Kitchen Conversations & Butterflake Orange Rolls

I’d like to introduce you to my better half – my best friend.

The Father of our four daughters, our great provider, and my warm place.

As I’ve been in comment heaven . . . he ruined it,

with the look .

I could barely look at him . . . so I didn’t!

O.K.  O.K.

I confess!

You all knew it anyway.  I had to come clean before Sunday.

It wasn’t a lie . . . It was just April Fools, and it was fun.


I was utterly racked with guilt, and humiliation –

as my husband reminded me . . . “I should be!”

From the bottom of my heart, I thank you for all the sweetness.

I’ve never had comment sweetness before, and I became a glutton!

p.s… husband told me to say that.

But see . . . now I can call you all friends!


I will let you know very soon . . . who won the Spring green and the Flirty Pink Aprons. 

It will be on my next post.  I think I might even give away 4 of them!

It’s my way of repenting.

 I thought I better bake something.  Something Simple.  Something Delicious.

It’s my way of sending sweetness back to you.  Wish I could deliver them in person.  I would you know!


Here’s what’s been cooking in my kitchen today, in between Conference . . . which was Splendid.

Good-bye Comments. It’s been so nice meeting your all.  I will Miss you Greatly.

The End



I think we should make them together . . .Don’t me mad now.

Get back in this kitchen!

Start by thawing some Texas size Rhodes Rolls. 

I thawed 12 of them.

Grab yourself a nice juicy orange.

careful now . . . don’t get the white stuff, cuz it’s bitter!

this to . . .



 and they listened . . .


Smell – a – vision 

Thanks again everyone – You’ve warmed my heart




12 Rhodes Texas Rolls, thawed but still cold
zest from 1 large orange
3/4 cup sugar
1/3 cup butter, melted

1 cup powdered sugar
1 tablespoon butter, melted
2-3 tablespoons fresh orange juice


Cut each Texas roll into 5 equal pieces. Flatten each piece slightly. In a small bowl, combine orange zest and sugar. Dip both sides of each roll piece into butter and then orange sugar mixture. Stack five pieces together and place, on their sides, in a well sprayed muffin cup. Cover with plastic wrap and let rise until double in size. Remove wrap and bake at 350°F 15-20 minutes. Remove from pan immediately and place on cooling rack. Combine icing ingredients and mix well. Brush over rolls while still warm.  

Notes: *Zest: The thin outer peel of an Orange

  • Yvonne Feld - 04/03/2010 - 8:30 pm

    Wow, let me be the first to say… Thank you thank you thank you for letting that just be a joke! Wow, I was going to be really sad to not see all of your delicious recipes. Also, you have my dream kitchen…gorgeous!ReplyCancel

  • Amberdawn - 04/03/2010 - 9:13 pm

    Now that I have commented, I can’t count myself as a blog stalker anymore. I’m going to feel obligated to comment every now and again! 🙂 Your husband is so cute and your kitchen is AMAZING!!! I’d be cooking all the time in a kitchen like that!ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - 04/03/2010 - 9:26 pm

    The rolls look wonderful and I can’t wait to get my apron…tee hee! I am feeling lucky.ReplyCancel

  • Jill Bird - 04/03/2010 - 9:31 pm

    Thank you thank you thank you for letting it be a joke. I love your website…ReplyCancel

  • Audrey Dye - 04/03/2010 - 9:36 pm

    I am so glad that was a joke!! I love all of your recipes!! YUMMY!!! I am a young wife and mother of two and your delicious recipes make making dinner so easy! ThanksReplyCancel

  • Valerie M. - 04/03/2010 - 9:40 pm

    Well, that’s one way to get to know how many people LOVE you! 🙂
    Glad you’ll still be open to all of us so we can drool over your gorgeous photos.

    Beautiful kitchen!! And the two of you make a very nice looking couple. Thanks for this recipe. I have it in a cookbook, but you made it look even easier and way too delish to not make. Happy Easter.ReplyCancel

  • Jessica - 04/03/2010 - 9:54 pm

    That’s too funny:) I am looking forward to some more yummy recipes. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • JENN - 04/03/2010 - 10:12 pm

    Ha Ha Ha, that was such a good joke! Anyway, I love your kitchen and that picture of you is beautiful. Thanks for all the great recipes. By the way, I love the combination of cinnamon, coconut and orange together ever since I tried your orange rolls to die for recipe (and they really are to die for – best I’ve ever had – true story!).ReplyCancel

  • Chantri Keele - 04/03/2010 - 10:35 pm

    Dad is so Good Lookin! And the bottom of the orange rolls look so yummy gooey and chewy, just the way I like things! YUM. Amazing pictures too!!! LOVE YOU.ReplyCancel

