By now I should know better than trying out new recipes when entertaining friends, but I admit I'm not always smart about these things...
So I tried a couple of new recipes on Thanksgiving morning...
|BAD pumpkin cake.|
Of course, did I stop and look up alternative recipes to see if this was an oversight? NO, I just forged ahead using the recipe verbatim. Yes, stupid comes to mind...I even commented to Mike that the batter seemed awfully heavy.
Baking seemed to be the problem. 50 minutes, then 60 minutes then 70 minutes in the oven. Still RAW INSIDE! Being energy conscious, I finally decided to turn off the oven and consider this a loss.
After cooling this lump of pumpkin cake, I broke it up and threw it in the yard for the birds, rabbits and squirrels. And yes, I'm still a bit worried I will look in the back yard and see dead carcasses...
After several hours elapsed and Mike badgering me to try again, I found another pumpkin cake recipe that included major amounts of leavening agents: 2 teaspoons of baking powder AND 1 teaspoon of baking soda. So I trekked to WalMart to buy more pumpkin around 3pm on Thanksgiving day. I must have been the most dejected looking shopper in the aisles. And hey, what's another couple of hours baking anyway? I guess it was worth it when the new pumpkin cake turned out amazingly good.
The rest of our "alternative" meal of spicy jerk turkey in the crock pot, garlicky grilled asparagus and baked Au gratin potatoes turned out great!
And of course we had to include the one traditional dish of cranberries...
|Yummy cinnamon rolls|
And then there were the cinnamon rolls. This new recipe was from one of my favorite blogs, Iowa Girl Eats, and it uses frozen bread dough as the base.
And these cinnamon rolls were fantastic on Black Friday morning.
So, hey I was 50-50 on the new recipes...
And then we enjoyed a lovely weekend with family in Southern Indiana...
|Nephew Dane going up for a rebound. Love those yellow shoes. (photo by Mike)|
|Mom, Angie, Eric and Dane|
|And I am so thankful for family and friends...|
Hope you had a great Thanksgiving weekend!