies and totally forgot to add the egg.  this resulted in miniature hockey pucks that looked yummy, but wouldn’t even crumble when thrown angrily at the sidewalk.

so, make sure you ADD the egg!

and yes, last night i was a very angry elf!


.:apple dumplings:.

These little “dumplings” are sinfully delicious and super easy to make. 

All you need are a few simple ingredients.


Apple Dumplings

 2 Granny Smith Apples

2 cans crescent rolls

2 sticks butter

2 cups sugar

1 can Mountain Dew (or 1 ¼ cups orange juice)

Cinnamon and sugar to sprinkle


Peel apples and cut into 8 slices each.


Wrap one apple slice in each crescent roll and place in greased 9×13 pan.


Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar.


Melt butter and mix with sugar then pour over crescent rolls.

 Pour can of Mountain Dew or orange juice around the perimeter of the pan.


Bake 350 degrees for 45 minutes.