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Mary Poppins Dinner Rolls
What an incredible surprise to open our front door and find our nearby neighbor, Julian Bitter, standing there offering us the wonderful gift of a Ziplock bag full of dinner rolls. Wait, that greatly undersells the gift. The rolls were just baked and perfect in almost every way, hence their new name as the Mary Poppins Dinner Rolls.
Just seeing them brought back a flood of memories as I served together with his wife Sherida as she faithfully created the desserts for our monthly Cub Scout meetings. Her cinnamon rolls were incredible, and her theme frosted cookies always amazed. Now seeing her big bag of fresh rolls immediately made my mouth water.
“You do realize that I don’t want to tell anybody in my family about these,” I told Julian. My immediate feelings of wanting to hide them and save them for myself was anything but Christian and loving in thought. Just then both Adam and Haily appeared as they were faithfully heading out the door to their Sunday afternoon youth meetings at church. I was busted, but I gladly unzipped the bag in front of Julian and gave each of them one of the warm and fluffy pastry creations.
Shutting the door I was faced with the decision of whether or not to share with anybody else. Overcoming my natural man gluttonous desires, I immediately headed up the stairs and back to the bedroom to share with Shelly as she rested in her bed... “Sweetheart, you have got to try one of these Mary Poppins Dinner Rolls. Sherida Bitter sent them over by way of Julian and we truly have been blessed!” And with that she reached in an got a roll and immediately ate it as though it was fresh fallen manna from heaven... Which in reality what it was. The Bitters had blessed our lives.
And now I am sitting here at my keyboard knowing that I need to take a photo of the remaining rolls and then decide whether or not anybody else gets to be included in the blessing. Haven’t I been good enough and shared with enough people already? Must I really share with others?... The decisions of life can be so tough. Now I must warn you that anybody reading this blog entry who casts any negative judgment for what I am about to do obviously did not just eat their first Mary Poppins Dinner Roll. If you had, then you would understand the decision I have just made. Now I invite you to enjoy the picture knowing that I will be enjoying the rolls!... Please share your thoughts below.
Leandra Wurdel - Bom seria ver você comer novamente uma grande "nega-maluca" como aquelas que eu fazia pra você e o Elder Jensen, quando vocês vinham em nossa casa a noite! Boas lembranças! Saudade daquele tempo bom!
NOTE: Leandra is a golden missionary contact from my days as a Brasilian missionary. That was 25 years ago and I have such fond memories of her family’s kindness to myself and my companion Elder Chris Jensen.
Leandra, one of my greatest blessings of Brasilian missionary life was being exposed to “Nega-maluca.” I have not found anything that matches it here in the USA. The only thing that comes close to it is the chocolate cake at a Utah restaraunt called Maggleby’s, but it still doesn’t come close to my sweet memories of Brasilian Nega-maluca. If you get a chance, please send me the cooking recipe.
Leandra, uma das minhas maiores bênçãos da vida missao Brasileira estava sendo exposto o bolo de chocolate chama-se"Nega-maluca." Eu não encontrei nada que corresponda-lo aqui nos EUA. A única coisa que chega perto é o bolo de chocolate em um restaraunt Utah chamado Maggleby’s, mas Maggleby’s ainda não chegou perto de meus memorias aodoces de Brasileiro Nega-maluca. Se você receber uma chance, por favor me envie a receita culinária.