Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Just Because

Just because I can't wait 
for Christmas morning....

Just because it's a frosty
Wednesday morning, and
my kids won't expect it.

Just because it's easy!

Just because it's beautiful.

Just because it tastes divine.

Just because I want you to
know why I stick to my
exercise routine through
the holiday season : )

Just because nothing
would be better than sipping 
coffee or tea and diving
into this yummy-ness
with YOU!
{Wouldn't we have fun?}

My mom first clipped this

simple but amazingly gooey,
cinnamon-y, delicious recipe
from our local paper in 1976.
{We were living in a tiny town on
 the Canadian border, at the time.} 
The newspaper called them 
Overnight Butterscotch Rolls, 
but since we have had
 these delights every Christmas 
morning since that year, 
our family has dubbed them
Christmas Rolls.

The scent of Christmas Rolls
had my kiddos up and at 'em
in no time, today.....

Happy Wednesday!
I said as they caught a whiff 
of this scrumptious treat.

Here's how you
make the magic,
in a few easy steps.....

The night before:

Step 1:  Grease bundt pan, sprinkle 1 cup chopped pecans
and 10 marchino cherries on the bottom.  Top those with
18 frozen white dinner rolls and top rolls with one small
box regular {not instant} butterscotch pudding.
Step 2:  Over medium heat, bring one stick butter,
1/2 cup dark brown sugar and 1 tsp. cinnamon
to a boil, stirring constantly.  This happens quickly.
Step 3:  Pour sugar mixture over frozen
rolls in pan.  Cover with wax paper

and let rise overnight.
Go to bed!

The next  morning:
Step 4:  Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Remove wax paper.   Your rolls have
risen and are ready to go in the oven.
{Prepare for heavenly smells!}
Bake for 25 minutes.

Step 5:  Place platter across top of rolls.
Carefully flip pan upside down onto platter.
Lift pan and be sure to let all the gooey goodness
drip out upon the rolls.  They will look like this.

Step 6:  Enjoy the LOVE!!

One piece won't be enough...

Just because.

Sticky hugs, from
me to you!


images:  All Privet & Holly
except for recipe card,
from Bon Appetit


Rene said...

Wonderful! I can smell them all the way in NC. Will definitely make these for my family. Happy Wednesday Suzanne!


Dianna said...

WOW! I am going to have to try these this year. I make an overnight cinnamon roll...but this recipe for your Christmas rolls is SO much easier...and looks absolutely wonderful! Thanks so much for sharing the recipe.

And I love you did this for your kiddos to wish them a Happy Wednesday! I love your spirit!

Oh...and happy Wednesday to you, too!

Blondie's Journal said...

The smell of these would definitely get me out of bed in the morning. What a great Christmas morning tradition!


A Vintage Chic said...

Yikes, Suzanne! My family will LOVE this! So glad you shared this--what a wonderfully easy, but gorgeous breakfast! Think I'll have to try it this week (or right now!)

I hope your day is filled to the brim with every good Christmasy thing, dear friend...


Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

Oh yum! I would have to omit the cherries though as most of the fam would turn up their nose.
But Yum,!!!!

Kathysue said...

I am soooo going to try this, what a wonderful smell to wake up to on Christmas morning, love this, thanks for sharing,happy Wednesday to you my sweet friend. I would love to sit and have coffee and a piece of this wonderful gooeyness!! xo Kathysue

Julie said...

Oh yeah....I have definitely earmarked this post for the recipe. Kurt is the master "sticky-bun" baker around here. He makes the best orange zest, lemon zest, maraschino cherry/cream cheese and original cinnamon/brown sugar rolls from scratch (in a cake pan..too!) We MISS them.....and him... Your recipe is more my speed, lol...Thank you so much for sharing and your post brought a smile to my face, because sometimes don't we just do something on a whim or spontaneously because of the DELIGHT we love to see on our kids faces..???? It's priceless... I love it. Appreciating your "Just Because" spirit today, Suzanne. Hugs to you and KUDOS for keeping up that exercise. Just got off my cycle, and your exhortation and encouragement have helped me to stick to it... YAY. Have a great Wednesday. (12 degrees here in the South....brrrr) :-) xo

Claudia said...

Oh, Suzanne, what yumminess! They sure look heavenly - thanks so much for the recipe!


Farmgirl Paints said...

i sure hope you ate them all...just're making me fat:) better not be any wrapped up for me when i see you friday or it's official! great pics by the way:)

Days at Buttermilk Cottage said...

Yum...can't wait to try this!

Create Beauty said...

Nothing says "love" quite the same as the delicious aroma of something yummy baking for those we love.... I've done too little of this lately, I think I will try this easy recipe, I can almost smell it : ) Thank you Suzanne!

~ Violet

Trish @TheOldPostRoad said...

Yum! I made our Christmas breakfast casserole last week - just because.

Deborah said...

Suzanne..what a yummy,
mouth-watering post!
I love you and I love your Christmas!!!
And THANKS so much for that recipe!
Mmmmmmmmmmmm..I can almost smell them from here!
I love your photos and look at those do Christmas so well!
You do everything well, my friend :)

Deborah xoxox

Jill said...

I am SO making these for my girls! They love anything sticky and sweet!

Linda said...

Ooh...these look beautiful...another reason for me to get on that treadmill today! LOL

Beach House Living said...

Ah ha! Exercise first then lovely treats.

pollydove said...

What a wonderfully yummy tradition ... and I like your "just because" of making some early!!! I MUST try your recipe - looks easy enough for me! :)

Victoria said...

