Fresh Dinner Rolls

Dinner Rolls

Garrett’s Dinner Rolls
They’re absolutely scrumptious. Perfect for any type of dinner. Fancy or plain.

Shaping the Rolls
I was taught by my grandmother that what makes a Butterhorn, Parker House, Clover or dinner roll is the method used to shape the roll. Otherwise, the dough is the same.

Preparation Time: 3½ hours
Makes 2 to 3 dozen

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Kentucky Bourbon Balls

Vickie’s Bourbon Balls
Although Bourbon has been around since the 18th Century, Bourbon balls were a 20th century invention. As the story goes anyway. In 1919, two substitute school teachers named Ruth Hanly Booe and Rebecca Gooch began a candy-making business in Frankfort, Kentucky. Soon, The Rebecca Ruth Candy Company and their chocolates were a big hit. In 1936 a dignitary was taking a tour of the business and made an off handed comment about mixing candy and Kentucky’s famous bourbon together. Mrs. Booe worked on the recipe for two years before perfecting the still-secret process for blending bourbon and candy.

Bourbon is an American whiskey, a type of distilled spirit, made primarily from corn and named for Bourbon County, Kentucky. It has been produced since the 18th century and is a “distinctive product of the United States.” So said the United States Congress on May 4th 1964. The Bourbon Trail or Kentucky Bourbon Trail is the name given to the area in Kentucky where the state’s bourbon distilleries are located. It is an official trail launched by seven of the eight distilleries in the region. Recently, the eighth distillery, Tom Moore Distillery, joined the trail.

Some believe a bourbon cookie served on the tables of Gentleman and high society during the era of Continental America, is the original source of the rolled bourbon ball. There is evidence of this cookie in letters and documents found in Williamsburg, Virginia during the time the Continental Congress was establishing the U.S. Constitution. One thing is for sure, the traditional Rebecca Ruth Bourbon Balls do not resemble the rolled and coated candy dough that is often seen on party tables. But others believe her idea was the inspiration for the rolled candy ball and the bourbon cookie was something totally different. It’s hard to say for sure, without knowing what’s in the secret recipe.

Preparation Time: 30 Minutes
Serves: 3 dozen Ingredients:

  • 3 c vanilla wafer crumbs
  • 2 c confectioners sugar
  • 1 c pecans, very finely chopped
  • ¼ tblspn white corn syrup
  • ½ c Kentucky bourbon
  • 1 c finely chopped Pecans


  • ½ cup crushed Pecans
  • ½ cup confectioners sugar
  • ½ cup cinnamon sugar


  • Finely crush vanilla wafers into a large bowl.
    It takes about 1½ cups of whole wafers to make 1 cup of crushed wafers.
  • Add confectioners sugar and mix thoroughly.
  • In a cup, combine the Kentucky Bourbon and corn syrup. Mix thoroughly.
  • Mix the liquid and powder together as well as possible. You can use a spoon, but I’ve found simply kneading the mixture by hand works a lot better.
  • Place the ‘coverings’ listed above on 4 separate paper plates.
  • Form the bourbon wafers into small bite sized balls
  • Roll the ball in one of the coverings until it’s totally covered. Then set the ball aside on wax paper to set. You can also mix and match the coverings, for instance, roll a ball in the confection sugar, and then roll it into the pecans and set aside. You’ll have a variety of coated flavors when done.


  • Bourbon balls can be served cold or at room temperature.
  • They should be stored refrigerated


  • You can replace the pecans with any of your favorite nuts.
  • You can use chocolate wafers instead of vanilla to create chocolate bourbon balls
  • Some recipes call for refrigeration of the dough before it’s rolled into balls. I have found this doesn’t work well at all. The dough should be slightly sticky and damp in order for the coverings to stick to the sides.

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Hot Toddy Cold Remedy

GrandMa Great’s Hot Toddy Cold Remedy
I’m not sure where we got this recipe, but it’s a Holland favorite. We’ve used it on several occasions and it truly works on a sore throat and helps you rest during a cold.

We think Gary found it in his GrandMa Great’s papers. So we’re going to attribute it to her.

