Rosemary Dinner Rolls

Rosemary has long been revered by many cultures for its internal benefits and energizing scent. I tend to have dry skin. One way that I use Rosemary essential oil to help with dryness is to blend the oil with Wintergreen and doTERRA lotion for a soothing massage experience. My skin has never felt so hydrated.

Rosemary is an aromatic, evergreen shrub whose leaves are frequently used to flavor foods such as stuffing, pork, roast lamb, chicken, and turkey. Along with its culinary applications, Rosemary has many benefits. Rosemary supports healthy digestion* and internal organ function.*Taken internally, it helps to reduce nervous tension and occasional fatigue.*Using aromatically, diffuse Rosemary while studying to maintain concentration or blend with Cardamom, Lemongrass, Geranium or Clary Sage for an energizing and uplifting scent.

Rosemary Dinner Rolls   Servings: Prep Time:45 Minutes, Cook Time:26 Minutes, Difficulty:Medium 

Ingredients:

  • 2 ¼ teaspoon active dry yeast
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar, divided
  • ¾ cup warm milk
  • 1 large egg
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 2 drops Rosemary essential oil
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg for brushing rolls, whisked
  • 3 ½ cups all-purpose flour, then more as needed

Instructions:

  1. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer whisk together yeast, warm water, and ½ teaspoon granulated sugar. Rest for 5 minutes
  2. Set mixer with hook attachment and mix in remaining sugar, warm milk, egg, melted butter, fresh rosemary, Rosemary essential oil, and salt on low speed.
  3. Add 2 cups flour and mix on low speed until combined. Slowly add in remaining flour until dough pulls away from the side of the bowl. Dough should be a little sticky.
  4. Knead for 7–10 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  5. Remove from mixer and cover bowl with a cloth for one hour or until doubled in size.
  6. Place dough on clean workspace and divide into 12 equal parts. Roll each part into a smooth ball and place into a greased 9×11 baking pan.
  7. Cover and let rise for one hour or until doubled in size.
  8. Preheat oven to 350° F
  9. Gently brush tops of rolls evenly with one tablespoon whisked egg. Bake in preheated oven until tops are golden brown, about 23–26 minutes.

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Three Uses For Baking Soda

Baking Soda is an item that you can use for a lot of things outside of the traditional ways such as grandma’s chocolate chip cookies. I bet you didn’t know these three ways that baking soda can help you…

  1. Remove stains from plastic food containers: Have you ever had leftovers in a container that left marks? Baking Soda can help clean it up! It is super easy too. Just wipe with a clean sponge sprinkled with baking soda or erase tough stains in a solution of four tablespoons of baking soda and a quart of warm water. That’s it!!
  2. Refresh a foul-smelling fridge: Seafood has a way of leaving a bad odors and no one likes that aroma. Stick some baking soda in your fridge for a few days and it will help clear that smell out!
  3. Clean store bought fruits and veggies: You have to be careful with everything that you purchase.  I wipe up and clean off everything that I buy. Clean your fruits and vegetables with a mixture of water & baking soda. This can remove both dirt and that waxy coating that comes on a product.
  4. BONUS ~ Scrub down kitchen surfaces: Kitchens can be dirty, but they need to be kept up with; cleaning with baking soda can be a great perk! Combine it with water to clean countertops, stainless steel sinks, microwaves, etc.

We love all the different uses for baking soda in our kitchen and try to use it whenever possible!

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Family Meals On The Go

By: Marla Bautista Ever wanted to find easy ways to survive busy days and maintain healthy eating habits for your family? In this article, I will give you a few tips that I use to feed my family on the go, stretch my family’s grocery budget, all while maintaining a healthy lifestyle.  I have a typical family size, five people; myself, my husband, two sons and a daughter. We are grazers.  We like to eat small portions of food throughout the day. Which mostly keeps us satisfied.  I do cook dinner every evening.  On a normal week, our family’s activities include five days of therapy for my son who has Autism and gymnastics for my daughter. My normal is probably most peoples, busy. 

