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How To Make Homemade Hamburger (or Hot Dog) Buns

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To me, summertime is synonymous with grilling.

We eat a lot of burgers in this household. We affectionately call them “the poor man’s steak.”

To make things really frugal,

I’m going to show you how.

I honestly don’t know who to credit this recipe to. I have been making and tweaking my hamburger buns for so long that I really don’t even remember where I started.

If I don’t buy my burgers patties already formed, I use this Burger Press.

*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. You are not obligated to make any purchases, but when you do through one of my links or the Amazon search box to the right, I will make a small percentage on the sale. Thank you for supporting my site.

Whole Wheat Honey Hamburger (or Hot Dog) Buns

The Members

1 cup water or milk (I used buttermilk, but any kind works. Water is the more frugal option, but I have read that milk makes the bun softer. You can also use the liquid you pour off of your yogurt or sour cream)

4 Tablespoons butter or oil

2 Tablespoons honey, sugar, or brown sugar (I prefer honey)

1 Tablespoon molasses (optional)

2 1/2 teaspoons yeast (or one packet)

1 egg

1 teaspoon salt (I use Redmond’s Real Salt for the health benefits)

3 to 3 1/2 cups of flour (I used whole wheat, but you can use all white or a combination of both. Whole wheat will be healthier, but white will be softer.)

1/4 c. vital wheat gluten flour (optional) OR 1/4 c. regular flour of choice (the gluten will give it more rise & make a less dense bun if you are using all whole wheat flour)

The Method

Using low heat and a small saucepan, warm the milk, butter, honey, and molasses just until the butter begins to soften and melt. Use care not to get it too hot. This mixture needs to be just warm (not too cool or too hot) to activate the yeast.

I use my Kitchen Aid mixer for this recipe, but you can also do this by hand. Add the yeast to your mixing bowl. Check the temperature of the warm milk mixture to make sure it is around 100 degrees or just warm to the touch. If it feels hot to the touch, it will kill the yeast, and your buns will not rise properly.

Add the milk mixture to the yeast along with the egg and the salt.

At this point, I add the wheat gluten flour (if using) and 2 1/2 cups of flour. Turn the mixer on low or mix by hand. The idea here is to form a ball that is still a little sticky to the touch. If you add enough flour that your dough isn’t sticky, it will likely result in a dry and crumbly bun. That’s not good.

I knead the dough for another minute or two, adding more flour cautiously and only if needed. If you are kneading by hand, you will need to knead the dough for 5-7 minutes. It should be slightly sticky, but not a wet mess.

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Cover with a clean tea towel and allow the dough to rise until it has doubled, around 45 minutes to an hour, depending on the warmth of the kitchen.

Punch the dough down in the center of the ball. Place on very lightly floured or oiled countertop and cut into 8 pieces. Shape into buns (hamburger or hot dog). I usually make my hamburger buns just larger that the size of my palm or if I am not feeling rushed, I use this handy cutter. Place onto a buttered or oiled cookie sheet keeping in mind that they won’t expand out much, if at all. Cover and allow to rise 20-30 minutes, or until the buns have risen.

Some people like to brush the tops with egg whites or milk and then top with sesame seeds, but I keep it au natural. I’m lazy easy-going that way. (Though I do love my silicone basting brush for a host of other kitchen tasks!)

Bake at 350 for about 10-15 minutes. Check after 8-10 minutes to ensure that you do not overbake. Mine only take about 9 minutes because my countertop convection oven cooks so quickly. (You can read more about that here.)

Remove from oven and allow to cool on cookie sheet for about 5 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack. When buns have cooled, slice and serve. These taste wonderful when lightly grilled.

As this recipe yields 8 hamburger buns for my family of 4, I freeze the remaining 4 buns for the next time we grill burgers. I allow them to cool completely, slice, place into a labeled freezer bag, and freeze. To defrost, simply remove from the freezer and allow to thaw overnight in the fridge or on the counter. They can also be taken out the morning of and allowed to defrost at room temperature. If you find that you forgot to defrost your buns (not that I have ever done this!), they will defrost quickly in the oven at about 200 degrees.

When I am really thinking ahead, I double this recipe for an even better stocked freezer.

