The Day After

And the dishwasher is full of a clean load an one more partial load that will fit in the dishwasher.  Whew!!!!  After whining because my dinner list was doubled (from me and my Honey plus MIL and FIL to brother-in-law a his three kids), holy cow and who shows up but DeeJaye and Rx, his brother and their 5 combined kids.  Good thing I had cooked for an army.

The menu included the typical fare…..turkey, ham, mashed taters, gravy stuffing, a fresh veggies tray, cranberry sauce and various little munchies.  The kids got out of school 2 hours early on Wednesday.  Rado and I were here alone for 2 hours before Chevelle got home, so I had her mix ip the dip for the veggies and make “green stuff” (the pistachio pudding, cool whip, pineapple thing).  I made sure everybody knew she had made it and everybody said what a good job she had done (even her sister).  She was one proud little girl.

I only added one different thing to dinner…Pumpkin Soup.  And I don’t think I will do that again.  It was blah.  I used the Simmons guy recipe from the Food Network.  I kept adding spices to it but not much seemed to help.  If anybody out there had a good recipe, please pass it along.  I might be enticed to try it again.

The desserts were something else.  I was so tired of the regular soggy pumpkin pie that when the family said they liked the pumpkin cheesecake, I said hooray.  So made that, pecan pie for MIL, buttermilk pie for my Honey and a pumpkin roll for my new step-grandson-in-law (boy, there’s a mouthful).  And that was just for practice because he wasn’t even here.


For the cake:


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Grease a 13 by 18 by 1-inch sheet pan. Line the pan with parchment paper and grease and flour the paper.

In a small bowl, sift together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and salt and stir to combine. Place the eggs and granulated sugar in the bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and beat on medium-high speed for 3 minutes, until light yellow and thickened. With the mixer on low, add the pumpkin, then slowly add the flour mixture, mixing just until incorporated. Finish mixing the batter by hand with a rubber spatula. Pour into the prepared pan and spread evenly. Bake the cake for 10 to 12 minutes, until the top springs back when gently touched.

While the cake is baking, lay out a clean, thin cotton dish towel on a flat surface and sift the entire 1/4 cup of confectioners’ sugar evenly over it. (This will prevent the cake from sticking to the towel.) As soon as you remove the cake from the oven, loosen it around the edges and invert it squarely onto the prepared towel. Peel away the parchment paper. With a light touch, roll the warm cake and the towel together (don’t press!) starting at the short end of the cake. Allow to cool completely on a wire rack.

For the filling:

  • 1 teaspoon unflavored gelatin
  • 2 tablespoons Jack Daniels Single Barrel
  • 1 cup whipping cream
  • 3 tablespoons powdered sugar

Soften the gelatin in the rum. Stir over low heat until the gelatin dissolves. Cool. Beat the chilled whipping cream and powdered sugar in a large bowl until peaks form. Fold in the gelatin.

To assemble:

Unroll the cake.  Spread the filling over the toffee. Start at 1 short side of the cake roll and, using the towel as an aid, roll up the cake to encase the filling. Place the cake, seam-side down, on a platter and dust with powdered sugar.

This is a combination of Ina and Paula’s recipes with my own twist.  Very yummy.  Enjoy Ty.

Well. think I will find my kitchen, go get my Honey’s Christmas present and then take Cap’n Phil’s advice…….put on my strechy pants and watch Deadliest Catch.  Hope y’all had a good holiday.


Another great grand baby  born at 9:58 this AM.  9.35 pounds 20 inches long.  Welcome to the world Maxwell Dylan Woodward.



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