  • Lori Harris - 04/03/2010 - 10:37 pm

    Ahh… beautiful kitchen. I love it and I will have to try your orange roll recipe soon. Looks so yummy.ReplyCancel

  • Cindy Duffy - 04/03/2010 - 10:44 pm

    I’m having the greatest laugh right now, and I’ve never met you in person! And thank you for just playing a great April Fool’s joke and not really closing it off. We have similar cooking styles and I like checking in on your recipes!ReplyCancel

  • Maria - 04/03/2010 - 11:20 pm

    That looks amazing!!! .. can I ask if you have a recipe to make the Texas Rolls??? THANKS!!!ReplyCancel

  • Tami Ottley - 04/03/2010 - 11:26 pm

    I told my husband that you were going private… he ordered me to write AS MANY reciepes as I could before the 8th! (My hand thanks you!) I actually just pulled out my Rhodes rolls for breakfast during conference tomorrow. WONDERFUL!

    Thank you!

  • Brandi - 04/04/2010 - 12:10 am

    I can completely hear that kitche conversation… plain as day in my head! And that look…you captured it compeletely (and look how handsome dad looks in that picture). I am so sorry that you had so much guilt, I think I would have keep the goodness coming. I think it is such a great feeling to feel loved! Your kitchen looks absolutely beautiful in that picture, and you are as georgeous as always! Mom I just think that your amazing and the time that you put into this blog is just wonderful. I love and appreciate it so much. You are one excellent cook, and I am a daughter in training…and NEED this site to help me! Happy Easter! Hope your able to enjoy conference in your pj’s with your hair all a mess! (I really don’t think you will, but it sounds nice). Love Bran (PS I don’t think your going to hell!!!)ReplyCancel

  • Laurel - 04/04/2010 - 3:50 am

    I think I came back 4 or 5 times yesterday to see if you had posted yet again! BTW, your kitchen is absolutely beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Rebecca - 04/04/2010 - 9:33 am

    I have kitchen envy! What a beautiful place to cook for those you love the most 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Lynn - 04/04/2010 - 10:58 am

    I’m with Amberdawn. You pulled some of us from the shadows, and now it will be easier to comment. So don’t say goodbye to the comments. They’ll be more plentiful, now! I gasped when I saw your kitchen, and then went to Heaven. No WONder you love to bake! You have the perfect place for it! Oh, and your husband? Beautiful guy! You make a striking couple. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Aubree - 04/04/2010 - 12:38 pm

    Ok… you got me… you got me really good! I was totally fooled. As I’m sure many others were, too! 🙂 But hey, at least you have a good sense of humor, right?! I love that your husband called you on it, though. You gotta love ’em!!! They’ll keep us on the straight.

    Your kitchen is heaven. Literally, do you get excited just stepping in? I know I would… GORGEOUS!!!ReplyCancel

  • Christal - 04/04/2010 - 1:53 pm

    I love your kitchen!! Beautiful! And the orange rolls make me fat just looking at them lol!! Glad your not really going private didn’t think you were! But I still hope I win a green apron!! Have a great conference weekend and happy Easter!!ReplyCancel

  • De Ann Anglesey - 04/04/2010 - 2:20 pm

    You are such a great cook. I love to see your recipe and read your blog. I am Gray’s Aunt Dee/ I would love to have your kitchen. Please add me to your growing list that are wishing we could be more like you. Have a great Easter. DeeReplyCancel

  • kati - 04/04/2010 - 4:36 pm

    Whoa! So Glad it was a joke! I love your site and all of your creations… Well my Family and Friends really love your creations, they can’t get enough! Happy Easter!ReplyCancel

  • Lori - 04/04/2010 - 5:32 pm

    Okay I kept thinking why? With all this beautiful food, advertising, readership… I am glad. I will be following your blog now. Lots of really nice recipes.ReplyCancel

  • Lynn - 04/04/2010 - 6:29 pm

    LOL!!! I knew it. We LOVE you Jonna! There was NO way you could go private with all these GORGEOUS photos and recipes that MUST be shared with the WORLD! ; D

    P.S. LOVE LOVE LOVE that photo of your husband. Too sweet and too funny. Good one.

    And now you know how much you are read and loved.ReplyCancel

  • katie welsh - 04/04/2010 - 9:10 pm

    I love your blog. And love your recipes. And may I add…If my kitchen looked like yours I would get off my butt and bake more often 😉 Absolutely beautiful!ReplyCancel

  • Wendy Brown - 04/05/2010 - 10:04 am

    I love your sense of humor as well as your recipes. Your kitchen is to die for. I had recently requested to be added to your April Fools list and I want to know if you sell your adorable aprons? I also want to know how you stay so thin making all these scrumptious,fattening treats.Thanks for your inspiration.ReplyCancel

  • Cija Cooksey - 04/05/2010 - 10:38 am

    Phew!! Glad to hear you are not going anywhere!ReplyCancel

  • ingrid - 04/05/2010 - 11:59 am

    Okay, I’m confused. Like uh, really confused. LOL Help?!

