July 26, 2014

Once a Month Cooking…in a day (and recipe request)


We have been snowed in for the last two days and it has been a slice of heaven. (Almost as amazing as the multiple slices of Homemade Cinnabons I ate while doing my bulk baking.)

The rat race of life had taken over and having some much needed down time was delightful. Saturday, I spent all day in my new, little apron feeling very domestic diva-ish, especially since I was giving my new Frigidaire range a whirl…OH MY GOODNESS!

I thought an oven was an oven. Did you know they make ranges where you can choose convection oven or regular? Obviously, I didn’t until I started doing a happy dance in my kitchen as I read my  manual. Or maybe it was just clapping my hands and squealing ( and I am not a squealer at all.) I was able to cut my baking time by 10 minutes, and in my busy schedule – that feature ROCKS! Seriously, I am in LOVE, and when your oven is used daily, like in our home, I can’t tell you how much that convection feature is worth, yes, any upgrade that you can afford.

Anyhow, look at all that dough rising…

Here’s what I got done on Saturday during my OAMC in a day :) :

  • 70 “to die for” homemade Cinnabon (like) rolls
  • six loaves of Whole Wheat Bread (I tried a new recipe and it was THEE BOMB)
  • six pounds of ground beef seasoned and bagged
  • two large homemade pizza (one was a taco pizza using taco seasoned ground beef, one was using the left over chicken from our pantry challenge)
  • monstrous size Mexican bake (noodles, taco meat, sour cream, cottage cheese, black beans, lots of cheese, salsa, tomato sauce, crushed tortilla chips…YUM

My goal was to get more dinners made for the freezer, but I couldn’t get past eating the rolls.

I am working on a full blown recipe index on here, so I will be posting the new recipes separately in order to categorize them…be looking for the Cinnamon roll recipe. Seriously, it’s unbelievable.


***Last week a reader asked if I would post some of the recipes that I have tried and loved from my Tasty Tuesday readers. That has been something I have been desiring to do, but I would like to open it up to you all. Once a month, I would love to feature recipes that you have tried specifically from links on Tasty Tuesday. I will link to you and to the recipe post that you enjoyed and share any changes that you made.

Please email your description with Tasty Tuesday Favorites in the subject. That way I can be assured I don’t miss it in my Spam box. I will collect them and post 2-3 each month.

One of my many bedlam moments this week?

Hint to new oven ownersread the manual before you have mixed up ten pounds of dough. :) Do you think I should have at least looked at it before the dough started rising over the top…and then some? (That open spot is just waiting for my new microwave. It’s sitting in the middle of the family room floor while my daughter plays in the box/fort. We have to move that silly plug that’s in the way, but no one can get down our driveway :).)

I leave for Blissdom tomorrow. If you are coming, please come up to me and introduce yourself so I can give you a big hug. I would LOVE to meet some of you, but know that I will not recognize anyone and that makes me way too nervous.

“I wrote this review while participating in a Test Drive Campaign by Mom Central on behalf of Frigidaire and received a Frigidaire Refrigerator, Range/Microwave, Washer/Dryer set, and a Dishwasher to facilitate my review.”


  1. Thanks for hosting, this is my first time joining Tasty Tuesday. As spring gets here and the garden takes off, I hope to be back more.


    Jens Reply:

    @Troy @ I Refuse to Recede, We’re so glad you joined us. I can’t wait to see more about growing your own things. Our desire is to live off our land a lot more, but we just haven’t gotten their yet…..

  2. Hey Jen,
    I think that was me that asked you that on Twitter! Thanks, I can’t wait. Oh you must share the ‘bomb’ whole wheat bread recipe. I’ve been wanting to make it, and can’t wait to try it. I must be tired…I was about to yell at you about your bread on the stove! Ha! Yell, in a good, help you out way.

    I bet you will love to cook even more now!

    Jens Reply:

    @Rhonda, the funny thing about that pic, is that I seriously did not see that was happening until after the fact. I had a “warmer” burner on and it was rising SUPER fast ( I added a little extra yeast as well :) . It ended up even overflowing more than the pic….all over my new stove….UGH! LOL

  3. Oh, I was also wondering if you’ve tried the Pioneer Woman’s cinnamon rolls. If so, how do they compare to your cinnabons? I just love your blog!

