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Orange Rolls {recipe}

Friday, December 28, 2012

One of my favorite things my Mom makes are her orange rolls! They are out of this world delicious. I try other peoples and it just doesn't even come close to hers. I especially crave them during this time of year and Easter time. They are the perfect balance between being sweet, while still tasting the roll part. 

Enough with all the talk about them..... Here's the recipe!

Linda's Orange Rolls 

Start with a basic roll dough recipe. I will share mine, but if you have one you love.... You can easily substitute it.

White Rolls Recipe:
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 T yeast
1/4 cup sugar
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil
1 t. salt
5 cups flour (approximately), enough to make dough soft but not sticky

Mix sugar and water, add yeast and set aside (mixture should foam). Beat eggs, add oil and salt. Add yeast mixture and flour. Mix thoroughly. Place in buttered bowl and cover. Let rise to double in size (about 45 mins). 

{For a step my step tutorial you can look at my Red hot cinnamon rolls here as I describe the process- just one different ingredient! Instead of adding red hots sprinkle orange zest on top of the butter and sugar} 

Roll out dough into square or rectangle. Butter the dough good and sprinkle sugar across the entire dough (don't be shy with the butter and sugar as that is what makes it good!) Next sprinkle fresh orange zest across lightly. 

Cut the dough into rectangles and Now stack them on top of each other, but the last one flip it over so the sugar and butter side is down. These don't have to be perfect or even the same size. I like cutting mine with my Cutco steak knifes, but any knife will do. 

Place the squares in a GREASED cupcake/ muffin tin so you see the layers across. Then poke the outside to fill the tin. If there is too many squares take one out and or add another one if it doesn't fill completely.

Let the orange rolls rise until doubled, about 30 minutes. Bake at 375 degrees for about 14-17 minutes- watch until tops are nicely browned. 

While the rolls are baking make the glaze. 

Orange glaze:
Powdered sugar
orange juice
orange zest

For every cup of powder sugar add 2 T orange juice. Blend until smooth. Add a tablespoon of Karo. The amount of glaze depends on how many you do. (I like to double the glaze if I dip the glaze on instead of spooning over the glaze, as it takes more glaze) Then set it back into the muffin tin on it's side. 

Now while they are still hot dip the top of the rolls with the glaze while holding onto the bottom of the roll (the part that was in the muffin tin). Eat one while their hot! 
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Day 5: DIY Ho Ho Ho Ribbon

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Day 5 is Ho Ho Ho DIY Ribbon. You can make it out of any martial. Crepe paper streamers, ribbon (wired and not wired) any any width. The large Ho Ho Ho ribbon is out of 3" wide ribbon while the little is normal 1.5" ribbon.

Use to decorate your tree or a special package!

I wanted to show you how it looks like from ribbon to cut out Ho Ho Ho ribbon.

Now the unveiling of how to make  to make your packages a bit more glamourous and beautiful this year!

I freehanded mine, but if you are uncomfortable you can print and cut these out as a guide.

First fold your ribbon back and forth (zig zagged)

Then, start carving out. I like to start with the "H" as they are straight lines and easy to measure. I like to do one side at a time and then do the top next.

Then carve out the "O" curves.... Remember to leave a little bit at the top so it stays attached. Then cut out a half circle at the end to create the inner part of the "O"

Unfold and your done or fold another section and repeat the steps to continue your garland/ streamer

The ribbon can be striped, polka dotted or even sequence ribbon (like what we did for the large 3" Ho Ho Ho)

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Day 4 Popsicle Stick Snowflakes

Monday, December 10, 2012

 Day 4 is popsicle snowflakes. I first thought these would be beautiful on a mantel with with the extra pine branches from your tree that you get cut off for a rustic christmas, but my mantel just wasn't looking right with it..... so I took them outside (as it just snowed a couple minutes ago and everything looks beautiful out there!)

As I was taking photos..... my mind start racing with the possibilities out side to create the most magical rustic wonderland! It would be beautiful for Christmas or a wedding! Popsicle snowflakes look amazing hanging from trees

Enchanting in your snow dusted bushes- great because the won't get ruined by a moisture of the snow!   

Or place each one on a stick and into a bucket and line your walkway!

Then I took a photo of them in the snow just for fun and this is what happening! It left the coolest and most delicate imprint of the popsicle snowflake. (It looks raised in the photo, but it leaves an embossed look)

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Day 3: Red Hot Cinnamon Roll Recipe with red hot glaze

Friday, December 7, 2012

I have been waiting forever to share this delicious recipe with you! Red Hot Cinnamon Rolls! Yes RED HOT cinnamon rolls. It's a twist on the traditional cinnamon roll. If you like cinnamon bears, red hots and other cinnamon flavored candies you will LOVE this recipe!

I was at my parents house for Sunday dinner and my Mom made homemade rolls for dinner and had a little extra dough left over, so each of the grandkids got a little bit to play with and make into a dessert roll of sorts. Then like a flash it hit me..... why don't you make cinnamon rolls with different type of cinnamon- with RED HOTS!!! I didn't know if it would work or even taste good or if it the red hots would be hard as rocks after cooking. No one thought they would be any good and doubted if it was possible.

The only problem was I had no dough.... I begged for a little piece of each of the grandkids and promised in return to make them something extra special with their dough. I made 2 small red hot cinnamon rolls..... and they were devoured! IN SECONDS after I tried them. My doubts about the red hots being too hard didn't happen. They were almost all the way melted so it just gave them a little crunch, but not like eating a regular red hot. You simply have to try it. It's beyond words how good these are.

