Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Fool-Proof Homemade Dinner Rolls

~I posted this on The Crafty Blog Stalker and am now sharing it with you guys!~

My growing up years were filled with my wonderful grandmother. She baked bread and rolls for her family on a weekly basis and that kind of stuck with me into adulthood. This recipe is for homemade rolls that are light, fluffy and so easy to make! The best part is, they're FOOLPROOF! I promise you CANNOT screw them up! This recipe is easy and so worth it. It is a little time consuming as you have to let the bread raise, but that's to be expected with any good bread recipe.

Fool-Proof Homemade Dinner Rolls

~This recipe as written makes about 24 rolls. In our family of two that's about 20 more than we need for a meal. These rolls freeze beautifully and I love being able to make a huge batch and then pop the leftovers in ziploc bags for later. Just pull out a bag of rolls in the morning and by dinner time they're thawed and ready to go.~

You will need: 
2 cups warm water
1/3 cup sugar
2 tbsp active dry yeast
1 tbsp salt
6 cups flour
2 eggs
1/3 cup oil

Start by dissolving the yeast in the warm water. I had to use my hands to make sure it got completely dissolved. 

Add the eggs, oil, salt and sugar and stir to combine. 

Then start adding the flour. I like to add it one cup at a time and stir it well to make it less messy and make sure it's fully incorporated. 

After one cup it's going to have the consistency of a cake batter. It'll be a little lumpy but smooth. 
(I know that's an oxymoron, but it fits!) 

Keep adding the flour one cup at a time. After about two cups the spoon becomes kind of hard to use. This is the point where you can get your hands dirty!

After you've added all the flour and removed the spoon, use your hands to continue to combine the flour into the dough. It will be sticky and a little crumbly but keep kneading it. Tip the dough out of the bowl onto a clean surface and continue to work it until all the flour is incorporated. 
(This is my most favorite part of this process. I love playing with bread dough!)

This is what my dough looked like after all the flour was sucked up into it. I continued kneading for a couple of minutes to give it a good elastic texture and make sure it was ready to go. 

Spray the inside of the bowl you were just using with some non-stick cooking spray. 

Plop your dough in the bowl and cover with a towel. Set aside and let it rise for about an hour. 

This was my dough after an hour. It had risen nicely and was ready to go. 

This is the great part, is punching the dough down. I'll admit I got a little thrill when I punched it down and watched it deflate....(weirdly a cathartic experience...)

Roll the dough over and let sit an additional ten minutes. 

When you're ready to start forming your rolls, split the dough into two even pieces. 

Split each piece in half again (You'll now have eight sections total, four from each of the halves you split earlier)

Out of each quarter piece of dough form three small dough balls. These are the size of your rolls! You can always go bigger or smaller depending on how big you want your roll to be, but I like this size. 

Lay your rolls out on a cooking sheet lined with parchment paper. (Honestly you could spray non-stick spray on them as well and it works fine. I'm just a really big fan of parchment paper for the no mess cleanup afterwards.) 

Bake your rolls at 350 for about 20 minutes until they're golden brown. As soon as they come out of the oven spray the tops lightly with oil/butter to avoid cracking in the tops as they cool. 

Serve warm! 

I hope you enjoyed this recipe! If you liked it go ahead and share away on Facebook and Pinterest! 

What are some of your favorite recipes from your growing up years?

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Guest Post @ The Crafty Blog Stalker

Happy Sunday my friends! I'm so happy to say that I'm guest posting over at The Crafty Blog Stalker today. I'm sharing one of my favorite homemade recipes! 

So make sure to come check it out and say hi! 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

My Craft Space Reveal

We've lived in our new apartment for three months now. During that time life has been a little crazy and I haven't had a chance to unpack everything. Mostly it's been the essentials of day-to-day life and everything else has been stored in boxes.

Well I finally got around to unpacking the last few boxes! And that meant I could finally get my craft room organized and put away. It's been a labor of love, and I'm so happy to have my space back!
This was an "In progress" photo. See those shelves? I found all of them for a grand total of $10 at the local thrift store. I was totally psyched to find them! 

