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21  COOKING / Dessert / Pumpkin roll with maple cream cheese filling on: November 14, 2013 10:46:41 AM
I LOVE pumpkin roll, they're a huge staple in my house for the fall season.  I know I can make this year round but something about having it right around Thanksgiving makes it that much sweeter.

for the roll:
prepare your pan, preheat oven to 375 degrees, grease 9X13 jelly roll pan (actually, any cookie sheet that size with sides will do) generously with butter, cut a piece of wax paper a little larger than your pan, smash it down in the pan and grease the wax paper with butter again.  
take a clean (!) white tea towel and spread it out on your table then dust with 1/4 cup powdered sugar.  Go edge to edge and cover it completely.
sift together:
3/4 cup all purpose flour
1/2 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1/4 tsp. salt
1 1/2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
in large bowl whisk together 3 large eggs, 1 cup granulated sugar, and 2/3 cup canned pumpkin (not that nasty pie filling, REAL pumpkin)
combine the wet and dry ingredients and spread into prepared pan, use a spatula to spread it to the edges and make it nice and smooth.
Bake at 375 for 12 minutes, upon removing from oven, loosen the wax paper by gently lifting up on the sides of the paper all around and gently turn roll out onto tea towel.  Lift off the wax paper and begin rolling from the short side enclosing the powdered sugar dusted towel in the roll.
Meanwhile, prepare your maple cream cheese filling by creaming
1 8 oz. block cream cheese
6 tbsp. butter, softened
then add:
1 cup powdered sugar
2 tbsp. maple syrup mix til creamy
When completely cooled, unroll carefully and spread filling edge to edge.  Re-roll being careful not to break any seams (guilty!) Dust with more powdered sugar and VOILA!
Slice and serve, I enjoy mine with a glass of milk Smiley
22  OCCASIONS AND HOLIDAYS / Thanksgiving / Re: Thanksgiving Crafting and Cooking from around Craftster! on: November 07, 2013 08:19:06 AM
Thank you for giving Thanksgiving the credit it deserves.  I feel like Thanksgiving gets looked over every year.  It seems like right after Halloween BAM Christmas carols everywhere!
Thanksgiving needs its time in the sun too!
23  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: The Griswold's ROCK!! on: November 05, 2013 07:03:08 AM
Absolutely hilarious! The perfect Christmas quote!
24  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: I want your BRAINS!!! Plants vs. Zombies Flag Zombie Costume Image PLUMP!!! on: November 01, 2013 08:14:02 AM
That is BRILLIANT!  I love it!
25  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Re: Totally Cute Wolf on: November 01, 2013 08:13:23 AM
26  Halloween / Halloween Costumes / Sally and Jack Skellington on: November 01, 2013 08:12:47 AM
My daughter wanted to be Sally from Nightmare before Christmas this year for Halloween.  Not wanting to spend $50 on an outfit that honestly was going to fall apart before the end of the night, we set out to make our own.  We went to JoAnn's and picked out 14 fat quarters at $1 a piece.  $14 vs. $50 makes a lot more sense in this mama's head.
I traced a rough shape of her body on a piece of physician's paper and cleaned it up a bit, made the lines straight and set out cutting out pieces.  I then added 1/4 inch seam allowance and cut out the fabric.  I folded the fabric before I laid down the pattern pieces so I would have a front side and a back side thus making the dress reversible.  It was a huge success!
Not wanting my daughter to be lonely I bought myself a Jack Skellington shirt and crocheted a Jack hat and coordinating wristers.  I had pin striped pants already so my costume was super easy.
And now what we've all been waiting for....
I present to you..... Sally!
Oh yeah, we also dressed our dog up as a pumpkin since Jack is of course The Pumpkin King.

the full dress:

details on the dress:

We used 4 cans of colored hair spray on her hair and notice how the dress is reversible:

more dress details:

Jack, Sally and the Pumpkin:

A close up of my accessories:

it took 30 minutes of hair washing and half a bottle of shampoo to remove all the hair spray Smiley

my daughter (10 years old) was very involved in the making of her dress, she LOVES to iron:

Inspiration vs. perspiration:

This is by far my favorite costume I've ever made, hope y'all enjoy it too Smiley
27  CRAFTSTER CRAFT CHALLENGES / Craftster Craft Challenges / Re: Craft Challenge #92 - DIY Halloween Costumes 2013 - Entries Due Nov 1 - 10 2013 on: November 01, 2013 06:42:09 AM
When is the board opening?  I'm chomping at the bit.  hahahahaha Grin
28  TOYS, DOLLS AND PLAYTHINGS / Toys, Dolls and Playthings: Completed Projects / Re: My interactive 3 Little Pigs Playset Prototype (pic heavy) on: October 30, 2013 08:55:23 AM
I can't even begin to tell you how happy this makes me!  So adorable and fun and amazing!
29  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Halloween Wiggly Trivets on: October 30, 2013 08:54:21 AM
I am so very sorry for your loss but I can't help but think these would have made your mom so proud. 
30  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Lamb Lovey on: October 29, 2013 12:42:21 PM
SO adorable!  I made a similar lovey with a bear too!
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