Friday, December 26, 2014

The Beauty of Christmas

My oh my, how time does fly... I know I have totally been negligent here. I have had so many things to say and so many ideas to share, but honestly, I had to rank my priorities and although, this is a great outlet for me... Life did come first.
What a beautiful Christmas we had... I hope you did too. The family was gathered, there were wonderful smells and yummy foods. The lights seemed a bit extra special and lovely. The smiles absolutely melted this Moma's heart. My cup was running over and still is... Truly.

I have an eagerness within me, to rearrange, to neaten, to tidy the nest, but the family is wanting to linger a bit longer in the loveliness of the season. And I'm trying to allow another mellow, fun filled day.

My head is spinning with ideas, and anticipation of what this year might bring to our little homestead.  So for now, I wish you health and happiness, love and peace that this holy time brings. May God bless each and every one of you throughout the coming new year.


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Tammy's Pumpkin Roll

(pumpkin roll pic is not mine)

A favorite dessert that is made often around our family is the Pumpkin Roll. It usually begins right around Thanksgiving, someone will bring one to a dinner at church or to one of the family Thanksgiving meals and it continues throughout Christmas! It's a winner! 
Our church put out a cookbook many years back and it is one of my go-to recipe books. Many ladies submitted recipes, sharing their speciality dishes. This comes from a dear lady that I love. I used to babysit her son when he was young and every once in a while he comes to stay with me. I adore him! 

For the Cake:
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. ground cloves
1/4 tsp. salt
3 large eggs
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup pure pumpkin (not pumpkin pie mix)
1 cup walnuts (chopped) *optional*

Preheat oven to 375* 
Line a 15x10" jelly roll pan/cookie sheet with wax paper. Spray with nonstick spray.
Combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves, and salt together. 
In another bowl, beat eggs and sugar until thick. Beat in pumpkin. Stir in flour mixture. Pour and spread evenly over the prepared pan. If desired sprinkle with nuts. 
Bake for 13-15 minutes or until top of cake springs back when touched. 

Now, here's the only trick to this!

Once baked, let cool for a minute or two. 
Have another sheet of wax paper sprinkled with powdered sugar laying on the workspace. 
Turn your cake onto that wax paper. Gently remove the paper you cooked with. Sprinkle opposite side of roll with more powdered sugar. Carefully roll your pumpkin roll up in the wax paper and allow to cool completely. This will help ensure you will have a nice roll to your finished dessert. Else if you don't roll it while warm, it will NOT roll once cool. 
I sure hope this makes sense to you. :)

Now! For the yummy filling!
1 package of cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
6 Tbsp. butter (softened)
1 tsp. vanilla
more powdered sugar for sprinkling

Beat all together till smooth. 

Once your pumpkin roll is completely cool, unroll carefully. Spread cream cheese mixture over roll and gently roll back up. Sprinkle with a bit more powdered sugar. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour. Slice and sprinkle with more powdered sugar when serving.