Orange Breakfast Rolls (Orange Sweet Rolls - like a Cinnamon Roll but orange flavored!)

I don't like cinnamon rolls - I've never in my life had (nor craved) one of the oh-so-popular cinnamon buns they sell at the mall. I don't eat many breads, I don't usually eat breakfast... but OH HOW I LOVE THESE.

Play with this recipe - use your favorite dough or even a store bought bread dough you've thawed and rolled out.  You can also use fresh oranges for the juice and zest if you wish.  I usually just buy a can of frozen concentrate when I'm going to make these.  

Orange Breakfast Rolls

Dough: You can use a loaf of store bought dough, thaw and roll out to a rectangle approximately 10X15 or make a simple dough like this one; You can use your own favorite bread dough for these.  Here is a basic dough recipe if you don't have a go-to.

1 pk. dry yeast (about 2 1/4 t)
3/4 c warm water
1/3 c sugar
1 t salt
1/3 c oil
3 eggs, beaten
1/4 c evaporated milk
4 - 4 1/2 c flour
Real butter, soft
Orange juice concentrate
White sugar
Dried orange peel (or fresh zest if you have fresh oranges on hand to use!)

Dissolve yeast in the water in a bowl. Add the rest of the ingredients and knead either by hand or with the dough hook of your electric mixer. Use more or less flour so the dough is the right consistency and not too sticky or wet. Knead about 5 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, cover and let raise until doubled. Punch down. Roll out on parchment paper or a floured surface to form a large rectangle. Aim for about 16-18 inches across and 12-15 wide.

  • Spread with real butter (about 3 T or so)
  • Drizzle with about 1 T orange juice concentrate or use about 2-3 T fresh juice
  • Spread liberally with white granulated sugar or sweetener
  • Sprinkle with dried orange peel or with fresh zest

Roll up the long way. Slice into 1 inch slices and place in a heavily greased baking pan or muffin tin. I used a 'lasagna' pan which is slightly larger than the traditional 13X9" so I made 16 of them (4 across, 4 down). You could make it into 12 - 16 depending on your pan and how thick you want them. Place them into the pan. Cover and let raise in a warm place until double in size (about 3 hours). Bake at 350 degrees about 15-20 minutes until center rolls are done. If you want to make them ahead and freeze; let rise about 1 hour and then cover and place in the deep freeze. When you want to use them, remove from the freezer, let thaw and then let them raise about 1-2 hours past thawing until they double in size. Bake as directed.

Let them cool a bit and then cover with a simple powdered sugar glaze.
One idea is this;

1 stick butter
4 c powdered sugar
1-2 t dried orange zest
1-2 T orange juice concentrate or again, fresh juice if you prefer

Mix and spread on warm but cooled rolls.

Put into a greased bowl, cover and let rise

After rising and punching down, roll out to a large rectangle and spread with real butter
Sprinkled with dried orange peel

Drizzle with as much or little orange juice concentrate as you wish
Rolled up lengthwise and ready to slice into approximately 16 one inch slices to let raise and bake

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Wilton Recipe Right 13 x 9 Inch Oblong Pan
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Wilton Parchment Paper


Smile Brilliant Teeth Whitening System Promo Coupon Code, Contest and Review! #SmileFearlessly

An American Housewife is teaming up with a free whitening kit from Smile Brilliant for today's post!

Wearing the custom fitted whitening trays right now in this photo!!
The team at Smile Brilliant reached out to me last month to test their custom made teeth whitening system in return for my honest opinion. 

I am a coffee drinker.  Strong. Dark. Hot. Black.  And five (yes... FIVE) cups every morning, brewed at 6 oz. size. But that isn't exactly something I want my teeth to tell you when you look at me.  Although I use the store bought whitening strips about once a year, I've always wanted to try a custom made system like they advertise and sell at my dentist's office.  But I don't have that kind of budget.  When I agreed to give Smile Brilliant a review, I found a system to rival my dentists office - only this is one I get to do right in my own home.  (Professional In-Office Treatment vs. At-Home Systems.)

This is after only 7 days of whitening.


Before I get to the nitty gritty details for those who want to see the system up close, I want to get the coupon code posted for those who already know and love this product and want to order it themselves but were looking for a Smile Brilliant coupon code before ordering.

For 15% off your Smile Brilliant order use this code:   


I am also hosting a giveaway contest for my readers with an EASY entry system!  All you need is your first name and email. That's it - because no one wants to give away their personal information, right?  So click here to enter with your first name and email.  

The contest is for a $149 Smile Brilliant credit to get your own system like the one I used in the photos.  You do have to hurry though as the contest is only open for 1 week!  And for those of you in the UK and Canada... come on in!  The contest is open to the USA, UK, Australia and Canadian residents!