    Man, you’re torturing mw with those rhodes rolls. You know I never found the TX size ones just the regular. Do you keep yours in the freezer? I can never remember to take them out in time to make your recipes as the thaw time is like FIVE hours. I will though soon as I have two bags of those suckers and you just keep pumping out these killer recipes!

    Hope you had a blessed Easter!

  • sherry - 04/05/2010 - 1:39 pm

    Orange rolls oh my I think I have to go shopping so I can make these.ReplyCancel

  • Tia Stokes - 04/05/2010 - 2:36 pm

    Oh. Wow. My mouth is watering…, overflowing right now. Must make these tonight. So glad about the april fools joke. Whew!!!ReplyCancel

  • Mimi - 04/05/2010 - 4:27 pm

    So glad that was a joke, I really enjoy your recipes. You have a beautiful kitchen.

  • jenny lunsford - 04/06/2010 - 5:34 pm

    Oh my CUSS! I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED your orange rolls! I’m definitely trying these next! Oh and my neighbors fell in love with those orange rolls, too! Phew, I’m so glad you’re not going private, silly girl! I LOVE YOUR KITCHEN! Can I be your fifth daughter and move in? Just teasing! 😉 I told Justin that when we move to another house, someday, my decision on buying the house will be the KITCHEN! Love ya! JennyReplyCancel

  • kristen - 04/07/2010 - 10:23 am

    nothing like an April Fools joke that keeps going and going. I just left you a comment on that other post today begging to be a part of it 🙂 Little did I know the answer was in the more recent post.

    I’m so happy I will still be able to see your yummy, easy recipes!ReplyCancel

  • Melissa - 04/07/2010 - 11:22 am

    i just love your website, it actually makes me want to start cooking again.ReplyCancel

  • Audrey Crisp - 04/07/2010 - 11:59 am

    YEAH! I’m so glad it was a joke! I love your website! How cute are you two and how fabulous is your kitchen? I didn’t know you were LDS as well! Wasn’t conference amazing this year? I loved Holland’s talk so much! We even had Orange Rolls similar to those on Easter morning! TAKE CARE! ; )ReplyCancel

  • Wyndi - 04/13/2010 - 9:01 pm

    I’m REALLY slow to the party but I will blame it on trying to plan a wedding. For the past week I’ve faithfully checked google reader, do a little prayer…please don’t let JGOYBB be private…just one more day. Must have more recipes!!! Today I decide to investigate to make sure I didn’t read the original post wrong only to stumble upon this post declaring said joke. WOW!! Talk about slow and SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO thankful that it really is a joke and I can now take a deep breath and go back to enjoy the wonderful recipes that I can’t wait to make for my soon to be husband! Thank you so much for taking the time to share with all of us your wonderful kitchen and talents!


  • Stephanie - 04/28/2010 - 12:03 pm

    I WANT YOUR KITCHEN. Is it bad to covet another’s kitchen.. LOL. Probably. So you mentioned you baked them during Conference?? Are you LDS? I kind of wondered.. we kind of all stick out! 😉ReplyCancel

  • elise wilding - 05/29/2011 - 2:34 pm

    Hey Jonna, just making your 7 layer bars AGAIN, my family is up from arizona and they always request treats from me because I am second only to you! I told them I had a recipe they would die for and she said she couldn’t die until Friday so I told her maybe she’d better not eat any of these becuase they just might kill her. I might just as well smear them on my thighs and butt as eat them cause thats where they’re going anyway! Elleah and I have a blast pouring over your blog and my entire family spread all over the country is in on it. I hear you dont’t eat much of the stuff you bake, believe me, it has been discussed! how could you and look like you do? I’m just down the road if you need a place for your leftovers!!!!ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - 04/26/2012 - 4:46 pm

    Just discovered you today through Pinterest. Love the blog and you have a gorgeous kitchen. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Carol - 08/01/2012 - 8:52 pm

    First, where did you buy those beautiful bar stools?! I want some. Seriously. If you can remember where you got them, I do want to order them. Ive been looking for something like that for YEARS.

    Second, I LOVE orange rolls so Im definitely going to try these.ReplyCancel

  • Debra - 02/23/2014 - 7:03 pm

    Just made these orange rolls. I’ve been baking for over 40 years and have made some memorable treats, but these are absolutely incredible! So good I can hardly believe I made them, but at the same time, they’re really simple to make. Thanks for the great recipe!ReplyCancel