Semi-homemade Cinnamon Rolls

I LOVE making stuff, but sometimes it being "semi-homemade" makes it so much more appealing to attempt!  Here's what I made tonight.  I had a roll of Pillsbury refrigerated pizza crust left over, after making these pizza rolls. They turned out so good I decided to play around with making cinnamon rolls since my boys were asking  . . . "What's for dessert?"  This is what I came up with and they were mmm mmm good!
In my opinion, much better than storebought canned cinnamon rolls. Semi-homemade proved to be easy and yummy!
Here's what you will need:
1 can Pillsbury pizza crust
wax paper
2 tbsp softened margarine or butter
1/2 cup sugar
2 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven at 425*
Lay out wax paper on countertop (about the size of a 9x13 pan), spread thin amount of flour on surface.
Unroll dough on top of flour.
Use a butter knife to carefully spread softened butter/margarine over entire dough.
Mix all sugar and cinnamon in small bowl. 
Sprinkle the sugar/cinnamon, covering the whole piece of dough.
Roll the dough tightly, starting at the shorter end of the rectangle, pinching the 2 ends as you go. 
(I pinched the ends and the sugar mixture still spilled out of the ends. It's okay, just lick it up!)
Stretch the rolled dough to make the roll even
Use a sharp knife (I used serrated) to slice the roll into 1-1 1/2in. pieces. 
Place on greased cookie sheet, about 1in apart.
Cook for 10-12 minutes.
While those are cooking, mix your glaze. You'll need to combine the following:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp milk
1/2 tsp vanilla
If your glaze it too thick, add a little more milk.
When the cinnamon rolls are done baking, drizzle the glaze on top while they are still hot!
I dare you to NOT eat them all! (Makes about 8-10 depending on how thick you slice them)


Garlic-Brown Sugar Chicken (Crockpot)

3-4 large chicken breasts (I put them in frozen)

1 cup packed brown sugar

2/3 cup vinegar

1/4 cup Sprite or 7-Up soda (I've always omitted this, and it's still been a-maz-ing!)

2-3 tablespoons minced garlic

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 teaspoon pepper (I use black, but you can use cayenne to kick it up)

~ Place chicken in crock pot and pour everything else on top.
~ Cook on low for 6-8 hours and just sit back and enjoy the incredible smell that fills your house!
~ Serve over rice.  Enjoy!

 Adapted from and The Crockpot Girls. Two of my favorite recipe resources!


Pizza Casserole

This was a big hit with both my guys, and if the toddler approves, it must be good! Borrowed from the "For mamas. By a Mama." blog She has more detailed pics of each step. I'm not that good yet!


1 bag of Egg Noodles (the big bag)
1 extra large jar of spaghetti sauce (the plastic 20oz jar, if it’s Ragu)
3 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (more or less, it’s yours to decide)
1 1/2 lbs hamburger meat
1 package pepperonis (I used the turkey ones, which may be why they look more crispy than greasy, which I’m totally fine with)

Preheat at 350*
Brown all ground beef, drain.
Boil noodles using directions on bag, drain.

Use 9X13 pan and layer as follows:

1~Spread a thin layer of tomato sauce on the bottom (just enough to cover glass completely)
2~half of the noodles
3~half of the meat
4~half of the rest of the sauce
5~rest of the noodles
6~half the cheese
7~rest of the meat
8~rest of the sauce
9~rest of the cheese
10~pepperonis (don’t use the whole package, just enough to cover evenly)
Cover with foil, and bake for 30 minutes
After 30 minutes, remove the foil & bake for another 15 minutes.
**Take it out and let it sit for 10 or 15 minutes. (This allows everything to settle together, IF you can wait)

Dig in and ENJOY!

What's to Come

Stay tuned for some yummy recipes in the next few days. I am orienting to my new job this week, but I will try to post a few recipes.   Also, always know that if the recipe isn't my creation, I will always give credit to the blogger or website where I've borrowed it from.
Hope ya'll had a good Monday!


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