When you order your kit from the Smile Brilliant website, you will receive a box with

  • Whitening Gel 
  • Desensitizing Gel
  • Base and Catalyst (and trays) to make a mold of your teeth
  • The postage paid envelope to send your molds into the company

You remove the two putties and mix them together with your fingers until blended.  Place the putty into the mouth trays and insert them into your mouth and gently bite down to make an imprint of your teeth.


There's a pretty picture for you!  Ha. But I wanted to show my readers how to form the molds on your teeth.

Benefits of Custom-Fitted Trays

Pop your molds into the post paid envelope and mail it off.  Within about a week or so you will receive your custom made, see-through trays back.  Now you can start to whiten!  Simply squeeze the whitening gel into the tray and wear it for between 15 minutes to 3 hours a day depending on your schedule and your needs.

How to Whiten Sensitive Teeth

All teeth whitening systems usually make your teeth and gums a bit sensitive to hot and cold, so they also send you desensitizing gel which you put in your trays and wear for about 10-15 minutes after whitening.  You can whiten up to about 12 days with the amount of gel you get, but as you can see from my photos, I noticed an improvement in just 7 days.

You can keep your custom trays in the included special container between uses. 

For more information from Smile Brilliant, check out these 10 Whitening Facts or to see the most frequently asked questions click here for the Smile Brilliant FAQ page.  


Homemade Whole Wheat Bread for Sandwiches - (Great texture - excellent sandwich bread - and almost tastes like toast, even though untoasted)

Today I planned to bake a smoked ham in the solar oven and decided a loaf of homemade whole wheat bread would go very, very with the ham. (I use this solar oven - All American Sun Oven)  So out came the wheat berries and I had a beautiful container of freshly ground wheat to work with.

I can't honestly say how this recipe works with store bought flour or if you were to use white flour instead of fresh ground whole wheat - fresh ground wheat flour is primarily the only flour in our house except at Christmas time when I do 1000+ different cookies and bars for gift-giving.  We also don't have regular cows milk in our home so I make it with a mixture of unsweetened almond milk and heavy cream.

This bread is a GREAT TEXTURE.  Easy to slice straight, even slices that are great for sandwiches or grilled cheese or even just toast.  The cool thing about this bread recipe that it not only makes a great slice, but it almost has a 'toast' flavor to it... even before it's toasted!  It's not a sweet bread at all but if you are used to store bought breads, which have a lot of sugar or corn syrup in them, you may want to put a teaspoon or so of sugar in yours if you wish. 

Homemade Whole Wheat Bread for Sandwiches

1 1/3 c milk - (1 cup unsweetened almond milk, 1/3 c heavy cream)
1 heaping T instant yeast
1/4 c molasses or honey (3 T molasses with 2 T sugar free honey sweetener)
1 3/4 t sea salt
1 1/2 T canola oil
4 c fresh ground wheat berries (hard white ground on bread setting)
2 heaping T vital wheat gluten

Microwave your milk or mixture of milks for a minute to take the chill off and warm.  Put the yeast and milk in the mixing bowl and let set 5 minutes until foamy.  Add the rest of the ingredients and mix in an electric stand mixer with a bread hook, on low, scraping down the sides if needed.  When it comes together, increase speed to high (9 or 10 on a KitchenAid) after a couple minutes, take it out of the bowl, knead it by hand on the counter or on parchment paper for a minute, then return to bowl and continue to beat a couple more minutes.

Remove the dough from the bowl, form a ball and place it in a well oiled bowl.  Cover lightly with a clean towel, plastic or parchment and let rest until it doubles.  Punch down.  Roll into a loaf shape and place in an oiled loaf pan.  Cover and let rise to double.  Bake at 375 approximately 28-30 minutes or at 350 about 35 minutes or until it's dark golden brown and sounds hallow when tapped.  Remove from oven, rub butter over the top of the bread.  Let cool in pan about 2 or 3 minutes before removing to a wire rack to cool.

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Homemade Strawberry Fruit Leather - like Fruit RollUps

Reposting from old post because for some reason my google search wasn't bringing it up.  I am making mango fruit leather this morning and I wanted to look at my site because I couldn't remember if I used a sprinkle of citric acid or not (I did).  I've made mango fruit leather a few times as well (although not recently) and gol-darnit it's not coming up in my search either.  Guess a new updated post on that might be in order as well!

Last week I had the dehydrator out on the kitchen counter, and at the same time, I realized I had a whole container of strawberries I wanted to use up. Naturally,  I decided to make fruit leather - which most people buy as Fruit Roll-Ups.  Fruit leathers are homemade fruit rolls, made by pouring pureéd fruit onto a flat surface for drying. When dried, the fruit is pulled from the surface and rolled.

