World Famous Dill Rolls, ok maybe just in my family


Yum! Need I type more? I make yeast risen rolls starting with warm water, yeast, flour and salt. Yes, the old fashioned way. I modernize it by kneading with the stand mixer to just the right texture. The smell of the dough rising is the best way to bring you into the present. A fresh, hot roll slathered with real butter is a treat!

Growing up, I remember Mom use to bake her own bread too. But she got the frozen dough which made her job a little easier. Fresh bread out of Mom’s oven was the best. A slice of bread with a layer of butter and cinnamon sugar was a frequent afternoon treat.

I am an admin of a Stampin’ Up! Demonstrators Facebook group for demonstrators that no longer have upline support. I host a once a month meeting where the first post is, Roll Call! Who’s online with us? I add a photo of my latest rolls or the dill roll photo if nothing has come out of my oven recently.

I just did a roll call post for the entire group with the dill roll photo and had requests for the recipe. I recalled I had created a post about the roll adventures already so I looked back in the blog and found it. Click here to read the original post about the Dill, the Dog and the Toad. In this post, I included the photo layout below.

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Here is the requested recipe for the dill rolls. They might make World Famous status if my demonstrator friends around the world bake them!

Dill Rolls Recipe by Shirley Merker

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a pyrex measuring cup in microwave or stove top pan.

Add 3/4 cup small curd cottage cheese and 1/3 cup water.

Heat to about 105 degrees fahrenheit. Add to stand mixer bowl.

Into stand mixer bowl, add 2 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast and 2 tablespoons sugar. Let proof for a few minutes. I like to see the yeast exploding before I proceed to the next step. Just the chemist in me I suppose.

Add 2 1/4 cups bread flour, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 2 teaspoons minced onion, 2 teaspoons fresh dill weed, 1 room temperature egg.

Use dough hook to mix until just to smooth stage. Add more flour if needed.

Cover mixer bowl with tea towel and let rise until doubled.

Divide dough into 12 pieces. Then divide the 12 pieces into 3 pieces. Place 3 pieces per muffin cup.

Let rise, uncovered, until batter fills the cup and overflows like in the photo above. If your room humidity is dry, loosely cover with a stiff bag so the bag does not touch the dough.

Bake at 400 degrees Fahrenheit about 12-15 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from pan and place on cooling rack after asking everyone in the house to partake in a hot roll. If this is your afternoon refreshment, serve with a cup of #nessallakombucha, #treeripepeaches and assorted #eaugalleitalian cheeses. Dinner is then optional:)

I usually make note if I borrow a recipe from another source. The recipe page does not indicate an alternate source so I am not sure if I copied another recipe or made this recipe up. Either way, they are so good!

Please add a comment if you baked a batch and where in the world you are located. It would be fun to learn you enjoyed my recipe and shared with your family. Hmmm…maybe I should bake a batch again soon?

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley




#sunpraireistrong fundraiser

It has been about 2 weeks since a gas line explosion on Main Street in Sun Prairie changed many lives. Read about it here in my blog post.

I would like to help by donating a portion of online sales to Sunshine Place, which provides a single point of access to social services for Sun Prairie residents to support themselves in time of need.

You can help raise funds for Sunshine Place by placing an online order using host code 7UY9EASY at my online store here. I will donate 25% of online orders placed using host code 7UY9EASY. Orders must be submitted by Monday, July 30th, noon.

Stampin’ Up! is a creative company helping people make connections through paper crafting kits and DIY paper crafting supplies. That stamp and paper aisle in the big box stores? That is what my company does only the products are shipped directly from Utah to your front door. Most of the products are made in Utah as well. My store is online and so is ordering. I also hold in person paper crafting events for all ages. Ask me about that part of my business.

You will receive a hand stamped greeting card in your snail mailbox from me as a thank you for ordering and supporting #sunprairiestrong efforts to provide help and hope.

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

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Willy Street Annual Meeting and Party

I am a member of the Willy Street Co-op in Madison. They host an annual meeting and party on the hottest day of the year! Last year, I had Mom to keep me company.

