Happy New Year!! We are back from our 2 week trip home to Texas. It was a nice holiday and we are so blessed to be able to take the time to travel home. We spent the first week with at my mom's house took some great family photos on Christmas eve. One thing about West Texas, is the sunsets are awe inspiring!
He was posing for GQ
My sweet family!
All the "kids"!
Our big celebration is usually on Christmas Eve. We have people over and make a big Mexican dinner with Posole, tamales and chips and queso! It is one of my favorite meals of the year. I promise to one day make my mom blog her Posole recipe that was passed down from my grandmother, it is so yummy!
Jeffrey loves playing with my mom's dog Andre when we are home.
Bubba being the drink master and my sister photo bombing him.
We were playing "Celebrity Game Night" who knows what we were doing here, ha!
Aunt Risse with our sweet friend Heather.
Jenson has gotten so big this year, he is still a little cutie!!
This is the time in the night where I usually say, "too many 'Tinis!"
Christmas morning we spent with my Dad. It was a delicious breakfast and lots of fun!
In our Christmas Jammies!
Next blog will be on our time with Jeffrey's family in Fort Worth!
Here is a wonderful recipe I made for our Thanksgiving dinner. It is one I will make again. I love that it makes a small batch of rolls so you can make it for your family dinner and not have too many leftover. It is only a slight pumpkin flavor so if you do not love pumpkin you will still enjoy these rolls.
Honey Butter Pumpkin Rolls
1/3 cup milk
2 Tbsp butter
1/2 cup Pumpkin puree
2 1/4 cup flour (plus a little more if you need it)
1 packet of yeast (2 1/4 tsp)
1 Tbsp sugar
1 Tbsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp salt
2 Tbsp melted butter
2 Tbsp honey
Melt butter and mix in milk.
Add pumpkin puree and egg.
Heat in microwave for 15 seconds to heat mixture up so that it will activate the yeast.
Mix in the yeast and let sit for 5 minutes.
Add flour and remaining dough ingredients to a mixing bowl with dough attachment.
Turn on mixer to low. Slowly add pumpkin mixture to bowl. Let dough mix, together and form. If dough sticks to the side of the bowl, add flour a little at a time until it removes from bowl. Let it mix for 5-8 minutes.
Place dough in a greased bowl and cover with a towel. Set in a warm spot to rise for 1 hour.
Divide dough into 12 balls. Place in a greased baking dish then let rise for another 45 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350.
Melt butter and honey together.
Brush rolls with honey butter and bake for 15-17 minutes, Remove and brush again with honey butter.
With all the hustle of getting the dinner ready I forgot to take a final picture of the rolls by themselves. But you can see them featured here in our Thanksgiving dinner table!