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Wednesday, December 7, 2016

How to make the best Texas Cinnamon Rolls

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How would you like to make the Best Texas Cinnamon Rolls as Christmas gifts for your family and friends? 

But do you have too many things on your list and not enough time in the day?

Well, we are here today with a solution to get time back in your life and share with you one of the best recipes for these Texas Cinnamon Rolls!  

We will show you how to have the time to bake these big ol' Texas Cinnamon Rolls right in the middle of this busy holiday season.    

Are you tired of all the crowds and have you had enough of standing in line to check out at the stores?

Well, Walmart has an online shopping service that saves you time and effort by doing the shopping for you!  

And it's FREE!

Also it's local so you can drive up and they will load all your purchases in your car for you.   There's no waiting for items to be shipped.  

So before we start on these pans of Texas Cinnamon Rolls, we need to do a little shopping for our ingredients. 

Since we have Walmart Grocery-online grocery shopping with free pickup right here at our local store in Abilene Texas,
 I started this shopping expedition by going online to:

After I located my Abilene, Texas Walmart store by typing in my zip code, I registered and began shopping. (only have to register once)  

 I selected my needed items from a choice of fresh fruits/vegetables, dairy items, baking items, kitchen gadgets and table settings and.........

I even browsed all the Christmas decorations, Christmas lights, Christmas dishes and more. 

 I was able to easily check out using my credit card (or you can use your debit card) and  I chose a convenient appointment time to pick up my purchases.

I also downloaded the Walmart Grocery app for my iPhone and turned on the notifications.   
(Android Users: download the "Walmart Grocery Check-In" App)

Now we are all set for all our future purchases at:

Just prior to arriving at the store at my scheduled time, I received a notification my purchases were ready via the App which displayed this check-in screen. With a simple click of the "Check In" button, I was able to let them know when we were on the way. (The App will not show my exact location but only how many minutes away I am)
I also received an email, no way would I miss this appointment

I was a little concerned that we wouldn't easily find the designated parking location.    But upon arriving at the store, there were signs on the pavement directing us to the correct location, signs on the side of the store, and the 6 reserved parking places were well marked.    Easy peasy!!     

We were not the only ones utilizing this service on this cold morning and I noticed one young mom in the car next to us with two small little ones in the back seat.   
 thought what a great service for her, she is able to pick up her purchases without getting those babies out in the cold weather. 

In less than 5 minutes, a nice young man arrived with our groceries and loaded them in the back of our car.
I am still so impressed that everything from butter to whipping cream, to a fresh pineapple, napkins, and a pastry brush were all able to be purchased without going into the store.   

We have already decided this is a service that we are planning on utilizing often in the future.    

Why do I love this service?  Let me count the ways:

1.   It's FREE!  No service charges and it's the same every day low prices found 
      in stores.

2.   Easy and Fast.  Make your choices online and select your pickup time and    

3.   Your car is loaded with all your purchases in just minutes

4.   The pickup area is well marked at my local Walmart and easy to find

5.   I was able to shop at Walmart from the privacy of my home

6.   I was able to purchase everything from fresh produce and dairy items to     
      Christmas lights to staples such as paper plates or towels

7.   Walmart's team pick the freshest items-Guaranteed or your money back

8.   And Walmart has extended their choices for the Holidays so you can order   
      all your holiday dinner items such as a turkey or ham, potatoes, table    
      decorations and linens or prep items such as pastry brushes, roasting pans,etc

Now for the second treat today!  We saved so much time with our shopping that we have time to bake Texas Size Cinnamon Rolls for holiday gifts for our family and friends.

In fact, it took longer for my Dough to rise from this:

To this:

Then it did for us to pick up our groceries at Walmart.

When we called these Texas Cinnamon Rolls, we knew they had to be big!  This is just half of the dough, it looks like we should have plenty for our family and friends.

Be sure not to place these rolls too close together since they will need plenty of room to rise.  

For a different look to your Texas Cinnamon Rolls, they could also be placed on a large cookie sheet farther apart to allow for the sides to brown.     

These Rolls don't even need the frosting, they are so good without it but it sure doesn't hurt them!  

There is nothing like baking with love for your family and friends but it's not fun when it has to be rushed. 

Now that I know our local Abilene Walmart Store (located at 1650 Tx 351) has this great grocery onlineshopping and I have time back in my hands, my family and friends will be reaping the benefits.

I am feeling like a #GroceryHero with this #TimeSaver #StayedInTheCar service. Yeppers, It's a #LifeChanger

 Do you want to get time back in your hands and to become a #GroceryHero also?  

Then check out Walmart Online Grocery Shopping today!   

