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Bacon Bread

I’ve been wanting to post this recipe for a long time, but I haven’t had the “need” to make Bacon Bread before today. (I refrain from making it to often because I could, quite literally, try to eat the whole batch…yikes!) I need to have a need to make it…so I can share it.

You see, my best buddy, Kris, is “losing” her baby girl this week.  No, not to death or illness or anything serious like that….  It’s just that Jesse is finally moving out on her own.  She’s spreading her wings and flying off to live in Kansas City with her best friend.

It is a big deal for Kris.

It is a big deal for Jesse.

Kris isn’t ready for her girl to leave.

Jesse’s been ready to be on her own for a while now.

However, I love both of them very much and I know that this is a life altering experience for them.  So, what can I do about it?  I bake!!  But not just any ol’ thing.  I made them Bacon Bread.  It’s always made with a labor of love.  And I do love them.

And I do love Bacon Bread.  Oh, how I love this cheesy, bacony, ranchy, bready goodness.  And what makes it even more fun…it’s a pull-apart bread.  You get to eat with your fingers and then lick them afterwards.  It’s in the oven as I write this, and my mouth is watering from the smell….

Oh man!  Let’s get on with the recipe.

Bacon Bread

  • 1 recipe of Burger Bun dough
  • 1 pkg dry Ranch dressing mix
  • 1/4 c oil (I use vegetable oil)
  • 1 lb bacon, fried and crumbled
  • 3 c shredded cheddar cheese

Prepare Burger Bun dough up to the first rising.  While dough is rising, fry & crumble bacon.  Drain grease off bacon.  In a medium bowl, mix dry Ranch dressing mix and oil.  Stir well.  Add cooled bacon and cheese.  Stir well again.  When first rising of dough is complete, place dough on floured or greased counter top.  Pinch off or cut off 1 inch chunks of dough and place several in bowl of bacon mix.  Roll each dough piece and place on greased baking sheet.  Continue this process, until you’ve piled all the dough pieces.  Let this rise again for another 30 minutes.  Bake in 400 degree oven for 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown.  Try not to woof it all down in one setting (trust me, it will be hard to restrain yourself!).

Here’s where I’ve cut off pieces with my pastry knife

And in the bowl…

Can you see the yummy herbs from the ranch mix?

All puffy after 2nd rising

Just to make sure it’s done, carefully lift up one piece…see how bread looks done and not gooey?  If it does look a little gooey…pop it back in oven for another couple of minutes.

And now ready for consumption! Man, can you see that crispy bacon and melted cheese?!

Okay, just one more bite….or not….

My taste-tester strongly approves

Jesse, I’m proud of you!  I know that you and Delci are going to do great!  And with your “new” mixer, you better give this try!  lol

Kris, I love you.  And as someone famous once said, “This too shall pass.”  You’re in my prayers, my dear sister from another mister!  Eat the Bacon Bread…it will make you feel better!

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Pizza Rolls

I was inspired by a recipe I found on King Arthur’s website (if you’re a baker…it’s an awesome site for all kinds of baking supplies and recipes) and came up with my own version of pizza rolls.  They were a hit with the kids!
Pizza Rolls
  • 1 Burger Bun Recipe
  • 1 lb Favorite Pizza Meat (sausage, pepperoni, salami, etc)
  • 3 c shredded mozzarella, divided
  • 1-2 c pizza sauce

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Make bread according to recipe.  After first rising, spread dough out on a greased surface.  Sprinkle 2 c of cheese over dough.  Layer on meat (I used some pepperoni on half and salami on the other half).  Roll dough jelly roll style….like you would for cinnamon rolls.  Seal end and edges.  Using a sharp knife, cut dough into rolls.  Place on greased baking pan and lightly press down.  Let rise for another 20-30 minutes.  Bake for 10 minutes and then remove from oven.  Top each with a tablespoon of sauce and a sprinkling of cheese.  Bake again for another 2-4 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Here they are before the 2nd rising:

Here’s after they’ve baked for 10 minutes and I’ve topped them with sauce and cheese:

And here’s the final product:

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Just as a disclaimer, this makes a lot of these babies!  So, if your family doesn’t eat a lot, you make want to use this recipe for when you have lots of kids over, or you can use half of the dough for something else….like hot pockets or just plain ol’ Burger Buns. 😀  Or you could freeze them and warm them up later for a quick lunch or after school snack!


Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Make bread according to recipe.  After first rising, pinch off a small amount of dough and wrap around hot dog.  Repeat process.  Place on greased baking pan.  Let the dough rise again for 20-30 minutes.  Bake piggies for 10-12 minutes or until bread is golden brown.

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Butter Crescent Rolls

We typically eat out on Sundays because it’s a crazy day, and it’s just easier to grab a hamburger or taco for lunch then having to come home and fix a meal.  However, knowing that tomorrow is Easter, and every place will be packed,  we will be dining at home for Easter Lunch.  I’ll be putting a roast on tonight and Mike requested these, and now that I have my new toy, I can finally make these Crescent Rolls.  It makes such a big batch that I rarely made them in my old mixer.  It was just always easier to make other dinner rolls.  But these babies are oh so yummy….if you like that  yeasty, buttery, melt in your mouth kind of bread thing.  Which I do.  Very much.

And you can freeze these rolls before baking and save them for another meal.  Bonus!

Crescent Rolls

  • 2 pkg yeast (or 2 short tablespoons)
  • 2 c warm milk
  • 1/3 c warm water
  • 1 c sugar
  • 1 c butter shortening
  • 6 eggs
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 9 c flour
  • extra butter

Heat milk, water, and shortening in microwave for about 1 minute or until warm to your wrist.  Combine 2 c flour, yeast and sugar in mixer.  Add milk mixture to flour mixture and mix for about 5 minutes.  Add eggs and salt.  Add rest of flour, 1/2 c at a time, to make firm dough.  Let dough rise until doubled, about an hour.  Divide dough into 4 parts.  Roll into circles, spread with butter, and cut into 8 pizza-style wedges.  Roll up them up and place on greased baking sheet.  At this point, if you’re going to freeze them, just put them right in the freezer.  If you’re going to bake them, let them rise for another 30-45 minutes.  Bake in 400 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Lightly brush each roll with butter again.  If frozen, let dough rise for about 5 hours before baking.

I had a helper today:

Here we’ve rolled them out, buttered the circle and cut into 8 wedges:

Here they’re rolled up and rising:


And with a little more butter:

These babies are huge once they’ve risen again and baked.  So if you wanted smaller rolls, you could even cut them into 16 wedges instead of just 8. My Momma always kept them big and we would use them as sandwich rolls.  Mmmmmm

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Homemade Flour Tortillas

I know today is St. Patrick’s Day, and I’ve got my green on so that I won’t get pinched!  But I’m not Irish, and I’ve never been a big fan of Irish cuisine, so I’ve got nothin’ in that department.  However, if you are interested in some corned beef and veggies, then come to Wed’s @ CCC tonight.  Cindy’s serving some up for the meal at church tonight!

Well, I’ve still been doing a little research on a project for church and came to realize that flat bread, unleavened bread, is basically a tortilla 😀  Cool.  (Pie crust is also an unleavened bread!)  Bread type dough without the use of yeast.  The last time I tried to make tortillas they came out tasting like some kind of weird-flat-thick-biscuit-tasting-but-looking-like-a-tortilla tortilla.  This recipe came out much, much better!  Mike and I gave my mom a genuine Mexican tortilla press a long time ago and I may just have to “borrow” it back 😀

Flour Tortillas

  • 3 c flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 Tbsp butter flavored shortening
  • 1 1/4 c warm water

In mixing bowl, cut shortening into flour, salt, and baking powder.  You can do this using a pastry blender or two knives.  This should look like a course mixture.  With your mixer flat paddle, gradually add in water until soft dough forms…not sticky.  Knead for about 3 minutes longer on medium speed.  Turn out dough onto counter top and split into 12 pieces (for large burrito size tortillas) or 24 (for small soft taco size).  Let dough rest for at least 10 minutes.  When ready to cook, heat up skillet to medium-high heat.  Roll out each piece of dough until very thin and fry in skillet until golden brown. Serve with favorite mexican style meat and toppings.

They’re not quite the perfect circle, but that doesn’t mean anything to me…taste is most important!!

