Recipe: Sweet Potato Crescent Rolls


I always look forward to making all our favorite Thanksgiving dishes.  Sweet potato casserole is my absolute favorite, but this year I've found a new way to use those sweet potatoes.  These soft, delicious rolls will be a welcome addition to our Thanksgiving table. 


Sweet Potato Crescent Rolls

Makes: Approx. 48 rolls

2 pkgs. active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (100 - 110 degrees)
1/2 cup + 1 tbs. sugar, divided
1 3/4 cup sweet potato, blended until very smooth in food processor (or 1 can)
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 egg
2 1/2 to 3 cups of all purpose flour
2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour (or all white flour)
1 1/2 tsp. salt
2 - 3 tbs. butter, melted

1.  Proof the yeast:  In a small bowl, mix together 1 cup water, 1 tbs. sugar and yeast.  Cover and let sit for 10 minutes.  Yeast should be foaming and bubbly.  If yeast is not foaming, then water was too hot or cold or yeast was too old.  Try again using a thermometer to measure the temperature of the water and make sure the yeast hasn't expired.

2.  In a mixing bowl, beat together yeast mixture, sweet potato, butter, egg, salt and whole wheat flour.  Add enough white flour to make a stiff dough.

3.  Knead on a floured surface, about 6-8 minutes, until smooth and elastic.  Put in a greased bowl, turning to grease the top.  Cover with plastic wrap sprayed with cooking spray and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.

4.  Punch dough down and divide into four equal portions.  Roll each portion into a 12" circle and cut into 12 wedges.

5.  Brush with melted butter and roll each section starting with the wide end.  Place pointed end down on a greased baking sheet, keeping the rolls about 2" apart.  Cover with a towel and let rise until doubled about 40 minutes.

6.  Bake at 375 degrees for 13-15 minutes or until golden brown.




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Meal Plan Monday - October 28



Breakfast
Cereal
Homemade Instant Oatmeal PacketsBlueberries
Scrambled Eggs, Toast

Lunch
Turkey & Cheese Sandwich, Grapes, Crackers
Yogurt, Carrot Sticks, Grapes, Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookie
Mac & Cheese, Peas
Egg Salad Sandwich, Carrot Sticks, Applesauce
Dinner Leftovers

Dinner
Monday:
   Whole Chicken in the Crockpot, Rice, Peas, Sweet Potato Crescent Rolls

Tuesday:
   Spaghetti Pie

Wednesday:
   Tuna Noodle Casserole

Thursday:
   Hamburger Vegetable Soup, Sweet Potato Crescent Rolls

Friday:
   Teriyaki Chicken, Mashed Potato, Corn

Saturday:
   Super Sloppy Joes, Salad

Sunday:
   Leftover Night


Get more menu planning ideas at Menu Plan Monday

Simply Saving Saturday - October 26

One of our vehicles left my husband and children stranded on Sunday and by the end of the week, we had to spend hundreds of dollars to get both of our vehicles fixed.  But on the bright side, we were thankful that we were prepared by having a savings account for situations just like this!

As winter gets closer, the temperatures in the last week have definitely turned colder.  We are now getting temperatures in the 50s during the day, and had to turn the heat on this week.  We've been keeping the thermostat set to 65 during the day and 60 at night.  It's time for hot chocolate and warm slippers!

The days are also getting shorter and we're trying to remember to turn off lights when they aren't being used!

This week a neighbor's cat started using one of the gardens that I had cleaned out as a kitty litter.  For a quick, inexpensive fix I covered the garden with landscaping fabric that was leftover from a project that we did years ago. In the spring, I will have to find another way to keep the cat away--but this is working for now.

My son earned another Book-It coupon for a free personal pan pizza from pizza hut through his school.

I cut our younger son's hair.

I bought bread at the bread store for $.80 each.  I also bought apples for $.69/lb. and grapes for $.97/lb. Eggs were $1.29/dozen--not a stock-up price, but still less expensive than the $1.98 that I've been paying!