The Best Texas Cinnamon Rolls
    • 1½ sticks unsalted butter (3/4 cup of butter), at room temperature
    • 1 cup milk
    • 3//4 cup plus 1 teaspoon sugar
    • 1 1/4 teaspoons salt
    • 3- 1/4-ounce envelopes active dry yeast
    • 1/2 cup warm water
    • 5 large eggs
    • 8½ to 9½ cups all-purpose flour
    • 5 cups packed dark brown sugar
    • 2 1/2 sticks unsalted butter (1 1/4 cup of butter), at room temperature
    • 3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
    • 8 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
    • 1/4 cup heavy whipping cream
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 3 cups powdered sugar
    For the dough
    1. In a small saucepan add butter, milk, 3/4 cup of the sugar, and the salt. Heat until the butter is melted, remove from heat and set aside.
    2. In a large mixing bowl, add warm water, sugar, and salt, stir to dissolve. Sprinkle the yeast over the water mixture, stir, and set aside in a warm place for 10 minutes to proof, until the mixture appears foamy.
    3. In the same mixing bowl, add the lukewarm milk/butter mixture to the yeast mixture
    4. In a small bowl, beat the eggs then add to the mixing bowl and beat until well combined.
    5. Add the flour 1 cup at a time, stirring and using enough flour to form a stiff dough. Either use a dough hook on a mixer or turn out on a floured board and knead until smooth and satiny, about 10 minutes.
    6. Place the dough in a very large bowl that has been buttered, turn to butter the top, and allow to rise, covered loosely with a kitchen towel, in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
    For the filling
    1. In a large bowl add brown sugar, room temperature butter and cinnamon. Beat with a mixer until well combined.
    To assemble
    1. Punch the dough down and divide in half.
    2. Take one half and roll out to a large rectangle, about 24 x 12 inches.
    3. Butter two 9 x 13-inch glass baking dishes or two baking sheets with a lip
    4. Spread half the filling evenly over the surface of the dough.
    5. Starting on a short side, roll the dough up into a log, then cut the log crosswise at 2-inch intervals
    6. Place the rolls in one buttered dish spacing them at least 1 inch apart
    7. Repeat steps 2-6 with the other half of the dough
    8. Cover loosely with a kitchen towel and allow to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
    9. Preheat the oven to 350˚F.
    10. Bake the rolls for 20 to 30 minutes, or until puffed and browned. Cool to room temperature in the pans on racks.
    For the frosting
    1. Add cream cheese, whipping cream, and vanilla in a medium bowl beat with an electric mixer until well combined.
    2. Add the powdered sugar and beat until smooth.
    3. Frost the cooled rolls
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    Monday, December 5, 2016

    The Wine Cork Wreath you need to make this year

    Wine Cork Wreath for Christmas
    Do you save wine corks but not sure exactly what you wish to do with them?
    We have a wine cork collector/holder on the bar, and it has filled up several times over the years and I haven't had the heart to throw them away. 

     I would dump them in a collection box in my craft room awaiting some great project.  

    We have been saving wine corks like this for years and the collection has grown and grown. 

    Well, the great project has finally arrived, this Christmas Wine Cork Wreath is exactly what all those corks have been waiting on. 

    But whether you have been saving wine corks or not, this project will be a great addition to your holiday decorating and wine corks can always be purchased.    

    Materials Needed:

    1.  Styrofoam wreath (size depends on amount of corks you have)

    2.  Assorted Wine Corks  (Let me tell you a little secret, even if you don't have a "stash" of used corks, you can purchase them from Amazon!  (Click for wine corks)

    3.  Christmas Floral Greenery and Cranberries

    4.  Hot glue gun

    We had corks in our stash that were sorta plain and not as pretty and since we need at least two layers, we started with the plain corks.

    Set aside some of the most unusual or interesting corks and save them for the top layer of the wreath.  

    Apply hot glue to the back of each plainer cork or those you decided to be on the first layer and place it to cover as much of the foam wreath as possible in a haphazard fashion.     

    After the wreath is covered with corks, start a second layer, gluing the prettier corks or your favorite winery's corks in a haphazard fashion covering the first layer of corks. 

    If you are not lucky enough to find the perfect arrangement of greenery, the sprigs can be cut apart then glued together in an arrangement of your choosing.  We added some of the same cranberries in our floral arrangement as we would be placing around the wreath. 

    Hot glue the completed greenery arrangement to the top of the wreath or if you wish to the bottom or sides.  

    Cut the cranberry sprays into small bunches or glue bunches together and place them around the wreath and hot glue them. 

    Hot glue a hanger on the back to hang it on your door.  This Christmas wine cork wreath would also look beautiful in a foyer or on any inside wall. 

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     ** Also, just a tip, do not let these corks get wet, this wreath is not to be hung out in the weather.  

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    Sunday, December 4, 2016

    Buy Dr Pepper At Walmart: Score Sweet Rewards!

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    Score awesome prizes this season when you buy $10 worth of Dr Pepper products at Walmart!  The Dr Pepper Rewards Program lets you earn points for buying Dr Pepper. Simply upload an image of your Walmart receipt with your purchase of Dr Pepper products. Earn points toward scoring a reward!

    Choose from $5 Walmart eGift Cards, cooler bags, and more. Learn how you can earn your way to an end zone filled with awesome prizes at

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    Friday, December 2, 2016

    35 of the best Cookie and Bar recipes you need to make now

    If you are looking for a list of cookie and bar recipes that even your grandmother would love, you have landed in the right place. 

    We have searched the globe and gathered together a collection of 35 of the best cookie and bar recipes that you need to make now. 

    Some of these cookies are family favorites passed down over time and others are brand new creations that will satisfy your sweet tooth.  

    As you know Christmas is all about cookies, cookies to give, cookies to take, cookies for Santa or just cookies to go with your cup of hot chocolate.  

    And if you find yourself in a hurry, we have included bunches of bar recipes to get all the goodness of a cookie but in one easy pan.   

    So get ready to lite that oven and share, share and share.  

    Candy Cane Cookies

    Salted Caramel Dark Chocolate Brownie Cookies

    Candy Cane Chewy Cookies

    Chocolate Crunch Bars

    Chocolate and Vanilla Swirl Cookies

    Cinnamon Bear Cookies

    Apple Bandits

    Magic Cookie Bars

    White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Cookies

    Grandma's Old Fashioned Peanut Butter Cookies

    Mint Dipped Double Chocolate Cookies

    Spiced Shortbread Cookies

    Breakfast Cookies

    Chocolate Peppermint Bars

    Cherry Almond Cookies

    Oatmeal Cinnamon Chocolate Chip Bars

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