Pumpkin Roll

I am back… God has healed me and I am able to enjoy life again woohoo! This Thanksgiving is going to be extra special with all that I have to be thankful for. I thank all of you that have been praying for me ,words can’t express how thankful I am for you! ¬† Today I thought I would update the pumpkin roll recipe. We are making a couple of pumpkin rolls for friends that provide service for us over the year. For the past few years I have been trying to convert my mom to using parchment paper instead of wax paper for baking the pumpkin roll on, well today was the day that we tried it and what do you know it worked like a dream! Our pumpkin roll recipe is perfect for Thanksgiving dessert, elegant but no fuss. Let me know your Thanksgiving traditions, one of my family’s is to bake pumpkin rolls for people who have provided us with excellent service through out the year. I hope all of my American friends have a wonderful Thanksgiving filled with family, love and God’s richest blessings!
Find out more about my pumpkin roll recipe and tradition after the jump ūüôā¬†
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Today I am re-posting my pumpkin roll recipe, I originally posted the recipe on November 19, 2013. I have taken new pictures of the pumpkin roll since I have progressed in my food photography as well as bought a new camera. I hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family has for years!
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November 19, 2013
Pumpkin Roll has been a family tradition at Thanksgiving time for as long as I can ¬†remember. My mom was given the recipe many years ago at a Woman’s Event at ¬†church, over the years we have changed the recipe and made it our own. I ¬†remember when I was about 5 years old and living in Florida, we were having a ¬†garage sale and my mom set out a plate of her Pumpkin Roll to give samples. At the ¬†garage sale a Restaurant owner ate a bite of the pumpkin roll and was immediately ¬†in love with it! He asked her to bake several rolls for his restaurants, after that the ¬†word was out! My mom and I made countless pumpkin rolls for restaurants and ¬†friends, my mom turned her pumpkin roll into a business. We had the business for about two years. Now that I am older and love to cook I have taken over the making of the pumpkin roll, I now carry on the tradition ever year.

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Moms Pumpkin Roll

1 cup flour

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1 tsp baking soda

3 eggs

2/3 cup pumpkin puree

1/2 cup sugar

Preheat oven to 375. Mix flour, cinnamon, and baking soda then set aside. In another bowl mix remaining ingredients until smooth. Add in flour mixture half at a time slowly in pumpkin mixture. After all of the ingredients are mixed together and smooth, pour the batter onto a jelly pan/ large cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. Make sure the parchment paper is hanging over the pan so that when it is done cooking you can hold onto the paper to take it out of the pan. Place the batter into the preset oven for 10-15 minutes, while the batter is in the oven prepare a piece of wax paper on the counter with powdered sugar dusted onto it. Once the cake is done in the oven pull the cake out of the pan and turn it out on to the piece of wax paper you have on the counter. Quickly pull the cake off of the parchment paper you cooked it on. Once the cake is off the parchment paper you cooked it on roll the cake onto it self with the wax paper dusted with powdered sugar let it cool. Once the cake is cooled go ahead and make the filling for the pumpkin roll.

Filling for Pumpkin Roll

3 TBS butter, softened

8 oz cream cheese, softened

1 cup powdered sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract’

Cream the softened butter and cream cheese with a mixer. Once the butter and cream cheese are smooth slowly add in the powdered sugar in small increments. After you have added all of the powdered sugar into the cream cheese and butter mixture and it is smooth add in the vanilla. Spread the cream cheese filling into the cooled pumpkin roll, make sure the filling is evenly distributed through out the pumpkin roll. After you have spread the filling, reroll the pumpkin roll in a new piece of wax paper, tape the ends of the wax paper onto it self so that the Pumpkin Roll is completely covered. Enjoy the Pumpkin Roll out of the fridge.


