Monday, November 7, 2011

Thanksgiving....books and goodies!

Thanksgiving is coming up so soon--I can't believe it!  Actually, I've been thinking about this particular Thanksgiving for a long time, because earlier in the year I was writing my The Loner's Thanksgiving Wish, which is out in the stores right now.  It was such a fun book to write, because family means everything to me (an issue my heroine is dealing with during her story), it addresses the effect of adoption even after a child is grown (another aspect close to my heart, because I was blessed to be adopted into a wonderful family when I was nearly four years old)  and, I love Thanksgiving!
I would love to hear about some of your favorite recipes and traditions surrounding the holiday.   Since our dinner is late afternoon, we usually have brunch for everyone, and then don't eat again until the big turkey dinner is ready.  Here are the pecan caramel rolls we make every year.  I start them the night before, and they are soooo good!  :)


The night before:

Soften   2 pkg yeast  in 1 ½ cups warm water

¼ cup Crisco oil
½ cup sugar
1 tsp salt

Add & beat well:                       
1 egg
2 cups flour

Then add 2 more cups of flour & beat well.  Turn into very large greased bowl, cover loosely with wax paper, refrigerate overnight. 

In the morning:

Make the caramel by bringing to a boil:         
1 cup brown sugar
½ cup  whipping (heavy) cream)
¼ cup butter
Pour into greased 9x13 pan, then add generous layer of pecans  ( I often do this the night to save time.)

Roll out the dough into a large rectangle  approximately 1/2 " thick, then spread heavily with softened real butter and a heavy layer of cinnamon sugar.
Roll up, use a long piece of thread to cut into twelve rolls and place in the 9x13 that has been prepped with  caramel and pecans.
Let raise until double.  then bake 350 degrees approx 30  min

Oh--and over on the site, I have a post on the "Story behind the story" for this Thanksgiving book, and included  our family favorite sage dressing.  It just isn't Thanksgiving without it at our house!

Roxanne Rustand
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  1. I wish I could have a visual demo because those sound so good. My family and I drive from Ky to Wis. every year and I help my mom with everything.
    Have a happy Thanksgiving!

  2. Roxanne, these sound sooo good!! I'll have to try them!

    Jennifer, safe travels!

  3. Ooooh yummy! You made my mouth water with this recipe - I'll have to try it out SOON!!

  4. Since I've sat at Roxanne's table MANY times, I can vouch that she's an AMAZING cook!@@@@

  5. Roxanne, the rolls sound yummy! Thanksgiving around your house must be a treat.

    Traditions? Turkey, stuffing, pumpkin pie, and football. Pretty much the usual, but it's seeing the whole family that's the real blessing.

  6. The rolls sound soooooooo yummy. I enjoy seeing my husband's extended family. It's the one holiday a year they all gather for.

  7. The rolls look incredible, roxanne. We love the things and I'll have to try your recipe.

    Your new book sounds awesome, too. Like you, adoption is a subject near and dear, because I'm a adoptive parent. However, I'm intrigued by the perspective of an adult adoptee. Can't wait to read it!

  8. Roxanne,
    The rolls sound delicious. I make crescent dinner rolls, and I always make a double batch because everyone likes to snack on them during the days following Thanksgiving.

  9. Hi, sorry I haven't checked in earlier. This morning I had to have our son's 35-year-old palomino gelding put down, as he was emaciated despite eating eight times more pellets than the other horses. We'd had him for 23 years, and with going into the winter, the vet said he had no insulation on his frame, and even with blankets he just wouldn't make it.

    I felt so badly that I just couldn't sit in my office and look out the window at the barn. I needed to get away, so I called a friend. We took off for the day driving into the pretty rolling hills of SW Wisconsin taking photos.

    Pets--whatever size they are--become a part of our lives, don't they?


  10. Yummy, yummy!

    I loved this book, too, Roxanne! I can't wait to finish this series. Just a couple more weeks until the final book it out!

  11. Sorry about your horse, Roxanne. A hard day, I'm sure.

    Hope you had a nice drive and could enjoy the beauty of nature. The trees in GA have been especially beautiful this year, which gets me in the Thanksgiving mood.

    Your rolls sound yummy! Thanks for sharing the recipe. We start the day with a morning church service, then home to get the turkey in the oven. Homemade cranberry relish, bread stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy with a few extra sides round out the late afternoon meal. I'm always stuffed!

  12. This recipe looks so YUMMY! I'm going to try it.

  13. I just caught a mistake in the recipe!
    The oil can be anything--I use Canola oil.

    The original recipe from Auntie Mary read ""oil or Crisco shortening."

    I meant to delete the shortening as I never use that (except for pie crusts) as its so bad or us, but in my haste, didn't catch my error.


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