This is certainly more work than opening a bag of store bought buns, but the savings (and the taste!) can’t be beat.

What do you think? Have you tried making your own homemade buns before?

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Blessings

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A dear friend, missionary, and fellow blogger shared recently a post she, too, called BLESSINGS. (You can click on the highlighted text to visit her site.)

Bonnie wrote about how much the word “bless” is used and she began to “ponder what does BLESS really mean to me.” She not only shared a few of her thoughts, but encouraged her readers to do the same.

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What To Do With The Garlic Scapes In Your Kitchen

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I first tried Garlic Scapes earlier this year when my friend shared a jar she had pickled from her garden. (Thanks, Aemi!) Until then, I had never even heard of them.

Just a few weeks ago, my sweet friend and neighbor brought me a bag of them that she had purchased from the Farmer’s Market. (Thank you, Cheryl!)

Today I’d like to share with you what Garlic Scapes are and a few ways in which you can use them. If you grow your own garlic, you will be able to use a part of your plant that you may have previously thrown away. If you come across these at the Farmer’s Market or in your CSA box, you will know exactly what to do with them.

What is a Garlic Scape? Continue reading →

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What Is Worship?

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“Give unto the LORD, O you mighty ones, 

Give unto the LORD glory and strength.

Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name;

Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness.”  ~Psalm 29:1-2 (NKJV)

When I was a kid, I used to love lying down on the front lawn looking up at the stars. I am sure you probably did, too. At the time they were just a wonderful curiosity to me. I had no concept of how they got there, or even why. I just thought they were magnificent to admire. Continue reading →

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Waiting For Power

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I hope that you have enjoyed this week of Vacation Bible School for grown-ups.

If you are just joining us, you can read the posts from earlier in the week – How Great Is My Faith?, The Result of Great Forgiveness, A Spiritual Rebirth, and The Importance Of Sharing Our Faith.

Today is our last day of VBS with the kids. It has been an exhausting, rewarding, challenging, and blessed week. I am so thankful to God for the opportunity for our community to come together to teach and encourage these children in their faith. I pray that you, too, have been blessed by what you have read here this week.

Today’s lesson comes from Acts 1:1-11. Our focus is that more than just telling others about Christ with our mouths; we need to show His love to others with our lives. Continue reading →

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The Importance of Sharing Our Faith

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A Spiritual Rebirth

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The Result of Great Forgiveness

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This week we are looking at the idea that Vacation Bible School isn’t just for kids.

While the program is catered to them, specifically, I believe that God has just as much to teach us. Here is how I put it yesterday:  “While I don’t usually stumble upon brand new information while preparing to teach VBS, I am always humbled by the fact that though my head may know all of this stuff, my heart needs to ponder it yet again.” If you missed that post, you can read it here – How Great Is My Faith?

While yesterday’s subject was faith, today’s subject is LOVE.

My Bible titles Luke Chapter 7 as “A Sinful Woman Forgiven”. The lesson of this story is simple, yet profound: the result of great forgiveness is great love. Continue reading →

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How Great Is My Faith?

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Vacation Bible School isn’t just for kids.

As I was preparing for my 9th VBS this week, I was once again reminded that every year I start out with the perspective that I will be teaching the children about God. Each year, I am reminded that while I may be teaching the kids about God, God is teaching me more about Him.

I take many weeks to read the Scriptures, the material, to plan, and to pray. Every time, I am reminded that I need these lessons just as much as the kids do. There will be some children who will hear these truths for the first time. There will be others who know the stories, but their faith will be strengthened.

While I don’t usually stumble upon brand new information while preparing to teach VBS, I am always humbled by the fact that though my head may know all of this stuff, my heart needs to ponder it yet again. Continue reading →

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Hang In There!

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“Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.” ~Ephesians 6:10 (NKJV)

Charles Haddon Spurgeon was a 19th century Baptist preacher in England. He had the ability to take one or two verses of Scripture and expound on them at great length. He was called the “Prince of Preachers” for this very reason, I suspect. I have heard that he was able to sit at his desk on Saturday evening and write out his sermon for the next day. I have read a number of those sermons, and I can tell you that they are quite eloquent and meaningful. I am not so gifted.

