Sweetness & Thanksgiving Day Recipes

The sweetest thing happened to me yesterday.

I was strolling down the aisle at Walmart . . . when the cutest girl ever, with her darling little daughter stopped me.

She said . . . “Are you the Lady from Get Off Your Butt and BAKE?”

I laughed and smiled.

“Yes” . . . I said.

“You’re like a celebrity.” . . . she said.

“You’re so funny.” . . . I said.

(Thinking to myself . . . I’m so small peas in the blog world)

Then . . . my face turned nineteen shades of red! 

It just so happened to be one of those days when you hesitate going anywhere.  I woke up with big bags under my eyes . . . the kind where you could almost float a boat.  My hair fought me for two hours, and I felt & looked as if a mack truck had run over me! I’m quite sure she probably walked away . . . quite disappointed.

In all my embarrassment, I failed to ask her name.

So . . . to the beautiful girl who stopped me in Walmart . . .



It seems that time is running quickly, and I find myself always trying to play catch up.  Last year I shared my Crescent Roll recipe with you , along with all our families favorite Thanksgiving Day Recipes. If you need to take a look at our Thanksgiving Day menu, just click here.   Since I tend to always make the same tried & true recipes . . . I feel as if I have nothing to share this year!  I will share some tempting pictures though, and possibly a few notes from today. If you need a roll making Tutorial, click here.

Yes . . . today I put up my Christmas tree and made these delicious Rolls.

They freeze very well, so it’s quite o.k. if you make them now.

I asked my hubbie . . . “If you could only have one thing for Thanksgiving Dinner, what would it be?”

He said . . . “Your Crescent Rolls.”

I can hardly wait to see the look on his face, when that’s the only thing on his plate!  . . . hee hee.

 You know me, I always try to find a way to sweeten things up a bit.

 . . . and I did, and you can to.

 After you’re tired of making regular rolls, make some Cinnamon Crescent rolls.

Spread a good dose of melted butter over your circle of dough.

Sprinkle a lot of Brown Sugar over that butter, and sprinkle with Cinnamon.

I cut the dough with a pizza cutter . . . so simple.


Place the rolls on a greased baking sheet, and brush with more melted butter.

Let rolls rise until Double in size, then bake at 350 degrees for about 15 to 20 minutes.

Just make a simple glaze consisting of:

 1 cup powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons melted butter, 1 tsp. vanilla and enough milk added to make the right consistency.

I’ve only just begun my baking for the holidays.

If you are looking for certain recipes or have questions about some of our Thanksgiving Day recipes . . . just ask!

I also want to Thank those of you who take the time to leave me sweet comments . . . I love you.

Make these soon, they will be the first thing to disappear from your table.


For the tutorial & pictures for this roll recipe, click here.

*You will want to double this recipe…..for sure!


2 packages (1/4 ounce each) Active Dry Yeast
1 cup warm water
1 cup boiling water
1 cup shortening or butter
 3/4 cup sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
2 eggs, beaten
7-1/2 to 8 cups all purpose flour
In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Meanwhile, in a large mixing bowl, combine boiling water, shortening, sugar and salt. Allow to stand 3-4 minutes or until shortening is melted and sugar is dissolved. Add the yeast mixture and eggs; mix well.
Add 2 cups of four; beat until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and refrigerate overnight. When ready to use, roll out and shape dough. Place rolls in pans, or greased cookie sheets. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes. Bake at 350 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until they are golden brown. YIELD: 2 -1/2 dozen.
When I make these rolls, I often do it in one day. I skip the refrigerating overnight. Simply add enough extra flour, to make a SOFT…..non-sticky dough. They still are fabulous. Make sure you let the dough raise until generously double. Then place shaped rolls (I make crescent style)….on your greased cookie sheets. Let raise again until double, before baking.



  • Julie - 11/18/2010 - 8:49 pm

    These cinnamon crescent rolls look so delicious and beautiful!