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This year, I was on my own and got there early. The next photo is me in line with the same building as the top photo. I was right next to the tree just beyond the red van this year.


This many people were earlier birds than I was.


The next photo is what I brought along to work on while in line while sitting on Lava Buns. I did not realize until I started working on assembling that I brought an appropriately colored and themed project. An eggplant and dark purple colors are in the #WillyStreet logo. Co-op brings to mind fabulous produce in all gloriousness like what is printed on the patterned paper.


I had a nice conversation with a young man while in line. He works in education and seems well fitted for his job. He was hoping to score almond butter in his gift bag. I got espresso peanut butter #yumbutter so he might have gotten that variety too.


We enjoyed samples from many vendors including #nessalla #chocolateshoppeicecream #zanzibaryum #wiscopop #tierrafarm #albertsfreshproduce

Falafel with hummus, green salad and cookie rounded out the grazing.

Maybe next year it will be cool enough to stay and enjoy the music. I headed to my air conditioned coolness as quick as I could!

Super Awesome Willy Street Co-op Member Shirley Merker

#sunprairiestrong Life changes in an Instant

A week ago this time, Sun Prairie was just waking up and the days’ bustle was getting started. Morning walks were being taken, toast being served and minds were getting ready to work.

I had 3 greeting card sessions that day followed by volunteering at Gilda’s Club as kitchen host with an alumni Girl Scout troop. It was a busy day for me.

My last task for the day was to deliver a product order to DeForest on my way back from Gilda’s in Middleton. I head east, then north and then south to home. On my journey south, the sky was filled with black smoke that grew larger the closer I got to home.

My initial thought is that is not good; I hope no one is hurt. The smoke seems to be over PAC, close to where I live. As I change direction, I can see it is further south and east. I arrive home with neighbors outside looking around. Jim said the house rattled but sounded different than the garage door and my car. When I did not enter the house, he checked the garage to see I was not home so he knew it was something else.

As the events unfolded, we learned of the destruction and the price paid from the fallen firefighter. Life changes in an instant.

We were asked to stay away from the area so emergency workers could do their job. I had a senior living session at a community that is just inside the evacuation zone on Wednesday morning. I knew the residents were back in their community so I packed my supply tub light in case I had to walk in. I was able to park in their lot with the police barricade just beyond the driveway. Residents were so appreciative that I held the session. It made such a difference to their day that I was there. I like to think I make a difference during every other session too. Insert smiley emoji here:)

It’s been a week since since that day when life changed in an instant for many. Businesses are boarded, fences up to maintain a parameter around the zone and a final farewell for the firefighter was done.

Sun Prairie is taking steps to help those affected with #sunprairiestrong support. As I was reading about how other businesses and people were raising funds, I have an idea how my business can help. I already have a Card Buffet on my schedule for this Sunday, July 22nd, 1-3pm and Monday, July 23rd, 9-11am. Anyone that places an online order using host code 7UY9EASY at my online store can stop in during Card Buffet hours and hand stamp a greeting card on me. I will donate 25% of online orders placed using host code 7UY9EASY. The donation will be made to Sunshine Place, which provides a single point of access to social services for Sun Prairie residents to support themselves in time of need.

I look forward to meeting you at the buffet to help others after their Life Changes in an Instant.

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley

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Happy Birthday Aunt Dollie!

My Mom’s sister celebrated 80 years of good living with a surprise party at her favorite neice’s house. Aunt Dollie likes to color images for focal points on her greeting cards. Since I have stacks of stamp sets, I decided to stamp 80 images that she can color to her hearts content.


There are 2 of each image stamped with Memento ink pad, a mix of retired and current images. If she does not like the color combination she picked for the first image, she can change up the colors for the second image.


I used a card exchange card and color coordinated with a Paper Pumpkin box to gift the images in. A simple and complete package that was quick to assemble.



Happy 80th Birthday Aunt Dollie!

Super Awesome Stamper Shirley