Yay!! It’s that time again! I always get so excited over being in this fun Secret Recipe Club! The anticipation of who had who and what was made is almost unbearable by 3 days in advance! I start counting down the days, and then the hours, like a kid at Christmas, to see all of the fun recipes that everyone chose to make! 😀
This month I received a special gift, in that, my blogger that I was assigned to has a ton of budget-friendly recipes! We had a very scary and rough three weeks when our beloved furbaby suddenly became deathly ill. We are looking at a massive, unspeakably expensive vet bill. ($3,500.00 and we aren’t even done yet…!) Though he is worth every penny, (he’s like our own child to us!), we definitely need to be on a budget for a few months! This all happened after my hubby had just been back to work for only a month and a half after a long lay-off. When it rains it pours, right? 😀
But it was Micha to the rescue with all of her fantastic recipes to choose from! Nice to meet you, Micha! 😀 She is a sweetheart and lovely lady originally from southern California, and has been blogging for quite some time, so she has a plentiful collection of recipes to choose from! I really had some hard decisions narrowing down my “wish list” of what to make!
Just like me, she loves to make lots of breads, (hence my play-on-words nickname, “Wildflour”), and also has a love for Mexican and southwestern dishes! (Right there with ya, Micha!) My tummy started rumbling when I saw her Sloppy Joe Pockets, she dropped my jaw (literally!) over her Enchilada Stuffed Shells, her Pot Roast Melts look to die for, and check out her Banana Crumb Cake !! Oooooh, myyyyyy! I swear I can almost smell and taste it! 😀 Be sure to check out all of her breads and rolls, too! Heaven. Pure heaven! 😀
Since we both share a passion for baking breads and rolls, I couldn’t resist trying out one of her recipes for rolls! (These fit very nicely into my budget, too! 😉 I didn’t have to buy a single thing! 😀 ) Good old fashioned baking at it’s finest doesn’t take a whole lot of expensive ingredients anyways, it just takes lots of love. 😉
I decided to make her Pumpkin Spice Sweet Rolls as a “welcome home” surprise for my hubby after he was away on a quick business trip, as anything pumpkin is one of our favorites!
And I know what you’re thinking….”pumpkin – – this time of year??” Why, yes! We LOVE pumpkin! I’m known for making pumpkin pies year-round! It’s cool, creamy and topped with whipped cream. A perfect treat even in the summertime! 😉 And why only enjoy your favorites during the holidays, right? 😀 Us pumpkin lovers need to take a stand! Peace out! “All we are saaaaaying, is give pumpkin a chance!”
Ok, that may be a bit much. But seriously. Life is short. VERY short. Enjoy what you love when you want, I say. Today could be your last. (Think of all the ladies on the Titanic that waved the dessert cart.) 😉
(A few of the ingredients to start…)
I decided to use both Pumpkin Pie Spice as well as Cinnamon due to my spice blend being just a tad bitter. Plus we LOVE extra cinnamon flavor anyways.
Tip: *I always get my best results from the jarred yeast, not the packets for some reason. Make sure you keep the jar in the fridge.
Yeast….such a beautiful thing!
The dough mixed up beautifully, too!
The INCREDIBLY delicious filling! I mixed all of the filling ingredients together. By accident. It worked perfectly, though. 😉
I think I need a little practice rolling a rectangle….
Ready to roll! 😀
Maybe I should’ve reached for that ruler sitting 6″ away….
My little kitchen mascot deciding which pan will be his….
My cast iron skillet was just the right size!
After rising, and ready to bake!
The luscious icing! (I snuck in a little maple syrup, too! 😉 )
Mmmmmmm! Come in closer for a whiff!!
I think I was going for the – – ” rustic imperfect messy look”??
These. Are not. Going to last long…
Breakfast the next morning….heavenly! Even the sun thought so!
These rolls were simply DIVINE. They not only have pumpkin in the filling, but in the dough as well! And they sure hit the spot on a chilly, misty, early spring afternoon, lemme tell ya! They warmed not only our tummies, but our hearts, also.
My hubby took the cake pan of rolls over to the neighbors’ to share while they were still warm, and, too funny, they saw him coming and already had the door open, waiting to see what goodies they were getting this time! 😉 😀
The rolls received 4 thumbs up all around! These were absolutely fabulous!! So good in fact, that they tasted like they came from a fancy bakery! Not only that, but my neighbor, who is having me bake cakes for birthdays where she works, would like to add these to the list of treats she’d like to bring in for her co-workers! 😉 😀
As I said, we’re only on this planet for a blink of an eye in time. Life passes so quickly, that not to fully enjoy everything you can and all the world has to offer is such a silly shame. So don’t wait until fall or Thanksgiving to enjoy the wonderful flavor of pumpkin. You might miss out.
You see, today, my Dad has been gone for 30 years now. He was just a young 48 years old when he died, (May 11, 1985), 4 years younger than I am now. (I was just 22 then). Not a day goes by that I don’t think of him and miss him terribly. So live life to the fullest. Always.
Hope you all enjoyed this month’s recipe!
And be sure to add a can of pumpkin to your next shopping list! 😉
Thanks so much Micha, for sharing so many wonderful recipes
that help folks out when they need it the most!
Making your recipe really cheered us up and put much needed smiles on our faces!
Make sure you take the time to check out more fantastic recipes from Micha at Cookin’ Mimi!
Even if you aren’t on a budget, she has many wonderful recipes
that would make for perfect meals from quick weeknights to Sunday dinners!
Adapted from Cookin’ Mimi.
For the Dough:
For the Filling:
For the Icing: