Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Homemaking 101...

Since I have become a SAHM (stay at home mom) this year I have been striving to be the best I can be at keeping things in order, planning meals, staying on a budget, and trying to stay caught up on the laundry (notice I said trying :).  I still have a LONG way to go but I am learning and one of my goals for 2010 is to invest in some books that will help me whip this unorganized girl into shape!

One recent quest I have been on is to make my own bread.  If you know me well you know that I LOVE bread.  I love rolls and sweet breads, I love sandwiches on sourdough bread, and breads made with cheese.  And to be quite honest I would rather not waste the calories on a regular piece of sandwich bread...boring!

So back to the quest...it started before Christmas with a desire to make some dinner rolls.  Attempt number 1 yielded some edible but not great rolls.  Attempt number 2 took place on Christmas day and the results were NOT pretty.  They came out hard and did not rise.  Nathan made fun me so I threw one at him and it was so hard it busted his lip..ha!  Attempt number 3 was a huge success!  After learning the proper techniques for proofing the yeast and finding a great recipe from the Pioneer Woman I finally made some great rolls!  What was even better was that this particular recipe made LOTS of dough that you could keep in the frig for a few days.  So last night I made rolls once again!

They were so good...especially with a good ole pat of butter...the real stuff!

After my success I was feeling a little invincible so I decided to tackle something I have never tried...cinnamon rolls!  They were near as good as mother in law's but hey it was my  first attempt.  Next time I will add more yummy filling and I need to master my icing but all in all I would give them a 7 out of 10!

Here they are right before baking and then the finished product.


Kimberpeas said...

Mmmmmm, those look delicious!! I've heard that bread-baking is an invaluable skill and once you learn it, you'll never forget it. I'm exciting to see where you adventures in homemaking take you this year!

Flo said...

Look at you girl! OK - so you should've invited ME over for cinnamon rolls! ha! I just got done making my homemade pizza dough for the "cowboy calzones" I'm making tomorrow night. I'll let ya know how they turn out!

BeechemBrightSpots said...

How yummy! You didn't tell me about those today...they look GREAT! I'm proud of you!

Allison said...

Mmm! Those cinnamon rolls look delicious! (My big cooking accomplishments come out of boxes most days!)

It has been fun learning how to change up my blog-and not near as hard as I thought! I'll have to show you soon!