Nut Roll

December 6, 2010 at 10:03 pm (Recipes)

Nut Roll

After 30 years of marriage, and about that many tries at this recipe, I have come up with a great compromise to Grandma Margie’s nut roll recipe.  I use her original filling recipe, which is fabulous, but use the bread machine to make a sweet dough.  While it is labor-intensive, it really isn’t a difficult recipe.

Nut Roll Filling

  • 2 lbs. walnuts
  • 1 cup honey
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tbsp. butter
  • 1 cup milk

Grind nuts in food processor until fairly fine.  Put all ingredients in a heavy pan.  Heat over medium-high heat to boiling, stirring to make sure it doesn’t stick ~~ remove.  Cool.  Enough for 4 rolls (filled very full ~~ if you wish to have a thinner filling, it will make 6 rolls).

Bread Machine Sweet Yeast Dough

  • 1 cup water
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast (I use bread machine yeast)

Measuring carefully, place all ingredients in bread machine.  Program dough cycle setting.  When cycle is complete, remove dough to lightly floured surface (it will be sticky).  If necessary, knead in additional all-purpose flour to make dough easy to handle.  Let dough rest 10 minutes.  Cut into three pieces.

Roll one piece into approximately 12 x 15 size.  “Butter” dough with nut mixture.  Roll from short side.  Place on baking pan that has been lined with either parchment paper or non-stick aluminum foil. (I use a jelly-roll pan ~~ it holds three rolls).  Cover.  Roll remaining two rolls.  Place on baking pan (I put a “barrier” of parchment paper or non-stick aluminum foil between the rolls.)  They will inevitably burst and the barrier keeps the nut rolls from sticking together.

Cover and let rise in a warm place for approximately 1 hour (if you let them rise a bit longer that won’t hurt).  Brush with egg white and poke holes in the top.  Bake at 350*F for 30 minutes… then cover with foil and bake another 10 minutes.

They are wonderful!!  I usually make two batches of sweet yeast dough, make 4 nut rolls and two apricot rolls.  The apricot filling is simply dried apricots with water to cover, boiled on the stove until they soften and become filling-like.  The store-bought filling I find is too watery.  You will have to add water as it boils away.  One 7 oz package of dried apricots makes enough filling for one roll.


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Creative Souls ~~ No Rules

December 3, 2010 at 10:20 am (Decorative Painting)

I learned the art of decorative painting from Paul and Cathy Seymour, Seymour’s Creative Legacy Studio, in Ebensburg, PA.  After four years, they decided to close their shop, opting for monthly weekend seminars.  I love to take their seminars, but miss the weekly gathering of creative minds.  One of the ladies approached me and asked if I would be willing to host/facilitate a semi-weekly painting night at my house ~~ Thus “Creative Souls ~~ No Rules” was born!

I can fit four people around my dining room table.  Deanna, Nancy, Nadine and I paint from 6:00 to 9:00 every other Monday.  We laugh, paint, eat, drink coffee, critique each other’s work… generally just have fun!  I truly miss having a teacher, but this is an important option for us.

We have been working on a Santa piece designed by Bobbie Takashima.  While my piece doesn’t look anything like the original design, I am so pleased with my effort! 

Creative Soul Sisters rule!!

"Santa" Plate 12-3-10


A close-up look 🙂

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Learning to Go With The Flow

December 1, 2010 at 10:02 am (Musings...)

Most of you know that I am a rigid person.  I count (silently!).  I make lists, check them twice.  I follow rules.  I like order.    Since my children have been gone, I have been able to completely give in to my OCD tendencies.

Last night I had praise team practice, at 6:00.  I started supper at 4:15.  We ate at 5:00 (shrimp scampi).  I got dressed, left the house at 5:30.  I arrived at the church at 5:52 (always a few minutes early).  I planned to rehearse until 7:30, get home at 8:00.  From 8:30 to 11:00 I planned to finish a painting.  However…  Rehearsal had been moved to 7:30 ~~ I didn’t get the email!  😦

My initial response was, a moment of panic (really!) and a bit of anger (truly!).  Then, after my brain processed the change, I decided to head over to the Mall (5 minutes away) and get some Christmas shopping done.  I meandered through the Mall, purchased the kids’ ornaments and a new house for our village.  I also stopped at American Eagle and spent WAY too much money on undies and socks for my darling children.

I stopped at Sheetz for a Wildberry smoothie and arrived back at the church at 7:25 (again, a few minutes early).  My world was spinning correctly again.  🙂

I truly don’t want to live like this, but realize that I must constantly fight my tendencies.  I must grab all the Grace and Mercy I can and just…  breathe!!!   

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