Cranberry Salad

Cranberry Salad via LashesandDashesCranberry Salad has been in our family archives for many years. ¬†My mom received the recipe from an Old Tea Room in Medina, Oh. ¬†when they were closing. She was absolutely thrilled that they gave the “secret” recipe to her. ¬†She has made this for many years now at Thanksgiving and Christmas , we all look forward to it! This year my Mom gave me the honors of making it for Christmas dinner. Whenever we take this Salad to a gathering it is gone within minutes! The Cranberry Salad is the perfect pairing with Turkey or really any meat of your choice. ¬†If your looking for a light refreshing dessert this would be perfect! If you have a sweet tooth be sure to make the topping for the Salad, we did not use the topping this year since we were having the salad with dinner. The Salad also freezes wonderfully, but if you do decide to make the topping be sure to make it fresh when you serve the salad. ¬†The recipe serves 10-12 people. ¬†Enjoy!!

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2 bags fresh cranberries
3 oz package Cherry Jello, blended with 1 cup boiling water, cooled to room temp
5 Granny Smith apples, peeled
Finely grated peel of 1 orange
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
20 oz can crushed pineapple, well drained
1 cup mandarin orange sections well drained

Wash the cranberries, using a food processor coarsely chop the cranberries. Once you have chopped all of the cranberries place them in a large fridge safe container. Coarsely chop the peeled apples, the place in the container. Pour the pineapple and mandarin oranges into the container. Mix together all of the ingredients. Refrigerate the Salad overnight. Serve chilled.

Topping Ingredients
1 package cream cheese softened
Small jar marshmallow cream
2 TBS orange juice

Mix together the above ingredients. Refrigerate until ready to serve. Place dollop of topping upon each serving of Cranberry Salad.

Peppermint Roll

Peppermint Roll via LashesandDashesJust like the Pumpkin Roll at Thanksgiving it is a tradition in my family to make Peppermint Roll for the Christmas Season. Peppermint Roll is super easy to whip up for a Christmas party or Family get together. I hope your family loves this dish just as much as mine! This recipe makes one large Peppermint Roll and one small Peppermint Roll.

As a side note “Santa” has come early in my house, and delivered a brand new 6 Qt Kitchen Aid Mixer. Today was the first day I have used it. I am so Thankful “Santa” brought it early, I absolutely love it and it makes baking much easier!

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Make sure to bake on the middle rack

Peppermint Roll


1 box of Angel Food Cake Mix


Line jelly roll pan with wax paper. Prepare angel food cake mix as directed on back of box. Pour 3/4 of batter onto lined jelly roll pan. Bake at 350 for 15 minutes, make sure to keep your eye on the cake while in the oven as it can burn quite easy. After the 15 minutes pull the wax paper up to reveal the bottom of the cake, check to see if it is brown. Remove cake from oven. Turn the cake onto another piece of wax paper sprinkled with powdered sugar, quickly pull the wax paper off of the cake, if the cake starts to stick to the wax paper it was baked on use a serrated knife to help peel the cake off.  Roll the cake on the wax paper sprinkled with powdered sugar unto its self. Let the cake cool. When the cake is cool mix up your whipped cream.

Homemade Whipped Cream Topping


1 Pint Whipping Cream

1 cup Mini Semi Sweet Chocolate Chips

2/3 cup Andes Peppermint Crunch Baking Chips

1 tsp Peppermint Extract

1/2 cup powdered sugar

Put Mixing bowl and whisk into freezer. Pour the whipping cream into the chilled bowl. Using either a stand mixer or hand held mixer with whisk attached start at lowest speed and slowly increase speed to med-high or speed 8 on Kitchen Aid Mixer. Continue mixing until the whipping cream holds stiff peaks. Pour in the peppermint extract. Using a spatula incorporate the peppermint baking chips and the chocolate chips, incorporate carefully as to not deflate the whipped cream. Once all of the ingredients are incorporated spread the whipped cream mixture onto the cooled cake, re-roll the cake in wax paper and refrigerate until ready to serve.  To garnish the top spread whipping cream on top and sprinkle with the peppermint chips.  Enjoy and may this become a tradition in your home!

Crepes for Thanksgiving Breakfast.

Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! I hope you enjoy this day with your families! We all have so much to be thankful for!

Thanksgiving Crepes via LashesandDashesEvery year for Christmas for as long as I can remember we have had  Crepes for breakfast on Christmas morning, it has become one of my  favorite traditions! Over the past couple years we have come to the  realization that this tradition is to good to be kept for only Christmas,  last year we had the Crepes on New Years Day as well. This year we  decided to make them on Thanksgiving. This tradition is one I  plan on continuing when I have my own family. The crepes are super easy to make, which is one of the reasons we love them! Also they  look just as wonderful as they taste! Feel free to fill the crepes with  what ever you would like, below I have listed some ideas.

