Potluck Rolls and Figuring Out My Camera

My family loves these rolls. It’s a recipe I found in a Taste of Home magazine years ago. I don’t make them quite as often now because it’s just the two of us and this make 30 rolls. But they sure are yummy! 

Oh, and about the second part of the post title…I was playing around with my camera, trying different settings. That’s why some of the pictures may look a little off. 

Ready for those yummy rolls? Let’s get started.

yeast roll recipe 

Whatcha Need

  • 1 package (1/4 oz) active yeast
  • 1/3 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar divided
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (110 to 115 degrees) divided
  • 1/2 cup butter melted
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup instant nonfat dry milk powder
  • 1 1/4 teaspoon salt 
  • 5 1/2 to 6 cups all-purpose flour

Putting It All Together

IMG_1940In a mixing bowl, add yeast, 

IMG_1941 1 teaspoon sugar 

IMG_1942with 1/2 cup water . Stir to dissolve. 


Let sit for a couple on minutes.

IMG_1944Add eggs. Looks like eyes. 

IMG_1945 Pour in melted butter. 

IMG_1946 I see a bear’s face. 

IMG_1948 Add the powdered milk, making ears, nose and a mouth. Just kidding. Do add the milk though. 

IMG_1949 Don’t forget the salt. And make sure you read the recipe correctly and add the full 1 1/4 teaspoon. Doesn’t taste right if you don’t. Just trust me on this on.  

IMG_1953 Add 3 cups flour,

IMG_1956the remaining water,

IMG_1958and sugar. 

IMG_1960Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes or until smooth.

IMG_1965Stir in enough of the remaining flour to form a soft dough. 

IMG_1966 What my soft dough looks like. Tried to find my bear in there, but it was gone. :(

IMG_1967 Turn onto a lightly floured surface. This is not a lightly floured surface. 

IMG_1969 Knead for 6-8 minutes. I usually just do it for 6 minutes. My hands get tired. Ok, no picture of this. Hard to knead and take a picture. 

IMG_1970 My ball of dough. 

IMG_1972Place in a greased bowl and turn once to grease the top. 

IMG_1973Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until double in size. That takes about 1 1/2 hours.

IMG_1977I was making Crock Pot Steak and Veges, so I put the bowl mix to it for the heat to help it rise. In the winter, I put the bowl on a heating pad, covered with a towel and on low. My kitchen is cool in the winter and this helps it to rise. 

IMG_1979 I would call that doubled in size, wouldn’t you? 

IMG_1980Punch it down. Just one punch. No need to beat it to death. 

IMG_1981Pinch of a small ball of dough. 

IMG_1982 That’s about how big I make them. 

IMG_1983Place in a greased baking pan. Actually it takes two pans. I use my 9 x 13’s.

IMG_1985Cover with plastic and let and let double in size. This time it takes 45 minutes. And this picture is one when I was playing with the manual setting. I still need to play around with it more. 


After they have risen, remove the plastic and bake for 17-20 minutes at 375 degrees. 

IMG_1991Don’t they look yummy? 

IMG_1993 You just had to see them out of the pan. 

IMG_1994Still playing with the manual setting.

IMG_1995Still playing. This isn’t a good picture at all. 

yeast roll recipeBack on the indoor setting. Still have a lot to learn about my camera. 

But for now, I’m enjoying my roll! 

Until next time,


Potluck Rolls
Yields 25
Homemade yeast rolls that are great with any meal.
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Total Time
3 hr
Total Time
3 hr
  1. 1 package (1/4 oz) active yeast
  2. 1/3 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar divided
  3. 1 1/2 cups warm water (110 to 115 degrees) divided
  4. 1/2 cup butter melted
  5. 2 eggs
  6. 1/4 cup instant nonfat dry milk powder
  7. 1 1/4 teaspoon salt
  8. 5 1/2 to 6 cups all-purpose flour
  1. In a mixing bowl, add yeast, 1 teaspoon sugar and 1/2 cup water . Stir to dissolve. Let sit for a couple on minutes. Add eggs. Pour in melted butter. Add the powdered milk and salt, 3 cups flour, the remaining water, and sugar. Beat on medium speed for 3 minutes or until smooth. Stir in enough of the remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Knead for 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl and turn once to grease the top. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until double in size. About 1 1/2 hours. Punch it down. Pinch off 25-30 small balls of dough. Place in a greased baking pan. Cover with plastic and let and let double in size. About 45 minutes. After they have risen, remove the plastic and bake for 17-20 minutes at 375 degrees.