My children received a free lego magazine in the mail.  Our younger son was enthralled with the large two-page advertisement of Legoland.  He had the whole trip planned out explaining to me that we could take a plane.  When I told him that it is too far away, his response?  "That's okay, mom, I like long trips!"  Oh, the innocence of childhood!--

Our on-going savings:

**Wash laundry in cold water.

**Save kitchen scraps and eggshells for the compost.

**Use online bill pay to pay our bills.

**Follow a weekly meal plan.

**Earn Swag Bucks for Amazon gift cards that I use to buy gifts.

**Earn Recyclebank points for gift cards, coupons and free magazine subscriptions.

**Husband takes lunch to work everyday.

**Turn lights off when not being used.

**Use cash to buy groceries.

**Use scrap paper for notes and lists.

**Drive to town once a week for shopping and errands.  

**Buy less cereal and eat oatmeal and other homemade breakfasts several times a week.

**Reuse plastic and paper shopping bags for small trash and recycling.


Disclosure: Some of the links in this post are referral links. When a new member signs up using my referral link, I receive bonus points for that referral.

Shoe Boxes for Boys: Shoe Box for 10 - 14 year old

 
Welcome to the Shoe Boxes for Boys series. This year I am focusing on packing boxes for boys after reading a comment on this post about the need for more boxes for boys (especially 10-14 year olds). If you are packing Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes this year, I hope you will discover new ideas and also share your ideas!
 
 
 
Here's what I am including in a 10-14 year old box:

School Supplies
Crayons
Colored Pencils
Pens & Pencils
Pencil Sharpener
Pencil Case
Scissors
Notepad

Toys & Games
Bouncy Ball
Jump Rope
Paddle Ball

Clothing
Hat
Socks

Hygiene Items
Toothpaste
Toothbrush
Comb
Soap

Tools
Bungee Cords

I will also add some candy before dropping it off!  What are your favorite gifts to pack for Operation Christmas Child?


Meal Plan Monday - October 21




Breakfast
Cereal
Homemade Instant Oatmeal PacketsBlueberries
Scrambled Eggs, Toast

Lunch
Turkey & Cheese Sandwich, Yogurt, Carrot Sticks
Pumpkin Bread, Applesauce, Carrot SticksMini Whole Wheat Apple Oatmeal Muffins, Yogurt, Apple Slices
Mac & Cheese, Peas
Egg Salad Sandwich, Carrot Sticks, Applesauce
Dinner Leftovers

Dinner
Monday:
   Smoked Sausage sauteed with onions and peppers, Mashed Potatoes, Corn

Tuesday:
     Bacon Cheeseburger Pasta, Green Beans

Wednesday:
    Crunchy Ranch Fingers, Tater Tots, Peas

Thursday:
   Corn Chowder, Super Easy Whole Wheat Biscuits

Friday:
   Small Group Potluck

Saturday:
   Homemade Pizza (Whole Wheat Pizza Crust, Roasted Tomato Sauce), Tossed Salad

Sunday:
   Chicken Fajitas


Get more menu planning ideas at Menu Plan Monday

Simply Saving Saturday - October 19

There are two things that I find it very difficult to spend money on:  washcloths and socks.  Some of our washcloths are 10 years old, so I was very thankful this week when my mom gave me some much needed washcloths and towels that were given to her.

Our older son earned a coupon for a free personal pan pizza from the Pizza Hut Book-It Program.

A dentist visited our younger son's class and he was given a goody bag with a toothbrush, toothpaste and floss.

I saved the stickers from the Highlights offer we received in the mail to put in an Operation Christmas Child shoe box.

I was very excited to find canned pumpkin for $.99 each!  I also bought molasses for $1.99 (usually over $3) and apples and onions for $.33/lb.

I bought our younger son a shirt and shorts that he will (hopefully) be able to wear next summer for $3.50.

I bought apples on sale last week that we had never tried before and it turned out we didn't really care for them.  I discovered though that they make the best applesauce I have ever had!  Next time I see a sale, I will definitely buy more for applesauce.