  4. Love the pictures! LOL I am trying to make at least 2 extra meals a week to freeze. tonight I made an extra, extra large batch of the lemon rice soup I postd and was able to freeze a couple of bags of soup for a quick meal at a later time.

    Jens Reply:

    @Diann @ The Thrifty Groove, Doesn’t it make such a huge difference. Not much extra time up front, but saves the sanity later on.

  5. How fun! And YUM to those cinnabon rolls – I would be in big trouble around those – LOL!!

  6. I am so glad that you got your new frigidaire appliances. I am sure you will use them well.

    BTW… I left a special thank you not for you and your readers here: http://pinktea-cj.blogspot.com/2010/02/pottery-barn-inspired-butterfly.html

  7. I can’t wait for the Cinnabon recipe – it looks scrumptious! I love the idea about featuring the links to recipes we have all tried from Tasty Tuesday too. Thanks for hosting – and I’m glad you are enjoying your wonderful new appliances :)

  8. Your once a month cooking idea is so smart. You must save so much time and money with your system.

    Thanks for hosting Tasty Tuesday. I’ll have to think back to which recipes I’ve tried.

  9. Look at you next to your new BEAUTY!! You and Frigidaire look BEAUTIFUL together!♥……Have fun at Blissdom……look for Flat TidyMom while you’re there!

    Jens Reply:

    @TidyMom, WAIT!!! I thought you were going to Blissdom….aren’t you? Please tell me you are.

  10. Looks like you are having a great time learning about your new appliances. Thanks so much for hosting!

  11. The bread picture cracked me up Jen! Too funny.

  12. I love the tips and all the great pictures!!!!

  13. Thanks for hosting this – I’m new to blogland so this is my first time joining in here.

    Jens Reply:

    @Grace, We are thrilled to have you, Grace…. :)

  14. I think I can smell the cinnamon from here :)
    Have fun at Blissdom!

  15. I am desperately searching for a new pan for my breadmaker, so I can get back to the easy way of making homemade loaves. Yours is looking like so much fun, though. :) Will look forward to the recipes, and enjoy the stove!

  16. Love your blog! This is my first Tasty Tuesday & my first time playing with a Mr.linky! I didn’t put my title up! Sorry!! Next time I will know!

    Jens Reply:

    @Katie, Katie, no worries. You don’t have to put your title, but I welcome it because then this kind of acts as a cook book. People can scan for titles of specific things they might like to make. Glad to have you join us. :)

  17. Your new range looks amazing–wishing you many long years together, LOL. Looking forward to that new bread recipe! :)

    Jens Reply:

    @Tabby, Tabby, no worries. You don’t have to put your title, but I welcome it because then this kind of acts as a cook book. People can scan for titles of specific things they might like to make. Glad to have you join us. :)

    Jens Reply:

    @Tabby, Thanks, Tabby and I acccidentally responded to you when I meant to comment to someone joining in for the first time….oops. I am a mess today :)

  18. Jen, you look adorable in your cute apron! I’m so happy that you’re enjoying your new appliances. The snow days have been wonderful, haven’t they?

    I hope you have a wonderful time at BlissDom. I’m sure it will be great. I wish I could be there, but my husband’s birthday is right in the middle of the conference. Last year we “celebrated” his birthday by finding out that he needed open-heart surgery, so I think I need to be here for a REAL celebration this year!

    And you shouldn’t worry that you won’t know people–they’ll recognize you, because you’re just as gorgeous in real life as you are in the beautiful photos on your blog. They’ll know you and they’ll rush to meet you, I’m sure. Enjoy it!!

  19. You are adorable! I can’t wait to meet you at Blissdom!

  20. Would you mind sharing your yummy bread recipe? This is on my “to do” list today! :)

  21. Hi there – I have you to thank for inspiring me to me my own Cinnabon (like) rolls last weekend….from scratch…that’s right (no small feat for this girl) :). You mentioned them on Twitter and I had.to.have.them. I couldn’t get the idea of oozing cream cheese frosting out of my head.

    Can’t wait to meet you at Blissdom.

  22. I would love to bake more…we even have a bread machine that has way too many layers of dust on it.

    And I noticed the dough rising over the top in the first picture and smiled bigtime! :D

  23. I am sooo happy for you about the appliances! Wow! Really, really cool! Kelly

  24. Thanks for the opportunity to find and share new recipes!

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