Sweet Dinner Rolls and New Elf on the Shelf Guidelines

Do you have an Elf on the Shelf? We do (his name is Bob) and this year I have developed some new rules for him….or maybe they are guidelines. Whatever you would like to call them, I thought they would be good to share here.

Ok, so here we go…….

1. If the Elf tips over accidentally (which happens about once a day in my house) it is ok for Mommy OR Daddy OR Babysitter to move him back into position. This does NOT destroy his magic powers.

2. If the Elf forgets to move one night that is because he has a lot going on this month and sometimes he is a bit absent-minded. The Elf does not necessarily have to move every single night(not that he has ever done this in my house…I’m just saying this COULD happen is all.) He does his best so please just get off his back.

3. Just because the Elf has a tag on his bottom, it does not mean that he was manufactured somewhere other than the North Pole. He is for real and he is watching you tag or no tag on his bottom.

4. The Elf should NOT sit in the bathroom in order to make sure children (and adults) wash their hands after they use the potty. The children will most likely think this is creepy and not use that bathroom for the rest of the day. Whoops!

So, what do you think? Has anyone come up with any of their own Elf guidelines? My girls are getting a little bit older and wiser this year so there has been a little more questioning of our beloved Elf, Bob. They actually cornered me one night when we were in the car and Ella said, “Mommy, now tell me the truth. Do you and Daddy really move the Elf on the Shelf every night????” I told them to ask Daddy and then I distracted them by offering some bubble gum. It hasn’t come up since.

So let’s talk about bread.

I’m not a skilled bread baker by any means. I do, however, know how to work my bread machine in order to whip up some dough. Easy Peasy. I am learning how to do it with my KitchenAid mixer, but when I want foolproof dough I break out my trusty bread machine. I have found that I don’t love the bread that is baked in the machine, but the dough is great. So I like to find recipes for good dough and then I bake the bread in the oven.

This is a great versatile recipe for rolls. It’s a bit on the sweet side, so it would probably be really good with cinnamon rolls (I will find out tomorrow when I attempt to make some for Ella’s sleepover.) The rolls were fantastic and the dough was real easy to work with.

Sweet Dinner Rolls
  • ½ cup warm water 110 degrees
  • ½ cup warm milk
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup butter, softened
  • ⅓ cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3¾ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • ¼ cup butter, softened (Optional)
  1. Place water, milk, egg, ⅓ cup butter, sugar, salt, flour and yeast in the pan of the bread machine in the order recommended by the manufacturer. Select Dough/Knead and First Rise Cycle; press Start.
  2. When cycle finishes, turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Divide dough in half. Roll each half into a 12 inch circle, spread ¼ cup softened butter over entire round (optional.) Cut each circle into 8 wedges. Roll wedges starting at wide end; roll gently but tightly. Place point side down on ungreased cookie sheet. Cover with clean kitchen towel and put in a warm place, let rise 1 hour. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  3. Bake for 10-15 minutes or until golden brown on the tops.



  1. Words Of Deliciousness says:

    Your rolls look perfect. We have never had an elf in our house, but I think it is a cute idea.

  2. We have not had an elf in our house but it sounds like a good idea 🙂
    Mind you having an elf in the bathroom might put me off going too lol
    I have a bread machine, we love the bread that it makes. Danny won’t eat anything else now! But I must really try and make some rolls as I’ve not tried that yet.

  3. yeah…let’s keep the creepy man-doll out of the bathroom–that’s just asking for issues in the future! 🙂
    these rolls rock–fluffy and fabulous and perfectly sweet!

  4. I love this recipe! I don’t want shortcut Pilsbury rolls! And they look so delicious!

  5. These dinner rolls look lovely.
    And aren’t “Made in China” tags the nemesis of magic and imagination?

  6. I am having a blast hearing Elf stories this year. We don’t have an Elf, but the stories are totally cracking me up again.

    Your rolls look awesome, btw. I’ll be sure to check back and see how the cinnamon rolls turn out!

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