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Easy Homemade Sweet Dinner Rolls


These rolls are so easy and quick to whip up to go along with dinner! (Makes 12 rolls)

  • 5-6 Cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 Cup vegetable oil
  • 2 Cups warm water 105-110 degrees F
  • 2/3 Cups sugar
  • 1 1/2 TBSP dry active yeast
  • 1 1/2 tsp Salt

Pour the warm water into a large mixing bowl . Dissolve the sugar entirely in the water by stirring. Add in the year and give a quick stir. Add in the vegetable oil, half of your flour, and the sale. Mix together. Add in the remaining flour gradually until the dough is still slightly sticky.

Flour a flat surface and turn dough out onto floured surface.

Knead the dough and roll it into a log. Your  dough should be smooth and springy.

Cover the dough and let it rise for about 1 hour. ( It should double in size)

Divide the dough into 12 equal pieces. Round the bottom of the rolls making them resemble a ball shape.

Grease a pan and place your rolls onto it.

Cover your rolls and let them rise for an additional 20 minutes, where they should again double in size.

During this time, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F.

Bake your rolls for about 20-25 minutes. You can give them a light layer of butter if you so choose the last few minutes of baking which will help to brown the tops.




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Strawberry French Toast

This is a super quick breakfast the whole family will love. Our little ones love to help with preparing it as well as gobbling it up. This recipe is great if you have some bread that is going stale or is a little too dry. Waste not and want not. We can find a use for everything! Our recipes are scaled for our large family, so you might want to scale back for a smaller crowd. You can freeze your leftovers and they will taste just as good the second time around. You choose your toppings…traditional syrup, fresh fruits, jams, whipped cream…it’s all up to you.

Preheat your griddle (you can use a frying pan as well if you so desire) to medium heat. In a large bowl crack and whisk about a dozen eggs. Add in your desired amount of cinnamon and vanilla extract. I like to add just a splash of milk to mine as well. Whisk the eggs, vanilla, cinnamon and milk thoroughly.

Take a slice of bread (slice if still in full loaves) and submerge it into your egg mixture. Once fully saturated place it onto your hot griddle. Once the eggs are cooked on one side, flip. Continue until you have made your desired amount of french toast.

Top with a homemade fruit jam like pictured above, warm maple syrup, etc. Enjoy!

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Cinnamon Rolls with Buttercream Icing

2 C warm water (105-110 F)

2/3 C sugar

1 1/2 TBSP yeast

1 1/2 tsp salt

1/4 C vegetable oil

5-6 C bread flour

Dissolve the sugar into the warm water. Add in the yeast. Pour in vegetable oil and lightly stir. Add in about half of the flour and then the salt. Mix together. Add in the additional flour until a slightly sticky dough forms. Turn dough out onto a floured surface. Knead dough until soft,smooth and dough springs back when gently poked. Put the dough back in the bowl, cover, and let rise for 1 hour.

Turn dough back out onto floured surface and roll out into a rectangular shape. Smooth butter onto flattened dough. Make a mixture of 1 part cinnamon and 3 parts sugar. Sprinkle mixture onto buttered dough.

Roll dough into a tight log and cut into pieces (around 18 rolls).

Grease your baking pan and place rolls inside pan making sure to leave space to for them to rise in between.

Cover and let rolls rise for 30 more minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 F and bake for 30 minutes.

Half way through baking, sprinkle tops of rolls with cinnamon sugar mixture.

Glaze with icing.

Buttercream icing

2 C powdered sugar

1/4 C milk

1/4 stick melted butter

Whisk together until smooth

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EASY Amish White Bread

(This recipe yields 4 standard sized loaves)


4 cups warm water (105-110 F)

1 1/3 cup sugar

3 TBSP dry active yeast (I used rapid rise)

3 tsp salt

1/2 cup vegetable oil

10-12 cups all purpose flour



Dissolve your sugar into the warm water. Once sugar is completely dissolved, pour in your yeast and give a stir. Once your yeast looks frothy, add your oil and give another quick stir. Add in about half of your flour and then the salt. Stir the dough. A this point it will look really soupy (this is normal).

Add more flour in gradually until you reach a smooth dough that is not sticky.

Dump your dough out onto a floured surface. Knead and incorporate all ingredients thoroughly. (about 5-6 minutes). When your dough has a spring back effect (spring back when you poke it) you are ready to let it rise!

Place your dough into a covered bowl and let it rise for 30 minutes to 1 hour.

After it has about doubled in size, turn your dough back out onto your floured surface. (Use the remaining flour from the ingredients that you didn’t use in your original mixture)

Divide your dough into 4 equal pieces. Roll the pieces into a log shape and tuck the ends to form your load appearance.

Cover your loves and let them rise in your pan for about 20-30 more minutes.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees and bake your bread for about 30 minutes. (Check often as ovens vary)

Remove your gread out of the loaf pan while it is still hot. ( It will get soggy and yucky if you leave it in the hot pan.)

sliced bread beside wheat on table
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Easy Peanut Butter Pie

These are so quick and easy to make for a last minute addition to your holiday meal plan, an office party, or a “just because I want to” occasion 😉 .

