Monday, May 10, 2010

Mother's Day Dinner

It has been so long since I have posted, I am sorry. All I can plead is busyness, after all it is spring and there is a lot to do in the yard, and there happens to be a lot to do in the house, also.

Yesterday my mother and brother came for Mother's Day dinner. It has been a lot of years since that has happened. Since my brother is autistic, he doesn't deal well with lots of people around. A long time ago, Mom decided it was just easier to not do holiday get-togethers. But since my brother went into a group home last June, he has learned to do lots of things he wouldn't have thought about doing in the past. He spent the night at Mom's Saturday night, and they came to my house for dinner before Mom returned him home. I only had my 2 daughters who live with us here for dinner. We celebrated Mother's day and 2 birthdays the week earlier, due to schedules. Mother's Day, one daughter was out of town, a son had to work, and the other son went to his in-laws for dinner. I am perfectly happy to celebrate holidays, birthdays, and anniversaries on a day other than the actual date we are celebrating.

I served a fairly simple menu: Turkey breast cooked in the crock pot, mashed potatoes, gravy, homemade stuffing, corn, and rolls. Mom brought a fruit bouquet my brother sent her. It was huge, especially for one person, so she shared with us. She also brought strawberry shortcake for dessert, and then my oldest daughter made chocolate mousse, too. The thing that really made this meal a holiday-type meal was the rolls. I have never met anyone who doesn't like homemade rolls, and the picky eaters I know seem to be especially fond of homemade rolls. The nice thing is that the rolls really stretch the meal for just a few pennies cost. I made them more special this time by making Boysenberry Butter to go with them. I took a cup of softened butter and whipped it, then whipped in a cup of seedless boysenberry jam. Very popular with my family.

Here is the roll recipe I used. Not as fancy as the crescent rolls I make for Christmas and Thanksgiving, but easier to make. This is actually the recipe I use most for white bread, too. The vinegar acts as a dough conditioner, and no, you don't taste it.

White Bread or Rolls
2 c. warm water
3 Tbsp. oil
1 egg
1/3 cup sugar or honey
1 tsp. salt
4 tsp. yeast
1 Tbsp. vinegar
6-8 cups flour
Mix ingredients well, adding enough flour to make a soft but not too sticky dough. You should be able to handle the dough with floured or greased hands. Let raise 25 minutes. Punch down and shape into 2 large loaves, 5 small loaves, or 24 rolls in a 9" x 13" pan. This also makes good cinnamon rolls, etc. Let raise until doubled. Bake loaves at 350 degrees for 25 min., rolls at 400 degrees for 10-12 minutes.


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