Friday, November 21, 2014

Libby's Favorite Pumpkin Roll

Libby's Favorite Pumpkin Roll

1/4 cup powdered sugar (to sprinkle on towel)
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup granulated sugar
2/3 cup pure pumpkin puree (Libby’s)

For the Filling

1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
1 cup powdered sugar, sifted
6 tablespoons butter, softened
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup powdered sugar (optional)
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a 15 x 10-inch jelly-roll pan with parchment paper and spray with non-stick cooking spray, or you can use a Silpat. Sprinkle a clean tea towel with powdered sugar. Set pan and towel aside.
In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and salt. In a large bowl with an electric mixer, beat eggs, vanilla and sugar until thick. Add in pumpkin and mix to combine. Stir in flour mixture. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan.
Bake for 13 to 15 minutes or until top of cake springs back when touched. Immediately loosen and turn cake onto prepared towel. Carefully peel off paper. Roll up cake and towel together, starting with narrow end. Cool on wire rack.
In a medium bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter and vanilla extract until smooth. Carefully unroll cake; remove towel. Spread cream cheese mixture over cake. Re-roll cake. Wrap in Saran wrap and refrigerate at least one hour. 
Store Pumpkin Roll wrapped in Saran Wrap for up to a week in the fridge or you can freeze it and store up to a month. Allow the roll to come to room temperature, about an hour before serving.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Nothing but Blue Skies...

Our grandson had the opportunity to realize a dream yesterday. From the time he was a little boy, he's talked about being a pilot. Not a huge surprise since he spent so much time on airplanes from the time he was very young flying to far away places like Shanghai and Belgium to visit his Dad. 

It's been awhile since he has allowed himself to dream big. Since his Dad passed away, his life has been in limbo. Not planned, not unplanned... just in a holding pattern. Up in that Cessna yesterday, he began to think he could do this, make this his career- fly for a living. After all his Uncle David has done just that for years with Southwest Airlines.

All along we have it inside us the ability to achieve greatness. It lays dormant for years until someone or something lights a fire in our hearts. Never far away, our Guardian Angels are there to cheer us on. It's not going to be easy, nothing worthwhile ever is. But one flight and then another, he'll reach that dream. Holding patterns in the air mean circles, not a good thing. We're seeing Blue Skies ahead!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Terry's Secret Recipe

Today I'm sharing a secret family recipe. This one is a keeper, put it where you can get to it easily if you've had a busy day or a "Mom's Night Off" or  "Dad's Cooking!" Easy, but oh so good and it's Super Bowl perfect too. My SISTER in law's recipe, it's famous in our family. It's probably the only recipe that I had that the daughters left home with... they didn't want to be far from the secret recipe!

OK, are you ready? It's not one of those recipes that has a lot of ingredients or a lot of steps. In fact, it sounds too easy to be considered famous or secret... just trust me on this, it is!

Terry's Secret Recipe   PRINT RECIPE
2 lb. hamburger
1 lb. brick chili, this isn't canned chili (it's next to the hot dogs in most groceries, a rectangular brick of chili meat that is condensed)  I like the Famous brand or 4 Star ... they look like this:

1 lb. Velveeta, cut in chunks
2 cans chili beans, undrained
1 can Ro-Tel tomatoes, your choice...blazing hot or wimpy mild!
8 oz. sour cream
shredded iceberg lettuce
shredded Cheddar cheese
tortilla chips

Brown hamburger and drain. Add beans, chili, Ro-Tel and Velveeta. Simmer over LOW heat until melted. Add sour cream and serve in bowls topped with shredded lettuce, shredded Cheddar cheese and serve with tortilla chips. I didn't say it was healthy, did I?
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