I had mine with Chalupa today for lunch….yummo! and some Monterey Jack cheese, fresh cilantro and salsa 😀

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Easy Lasagna

Want something with gooey cheese and zippy red sauce and yummy pasta?  And it’s way easy to throw together?  Try this:

Easy Lasagna

  • 1 8oz pkg egg noodles, cooked
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 26.5oz can spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 Tbsp pizza seasoning
  • 1/2 Tbsp italian seasoning
  • 1 c cottage cheese
  • 1 c mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 c parmesan cheese, shredded

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cook egg noodles according to package.  Brown ground beef and season with House Seasoning or salt & pepper to taste.  Drain off grease.  In large bowl, mix spaghetti sauce, pizza seasoning, italian seasoning, cottage cheese, mozzarella cheese, browned ground beef and cooked egg noodles.  Mix together and pour into greased 9×13 pan.  Sprinkle top with parmesan cheese.  Bake for 30 minutes.

I also tried my hand at bread without yeast (for another church related project).  I have to admit….I was not pleased with the result.  I’m just too spoiled on yeasty, light & airy bread.  It just came out looking like a giant heavy biscuit. Hmmm…..I’ll share the recipe anyways.  I doctored it by making it into garlic bread, but I still wasn’t impressed.

No Yeast Bread

  • 4 c flour
  • 2 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 Tbsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 c water
  • 2 tsp vinegar

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Combine all dry ingredients in mixing bowl.  Add vinegar to water and then add to flour mixture.  Mix well and knead in mixer for about 3 minutes.  Place on greased baking sheet and form into round loaf.  Using sharp knife, make two large slices on top of loaf, making an “x”.  Bake for 40 minutes.  While still hot, brush top with melted butter.  (I thought this would help tremendously, b/c butter always makes things better, but it really didn’t help it that much….lol).

And on a completely different note….these really are my children but you would’ve NEVER caught me doing this as a kid.  They really do have a lot of their father in them (though thankfully I’ve never actually seen him wear underwear on his head).

And just for the record, all the underwear worn in above photos ARE clean (thank God)

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Gooey Cinnamon Rolls

Gooey Cinnamon Rolls

  • 1 c milk
  • 1/4 c water
  • 1/4 c (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1 Tbsp yeast
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 1 pkg instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3-4 c flour

Cinnamon Schmear

  • 1 c butter, softened but not melted
  • 2 c brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon

Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 8oz pkg cream cheese
  • 2-3 c powdered sugar
  • 1-2 Tbsp milk

Dough: Add 1 cup of flour, yeast, and sugar to mixing bowl.  Warm milk, water and 1/4 c butter in microwave for about 1 minute or until warm to wrist.  Add this to flour mixture and mix for about 2-3 minutes.  Add egg, pudding mix, and salt.  Add flour 1/2 c at time until soft dough forms.  Knead in mixer for at least 5 minutes.  Let rise for about 1 hour or until dough doubles.

Make schmear: In a medium bowl, combine 1 c butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Roll out risen dough on floured surface.  Spread schmear over surface (can be tricky, but it doesn’t have to look perfect!).  Roll up length-wise and seal edges.  Slice rolled dough with a sharp knife, or I actually prefer to use string or dental floss.  (Ask me about this sometime, if you’ve never seen this done.)  Place slices (I get 16 large rolls) on greased pan.  Bake for 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown.  Spread with cream cheese frosting.  If you want the frosting to stay thick, wait until rolls are completely cooled.  I like my frosting to drip down into the rolls though 😀

Frosting: Combine cream cheese, powdered sugar, and milk in mixer and whip until nice and fluffy.

Before 2nd rise

After 2nd rise

Right out of the oven

oh my

all that yummy gooeyness on the bottom

And just for the record…I’m beginning to get the impression that you guys think I cook it up big at every meal….

So just to set the record straight…this is what we had for lunch today:

And no, these are NOT homemade….just from a box in the frozen section of Walmart!

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Meme’s Banana Bread

This post will have a banana bread recipe in it, but I’m mostly going to be talking about a very special lady in my life.  She’s the 3rd of 4 children, my mom’s younger sister.  Her name is Kim Anderson, but to me she’s Aunt Meme.  As the story goes, everyone called her Kimmy, but when I came along, the first born grandchild & niece, I couldn’t say Kimmy – I said Meme and so she has been Meme ever since.

Here is her Sr. picture and this is what she wrote on the back:

Shara, To my favorite niece, so that you won’t forget me while I am away.  Love ya,  Aunt Meme

She and my Uncle Curt were married right after she graduated high school and then moved to North Carolina – where he was stationed for the Army.

