Mythical Balance (Recipe: Just Like Lambert’s Thrown Rolls)

If it hasn’t been clear by my lack of posts lately, I seem to be having a very difficult time with balance. People say “don’t worry about it, Kristen… you’ll find your “me” time again”. Or, “why worry about blogging?” is something I often get from non-bloggers…people who don’t understand the therapeutic nature of getting your thoughts and ideas out there.  I worry because I truly enjoy blogging. I miss Dine & Dish and the relationships I’ve formed over the last 3 1/2 years. I miss reading your blogs and soaking up your stories. I miss Culinary Snapshot and what I started over there and then just as quickly let fall to the wayside. The landscape of the food blogging community has changed drastically over time, and I feel like I don’t even know who is who or what is what anymore.I feel so disconnected from it all.

I don’t know how many of you do it… mom’s with jobs, kids, husbands, responsibilities and yet you still manage to have successful and regularly updated blogs. What is the trick to the balance you have managed to achieve? Or, is it that you are having the same struggles I am but hobbies that you enjoy other than your writing are getting left behind? Is it possible to have it all…to do it all… and to do it all well?

I’ve decided to take baby steps to getting my life back in balance. Writing makes me happy – it is my therapy and I need it. Photography is also something I find joy in. I am going to carve out time each week to devote to each, in the forms of Dine & Dish and Culinary Snapshot.

Hopefully you’ll see more of me around the blogosphere again soon…once I figure out that mythical thing called BALANCE.

Speaking of – Culinary Snapshot has a new post up! I hope you will come over and check it out. If you’d like to be featured as a Snapshot Spotlight or if you have a before and after foodie photo you’d like to share, come on over and let me know! Giveaways for participation will begin again in April.

Just Like Lambert’s Thrown Rolls

There is a great little restaurant outside of Springfield, MO called Lambert’s Cafe. The only way you can get their delicious rolls is by catching them as the servers throw them at you. This is a copycat recipe that is a great substitute when you can’t make it to Lambert’s yourself! This can also be made by using the dough cycle of your bread machine.

Side note – I accidentally made these like clover leaf rolls (as you’ll notice in the picture), but they should be made into two spheres versus three!

SERVES 12

  1. Combine sugar and yeast in tepid water.
  2. Let stand 5-10 minutes until yeast begins to foam.
  3. Thoroughly mix milk, butter, sugar, egg and salt in large bowl.
  4. Stir in the yeast mixture and 3 1/2 cups of flour, adding a bit more if necessary to make a soft, pliable dough.
  5. Turn dough out on floured board and let rest while you clean and butter bowl.
  6. Knead dough gently 4-5 minutes, adding flour if necessary, until dough is smooth and silky.
  7. Return to bowl, cover with plastic wrap, and let rise in warm place until doubled in size (1 1/2 hours appoximately).
  8. Butter a 12 cup muffin tin.
  9. Punch down dough.
  10. Pinch off pieces that are about 1 1/2 inches in diameter, (enough to fill one-half of muffin cup), and roll into smooth spheres.
  11. Place two such pieces in each prepared muffin cup- it will be a tight fit.
  12. Cover dough loosely with plastic wrap for 45 minutes.
  13. Bake rolls in preheated 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes, or until light brown.
  14. Serve as soon as they are cool enough to throw.

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Comments

  1. says

    If you figure out how to have balance, you’ll be way ahead of me. I struggle with finding time for everything too, and I don’t think my friends understand when I say I “have” to write a blog today. But like you, it’s something I love doing and I get antsy if I fall behind. I was trying to blog 2-3 times/week, but finally had to realize once a week would have to be enough for me. So I’m just trying to do that much for now.
    .-= Iris´s last blog ..Adopt A Gluten Free Blogger: Hope For Healing =-.

  2. Lisa says

    Those rolls do look goooood…. “Serve as soon as they are cool enough to throw.” :)
    Great post; hope you can find some balance soon–I miss your blogging and photography! (Thank goodness for your 365 photo thing, though!)

  3. says

    Balance… Yeah, need more of that here, too. I’d like to update my blog more than I do, but it’s hard to find the time and inspiration. What suffers most around here has to be the housework. There are times when I feel like the ever-present clutter is going to drive me completely mad. And no matter what I end up doing, I end up feeling guilty about neglecting something or other. *sigh*
    .-= Di´s last blog ..On a roll =-.

  4. says

    You are very missed Kristen, but family takes so much time, especially when there is a baby in the mix. You will be able to blog like you want again when your little one is a bit older. :)
    We love going to Lamberts! They have so much food that one can’t eat it all, but it’s delicious, especialy the throwed rolls. Your rolls look yummy;I’ll have to give them a try.

  5. says

    I certainly haven’t found balance either. I do blog fairly regularly, but usually at the expense of housework and doing crafty projects that I also wish I had time for. I’ve taken a couple of “blog breaks” before, and came back recharged and ready to go.

    I am so excited to see this recipe for Lambert’s rolls! I went to Kansas City, St. Louis and Memphis on a big class trip when I was in 6th grade (from Louisiana). On that trip we stopped at Lambert’s. I remember thinking it was SO COOL that they threw the rolls to you. (And also that the rolls were delicious). I’m looking forward to trying out this recipe!
    .-= Cara´s last blog ..Apple Picks =-.

  6. says

    Kristen:

    Your blog was one of the first I began reading a little over a year ago when I decided to enter the blogsphere.

    I totally understand how you don’t have time to blog, family is so important and takes time! I sometimes have trouble finding time to blog and I don’t have any small children.

    Just know you’re missed and we’ll be waiting when you’re back!

