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Pumpkin Rolls (Part 1)

22 Oct

What can I say about pumpkin rolls? They are yummy, easy to make, perfect for Thanksgiving side dish or Christmas present and they are usually devoured within minutes….or at least in my family. A lot of people are intimidated by these tricky little things but honestly they look more difficult than they are.

If you haven’t made these before, definitely give them a try this year….I promise it will be worth it!

I apologize for the sucky final picture( I was lazy remember 🙂 )….I couldn’t cut these since they were for someone else, but I will be making these again soon and I will get a good pic of the inside. I do however have step by step instructions so you can do them yourself.

 

 

Ingredients

Cake:

1 cup sugar

3 eggs

2/3 cup pumpkin (pure not pumpkin pie mix!!)

1 tsp vanilla

3/4 cup flour

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp nutmeg

1/2 tsp cloves

powdered sugar for dusting

chopped walnuts(optional)

Filling

1 8oz package cream cheese

4 tbsp butter

1 cup powdered sugar

1/2 tsp vanilla

Preheat oven to 375. Grease a jellyroll pan and line with either wax or parchment paper. Grease paper. Beat eggs & sugar with electric mixer on high for 5 minutes. Beat in pumpkin and vanilla.  Mix flour, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in small bowl and stir into pumpkin mixture. Pour evenly into pan(you may have to spread around with spatula). If you are using walnuts, sprinkle over mixture. Bake for 13-15 minutes or until cake springs back when touched. I almost always bake mine for 15, but every oven is different.

While the cake is baking, get a tea towel or any clean dish towel – but make sure its not terry cloth or any material that will stick to the cake!! Dust the towel with powdered sugar.

When the cake is done, take out of oven, lift wax paper and flip the cake immediately onto the towel. Do not let cake cool!! Peel off the paper and roll the cake up in the towel. Cool in fridge for at least 2 hours. I usually cool for 4-5

While the cake is cooling, beat cream cheese, butter, powdered sugar and vanilla until smooth. Set in fridge.

When cake is COMPLETELY cool, unroll carefully and spread the filling. Reroll the cake(not in towel), dust with powdered sugar and either cut into pieces and serve or cover with saran wrap and let chill in fridge.

 

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I made 167 oz of Pumpkin Spice body wash for around $1.90!!!

8 Sep

Its finally done! It has taken me the last 2 days of playing around with it, but the pumpkin body wash is finally done!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I didn’t expect it to make so much so I had to find some empty bottles to put it in.

 

 

 

Here’s what I used – If you are someone who needs exact measurements don’t read any further because I don’t use them!

3 bars Ivory Soap

Huge ass amounts of water

About 20 drops pumpkin essential oil

About 10 drops vanilla essential oil

 

Boil about 2 gallons of water…..I used a big stock pot. Reduce heat to medium for about 10 minutes. Grate bars of soap and add into hot water and STIR STIR STIR!!! I can’t stress enough how much you need to stir. Its going to be really really watery – don’t panic, its supposed to look like that. After every bit of soap is dissolved and mixed in, remove from heat. Let cool and pour into containers to cool. I used mason jars. After mixture is cooled, you can add whatever scented essential oil you like and mix it in. I thought pumpkin & vanilla would be good since we are getting into fall.

I’ve never even heard of essential oils before, but apparently you can do so much with them. I found mine at my local craft store for about $4 a bottle.

Let body wash cool in containers overnight. By morning, your body wash should be ready!

 

Now for my tips – I’m only giving tips because I had the worst time with the original recipe I found online. Every soap is different and the amount of water you need varies greatly!

For example the recipe I found was for Dove soap (I used Ivory since it was on sale for $.30/bar) . It was 3 bars grated soap & 6 cups water. This resulted in containers of hard smooshy glop. I then poured all the mixture back into the stock pot, put on medium heat and added a ton more water. You didn’t believe me when I said I didn’t measure did you? I stirred it up and then let it sit overnight again. It was better but had a “snotty” consistency. I poured some of it into my mixing bowl and ran it under the beaters for a few minutes. This helped get it all mixed up and a better consistency. Its a little foamy, but settling down.

So, if your mixture is too thick, add small amounts of hot water to it at a time to get it to a good consistency.

If the mixture is too thin, warm it up and add more grated soap.

 

I know some of you are sitting there asking yourselves if its really worth it to go through all this for body wash? For me, absolutely! I have a family of 5 and we are a 1 income household so anywhere I can save money I will.

 

This cost me under $2.00  to make 167 oz of body wash. I pay $8.98 for 70 oz at the store.  To me, that kind of savings is worth it!

 

I’m still trying to get my Irish Spring batch the right consistency, but once that’s done I won’t have to buy body wash for my family for a really long time!