In my mailbox: Gain and Pantene samples and coupons from P&G and two free magazines.

Our on-going savings:

**Wash laundry in cold water.

**Save kitchen scraps and eggshells for the compost.

**Use online bill pay to pay our bills.

**Follow a weekly meal plan.

**Earn Swag Bucks for Amazon gift cards that I use to buy gifts.

**Earn Recyclebank points for gift cards, coupons and free magazine subscriptions.

**Husband takes lunch to work everyday.

**Turn lights off when not being used.

**Use cash to buy groceries.

**Use scrap paper for notes and lists.

**Drive to town once a week for shopping and errands.  

**Buy less cereal and eat oatmeal and other homemade breakfasts several times a week.

**Reuse plastic and paper shopping bags for small trash and recycling.


Some of the links in this post are referral links. When a new member signs up using my referral link, I receive bonus points for that referral.

Meal Plan Monday - October 14



Breakfast
Cereal
Homemade Instant Oatmeal PacketsBlueberries
Scrambled Eggs, Toast
Waffles, Fruit

Lunch
Ham & Cheese Sandwich, Yogurt, Carrot Sticks
Mini Whole Wheat Apple Oatmeal Muffins, Yogurt, Apple SlicesMac & Cheese, Peas
Dinner Leftovers

Dinner
Monday:
   Baked Potato Casserole

Tuesday:
    Chicken Noodle Soup

Wednesday:
    Baked Ravioli, Carrot Sticks, Tater Tots

Thursday:
   Creamy Pesto Pasta with Chicken, Broccoli

Friday:
   Southwest Chicken Chili

Saturday:
   Homemade Pizza

Sunday:
   Cheese Quesadillas and Tomato Soup

Get more menu planning ideas at Menu Plan Monday

Simply Saving Saturday - October 12

I stumbled on a few interesting money-saving tips while surfing the web this week:

I shared this post on my Facebook Page this week.  Karrie from Happy Money Saver shared how she paid for some very expensive chicken at Walmart.  I definitely want to try this experiment next time I buy boneless chicken!

On this healthcare savings post, I discovered GoodRX.com.  On this site, you can search for the lowest prescription prices in your area and also find coupons.

A few months ago we purchased an EpiPen for our younger son which cost us almost $300.  Curious to see if I could find a lower price, I searched on this site and discovered a $100 coupon that I could have used toward the purchase of the EpiPen!  The site also gives other helpful information.  I found that a generic EpiPen may be available in 2015, which will help lower the cost of the drug.  I will definitely be using this site before buying any prescriptions.

Here's how we saved this week:



The boys enjoyed the free hay maze and sheep dog demonstration at the Pumpkin Festival.

I was given a container of pesto at the deli of the grocery store.

At another store I was one of the first 50 customers and was given a free loaf of bread.

My husband brought home a handful of gallon sized zipper bags that were going to be thrown away at work. He brought them home and I used a few of them to pack Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes (soap and candy have to be doubled bagged separately from other items).

I bought gifts from Amazon with gift cards I earned from Swagbucks.com.  They were delivered in two days thanks to a free 3-month trial of Amazon Mom.

I bought a whole chicken for $.99/lb., carrots for $.40/lb. and found more great cereal deals.  My husband loves sausage and I couldn't resist buying ground sausage on sale with a coupon for $1.50/lb.

Shoe Boxes for Boys: Shoe Box for 5 - 9 year old


Welcome to the Shoe Boxes for Boys series. This year I am focusing on packing boxes for boys after reading a comment on this post about the need for more boxes for boys (especially 10-14 year olds). If you are packing Operation Christmas Child shoe boxes this year, I hope you will discover new ideas and also share your ideas!

Operation Christmas Child Collection Week is November 18-25 and after shopping and saving items all year for the shoe boxes, it's time to start wrapping and packing!


