I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
My Thanksgiving break hasn’t quite ended yet and I am loving every minute of it. This was the first in 5 Thanksgivings that I have had the opportunity to spend it with my extended relatives. Typically, my extended family gets together every year, but it has always been out of state and my little family can’t make it. This year we got to go and every second has been wonderful. I love each of my relatives. They are all such witty and funny people, that literally every second is a riot.
My husband left on travel last Monday and made it home just in time for Thanksgiving, only to have to leave again on travel early this last Monday morning. He gets back home today and I can’t wait to go pick him up from the airport! However, him being on travel has given me a little bit of extra time to hang out with my awesome family, so I can’t complain. My mom is one of my best friends and being at home gives me such a warm and comforting feeling.
A highlight from this past holiday break would have to be Black Friday shopping! I go every year and I get such a thrill from it! from 9:00 pm Thanksgiving until about 4 of 5 am the day after, I am out on the streets and in stores trying to get my hands on the greatest deals. This year, I got to go with my one of my best friends growing up and it was SO much fun! My best purchase of the night that had me smiling from ear to ear would have to be my new Kitchen Aid! I am seriously so so excited! I got it for a steal of a deal! Are you a Black Friday Shoppers? What was your best purchase of the night?!
This recipe comes from my grandma’s cookbook and is a family favorite! My family has made these as far back as I can remember. They remind me of my mom and grandma. This is my mom’s favorite bread item. Even the smell of them reminds me of her. I hope you enjoy these as much as my family does!
1 Tbsp. yeast
1/2 cup oil
1 tsp. salt
1/3 cup sugar
1-1/4 cup warm milk
2 Tbsp. orange peel, grate
d1/4 cup orange juice
approx. 5 cup flour
Stir yeast, warm milk, oil, salt and sugar together and let stand 5 minutes to get the yeast activated and happy.
Mix in remaining ingredients and add as much flour as needed for soft dough.
Knead 10 minutes.
Cover and let rise until dough has doubled in size.
Put on floured board and let rise an additional 10 minutes.
Roll 18 in x10 in rectangle and about 1.5 inches thick.
Cut in half (9 in x 10 in).
Cut into 1/2 inch strips.
Tie each strip into a knot.
Rise on greased cookie sheet for about 45 minutes.
Bake at 400 F for 12 minutes.
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, softened
3 Tbsp. orange juice
2 tsp. vanilla
1 box (16 oz.) powdered sugar
1 Tbsp. orange rind
You can add more milk or powdered sugar to get it to the consistency you want it.