My mom always made Pillsbury orange rolls as part of holiday breakfasts. I love those little suckers. I could eat a whole pan by myself. They kind of melt in your mouth like Krispy Kremes.
So for Easter breakfast, I wanted to make orange rolls. Because I love the combination of coconut and citrus, and had a can of coconut milk and a bag of shredded coconut staring at me from the pantry, I decided to mix it up a little bit and make Orange-Coconut Rolls.
I was not disappointed and I don’t think you will be either!
Just a warning, though: this recipe makes 24+ rolls. I didn’t realize that before I made the dough. So make sure you have room to store/freeze/give away some or at least 6 children before you proceed. Or cut the recipe in half.
In a saucepan over medium-low heat, combine coconut milk, sugar, and coconut oil. Heat until sugar is dissolved and oil is melted. Remove from stovetop; sprinkle yeast over the top of the milk mixture. Let sit a few minutes.
Meanwhile, in a large bowl combine 2 cups whole wheat flour and 2 cups white flour. Pour milk mixture into the bowl and stir well to combine. Cover loosely and let rise at least 1 hour.
After rising, add additional 1/2 c. white flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and orange zest. Knead for a few minutes, then roll out to a large rectangle (about 10x30 inches).
Spread rectangle with butter, then marmalade. Sprinkle with brown sugar and press into the dough. Sprinkle with salt.
Tightly roll the rectangle lengthwise, pinching seam to seal. Use a serrated knife to cut into 1-inch slices and place slices in a buttered pan(s).
Heat oven to 375F, letting rolls rise a little more while you wait for the oven to heat up.
Bake rolls 17-20 minutes, until done through.
Mix all icing ingredients in a bowl. If you want more of an actual frosting, you can add a lot more powdered sugar. This is just a glaze.
Sprinkle shredded coconut over the rolls. Pour icing over hot rolls and let cool a little before serving.
When I was young and maybe when I was in college, we always did the whole Easter egg hunt hoopla. My sister and I would scurry around the house, searching behind curtains, eventually going to a game of “hot and cold” so no eggs would be left behind. Then, hyped up on jelly beans, we were off to church in new dresses. (Although not frilly ones – my dad was anti-frills.)
With my own kids, I am trying to separate Resurrection Day and the Bunny/Chick/Egg Easter a little more. The kids have done their Easter egg hunting, candy devouring, etc. But this past week we’ve tried to focus on Jesus and the Resurrection.
But I also have a little secret hiding in my closet. A very lovely and very FULL Easter basket from Hershey’s. The people from Hershey’s were at Blissdom, and of course I had to go meet them since my dad works there. We had a fun talk about the town and about their Bunny Hop, where bloggers are talking Easter traditions and tips. If you’re still looking for ideas for Springtime treats, Hershey’s has some fun ones on their site.
[In full disclosure, we're trying to cut out food coloring from our kids' diets, so my husband and I may be eating much of it ourselves or giving it to his dorm boys. After I eat most of the mini-eggs.]
You can’t tell we have a total weakness for Reese’s and Cadbury, can you?
We started talking about Passover and its history on day 2. Libbie and I read about Pharaoh, the ten plagues, and the exit of the Israelites from Egypt in the Jesus Storybook Bible (which I found! yes!). Then we made matzah bread.
Now we’ll move on to talking about the Last Supper, where Jesus celebrated Passover with His disciples. Then we will talk about Peter’s denial being predicted and how Peter denied Jesus three times.
We did all the things on our list other than read from the Jesus Storybook Bible because I CAN’T FIND IT TO SAVE MY LIFE. Eeeek! How is that possible? I’m going to keep searching because I really want it this week. I read to Libbie from my Bible instead.
It was another really hard day with Libbie. She didn’t even nap to give me a little break. She broke every rule, ignored everything I said, and refused to get excited or have fun. But I just kept trying … and didn’t yell TOO much.
Tomorrow we’re talking about the anointing of Jesus at Bethany and His preparations for the Last Supper. Our outline will be up in the morning. And tomorrow’s another day … right?
Slightly belated because of our 4-day power outage, but here are some pictures of Easter at our home. I of course took zero pictures of the part where we had people over for dinner! Too busy talking and eating, I guess!
My dress is from Lane Bryant, Libbie’s dress and hat are Janie and Jack bought at a consignment sale, and David’s outfit is from Cracker Barrel – thanks to my sister, Ashley, for finding it!
I am kind of disturbed that I don’t have a plan for our Easter dinner yet. It’s very unlike me! I’m considering just going to the farmer’s market tomorrow and seeing what jumps out at me. I always, always make a ham, but we’re probably just going to have 4 (and Libbie) to feed so it seems ridiculous to buy a whole big ham.
Tara’s egg solution? The exact same thing I tried last week when I made hard-boiled eggs for our cross mosaic. For some reason I am incapable of making truly hard-boiled eggs. The ones for our mosaic were 100% soft-boiled. Ew.
Anyway … what would you make for a nice Easter dinner for 4 + a toddler?
Do you think we could have taken a picture where Libbie looks a little more grouchy?? And this is the only picture we got before she spit up on her dress. I am seriously going to buy Easter stuff for 75% off, stick some bunny ears on her, put her in a basket, and take pictures now. Close enough!
Today, we are having six friends over to our house to celebrate Christ’s resurrection with us.
Yesterday, I fell off the sidewalk trying to get to our car to go to Target and buy Libbie bunny ears, and sprained my ankle. And skinned my knee. And managed to do something bad to my already-problematic back. (Ye old twisted tailbone of pregnancy fame has been haunting me again.)
Our house isn’t clean. I can barely walk. Did you know it’s nearly impossible to care for an infant when you have a hard time picking her up and going up and down the stairs takes 10 minutes?
Mr. V has been wonderful, waiting on me hand and foot and taking care of the baby, and I know he will make everything come together for today.
And you know what? I’m not perfect, and I never will be, this side of heaven. I do stupid things, both on accident–see above–and on purpose. I don’t do what I want in my heart to do to please God (Romans 7:15).
But you know what?
You see, at just the right time, when we were still powerless, Christ died for the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly dare to die. But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:6-8).
I am rejoicing this morning, with my wonderful church family and belivers around the world, that I am a sinner–but God still wanted me and wants me with Him. He died for me. And then He rose again.