One of my favorite parts of Thanksgiving dinner is the bread. I love bread, I love rolls. Bread and butter for president! I understand however, that making dinner rolls from scratch on Thanksgiving doesn’t always take the front seat. I mean, who has time to make rolls, when you have already had to make pies, potatoes, corn, green beans, and let us not forget the turkey herself. Now I realize, not everyone makes the entire meal themselves, many families divide the duties. Even still, the rolls aren’t always made by hand.

If you choose to not make your rolls by hand there are simple ways to spruce them up and make them more special. One of my favorite ways is to brush on melted butter, rosemary, and salt before adding them to the oven. It’s a great way to boost the flavor with minimal work.

Another great way to add some personalization is to make Crescent Rolls. What’s that? You don’t think Crescent Rolls are amazing? You’re right, they come out of a can (but please feel free to make your own!) Here in where they can get fun. Print out small pieces of paper with things you are thankful for one them. Cut the into small strips. Back to your rolls, before you roll those crescents, place one of your papers on each triangle. Then roll as usual. Dowse with butter and herbs, and bake. You can of course do this with regular rolls that you make yourself, but its much harder to get the paper inside. I love writing things I am thankful for, and people as well. It’s well worth the effort to see everyone’s faces as they discover the surprise inside.

-Stephanie Wright

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