Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Easy Honey Wheat Rolls

I have been baking my own bread for a while now I have this fabulous, trusty and awesome bread maker (that I may, or may not have stole from my mom...). So now that I have mastered a loaf of bread I wanted to try something different.

That's when I found a recipe for Honey Wheat Rolls on All Recipes, and I had to try it!

They turned out sooo good, my husband and I ate them all in one day
(we seriously cannot control ourselves)

I wanted to share this super easy recipe with everyone.
If you have a bread machine you MUST try it.

Here's what you need...
(ignore the knives, those are not a necessity, I was just too lazy to move them)

Bread Machine
1 1/4 cups warm milk
1 egg, beaten
2 tablespoons butter, softened
1/4 cup honey
3/4 teaspoon salt (I use a tad less because I used salted butter)
2 3/4 cups bread flour (or all purpose white flour)
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 1/4 teaspoons bread machine yeast (rapid rise yeast)
2 tablespoons butter, melted
I start by whisking the egg and warming up the milk in the microwave for 30 seconds (if the milk is too hot it'll kill the yeast, and we don't want to be murderers do we?) 

 Then combine all ingredients into bread machine 
(except melted butter, that's for yummy goodness at the end)

My machine specifies to add wet ingredients first then dry ingredients on top with the yeast last

Make a well for your yeast (I just stick my finger down in there) and add the yeast, make sure the yeast is not touching any wet ingredient.

Why am I telling you this?! if you have a bread machine you probably already know huh?

Anyway! Pop that sucker into the bread machine and set it to the Dough/Pasta mode

Now relax! 
(I spent all that time looking for cheap airlines, I was NOT relaxing. Why is booking airfare so stressful?)

After the dough is done, flour a surface (and your hands, the dough is stickyyy) and dump the dough out

Pinch off dough. The recipe wants you to roll out the dough and cut it using a biscuit cutter I've done that before and it is just extra work and extra dirty dishes, pinching is much faster!
The rolls will double in size when they sit
Today I wanted to make large rolls, like burger/sandwich size, so I pinched off dough in about the size of a lemon. If you want small rolls, pinch off a small amount
Place on a cookie sheet and cover with a warm towel (I stick my towel in the microwave for 30 seconds, but be careful, if you microwave a towel for too long you'll burn it! Just ask my new cleaning rag) and let sit for an hour. 
Uncover your pan and it's magic! The rolls have doubled in size!
(the thought of yeast being alive and doing crazy things in the bread freaks me out so I like to think of it as magic)

(I don't really shape my rolls all nice but you can if you want, I just plop them on the pan for the "rustic" look)

During this time you can preheat the oven to 350

After the hour, bake rolls for 10-15 minutes
Since I made large rolls yesterday I baked them for around 13 minutes

Once finished you'll pull out these scrumptious rolls.
Brush with melted butter (I leave some rolls unbuttered because they are better for sandwiches, less greasy on the fingertips)
 and transfer to a cooling rack 
(My kitchen is unequipped  so normally ghetto rig some cooling contraption, this day it was made out of aluminum foil)

If you practice self control (like me) don't even wait for it to cool. Steamy warm bread is sooo good, my mouth is watering just thinking about it!


Monday, May 21, 2012


I can't believe this is happening so fast! Today my mom came down (she lovesss me!) to help me do some more packing. Today we took all the pictures off the walls, packed up our bookshelves, boxed up kitchen appliances, just about everything that is not a necessity has been packed. It is looking so bare and sad in our house. Just as it did when we first moved in. My husband officially has 40 more days in the Navy (not counting all the leave we will be taking) and we will be officially moved out of our apartment on June 2nd. 

Is this happening?

This is really happening! 

Time to move onto a new much better chapter...

Monday, May 14, 2012

The 12 Tribes of Israel Can Make a Mean Sandwich!

First, Thank you to all the lovely new followers! I am so excited you want to share my adventures with me!

On Friday this lovely lady...

The best momma ever! Came to visit me. 
We went and did some shopping at the new Exchange
Hit up the Commissary
Then hit up the Yellow Deli for lunch

I wish they had locations everywhere because it is so AMAZING!
If you live near these places:

Chattanooga, TN
Vista, CA
Valley Center, CA
Boulder, CO
Ruthland, VT
Island Pond, VT 
Oneonta, NY
Oak Hill, NY
Chilliwack, B.C (Canada)

You NEED to eat here
1. It is super cute!

2. Their food is DELISH
(look at this yummy menu! 
and most of their food is grown on their commune/ made at the restaurant)

and 3. The people who run it are amazing and super friendly.
 Basically, the people that work and run the Yellow Deli are members of the 12 Tribes of Israel a "spiritual nation made up of families and single people who have come together from all walks of life"
They all live together, work together and worship together. They live as a community, sharing everything from homes to finances. The 12 Tribes believe there should be no distinction of wealthy or poor so they share everything!
Some may call this a cult (I could never imagine living with 20 others, sharing my income and not wearing makeup--seriously, that's a scary sight) but I don't think they are...
They are an amazing group of people. So nice and warm, and completely genuine. When you enter the doors of the Deli you can feel such a welcoming spirit.


