I like this time of year.
With all the decorations, Christmas light displays, and cold weather touching my cheeks, all together it brings a smile to my face. I get to wear my winter boots, hat, scarf, gloves, and a warm jacket. Walking to see decorated houses with the hubs and Bella is such a blessing. You hear laughing from people around you and all the wrapped gifts under the Christmas tree. How could you not love it, right?
This year I made Keith give me his wish list. I swear finding a perfect gift for him is more challenging than taking the GMAT test. He doesn't tell you anything. Even his own mother is facing a challenging time. Every time I ask, he only says, "I don't know. I don't want anything". You have to think strategically and logically to find out. He wants something like a new car and such - which is impossible - and I thought to myself "kick my ass".
When he gets a gift and he likes it, he will say something like "Oh, I wanted this". Then, why didn't you tell us? Sigh. Men.
Anyway leaving that story aside, although it's cold outside, walking into a warm cozy home can change your mood. By that I mean, happy. The smell of food or baking fills the house. Ummm...yeah...
I found this dinner roll recipe in a Cooking Light magazine. It looks easy and delicious. So I gave it a try. I actually made it twice. The first batch, I made the rolls smaller size by half to make a mini burger for catering. The second batch is for us and friends. They turn out great except that the second batch I left them in the oven with the heat off and they were sort of a little overbaked. However, all that matters is the taste right? hehe. These rolls are perfect for Christmas dinner too.
|First batch for mini burgers|
Buttermilk Dinner RollsAdapted from Cooking Light
Yield: 18 rolls
Ingredients:1 1/4 cups warm buttermilk (100 to 110 F)
2 tbs sugar
1 tbs honey
1 package dry yeast
3 tbs butter, melted and divided
1 tsp salt
3 cups AP flour
1 tbs olive oil
2 tbs toasted black sesame seeds (optional)
- Combine buttermilk, sugar, honey in a bowl. Sprinkle yeast over milk mixture and let stand about 3-5 mins until it's "foamy".
- Stir in 2 tbs of butter and salt. Add flour to the wet mixture. Beat at low speed. If you have a stand mixer, change the hook to dough hook and beat it at low speed. If you have a hand mixer like I do, it's okay to use the beaters that come with it. Beat it at low speed until it's formed an elastic dough and doesn't have a mixture left on the side.
- Dough will be sticky and elastic. In another bowl, coat it with olive oil; swirl to coat. Place dough in the bowl; turning to coat top.
- Cover with plastic wrap and let it rise at room temperature or in the oven with the heat off for 1 hr, or until doubled in size.
- Punch the dough down on a lightly floured surface. Cut the dough to your preferred size. The recipe calls for 13 balls but I did 18 balls.
- Form the cut dough into a ball one at a time. Let it rise more for another 1 hr.
- Preheat the oven to 375 F.
- Sprinkle black sesame seeds on top of each ball. Bake for 20 mins or until the rolls are golden. Remove rolls from pan; let cool on a wire rack.
|Served with peanut butter banana bread|
Pom Yogurt BreakfastYield: 2
Ingredients:1 cup Greek yogurt
3 tbs Pom juice
1 tbs caster sugar (this can be adjusted depending on your preferred sweetness)
Cereal or oatrolls
Dried fruit such as cranberries or raisins
White chocolate powder
|Arrange banana slices in a glass or bowl.|
- Whisk yogurt, sugar, and pomegranate juice until the sugar is dissolved and combined.
- Peel and slice banana. Arrange them in a prepared bowl or glass. Pour yogurt on top. Add cereals or oat rolls, and more yogurt. Add dried fruit and more yogurt. Top with almonds and chocolate powder.
|I'm ready to start the day|