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From My Least Favorite to My Favorite Room!

We have lived in this house for 24 years and I have never really liked our den. That is until now. Now, I love it! 

Before I show you everything, I’m going to give you some teasers and a warning. The warning is I’m not quite finished with it. There is still a blank wall I need to fill, but I have a project in mind for it. 

My before den.

family room decorating ideasThis room isn’t very big. When you factor in all the different openings/doors to this room, it doesn’t leave too many ways that the furniture can be arranged.  All these years, I have had the sofa and chairs shoved against these two walls. You can see one opening in this picture. Now imagine an opening to the breakfast room to the right of the picture and the backdoor to the opposite of the opening you can see. That was where I was standing to take the picture. 

Now for the teasers. 

family room decorating ideasFirst, I made slip covers for the two pre-owned couches. People have asked me why white. Well, white goes with everything. I can take them off to wash them and I can bleach them if needed. I think white looks clean and crisp. Besides, when we don’t have company, I keep the seats covered because I like to prop me feet on the couch, not to mention MM can come home really, really dirty some days. 

I made them from painters drop clothes. 

Small den decorating I bleached them white. I used three of them and they were about $26 each. 

family room decorating ideasI move the hutch from the foyer to this corner. 

family room decorating ideasI moved the old milk can from behind the backdoor to the side of the hutch. 

family room decorating ideasMM’s bottles were moved from the wall to above the door. He made the shelf for them to sit on. I plan on doing a post to show you how to build them. So easy! He also built the one in the background. 

family room decorating ideasThe arch/shelf isn’t new. MM built it years ago to solve my dilemma of having to paint all the downstairs the same color. It helps to divide the den from the foyer and hallway. 

family room decorating ideasThis little thing, which I found at a yard sale and have no idea what it is, I just liked it, was moved from the hallway to a wall. 

family room decorating ideasI hung my all time favorite yard sale find back up in here. I’m still mad at myself for breaking the original globe! 

family room decorating ideasThe table we bought back in May is still in it’s corner, but not used as a TV stand anymore. And I am loving how the curtain hides the router and all the wires that used to show. 

Teased enough? Okay! Here is the room now, from the four different corners.

family room decorating ideasAs you walk into the back door. I am in love with the curtains. They are really table clothes I found here. 

family room decorating ideasFrom the breakfast room. I have always wanted a couch where the one closest to you is. I think it makes the room feel cozy and inviting. 

family room decorating ideasWalking through the front opening. The mantle looks so empty right now. I actually have it decorated for fall, but took everything down so it wouldn’t look too seasonal. There are still a few hints of the season. Can you find them? Oh and MM built the mantle too. Years ago!

family room decorating ideas

Standing in the window corner. I warned you about the blank wall. The TV is in a temporary state. We are trying to decide if we should hang it on the wall. I am so glad we waited on that. Let me show you why. 

family room decorating ideasWe came across this beaut! It is the perfect width and height to be used as a TV stand. MM is going to sand it, patch the holes, take off the bottom that was added, paint it and add a board where the original drawer is missing. Not to close it in, but so that we can put the satellite receiver where the drawer used to be. Now the TV will be a little higher and not have to be hung, putting more holes in the wall.

