Monday, October 21, 2013

Hello Autumn: Pumpkin Roll

I love Autumn and Halloween, this is no secret to anyone that knows me. Luckily my boyfriend also loves Autumn! Most importantly, we both love Autumn food. If not for his love of pumpkin flavored things, I may never have received this recipe! 

Instead of a birthday cake last year, his Momma sent me this recipe, and the non-perishable ingredients, to bake for him! Cody mentioned to her that I have been wanting to blog about this recipe, and she so very kindly gave me her blessing to share! (Lucky you!) 

3 eggs
2/3 cup solid pack pumpkin
1 cup sugar
3/4 cup flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
3 teaspoons cinnamon 
1/2 teaspoon salt

8 ounces softened cream cheese 
4 tablespoons softened butter
1 cup confectioners sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla 

Wax paper 
Aluminum foil 

Set oven for 350 degrees 

1. Mix the cake ingredients in a bowl. 
2. Spray cookie sheet with non-stick cooking spray, cover with wax paper, spray wax paper with no. Stick cooking spray. 
3. Spread cake mix on top of wax paper in rectangular shape. 
4. Bake for 15 Minutes, cool for 15 minutes. 
5. Take a (clean) kitchen towel and cover in confectioners sugar, remove wax paper from cake, place cake on towel.
6. Roll cake up in towel. 
7. Let cool completely, use this time to mix up filling ingredients. 
8. Un-roll (gently) and evenly spread filling, re-roll. 
9. Wrap in foil, refrigerate for an hour.  
10. Enjoy! 
(Okay, this one isn't beautiful, but it IS delicious!) 

My boyfriends Mom also likes to sprinkle crushed walnuts inside on top of the filling! 

I hope y'all enjoy this recipe as much as we do! 

Sunday, October 20, 2013

Hello Oklahoma!

It was recently my boyfriends birthday, so I made my way to Oklahoma to celebrate!
We celebrated his birthday a few days early by spending the day in Oklahoma City. 

We have a tradition of trying new places to eat every time we get to spend time together... Normally this is not something we honor on OKC visit days.  Normally we stop at the steak and catfish barn for lunch, but it recently closed down so the owners could move back to Italy. (Excuse me while I cry for ever). 

This opens up our lunchtime slot though, and forces us to try even more new places to eat! 
This time we went to a hot dog place!
His was a buffalo sauce dog with blue cheese. 
Mine was a Chicago dog. 
They were both delicious! We also ordered fried pickles and they passed the test too! (Disclaimer: there is no official test). 

I highly recommend them if you're in the area, they even have vegetarian dogs! 

Then we went and saw Gravity (awesome!) in a recliner theatre (double awesome!) and went to Bass Pro Shop (another thing we always do in OKC) 
For his birthday we went to our favorite restaurant Cattleman's Steakhouse! 
We finished up our evening with a stop by academy sports and then going home to carve pumpkins! 

And that glorious meal? My amazing boyfriend made som delicious pumpkin waffles for dinner one night!
What a wonderful trip!