Wednesday, August 28, 2013

baby Reese

Reese Ann Hodgkinson 
was born on Monday.
I love her already.
She is a mini Eliza.

I can't wait to spend more time with her.

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

under the sea

Eliza's birthday is really close to when Kristy will be having baby #2
so they did a little pool party Saturday to celebrate Eliza.

We had yummy lunch and swam.

It was fun!
I sure love that little Eliza.

Monday, August 19, 2013

texas roadhouse rolls + butter

Ryan loves Texas Roadhouse.
In fact, that might be an understatement.

He recently made the steak seasoning
and loves that he can do it at home now.

Well, Ryan was gone for the weekend camping with his brother,
so I decided to make more Texas Roadhouse things for dinner
to welcome him home.

We had steak, loaded sweet potatoes and the rolls.

These rolls are so yummy!
I made them before church so Ryan didn't get any hot out of the oven,
but they were best hot.
Nothing a little microwave can't fix!

I found this recipe on 365daysofbaking blog.
I even stole her pictures.


Texas Roadhouse rolls + butter

4 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/2 cup warm water
2 cups milk scalded and cooled to lukewarm
1/2 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar, separated
3 tablespoons melted butter, cooled slightly, plus additional for brushing
7-8 cups flour (I used about 7 1/2 cups)
2 whole eggs
2 teaspoons salt

In the bowl of an electric mixer, dissolve yeast in the warm water with the teaspoon of sugar.

With the dough hook attached, mix in the milk, remaining 1/2 cup of sugar, and enough flour to make a medium batter.  (I added about 2 1/2 cups of flour here.)
Mix thoroughly.
Allow to stand until light and foamy, about 8-10 minutes.

Add melted butter, eggs and salt.

Beat well.
Add enough flour to form a soft dough.

Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and allow it to rest for about 10 minutes.
While dough is resting, prepare a large bowl by spraying it with cooking spray.
Knead dough until it is smooth and satiny.

Place into prepared bowl and turn over, coating it with oil.

Cover bowl tightly with plastic wrap and set to rise in a warm area until double in size, about 1-1 1/2 hours.

Punch dough down.
On a lightly floured surface and with a lightly floured rolling pin, flatten dough into a rectangle until it is about 1/2-inch thick.  It's a pretty big rectangle, but I didn't measure it.

Fold the rectangle in half (short way - I know there's another way to say that, but I'm blanking out at the moment), so that it is about 1-inch in thickness, and lightly roll together to seal the sides together.

Allow to rest for 10 minutes.
With a dough scraper, cut into rolls.

Place rolls on a greased baking sheet.

Cover with a damp towel and allow to rise in a warm area until double in size, about 1 hour or so.

Preheat oven to 350 and bake rolls for 10-15 minutes or until lightly golden.

Upon removing from oven, brush tops with melted butter.
Serve with Cinnamon Honey Butter.

Cinnamon Honey Butter

1/2 cup butter (1 stick), room temperature
1/4 cup confectioners' sugar
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon cinnamon

In the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, beat the butter for approximately 30 seconds until lightly whipped.
Add confectioners' sugar, honey and cinnamon and beat until smooth and thoroughly combined, scraping down the sides of the bowl.
Continue beating on medium-high speed until light and fluffy, about 2-3 minutes.

Trust me, you'll want to make these.

Thursday, August 15, 2013


I love weddings.
Cute Jessi got married yesterday.
I met the Crosland's when Jessi was only 14 years old.
I swear she's not old enough to get married!

I am so happy for her
and so happy to have this amazing family in my life.

Monday, August 12, 2013


Last week was a long week.
I was so happy when Friday finally rolled around.
This weekend was just what I needed.

Friday night we just stayed in, 
ate french toast and watched a movie.

Saturday was usual cleaning and such.
Then we went to the temple.
If you haven't been since the Bountiful temple reopened this week,
You won't regret it.

Then we went to Settabellos for dinner.
So yummy!

Then we stopped by Summerfest in Bountiful.
We watched the last 20 minutes of the dancers.

Sunday we went to a baby blessing in Provo
then had dinner at my dads.
I think it's because we didn't really have a lot we had to do
that made this weekend so nice and relaxing.

Now if I could just have a few more days off.
Monday is the worst!

Friday, August 9, 2013


Yesterday we presented our check to the MS Society
of all the money we raised this year.

Four events:

Plus money donated by our customers.

We raised $272,467 this year!

That's the largest amount we have raised for MS to date.

We had a great year 
and I look forward to all these events again next year.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Brad Paisley

Friday night my dad took us to Brad Paisley.
It was a fun night!
I really like USANA for concerts.
And the weather was perfect.

Ryan doesn't like country music. At all.
He's such a good sport to go!