You won’t believe how much it cost us! NOTHING!! We were taking some junk to the dump including some metal. Right in front of the dump there is a “flea market” where people set up on the weekends to have a yard sale. We were having to wait for another person to get off the scales at the dump and while we were waiting a man asked if he could have the metal. We gave it to him. After we threw away our stuff, we hit the yard sale. MM saw this, asked how much and the guy said $5. Then he recognized MM, for giving him the metal, and just gave it to us! I would have gladly paid the five bucks!! That was a steal! 

OH! My plans for the blank wall. I want to make a large clock to go up there. I think. haha. By the time I get to that project I may have changed my mind. I may just put the three small shelves that held the bottles back up with other stuff on them. What do y’all think? 

It has taken me a while to get the room like this. I’ve been working on it since August. I freshened the paint. It took two weeks just to make the slip covers. I had to save to get the curtains. I made the pillows. But the wait has been worth it. 

I’ve seen some changes in myself since August as well. I have asked God to make me a wife of noble character. In other words, a Proverbs 31 woman. He has shown me some attitudes that need to go to the dump. He has rearranged some beliefs to be more in line with Him. He is decorating me with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. I am learning to be more obedient to Him. The Proverbs 31 woman seems perfect, and maybe she is, but aren’t all things possible for God. If He wants me to be a woman of noble character, then that’s what He will cause me to become.

Hope you all have a great week! 

Until next time!


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My Favorite Halloween Porch Ideas

Halloween is just a couple of weeks away and I’m beginning to think about how to decorate my porch. I’ve been using the same old stuff for years and I think it is time for a change. And since my gift is improvision, I need some inspiration. So, let’s go look for some!

(Insert clicking on the tab opened to Pinterest)

My Favorite Halloween PorchesBrilliant! Putting lights on the steps to help Trick-or-Treaters see them. Yet, another one of those “why didn’t I think of that” ideas. Learning Express as a couple of more Trick-or-Treating safety ideas. I also like the soft lighting of the porch that comes from the lighted branches in the planters next to the door. 

black This simple but spooky porch was created using…wait for it…black trash bags cut into long, uneven strips attached around a shower curtain rod.  A couple of straw brooms and some candles and there you have it! 


OK! I know this isn’t a porch, but my daughter thinks we should really do this with our big oak tree in our front yard. It’s just two beach balls painted to look like eyes. If only you could get some glow sticks inside of them. 

candy bucket Awww! How cute! I could my kids old buckets for this. And how cool it would be to drop glow sticks in for night! Saw this idea here.

pumpkin witch I laughed out loud when I saw this! HGTV has so many great ideas!

tree porchOne of my all time favorites! The pumpkins are the base for the trees. It looks like holes were drilled for the trees (branches) to go in and the ravens add the perfect touch. Good Housekeeping featured this.

toads Another all time favorite! I couldn’t find the original source. :(

ghostNow this looks like something me and the kids would have done! Closeups of this porch can be found on the Better Homes and Garden site. 

ghost doorThe garland is a bit much for me, but I love the ghost on the door and the witches hats on the lights. No source for this. 

lighted ghost

I knew I should have gotten those tomato cages! This is the second good idea I have seen used for fall with tomato cages. You can go to My Cotton Creations to see how to make this as well as a lit up spider web. 

Those are my ten favs! Which one did you like best? 

Now to get started! 

Until later,


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Placemat Pillows

On one hand, I’m not really one to use placemats on my table. I think they are a hassle.

On the other hand, I think they are pretty. 

So what is a girl to do with such a dilemma? 

Use them for something else other than placemats! 

I was at the store the other day, looking at their fall items and saw the placemats. 

Placemat PillowsImmediately, the word “pillow” popped into my head. 

“Could I make these into pillows?” I asked myself.

I picked them up saw that they were sewn around the edges. Then I pinched the front and back to see if I could pull them apart. I could!

“By George, I think this will work!” 

I didn’t really say the “by George” part. Who says that anymore? 

Placemat Pillows

What do you think? 

Let me tell you how I did it. 

