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Inherited Recipe: Pumpkin Roll

Some of my favorite recipes are the ones that I have inherited from family and friends.  Some of the recipes I tweak for my personal preferences (I am kind of a picky eater) and there are some that are perfect the way they are.  This recipe is one of the latter ones.

spread

This recipe came from my best friend’s (since kindergarten) mom.  She made this for all of her family every fall.  She even made enough to send with the hunters in her family on opening weekend.  Once she found out I loved them too she always made one for me.  Sadly I was never able to watch or help her make these so mine are no were near as perfect as hers.  They always turned out a uniform thickness and perfectly smooth.  I will just have to keep practicing till I get it right Smile.

cool down

Every time I make these rolls and share them with people I get rave reviews and tons of requests.  I will warn you that these tend to make a mess because of the flour. The good news is that the mess and time to make these is about the same for 1 roll as for multiple rolls.  I made 4 and if you cut out the waiting time it only took about 2 hours. 

pumpkin roll

Ingredients

For the Roll

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1.2 teaspoon salt

Frosting

  • 1 cup confectioners sugar
  • 3 ounces cream cheese
  • 4 tablespoons butter

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375⁰F
  • Beat eggs on high for 5 minutes
  • Add in sugar and pumpkin, mixing well
  • Stir in flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and salt
  • Line a baking sheet with wax or parchment paper.
  • Spread batter evenly
  • Bake 15 minutes
  • While the roll is baking dust a tea towel or parchment paper with flour.  The floured area needs to be roughly the size of the roll you have baking
  • Turn the roll onto the floured towel or parchment paper.
  • Roll up and let cool completely
  • Once the roll is cooled mix up the frosting and spread on the inside of the cooled roll.
  • Re-roll, wrap in tin foil and refrigerate till ready to serve.

Tips

  • You can get 2 rolls from 1 can of pumpkin
  • Using parchment paper instead of a tea towel makes clean up a lot easier
  • Put the flour through a sieve or strainer to dust, you only need a light dusting
  • The batter is think so won’t self level, all lumps and variances in thickness will show in the baked roll.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing as most people won’t even know

 

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Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies

I love fall.  It is one of the things I miss most about Michigan (no mom, not enough to move back).  The air is crisp and fresh, you get to wear jeans and hoodies, apple cider and hot chocolate are readily available and the apples are in season!

Every year my family makes applesauce to last us the whole year.  We all get together at one of my aunts house (her house is the only one with 6 burners and 2 ovens) and spend the whole day hanging out and making applesauce from scratch.  Making applesauce for about 20 people for a year takes quite awhile and you have to feed everyone throughout the day too.  Sadly I haven’t attended an applesauce day since I moved to Florida.  That also means that I haven’t had applesauce in a few years.  The store bought stuff just doesn’t have any flavor.

apple cider cookies

Anyway that isn’t the point of this post.  I am telling you about these amazing Caramel Stuffed Apple Cider Cookies.  I found this recipe on Pintrest (where else do you find recipes?) last year, I think. 

Ingredients

  • 1 cup softened butter
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 box (10 packets) Alpine Spiced Apple Cider Instant Original Drink mix
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3 cups flour
  • Kraft Caramels

Directions

  • Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon in a separate bowl.
  • Cream together butter, sugar, salt and 10 packets of cider mix in a mixer until light and fluffy. 
  • Beat in eggs and vanilla and mix well.
  • Add dry ingredients to sugar mixture until just mixed.
  • Refrigerate dough for about 1 hour (or as long as you can wait).  This step is not necessary but makes the it much easier (read less messy) to work with.
  • Preheat over to 350⁰F
  • Line cookie sheets with parchment paper
  • Unwrap caramels
  • Scoop cookie down into your palm and push a caramel into the center.  Gently roll into a ball.
  • Place on parchment covered cookie sheet about 2 inches apart.
  • Bake 12-14 minutes until lightly browned around the edges.  Don’t over bake!
  • Once you remove the cookie sheet form the over slide the parchment and cookies onto the counter to start cooling.
  • After about 15 minutes turn the cookies upside down to finish cooling.

Tips

  • Use 5 packets original drink mix and 5 packets sugar free
  • The original recipe says it makes 4 dozen cookies.  I have never gotten that many cookies out of 1 batch.  I think my cookies are thicker than hers though.

dough balls                   baked

  • Make sure there is plenty of space between the cookies. (The pictures are not a before and after but you can see how much they spread)
  • When you are ready to enjoy pop the cookie into the microwave for 5-10 seconds to warm up the caramel.  Just don’t leave the cookie in too long; the caramel gets very hot and will burn your mouth.