Preparation time: 5 minutes Ingredients

  • 2 oz Jack Daniels Whiskey (not Jack Daniels Honey)
  • 1 tblspn honey
  • 1 tspn lemon juice
  • 4 oz water


  • Pour Jack Daniels into a hot safe mug and set aside.
  • In a medium sauce pan, heat the water to boiling.
  • Reduce heat and add the lemon and honey.
  • Stir until honey is dissolved in the water. 
  • Pour heated mixture into the mug with the Jack Daniels and stir.
  • Add a slice of Lemon or a cinnamon stick if desired

Serve hot, and enjoy, preferably while you’re under a nice warm blanket!
You might also like Maw Stoots’s recipe to Rum out a  Cold.


  • Any whiskey brand will do.
  • You can divide the water measurement into
    • 1 oz lemon juice
    • with 3 oz water
  • Instead of a lemon you can use lime. But don’t use orange.
  • You can stir with cinnamon sticks.
  • Honey is a natural antiseptic and cough suppressant. It’s the one thing you shouldn’t trade out in your hot toddy.

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Recipe: Hot Toddy

Maw Stoots’ Hot Toddy
Maw Stoots had this in her recipe box, but she couldn’t remember where she got it from. Just what you need to run away a cold, or knock out a chill.

Preparation time: 5 minutes


  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • A dab of butter – 1/4 teaspoon will do
  • Add a jigger of rum – 1 1/2 ounces
  • 3 oz of spring water
  • 1 slice of fresh lemon
  • Optional: Sprinkle of ground cloves


  • Pour the rum into a large warmed up mug.
    You can warm the mug by bathing it in hot water under the tap. Dry it off and set it on or near the stove.
  • In a medium sauce pan, bring the water to a slight boil.
  • Reduce heat and add the butter.
  • Once melted and mixed, add the brown sugar and cloves.
  • Add the rum and stir.
  • Pour the butter mix into the rum mug.
  • Stir with a cinnamon stick.

Serve hot and enjoy, preferably while you’re under a nice warm blanket!
You might also like GrandMa Great’s Hot Toddy Cold Remedy.


  • You can use margarine instead of butter.
  • You can add 2 oz of water with 1 oz of orange, lemon or lime juice.
  • Or use 3 oz of water with 1 tspn of fresh orange, lemon or lime juice extract.
    (orange works best with the cinnamon stick).

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Recipe: Got The Blues Brew

Maw Stoots Got The Blues Brew:
For those rainy day blues, here’s an apple a day to keep the doctor away drink. A great old homeopathic remedy to help you feel relaxed and warm inside.
Preparation time: 4 hours to prepare, add 6 hours to allow mixture to stand before serving


  • 2 quarts cut apples
  • 4 quarts water
  • 3 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoon cinnamon
    1 orange, cut into small pieces.
  • 3 cups of sugar
    Makes about 4 quarts of brew.


  • Freshly picked apples are best. Harvest enough to make 2 quarts of cubed apples.
  • Core the apples, but do not skin them.
  • Wash the apples in cold water then slice them into 1 inch cubes.
  • Select a large orange and peal the rein.
  • Separate the slices and if necessary, remove the seeds.
  • In a large stew pot, mix the water and sugar to boiling for about 1 minute.
  • Reduce heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly.
  • Add the cut apples and cook for approximately 3 hours. Stirring often. But do not let mixture come to a strong boil.
  • Add white vinegar and orange slices. Allow to simmer for 30 minutes. Stirring frequently.
  • Turn off heat and let mixture cool upon the stove.
  • Once cooled, strain the mixture through a double ply cheesecloth, squeezing the leftover fruit pieces to remove all the juice.
  • Pour the liquid into a jug, such as a glass cider jug.
  • Cover with a lid, but DO NOT screw the cap down tightly.
  • Store in your refrigerator.
  • Drink over ice, or you can warm single cups adding a cinnamon stick for additional flavor.

The Left Overs
You don’t have to throw away the ‘mushed’ apples and oranges. Use these leftovers to make a taste apple sauce.
Preparation time: 20 minutes

  • Drop the leftover fruit from the cheese cloth onto a large cookie sheet.
  • Using a spoon or potato masher, flatten the leftovers over the sheet.
  • At this point it should be fairly easy to find the remaining orange skins and remove them from the mixture.
  • Return the remaining ingredients to the pot.
  • Add 2 cups of water and ½ cup brown sugar.
  • Cook over medium heat, stirring the brown sugar into mixture until melted.
  • Top with marshmallows and bake for 10 minutes
  • Cool until warm and serve.