    Isn’t that always the case that we run into someone on our worst days?ReplyCancel

  • Steph - 11/19/2010 - 12:27 am

    What a great idea! I often convert half of my roll dough into cinnamon rolls because my small family can’t eat the regular rolls fast enough. I’ve never thought of rolling them the same way. Fun!ReplyCancel

  • Erika - 11/19/2010 - 7:03 am

    I have a hard time believing you ever look as bad as you just described :)You are always so perfectly put together! Thanks for all the great recipes- I am going to be trying a few of your favorite Thanksgiving ones for our first Thanksgiving away from home 🙂ReplyCancel

  • jessica - 11/19/2010 - 8:31 am

    You are my favorite Idaho Celeb!!!ReplyCancel

  • Brandi - 11/19/2010 - 8:45 am

    I only wish your worst day was my best day! Mom you are beautiful and always look stunning. You are a STAR!!! That is so cute, and absolutely darling. I love it. Way to go mom. I am so proud to be your daughter. Can I get your autograph??? Laughing…no really that is so neat. You should be appreciated and noticed you do amazing things on this little blog of yours.

    I am with dad. I could just eat your rolls for dinner. Although I do want to see dads face when that is the only thing you serve up. Especially if you don’t go away!!! That would be hilarious. I will have to try the cinimon ones they look way good. You are always so creative and inventive. I love it, and love you!ReplyCancel

  • brooke Vanausdal - 11/19/2010 - 9:09 am

    I am so drooling over these! The look amazingly delightfulReplyCancel

  • Alicia - 11/19/2010 - 9:24 am

    Since I only just found your blog a few months ago trust me, I’m not at all disappointed if you re-share your recipes that are tried and true.

    I almost swooned when I saw your cinnamon crescents! I make crescents all the time and you know sometimes you’re home late at night and you just want something warm & sweet to eat but you’re too tired to whip something up that would take forever? Well now I’ll just use the instant crescent rolls in the tube and add your cinnamon idea. I know it won’t be a good as your homemake crescents, but they would work in a pinch.

    Congrats on being a celeb…how exciting! You might need a body guard pretty soon 🙂 I would be thrilled to meet you in a store no matter what you looked like myself!ReplyCancel

  • Niki Bagley - 11/19/2010 - 5:38 pm

    Aunt Jonna, you are always looking beautiful! I highly doubt anyone would be disappointed meeting you….ever! I am totally making a couple of batches of your crescent rolls for Thanksgiving…they are simply the best! I hope you have a very Happy Thanksgiving!ReplyCancel

  • Lynn - 11/19/2010 - 8:23 pm

    Sure wish that was ME in Walmart today. I would LOVE to meet you in person someday.

    These rolls look amazing. Can’t wait to try them out and hopefully practice before Christmas. Our Thanksgiving is over up here. ; DReplyCancel

  • Pattyann - 11/19/2010 - 11:16 pm

    I am so trying these this weekend. I am hoping they turn out great so that I have an excuse to make them on Thanksgiving morning. They look totally amazing.ReplyCancel

  • Carol - 11/20/2010 - 3:32 pm

    YUM! I love the looks of both the crescent rolls. Mine should looks so good.

    And um Jonna? I can’t picture you having a bad hair or anything else day. Children call em like they see em you know….you’re a star!

    Happy Thanksgiving! 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Marci - 11/20/2010 - 6:14 pm

    Oh my word, you looked fantastic. You probably thought I was a nutcase, but thanks for taking the time to talk in the middle of Walmart. My husband and I appreciate all of your recipes-HEAVEN! It was so great meeting you, I even hurried and called my hubby right after and had to brag. Thanks again!ReplyCancel

  • Reesh - 11/21/2010 - 12:47 pm

    I found your blog from stumbleupon.com and I am sure glad I did! I just put the first batch of the crescent rolls in the oven and now my whole place smells like freshly baked rolls.
    I normally do not like to bake – but this recipe did get me off my butt to bake! So thanks!

    I have a whole another batch going in the oven in 10 minutes! Can’t wait! ( My husband does not like cinnamon so I used coconut flakes and sugar!)



