Thankful For Memories

I wish I had kept notes last week. We had the entire family here for Thanksgiving week. We had no heat for the first few days. We had lots of cooking and cleaning up in the kitchen. We had wild games of UNO. We had crazy post-Thanksgiving workouts. (Well, they did.) We had that precious kind of family time that is the stuff memories are made of.

But most of that is only a memory now. One thing I can share from last week (thanks to Mommy for making pictures) is a kid-friendly recipe that Mommy found. One rainy afternoon after Thanksgiving she let her little ones bake a treat for the rest of us.

Little Sister told us that the recipe said to spread "one-slash-two" of pumpkin. That's a 1/2 cup for those of you who are not fluent in kid speak. (The recipe calls for 1/4 cup of pumpkin.)

And the twists are sprinkled with "cimmanon"—but not sugar. (It actually was pumpkin pie spice.) It was kind of nice to have a non-sweet treat after our holiday indulgences.

Baby Girl had her turn sprinkling pumpkin pie spice over a pan of pumpkin twists.

She performed that task like she does everything—at full speed. No timid approach to anything she does.


1 (8-oz) can refrigerated crescent rolls (that makes 8 rolls)
1/4 cup canned pumpkin
pumpkin pie spice

Preheat oven to 375º.  Press triangles together to make 4 rectangles. Use a spatula to spread pumpkin over 2 of the rectangles. Top each pumpkin covered rectangle with another rectangle of dough. Cut the rectangles lengthwise into skinny strips. Twist up each long strip. Put parchment paper (or silicon baking mat) on baking pan. Put twists on pan. Sprinkle with pumpkin pie spice. Bake for 12 minutes, or until twists are brown. Serve warm.

After they made these, almost by themselves, they served the warm twists to all of us as we watched football on TV. I liked sitting down and being served!

Now, being a Southern grandmother—and Southerners love their sweets—I probably would drizzle a little glaze over the tops of these. But goodness knows we didn't need more sweets after chocolate pound cake, pumpkin pie and prune cake. And keeping the recipe simple was just right for little hands to be the bakers. Hang on to this idea for a good grandchildren activity.