 

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New Recipe Sunday

(Yes, I know it is Monday.)

One of my favorite things to do on Sundays after church is to try a new recipe.  This week is a 2-for-1.  I really wanted to make some soup to take for lunches (or a quick dinner after work) so I explored the hundreds of recipes I have on Pintrest till one caught my eye.  (I have mentioned that I am addicted to Pintrest, right?)

Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Soup

During my Pintrest exploration I noticed that I have several variation of spicy chicken soup (Chicken Enchilada, Chicken Tortilla, Buffalo Chicken….).  I think there maybe a theme there, just saying.  Anyway,  I opened several of the recipes and decided on this version of Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Soup (it also happened to be the recipe I had the most ingredients for).  The recipe calls for shredded Rotisserie Chicken.  Now I have never bought a rotisserie chicken instead I usually use this recipe for Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken, since I love the slightly sweet taste it has, but for this soup I didn’t want the sweet flavor.  Instead I used the shredded chicken recipe from this Crock Pot Buffalo Chicken Lettuce Wrap but did not add the hot sauce for the last 30 minutes (since I was putting it in a soup that had hot sauce I was concerned this would be too spicy).

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As you can see above I topped my soup with Blue Cheese crumbles and more hot sauce (I like things spicy!).  Next time I think I will make a few tweaks like adding some more vegetables (carrots, peppers and potatoes), definitely more hot sauce and I think I will use heavy cream instead of milk for a creamier broth (maybe half milk and half heavy cream).  All in all it turned out better than I thought it would, and I got 7 servings out of it.

 

What I am currently reading:  Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan

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Making Strides

This morning I participated in my first (but not last) walk to support the fight against breast cancer.  This disease has not affected me personally (or anyone I know, at least I don’t think it has) but it was still inspiring to be part of.

crowd

It was reported that there were about 50,000 walkers there this morning!

shirts

I got involved with this ACS Making Strides walk due to my hotel.  We joined the corporate team at the end of last month and got everything organized very quickly.  But we all enjoyed it so much that we are already planning on making this a yearly thing.  The corporate team was started a few months ago and they organized shirts, tattoos (temporary of course), those stretchy bands and balloons for us all.  They even had breakfast and water waiting for us!  With all of the fundraising everyone did we ended up being the #3 company in the whole walk!

finished monkey

If you remember last time I was working on decorating a bra for my GM to wear.  You can see the finished product above.  It turned out that the bra challenge was issued by multiple male members in my corporation so luckily he wasn’t the only guy wearing a bra.

I have to say that I was very impressed with this walk.  The organizers, volunteers and police did a wonderful job of making a safe, entertaining and well marked route.  At every intersection there were barricades and police to block traffic.  There were also several water stations throughout so that no one got dehydrated.  In Florida with the walk starting at 9am this is very important.  It was over 80 degrees by the time we got started.  The walk organizers also set up random music stations with live performers along the route.  There was a nice variety of music and at a good volume so that the local residents were not disturbed.  All in all it was a great start to the day!

finish line

 

 

What I am currently reading:  Percy Jackson and the Lightening Thief by Rick Riordan

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Week of Pink

Did you know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month?  Well, incase you didn’t get the memo: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!!

In support of this my hotel signed up to participate in the ACS (American Cancer Society) Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Orlando (you can find an event near you here).  To provide extra incentive my GM issued a challenge to the team members.  If we can raise $500 he will wear a pink bar at the walk.  So with this goal in mind the week of fundraising began.

pins and bands

First we sold bands a pins.  This fundraiser was the winner for us.  Everyone likes to get something for giving right?

cookies

Our second and last fundraiser was a bake sale.  While the proceeds were lower than we have had from past bake sales we definitely had more people bake.  Some, even decided to do a pink theme.

The good news is that we reached and even exceeded our goal!  So I was given the task of obtaining and beautifying a pink bra.  I have to say buying a bra for this purpose was kind of weird.  None of the other customers knew what it was for but still…buying a bra for your male boss…weird.

Bra 

Several of the Department Heads are very enthusiastic about this and offered lots of suggestions.  In the end I decided to use feathers, gems and tassel/pendant thing (no not on each cup; just one in the center).  Let me just say I hate feathers.  They get everywhere. 

 

 

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