I look fully please in this picture 😀


And she birthed these stunningly handsome boys! (from left to right: Kyle, Skylar, Kenny, & Clint)

She was also mom to a whole passel of boys at the same children’s home where my parents worked.  She is awesome!  They are now living in Glencoe again.  My Uncle Curt is the pastor at Glencoe Church of Christ.

Soooo on Saturday, Meme & Curt came over to Momma’s because she had her grandkids, Kai & Karissa (Kenny’s 2 kiddos), the same ages as Cade & Rae, and they LOVE to play together.

Momma & I made pizza; Rae helped!

And then we spent the rest of the afternoon visiting.  Mike, Daddy, & Uncle Curt played cards and talked religion…lol

Momma, Meme & I sat at the table and chatted.  Well, they were actually working on quilt squares and I watched.

However, that afternoon was revealing and healing.  If you’ve read enough of this blog, you know I struggle with depression, especially this time of the year.  It was so good to be out of my house, to be in a different environment, to be around family.  As we were talking, my mom said, “You two may not look anything alike (meaning me and Meme), but you might as well have the same DNA.”  I always knew we were similar, but not as much as I found out that day.  We’ve always struggled with our weight, lived in the shadows of beautiful siblings (seriously: both my sister & brother have been models), and now the struggles of being pastors’ wives.  It was healing.

This helped, too:

Momma made this delicious cheesecake.  She said it’s all part of her evil plan to bring us home more!  (Mike LOVES cheesecake!)

And finally, here’s the banana bread, actually it’s Meme’s 😀

Meme’s Banana Bread

  • 3/4 c butter
  • 3 c sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 6 overripe bananas
  • 3 tsp vanilla
  • 1 12oz container sour cream
  • 3 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 1/2 c flour
  • 1 c chopped nuts or chocolate chips, optional

Preheat oven to 300 degrees.  Grease 3 loaf pans.  Combine flour, salt, and baking soda is a large bowl.  In mixing bowl, cream butter and sugar.  Add bananas and mix on medium-high for about 2 minutes.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Stir well.  Add flour mixture and mix just until combined.  Fold in your optional add-ins.  Divide batter between the three loaf pans.  Bake for an hour or until toothpick comes out clean.

I threw in some blueberries in one batch – yummo!

I love you, Aunt Meme!!

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Banana Muffins

Hello Friends!  I had a fantastic weekend in Oklahoma, but I’ll post more about that tomorrow.  Tonight I wanted to share this muffin recipe with you:

Banana Muffins

  • 2 c flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 overripe bananas
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 3/4 c (1 1/2 sticks) butter, melted & cooled
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 nuts, chocolate chips, or peanut butter chips (optional)

Preheat oven to 375 degrees and line or grease 2 muffin tins.  In a large bowl, combine flour, baking soda and salt; set aside.  In your mixing bowl, with wire whisk attachment, whip bananas and sugar together at medium-high speed for at least 3 minutes.  Add melted butter, eggs and vanilla and beat well.  Add dry ingredients and mix just until combined.  Fold in optional ingredients (nuts, chocolate chips or peanut butter chips).  Fill muffin tins about halfway.  Bake 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

I used Reese’s peanut butter chips in these – I love the taste of peanut butter and bananas together.  The kids loved them too!  They polished off a whole pan when they came home from school today 😀

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English Muffin Bread

We’ve made it to Thursday!  It’s Pizza Night!! Yeah!!

However, since I’ve already posted my pizza dough recipe, I’ll just post a recipe for this yummy English Muffin Bread – it’s wonderful for breakfast or toasted sandwiches because it toasts up so well.

English Muffin Bread
6 c flour
2 pkg instant yeast
3 Tbsp sugar
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp baking soda
2 c warm milk
1/2 c warm water

Mix 1 cup of flour with yeast, sugar, salt, and baking soda.  Add milk and water.  Mix well for about 5 minutes.  Add rest of flour, 1/2 cup at a time to make sticky dough.  Form into 2 loaves and place in greased loaf pans, sprinkled with cornmeal.  Spray top of dough loaves with cooking spray and sprinkle with cornmeal.  Let rise for 45 minute and then bake in a 400 degree oven for 25-35 minutes.

Here’s one of the loaves before it began rising.

The loaves in this picture are small because my mixer won’t hold any recipe that requires 6 cups of flour.  I halved the recipe to make two small loaves. You could also make 1 large loaf.

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