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Mama’s super soft Cinnamon Rolls

IMG_3450Cinnamon rolls remind me of Grandma’s house. They always smell soooooo good!

And they’re soft and gooey too.

Here’s my recipe based off my Grandma Bessie’s  recipe. Pretty much “No Fail!”  This doubles easily, and used for sticky buns, monkey bread, caramel rolls too.

You will need:

Yeast: (Either 1 pkg or  1 tablespoon)         1/2 Cup warm wate

1/2 Cup warm moo. Note: You can scald the milk f you want a sweeter dough.

1/4 Cup sugar                                1/3 Cup melted Butter

1 tsp Kosher salt (regular will do just fine too)      1 Egg- beaten

3- 3 1/2 ish cups flour.    1 Tbs Baking Powder (Optional)


~Heat oven to 350

~ mix (lightly) Yeast and warm water in small bowl and set aside to “proof”. -about 15 min-ish

~In a large bowl mix  warm milk, sugar, melted butter, salt and beaten egg.

~Add in about 2 cups flour and stir well.

monkey bread2~Add Yeast mixture.

~Add another cup of flour to make a soft dough. If it’s still ‘runny’ add some more flour.

~ turn out and knead a bit. . (I  do it about twenty times)

~put back in bowl and cover to raise until double in size.

~turn out and punch down. Roll into a rectangle about 1/4 +/- inch thick.

~Brush with melted or soft butter and sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on it. (I use Brown sugar and lay it on pretty heavy and then sprinkle cinnamon on top)

~Roll up. Cut into rounds and place  Cut side down on greased pan or cookie sheet. (makes 12-16)

~Bake  20- 25 min until golden brown. Remove. Cool. EAT.  (I always start checking at 15 min- every oven is different)

Notes to my kids who don’t cook:  *No rolling pin? Use a wine bottle or mini rollssimilar. *  Simple frosting: about a cup of powdered sugar, mix in 1 tablespoon moo and pour over.  *Add raisins or cranberries for more flavor * Scalded milk makes it more of an Italian Sweet Dough. * Yes-you Can use Margarine. * BakingPowder is NOT same as the Baking Soda you use in the fridge! * Want them to taste like Johnsons Corners rolls??? add Vanilla pudding to the mix. ~ Either a snack pak or 1/2 package dry mix. **if you use the snackpak you will need to add a bit more flour.  ***Monkey Bread~ instead of rolling out, tear into pieces and pile in a bread pan (pie pan, whatever) .  Mix 1 cup brown sugar and 3/4 cup melted butter and pour over top. Bake 350 for about 20 min.  *Make Minis by cutting dough in 1/2 and then rolling out to make baby rolls and use a muffin pan.

~~Other useless information:  Where I grew up there is a huge difference between Sweet rolls, cinnamon rolls, caramel rolls and sticky buns!!!!  ~~ Cinn Rolls are just plain, Sweet has the white or cream cheese frosting, Caramel has the Carmel frosting ON TOP. and sticky buns are bakes with the gooey and nuts in the pan.






The Trailblazers- Humor in small town business

It is in hindsight that I now understand how a bunch of Dreamers kept a town from dying.

At the time, I was trying to keep my little café afloat.

You see, we had bought our café, 130 mile E of Denver, sight unseen on a handshake at a football game. Of course, we didn’t actually Know we had Bought it when we shook Carl’s hand. Where we were raised, a handshake and a “see ya Thursday” meant that we would be there Thursday to LOOK. If we were interested, we would let him know and our ‘guy’ would call his ‘guy’ and it would all be done without us probably ever seeing each other again.

When we appeared on Thursday to look…. there were already men milling around. Peeking in the windows like kids. Literally. One old boy strutted right in and demanded to know when we were serving lunch and where the heck-o was the coffee? We tried to explain that we were there to LOOKand that it by no means meant it was done deal….  The men left.

They reappeared. One with bread and lunch meat. One with a new can of coffee from the grocery. One with mayo and mustard. The ringleader put it all on the counter and said “we’ll be back at noon.” and they left.

Us? Speechless.  Carl? Nonplussed.

So there we had it. A café in a town of 97 people.  No stock. No where to live.

What we had was youth. And nerve. And no idea of what the heck to do next.

Not long after we ‘outsiders’ moved in, another family moved to town. (Cope is actually listed as a village) They had been transferred out there because the husband worked at the gas company 45 miles away. Brenda decided she wanted Pizza. And video rental. That was fabulous. Right up until she wanted a liquor license in our itty bitty Dry town.  People were threatening to boycott anyone who supported her in it. (Despite the fact that dang near all of them were know to imbibe)

Against the hub’s wishes, I signed her petition to get a license. In the end, everyone but the ‘leading families’ signed and it became a reality.

Now, our little town had more traffic from outlying areas. People would come in from the country to rent videos, get beer and on the way home they would grab gas up the street, probably have dinner with us and maybe get a little bit of groceries to boot.

Soon Mrs. Fadenreckht and her dad shored up a falling down building on Main Street. They made it super cute using reclaimed barn wood and other cool scavenged items. Cory F brought in some greeting cards and balloons and then consigned handcrafted items from the locals.

Cope now had the ONLY gift shop in the area. Literally. A hundred mile round trip to the nearest gift shop.  The hidden local talent was amazing. There were truly some very gifted artisans out there.

Soon- Cory’s little store became THE go-to place for fabulous gifts. People came from all over the county and beyond.

 WE MADE A DIFFERECE!!!! If only for a little bit.


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