Nevertheless, since I have sort of appointed myself your spiritual encourager, I thought this one verse was chocked full of encouragement that could keep you going. While I admit that the title to today’s morning offering is not very spiritual, you can identify with it, I hope. Continue reading →

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How I Prep My Kitchen For A Busy Week

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Today I’d like to share a simple tip with you.

You see, I have been planning the last few weeks knowing that next week will be a busy one for me. I am not used to having to leave the house everyday (I know – I’m quite spoiled!). Next week, however, I will be teaching Monday through Friday at our community Vacation Bible School.

It is such a rewarding time, but it is also quite tiring. The kids and I will arrive home each day tired, hot, and hungry. Hubby will be eagerly awaiting our arrival (and lunch!).

I will need to prep for the next day’s teaching, as well as make dinner and all the other tasks I never seem to have the time to accomplish in a day. I need to do something to make my week easier. Continue reading →

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I Am Not A Gentile

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I had just had one of those precious moments with God. You know, the kind where He whispers something to your spirit? A few familiar words where He reminds you of something so simple, but so profound that you will never be the same?

I had just had one of those moments and I was moved to tears not because He revealed something to me that I didn’t already know, but because He allowed me to experience it to the depths of my soul. I was living in a moment where He was changing me with His love and I was in awe because I was aware of the work He was doing in me and for me in that very moment. Continue reading →

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Multi-Grain Apple Cinnamon Waffles

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After sharing my recipe for the The Best Buttery, Caramel-ly Pancake Sauce EVER, I thought I’d give you a delicious recipe on which to pour that decadent sauce.

Enter my Multi-Grain Apple Cinnamon Waffles. This recipe is very versatile and can be adapted with what you have on hand. You can use berries instead of apples and cinnamon. You can even keep them plain, if that’s the way you roll. Use the recipe as a guideline and create your own favorite variety. Continue reading →

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More Than Enough

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 You are faithful, You are Savior

You are more than enough

The lyrics above are part of the song More Than Enough by the Newsboys.

Today, I would like us to ponder the question, Is Jesus really more than enough for us? Theologically speaking, He is more than enough. What I want to consider today is what our hearts and our minds think about the sufficiency of Christ.

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The Best Buttery, Caramel-ly Pancake Sauce EVER!

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A few years ago, I came across this recipe – Tasty Kitchen’s Liquid Gold (Pancake Syrup). You can click on the red text to read the original recipe.

I’ve adapted the original several times over the years until I have, in my opinion, perfected this recipe.

We enjoy this on our pancakes, waffles, scones, cakes, and muffins. It is also delicious on ice cream, popcorn, and in our morning oatmeal. We like dipping apple slices into it for a sweet snack.

*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. You are not obligated to make any purchases, but when you do through one of my links or the Amazon search box to the right, I will make a small percentage on the sale. Thank you for supporting my site.

This syrup is so full of buttery goodness that we don’t use any additional butter on our pancakes, waffles, scones, or muffins! Continue reading →

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Help Is Near

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“The Lord is near to all who call upon Him, to all who call upon Him in truth.” ~Psalm 145:18 (NKJV)

Every Sunday morning in our fellowship, before we begin our worship time, I ask the question: “How may I pray for you this morning?” I do this primarily because the standard question always seems to be, “what are your prayer requests?”

There is, in my mind, a thought that we ought to approach God in prayer with something specific in mind. I say this because I believe, too often, we are just “slinging our prayers toward heaven” in hopes of God hearing and taking pity on us. I am convinced that it’s more about how we ask rather than what we ask. Continue reading →

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How Everything Can Change In A Moment

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One incident. One accident. One illness. One episode. One phone call.

We’ve all experienced a time in life when one moment has changed everything. Though we may get through the original event, we never really see things the same way again.

It has a way of changing us; a way of reminding us that life is short and time is precious. We remember that we forget to tell them they are loved, that they are precious, and that life is beautiful because of them.

I must have needed that reminder.

Just in case you do, too, hold your spouse a little longer the next time you are hugging. Make that phone call to say, “I’m sorry.” Send that card or gift that says, “You’ve blessed my life.” Hold your child’s face, look them in the eye, and tell them all that they mean to you.