Ohhhh boy, some of that with a cup of coffee sure would get the pulse going! Looks yummy:)

Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

GOOD MORNING PRECIOUS! I am so late today....went home sick yesterday and I am here at home today trying to catch up! WOW...these treats will really get you in the mood for celebration!!! YIKES! Beautiful, just beautiful! Ahhhh, isn't this such a fun time for us? I don't care how cold it is all part of our Christmas and I love every moment of it!!

Sending you a warm hug and I too stick to my exercise routine!!!

BISES, Anita

Morning T said...

Oooh, it looks and sounds delish! Even more impressive than your sugary treat is your photos. Amazing Suzanne- esp the tea cup with tree lights in background.
HO, ho, ho! ;)

Andrea - Faded Plains said...

I'm so gonna make these...thanks for sharing.

lisaroyhandbags said...

Great minds must think alike! I'm baking cinnamon buns as I type this and will be posting tomorrow! Yours look wonderfully sticky and yummy. Mine are frosted with cream cheese frosting similar to Cinnabon buns. You just can't have too much cinnamony goodness! xo

Stitchfork said...

That would bring me running into your kitchen! Wonderful photography Suzanne!
xo Cathy

Ms. Bake-it said...

Oh wow! I think I will try these this year instead of my Dove Bread. They look and sound very decadent!

Thank you for sharing them with us!

~ Tracy

Janean said...

*nake ooo* (sorry the goo was stuck to the roof of my mouth) ...uh hem, thank you for sharing.


Marie said...

Suzanne, soooooo delicious looking! I wish we could get frozen ready to bake rolls here! AM thinking of a way I can do these without. MUST have those rolls. Thanks for sharing sweet friend! xxoo

Happy Homemaker UK | Laura said...

This recipe looks so amazingly delicious and easy! Trick is, most of your ingredients (rolls, pudding) aren't available here. So I'll just 'scratch and sniff' the computer :)

simpledaisy said...

I'll bring the coffee if you make the rolls!!!

Vava (aka Virginia) said...

Ahhhh, a blast from the past! Haven't made these in eons. Will add them to our Christmas morning. Merry-merry!!!

Biz said...

You can thank Farmgirl for me stopping by today! Her pictures of your LOVELY home captured my attention. You are beautifully elegant just as she describes both your home and yourself! Thank you for sharing with us! I look forward to making your Christmas rolls ;)
Have a Blessed Day!

melody-mae said...

I am visiting from Farmgirl...she told me to tell you she sent me. ;)

I am going to HAVE to make this YUMMY 'CHRISTmas roll' now...they look fabulous! Oh my!

ooh, I love your sweet blog too, just love it!

melody from

Blooming Rose Musings said...

I can smell them all the way here in California! They look yummy and I love that you made them...just because.

Happy Wednesday to you too! Oh wait, today is, Happy Thursday to you!

Kate from Party Resources said...

I am baking loaves of pumpkin bread today and it smells like spicey goodness! That said, these look incredible! I may need to make these too. Ho ho ho!

Olive Cooper said...

I miss one blogging day and almost missed this sticky goodness Suzanne. I am saving this recipe definitely. Thanks lovey. ♥O

Delishhh said...

Oh my those look amazing. Another one to my list i have to add. But after this breakfast one needs a few minutes on the olymptical machine :)

Whosyergurl said...

Hello! I came over to see you from Becky's blog. What a lovely home you have!
I love sticky hugs! I think I could make these rolls! Thanks for the recipe!
Warm Hoosier hugs,

Anonymous said...

Oh my, those look wonderful! I know what I will be thinking about tonight and craving in the morning!
I can't believe the recipe is from 1976! Yummy!
Sticky hugs to you too!

Anne Lorys - Fiona and Twig said...

Looks SO yummy!

Loved Becky's feature on you, I just adore you both. :-)


melody-mae said...

hey I am back with another comment! You came by my blog and asked a question about what part of WA I am in. I am in the upper Northwest. North of Seattle pretty much on the Canadian border! :) Where do your parents live? Again, you have a lovely blog!


Rhondi said...

Hi Suzanne
I happened upon your blog today and so glad I did because I used to make those sticky buns for Christmas when we lived in Canada and had forgotten them. Thanks to you my family will be having them on Christmas again.
Merry Christmas

Low Tide High Style said...

Oh my goodness, what a wonderful first post to come back to! I am putting these on the "must have" list for Christmas morning!

Thanks for the recipe!

Kat :)

Seizing My Day said...

Yummy!! I think tomorrow I need to make Monkey bread!! that looks like Monkey bread!! =) since tomorrow is the first day of winter break... time to celebrate!! or maybe hubby should make crepes??!! =)

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hometown girl said...

wow do those looks yummy! can almost smell them from here :) xo susan

Lili said...

Oh Suzanne this looks so oooey gooey and yummy. And I just realized I have all the ingredients to make this EXCEPT the butterscotch pudding! Oh it will be worth the wait though, I can just tell. Thanks so much for sharing this recipe. xoxo ~Lili

Lisa said...

You had me at butterscotch!

pretty pink tulips said...

Yum, yum, yum!!!! My friend, Katie, moved to Canada this year. And, I miss her sticky buns...which she would drop off each Christmas Eve. But your virtual ones will do nicely!!!
xoxo Elizabeth

Sally@DivineDistractions said...

Merry Christmas, Suzanne. I made these for the family this morning....maybe should have read a little closer because I poured in the whole sack of roll, so there was a bit of an overflow!! But delish! I'm keeping this one, and counting out my 18 rolls next time!