Activity from 2013 (page 63)

Hot Cross Buns Recipe Makeover

Posted by on Sat, May 11th, 2013 at 11:00 am

Last week we posted a blog informing you that over the next few weeks, we’ll be here to present you with new money saving, life-bettering, gift-giving ideas, tips, and tricks!  I am here today with a recipe makeover – making over the recipe for one of everyone’s favorite, yet fattening, breakfast: Hot Cross Buns.  This recipe takes the original recipe, and cuts out nearly 100 calories, over 3 grams of saturated fat, and over 100 milligrams of sodium.  Before we begin, I feel the need to tell you that Hot Cross Buns was the first song I learned to play on the cello in grade school.  Just an interesting fun fact about TSGal.  Now, let’s get into the recipe makeover!  This recipe was found on

Hot Cross Buns Recipe Makeover

• 268 calories per roll
• 4.8 grams saturated fat
• 227 milligrams sodium

• 179 calories per roll
• 1.4 grams saturated fat
• 111 milligrams sodium


  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup dried currants
  • 1/4 cup warm orange juice (120° to 130°)
  • 19 ounces all-purpose flour (about 4 1/4 cups), divided
  • 4.5 ounces whole-grain pastry flour (about 1 cup)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon rind
  • 1 teaspoon grated orange rind
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon grated whole nutmeg
  • 1 package quick-rise yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
  • 1 cup warm fat-free milk (120° to 130°)
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 1 large egg white


  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 tablespoon 2% reduced-fat milk
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice


  1. To prepare rolls, combine first 3 ingredients in a small bowl; let stand 10 minutes. Drain fruit in a colander over a bowl, reserving fruit and juice.
  2. Weigh or lightly spoon 18.5 ounces (about 4 cups plus 2 tablespoons) all-purpose flour and pastry flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours, salt, and next 5 ingredients (through yeast) in the bowl of a stand mixer with dough hook attached; mix until combined. Combine reserved orange juice, fat-free milk, honey, butter, and 2 eggs in a bowl, stirring with a whisk. With mixer on, slowly add milk mixture to flour mixture; mix at medium-low speed 7 minutes. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Add reserved fruit. Knead 2 minutes or until smooth and elastic; add enough of remaining 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking. Place dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm, dry place, free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in size. (Gently press two fingers into dough. If indentation remains, dough has risen enough.) Punch dough down; cover and let rest 5 minutes. Divide into 24 equal portions; roll each portion into a ball. Place rolls in muffin cups coated with cooking spray. Cover and let rise for 1 hour or until almost doubled in size.
  3. Preheat oven to 350°.
  4. Combine 1 tablespoon water and egg white; stir with a whisk. Gently brush rolls with egg white mixture. Bake at 350° for 20 minutes or until golden, rotating pans once during baking. Remove from pans; cool 10 minutes on a wire rack.
  5. To prepare glaze, combine powdered sugar and remaining ingredients in a bowl, stirring with a whisk. Microwave at HIGH 20 seconds or until warm. Spoon glaze into a zip-top plastic bag. Seal bag; snip a tiny hole in 1 corner of bag. Pipe a cross on top of each warm roll.

And there you have it!  Delicious, hot cross buns without the guilt!  These will be perfect for surprising mom with breakfast in bed this Mother’s Day!

If you have a makeover for one of your favorite recipes, be sure to share it in the comments below!


Two Days of Flip-Out & Swag Memory, Two Shots at 200 Swag Bucks

Posted by on Sat, May 11th, 2013 at 8:00 am
Happy Weekend, Swag Nation! I hope you enjoyed Wednesday’s game challenge.  If you did, you know that this weekend, it’s the battle of century! Okay…  so maybe it’s more like a friendly debate, but it’s the friendly debate of the century!. Wednesday, we played Swag Memory. You will have the option to play that again this ... Read More »

Friday Funny – Mother’s Day

Posted by on Fri, May 10th, 2013 at 5:00 pm
Mother’s Day is two days away, and you can bet there will be plenty of family photos being taken this Sunday.  Let’s hope your photo shoot session goes a bit smoother than it did for these brothers, who just can’t seem to agree on the proper etiquette for their Mother’s Day picture.   Happy Mother’s ... Read More »

Let Flowers Bloom Into 800 Swag Bucks

Posted by on Fri, May 10th, 2013 at 3:00 pm
It’s officially last minute.  If you’re reading this and thinking to yourself, “oh no!  I forgot to order mom flowers for Mother’s Day!”, don’t worry – we got you covered!  Right NOW, you can earn 800 Swag Bucks just for sending your mom a beautiful bouquet of flowers from ProFlowers.  Plus, shop now and you ... Read More »

Mother’s Day Gift Guide – Day 5

Posted by on Fri, May 10th, 2013 at 12:00 pm
Today is the final day of our Mother’s Day Gift Guide.  I hope our gift ideas have been helpful and inspiring to you.  For those of you who are just joining us today, we’ve been here every day this week with  helpful gift ideas for your mom.  Whether your mom enjoys crafting, exercising, baking, etc., we ... Read More »

Swagbucks Book Club – Grammar Police

Posted by on Fri, May 10th, 2013 at 10:00 am
Welcome to the Swagbucks Book Club!  Thank you to everyone who contributed to last week’s discussion regarding books that have altered your lives.  I know I learned quite a bit both about books and authors I should check out.  I’m continually impressed by the breadth of knowledge and willingness to share I see every week ... Read More »

It’s Mega Swag Bucks Day!

Posted by on Fri, May 10th, 2013 at 6:00 am
It’s Mega Swag Bucks Day – a day of big wins and big bucks – Team Swagbucks is giving away more than 1,000,000 Swag Bucks TODAY. This is the day where you have a chance of winning even crazier amounts of Swag Bucks with your searches. From 30 to 1,000 Swag Bucks on ONE search! ... Read More »

DOUBLE SBs And Rebates From Walmart!

Posted by on Thu, May 9th, 2013 at 3:00 pm
We’re now only three days away from Mother’s Day, so I’m here to remind you that we’re offering DOUBLE SWAG BUCKS per dollar spent at through Swagbucks Shop & Earn!  What does that mean?  It means that instead of earning 2 Swag Bucks for every dollar you spend, you’ll earn 4! But wait!  That’s not ... Read More »

Mother’s Day Gift Guide – Day 4

Posted by on Thu, May 9th, 2013 at 12:00 pm
It’s day 4 of our Mother’s Day Gift Guide series.  Remember, we’ve been here every day this week with helpful gift ideas for your mom.  Whether your mom enjoys crafting, exercising, baking, etc., we have suggestions for it all!  All of these ideas make use of Swagbucks Shop & Earn – so not only will you save on your ... Read More »

Retail Therapy – Mother’s Day

Posted by on Thu, May 9th, 2013 at 6:00 am
This week’s Retail Therapy post is appropriately focused on Mother’s Day, as Mother’s Day is only 3 short days away!  I have to admit – I sat down to write this blog post and realized, “oh my goodness!  I need to get my mom a Mother’s Day gift!”  So, this blog will come in just ... Read More »