Me + My four Sweet Girls + Speedy Cinnamon & Sugar Twists with Vanilla Glaze

I started this crazy blog a few years ago.  It’s a happy place, a peaceful place, that takes me away from worry and stress.  For me, it’s like soaking in a hot tub of water and just relaxing.  I think it’s because of so many of you who send love my way, either by sweet comments or just by dropping in to visit after I leave a new post.  Summer seems to bring a lot of yard work, gardening, and in a few more days, a lot of Raspberry picking, Canning and filling the freezer with homemade jam and blanched vegetables from the garden.  Posts seem to dwindle down, even though my kitchen heats up!

Many of you ask me about my family . . . as I really don’t talk much about personal things on this baking blog. If you’ve read my about page, then you do realize that I’ve been married for 34 sweet years, and have four beautiful daughters and 10 grandkids that I’m very proud of.

One of my little Grandsons just celebrated his 2nd birthday, and his mommy (Chantri Keele of True Atelier) threw him a spectacular Buggie Birthday party.  I’m thinking that maybe soon, she’ll let me show you some highlights, with some of her ideas and recipes.  Trust me . . . it was over the top . . . incredible . . . amazing!  Make sure you check out and – Be prepared to stay awhile.

During this party, my daughters photography partner @ True Atelier (Nicole Klingler) snapped a picture of myself + my four daughters.  I thought I might share . . . since I rarely do!

From left to right –      1.  Me – Jonna      2.  2nd born daughter – Chantri       3.  youngest – Danielle      4.  Oldest – Brandi      5.  3rd born – Shannon

See . . . how blessed am I!  They are the reason I started this silly blog.

So, now you’re wondering what these speedy Cinnamon and Sugar Twists have to do with my daughters?

Absolutely nothing . . .  but we sure do like them and you will too . . . and besides that, I have to bake when nobody is home, so I can take pictures!

I’m sure I’m the only one laughing at that!!  hee hee.

I’ve done a lot of baking lately, but haven’t had time to take pictures of all the cooking/baking that I’ve done. Those of you who blog understand.

I’ve made fabulous Root beer Baby back Ribs, that were super good,  honey marinated grilled BBQ Chicken and some kickin’ Ribeye Steak – none of which sat and smiled for a picture!  I could give you the recipes now, but I’m making them again. This time . . . this time, I’m not letting anyone eat until I’ve snapped pictures!!!!  ugggg.

Thanks again for visiting . . . it means a lot!



Speedy Cinnamon & Sugar Twists with Vanilla Glaze


  • 1 loaf frozen bread dough *I use Rhodes
  • 1/2 cup white or brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup butter, melted
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla


  1. Thaw frozen bread dough or use homemade bread dough.
  2. Mix sugar with cinnamon and melt your butter.
  3. Cut loaf lengthwise into 4 strips. Cut strips horizontally in thirds, making 12 strips.
  4. Roll each strip into a rope. Bring the ends together and twist loosely.
  5. Roll each piece of dough in butter, then in sugar cinnamon mixture.
  6. Place on lightly greased baking sheet, parchment or Silpat and let raise 1 hour or until twists have doubled in size.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for about 12 to 15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  8. Drizzle with Glaze.
  9. Eat!
  • pamm - 06/20/2013 - 6:39 pm

    Oh My Goodness. That is the most gorgeous Mom and Daughters photo I have ever seen. It’s hard to tell who is the mom and who are the daughters. I would LOVE to see a photo of all of you all and your babies. Congrats. lovely families!ReplyCancel

  • Ashley - 06/20/2013 - 8:21 pm

    That picture looks more like 5 sisters rather than a mother and her daughters, you have some amazing genes!ReplyCancel

  • Jen - 06/21/2013 - 8:14 am

    You honestly could be their sister. It was hard to guess who the mom was! Such beautiful girls and family.ReplyCancel

  • Dayna - 06/21/2013 - 9:38 am

    I agree with the others, hard to tell who is the mom and who are the daughters. You are all so beautiful. Your oldest looks so much like you. Love your blog!! How do you stay thin with all of this delicious baking?ReplyCancel

  • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - 06/21/2013 - 9:56 am

    Thank you for the sweet words . . . you make me feel good since the big 53 is in 2 more days! uggg. Oh how time flies.


  • Dede - 06/21/2013 - 10:05 am

    Those Kardashian girls have nothing on your girls 🙂 You all are so beautiful. Love, love, love your website and I’ve made many of your recipes. God Bless <ReplyCancel

  • jennifer - 06/21/2013 - 1:11 pm

    Whatever! Those girls are your sisters! You seriously look as young as they do! Beautiful family!ReplyCancel

  • jules p - 06/21/2013 - 1:41 pm

    holy freaking cow! you are too young to have daughters of those ages. You look amazing. And your daughters are just like their momma! And bless you for having FOUR girls…I just have two and they drive me bonkers. I can’t imagine having four girls to deal with.

    Love your blog, love your recipes, love your ideas, love your style!ReplyCancel

    • Get Off Your Butt and BAKE - 06/21/2013 - 1:46 pm


      Your comment made me laugh out loud!!
      I tell my girls that they are the reason I am CRAZY today!

      still laughing,

  • Jane - 06/21/2013 - 5:36 pm

    You have a beautiful family, Jonna! I pinned your Twists! Yum!ReplyCancel

  • Ellie - 06/22/2013 - 3:42 am

    Wow, I agree with the others here – 5 sisters is right! Beautiful family Jonna! We all love a good compliment now and then! Happy Birthday in advance – 53 isn’t big – I wish!!ReplyCancel

  • Kristi - 06/23/2013 - 6:52 pm

    Beautiful family photo!ReplyCancel

  • Cheryl - 06/25/2013 - 8:40 am

    Oh you all look so young, how do you do it? What is your secret? What a wonderful family picture. You all are so truly blessed.ReplyCancel

  • Rhodesbread - 08/01/2013 - 11:49 am

    This recipe looks amazing Jonna! We won’t tell everyone which brand of frozen dough is the best! 😉 And you and your daughters are all beautiful. What a great family photo!ReplyCancel