Wednesday, November 14, 2012

New Member - Chai Tea - Pictures - Orange Rolls

We welcomed a new member to our house on Saturday.  A little girl approximately 6 pounds, and supposedly 3years of age (I doubt that, see below).

This is “Bug”. She’s very nosey inquisitive and loves her new home. Bug loves to be right next to you and under your feet, if she has her way, she’d rather be in your arms.  The reason I doubt she’s 3 years old, she wants to bite everything wood (chairs, TV stand, table), she cries if she can’t find you, and always wants your attention.  I’ve picked up toys for teething, soft dog treats and food, we’re constantly keeping her busy, and letting her know she’s okay (building her confidence).  Our other dog, Beans, adores her.

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This is the final product, now I need to place the Chai Tea
in smaller jars and dress up the jars for the holidays.
 
As explained in previous posts, Christmas this year will be all homemade gifts, and blessings from the heart.  Several members of our family enjoy Chai Tea, and go to Starbucks often.  Instead of providing gift cards to Starbucks, I’ve made the Chai Tea mix myself, and stored the tea in mason jars.    All I need to do now is pickup some beautiful Christmas material and make a topper for each Mason jar, place a name tag on each jar, and there you have it; Christmas gifts from the heart for several members of the family.
 
Chai Tea Recipe

1 cup of nonfat powdered milk

1 ¾ cups powdered non-dairy creamer

¼ cup powdered vanilla non-dairy creamer

2 ½ cups of sugar

1 ½ cups unsweetened instant tea

2 tsp. ground ginger

2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1 tsp. ground cloves

1 tsp. ground cardamom (cardamom is expensive, can substitute with ½ tsp. cinnamon and ½ tsp. nutmeg). 

Mix well, I throw all the ingredients into my food processor and blend until mixed well and not as coarse.

Place mixture into Mason jars and seal. 

When making a Chai Tea, mix 2 heaping tablespoons in a mug, pour hot water, and stir well to mix the tea mixture in with the water.

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Sky pictures, you’ll notice a tower standing in these pictures.  I’m at the airport, no I’m not traveling.  My husband has traveled every weekend, actually long extended weekends for the last 2 months throughout the U.S. for work.  While waiting to pick up my husband, I entertained myself with taking pictures at the airport.  Here are a few of the pictures I snapped of a changing sunset.


 

 

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Have you ever had a craving for something and just didn’t feel like running to a store to get the product?  Well, I had a craving last night for orange rolls and decided to make them.  To make it easier on my hands (because they hurt due to arthritis pain), I feed all the ingredients into my bread machine and selected option 8 on the machine.  Selecting this option, the bread machine will mix, knead, and rise, for me automatically.  Once done, I rolled out the dough on to my countertop and spread out the orange filling over the dough.  Then roll the dough up like a cake roll, cut dough into rolls and place them in a greased glass container for baking.  Here is a picture of the end result.  My dough recipe was found here, great blog site to follow.   As for the filling and glaze recipe, you can find them here.



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On a cold day there is nothing better than a hot bowl of soup and homemade biscuits.   The soup of the day; vegetable ground beef, topped with Parmigiano Reggiano.

Soups and stews are amazing foods to warm the stomach and soul when cold outside, and it’s good for the body J

16 comments:

  1. OMG, I'm putting on weight just reading this post!!
    I, too, love Chai Tea. So thanks for the recipe-it can get quite expensive to buy. and it will make great gifts for Christmas.

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    1. I'm putting weight on eating this stuff, lol....

      Cool, I'm happy to hear you love Chai Tea, your welcome on the recipe. Enjoy!

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  2. That puppy is just too cute! Also love the Chai Tea recipe, will definitely give that a try.

    I'm going to have to confiscate my MIL bread making machine to try those roles. Oh my, they look delicious.

    And, we've had soup or chili 5 days out of 7 last week (albiet w/store bought French or Italian bread, still declicious).

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    1. I hope you do try the Chai Tea recipe. My sister likes it, so I made her several containers for the holidays.

      There is nothing wrong with buying your bread, I love french / italian bread.

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  3. I ate dinner and now you've gone and spoiled it...I want an orange roll. Cute puppy.

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    1. I have some left, you and Sweet Wife should come out to the Southern Great Plains, and I'll make you some fresh orange rolls.

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  4. I am so jealous! What a cutie cute cute new pup!

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    1. She is a cutie and wants attention.
      We are trying to work with Bug. We think she was rescued from one of those puppy mill situations.
      I haven't slept really for about 5 days now.

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  5. Cute pup!

    My kids love Chai tea. Totally gonna make that!

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    1. She is a cutie.

      I hope you like it, my sister does.

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  6. sweet Sandy - i was able to get past the cutie-patootie pup, the chai recipe, the gorgeous skies, the delicious rolls...and still have a straight face...although the pup almost did me in.

    you KILLED me with the soup and biscuits!!!! i love soup and biscuits and stew and biscuits and anything that is liquid and bisquits!!! i would loooooove some of that soup right now....and the biscuits too, of course. oh yum!

    but i do love little bug! your friend,
    kymber/xox

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    1. Sweet Kymber,

      So you made it through the pup, chai tea, skies, rolls, until you seen the soup, lol.....

      Soups and stews are comfort foods for me. Now I can eat biscuits any time of the day with anything on them. YUM!!! This was the first time I made homemade biscuits using butter. I believe using butter made them taste better.

      Give Jam a hug from all of us down here.
      Your friend,
      Sandy/xox

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  7. Sweet Sandy - BUTTER is the key to all baking! i use butter in all of my baking recipes - like buns, bread, biscuits, pie crusts, other crusts, cakes, etc.

    any recipe that calls for lard, shortening or oil - i always use butter!

    yep i sure did make it through all that yummy stuff - it was the dang soup that did me in - bahahahahah! still would love a bowl of it!

    jam says "give my Okie friend and all of hers a big hug back".

    your friend,
    kymber/xox

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    1. Sweet Kymber,

      Butter is the answer to everything :-) (as my arteries get clogged). I'm not a big shortering fan.

      I'm thinking of possibly canning ups some cranberry orange spread today. My chicken is frozen solid, I need to pull those boogers out and thaw them for making homemade chicken broth.

      This Okie friend, and the Okie Lights (family) send the both of you a big hug.

      Time for some coffee, was up early at the airport and need coffee or tooth picks for the eye balls, lol

      Your Friend,
      Sandy
      xox

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  8. Bug is a cutie! Great idea for the chai tea, thanks.

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    1. Thank you :-)
      Bug loves to investigate everything.

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