No Knead Refrigerator Rolls

Here is another family favorite recipe that was added to the Heirloom Cookbook compilation.

butt rolls

My mom has been making these rolls for almost 40 years. They are a staple, and an expected addition to all family meals, gatherings and events.  About 25 years ago they were nicknamed, “Butt Rolls” by my adorable nephew, Tony. (Tony now has 7 adorable children of his own, a testament of how time flies!) You can see where Tony got the impression and named them such in this pic:


You can also make them into the clover leaf shaped rolls like these:

clover rolls

The recipe:

In a small bowl, combine:

  • 2 packages yeast
  • 1 cup warm, NOT hot water

Stir together and set aside.

In a large bowl combine:

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 teaspoons salt
  • 7 cups all-purpose flour

Stir together, and with a pastry cutter, cut in 4 tablespoons of shortening.

In a separate bowl, combine:

  • 2 eggs, room temperature
  • 2 cups warm milk
  • 3-4 drops yellow food coloring
  • Water & yeast from step 1

When combined, beat by hand into dry ingredients until smooth.

Transfer into oiled bowl, cover and let rise at room temperature until doubled into size.

Punch down and form into desired roll or loaf shapes and cover with towel until doubled in size.

Bake in preheated 425 degree oven until golden brown.

When you remove from oven, brush with melted butter or shortening immediately.

The dough can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 10 days.



Broccoli Cauliflower Salad



A work that will (hopefully) be in progress for several generations, my mom and I started a family heirloom cookbook for my daughter’s college graduation. Last year I scanned many recipes, and printed several that are in a custom binder. I still have many raw scans to work through. On this rainy day in Missouri I decided to work on a few more to add to the binder.


Below is an example of a page in the book. This dish is one of my daughter’s favorites, and she hopes to get it every time she visits her grandma.

Notice, we scanned the original recipe. Mom clipped it from the newspaper years ago, and when she decided it was a keeper she taped it to an index card for her recipe file boxes. Remind me someday to take a pic of her massive collection of recipes! I come from a family of foodies, and I suppose I passed that down to my daughter as well.

In the cookbook we like to add some photos of the person that introduced the recipe to us, and on some pages, we included some family history, shared memories of an event, or traditions from 70+ years ago.  Finding and scanning the recipes in the relative’s own handwriting is a fun thing to do. It preserves the recipe, the handwriting, the personality of the recipe in digital form, allowing multiple family members to have a piece of family history.

I’ll share some more as I edit more pages.  Let me know how your family is preserving its food related memories.

Broccoli Cauliflower Saladbcsaladpic

Did I Love You Enough?

As parents, we wear many hats, we walk in many shoes, and we sometimes have to take on multiple personalities. In the end, well there is never an end because we are parents of timeless beings, but…. when they are grown the main question that most of us ask is, “Did I/we love you enough?”

God gave us the gift of the most beautiful daughter in the world.


She is smart, witty, and like her mom and dad, a bit sarcastic. Keeping one step ahead of a child is hard enough. We had an extra challenge of staying a step ahead of a gifted child.  Early on we recognized her intelligence, amazing reasoning skills and accelerated thought process. We encouraged her to think outside the box while still having a toe inside the cube.  When you teach a child that the world is indeed round, they don’t subscribe to “the earth is flat” mentality.  Sometimes this very thing was used against us, LOL.  We would issue a new rule or guideline only to hear,  “Ok. But what if….” and we would scramble to deal with some of the possibilities.





She has this gift of charm. She could wrap us around her little finger just by flashing that smile. Especially her daddy.  Often it was a challenge to do the harder things that parenting requires; things like defining that fine line between discipline and punishment. It’s easy to chastise, and we did our fair share. It’s time-consuming to try to teach with the chastisement.

  • What did you do?
  • Why is it wrong?
  • Why did you do it?
  • How can you make sure you don’t do it again?
  • Do you need to apologize or make restitution?

I had read so many parenting books. I gleaned information. I implemented. I sometimes laughed out loud at the preposterous and ineffective outcomes. Sometimes I was laughed at. The experts didn’t know our child. We did. The experts didn’t know us. Our daughter did. The experts weren’t there when simple time-outs didn’t work anymore. They would have knee-slapped and probably shared the ridiculousness of some of our methods. They worked!

But still, I have to ask, “Did I love you enough?”

I made so many mistakes. So. Many. Mistakes. I offered apologies many times, but the mistake still remained.  Did I say, “I’m sorry,” enough?

There is never a finished product when it comes to children. Only legal age where they don’t have to listen to you any more. They don’t have to follow your rules any more. They don’t have to uphold your standards or morals any more. They don’t even have to pretend to subscribe to your philosophies any more.  That’s when you really ask, “Did I love you enough?”



The aged result of our endeavor at parenting is one that makes us proud. She’s 22, pursuing her Master’s Degree in social work, working for a philanthropic organization, and helping to change lives.  We can only HOPE that she’s truly happy. We can offer love and support. We can offer advice (sometimes too much!) and we can thrust our pride-swollen chests forward at each new accomplishment or great decision she makes.

Yet, we still question…… “Did we love you enough?”