IMG_2003First, I made a pillow, actually four pillows, to put inside the placemats. I used the placemat as a pattern to know how big to make them. 

IMG_1632I ripped out the seam along one edge. 

IMG_1723I cut pieces of twine and ribbon to use to tie the openings shut. I cut enough for three ties, but I’m going to go back and add two more. Three just wasn’t enough. 

IMG_1721Then, using matching thread I sewed one of the edges back down, so the rough edges wouldn’t show. As I sewed it down, I also sewed the twine/ribbon in place. I forgot to get a picture of this. Just space them evenly along the edge. 

Flip it over and repeat for the other edge. My two edges were different colors, so I changed thread to match. 

IMG_2005Slip the pillow inside and tie shut. For the leaf pillows, I opened a side edge. (The shorter edge)



For the plaid pillows I opened the top (or longer) edge. Or was it the bottom? It doesn’t matter. Unless you have a picture with a definite picture on it. That might make a difference where you put the ties.

 Placemat PillowsFour new pillows in under 45 minutes. 

I made mine removable because I don’t have space to store pillows. I can find a place to store slip covers that can be flattened and folded. 

I’m already on the lookout for more placemats. Christmas, some blue and white ones. 

OH! You won’t believe the cost! $7 for the leaf pillows and $6 for the plaid! I would have paid $13 or more for just one already made pillow in the store!! 

While I was making these, the thought of rest kept coming to mind.

Pillow…you lay your head on a pillow…you rest while your head is on the pillow.

You rest because you are tired.

Then my mind wandered to resting in the Lord. Taking all my worries and concerns to Him when my soul is tired. Falling to sleep as I thank Him for all He has done for me that day, and waking up totally refreshed and ready to hit the floor running…well…after I have had my coffee and quiet time. Then I’m ready to run. 

Please tell me I’m not the only one whose mind wonders like that. 

I hope  you have as much fun as I did making these. I’d love to hear about yours!

Until then,


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Adorable DiY Scarecrow

I don’t know why, when I saw this scarecrow on Pinterest, that I thought it was made from a toilet paper tube. 

Adorable DiY ScarecrowI guess it was because it was brown like a toilet paper tube.

Or maybe I had my daughter on my mind and thought this would be a cute little project for her students. 

Or maybe it was my A.D.D. (Attention Decorating Disorder) kicking it.

Or maybe it was my A.D.D. kicking in. 

Whatever it was, it isn’t a toilet paper tube. It’s a Mason jar. How cute is that? You can find the directions for it here. Thank you, Sumo, for sharing this cute as can be Scarecrow. 

IMG_1674Mine, however, is made from a toilet paper tube. (Which will from now on through this post be called a tube.) This is a great project for small children (although an adult, that means you Mom, may need to cut it all out) or for an elementary classroom.

Whatcha Need

  • IMG_1654Toilet paper tube
  • Construction paper in white, orange, pink and gold
  • Yellow crape paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue stick
  • Pencil
  • Black marker

Putting It All Together

Adorable DiY ScarecrowCut out circles for eyes (from white construction paper) and cheeks (from pink paper). Cut a triangle for nose from orange paper.

IMG_1659Using a black marker, draw the dark of the eyes.

IMG_1660Using a glue stick, glue eyes, nose and cheeks onto tube.

IMG_1662Draw a smile on between the cheeks.

IMG_1663 Cut strips of crape paper. These are about 3 inches, but I would make them a bit longer. 

IMG_1666Cut some strips leaving about an inch at the top.

IMG_1667Put glue on the uncut part of the paper and stick in the inside of the tube. 

IMG_1669Bend the hair over the top of the tube. 

IMG_1670The hair was looking a bit too even, so I cut some of the strips shorter. 

IMG_1671Draw and cut out the hat. Add details.

IMG_1673Add some glue to the forehead. 

IMG_1674Stick on the house. Don’t smug your like I did. haha

Now proudly display your scarecrow on your mantle, a shelf or make it part of your centerpiece. 

Have fun! 



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