Cream Cheese Pumpkin Roll

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This dessert is so amazing that it really needs no introduction. Of course I will give it one anyways! As all of my followers know, I try very hard to keep most things on my blog not only gluten-free but also dairy free. I myself am not allowed to have dairy or soy (along with gluten), but sometimes I do make things with dairy in them when we have a dinner party. Last weekend my husband decided to have a last-minute football party at our house and guess who got stuck cooking?? Me!! While I slaved away in the kitchen all day, my husband had his feet up on the couch relaxing and watching football. Any other wife out there feel my pain?? So, I decided that if I was going to be stuck in the kitchen all day making food than I wanted to make an easy dessert but delicious dessert and boy did I find one! This is by far my favorite dessert ever! Ever! It was so good that it was well worth the stomach upset I had from the dairy. This is a fabulous dessert to make for dinner guests. Everyone will be so impressed by not only the taste but also by the look of it. I am going to definitely be making this one again, and again!!

Ingredients:

  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2/3 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon xanthum gum
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup walnuts finely chopped (read directions carefully, these do not go in until the very end)
  • powdered sugar for dusting towel

Filling Ingredients:

  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Directions:

  • Beat eggs in mixer on high for several minutes. Add Sugar and beat until light in color. Add the pumpkin and lemon juice. Mix until all is blended. (I just stirred it myself because I didn’t feel like dirtying the mixer and it was perfect)
  • In a small bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Add to the pumpkin mix. Mix just until blended.
  • Pour mixture into a greased jelly roll pan or deep cookie sheet. Spread the batter to the edges of the pan evenly. Sprinkle the walnuts over the top.
  • Bake at 375 for 15 minutes. (I always check a few minutes before to see how my oven is baking)
  • Let the pan cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes.
  • Carefully turn the cake with the walnut side down onto a towel that has been sprinkled with powdered sugar.
  • Roll the cake and towel lengthwise carefully (fold towel into first roll/fold). Leave it to cool.
  • Onto the filling: Combine filling ingredients and mix until smooth. Unroll the cake and spread the filling over the surface.
  • Use the towel to help roll the cake back up, but do not roll the towel with the cake as before (roll towel on the outside only this time).
  • Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate at least one hour before serving.
  • When ready to serve, unwrap and slice. (So much fun)

Little Debbie’s Tip: Please do not let the sound of the directions fool you, this is so easy! I had a lot of fun making this and you will too. I encourage you to get your kids involved in this recipe as they will love rolling it and unrolling it! If you have any questions please leave a comment below and I reply shortly.

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Caribbean Jerk Chicken

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Today’s recipe is one of my new favorite chicken recipes. I used a whole chicken, but this spice rub would work great on whatever you’ve got in the house–it might be really fun to do party drumsticks or wings, too. This dish is not only super delicious, but it is also one of the easiest recipes I have ever made. If you are a beginner in the kitchen, this is a great recipe to boost your cooking confidence. This is also a great dish to throw in the slow cooker in the morning before you go to work, and it will be all done by the time you get home. How amazing is that? I love coming home to the wonderful smell of food that I had very little to do with cooking. Let’s face it, life is just so busy sometimes that it is very easy to just go get some convenience food that is already cooked for you. The problem with that is that you have no idea what’s in that food or how it was processed. Do you really want to feed your kids food that you have no idea what’s really in it or what’s going into their bodies? As parents you have to remember that you are setting your kids up now for the rest of their lives as far as habits are concerned. Cooking can be so much easier than you think, and that’s one of the things I love about slow cookers. Make it fun and involve your kids too. They will love it and at the same time feel so much confidence!

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 pound whole chicken
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon all spice
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 3 limes juiced

Directions: Use a 6-quart slow cooker. Place it into the slow cooker. I prefer to cook my chickens upside down, to keep the breast meat as juicy as possible. Make sure all the giblets, neck, etc. are out! In a small mixing bowl, combine the brown sugar and dry spices. Rub this spice and sugar mixture all over the bird, inside and out. Pour on the lime juice. Cover, and cook on low for 6-7 hours, or on high for 4. Check doneness with a meat thermometer, or cut in to make sure the meat is no longer pink. Usually the bird falls completely apart–which is great. Moist, juicy, wondefully-flavored meat. I served this dish with dirty rice which was just the perfect combination!

Little Debbie’s Tip: This was so simple that I couldn’t think of any tips! That’s a first!! Sorry guys but I’m speechless when it comes to this easy recipe.