‘Cause everything can change in a moment.  Continue reading →

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Joyful, Hopeful, Patient, & Prayerful

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A few years ago, my Sister-In-Law gave me a beautiful postcard that I have kept in my kitchen ever since. It has a picture of a big, bright sunflower and the words found in Romans 12:12, “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer.”

These words have been a source of strength to me over the years as I have read them. It recently occurred to me, however, that perhaps I have become so familiar with these words that I am letting them wash over me, rather than allowing them to really sink in. Come swim with me, will you? Continue reading →

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Christmas In July

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I know… I know… no one wants to think about Christmas in the middle of summer. Hang with me, though, I have a really good reason for mentioning it now.

You see, I’m a planner by nature. I like to plan meals, schedules, budgets, etc. July 1st means that this year is half over already.

That also means that Christmas will be here before we know it. We know it’s coming. It’s the same date each year. Most people, however, find themselves unprepared, financially, when the big day comes.

Speaking of finances, do you know how much we spend on Christmas gifts?

I know your time is valuable, but would you do me a favor? Would you please take 2 minutes and 38 seconds to watch a video? It’s a life changer. It’s a Christmas changer. Go ahead. I’ll wait for ya. Your to-do list is important, but so is this. Continue reading →

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How I Roast 2 Chickens Without Heating Up My Kitchen

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We eat a lot of chicken in this house.

It’s one of the most frugal meat options, especially when you purchase the whole bird. Gone are the days of boneless, skinless, chicken breast being the star of dinner. I use still them, but only occasionally, sparingly, and with much thought.

Costco’s 2-pack of whole chickens cannot be beat when it comes to the price. At around $6 for each bird, it is the most frugal way I know to feed the meat-lovers in my family. When you consider that I can get 2-3 meals and chicken broth from each bird, it is no wonder I cook one a week.

Actually, with this 18 Quart Roaster Oven, I am able to cook 2 at a time without heating up the kitchen. This method saves me both time and money.

*Disclosure: This post includes affiliate links. You are not obligated to make any purchases, but when you do through one of my links or the Amazon search box to the right, I will make a small percentage on the sale. Thank you for supporting my site.

Here’s how I do it: Continue reading →

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Touched By Jesus

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Matthew 8:1-4

This entire chapter is about the healing ministry of Jesus. As you read this Scripture carefully, you will see some marvelous things. Not the least of which a man’s life was altered in two dimensions: physical and spiritual, because he had been touched by Jesus. Continue reading →

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Only A Mountain

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If you’ve been reading my blog, you know how I feel about Christian music. Click here to read my Musings On Music.

This is a song I reach for when I am feeling particularly overwhelmed about any situation that feels too big for me in that moment. While listening to a song certainly doesn’t solve all of my problems, move mountains, or make all of the stress and fear go away, it does change my perspective. Continue reading →

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9 Ways to Speak (or not) Love Into Your Marriage

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In honor of my in-law’s 43rd wedding anniversary today, I’d like to share one of my favorite tips on cultivating a blessed marriage.

It’s a simple idea, but one that takes great effort.

Our marriage has experienced its fair share of highs and lows over the past 21 years. One thing we have learned is the power of our words. If you missed my recent guest post Guarding Our Words, you can read that here.

We must never underestimate the power of our words, for good or for bad.

“Death and life are in the power of the tongue” ~Proverbs 18:21 (NKJV)

My husband and I have created a daily habit of praising one another with our words. Too often, we do the opposite with our words when one of us is out of sorts, but that’s to be expected when two imperfect people attempt to do life together. In those times, hopefully one of us will respond to the other in grace, patience, and love. Usually, that is enough to change the entire course of a conversation that is headed in a downward spiral.

Too often, however, the second doesn’t choose to answer the first very kindly as feathers have been ruffled. I’m sure I don’t have to tell you that that doesn’t go well. We don’t honor each other, or God, when we allow our words to take us down that path.

This is the difficult thing about relationships. We know how we are supposed to speak to one another, but when feelings are hurt, the mouth is much harder to control. In an effort to cultivate and maintain an honoring marriage, we have instilled a few guidelines that we follow regardless of how emotional we get. Continue reading →

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