I did not actually have any recipe, nor did I follow any instructions.  But I will put some down below from an area extension office.  
  • I just washed and hulled the strawberries
  • Added one apple, cored and sliced
  • Put them in the food processor with some honey and 
  • A sprinkle of citric acid powder
  • Pureed them and poured them onto parchment paper I had cut into circles to fit my dehydrator

I opted for honey because I figured it was a good natural preservative as well as a sweetener, and would make the rolls a little more pliable after they were dried.  I also used citric acid as a bit of a preservative but mostly to keep the bright color.  I added one apple to the mixture too! 

I thought they would take longer to dry, but they were done in about 6 hours as I had poured the first batch very thin.  I actually burned one of the layers as it was thin and dehydrated for 8 hours since I had gone to bed and asked my husband to turn the machine off when he came to bed.  It was 'over' done.

My next batches were more strawberry leathers as well as two batches of mango/pineapple and a batch of blueberries with sweetener and cinnamon.  I did all these thicker and they dried in about 8 hours and were NICE and pliable and very much like the store bought versions.

Dehyrators don't have to be expensive! Here are three affordable options from Amazon. (I got my on sale at Lowe's - although I think they stopped carrying small appliances now?)
Weston Food Dehydrator, 4 Tray
NutriChef Kitchen Electric Countertop Food Dehydrator
Presto 06300 Dehydro Electric Food Dehydrator

    The following information was extracted from Bulletin 989 of the Cooperative Extension Service, The University of Georgia, Athens.

Leathers From Fresh Fruit

  • Select ripe or slightly overripe fruit.
  • Wash fresh fruit or berries in cool water. Remove peel, seeds and stem.
  • Cut fruit into chunks. Use 2 cups of fruit for each 13" x 15" inch fruit leather. Pureé fruit until smooth.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of lemon juice or 1/8 teaspoon ascorbic acid (375 mg) for each 2 cups light colored fruit to prevent darkening.
  • Optional: To sweeten, add corn syrup, honey or sugar. Corn syrup or honey is best for longer storage because it prevents crystals. Sugar is fine for immediate use or short storage. Use ¼ to ½ cup sugar, corn syrup or honey for each 2 cups of fruit. Saccharin-based sweeteners could also be used to reduce tartness without adding calories. Aspartame sweeteners may lose sweetness during drying.

Leathers From Canned or Frozen Fruit
  • Home preserved or store-bought canned or frozen fruit can be used.
  • Drain fruit, save liquid.
  • Use 1 pint of fruit for each 13" X 15" leather.
  • Purée fruit until smooth. If thick, add liquid.
  • Add 2 teaspoons of lemon juice or 1/8 teaspoon ascorbic acid (375 mg) for each 2 cups of light colored fruit to prevent darkening.
  • Applesauce can be dried alone or added to any fresh fruit pureé as an extender. It decreases tartness and makes the leather smoother and more pliable.

Preparing the Trays

For drying in the oven a 13" X 15" cookie pan with edges works well. Line pan with plastic wrap being careful to smooth out wrinkles. Do not use waxed paper or aluminum foil.

To dry in a dehydrator, specially designed plastic sheets can be purchased or plastic trays can be lined with plastic wrap.
Pouring the Leather

Fruit leathers can be poured into a single large sheet (13" X 15") or into several smaller sizes. Spread pureé evenly, about 1/8-inch thick, onto drying tray. Avoid pouring pureé too close to the edge of the cookie sheet. The larger fruit leathers take longer to dry. Approximate drying times are 6 to 8 hours in a dehydrator, up to 18 hours in an oven and 1 to 2 days in the sun.

Drying the Leather

Dry fruit leathers at 140ºF. Leather dries from the outside edge toward the center. Test for dryness by touching center of leather; no indentation should be evident. While warm, peel from plastic and roll, allow to cool and rewrap the roll in plastic. Cookie cutters can be used to cut out shapes that children will enjoy. Roll, and wrap in plastic.

Chances are the fruit leather will not last long enough for storage. If it does, it will keep up to 1 month at room temperature. For storage up to 1 year, place tightly wrapped rolls in the freezer.

Spices, Flavors and Garnishes

To add interest to your fruit leathers, spices, flavorings or garnishes can be added.
Spices to Try — Allspice, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, ginger, mace, mint, nutmeg or pumpkin pie spice. Use sparingly, start with 1/8 teaspoon for each 2 cups of pureé.
Flavorings to Try — Almond extract, lemon juice, lemon peel, lime juice, lime peel, orange extract, orange juice, orange peel or vanilla extract. Use sparingly, try 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon for each 2 cups of pureé.
Delicious Additions to Try — Shredded coconut, chopped dates, other dried chopped fruits, granola, miniature marshmallows, chopped nuts, chopped raisins, poppy seeds, sesame seeds or sunflower seeds.
Fillings to Try — Melted chocolate, softened cream cheese, cheese spreads, jam, preserves, marmalade, marshmallow cream or peanut butter. Spread one or more of these on the leather after it is dried and then roll. Store in refrigerator.

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