Dinner rolls

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!
 I slacked at my plans to post Thanksgiving recipes all week :-/  I have been crazy busy making Nativity puzzles for my Etsy store.  I have been getting orders about every day.  I have 3 puzzles I want to have ready to go by tomorrow!  So I will be spending my Thanksgiving day working on finishing them. 
I am going to my Sister In laws for Thanksgiving and I have been asked to bring the rolls.
I have several roll recipes I like one of them being my moms, but I especially like my neighbor Shauna’s rolls :-)
So I thought I would post her recipe.  also I never got to the Turkey My mom had special ways to make a perfect Thanksgiving Turkey. She always said that you need to bake a turkey breast down so the fat and juices from the back settle into the breast and make it more tender.  She had other things she did, but when she passed away she took that knowledge with her.  So I found this link that is very similar to her way of roasting a Turkey so it is what I have followed for the last 3 years. 

Now onto the roll recipe!

Shauna’s dinner rolls

2 cups scalded milk (or better yet, 1 cup evaporated milk and 1 cup hottest tap water!)

¾ cup warm water

1 cube margarine, melted

***(you want the temperature of all the above liquids to be 90°-100° or about baby bottle temperature. So if you scald the milk or overheat the margarine, use cold water instead of warm water etc.)***

2 large eggs

½ cup sugar

2 tsp. salt

4 cups flour

2 Tbs. yeast

Add the ingredients in the order listed above, whisking in the eggs and adding the yeast on TOP of the flour (to shield it from the salt). Add 3-4 more cups flour, a ½ cup at a time until the dough cleans the sides and bottom of the bowl. Knead for 7 minutes. Turn out onto lightly floured surface. Squeeze off balls of dough about 2 ¼ inches in diameter. Place about ½ inch apart on a greased baking sheet. Preheat oven to 400°. Cover dough with warm wet towel and let rise about 20 minutes or until double. Bake 15-18 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with butter and cover with a towel until serving. Here’s a little video to show you how Shauna shaped the dough balls!

Wild Rice Cornbread Stuffing

So today I am posting my sister Jana’s Wild rice cornbread stuffing recipe.
My mom had really yummy stuffing, but I have to admit I like my sisters just a little bit better 😉

Here is my sister Jana with her wonderful husband!
She is the third oldest in our family and was and still is the peace maker.  She and I were really close growing up. We shared a room even though I was the youngest and she was one of the oldest.  She is an awesome cook and wonderful mother. She also has the most loud and contagious laugh out of anyone I know :-)
Jana’s Wild rice cornbread stuffing recipe
 Make the wild rice the same as on the package, separately.
Cut up onion and celery and simmer with the water for the corn bread stuffing until tender.
 Add the bread as usual.
 Combine the cooked wild rice with the completed stuffing and drizzle on turkey drippings until the stuffing is the right consistency.
That’s it!  Easy and yummy!

Mom’s Pumpkin pie!

I was lucky growing up to have the most motherly,  homemaking kind of mother! 

This picture below is was very typical!  A big family of kids and grand kids and Mom/Grandma in the middle keeping everyone happy :-) But that is what gave her joy! (She is the one in the white shirt in the middle.)
 My Mom and Dad a few years before she died of cancer.
We had the best childhood because of  our wonderful parents :-)
I’m the littlest one in this picture and Paula is the one with the really short skirt 😉
We have 6 kids in our family, This picture was taken sometime in the late 70’s of us 4 youngest girls and our dolls.

My mom was a fabulous cook because she grew up on a Potato farm in Idaho and decided that she preferred doing all the cooking for her family instead of working in the potato fields.  So she started cooking as a young girl. So with Thanksgiving coming I think of my Mom and her wonderful Thanksgiving meals!  My sisters pictured above are also wonderful cooks So over the next week I am going to post some of my Mom’s recipes and other family recipes from me and my sisters  that always make our Thanksgiving Dinners super Yummy!

So first off Mom’s Pumpkin Pie!
This recipe was passed to her from her Mother and I don’t know where it came from before her, but it is wonderful!  I have the best memories about this pie.  We would eat our Yummy Thanksgiving meal until we were sick and thought we would pop!  and then a few hours later (Maybe just a couple 😉  We would break out the pie with homemade whipped cream!   Then for the next two days we would live off Turkey sandwiches made with the super yummy leftover homemade rolls my mom would make and left over turkey and left over pumpkin pie :-)  Those were the days when I could eat what ever I wanted and nothing happened to my body shape!  Those days are long gone, but it does not keep me from gorging myself at Thanksgiving still :-)  Two keys to what makes my Mom’s pumpkin pie so good is #1  Don’t add cloves!  She said that is what makes other pumpkin pies taste too strong.  #2  She used winter squash (usually grown from our garden)  instead of canned pumpkin it gives a nicer flavor, but we have used canned pumpkin before and it tastes really good still.  so with out further ado here is the recipe I don’t have picture yet, but I will post some when I make my pies in the next few days, but just trust me!  This recipe tastes so yummy!  It is the only pumpkin pie my family will eat!