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The Ingredients


The batter in the blender.


Melting the butter.


Pouring the batter into the hot skillet.


The crepe is cooking.


The finished product.

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Without any further adieu here is the recipe for my families crepes.



1/2 tsp salt

1 TBL sugar

1 tsp Vanilla

3 eggs

1 cup half and half

1/2 cup skim milk

2  TBS melted butter

1 cup all purpose flour

1 TBS butter

Some Ideads for the Filling for the Crepes

Your favorite jam

Whipped Cream

Powdered Sugar


Fresh Fruit

Combine the salt, sugar, eggs, milk, butter and vanilla in a blender until well mixed. Add in 1/2 a cup of flour at a time and blend until smooth. Let the batter chill in the fridge for at least half an hour. When you are ready to cook blend the batter again so that it is smooth. Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat, place a small amount of butter in the hot skillet, let it melt. Pour the batter into the middle of the pan, pour enough batter to almost cover the bottom of the skillet, Move the pan around just slightly to bring the batter to the edges of the pan. Once the crepes has bubbles flip it with a plastic spatula. Once the crepe is brown on both sides take it out of the pan and place it on a warm plate. Continue the above steps until you have no batter left. Once all of the Crepes are cooked you can begin filling them with your favorite fillings.  We place all of the fillings on the table so everyone can choose what they would like.


Christmas at The Galt House Hotel in Louisville Kentucky.

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Last night for dinner we visited Cafe Magnolia at The Galt House Hotel.
We arrived around 5:30 and were seated promptly by the window looking out at the river. Our waiter was wonderful! His level of service was reminiscent of a Fine Dining Restaurant! We ordered the Pineapple Teriyaki Chicken and the Florentine Chicken Pasta, both came with a salad. The salad was good, nothing truly spectacular about it, but good! When our food arrived we were shocked to find the Teriyaki Chicken was inedible, it was so salty we could not eat it! Also some pieces of the chicken were shredded, other pieces were cubed, the chicken was not cooked properly. The Florentine Chicken was better but still on the salty side.

When we called our waiter over he immediately apologized and put in a order for the Florentine Chicken and said he would have a manager come over. Fifteen minutes later our waiter came over again to inform us that our new dish would be out soon but that he could not find the manager, he again apologized and said as soon as he found the manager he would send her over. Once our new dish came, the manager finally came over and asked what the problem was. We explained the issue to her, she then replied that she would take the Teriyaki Chicken off our bill then off she went. We ate both dishes of Florentine Chicken but was not completely satisfied. Once we were done with our meal we had to wait another 25 minutes for our bill. So in closing for the restaurant portion of The Galt House Hotel, Cafe Magnolia was very disappointing, but on the bright side our waiter was amazing!

After we finished eating we decided to walk around the hotel to see the Christmas Displays. At The Galt House Hotel they are known for their Christmas Spectacular, they have been featured on several media outlets. We did not have enough time to go through The KaLightoscope Christmas event but we did enjoy walking around the two towers of The Galt House Hotel. There are so many beautiful decorations and lights, the pictures below don’t do justice to the beauty of the Hotel and Christmas decorations. They do have several other restaurants on site. Including the Rivue that is on the 25th floor offering spectacular views of the City. They also have a little coffee shop where you can grab a cup of coffee and sit down in the beautifully decorated atrium and take in all the beautiful hanging lights and displays. If you are ever in the Louisville Kentucky area at Christmas time I highly suggest visiting the Galt House and trying one of the many other restaurants they have.



When we came out of the hotel we where surprised by the fact it was Snowing! The picture below does not do the snow justice!


Don’t Know what to do with the Leftover Turkey?? I have a Plan!

If you are anything like my family you always have Turkey leftover after Thanksgiving Dinner!

Here is a sure fire way to impress and use up the leftovers of Turkey!

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The finished project.

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Dry ingredients for the dough.

