Thanksgiving was wonderful! It was so much fun to have all of my family at my house. I made three gluten free desserts for Thanksgiving this year. As I told you in my last blog, this was my first gluten-free Thanksgiving and the dessert portion of the meal has traditionally been my territory. I usually make pumpkin pie and pumpkin cheese cake. However, this year, I added a Pumpkin Roll, and it was truly scrumptious. (that reminds me of a song from Chitty Chitty Bang Bang) Anyway, the Pumpkin Roll is basically a thin pumpkin spice cake rolled around a filling made of mascarpone cheese, whipped cream, powdered sugar, vanilla and cinnamon. It was amazing! You can find the recipe on a blog called Baked Bree. And now that I am thinking about it again (the pumpkin roll), and I am sad that it is all gone — I will just have to make another one —soon. The only thing I might add next time around is some liquor. I think the roll was calling out for some. Just sayin.Continue reading
It is my favorite time of the year! This is the time of the year to be especially thankful for what we have, and to the extent we can, to spend time with the people we love, and like, most in the world. Thanksgiving!! Did it come up too fast on you? It has for me. However, I am happy it is here, and I am looking forward to spending time with my family.
I am one of four children. When my siblings and I were young, we were encouraged to each choose something to contribute to the Thanksgiving dinner. Yes, I mean cook. These choices persisted through the years and have come to be our known signature dishes. I make the Pumpkin Pie, my brother makes the Waldorf salad, and my two sisters make Homemade Mashed Potatoes and a vegetable dish such as Green Bean Casserole. My mother has always prepared the Turkey and stuffing. Now we are all adults, and have our own children, however, we continue to come together every Thanksgiving. (Don’t ask me why we haven’t required cooking from our kids yet!) For the past few years Thanksgiving has been a celebration at my home. My siblings travel from a couple hours away to spend the day together as a family with us. When I say we celebrate Thanksgiving at my home, I don’t actually mean on Thanksgiving Day when everyone else celebrates …. I mean, well, the day after. We have a nifty arrangement where we celebrate on the Friday after Thanksgiving Day so that we can spend Thanksgiving Day with the other side of each family. This allows us to eat as if it were Thanksgiving Day for two days in a row! Pretty awesome concept, huh?Continue reading
Betty Crocker® has come out with a few new gluten-free products which I just have to rave about (even though I am not getting paid to do so.) However, if anyone from Betty Crocker® reads this, they are welcome to send some free samples our way.
This past week we celebrated my son’s tenth birthday. We had the birthday party at our local gym which has a kid’s facility with a large play room, bounce house, various games like Foosball and basketball, a large climbing structure with slides, and a few interactive computer games on large screens. Needless to say, this is a wonderland for kids, and all twenty of them had a really fun time. For the party I baked two Betty Crocker® gluten-free devil’s food cakes and made a double decker cake with homemade butter cream frosting. (It looked like an Oreo® before I frosted the top of it. ) And this Betty Crocker® cake was amazing! Translation: it didn’t taste like it was gluten-free. My husband and Madame Deal’s husband confessed to eating two slices of cake each. The leftover cake didn’t last more than a day in our house after the party. Sadly it has lasted longer on our bodies- but it was definitely worth it.Continue reading