  • Vivian - 11/21/2010 - 2:39 pm

    I just discovered this blog & it’s going on my bookmarks. I LOVE the photos. I always wanted to be a food photographer, a writer, an artist, a baker, a decorator… so many things. Always impressed by people such as yourself who just do it instead of just dreaming it or talking it. Thanks. I found new inspiration with this blog.

    ps I am trying to decide between the brownie pops and the lemon lush as my contribution to this year’s Thanksgiving dinner. yum.ReplyCancel

  • ingrid - 11/21/2010 - 4:17 pm

    Jonna you have a terrific blog and I’m not saying that just because! I have loved every one of your recipes that I have tried and there have been many. Honestly though when I think of you I think of Rhodes dough; orange rolls & garlic knots! OH, YUM! 🙂

    Hope you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving!

  • Tauna - 11/21/2010 - 9:42 pm

    Well, I would have shamelessly asked for your autograph.ReplyCancel

  • Krishna Kumar - 11/23/2010 - 4:15 am

    you have made my otherwise silent stomach go into crazy mode .. Sad thing is if at all i do ever bake those delicious looking rolls , it would be on my own .. my sweet little wife will just roll her eyes .. 🙂
    Don’t stop at least we unfortunates could fill our eyes ..
    And you have a brilliant no nonsense blog .

  • Diana B - 11/23/2010 - 6:50 pm

    My inlaws make a VERY similar crescent roll recipe that is to die for….but now that I’ve seen the cinnamon version I think that may be the next thing I try…for that is MUCH easier than traditional cinamon rolls =)

    Oh the yumminess!!!ReplyCancel

  • Niki - 11/24/2010 - 2:03 pm

    My kids are having a sleepover this weekend. This looks perfect to make for their breakfast. Thanks!!!ReplyCancel

  • Cyndy - 11/24/2010 - 10:27 pm

    Um Jonna? i’m with Carol, can’t possibly imagine you looking anything but stellar. Love your blog and the photo’s are AMAZING as are the recipes. Lucky Marci!

    Happy Thanksgiving!ReplyCancel

  • Kim - 12/01/2010 - 9:27 am

    This look so delicious! Maybe it’s just your pictures but I can’t wait to make these! My husband will love them! And thanks for always posting such yummy things and making it look so simple. Makes my life 100 times easier.ReplyCancel

  • Heidie - 09/22/2011 - 4:26 pm

    Would I freeze them right after letting them rise? Do you let them defrost before baking or can they go right into the oven from the freezer?ReplyCancel

    • Jonna - 09/22/2011 - 5:08 pm

      Hi Heidie,
      I always rise them, bake them, brush with melted butter, let cool right on the cookie sheet that I baked them on ….then freeze them.
      Make sure they are cool, then cover with a good layer of Saran wrap, then Heavy Duty foil. Pop them in the freezer.
      When you are ready for them, take out of the freezer……remove the saran wrap, and loosely cover with the foil while thawing.
      Make sure that you remove the saran wrap before you let them thaw.
      You can also re-warm them on a low temperature like 170 to 225 degrees with the foil on top, until they are nice & hot.
      They will be perfect…..just like brand new rolls!
      Hope this helps,

  • Nikki - 11/16/2011 - 12:25 pm

    These look so delicious! Do you think that they would be just as delicious if they where made with whole wheat flour? Would there be any other ingrediants you would need to change to make it with whole wheat?ReplyCancel

    • Jonna - 11/16/2011 - 3:40 pm

      Hi Nikki,

      I’ve never made this particular recipe with wheat flour, but I do believe it would work. You probably won’t need to add as much flour,
      since whole wheat is denser. You could also use part wheat, part white unless your diet calls for all whole wheat. I love whole wheat rolls, and will
      put this to the test someday soon. Just add the whole wheat flour cup by cup until it is the right consistency for rolls. Let us all know!

  • Sarah Northam - 01/04/2012 - 8:09 pm

    great recipes! can’t wait to try some of them. Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • Lauri M - 01/18/2012 - 7:26 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog….only problem is that I’m getting fat just by reading it!

    I’m going to print off some (who am I kidding, ALL) of your recipes and get baking!ReplyCancel

  • Meagan - 02/26/2012 - 6:43 am

    Had to make these immediately! Wow so yummy!!!! So fast and easy!! 5 stars!ReplyCancel

  • Susan Bewley@Budget Earth - 04/18/2012 - 10:41 am

    I will have to try these. They don’t really seem all that unhealthy either 🙂