Sunday, October 31, 2010

Military Blog Hop Winner!

This just goes to show that it is never too late to sign up for anything.

The winner of the Military Spouses' Blog Hop is.......





.......Lora of "My Camo Kids: An Army Wife Life!"

So Lora, visit Crystal's Country Store, and then contact me at


A Reminder.....and "The Prize" for the Military Spouse Blog Hop

I love Crystal Miller's Goat Milk Soaps. I have ordered them from her for years now. On the occasion that I run out and have to buy "store soap".....I practically go through withdrawals.

So the reminder part of the post, is "reminder" --this is the last day to sign up for the Military Spouse Blog Hop.

And the of those military spouse bloggers who signed up, will be selected to get two bars of Crystal's wonderful goat milk soap.

These are the two favorites in our house...the "Pumpkin Spice" (mine) and the "Bay Rum" (hubby's.)

She also has other kinds, like "Fuzzy Navel" and "Lavender with Flower Buds."

They are all wonderful!

When the winner is selected, I will have you send me your mailing address, and your two selections.

You can check out Crystal's Store here:

Crystal has no idea I am doing this....I just love her stuff, and thought you might too :-)





Cats have the life.

Homeschool Bumper Stickers

Earlier this school year, I had some bumperstickers made. When I did, I ordered a few extras. If anyone has a homeschool senior out there, like I do, and you are interested in one of these, they are $5, that includes postage to you.

They are the "euro"-style oval bumperstickers.

If interested, contact me at MrsMamaHen(at)

I only have a few, and when they are gone, they are gone :-)

Military Spouse Blog Hop

From now until the end of the month, I am hosting a blog hop for military spouses. This post will be pinned to the front page so it can be easily found.

Feel free to enter your blog, and spend some time visiting the blogs of other military spouses. We have to support each other in the military community!

(And Psssst! Here's a secret. One military blogger will be selected from the list for a very special give-away! And, if you share the hop on your blog, you'll double your chances!)

All blogs entered must be those of military spouses, and must be "family friendly." Any link that are added that do not meet those simple guidelines, will be removed ASAP. Only enter your blog url once. I will create a separate list for the drawing.


Entry period will end October 31st, at 10pm Alaska Time.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Winter or Fall?

Yesterday Jen and I got ready to head to the store to do my grocery shopping. Here was Jen, waiting in the van for me.

This was the commissary parking lot. Parking lines are just a "best guess" in the winter. I ended up shoveling 3 times yesterday.

This morning I went outside to shovel snow again. At about 9:30 or so, the sky looked like this.

About 45 minutes later, a peek at the ski hill across the road.

Later this week, I am going to go for a little drive, and introduce you to a place called North Pole, Alaska.

No, not THE North Pole.....but it thinks it is! You'll see why........

Maple-Orange Glazed Cornish Hens

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Wordless Wednesday

Monday, October 25, 2010

Pumpkin Roll

This is my husband's new favorite dessert.

The great thing about these rolled cakes, is they look so fancy, but are very simple to make.

To start, preheat your oven to 375 degrees.

Now grease a 10x15x1 inch bar pan.

Place a sheet of wax paper or parchment paper over the pan, and grease it as well.

In a mixing bowl, measure out 3/4 cup all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon cloves

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Stir it all together.

In another mixing bowl, add 1 cup sugar

and 3 eggs

Beat them together with a mixer.

Now add 2/3 cup solid packed cooked pumpkin, mix.

Now add the flour mixture.

Mix well.

Be sure to scrape the bowl, so that everything combines.

Spread the mixture in the bar pan.

Nice and even.

Now bake it for about 15-16 minutes, or until in springs back when touched with your finger.

While it is baking, lay a linen (non-fuzzy) dish towel on your counter, and dust it well with powdered sugar.

When the cake is done baking, run a spatula or butter knife along the edge, to make sure nothing stuck.

Now carefully flip the hot cake out onto the sugared dish towel.

And pull off the parchment or wax paper.

Now gently roll the cake up, starting on the shorter end, dish towel and all.

Let the cake cool, rolled-up, on a cooling rack, until completely cool.

When your cake is completely cool, you will make the filling.

First, run about 1/4 cup pecans through a food processor to make them very fine.

Now in a mixing bowl, place 8 ounces of cream cheese and 6 Tablespoons butter - both room temperature.

Beat them together until they are fluffy.

Sift in 1 cup powdered sugar.

Beat again, until combined.

Then mix in 1 teaspoon vanilla

Try not to eat the whole bowl.

It is tempting.

Now gently unroll your cake.

Spread your filling all over the cake.

Next sprinkle those fine pecans all over the top.

Gently roll the cake back up, leaving the dish towel out this time, of course. You can use the towel to lift the cake though, it makes it easier.

Set your roll on a platter, seam-side down.

Cover it with plastic wrap, and stick it in the fridge for a few hours or over night.

Now.....when the roll is well-chilled....
Give it a light dusting with powdered sugar

And slice it up.

Heaven on a plate.

Printable Version: Pumpkin Roll