Friday, April 22, 2011

The Maker of Oatmeal Rolls

Easter weekend.

This weekend is bittersweet to me because I'm excited to celebrate Addison's second Easter, but it also means that my Spring Break is over. Boohoo.

(Bought my first little outfit for the little guy today...momentous occasion, worth sharing)

Addison, Easter 2010. It's amazing how much one year can change.

Tomorrow, in preparation for Easter, I will be making for the second time in two weeks, my creme chocolate cupcakes (yes, I promise I will post a recipe. I'm still perfecting own concoction if you will) and oatmeal rolls which is my assignment for family Easter dinner.

A short sidenote about oatmeal rolls. The oatmeal rolls recipe is a recipe passed down to me from my mother. It is one of those recipes that is ridiculous easy to make but leaves you looking like a roll making goddess. The very first in-law family gathering that Aaron and I went to when we moved back to Vermont (3 years ago), I was assigned to bring rolls. No problem. I made, of course, oatmeal rolls.

The only problem is, they were so amazing and so delicious, I have rarely been asked to deviate from roll bringing for pretty much every family gatherings. Every time, "what should I bring?" is answered by "rolls, of course."

Now, I follow a lot of cooking blogs, and I love to experiment and try new things. And for THREE YEARS now, mostly all I have been trusted to make for family the rolls (and an occasional decorated cake or cupcake since it's a hobby...but that's beside the point)

So, my evil plan is to mess them up so badly this Easter, that the next gathering I might be asked to bring something else. I'm excited about the possibility of planning to make a mistake. How should I do it- too much salt? Forget the oatmeal? gasp. Then it would just be a roll roll. If I let them rise only once, then they'll be small and rather hard. hmmmm. If you have any suggestions for me, much appreciated. Anybody else always asked to bring the same thing to family gatherings?

(and yes, I know my mother-in-law reads this and that I will probably receive more than a few snarky comments...probably be uninvited for Sunday ("Just drop off Addison and leave" type of scenario)..but it felt good to get that out of my system. lol. Yes, I will gladly and sweetly bring the rolls on Sunday. (and yes, I realize this drops me from favorite daughter-in-law to only daughter-in-law. I get demoted frequently for bad behavior)

In conclusion, here's a sneak peek at part of Addison's ensemble for this Sunday:

Happy Easter weekend, everyone

-from the roll maker

Oatmeal Roll Recipe

2 cups boiling water
1 cup quick oats
2/3 c brown sugar
1 T white sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
3 T margarine or butter
1/2 cup warm water
2 1/2 tsp yeast
5-6 cups flour

Stir first 6 ingredients together. Let sit until cooled to warm. Dissolve yeast into warm water and then add to first mixture.
Mix, then knead-adding enough flour to make a soft dough.
Let rise, punch down. Let rest 10-15 minutes.
Make rolls and put onto greased pans. Let rise.
Bake at 375 for 12-15 minutes.
Brush with margarine or butter


  1. hmmm I don't know if I tried to mess something up on purpose I'd probably accidentally make something new :P I want the recipe for the cupcakes pretty pretty pretty please! I'll bet we read some of the same cooking blogs :) That is an adorable outfit for your little guy. I've always thought little boy cloths are cute. You better share pictures of Addison's Easter or I will stage a revolt :)

  2. I have ruined oatmeal rolls more than once by letting them rise the second time too long.... Hardly anyone ate them - your dad froze them to give to Chip for treats.

  3. snarky comments from the mother-in-law.....I asked you to make the chocolate cupcakes and if you'd rather I make the rolls.....totally OK w/ me! :) You don't have to make the oatmeal....the ones you made for my birthday were equally as amazing.

  4. lol. for all my sarcastic bellyaching...I am more than happy to bring the rolls. But I think I will go with the other recipe-it seems more Eastery than the oatmeal ones.

  5. You are hilarious!! :) It's deviled eggs for me - always get asked to bring them to both sides of the family get togethers! LOL

  6. Hello.:)I just love that adorable little man outfit.Did you buy it in Burlington somewhere?I really want to get one for our little one....I am guessing we are having a boy in Sept. too.Of course there is a 50% chance it is a girl though.That outfit is too cute!!!~Nikki

  7. Nikki-the onesie is from Gymboree and the pants and hat are from Children's place. I got them both at the SB mall, and the best part was, they were on clearance so the whole ensemble cost me right around $10. (at Gymboree, all of the winter 60% off clearance items right now are an additional 25% off and there are 20% coupons floating around in addition)

  8. i want to know the recipe for the so easy yet so amazing oatmeal rolls! you can't just tease us like that :) happy, happy easter to your family!

  9. Now I'm hungry! :) That outfit, and her ballerina ensemble, are both adorable.

  10. The outfit is too cute!

    Just make the rolls and he happy they are easy. Um, would love the recipe........

    A blessed Resurrection Day to you and your family!

  11. Patsy and Gail- you are so right. Sorry for the recipe teasing. (-: I just added it above.

  12. just had to has those same little pants! don't you love them?

  13. Never heard of oatmeal rolls, but they sound yummy and easy!


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