Special Equipment: Although not needed, these kitchen gadgets make this process a bit easier! (Details on the mat are below!)


Kneading away in my WelltonWorks rings!


Rolling away! The dough should be in a rectangular shape.


Spreading out the filling.


Rolling. Don’t be discouraged when the middle is too thick! Adjust away!


Using cotton kitchen twine to cut the dough.

Merry Christmas Dearlies!

Greetings from Coronado, CA!  I have been off the grid since my arrival on Sunday but am back!  Stay tuned on Instagram (@wearandbackagain) for updates from the beach!

I know this blog showcases mostly healthy fair, but I believe part of being healthy is not feeling guilty about the occasional indulgence.  My family will be the first to tell you I am not at all perfect at this, but I am working towards it.  When I do decide to treat myself, it better be really worth it.  My 3 all-time favorite treats (2 of which I have already had this week) are: Mootime chocolate ice cream with cookie dough (have had this since I was probably 5), pumpkin pie, and my wonderful mother-in-law’s orange rolls!  My Christmas present to you is THE RECIPE and all the tips and tricks on how to make them!

Here it is…

Start the dough in the morning or the night before depending on when you plan to serve the finished product.

Mix together:

1 cup shortening

2 teaspoons salt

¾ cup sugar


1 ½ cup warm water

2 envelopes of yeast

4 eggs, well beaten

Add alternately:

7 ½ cups flour

1 cup cold water

Mix any way you can, Kitchen Aid, electric beaters, or by hand. Dough will be very sticky.

Place in a large greased bowl, cover and refrigerate overnight. Or mix up early in the morning and refrigerate all day. Divide dough in half. Use lots of flour to keep from sticking.

For orange or cinnamon rolls, roll out in a large rectangle, spread with desired filling.

For dinner rolls, roll out in a round circle, cut 16 wedges, and roll up like croissants.

Let rise until almost double. Bake at 350 degrees, 10-12 minutes.

Fillings and Frostings

Orange Rolls

1-2 cubes of butter

Grated rind of one orange

1-2 cups powdered sugar or granulated sugar ( I like powdered best)

Mix all, and spread on dough.

Frosting 1

1 box powdered sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla

½ cup butter


Mix the first 3 ingredients; add cream until it is the consistency you want

Frosting II

1 box powdered sugar

½ cup butter

1 teaspoon vanilla

3 oz. cream cheese

Mix all together; add milk until it is the consistency you want.

Here are some tips!!

– The colder the dough, the easier it is to handle.  (My mother-in-law just texted me and told me it should feel like a baby’s bum!)

This mat is a dream and makes the process much easier.  FYI – Don’t use a knife on it.  (We used a plastic pizza cutter which is great.

– When you are rolling the dough, the middle will be fatter than the sides! Don’t worry!  The dough is forgiving, push, pull, smoosh as need be!

– After you cut the rolls, put them in a pan (try to keep similar sized rolls in the same pan) feel free to push them down a bit.

– Use cotton kitchen twine or a plastic pizza roller to cut the dough.

Before signing off and heading to a family dinner, I would love to leave you with this Christmas video that my darling husband shared with me.  I knew the story but love the way it is depicted here.  (FYI – Although I am sure this chocolate is amazing, I am not officially promoting it here!)

To savoring every moment (and sticky treat) this beautiful day.

Much Love,


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