I use Sundays to meal prep for the entire week.  I juice fruits and veggies for my husband, make breakfast sandwiches, and snack items for the children.  I have not started to meal prep dinners because… I have no clue why.  For lunch during the weekdays my husband takes a juice that I prepare in our swanky Breville Juicer.  I love this juicer because it is easy to use, easy to clean, and it is durable.  I purchased it on Amazon along with glass bottles to store the juice. I use a simple recipe that includes kale, spinach, apples, lemon, cucumbers, ginger and celery.  I prepare enough for the week, freeze them and take them out daily for his lunch.  The items cost about $20, which is less than eating out daily.

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  • For breakfast meal prep, I make a variety of foods. Today I’m going to talk about breakfast sandwiches.  I usually make breakfast sandwiches with English muffins, every now and then I use bagels, but I feel like they are often too heavy to eat every day. I use a recipe called Morning Muffin Makers from Allrecipes, it is easy and cost effective. You can swap out the items as you please, this recipe is fail proof. Check out the link below!
  • I love prepping snacks, it’s my favorite, and the options are endless! My children will pretty much eat any snack food you put in front of them! The meal prep containers I use are small and colorful.  I purchased them on Amazon.  If you haven’t noticed by now, I kind of an Amazon Prime mom! When I prep the kids’ snacks for the week, I rotate between cold and room temperature snacks. Our refrigerator space is limited, I try to do all cold snack items one week and all room temperature items the next.  Cold items are usually a yogurt or cheese, some pepperoni or salami and a fruit or veggie.  Room temperature snacks consist of crackers or Chex Mix, Raisins or Prunes, and beef jerky. These are a great after school snacks, it’s budget friendly and will suffice their appetites until dinner time.
  • Although, I currently do not prep my dinners for the week, I do try to plan what I will cook.  Some days I will put a frozen London Broil in the crockpot with some veggies and make potatoes or rice as a side dish.  I am sort of envious of all the Instant Pot hype I’ve been seeing. What do you think? Should I dive in, or will I have an Instant Pout?
  • A few tricks or alternatives when grocery shopping can often save some families hundreds of dollars per month.  Using coupons, I believe, is the number one way to save during your shopping trips.  You can get coupons from your local Sunday Newspaper, Coupons.com, and many stores have a loyalty card that can be used for increased savings. Make a meal plan prior to going shopping.  If you have a visual note of exactly what you need, you’ll less likely buy junk food or other random unneeded items. Try to limit your shopping around the 1st and the 15th of every month.  My husband gets paid around those dates and the price of food is usually a little higher at this time.  I like to shop on the weeks outside of payday, unless we absolutely need something during that time.

There are endless meal planning and prepping options.  Try a few and choose what works best for your family. Your meals can be whatever you want them to be. If they are nutritious and convenient for you and your family, that’s what matters. Conquer your family’s busy schedule and mealtimes without a fuss!

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  1. Morning Muffin Makers http://allrecipes.com/recipe/20682/muffin-morning-makers/
  2. Meal Prep Containers for Kids 
  3. Meal Prep Containers For Adults 
  4. Digital Food Scale 

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Meal Prep – Pasta!

Every once in a while we try to plan ahead with meals and do some serious cooking. A few weeks ago we had my mother in law in town and we decided to make gnocchi homemade with some Italian cookies! Plus homemade red sauce. UM yes to all of that!! My son loves some pasta so this was like a double win for us!

It’s times like this where meal prep is easier than ever. Double that recipe and freeze it! It’s so easy to do and will save you time. You don’t even have to cook the gnocchi before freezing it. When you want to eat it next time just pull it out and cook it. It’s super easy! You can add in some sausage or meatballs and garlic bread! It will literally save you time and a half, plus you will be able to eat healthy without any processed food!

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So the best part about this as well is that we have homemade sauce! We literally filled up 3-4 cans after using some for our dinner. Freeze those and re use them whenever you are ready for your gnocchi or next pasta dinner! We all know how much pasta sauce can really be so this is a huge saving for us pasta lovers!

Side note.. we save the glass pasta sauce cans.: they come in handy for times like these! It’s perfect for these times!  Win – win all around!

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