UGLY UGLY UGLY vertical blinds! Not creative at all! Just ugly and loud when the wind blows. They had to go immediately. 

This is the after picture! Standing in the doorway to the room, my craft space calls to me! 

  See the curtains? I took down the blinds and slipped a safety pin on each tab and put that in the clips on the track instead. The Love, Faith, Hope on the top of the track are actual little candle holders my mom gave me. They don't have any candles in them, but I love the way they look sitting on top of the curtains. 

My chair set up and waiting for me at the sewing machine. I decided to hang one of my favorite quilts on the wall behind me for inspiration! (Ignore the stuff on the ironing board, I forgot to move that stuff after I was done with the room! Oops...)

My view from the end of the table. I have the TV set up to watch some Netflix and TV while in there working on something crafty. My most favorite part of this view is the shelf above the TV. 

While I was organizing all my craft supplies I found some old vinyl sayings that were supposed to be used on a different project that I decided to up cycle. The best phrase I found was "thankful". This is a great reminder to me every time I look at it to be thankful for my awesome craft space.

These shelves I found at the thrift store for under $10. I love how my stuff is organized and within easy reach for fast crafts! The bin on the floor is full of fabric waiting to be turned into a project. 

The other side of the shelves with my "Live Laugh Love" Wall hanging on the closet door. 

I just love the look of this quilt on the wall. It gives so much warmth to the room and makes me feel ready to create. 

Now it's hard to not want to spend time in this room. It's warm, it's inviting and I'm ready to create every time I look at it. 

I am so in love with this room! There's a lot of things I'd like to do to make it better, (More shelves!) but for now I'l take what I can get. This is just such a blessing for me after having my crafty stuff boxed up and stored for the last year and a half. I haven't really had a space to go and create and it's been driving me crazy! 

Tell me where do you get to tap into your creativity? 

Sunday, May 25, 2014

My Crochet Daisy Blanket!

 My childhood best friend is having baby #5 in July. We've known each other since I was the age of her youngest daughter, so of course I had to whip something up! I was in need of something to do at work (working graveyard shift in a call center!) and so I decided to do a little crochet blanket.

I saw this daisy blanket pattern on Repeat Crafter Me, and knew this was the one I had to do!

I followed her step-by-step instructions and soon had enough little granny squares to form the blanket. (They're super easy to make, I can whip one up in about half an hour!) Then I had to make sure to lay them out in a way that didn't hurt my head. I didn't want too many of the same color in the same place, but yet I still wanted a slightly random look. This is the layout I finally settled on.
 Then it came time to join them together. I once again followed her instructions and single crocheted between the squares. I used purple as an accent color and love how it made the squares really pop!
Then I tested which of the daisy flowers I like better. The one on the left looks kind of like Sponge Bob's friend Patrick...not so much like a flower to put on a blanket. So I settled for the daisy on the right. These are so fun and easy to make! 

Made a couple different color variations and couldn't decide which one I liked better, so I figured I'd use both! 

Testing to make sure that they fit within my squares and that I liked the placement before I made any more. Turns out I loved it and couldn't stop making them once I got started!

 Then I had to figure out which flower went where. This was almost as bad as the square layout in the first place! My head hurt after this! (Notice the signs of being at work? The Diet Coke, the phone cord, the computer screen? It was 3am..there was nothing to do but this project!) 

When I finally had all the daisy's made and attached the way I liked, then it was time for a border. I did one row of single crochet all the way around to square things up, then did a simple ruffle border around that. I originally wanted to do a few single crochet rows in each color, but decided I liked this for a little girl better. 

All in all I think it turned out super cute! What do you think??

Monday, April 7, 2014

DIY Picture Frame Book Ends

Hello my friends! This has been a crazy couple of weeks. With work schedules and living, and cleaning I haven't had a heck of a lot of time for crafting. However this last weekend I was finally able to complete my very first craft project in our new home! I've got so many ideas for things I want to do to this place that I'm having trouble keeping track of them all. (Let alone all the $$ I would need to accomplish them!)