They can make a mean sandwich! 
 And that's what is important right? The food?! 
Of course!
 I intend on going back and trying everything on the menu
If I planned out today better I would have gone while my hubby is at a going away dinner in the area

I am bummed I did not learn of this place sooner since we are moving in 2 weeks
I guess this just means I'll have to go every day until we move!

Friday, May 11, 2012

MilSpouse Appreciation Blog Hop!

Welp, I decided to do this blog hop because 1. I loveeee me a good blog hop
and 2. Because I need to get back into the bloggy swing of things. 

Is hosting this hop because of MilSpouse appreciation day, a day which I never knew existed 
but right on I think we totally deserve it!

So let me tell you a tad about myself, and I say a tad because I am quite narcissistic and can go on FOREVER, so I'll edit myself.

My name is Delainey, I am a ripe 21 years old and a year and a half ago
I married a very handsome Sailor
  I am officially a Navy Wife for the next 2 months
That's right
My lovely husband, 
This goofishly tall guy...
who is a corpsman, is getting out in T minus 42 days 
(something like that I am sure my math is terribly wrong)
So what are we going to do in 42 days?

Well, in 20 days we are moving in with my parents
(shutter, no, but in all honesty, I am going to have a blasty blast living with my mom,
 dad and nephew again!)
Thennnnn, in August we are moving to SAN FRANCISCO!

Oh yes my friends, we are doing the city thing.
We will probably we slumming it
But hey! It's all for the adventure!

My husband will be going to film school and I will be finishing up my Bachelors Degree/ Teaching Credential and I will be the bread winner.
(and by bread winner I mean penny winner, because let's be serious, 
I'll probably work some terrible job for a while)

I love
and my fabulous husband

I hate
putting gas in the car
hanging up my towel after using it
and  folding laundry

Alright ladies, so who is going to join the hop with me? 
And if you are coming from the hop thanks so much for getting to know me!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

What's Goin' On!

Well, the last time I actually wrote a blog about the happenings of my life I told you we were going to the Grand Canyon, so let's start there shall we?

We decided to take advantage of the long weekend (whatever weekend it was, it was so long ago now I don't even remember!) and see one of the wonders of the world (I don't know if the GC really is a wonder of the world, i'm just sayin...). The first day we got there it was glorioussss! And so beautiful,

Then the next day looked like this...
We could not walk the trails or anything so we stayed in bed and pigged out.
 All in all, it was a fun mini vacay.

At the end of March my family, T and I went up to San Francisco to check out our new home. 
We really ended up just looking at T's school and getting crazy all day and night.
But really...
We partied
And by partied I mean acted like tourists and did all the fun touristy things San Fran has to offer 
Like Trollies!

And Alcatraz!

And the Redwoods!

(please take a look at my nephew creepin' in the corner...)

It was pretty much awesome. It has got me super excited to move there once T gets out of the military.
Which is now only 2 months away!

Which brings me to my next life happening. 

I have begun to pack up our house. 
I packed up the first boxes Monday because at the end of this month we are out of this place.
Packing got me wayyyy to emotional. This was our first house together. So many memories here. 
Plus I became an even bigger blubbery baby when I found the box of all the letter T and I wrote back and forth when he was in Afghanistan. 

I have told myself to start packing slowly because at the end of the month I don't want to be a frantic fool, running around my house throwing crap in boxes.
But let's be serious...
That is exactly what will happen. 

What else?!

 I chopped my hair off!
Please excuse this terrifying photo of myself. It was the only one I had and I did not feel like taking one right now.
I go back and forth between liking it and hating it. Today I hate it, tomorrow I will probably like it again. Our relationship is pretty tumultuous.

And lastly, I have officially lost 14 pounds! Go me!
I have no picture of this because I have not reached my ultimate goal yet. 
I started at 135
I am currently 121
And my goal is 110

Once I am at my skinny skinny weight I'll let you feast on the goods. 

Holy cow I miss blogging
Why have I waited this long to partake of the greatness?

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

But I'm Le Tiredddd

So I started to write this post while I was waiting for my husband (who has recently become a scout leader), to come home from his meeting with his weeble wobbles, or weeble feet, or little feet... WHATEVER THEY ARE. Anyway, sitting here alone, all done with homework (for the day anyway) it got me thinking about my blog and how I have neglected it so.

There is just so many things going on right now. We're at such a big transition point it is exciting yet terribly scary at the same time. Seeing that it is 10pm now (T came home right as I wrote the title to this post) I am going to save all the updates for tomorrow. Because there's a lot of them, and they are BIG.

P.S, We started watching 3rd Rock From the Sun and did you know Tommy is played by Joseph Gordon-Levitt
Oh Joseph, Puberty has  done you great justice...