Keeping Up With the Jameses

Adventures in Modern Day Motherhood

Gratitude Month – Day 22 – Sunday Dinner November 22, 2009

Filed under: 406 — mommyoffive @ 9:10 pm

“I feel a very unusual sensation – if it is not indigestion, I think it must be gratitude.”  ~Benjamin Disraeli

(Just to be clear, this is not actually my picture.)

Actually, I’m just thankful for food in general.  Ice cream in particular.  But really, I find it amazing that my children have never known anything but a full pantry and three square meals a day (plus an afterschool snack). And I find it heartbreaking that so many children throughout the world don’t have such a blessing.

Sunday dinners are especially wonderful, because they usually involve a crockpot and a house full of yummy smells all day long.  Except for the days when I forget to get a roast out of the freezer.  Then we have pancakes or french toast.  But today was not one of those days.  We had roast beef, a ginormously HUGE pot of mashed potatoes, and some soft, fluffy Lion House Rolls.  And because I love you, I’ll share the recipe:


Lion House Rolls
  • 2 cups warm water (110-115 degrees)
  • 2/3 cup nonfat dry milk (instant)
  • 2 Tb. dry yeast
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/3 cup shortening (butter or margarine)
  • 1 egg
  • 5-5 1/2 cups flour, all purpose (bread flour can be used if you have it on hand)
In the large bowl of an electric mixer, combine the water and the milk powder and stir so the milk dissolves. Add the yeast to this mixture then the sugar, salt, shortening, egg and 2 cups of the flour. Mix on low speed of mixer until ingredients are wet, then turn to medium speed and mix for 2 minutes. Stop the mixer and add 2 more cups of flour then mix on low speed until the ingredients are wet, then turn mixer on medium speed and mix for 2 minutes. The dough will be getting stiff and you may need to remove the bowl from the mixer and mix in the remaining flour by hand. Add approximately 1/2 cup of flour and mix again. (This can be done by hand or mixer). The dough should be soft, not overly sticky, and not stiff. (It is not necessary to use the entire amount of flour). Scrape the dough off the sides of the bowl and pour approximately on tablespoon of vegetable oil all around the sides of the bowl. Turn the dough over in the bowl so it is covered with the oil. (This helps prevent the dough from drying out.) Cover with plastic and allow to rise in a warm place until double in size. Sprinkle a cutting board or counter with flour and put the dough on the flour. It is now ready to roll out and cut into desired shape and size of rolls. Place on greased (or parchment lined) baking pans. Let rise in a warm place until the rolls are double in size (approx. 1-1 1/2 hours). Bake in a 375-degree oven for 15-20 minutes or until they are browned to your satisfaction. Brush with melted butter while hout. Yields 2 to 2 1/2 dozen rolls.

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