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Homemade Fluffy Holiday Dinner Rolls

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Homemade Fluffy Holiday Dinner Rolls

Posted on 14 November 2012 by noelskitchen

I love these Fluffy Holiday Dinner Rolls. I make them every year during the holidays because this recipe makes the most fluffy and light, perfect for that gravy scraping roll, you’ll wonder why you even bought rolls from the store. I started making them for Thanksgiving a few years ago and my family loved them, so they have become a regular part of our Thanksgiving menu. If you thought making your own rolls was hard, then you have to try this recipe. You’ll be so glad you did.

Homemade Fluffy Holiday Dinner Rolls

Makes: 12 rolls 


  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup butter (4 Tablespoons)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 4 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 1/2 cups bread flour*
  • 1 Tablespoon active dry yeast
  1. Pour milk in a microwave safe container or bowl. Chop butter and add it to the milk. Microwave milk and butter for 1 1/2 minutes.
  2. While the milk and butter are in the microwave warming, turn on the tap to get your hot water.Temperature is VERY important to get your rolls to rise quickly. Cold water will make your rolls rise slowly. I usually put my finger in the water to test it. You want it to be just on the edge of unpleasant.
  3. Put your milk/butter and hot water in the bottom of your bread machine.  Add the sugar and salt. Then add the flour. Then the yeast.
  4. Turn your bread machine to the dough cycle and press start. (Usually runs for about 1:30). Using the bread machine to do all the work for you will free up some time for you to tackle other tasks on your Thanksgiving list. Of course you could always make the rolls a day or two ahead of time and freeze.
  5. Coat the inside of a 9×13 baking pan with butter.
  6. Spray your counter, or a cutting board lightly with cooking spray. Lay your dough on top of it. Take a sharp knife, spray it with cooking spray and cut your dough into 12 pieces. Make them as equal as you can….perfection  of course is not necessary.
  7. Gently round them into balls, and put them in your buttered 9×13 pan.
  8. Cover with a dish cloth and let them rise in a warm spot for about 20 minutes or until they have risen about 1 inch above the rim of the pan. (You could also preheat your oven to 170 degrees and let them rise in the oven for 20 minutes).
  9. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees or if you already have it heated to 170, leave your pan in the oven and turn the heat up to 350 degrees. Bake for 15 minutes. This time includes the time it takes the oven to increase in temperature. If your oven takes a long old time….you will of course need to increase the time baking. Bake until golden brown.
  10. Brush with a little softened butter and serve warm.


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Weekly Meal Plan November 4-10, 2012

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Weekly Meal Plan November 4-10, 2012

Posted on 05 November 2012 by noelskitchen

Happy Monday! I’m happy to be back on track this week with our Weekly Menu Plan after a bit of craziness of house cleaning and yard work preparing for the house painters. The outside of the house is getting painted this week and the painters were here yesterday prepping the house. I can’t begin to tell you how much you can accumulate in a 3-bedroom, garage, shop/office over 7 years. When we moved up here from the bay area, a huge moving truck came with us hauling just about everything and you’d be amazed that there is still stuff we haven’t gone through. 

We took a bit of a break on Saturday and went thrifting at the thrift shops and stopped to check out a few garage/yard sales. I’m always on the lookout for vintage kitchen items or any Pampered Chef kitchen items I don’t have from being a consultant a couple years ago. I found the perfect size Tupperware container to store 5lbs. of flour, a Pampered Chef herb keeper, a Glasbake baking dish and I picked up a few small ice cube trays so I can make Homemade Fruit Snacks for the kids. (recipe to post later.) You can read all about our treasures finds on Thrift Store Hoppin’ Monday over at Grumpy Treasures, our local/online thrift and consignment store.

Besides the house getting painted this week, we should have a somewhat easy and relaxing week.  Relaxed and easy can be a good thing though, especially with the holidays and a few birthdays fast approaching. Things will definitely become hectic and crazy then! I started testing out my Thanksgiving menu yesterday with Fluffy Bread Machine Holiday Bread Rolls. I tweaked the recipe and changed the name a  bit because I like both versions of the recipe and this will help me differentiate the two.  I’ll share the revised recipe with you this week.

Now on with this weeks menu.

My weekly meal plan and shopping list is completed and posted on our fridge:

Breakfast options: 

(served with fruit)

French toast casserole
Biscuits and Sausage Gravy
Scrambled, Fried, or Hard-Boiled Eggs
Breakfast Burritos
English Muffins
Homemade Bread
Breakfast Cookies
Mini Apple Pies

Lunch options:

Sandwiches or Wraps (Tuna salad, egg saladchicken salad, turkey salad, leftover meats, grilled cheese, blt, pb&j)
Leftovers from dinner
Baked Potato
Homemade Pizza Pockets

Suppers Your Family Will Love

Need ideas for your weekly meal plan? It’s time for another weekly menu.  I enjoy menu planning because of  the simplicity it provides for my life. It enables me to decrease my grocery shopping excursions to twice a month and it allows me to  have more free time to focus on my family and home. For ideas in the weekly meal plan, we’ll be focusing on a variety of family meals. You’ll find the recipes on the weekly meal plan also available on my Recipe Index page with a grocery list included.

Dinner (recipes will post throughout the week, given time to cook and photograph :) )

Note: an asterisk* means it’s from the freezer

Sunday:  Sunday Supper~Zesty Baked Ranch (using homemade Ranch dressing) Chicken, Homemade Stuffing, Fluffy Bread Machine Holiday Bread Rolls

Monday: Breakfast for Dinner~Breakfast Bowls and Fruit Smoothies

Tuesday:  Spaghetti and Crock Pot Meatballs, Garlic Jalapeno Bread, Green Garden Salad with Homemade Ranch Dressing~Don’t forget to vote!

Wednesday: Baked Potato Bar

Thursday: Beans and Rice with Toppings

Friday: Family Favorites Night ~Rice Bowls with Chicken, Pot Stickers* and Stir-Fry Veggies

Saturday: Soft Tacos*, leftover beans and rice

For more great family recipes, be sure to visit my new recipe box page.

What’s cooking at your house this week?

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Thanksgiving Menu Planning

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Thanksgiving Menu Planning

Posted on 01 November 2012 by noelskitchen

Yes folks, it’s November 1st and we all know what that means…the countdown to Thanksgiving has officially begun. Yes, whether we are ready or not it will be here before we know it.

I’ve really found the best way to tackle Thanksgiving dinner along with appetizers, drinks, etc. is to get myself prepared ahead of time, make a plan and follow the schedule. If this is your first family Thanksgiving dinner or your 20th, you’ll find that following a schedule, like the one I shared last year, in my Plan A Easy Thanksgiving Dinner, you can be sure to have an easy Thanksgiving dinner and you’ll have more time with friends and family.

Writing out your menu and Thanksgiving shopping list ahead of time, will help you be prepared and in control of your day. Knowing exactly what needs to be prepared two days ahead, one day ahead, etc. can make your life a little easier.

Here’s my Thanksgiving Menu and I’ll be sharing the recipes this month:


Veggie Tray with Homemade Ranch Dressing

Bread Bowl Artichoke Dip

Moms Deviled Eggs

Main Course

Roasted Turkey with Herb Butter

Side Dishes

Crock Pot Sage and Sausage Dressing

Homestyle Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

Green Bean Casserole

Butter Pecan Sweet Potatoes

Homemade Cranberry Relish

Homemade Fluffy Holiday Dinner Rolls


Pumpkin Pie

Old Fashioned Pecan Pie

Homemade Banana Pudding Dessert

What’s on your family’s Thanksgiving menu this year? 

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