Wednesday, December 23, 2020

Pumpkin Roll and the Christmas Menus

Due to the Pandemic we have been having small gatherings this Holiday Season instead of our usual large parties.  I have so missed having all my family gather for Brunch with Santa this year. I missed not hosting our Choir Christmas party.  I will miss not having a house full of family and friends on Christmas Day.  

Tables set for dinner

But we have still had some very nice, small dinners, where social distancing is possible.  The season kicked off with Thanksgiving with 7 of us at two tables served buffet style.

People gathered

We then had my sister, Dawn and her husband Tom over for dinner that started with these delicious Crab Puffs.

People toasting

We had my brother, Dick and his wife Jackie over for a dinner that started with Sake and Asian Appetizers.  You will find out more about that after the New Year.

Girl with Gifts

Then we had the Teen's Godparents over for dinner.  Marissa was very excited to present them with this cross she made from sheets of music.  This is also where we enjoyed the Pumpkin Roll for dessert that I am sharing with you today.

Pumpkin Roll

But before I share this recipe I want to share my Christmas menus with you.  Our children from Frank's first marriage, Nicole, her husband Pierre and Tony are going to join us for Christmas Eve Brunch.  Normally they would be going to Frank's brother's house for Christmas Eve dinner but, again, due to COVID, plans have changed and gatherings are smaller.


On Christmas Day, Amy and Doug, Jessica, Julien and Melody will be joining the 3 of us for Chritmas Dinner.  The Teen's Aunt, Uncle and Brother will be stopping in for some refreshments later in the evening after others have left.


On Saturday our dear friends John and Kirsten and their military son, Chris and his wife will be joining us for dinner.  


I might also have to make another one of these easy and delicious pumpkin rolls because the Teen LOVED it.......

Desserts, Holidays, Pumpkin, Cream Cheese, Cakes
Yield: 12 servings
Author: Wendy Klik
Pumpkin Roll

Pumpkin Roll

Pumpkin and spice sponge cake wrapped around a buttery cream cheese filling. It is sure to be a hit at your next holiday gathering.
Prep time: 15 MinCook time: 15 Mininactive time: 1 H & 30 MTotal time: 2 Hour


  • 1/4 c. powdered sugar + more for sprinkling
  • 3/4 c. flour
  • 1/2 t. baking powder
  • 1/2 t. baking soda
  • 1/2 t. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t. ground cloves
  • pinch of salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 c. sugar
  • 2/3 c. pumpkin puree
  • 6 T. butter, room temperature
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1 t. vanilla
  • 1 c. powdered sugar


  1. Lay a thin linen kitchen towel on the counter and sift 1/4 cup of powdered sugar onto it covering completely.
  2. In the large bowl of a stand mixer, fitted with a paddle attachment, mix the eggs and sugar until thickened.  Add the pumpkin puree.  Turn speed to low and add the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, cloves and salt until combined.
  3. Spread onto a 15x10" jelly roll pan that has been lined with parchment paper and sprayed with cooking spray.  Bake in a preheated 375* oven for 15 minutes, until the cake springs back when lightly touched.
  4. Remove from oven and flip onto the linen towel.  Remove the parchment paper.  Starting at the short end, roll the  cake and towel together.  Place onto a wire rack to cool.
  5. When cake is cooled cream together the cream cheese, butter, vanilla and powdered sugar until smooth.  
  6. Unroll the towel and cake.  Spread the filling over the cake and reroll.  Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least an hour.
  7. Remove plastic wrap, place onto a serving platter and sprinkle with additional sifted powdered sugar before serving.


Adapted from a recipe by Libby's.



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  1. Your menus all sound wonderful. I hope you are enjoying a delightful holiday and are healthy and safe!

    best... mae at

    1. We are all good here Mae, I hope the same is true for you and yours. Merry Christmas if you celebrate or Happy Holidays if you are of another faith tradition.


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