Category: Recipes

A Friday Dinner: Homemade Enchiladas


 So we thought we would give enchiladas a try! This turned out to be a cultural experience our children won’t easily forget! Needless to say, Mama added much chili pepper to the homemade sauce, Papa played Spanish music on his Spanish guitar, and the children swore they could never eat Spanish or Mexican food again! Next time, less chili powder.

How to make the dish?

STEP ONE: Fry the tortilla for a few seconds on an iron skillet. Then dip the tortilla in hot homemade enchilada sauce. We used canned tomato sauce and added chili powder and cumin.

STEP TWO: Place the dipped tortilla on a cutting board and fill it with desired ingredients. This was a Friday, so we added cheddar and garden chives (common and garlic). Roll the tortilla and place it in a baking dish, crease side down.



STEP 3:  Continue steps 1-2 until the pan is full. Pour remaining sauce over the enchiladas and sprinkle with cheese.

STEP FOUR: Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until bubbly (about 20 minutes).

SIDE DISHES: Sour Cream, Refried Beans, Refried Rice!

Tuna Melts for a Friday Supper


Fridays are always tricky in our household. We do not eat meat any Friday, and when everything is in chaos, we can’t fall back on hot dogs that day. Admittedly, Mr. Rolling is a better cook, and he came up with these Tuna Melts! Atop a slice of sour dough bread, he placed cheddar cheese, the tuna mix, more cheddar cheese, and a tomato slice. He then grilled the melts in the outdoor grill until the bread was well-toasted and the cheese was well-melted.

What is in the Tuna mix? 2 cans of tuna, salt, pepper, diced pickles, and mayonnaise. The kids ate it right up!

A Tortellini Cheese Sauce


What’s in the sauce?

  • 2 T butter
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 2 T flour
  • 4 cups milk
  • 1 T pesto (see last year’s post!)
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan
  • 1 large, chopped tomato
  • salt
  • pepper

Melt butter in a skillet. Saute garlic. Stir in the flour until well-mixed with garlic and butter. Stir in the milk. Once milk is heated through, add the pesto and cheeses. After they are well-stirred, remove skillet from the heat and add the chopped tomato, salt, and pepper. Add cooked tortellini if you want it to soak in the sauce! Allow to sit covered at least 5 minutes. This sat on our table until the kids had finished setting out the dishes.

Serve with mushrooms sauteed in pesto and garlic.

A Quick Friday Dinner: Tuna Cheese Pasta



  • 1 T olive oil
  • 2 cans of Tuna Fish
  • 1 T salt
  • 1 onion
  • 1/2 c. flour
  • 1 box (1 lb.) pasta
  • milk
  • 1 t. Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 drops hot sauce
  • 1 T spicy mustard
  • 2 cups cheese
  • 1 large tomato

Sautee Tuna, salt, and onion in olive oil. After Tuna is cooked, add the four and stir. Pour in enough milk to cook the pasta, the pasta, sauces, and mustard. Once pasta has cooked, slowly stir in cheese and set aside from the heat. Add chopped tomato to top. Just before serving, stir the entire dish. Serve hot.

Using Dry and Stale Bread: A Breakfast Casserole


We dislike wasting food around our house, so even when bread becomes stale, there is a use for it! This tasty casserole is a family favorite and can be made with any bread that has become too dry or stale. In fact, the drier, the better! Since this can be mixed the night before breakfast, I especially enjoy it! I wake up early, put it in the oven, and have some quiet time before the rest of the family wakes up.

How to make it: Simply crumble your bread into a large baking dish. Sour Dough Bread is the best for this, but any old bread will do (white, wheat, hot dog and hamburger buns, etc.) Sprinkle cinnamon all over, and add a fruit of your choice. This is also great with cream cheese!

Finally, whisk together 4-5 eggs and 3-4 cups of milk, and pour over the bread mixture. Let sit overnight, then bake (covered with tinfoil) at 400 degrees Fahrenheit for 45 minutes to 1 hour. You want it to be moist, but not under-cooked.



Homemade Hashbrowns – Quick!

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You do need a fair amount of elbow grease, but these hashbrowns are too good not to be worth it. Simply grate some potatoes, squeeze out the juice, and throw on the griddle with some bacon grease. You will have hashbrowns in minutes!


Rolling Chocolate-Chip Macaroons



  • 1/2 cup homemade yogurt
  • 1 1/2 t. vanilla extract
  • 1/8 t. salt
  • 1 egg
  • 3 1/2 cups coconut flakes
  • 1/8 cup powdered sugar (or 1 teaspoon Agave)
  • 1/2 – 1 cup chocolate chips

Mix together all ingredients in medium-sized bowl. Put spoonfuls of cookie mix on buttered cookie sheet. Bake at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for 25 minutes. That’s it!

A Rhubarb-Apple-Blueberry Crisp for Dessert

Fresh Rhubarb, canned apples, and frozen blueberries

If the children are napping a bit longer than expected, I often have a few spare minutes to whip together a dessert. This particular type of dessert lends itself well to a child’s help, too.

What goes in the bottom?

  • chopped rhubarb (2-3 stalks)
  • sliced apples (from the jar)
  • 1/4-1/2 cup frozen blueberries

What goes on top?

  • approx. 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 – 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • dash of cinnamon
  • 1/2-1 stick of butter mixed into the above dry ingredients either by child’s fingers or mom’s pastry knife.

*Please remember that I do not measure anything, so these are estimates!

Chocolate Chip Cookies are Easy!


What goes in?

  • 1 stick of melted butter
  • 1 cup of flour with 1/2 t. baking soda and 1/4 t. salt mixed in
  • 1 cup of brown sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup of chocolate chips
  • 1 splash of vanilla

That’s easy to remember, right?

How to mix?

  • While your butter is melting in a cast-iron skillet, mix your flour, salt, and baking soda. Set to the side.
  • In a bowl, add the sugar.
  • Pour melted butter over the sugar.
  • Stir until sugar is well-mixed.
  • Add 1/2 of the flour mixture. Stir well.
  • Add the egg and stir well.
  • Add the vanilla and the rest of the flour mixture, stirring well.
  • Stir in the chocolate chips.

I usually spoon the cookie dough onto cookie trays right away, but you can place your dough in the refrigerator for a while. This will allow you to make plumper and rounder cookies.

Holy Saturday: Preparing for the Easter Feast

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We did not purchase flowers for this feast day as the wild flowers are growing in abundance and #1 so loves to pick flowers! We made some simple flower arrangements with chickweed, rue anemone, daffodils, hyacinth, red-bud branches, and wild violets. The wild violet we dug up out of the ground and potted it to enjoy throughout the month of April.

We were able to identify the flowers with our new, handy, little Wild Flowers Golden Guide book.

While the Papa, #2, and #3 were off running errands and taking the trash down the mountain, we ladies enjoyed preparing the dishes for Easter day.

#1 peeling boiled eggs for the stuffing.

#1 was such a huge help this year! She crumbled the cornbread and peeled the eggs for the cornbread stuffing. She also washed all the sweet potatoes and poked holes in them with a fork. Finally, she helped me prepare the cake batter and played with #4 while I made icing.  For the first time in Rolling family history, we had everything prepped for Easter day BEFORE Easter day.

What do I put in my cornbread dressing?

  • cornbread, crumbled (family recipe)
  • 6 boiled and chopped egg whites (the kids eat the yolks for a snack)
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1/2 onion, chopped
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • soak in chicken broth 1-2 days before cooking