So we've lived here a month, and I haven't yet unpacked a few rooms. My craft room for one, and the bedroom for another. The bedroom has been stressing me out because I can't relax in there without unpacking. But to unpack my bedroom I had to start with my books. I have some really cool built in shelves in our bedroom that I planned to put my books on. The issue is that they're kind of floating in the middle of the wall with no way to support the books on each end.

I tried looking for some bookends at a few places, Walmart, etc but couldn't find anything that hit the spot. I wanted something a little more...me...so to Pinterest I went. I stumbled across this blog. I loved the idea of pictures as my bookends. So off I went. The blog says to use some shadow boxes, but I couldn't find any, so it was regular old picture frames for me. I found these at Walmart for about $2.50 a piece. SCORE!

Of course when I got them home I was too excited to get started to wait and take a picture, but you'll get the idea. I started off by painting my frames. I chose black and purple to match my re-done antique dresser.
(See the can of Diet Coke? I was a happy girl, crafting and caffeine!)

In her post the blogger attached a peice of MDF to the back of her shadow box frames for stability. Now I couldn't find what I needed that fit that description so I went with some wooden letters that added some great stability. The letter "E" seemed to do quite nicely, so this is me painting the support to make sure it can help hold up the books. 

The next order of business was to add some weight to the picture frame. The regular frame itself was not heavy enough to help support the weight of the books. I whipped out my hot glue gun and some of these floral beads. I glued beads to the supporter and to the cardboard backing of the picture frame. When it was all done, it was nice and heavy. 

I did this on all four picture frames. I then sealed the paint and the beads with a nice coat of spray on Mod Podge. (Let me tell you how great the room smelled after two hours alone with the door closed with hot glue and Mod Podge!)

The result of this adventure were four decked out picture frames ready for family pictures. I chose a few different ones to represent the people in my life I love the most. You would never know that these were reinfored in the back and ready to hold up the written word! 

The result is a few picture frames that I can change the pictures out in every so often, but still have a really great bookend! 

Our wedding picture likely won't change however...

(Do you notice my jewelry hanger fits nicely on the wall next to the bookcase? I am loving that I'm able to pull most of my craftiness together into one space!) 

I am so happy with how these turned out! It's made my bedroom more relaxed and peaceful. (At least for me!) Now I can relax in bed with a good book and know that the shelves are ready for my next reading adventure. 

Friday, March 14, 2014

Chevron Homestead Sign VOTES NEEDED!

Since moving into our new apartment, my brain has been spinning like a hamster running in a wheel. How can I decorate this place and give it my "stamp". It's an apartment so I can't do too much to it in ways of paint or wallpaper. But I can do something with it, but what...?So therein lies the issue. 

For the longest time I've wanted to make one of those signs that says "established...". Do you know what I mean? My grandparents had a wood sign posted outside their home for all the years I can remember. I am not a wood decor kind of girl...I am a quilty kind of girl! 

I spent a few hours fiddling around with my quilt program and came up with a couple of different options. My favorite colors are purple white and silver (or black depending on what it is). I have all hand-me-down furniture and so I don't really have one cohesive design in my home decor wise. So my jumping off point is just my favorite colors. I did re-do this dresser a few months back and it's become one of my most awesome pieces of furniture. So I figured maybe something like this might get the creative juices flowing. 

And flow they did! I came up with several plans for the new sign I'm going to make, but the problem is I can't chose which one I like the best! So I need your help dear readers. Take a look at these two established signs and tell me which one speaks to you more. It comes down to the lettering mostly. 

I'm leaning more towards this one, but I can't decide! 

This one speaks to me too, but I can't decide which one I like more. 

So help a girl out! Tell me which one you like the most! Or if you don't like either one, say that too. (Just nicely because I'm not the kind of girl who cries pretty...)

This is going to be the very first piece of decor that I make that will be the jumping off point for all decisions in the future, so I'm hoping I don't screw it up! I'm so excited to crack open my sewing machine and fabric stash you can't even imagine. It's been almost a year for this quilter and I'm going nuts! So as soon as I've decided which one of these I like most I'll be diving right in. 

Thanks for all the help everyone! Happy Friday!