Start Simply Recipes

This past week Cathy and I hosted another one of our Start Simply Cooking Classes. It was an event to honor Lifegiving women!


For this event we hosted a brunch. I LOVE brunch. I get hungry right around 10:30 in the morning so brunch is the perfect meal of choice for me.

Have you considered hosted a brunch for your friends?

Not only do people love brunch but it is generally a lot more affordable then hosting a dinner.

I have always loved Cinnamon Rolls with good coffee and fresh cream. I am confident it’s because growing up my amazing Mama made them for us every Saturday night for Sunday morning. Talk about love and memory lane!

We took this semi homemade recipe and made three different presentations of cinnamon rolls.

One being the original way I make them, another the way my Mama made them and then the last an idea I got off of Pinterest. (LOVE Pinterest almost as much as Cinnamon Rolls! You too?)

Pair this with Fresh fruit and Lemon Whip (soon to post) and a great egg bake and you have a wonderful brunch.

Old Fashioned Cinnamon Rolls Three Ways


1 loaf Rhodes™ Bread Dough, thawed and risen
6 tablespoons butter melted
1/2 cup brown sugar
3 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 cup raisins or can raisins for chopped apple

1 cup powdered sugar
2 tablespoons milk
1 tablespoon butter
1/4 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract


 Roll dough into a 10×12-inch rectangle. Brush with melted butter. Sprinkle with sugar, cinnamon and raisins. Add fruit. Starting on short side, roll dough up. Cut crosswise into 4 slices. Place slices in an 8-inch square sprayed baking pan. Cover rolls with sprayed plastic wrap. Let rise until double in size. Remove wrap and bake at 350°F 15-20 minutes. Remove from pan and ice while still warm. Icing: Combine powdered sugar, milk, butter and vanilla.


 My presentation!


My Mama’s presentation!


And the easiest of all was a discovery on Pinterest!! (Visual directions below)


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I also loved this idea! Gifts for the women. Isn’t this simple but amazing? Lifegiving women.

Find these and 80 other amazing recipes in our new Cookbook: Start Simply Cooking! Hospitality is not about perfection and impressing but rather comfort and care. It is a message we give others about their value.

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A perfect gift for the Foodie in your life!


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Warmed Baked Brie

Brie with Tammy

Nothing satisfies like a warm, creamy cheese. This recipe is so easy that you can make it in minutes. And the presentation is unreal!

Buy extra brie cheese rounds and puff pastry sheets and keep them in your freezer. You will always have a wonderful hors d’oeuvre to serve at a moment’s notice.

1 14 oz round Brie (the best variety and price can be found at Sam’s club).

1 package puffed pastry sheets (found in the section of the freezer where you find pie crusts).

Any vary of jams and chutneys.  Apricot is my personal favorite. I also like any type of chutney with  jalapenos in it. You can also add dried chopped nuts or fruit. 

Remove one sheet of the frozen puff pastry. Let it come to room temperature (or  microwave on defrost for 2 minutes. Make sure you watch it carefully).  Cut Brie in half, lengthwise. Place one slice of the Brie (creamy side up) in the center of the unfolded puff pastry sheet. Add filling. Approximately ½ cup of whatever you choose.  Place other half of Brie (creamy side down) on top of fruit mixture.

Carefully wrap the puff pastry upward around the Brie. Starting with the corners of the pastry fold up in a circle fashion around the Brie, gathering the ends in the center of the Brie.  Place on foil lined and sprayed cookie sheet seam side down.  Brush with egg.

Bake at 375 for 20 minutes, until golden brown. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting.

TIME TIP: Make these in the morning and wrap with plastic wrap. About 30 minutes before baking remove from refrigerator.

Brie 2
Brie 3

So warm and yummy!


Brie 4

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