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Cinnamon Rolls


Cinnamon rolls are a holiday staple at our house.  We have them Christmas morning every year.  I tried one year to make them before I went to bed so they would be ready to pop into the oven the next morning but they rose and then fell before I woke up.  Now I just lay out everything I’ll need the night before and get up early to get them going.  This recipe came from a Family Circle magazine probably 15 or 20 years ago.  It was billed as the T.J. Cinnamon’s recipe.  It is so very good, I hope you’ll try it!

Start by dissolving two packages of yeast in 1/2 cup of warm to the touch water and 1/2 teaspoon sugar.  Let it stand for at least 5 minutes to get foamy.  In a mixing bowl, combine 3 cups all purpose flour, 1/3 cup sugar and 1 teaspoon salt.   At low speed, gradually add in 1 cup warm milk, 1/3 cup salad oil, 2 eggs and the yeast mixture until well blended.  Slowly add in another 1.5 cups flour and knead the dough for 10 minutes.  I knead mine with a dough hook in my stand mixture but you could knead it by hand on a floured surface.

TJ2The dough is smooth and elastic after kneading.  At this point, put it in a bowl with about a tbsp. of oil in it, cover with a clean towel and let it rise for an hour.

TJ3While the dough is rising, make the filling.  You’ll need 1/2 stick of butter at room temperature, 1 cup of brown sugar, 1/2 cup granulated sugar and 2 tablespoons of cinnamon.

TJ4Just mix all ingredients until they come together.

TJ5Here’s the dough after rising for an hour.  Turn it onto a floured surface.

TJ7Roll the dough into a rectangle approx. 18 by 10 inches.

TJ8Spread the cinnamon filling on top then roll it up on the long side.  You’ll end up with an 18 inch long log of cinnamon filled dough.  Cut the dough log into 14 equal slices.

TJ9Place the slices into greased 9 inch round cake pans.  This recipe makes two pans.

TJ10Cover and let rise for about 45 minutes.  Heres what they look like after rising.

TJ11Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes (until golden brown).  I remove them from the cake pan after about 10 minutes and glaze with a mixture of 1 cup confectioner’s sugar, 1 Tbsp. milk and 1 tsp. vanilla.   I hope you’ll give them at try, they will not disappoint!



RJRJ just can’t say out of the Mule.  If he’s not climbing on the seat, he’s exploring the back.  We don’t drive it into the pasture very often for this reason.  At least he doesn’t steal the keys like his daddy used to.

On Our Table

GH6Our broccoli is just coming in.   It’s awesome to have fresh produce from the greenhouse this time of year.  We picked some of it along with a kohlrabi for a stir fry last weekend.   We still have carrots,  beets, cabbage and peas to look forward to.

Merry Christmas

From everyone at Missing Willow Farm!

18 2015


19Kat and Maya haven’t ventured out of the barn just yet.  Kat is such a good mother, she’d rather keep her lamb safe and out of the cold than run with the flock.   She does, however, keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t have any fun without her.

Our First Ever December Lamb




Lamb4Surprise!  Kat had a little ewe this morning.  Our first of the season.   She had her in the little pasture (we had a hint that birth was eminent).  We moved them over to the nursery pen in the big barn first thing this morning.  Everyone had to come say hello!   I named her Maya because she was born the day before the Mayan apocalypse.  She says she’s not going anywhere…

A Beauty

GH4Kohlrabi is one of the many vegetables we have growing in our greenhouse.  It’s often described as a broccoli apple.  Supposedly you can bake it, fry it, cook and mash it or eat it raw.  I’ve only ever had it raw, it’s so good that way.  It’s going on our Christmas eve menu.  I’m going to chop it up and serve it with a lemon vinegarette.

Greenhouse Citrus

GH2Our lemons are ready to pick (yay!).  This is our largest harvest so far.  Will we be serving lemonade over the holidays?  Nah.  These are going into lemon drop cocktails and lemon pound cake.  Tis the season!

Wide Load

WideI think Mina will be the first goat to kid this season.  Although I think that every season because she carries very wide.  We called her Octomom last year and she only had one.  Whatcha got in there, Mina?  Whatever it is, I’ll bet it’s cute!

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