and then there were prints :)

I’m so happy to announce that I now have giclée prints in my etsy shop!  There are a couple open-edition prints, a limited edition print {run of 36}, and they are all done on high quality matte finish, watercolor-type, cotton rag paper (Epsom Somerset Velvet to be exact).

So if you’re looking for something special and affordable this holiday season, check them out!  xoxo ~ katrina

orange rolls for thanksgiving: 3 versions of the classic recipe

Gosh I love holiday cooking and holiday eating!  A first this year, we’re practicing Thanksgiving.  After all, why do we only have to eat Thanksgiving goodness once a year?  So today, the kiddos helped me alter Mom’s Orange Roll recipe creating a whole wheat & honey version.

I called her this morning to verify a few measurements and told her we were practicing today.  When I asked about rising times, she surprisingly exclaimed, you’re not going to refrigerate the rolls over night?  No, I responded, because we want to eat them today. :)

You see, my Mom is a recipe follower and bless her soul we had many good meals thanks to her exactness and honor for the recipe goddess.  But seriously, sometimes the rules need to be broken right?  :)

As we began altering the ingredients, Annie and Carla arrived to visit and shared with us a fabulous thought on President Uchtdorf’s talk, Of Things that Matter Most.  {on a little side note, I’m so grateful for inspired friends…I was thinking this past week that I needed to reread that talk and here was another reminder}.

Strength comes not from frantic activity but from being settled on a firm foundation of truth and light…It comes from paying attention to the divine things that matter most.

Let us simplify our lives a little. Let us make the changes necessary to refocus our lives on the sublime beauty of the simple, humble path of Christian discipleship—the path that leads always toward a life of meaning, gladness, and peace.

After they left, and the kiddos had raced off for the moment to “climb a mountain” {We read Listen to the Wind this morning during preschool…you know: in gratitude for friendship, learning, etc.}, I finished prepping the rolls and thought about that first Thanksgiving Dinner.

A celebration of journey and safe arrival.  That we eat and gather with those we love most each year in gratitude for courage, for religion, for freedom, and for friendship.  I twisted and turned each roll, thinking about President Monson’s reminder in Finding Joy the Journey.

Thanksgiving can be so busy.  Frenzies of cooking, cleaning, preparing and, yes, let’s admit it, stress, oh…and more cleaning. :)

But this next week, this Thanksgiving, I want to find joy in the journey.  To take the time to share this special tradition of orange roll making with the kiddos.  To talk more with them about traditions, celebrations, and why we do them.

I’m wondering if the best way to celebrate that wondrous journey so long ago is to truly find joy in our own journey, and to recommit to focusing on those things that really matter most.

A merriest of Thanksgiving and Life Journeys to us all, may you find yourselves surrounded by those that you love and may your journey, though turbulent at times, find safety, peace and joy!  xoxo ~ katrina

Orange Rolls 3 ways:

{I asked mom where she got it, and she said, her bff Susan Sessions, who she thinks found it in the Lion House Cookbook.  Yes, you could simply buy a box from most Utah grocery establishments, but if you want some real and true rolls, here are a few versions to try out…}

Orange Rolls (Mom’s recipe)

2 pkg yeast {4 1/2 tsp}
1 1/2 cups warm water
1/2 cup melted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
3 well beaten eggs
4 1/2 cups flour

Orange Butter
1/3 cup melted butter
1/2 cup sugar
1 grated orange rind

  1. First dissolve yeast in warm water.  Then mix all ingredients (except orange butter) until smooth.  Let rise one hour.
  2. Refrigerate covered, over night.
  3. In the morning or a couple hours before the dinner, divide dough into thirds.  Roll out dough and paint on orange butter.  Cut dough into strips.
  4. Fold and roll and twist strips of dough and place on a greased cookie sheet or muffin tin.  {My mom also paints a little extra orange butter on the top after we form them…she usually makes another batch of orange butter to do this}
  5. Let rise one hour.
  6. Bake at 400 degrees for 4-6 minutes {my mom always does 6 min. in So. California}

makes about 4 dozen rolls

our whole wheat & honey version
{I halved it for our practice version}

2  1/4 tsp yeast
3/4 cups warm water
1/2 cup melted butter
1 tbs raw honey
3/4 tsp salt
2 well beaten eggs
2 1/4 cups whole wheat flour

Orange Butter
2 1/2 tbs melted butter
1/4 cup raw sugar
1 grated orange rind

  1. Mix all ingredients (except orange butter) until smooth.
  2. Roll out dough onto a greased cookie sheet.  {I greased the sheets and muffin tins with coconut oil}.  Paint on orange butter and cut dough into strips or any other shape you desire.
  3. Fold and roll and twist strips of dough and place on a greased cookie sheet or muffin tin.  {paint more orange butter on top of your creations…you may need another batch of orange butter}
  4. Cover and let rise one hour at room temperature.
  5. Bake at 400 degrees for 4-6 minutes {6 minutes was perfect for us in the Wasatch Mountains}

Our practice recipe made 2 dozen delicious and I mean, amazing orange rolls.