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How NASCAR Fans Watch Baseball

2016-mlb-002016 World Series – Game 7
Last night, like a lot of people, I watched the final game of the World Series with the Chicago Cubs and the Cleveland Indians. And also like a lot of people, I watched it while following my normal Twitter feed. Now for me, that means I watched a Major League Baseball game with a bunch of NASCAR fans, tweeting about baseball. Talk about some funny tweets. 

But it wasn’t until the final 10th inning when I realized these two sports are more a like than they are different. That’s when the Chicago Cubs brought in their pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. You see, in NASCAR we have a Carl Edwards too. And he is also in the final playoff races to the NASCAR Championship. And that got me thinking about how a NASCAR fan would call the game on Twitter.

Baseball From A NASCAR Tweeter:
The baseball Tweets are provided courtesy of The Wall Street Journal – World Series Game 7: Live Updates. Continue reading

Words That Touch The Soul

bobstroody-silhouettes-in-the-nightThe Magic of Poetry 

Every now and then you may come across a phrase out of no where that you can’t let go of. Perhaps it’s a poignant moment in a TV show, a movie, maybe even an Internet meme. What ever it is, the words touch you in a way that grabs hold of your mind and you need to know more.

Thankfully in today’s world your only a little search tool away from looking into the Library of Alexandria and discovering more. That happened to me tonight.

While watching a rebroadcast of Inspector Lewis, one of the characters recites a line from a P.B. Shelled poem “And the moonbeams kiss the sea“.  There was something magical in that phrase and I felt drawn to finding where it comes from.

It wasn’t hard to find. And I’m glad I made the effort. It’s that last paragraph that truly touched my soul.

P. B. Shelley

Love’s Philosophy

The fountains mingle with the river
And the rivers with the ocean,
The winds of heaven mix for ever
With a sweet emotion;

Nothing in the world is single,
All things by a law divine
In one another’s being mingle—
Why not I with thine?

See the mountains kiss high heaven,
And the waves clasp one another;
No sister-flower would be forgiven
If it disdain’d its brother;

And the sunlight clasps the earth,
And the moonbeams kiss the sea—
What are all these kissings worth,
If thou kiss not me?


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I Cracked Myself Up

If You Can’t Laugh At Your Own Humor

You’re missing out on a lot of silly, funny, seriously ridiculous things!


More About Tony, NASCAR and Racing

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What Smoke Means To Race Fans

Tony Stewart 2016.07.24 at Indy

Tony Stewart 2016.07.24 at Indy

Tony Stewart Tributes

This past Sunday, 3-Time Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart ran his last race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway (IMS). It was an emotional weekend for sure. Not only for Tony, but for his family, friends and fans too.

Tony was born in Columbus Indiana and IMS is his home track. He’s also the only active Cup driver born in Indiana who still lives in Indiana on a regular basis. He’s a beloved native son and no one has said how much he’s respected and appreciated in Indiana than Robert Riddle’s article “Logging Laps: The Final Lap“.

As a Stewart fan, I always want more stories like this about the good things Tony does for the Racing communities around the world. I think those things he does that some how sneak out through other sources show the kind of man he really is.

Like the 2013 Kyle Larson Daytona Crash into the fence where several fans were hurt and taken to the hospital. Tony won that race. The first thing we saw him do was ask about the fans. Then he kept his winning celebration very low-key out of respect for those who were hurt. It wasn’t until months later we found out Tony went to the hospital and visited with every fan who was injured. And it wasn’t an in and out, I’m sorry you were hurt. He sat with everyone for as long as they welcomed him. That’s class. Continue reading

Indy Reveals Dirt Track For Tony

Indianapolis Motor Speedway Builds Tony Stewart A 3/16th-mile Dirt Track
July 5th, 2016


In honor of NASCARs 3-Time Sprint Cup Champion Tony Stewart in this last and final season of his Cup career the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, his home track built the People’s Champ a dirt track.

The track made the announcement at the end of last month Indy Builds Tony Stewart A 3/16th-mile Dirt Track on Twitter. Today was the big reveal for Tony and his USAC friends. Bryan Clauson, Sarah Fisher, Keith Kuntz and several others attended today’s exhibition. Continue reading