So here are a step by step tutorial on how to make them! It's a great neighbor gift to give hot out of the oven!

First make your dough. You can use any recipe you want! 

Now put some flour down before you roll out the dough so it doesn't stick to your countertop. 

Spread butter.... Lots and lots of butter as this helps it be all googie and delicious

Now sprinkle sugar on top.... Don't skip on this step either. The combo of the butter and sugar makes a sugar glaze inside that makes these out of this world

Now add the the guest of honor... RED HOTS. The more you put on the more flavor you will have and will melt into the googy photo above! 

Now you can roll it like a normal cinnamon roll or make Red Hot Cinnamon flaky rolls or pull apart bread. See see below how to make the different types.

For the flakey rolls and pull apart bread cut the dough into rectangles. Now stack them on top of each other, but the last one flip it over so the sugar and butter are sandwiched in between so you keep all of the deliciousness inside your roll. Don't worry these don't have to be perfect. I like cutting with my cutco steak knife, but any knife will work.... even a butter knife.

To make the flakey cinnamon rolls I like to stack 4-5 squares at least in one regular sized cupcake tin.

Just place the squares in the cupcake tin so you can see the layers. Then softly poke the outside to fill the tin. If there is too many squares you can take on one out or add another one in if it doesn't fill it completely. For the pull apart bread do the same thing but fill an entire bread pan. You will need about 15-20 squares depending on how tick your dough is. 

 I made these in foil tins so I could deliver directly out of the oven! 

Here are the pull apart bread and flaky rolls just after them came out of the oven.

Add our Red Hot glaze and your finished! 

Now for the glaze...... feast your eyes and ohhh it smelled so good!

Glaze recipe:
1 cup cinnamon red hots
3/4 cup water
1/8 cup sugar
1 tablespoon butter

Melt red hots in boiling water. When almost melted add sugar and butter. The red hots will boil and start spreading the most wonderful smell throughout your house that will bring everyone to the kitchen immediately!  Pour over immediately as it will harden like candy. The glaze will harden, still soft. It's not hard like hard candy, but not soft enough to pull out any fillings. It's the perfect balance that you find in great caramels and such.

****Please note this cools quickly and has to be glazed over immediately. I can't be reheated so have the rolls out and ready before you make this or have a minute or 2 left on the clock.


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Day 3: Free Christmas printable tag & RED HOT Cinnamon rolls!

It is day 3 in our Holiday crafts and packaging ideas! Today I'm giving you free Christmas Printables and the most amazing recipe I have created.... Red Hot cinnamon rolls! Yes, you heard me correct "Red Hots" Cinnamon Rolls. A little twist to the traditional cinnamon rolls. Find the recipe here

Happy Holiday baking and crafting!

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Day 2 Tissue Paper Garland

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Day 2: Tissue Paper garland. These are such fun garlands to make! All you need is twine, tissue paper, rubber cement and a circle punches. For $5 you could make oodles of garlands, of all different sizes and colors. 

With these garlands I did a random pattern with 2 different circle sizes and colors.

1. Punch out circles with tissue paper (If your punch is tearing the circles put a piece of scratch paper so it punches through the tissue paper first then your scratch piece of paper. This can happen because tissue paper isn't strong enough to withhold the pressure of the punch alone)

2. Place rubber cement glue on one of the circles place the twine on top of the glue then place another circle and press together

3. Repeat and your done! Simple as that!

You can also use our fun garland to brighten up a package

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12 Days of Holiday Decorations and packaging ideas: Day 1 Ruffle Fabric 2 tone Wreath

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Tis the Season to decorate your house and make pretty packaged presents.
 I have 12 really fun and easy DIY that ANY level of crafter can do! 

Today to start the kick off to Holiday decorating crafts I created this DIY striped ruffle fabric wreath! It took only a hour and a half to create.... I had to design it too!

First you will need to select your fabric. I used ruffle fabric's lucky fabric, a two tone green fabric, but their red and white "peppermint" fabric would be darling too! Ruffle fabric is great because they will get your fabric to you quick! If you use my same size you will need 2 yards, but could make 3 or 4 wreaths out of the yardage. Any striped fabric would work though! I just loved the texture it gave the wreath.

Then you will then need to select your styrofoam wreaths. (Because I did the green fabric I chose a green wreath. If you do the peppermint or any other color I would select the white styrofoam wreath)

Next measure the circumference of wreaths. I used a 12" and 14" wreaths. If you do my sizes make one strip 48" long by 7" wide and one 39" long and 7" wide. To cut the ruffle fabric cut in between the ruffles like shown above. Cut the length so the ruffles are going horizontal

I found it easiest to place the wreath in your lap and and have it leaning on a table (i'm at my kitchen table here) That way it stays in place and is easy to work with.

Heat your glue gun and place a long line of glue about 2 or 3 inches on the center of the outer part of the wreath.

Roughly place the center of the fabric strip down and pat it making sure it is glued down. The ruffles will be going vertical.

Fold back the section that is not glued down and and place another long strip of glue. Repeat until you are at the end

Where the 2 ends meet you might need to trim a ruffle or two off.... It's better to have to trim then not enough.

The fabric will be glued to the outer edge. Fold over the ruffles and see where it hits on your wreath. Then glue the inner ruffles the same by a strip of hot glue. When the first side is tacked dow, match up your first ruffle and tack every other ruffle down with a dot of hot glue.

Repeat with your second tier of wreath.

Glue top wreath to the bottom wreath where they connect. Add a bow and you done! Hang outside or in your house!

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