Mom’s Pumpkin pie recipe
(makes 3 pies) heat oven to 350

4 cups squash or pumpkin
4 cups  rich milk
1 cup white sugar
1cup brown sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp all spice
1 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla

Mix all ingredients in a large bowl (blend well)
Pour into pie pastry plates.
Bake 45-60 minutes or until the center bubbles.  (  bubbles mean big rolling movements in the center of pie.  It almost looks like something is moving around inside the pie. ) It also works best if you put tin foil around your crust edges so they don’t over bake.

Mom’s Pie Crust

3 cups flour
1 cup Shortening
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp B.P.
3/4 cup water (add more if needed to make a more workable dough)

Roll out barely thin  and place in pie plate cut off excess dough from edges and then flute the edges.


So here is the update on my first Craft Fair.  It was kind of a bomb, but some good came out of it :-)  This was the first year for this particular craft fair so I know each year will get better.  I also had a poor spot for my booth that was not visable enough.  Next year I know exactly where I want to be!  Anyway I made about a $60.00 profit so it was not a complete failure, And I was able to make a couple of trades with other crafters that I am really excited about!  Anyway I wanted to show off a couple of Thanksgiving crafts that I have made recently (mainly for this Craft Fair) since it is close to Thanksgiving.

First my “Gobble” letters.  I really liked how these turned out.  I saw something like this on Pinterest and once I  found a font that I liked I cut out my own version 😉  here it is displayed at my craft fair booth.  It was a big hit there and I was sad to see it go :-(

Next I made another one of my Thanksgiving Turkeys, but I painted it with water color paint instead of doing the scrapbook paper.  I also wood burned the the beak and around the feathers.  I like how you can still see the wood grain through the water color paint.

Spooky! And other crafts :-)

My kids complained that I keep making cute wood crafts for others and not our self so these are some  Spooky letters I made to put on to of our piano :-)

I still need to antique the edges and add some embellishments,but I thought I would show what I have so far because   I have been so busy making Turkeys like this one below that this has been put on the back burner.

These Turkeys are what everyone seems to want right now at my Etsy shop.  I made two more today. I just don’t think there are enough cute Thanksgiving decorations these days.

Here are a couple of Halloween stitcherys that I have made also that I think are fun.

This one is so cute and simple and so easy!  The picture is kind of bright so you can’t tell what the top button is.  It is a crescent moon.

My kids love this one!  They always ask when we are going to put this decoration up because they love the saying :-)

Here is another fun Witch boot I made  :-)  I added glitter to it to add some sparkle :-) I like this one a lot!  can’t decide if I want to part with it or not. 

Another cute Turkey!

Here is my latest scroll saw creation :-)  My 15 year old daughter says she likes this turkey even more than the 2×4 turkey.  I have to admit that it turned out pretty cute :-)

Like the other wood crafts I have made lately it is decorated with paint and scrapbook paper.
I also came up with this Owl on a limb with left over wood scraps 😉
 I have an Idea that I want to do with it.  I will show you soon what I came up with.
If you are interested in any of these wood crafts to paint and create yourself or to buy finished check out my Etsy store  @ Bug a boo crafts
Happy crafting!


In my quest to bring Thanksgiving back on the Calendar I have made a point to make Thanksgiving crafts over the last few years.
I  painted this Turkey for my Mom at her Ward Super Saturday a few years ago.  She was too nervous that she would mess it up. It has a special place in my heart because the following  year she became ill with Cancer and passed away. When we were sorting through her stuff I did  not think she would mind if I took the Turkey home with me. It will always remind me of that fun Super Saturday we spent together before she got sick.

That same year I was in charge of my Ward Super Saturday and this is the Turkey we made.  If you live any where around Salt Lake You can find this Turkey at “The Wood connection”  in Midvale.  I just love that it  is Just simple and cute!
Last year my thankgiving craft was the stitchery I made that I already posted down below.
This year I would like to make a Thanksgiving tree.  Does anyone have any good ideas for that?