Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Dessert in Bed! (Pumpkin Roll)

I'm tired!

So are most of my friends, both online & in real life.
I think the fact that darkness is setting in
earlier each evening has a great deal to do with it.

SAD, seasonal affective disorder, is a real
issue for those of us living in the northern hemisphere.
The added stress of the upcoming holidays
certainly can contribute to the overwhelming urge
to just pull the covers over your head & sleep.

Instead, I EAT!

I crave sweets and comfort foods.
I fixed this little bed tray with some pumpkin roll
and French (of course!) vanilla ice cream to
go along with a nice hot cup of tea.

The roses are called "Donna" and
I just their beautiful peach color.

Not much fragrance to them, unfortunately and
I wasn't able to sweet talk my florist into any
discounts, like Bill at Affordable Accoutrements
manages to do each week.
Must be his smile!

Aren't they gorgeous?
I placed them in a Lenox vase and I
was amazed to see how
well it matched this little candle cover, below.

I've owned
both items for years but never noticed the
similarity until I put them side by side
like this today.
The embossed look of the flowers
on the creamy porcelain is almost identical.

I used a quilted Laura Ashley scalloped edge placemat, (Kohls) on the tray
along with my Longaberger tea basket, made right here in Ohio.
(a gift from my daughter)

The little single-person teapot was also a gift from
my sweet neighbor, Cheryl, in FL.
I thought it echoed the colors of the placemat well and
love the little flowers all over it and that twisted rope effect border.

I said a little prayer for Cheryl's family while I washed this teapot
as her young DIL (mother of two toddlers) is battling cancer.
If you're so inclined, would you send up a little
*knee-mail* for them, too?

You lift off the teapot to reveal
the teacup below. The repeated floral image
in the bottom of the cup is a sweet surprise.
It looks like a dogwood flower to me.

Doesn't this pumpkin roll just make you drool?

Can you see the specks of real vanilla beans in the ice cream?

Soft cool cream cheese filling topped with
hot caramel sauce!

What's not to like?

Watch for it.....Here it comes!

Oh Yea, Baby....bring it on!

Give it to me....ALL of it!

Only food gets me this excited these days!

A word of caution....don't use
a good lead crystal
container to
heat your caramel sauce in the microwave.
Years ago,I cracked my Mom's vintage
cream pitcher heating maple syrup.
I cried.

Use a glass measuring cup, like Pyrex and then
transfer it to a pretty container for the table.

Here's one more look at those pretty roses.

Deep breath....

There now, don't you feel better? I sure do!

Back to cooking & cleaning & shopping & decorating

for the upcoming holiday season.

Pumpkin roll

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup pumpkin (I use Libby's, canned...NOT the pumpkin PIE mix)
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 8 ounces softened cream cheese
  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

In large bowl, combine eggs and sugar with an electric mixer.

Add pumpkin and lemon juice, mixing until blended.

In separate bowl, combine flour, baking powder, spices and salt.

Add to egg mixture, mixing well. Spread batter into greased

and waxed-paper lined 10-by-15-inch jelly-roll pan.

Bake at 350 ° for 15 minutes. Remove from oven. Cool for 15 minutes.

Place cake on clean tea towel sprinkled liberally with powdered sugar.

Cool 10 minutes longer.

From the short, 10- inch side, roll cake up in towel. Set aside.

While cake is cooling in towel, prepare filling.

Beat together cream cheese and butter.

Stir in powdered sugar and vanilla and blend until smooth.

Unroll cake. Spread filling over cake.

Roll up cake & wrap in plastic.

Chill at least 1 hour....longer is better!

Be sure to refrigerate any leftovers due to the cream cheese filling.

I am participating in

Be sure to visit Susan at her beautiful blog
Between Naps on the Porch

I'm also linking to Michael's

Designs by Gollum

where you will find lots of yummy recipes
that will make you drool even more.

Thanks for stopping by!


  1. Rett~~

    This makes me want to go straight back to bed and have someone bring me a tray of sweets!! Yum!! I love pumpkin roll and wonder why I don't make it year round...it's that good!! And I have never tried French vanilla ice cream...I will have to try it.

    I adore your Tea For One and the pretty roses on your tray. My, with all of that beauty around, it may be hard to get out of bed!!


  2. You need to run a B&B, Rett. You are so good at this. Everything on this tray is just perfect.

  3. Rett-This is too wonderful! My s.a.d. manifests itself with peppermint ice cream this time of year..not in bed yet, but it is a good idea! It looks beautiful. You are in my TT post :)

  4. Rett, thanks for this delightful post. I haven't hit SAD as yet, but I know exactly what you mean. Your tea setting is beautiful with all the perfect accessories. I can smell the fragrance of those gorgeous roses from my screen. Love the little teapot for one, so pretty and feminine. The vase and candle cover were made for each other. Isn't it fun when things like this happen? I agree with Bunny's comment, you should run a B&B. Your presentation is wonderful.

  5. Rett,

    Once again, another mouth dropping as I scrolled down and saw your wonderful pumpkin roll... I will have to try it soon! All your items on the table went together so beautifully... the tea cup, roses, candle, teapot, and of course the yummy food! Dee Dee

  6. Delightful, as usual!!!! I'm in awe of your talents!! (And wanna come and have some pumpkin loaf too!!! It looks sooooo good!!) Personally, I've been into gooey brownies lately. LOL

  7. Someone bring this tray to me please. This time of the year is bad for my weight but it's all so yummy and comforting.

  8. I so understand what you mean about the lack of sunshine. I am a slug in the winter and have to really force myself into action. I also love to eat and this was a cruel tease on this cold, damp day. I think I'll go bake cookies:)

    Everything looks so pretty and I love the way you present your tablescapes.