    Thanks for the Lambert’s rolls recipe. Can’t wait to try them.
    .-= Julie´s last blog ..Caramel Apple Crisp – SMS =-.

  7. says

    It’s so hard to balance everything – work, family, relationships, blogging. I struggle every day to try and keep everything going. My blogging definetly takes a back seat sometimes in an effort to stay on top of things. But it calls me back – I try to post once a week, but sometimes it’s 10 days. Thought I could take a break, but it keeps calling me back. Don’t be too hard on yourself….set your priorities and don’t sweat the small stuff.
    .-= Heather @ what’s blooming this week´s last blog ..It May Be the First Day of Spring, But…. =-.

  8. says

    My blog has suffered recently as well… my boys have been demanding more time from me and it’s been hard to get inspired enough to write and try new things in the kitchen as often as I used to. You’ll get to a point where you carve out the time… I’m working hard at that mythical balance as well. Nice to see your posts when you do find the time, I always enjoy them.
    .-= patsy´s last blog ..Chocolate Chip-Peanut Butter Brownies =-.

  9. says

    Balance is something you have to figure out your whole life, so it is a never ending battle. There is never enough time to do the things you want/need to do, so just do what you can! I hope you eventually find the time to do more posts. Most importantly, try to do what makes you happy.

    By the way, Lambert’s is fun. I was there many years ago. I don’t think any other place throws their rolls!
    .-= Gwen´s last blog ..Simple and Delicious Sirloin Tip Roast and the Giveaway Winners! =-.

  10. says

    I agree with Iris…once a week seems pretty good, especially because you’re staging your dishes as well. It may take a couple days to find the time to set up and shoot, then another couple to find the time to weed through and edit, and then finding the time to write the post….

  11. says

    I definitely have issues with balance! I try to do as much as I can while my youngest is napping and my other one is at preschool, but that doesn’t always happen. I have to grab moments here and there when they come. My house definitely suffers and isn’t as nice and neat and organized as I’d like it to be. I’m getting up at 5:30 now where I used to sleep till the kids woke. That give me extra “me” time and I’m still going to bed around the same time (by 10). For me it’s better to get up earlier than to stay up later working. I am not good in the evening hours because I just want to relax. {hugs!}
    .-= Katie @ goodLife {eats}´s last blog ..Quinoa Stuffed Bell Peppers =-.

  12. Amy Durden says

    Good luck with that balance thing! I think that one of the things that makes teaching such a wonderful profession is that I do get some “me” time in the summer, because during the school year I can just forget it. My time will come all too soon when my kids head off to college, so I try relax and not dwell on the things I’d like to be doing for myself or I’ll get angry and resentful. Which I still do occasionally, but I TRY not to. Take lots of deep breaths. I know it sounds trite, but drink in this time with your little ones-my oldest child will get her driver’s license soon-where did all of that time go? I know that panic-y feeling of losing myself, or that competent, accomplished person I was, but “to everything there is a season” is so very true.

  13. says

    In my opinion, there is a degree of balance one can have… But there is always a trade off. I feel your pain. Here’s hoping we can all find some semblance of middle ground.

  14. says

    I always look forward to your open, honest posts whether they appear every week or at longer intervals. I recently hired a babysitter to watch the kids one morning a week while I get a bit of blogging done, which has really helped things. I also use my iPhone a lot to catch up on things when I have a few moments here and there (like now). Four kids and two blogs is a whole lot to handle and I think you do it admirably!
    .-= Kathy – Panini Happy´s last blog ..Bacon Breakfast Burritos =-.

  15. says

    I’m still looking for that balance, too. My Project 365 has been put in the backburner and I’m skirting around doing my tax paperwork — those are the things sacrificed for blogging and social media time. You’re not alone. It really is refreshing to read your posts, and knowing that I’m not the only one struggling with this, because sometimes I read other blogs and feel like I’m completely disorganized for not getting it together.

    I’ve been on a homemade bread fix, so I’m putting this on my list of things to bake. We love dinner rolls!
    .-= Joy´s last blog ..A Few Announcements: Newsletter, Giveaway, Mail Exchange, Facebook and Feeds =-.

  16. says

    Oh girl we all go through it…I have cut my blogging WAY WAY down. Once a week if I am lucky. And there is just no way I can keep up with everyones blogs I love either. I designate one night a week to go through my google reader, which sometimes is like 400 unread posts! It is just not humanly possible to keep up anymore. So I hear ya!
    .-= leslie´s last blog ..Pretzel Sugar Cookies =-.

  17. says

    oh, i definitely need to be advised how to strike the balance too. full time job, houseworks……and A BABY (if he’s still a baby!)! I REALLY DUNNO HOW TO DO IT! 5 days a week, i just go to bed and sleep a big sleep right away within 5 seconds.
    now, i’m just trying to manage to blog at least once a week which is a luxury to myself. and i hv to say i’m so lucky to have in-laws to take care of Ethan once a week.
    .-= lululu´s last blog ..Strawberry and Cream Cheese Muffin =-.

  18. says

    First thank you for the recipe. I have been to Lambert’s when I lived in KC and they are amazing. I will be trying this.

    As to balance if there was an easy answer I have yet to find it. I am trying to write at least 1x a week so I can keep my blog updated about what is new in sleep but it is tough. I found that if I cook for the week the time I would have used to cook can be used for writing. But then I have no time to workout. So there is always a give and take.

  19. Whitney Schmale says

    I’ll be happy to attend any sessions you offer on how to achieve that BALANCE!!! My boys LOVE Lamberts, we try to stop at least a few times a year…..Kris even caught a roll last time we were there.

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