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The dough is all mixed and ready to go in the fridge.

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Browning the carrots.

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Making a thickener for the filling.

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The filling simmering.

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The potatoes baked and broken up in the Ramekins.

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Cutting the Pie dough for the top of the Pot Pie.

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The Filling in the Ramekins awaiting the pie crust.

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The Pot Pies ready to go in the oven.

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TO MAKE THE POT PIES: Preheat your oven to 375 degrees and grease 4 10-ounce ramekins with butter or olive oil.

Roll the pie crust out and use a bowl, slightly larger than the ramekin, trace and cut out 4 circles, using the scraps to make more if needed. After you have cut the circles out rewrap with Saran Wrap and place in fridge until you are ready to use them. You should have some dough leftover, I used the leftover pie dough for a Quiche the next day. If you have leftover Pie crust and would like to use it with in a day, roll the dough out to fit your dish then place in fridge until you are ready to use it. If not using the leftover dough immediately wrap tightly with Saran Wrap and freeze.

Individual Leftover Turkey Pot Pies

1 pound Boneless, leftover Turkey

3 TBL butter

2 whole Carrots, peeled and diced small

2 Celery Stalks, diced small

1 cup Diced Cooked Potatoes

1 medium Yellow Onion, peeled and diced small

2 cups leftover Turkey gravy or Turkey Broth

1 cups Whole Milk or Half and Half

1/2 cup Flour

2 teaspoons Kosher Salt, more or less to taste

1/2 teaspoons Black Pepper, more or less to taste

1 tablespoon Dried Parsley

1 Bay Leaf

Homemade Pie Crust

4 (10-ounce) Ramekins


Melt 3 tablespoons of butter in a large,deep pan.

Add in the diced carrots and cook for 5 minutes. Add in the diced onion and celery and season with a teaspoon of kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper. Cook until the onions are soft and translucent and the carrots are soft.

Pour in the Turkey Gravy/Turkey broth and the 1 cup of whole milk. Let that simmer, stirring occasionally until thickened 5-8 minutes. If the filling still needs to be thickened mix together a couple tablespoons of flour with the same amount water in a bowl, slowly add the thickening agent to the filling whisking while pouring it in.

Next add in the dried parsley and bay leaf, stir. Taste, add seasoning if needed.

Place the ramekins on a rimmed baking sheet. Evenly divide the diced cooked potatoes into each prepared ramekin.

Spoon the pot pie filling evenly over the potatoes, filling the ramekins to the brim. Let them cool down a bit before placing the pie dough over top and crimping the edges. With a sharp knife make slits for ventilation.

Slide the tray of pot pies into a preheated 375 degree oven and bake for 20-25 minutes or until the crust is golden.

Remove and let them cool for 10 minutes before serving.



*For a glossy top crust, try beating an egg with a tablespoon of water and brush over top before baking.

*This can also be made in one 13×9 baking dish.

Homemade Pie Crust

Are you looking for a flaky easy to make Pie Crust? Well then, you have come to the right place!

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Dry Ingredients for the Pie Crust.

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The pie crust ready to go in to the fridge.

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Homemade Pie Crust

YIELD: makes two 9 inch pie crusts

2 1/4 cups Unbleached All Purpose Flour

1 teaspoon Kosher Salt

1 stick Ice Cold Unsalted Butter, cut into pieces

1/2 cup Shortening Ice Cold, cut into pieces

6-10 tablespoons Ice Cold Water depending on your dough


Cut the butter into the flour and salt in a bowl until it’s crumbly. Next add one tablespoon of ice cold water at a time mixing the dough with your hands until it forms in to large clumps and resembles coarse wet sand. Divide in half, form into round disks and wrap into plastic wrap. Refrigerate for 30 minutes to let it rest.

Roll out dough evenly and lay into a 9 inch pie plate leaving an inch overhang. Fold the inch overhang underneath to form a rim, crimp with fingertips. Add desired filling and repeat with the second disk of dough.

If using the second disk as a top crust, fold top edge of dough under the bottom edge of dough and crimp. Remember to cut the steam vents in the center of the top dough to let the steam escape.


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Leftover Turkey Pot Pie