The Friend and Cinnamon Roll Cookies Recipe!

Keeping with my theme of catching up on blog posts and writing news, I had a story published in the June 2017 edition of the Friend magazine! As with most of my life, my daughters were the inspiration and driving force for me to record and submit this story. It really is a delightfully inspired, easy to read story, so please take a moment and have a look (plus the artwork is beautiful!).


And once again, we’re almost always in the mood for cinnamon, and we wanted to celebrate. My daughters love it when I make this Cinnamon Roll recipe (seriously delicious), so I thought about making these. However, for the last while, we’ve been travelling and no place we’ve stayed had quite the right equipment to make Cinnamon Rolls (no beaters, no rolling pin, etc.).


So we got creative! Never being a snickerdoodle fan (too crunchy!) I messed around with sugar cookie recipes, and ended up creating what we call Cinnamon Roll Cookies. We love them! With or without icing, these hit the spot and are sure to be a favourite for all of the cinnamon roll lovers in your life.



Cinnamon Roll Cookies*

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Celebrating Writing with Cinnamon Pancakes

Things have been exciting and crazy busy for us lately with many exciting things!


One of the most exciting things is that I placed in the annual Segullah Journal Annual Contest in the prose section. You can read my essay here, Our Plat du Jour Family.


Whenever something good happens (like the above) I like celebrating with food. My daughters *love* almost all things cinnamon, so with the help of my eldest daughter, we created this Cinnamon pancake recipe that is super-duper yummy.


Super Cinnamon Pancakes

(*also known as Cinnamon Dessert Pancakes or Chocolate Cinnamon Pancakes)

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Thanksgiving Recipe Week: Brined and Slow Baked Turkey

It can be difficult to get a large, whole bird in Australia before December. In the past, I have been able to order a 10-12 kilo bird from IGA or Coles. We have a smaller oven this year, so I did with a 7 kilo bird (about 15 pounds). It was delicious! This year, I pre-ordered some large turkey roasting bags (I usually can get them on ebay or I pick them up for pennies when I visit North America). I used one bag to brine and another to bake. Here is what I did:


Brine recipe:

1 part brown sugar to 4 parts salt (I used ½ cup brown sugar and 2 cups kosher salt)

4 cups salt-free vegetable broth (stock)

½ cup chopped fresh sage

½ cup chopped fresh parsley

1 heaping teaspoon of dried thyme (couldn’t find fresh, and this worked out well)

2 tsp whole peppercorns


On a stovetop, combined the vegetable broth, sugar and salt in a saucepan and warm to help the sugar and salt melt. Cool completely. Continue reading “Thanksgiving Recipe Week: Brined and Slow Baked Turkey”

Welcome to my website!

Hello and welcome to my webpage!

There are a few things I love almost as much as I love my family– those things are writing, reading and visiting teaching. My family is fabulous, and I’ll write about them more in the future. But  for now, this is a collection of my writing:


Baptism & Boomerangs (please email me if you’d like a copy! In the US, they are $14.00US with free shipping in the US, and in Australia, they are $20.00AU with free shipping in Australia)


Works where I am a contributor:

Muffins and Miracles: Church Service in the Real World

Raspberries and Relevance: Celebrating Sisterhood in the Real World

Chocolate Chips and Charity: Visiting Teaching in the Real World

Candy Canes and Christmastime: Enhancing the Holidays in the Real World

Apple Pies & Promises: Motherhood in the Real World


And academic work where I am a contributor:

Mormon Women Have Their Say

Journal of Mormon History, An Independent Companion: Ethel Parton and the Australian Relief Society