  9. HI!!!
    Oh gosh I'm so glad I popped over to see your blog today!!! That yummy thing is worth staying in bed for!!!! I will be making that!!!! Love real vanilla bean ice cream too!!!! I love Longaberger baskets, my cousin in Indiana use to sell them, so I have lots!!!!The roses are perfect!!! So is the whole tray!!!!
    I prefer iced tea though!!!!Love the teapot though!!!

  10. Wow! Looks so inviting! I LOVE caramel on my French Vanilla ice cream!!!

  11. Hi Rett- I saw a picture of this post on "Food with Style" and thought-"Oh this is gorgeous!". Then I came to visit you and... it was your post!!! I should not have been surprised. This beautiful post is rest itself. What a calming and lovely scape! Thank you for letting me rest here for awhile. Let's visit again soon.

    I did send up a little "knee-mail"
    (I just love that) for Cheryl and her family. Bless your heart for letting us know she needs intercessory prayer.
    And for you, God bless you this Thanksgiving!

  12. Hi Rett, Everthing is so pretty.... Boy it all looks so yummy too!

  13. What a sweet tray..so pretty!
    I enjoyed your post, and I agree about the early darkness..I don't like it!
    Thanks for the recipe, it looks delicious!
    Have a good weekend!

  14. Rett! Oh my stars. The entire presentation was stellar! That pumpkin roll had me drooling. Then you upped the anty with the caramel. Just lovely.

  15. What a beautiful tray and the pumpkin roll cake is one of my favorites. I haven't made it in such a long time! Everything you've put on your tray is so lovely! Details! Yes, just perfect!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  16. Pure happiness. I agree with you...everyone is tired...including me. You have found the perfect solution. The tray is lovely and the pumpkin roll looks delicious. This was a lovely idea.

  17. Hi, Rett,
    Thanks for the sweet comment about my tablescape.
    Well, I have just been scrolling through your lovely blog and reading past posts, and I just signed up to follow you. You have wonderful recipes and I love your decorating. :)
    D @ Sunny Side

  18. Now that's a cure for SAD-ness if I ever saw one! Yummy and such a beautiful 'scape to go with it! Your pics of the caramel sce being poured made my mouth water...mmmmm!I agree, the increased darkness makes me want comfort food!


  19. Oh this just looks so temptimgly good, Rett! I want some, NOW! LOL! Your tray is so beautifully presented and that roll is scrumptious!...Christine

  20. i am craving this now, and the caramel sauce, OVER THE TOP FUN!

  21. Oh my what a beautiful setting... the pumpkin roll and ice cream, with caramel sauce(yummy) looks delicious! thanks for the recipe.

  22. I'm glad to hear I'm not the only one feeling tired since the clock's changed and things got darker earlier! That looks so delicious. I think I have the same silverware!

  23. Hi Rett,
    I love your pro-active way of dealing with SAD. You got busy and treated yourself (and your readers!) to a beautiful, comforting tea & dessert tray.

    The flowers are so pretty! You were naughty to mention me, but I laughed out loud when I read that part! ;)

    Thank you for the nice comment you left for me. I appreciate your support and friendship. Hope the rest of your week goes well.

    Bye for now,

  24. Rett,
    That looks like a great recipe for pumpkin roll, I will try it!
    Your tray was just beautiful, I think I might still be in the bed with those goodies.I loved all the little details you added. My little glasses came, I think from Va., maybe they made it from Ohio to Va., wouldn't that be just the neatest thing ever? Thanks for stopping by for a visit, hope you come back soon.

  25. Wonderful! What a great way to get away from the early darkness! My kind of post!

    Christi @ A Southern Life

  26. ummmmm! I was thinking of taking some Rum Raisen IceCream and tea to bed tonight! Yours looks wonderful! And I love the little surprising flower in your tea cup -- how sweet!

  27. This is my first visit to your blog and oh my, I am drooling. I LOVE French Vanilla ice cream...and the pumpkin roll. Your tray is so lovely and would make me feel very pampered.

    Thanks for sharing!

  28. Oh, yum! That looks sooo delicious! I've never made a pumpkin roll. We had pumpkin cheesecake at Olive Garden yesterday!

    This is so pretty! Love that tea for one tea pot/cup!

    I have that same Lenox vase!

    I prayed for your friend's daughter.


  29. What a charming post! Not only delicious but also beautiful! Thanks for sharing! Come see my Norwegian Fruit Bread recipe...perfect for the holidays! Happy Food Friday!

  30. Yummmmmmmm! Beautiful tablescape and absolutely love the pumpkin roll! Thanks for visiting my blog. Pleases come again soon. Happy Thanksgiving.

  31. Rett that bedside tray looks sooooo yummy!!!!! Beautiful job!!

  32. What a lovely post. The roses are exquisite and your pumpkin roll looks delicious. Have a great holiday.

  33. Thank you for stopping by today and visiting! I hope you like the flank steak!

    I love everything about your tray! It has all of my favorite comfort items!! It is getting cooler here, too! A warm cup of tea always hits the spot!

  34. What a LOVELY!!! post. Everything on the tray looks WONDERFUL!!!

  35. Oh Rett, this looks like a wonderful idea, but I want somebody else to fix it for ME! I would never make the tray look so pretty, and I'm afraid my slice of pumpkin roll would be gone before I got a photo of it. The roses are so pretty, and the vase and candle holder do look like they were made for each other. laurie

  36. Many Thanksgiving Blessings to you and your family….Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  37. Happy Holidays Rett!

    What a delicious post. The pumpkin roll with caramel sauce sounds decadent. This is a dangerous combination for me...I wouldn't be able to stop at 1 or even 2 servings. This will have to be one of those occasions where I tell myself, "you only live once". Wishing you and your loved ones a very Happy Thanksgiving and holiday season.



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