This box was packed for the 5 - 9 year old age group and includes:
Hat & Mittens
Fat Quarter Drawstring Bag
Comb
Soap
Soap Pouch
Toy Dinosaur
Matchbox Car
Paddle Ball 
Jump Rope
Bouncy Ball
Pens
Pencils
Pencil Sharpener
Crayons
Stamp Set
Stickers
Notepad
There were a few things I added after I took the picture:
Toothpaste
Toothbrush
Lollipops

If you are planning on packing shoe boxes this year for Operation Christmas Child, here are a few links that you may find helpful:


Find a drop-off point (Australia)

About Me coloring page to include in shoe box (UK-scroll down to bottom of page)



Note: The information shared in this series will follow the OCC-US regulations. When packing shoe boxes from other countries, please refer to the rules and regulations from that country as they vary greatly from country to country. Thank you!

Operation Christmas Child Australia
Operation Christmas Child UK

Meal Plan Monday - October 7




Breakfast
Cereal
Homemade Instant Oatmeal PacketsBlueberries
Scrambled Eggs, Toast
Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal

Lunch
Turkey & Cheese Sandwich, Granola Bar, Carrot Sticks
Peanut Butter or Cream Cheese & Blueberry Jam Sandwich, Crackers, Grapes
Turkey & Apple Wrap, Pretzels
Cheese Quesadillas & Salsa, Grapes
Mac & Cheese, Peas
Dinner Leftovers

Dinner
Monday:
   Chicken and Rice SoupMile High Biscuits

Tuesday:
    Spaghetti

Wednesday:
    Whole Chicken in a Crock Pot, Mashed Potato, Squash from our garden, Corn, Leftover Biscuits

Thursday:
   Black Bean & Veggie Stir Fry with Rice

Friday:
   Chicken Noodle Soup, Garlic Bread Sticks

Saturday:
   Birthday Party Dinner

Sunday:
   Pizza


Get more menu planning ideas at Menu Plan Monday

Simply Saving Saturday - October 5


Even though autumn means that winter is right around the corner, I can't help but love the beautiful foliage we see here in the fall.  We raked up big piles of leaves so that the boys could jump in them.  I also added leaves to the compost and to the garden.

I planted mums that I was given in one of the pots that we used for the tomatoes.  I have never been able to get them to survive the winters here, but I read online that I could plant them in a pot, cut them back, keep them watered through the winter and plant them in the spring. This way they have a chance to get established and will have a better chance of surviving through the winters.  I am hoping this little experiment works!

At the store this week I bought carrots for $.66/lb. and grapes for $.97/lb.  I also price matched at Walmart and used coupons to get cereal for under $2 a box.  Two of the boxes had cereal coupons on the back that I was able to use to get an even better deal.  Even though we are eating less cereal, I like to stock up when I find a great deal.

I bought bread at the bread store for $.99 per loaf.

While I was at Rite Aid to buy milk, I just happened to notice seed packets on sale for $.24 each.  I was excited to find vegetables that I was planning for next year's garden - spinach, lettuce and onions!  I also bought a packet of banana peppers that I thought would be fun to try.

In the kitchen this week I cooked a whole chicken, made chicken broth and garlic bread sticks.

I worked on a new blog project and was able to create the design myself with a photo editor.

Our on-going savings:

**Wash laundry in cold water.

**Save kitchen scraps and eggshells for the compost.

**Use online bill pay to pay our bills.

**Follow a weekly meal plan.

**Earn Swag Bucks for Amazon gift cards that I use to buy gifts.

**Earn Recyclebank points for gift cards, coupons and free magazine subscriptions.

**Husband takes lunch to work everyday.

**Turn lights off when not being used.

**Use cash to buy groceries.

**Use scrap paper for notes and lists.

**Drive to town once a week for shopping and errands.  

**Buy less cereal and eat oatmeal and other homemade breakfasts several times a week.

**Reuse plastic and paper shopping bags for small trash and recycling.


Some of the links in this post are referral links. When a new member signs up using my referral link, I receive bonus points for that referral.