Gluten-Free Orange Rolls:

Follow the above recipes using a gluten-free mix for your flour.

Here’s one of my favorites:

3 c brown rice flour
1 1/2 c sweet rice flour
1 1/3 c tapioca starch
2/3 c cornstarch
1/2 c navy bean flour (i used garbanzo bean)
1/2 c almond flour (meal)
1/2 c sorghum flour
1/2 c potato starch (not flour)

(the mix makes 8 1/2 cups of gluten free flours, Simply take what you need and save the rest for another baking adventure)

They probably won’t rise, so I don’t think you need to worry about that.  Roll them out, make some fun shapes and bake them.  Let me know what you think!

all gathered in {an original oil}

all gathered in by katrina berg, 16×16 oil on cradled masonite, 1 1/2″ sides painted red to match (no need to frame)

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My sisters and I have holiday favorites that we share: watching “White Christmas”, singing & acting out the 12 days of Christmas, making holiday yummies, and light looking.  But I think our all time favorite holiday activity is making orange rolls together.  Mom would make the dough, roll it out, and then encourage each of us to create something special with each strip.  The dough goes quickly and we were always hoping she’d want to make the orange rolls again for Christmas Eve.

A few years ago, my sweet mother-in-law, wanting to help my Thanksgiving be more like home, invited me to make something we would have at our home.  Of course I made the orange rolls, twisting and folding each one different from the first.  As delicious as they were…I think they would have been even better if Mom, Dezzer & Reesa {happy birthday lady!} were there creating with me!

This year, the kiddos and I are going to make orange rolls together.  We’re so excited to be celebrating Thanksgiving with our awesome friends, the Mitchells.  Jules…we’re bringing rolls…and whatever else you would like!  ~ katrina

on the easel…in progress

all gathered in, 16×16 oil on cradled masonite

I’m really enjoying this latest piece.  Hopefully it will be done in the next couple days.  It is all about Thanksgiving memories at my parent’s home…eating hand made rolls that we spend hours making.

Lately I’ve been painting feelings and memories in our kitchen.  I’ve begun gathering other kitchen memories.  If you have one to share…let me know!  I’d love to take the thoughts feelings of those memories and create a special piece from them.

No, it doesn’t need to be a huge memory.  It could even be an idea or traditions you carry on or would like to repeat.  This piece I’m working on is about gathering round the table to enjoy Thanksgiving and hand-made rolls…it is about my sisters and I.  :).  xoxo, katrina

les conserves {an original oil}

We’ve worked hard this summer to preserve all we can for the winter. It was a first for me. I was so grateful for the encouragement of the designer, the expertise of his mom, and some wonderful recipes I found online as well as in books The Zucchini Houdini and the Ball Blue Book Guide to Preserving.

Soon we had a couple different relishes, marmalade, salsa, tomato sauce, plums, spiced apples, and several summer creamy soups.  Our pantry is now full of beautifully colored glass bottles and some bulk foods.  There was a lot of chopping involved and several trips to buy bottles and canning supplies.

Special thanks to friends and family who gave us surplus from their gardens and fruit trees.  It was a busy, exciting, summer and I look forward to learning more next season.  Meanwhile, between you and I, I’m happy for a little break from preserving, and hope to get a dehydrator next spring so we can continue all the conserves and creating in our lil’ kitchen.  As for the break and lovely white winter that has already approached, I’m hoping to catch up with my artwork that has truly been on the back burner!

ps.  don’t miss this month’s painting giveaway by janice here…ends Halloween :)

cuisine in bloom {original oil}

cuisine in bloom by katrina berg, oil on cradled masonite, 1 1/2″ painted sides (no need to frame)

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I’ve been thinking about all the things we create in the kitchen or la cuisine each day.  There is so much joy that comes from being self-sufficient, learning how to create something new, or simply, making a mess with the kiddos.

I love all the learning that takes place in our kitchen, and even though at times it seems there is no end to the kitchen creating and & cleaning,  it brings us all joy.  I’ve decided that the kitchen is the room I enjoy cleaning most.  We love being there.  It is the heart of our home.  We cook, work, do homework, and art projects: all in the kitchen.

This summer we’ve began a daily bread routine, learned to can/bottle our favorite garden soups, sauces, salsas, etc.  Our pantry is now full of gloriously beautiful glass bottles and a rainbow of colors {mostly rainbows of red from the salsa, tomato sauce, & tomato soup}.

cuisine in bloom is the start of a new series depicting the beauty that can grow in our homes…in our kitchens as we learn together and teach one another the basic beauties of food, cooking, and self-sustaining skills.  I hope one day my children will look back at these memories and find themselves full of skills, joy, and my love for each of them.