Showing posts with label Thanksgiving. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Thanksgiving. Show all posts

Saturday, December 1, 2012

Thanksgiving Pumpkin Rolls

Happy Thanksgiving to all (a little late).  Thanksgiving is a wonderful time to think about all of the things you have...especially the food.  I love the pie, the potatoes, the homemade dill pickles (yes, that is my favorite food--don't judge), and especially the rolls.  In my family I am usually in charge of rolls because I have a REALLY good recipe for them.  I wanted to make them a little special this year.  Behold...

Little pumpkin rolls.  Aren't they the cutest things you ever saw?!  They were super tasty too.  I learned how to shape the pumpkin rolls on this site.  They had a recipe for rolls that actually have pumpkin in them that I might have to try out next year.  This year I just used my tried-and-true recipe and shaped them into pumpkins.

Here is the recipe for my favorite rolls.  Enjoy!

Kristen's Favorite Rolls
Mix Together:
-2 c warm water
-2 T yeast
-1/2 c sugar

Proof yeast

-2 1/2 t salt
-3 c flour

Mix well

-1 egg
-1/4 c oil
-3 more cups flour (add 1 cup at a time, and add more flour if necessary)

Raise 1/2 hour.  Form rolls.  Raise another 1/2 hour.  Bake at 375 degrees for 12-20 min.  Butter directly after cooking.

What are some of your favorite roll recipes?  Did you make something special for Thanksgiving?  Share in the comments.  I'd love to hear all about it!

Try out some of these other fun recipes:
Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate
Pumpkin Pancakes with Black Cinnamon Syrup

Friday, November 9, 2012

Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate

Look at what I found when I walked out the door this morning...

SNOW!  I love, love, love snow!  My hubby hates to drive in it, and it can be a pain, but just look at how pretty it is.

Pretty pretty pretty.  Bud loves the snow because I bundle him up all snuggly and warm.  


Now, snow makes everything feel like Christmas to me.  I love Christmas, but I have a little problem: I'm one of those people who doesn't like to skip Thanksgiving/Fall.  I don't like skipping any holiday.  I needed something warm and fall-like.  As I sat scrolling through my pins I came across this Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate recipe.  Oh my goodness!  It was absolutely delicious!  

It was the perfect blend of pumpkin and white chocolate.  It warmed me right through.  

Princess loved it!

She was afraid of getting burned at first, so she drank it through a straw.

If any of you are in need of something warm and pumpkin-y give this recipe a try.  You won't be disappointed!

Pumpkin Pie White Hot Chocolate
3 c whole milk
1 c pumpkin puree
1/2 t cinnamon
1/4 t ginger
1/8 t nutmeg
1/8 t cloves
1 t vanilla
4 oz white chocolate (roughly chopped)
a pinch of salt

Combine milk, pumpkin, and spices in a sauce pan.  Cook until simmering.  Remove from heat.  Add chocolate and stir until melted.  Top with whipped cream, cinnamon, or marshmallows.  Enjoy!

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Peanut Butter Caramel Dip

Who doesn't love caramel apples?  I love anything caramel and anything apple.  So it's kind of a win-win for me.  Autumn is the perfect time for caramel apples.  I saw this pin for caramel apples and I knew I had to have some.  But I didn't want to go through all of the work that I know caramel apples can be.  Unwrapping caramels, or cooking sweet condensed milk...too much of a hassle.

I wanted a snack to share with my hubby while we watched football, so I saw this recipe for Peanut Butter Caramel Dip and all of my problems were solved.  

Just look at that caramel-peanut butter goodness.  Yum!  It was so good.  My hubby especially liked it.

Peanut Butter Caramel Dip
1/2 c Smucker's caramel topping
1/2 c smooth peanut butter
1 t cinnamon
2 T milk

Combine caramel topping and peanut butter until smooth.  Then add cinnamon and milk until smooth.  Enjoy!  *I would recommend if you want more of the caramel flavor either add more topping or decrease the amount of peanut butter.  If you want more peanut butter flavor leave as is.

Check out more tasty recipes on my Food and Recipes page. Happy eating!

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Pumpkin Pancakes with Black Cinnamon Syrup

Our Halloween cooking adventure continues this Wednesday.  The recipe tonight was Pumpkin Pancakes with Black Cinnamon Syrup.

Pumpkin Pancakes:
1 1/2 c milk
1 c pumpkin puree
1 egg
2 T vegetable oil
2 T vinegar
2 c all-purpose flour
3 T brown sugar
2 t baking powder
1 t baking soda
1 t allspice
1 t cinnamon
1/2 t ginger
1/2 t salt

In a bowl, mix together the milk, pumpkin, egg, oil and vinegar.  Combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, allspice, cinnamon, ginger and salt in a separate bowl.  Stir into the pumpkin mixture just enough to combine.

Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat.  Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 c for each pancake.  Brown on both sides and serve hot.

The pancakes were nice and fluffy (I'm so sad I forgot to take a picture).

Black Cinnamon Syrup:
1/2 c granulated white sugar
1/2 c brown sugar
2 T all-purpose flour
2 t cinnamon
1 t vanilla
1 c water
black food coloring gel

In a saucepan combine all ingredients except for the food coloring gel.  Bring to a boil, stirring continuously.

As it starts to heat, add in a little of the black food coloring and mix in, more until it's as dark as can be (it doesn't take much).  Allow it to boil for a few moments until the mixture has thickened.

Remove from heat and allow to cool enough to put into a Squeeze Bottle.

The syrup is what really made the meal in my opinion.

Inside this pitcher you will find "black gold."  It really is the secret ingredient for making the pancakes delicious.

It may not look very appetizing at first, but let me tell you, SO good on pancakes.  I didn't have a squeeze bottle to make Halloween shapes on the pumpkins, but that would have been super fun.  I know both Princess and Goofy would have loved to decorate their pancakes.

Here's Goofy after eating pancakes.  Black all over!  You can tell that she loved them.

You can check out other Halloween recipes I've made this week here:

Sunday, September 16, 2012

Thankful Turkey Craft

Here's a fun little craft I pinned last year around Thanksgiving.  These little Thankful Turkeys were lots of fun to make.  We didn't put the paper plates on the turkeys like on the pin, but I still really liked how they turned out.

Princess had fun naming things she was thankful for and putting them on her turkey.  It was a super easy craft.  We used lots of different colors of construction paper, jiggly-eyes, and toilet paper rolls to make the turkey.  I didn't want to deal with glue, so we used double-sided tape to put it together.  They still held up really well despite not having been glued.

Princess was really proud of her turkey.  I am sure we will make them again with Goofy this year.  Happy crafting!