Family, food, and football.

Thanksgiving is such a lovely holiday.  That’s why we celebrate it twice.

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Well actually it is because we have two sides of family that we love dearly.  This past weekend we visited my parents and grandmother.  Although it was not actually Thanksgiving day there was plenty of food and football, which are important traditions in my parent’s home.  My grandmother is always in charge of creamed corn, while my dad fixes turkey and dressing.  My mother’s signature creation is her pumpkin log complete with scrumptious cream cheese frosting on the inside.  The recipe is can found at the bottom of the page.

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Mom finally taking a break from the morning rush.

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Nanny is excited about her pinecone ornament.  You can have one too! Check them out on out Etsy store.

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My mom’s simple and cute Thanksgiving table.

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Thomas with Lizzie, our adorable family pal.

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So grateful for my parents hosting and cooking for us.

Moma’s Pumpking Log
Preparation Time: 45 min  Cook Time: 15 min  Finish Time: 60 min

Cake Ingredients:
1/4 cup powdered sugar
3/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon pumpkin spice seasoning
1/4 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1 cup brown sugar
2/3 cup canned pumpkin

Filling Ingredients:
1 package of soft 8 oz. cream cheese
1 cup powdered sugar
6 tablespoons soft butter
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1. Preheat oven to 375°F.

2. Sprinkle a towel with 1/4 cup of powdered sugar.  Make sure towel is well covered, so the cake does not stick.

3. Line 15×10 pan with wax paper. Spray with non-stick cooking spray and then flour paper well.

4. Mix flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin spice seasoning and salt. Whip eggs and sugar in a separate bowl until thick, then add pumpkin to mixed liquid ingredients and stir well. Stir dry mix into the liquid mix. Spread  onto the pan.

5. Bake cake for 13 to 15 minutes depending on you oven. Once cake is removed from the oven flip the cake onto the powder sugar towel and remove wax paper from the cake. Roll up cake inside the towel. Cool cake and towel together on the rack for  about 1 hour.

6. Beat together cream cheese, powdered sugar, butter and vanilla extract until there are no lumps. Next, unroll cake from the towel. Spread the filling onto cake. Roll the cake back up (without the towel). Wrap the roll up into plastic wrap the put in the fridge at least one hour.

Serves 12

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Happy Thanksgiving from the Rays!

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