Happy Thanksgiving! Tomorrow marks the unofficial end of the fall season and the kickoff to Christmas. As per my usual style, I find myself once again treating food as a drawing subject as opposed to a meal.
Unlike the egg and ice cream drawings I shared this summer, today’s artwork is of the healthier variety: butternut squash. After having grown this vegetable in my garden this year, I was inspired to represent it in colored pencil.
The subtle but vastly different colors of the squash made it simultaneously a challenge and a delight to render, resulting in a simple but happy fall piece.
P.S. You may remember my most recent Thanksgiving recipe posts (home made applesauce and pumpkin roll), but be sure to also check out my butternut squash recipe from earlier this season. Made in the slow cooker, this simply-made vegetable is a Thanksgiving staple.
‘Tis the season for pumpkin spice and nothing is more decadently delicious than a pumpkin roll!
As I’ve mentioned before, this dessert certainly looks more complicated then it truly is. So if you’re looking to break the usual thanksgiving pie cycle, look no further.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup granulated sugar
- 2/3 cup canned pumpkin
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 cups confectioners’ sugar, plus more for sprinkling
- 9 oz of cream cheese
- 1 1/2 sticks of butter (3/4 cup), room temperature
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Directions to make the cake:
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Grease and flour a 17 1/2- by 12 1/2-inch jellyroll pan.
- Beat the eggs, granulated sugar, pumpkin and lemon juice until smooth, using an electric mixer.
- Sift together the flour, ginger, salt, baking powder and cinnamon.
- Add the sifted ingredients to the egg mixture and blend until fully combined.
- Spread the batter in the jellyroll pan.
- Bake until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, approximately 15 minutes.
- Cool the cake in the pan for 5 minutes.
- Sprinkle some of the confectioner’ sugar on a large tea towel.
- Invert the cake onto the towel.
- Fold the sides of the towel over the cake.
- Roll the cake up in the towel starting with a 12 1/2-inch side. (In other words, roll it “hamburger style”).
- Cool in the refrigerator for 45 minutes.
- Combine the confectioners’ sugar, cream cheese, butter and vanilla and beat until smooth.
- Unroll the cooled cake and spread the mixture on top of the cake.
- Re-roll the cake and refrigerate until ready to be sliced and served.
- Dust with confectioners’ sugar just before serving.
- Enjoy with family and friends!
The original recipe has been adapted by the author, resulting in the recipe above.
Posting once a week every Friday means that my weekly post will be falling after Thanksgiving on (duh-duh-duuuuh) Black Friday! A day when everyone will be out madly shopping as the Christmas season officially commences.
That being said, I thought I would throw an extra post out there this week to give you some ideas on how to have a creative holiday! While we all have Thanksgiving traditions that we live and die by, it is always fun to try new, creative ideas to spice up already established traditions.
Here are a few creative ideas you can add to your food-filled day:
- Homemade placemats. If you read my post from last week you know that homemade placemats can make great holiday gifts. They can also personalize your Thanksgiving dinner and table. Check out my post from last week to learn how to recycle textiles into these woven settings.
- Homemade place cards.
Whether you simply stencil letters onto card stock or use different colored paper and ribbons for embellishment, place cards can add a fun and sophisticated look to your Thanksgiving table.
- Try a new recipe! This year I will be making something I have never eaten or made: Frozen Pumpkin Pie! Here is a recipe for one version if you also want to give it a go!
So no matter how traditional or trendy your Thanksgiving is, I hope that it’s a good one!
(Cover photo found via Google Images)