Thanksgiving, family, and difficult people sometimes go hand in hand. Here’s how to deal:

1. Be polite and keep all conversations neutral

Avoid discussing any topics that in the past you have either disagreed on or believe will set this person onto a tirade. If they try to engage you in those topics, simply change the subject or excuse yourself. When you use effective communication you are able to get your point across in a clear and concise manner.

2. Create healthier boundaries through accepting the reality of who they are

You’ve been through enough Thanksgiving dinners with this person to understand who they are and how they interact in your family. Rather than complaining about it or letting it ruin your day. Deal with it. Just accept who they are and how they will be. Giving them too much of your attention and energy is giving them too much power.

3. Cook a dish everyone will love! Orange sweet rolls

A great way to deal with difficult family members is of course through cooking! Making good, simple food that everyone loves, will bring everyone to the table, plus it allows for you to escape to the kitchen and cook if needed. Allow yourself that escape if needed. And as an added bonus, it will keep them quiet as they are chewing, except when they want to compliment the chef!

Don’t forget to tune in next week as I tackle time management! Here’s the episode from this week.
Happy Cooking!

    Orange Sweet Rolls
    Adapted from: Robert St. John, Deep South Staples


  • 1 batch Homemade Dough (Recipe Below)
  • 1 ¼ cups granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 lb 10 x (confectioner’s sugar)
  • Grated rind of two navel oranges
  • Fresh orange juice (enough to make a glaze, about ¼ cup)
  • Homemade Dough Recipe

  • 1 cup boiling water
  • 2 sticks of room temperature butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 packages active yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • Dash of sugar
  • 6 cups flour
  • Pour hot water over butter, sugar, and salt. Blend in stand mixer and let cool. Add eggs and beat until they are well combined.
  • Prepare yeast according to directions on package an allow to “proof.”
  • Once yeast is ready to go, add to mixer.
  • Add flour and beat until dough is formed
  • Cover and refrigerate for 3-4 hours. Patience is the name of the game here, use those cooking therapy skills and wait. You’ll be glad you did.
  • Once Dough is ready to go, remove from refrigerator and spray 2 round cake pans 9 inch with nonstick baking spray
  • Roll out Homemade Dough into a large rectangle (pretty big here, you want to be sure they aren’t too thick so the cook evenly. I use my largest cutting board and roll out the dough to cover the entire cutting board)
  • Sprinkle with granulated sugar and cinnamon. I like a lot of cinnamon, so feel free to heap it on.
  • Roll up the dough, jelly roll style, into a large roll
  • Slice rolls into whatever size you want. Keep in mind, the larger the rolls, the less you’ll get. I usually go for about ½ inch
  • Place into prepared cake pans and let rise for 1 hour, until they have doubled in size. Be patient here folks. It’s totally worth the wait I promise. There is no need to cover with a towel, but you can if you want to.
  • Bake in a 350 degree oven for 25 minutes until golden brown.
  • While rolls are cooking, go ahead and whip up the glaze.
  • In a medium sized bowl, pour 10x into bowl, then grate oranges into bowl. Make sure you get all that delicious zest in there! When zesting, be sure to only get the orange part. Once you hit the white part, move to a new spot. White parts= bitter!
  • Add orange juice until you get a smooth and thick glaze.

  • Pour glaze over rolls once they are fully cooked and cooled. These babies freeze really well and can be reheated easily. But, trust me, they are so good you won’t want to freeze them.