Mix 1 cup peanut butter ( your choice smooth, creamy, crunchy, etc.) with 1 1/2 cups confectioners sugar and 8oz softened cream cheese. Gradually add in cool whip until a light tan color is achieved. (Usually around 16 oz or so) Mix well and place into a graham cracker crust. Leave as is, or add additional cool whip topping, chooped Reeses, etc)

Cover and refrigerate

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Best Homemade Brownies

My kids LOVE these brownies! They are the perfect combination of soft and chewy. They are also really easy to whip up for a special treat for your little ones. 🙂

Mix 1 cup of sugar, 1/2 cup All Purpose flour, 1/3 cup cocoa powder, 1/4 teaspoon of salt, and 1/4 teaspoon of baking powder in your mixer.

Add the following ingredients and fold in with a spatula:

1/2 cooking oil

2 eggs

1 teaspoon vanilla extract.

Make sure all ingredients are mixed together.

Spray your baking pan liberally with a non stick spray.

Bake your brownies for 20-25 minutes at 350 degrees.

chocolate cake with cream on top
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“Dirt” Pudding

My grandmother used to make this for our Sunday suppers. All of the family would gather around after getting out of church service, eat a meal, and spend the afternoon together. It’s been so long since we have all gotten to be together, but I cherish all of the memories I have of all of those special Sunday suppers we shared. ❤

1 1/2 lb crushed Oreo sandwich cookies

8 oz softened cream cheese

12 oz of whipped topping

2 small packages of Instant French Vanilla Pudding Mix

1/4 cup softened butter

1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract

3 cups 2 % milk


Crush cookies and set them to the side for the time being.

Mix your butter and cream cheese with your mixer.

In a separate bowl, mix your pudding mix, vanilla, and milk until the mixture is thick.

Pour your pudding mixture into your butter and cream cheese mixture.

Add your whipped topping and blend all of the ingredients together.

Place 2/3 of your crushed cookies onto the bottom of your pan.

Cover the cookies with your pudding mixture.

Add your remaining cookies to the top of your pudding and smooth out to an even surface

Cover and chill in the refrigerator for several hours.oreos





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3 Step Cheesecake

My mom has made these cheesecakes for our Thanksgiving dinners for as long as I can remember. Cherry filling is my favorite topping!

Mix 2 packages (8 oz each) softened cream cheese, 1/2 cup sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla.

Add in 2 eggs and mix.

Pour into a graham cracker crust shell.

Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes.

Let the cheesecake set out and cool.

Refrigerate for at least 3 hours.

Eat as is or add your favorite fruit topping.

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My Favorite Bread Recipe

I have tried a blue million bread recipes over the years. I hated all of them! Lol I had given up the hope of ever finding a homemade bread recipe that tasted good and wouldn’t double as a spare baseball bat at any given moment…until I found this one. Hands down, the best homemade bread I’ve ever eaten. When I make it, I bake A LOT of it because it literally goes as fast as it comes out of the oven. Try it…it’s my favorite!

Put 2 1/4 cup hot water in your stand mixer and add 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast and a pinch of sugar. ( I use the rapid rise)

Let the yeast dissolve into the water. Once it becomes bubbly, add 1/4 cup sugar, 1 TBSP salt, 2 TBSP oil, and 4 cups all purpose flour.

Mix together until a sticky dough forms.

Gradually continue adding 1 1/2 cup more flour until the dough is nice and soft.

Remove you dough and kneed on a lightly floured surface for 5-7 minutes.

Place your dough in a lightly oiled bowl and cover with cling wrap to rise.

Let it set for one hour.

Afterwards, remove the dough and divide it into two.

Roll the dough out in a rectangle and begin rolling it into a cylinder (on the short end). This will form a loaf shape.

Spray your loaf pan and put your dough in. Cover with cling wrap and let it sit and rise for another hour.

Once it’s risen, bake in the oven for 30-35 minutes on 375.

Let the bread cool for about 10 minutes and remove from the pan.

So yummy! I use this to make bread, hamburger buns, dinner rolls, dessert breads…its very versatile!

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Versatile Cookie Dough

I came across this recipe several years ago and have used it more times than I can count! This is a cookie dough base…whip this up and then you can add whatever you want to it… Various chocolates, Butterfinger chunks, nuts, toffees, m&m’s, candy pieces…the choices are unlimited! These cookies are so light and fluffy when warm! Let them cool and they are chewy. Bake a little longer if you like crispy cookies.

Mix 1 c packed brown sugar, 1/2 c white sugar, 2 eggs, 1 c vegetable shortening, and 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract. I crank my stand mixer all the way up and let it go! Let it whip at least 5 minutes for super fluffy cookies.

Add in 2 1/2 c all purpose flour, 1 tsp baking SODA, and 1 tsp salt.

Mix all ingredients well.

Add 3/4 C – 1 C of your choice (candy pieces, nuts, etc)

Drop your dough onto baking sheet. You can shape your dough into balls or just leave it as it drops.

Bake at 350 degrees for 9-11 minutes.

Let your cookies cool on your baking sheet for about 5minutes before removing onto a cooling rack.

Store leftovef in an air tight container.