Did you know there are six words that fill my heart with fear?

That make me shake.

That make beads of sweat form on my forehead.

That make me want to crawl back into bed and pull the covers over my head.

Six. Simple. Words.


What are you bringing to dinner?


One time I actually showed up to a party with a some slice and bake cookies….

….still in the package.



I can paint a room with my eyes closed.

Or gleefully shop the attic and decorate the front door for fall with pumpkin topiaries and doors cut in half and burlap leaves and dried hydrangea.

Or shop an entire 500 mile yard sale and find enough shutters to decorate an entire wall.

But mention a pot luck.

Or party.

Or Thanksgiving dinner.

And I freeze.

But not this year.

This year I’m leaving those slice and bake cookies in the refrigerator section.

And bringing these little pumpkins I posted about last year…..

….so let the invitations roll. 🙂

(total pun intended)


 How To Make a Pumpkin Roll (Literally)

(I used frozen rolls from the freezer section (so much easier)….but I was inspired by this recipe)


Step 1:  Purchase a bag of Rhodes Bake ‘n Serve Dinner Rolls

Coat pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Place rolls on pan and cover with plastic wrap.

Let rolls rise for two hours.


2:  Slice edges of dinner rolls

Uncover plastic wrap from rolls.

Using a sharp knife, slice seven to eight sections of roll, leaving the center intact.

Pumpkin Rolls

Step 3:  Press hole in the center of roll

This is where you will insert your stem.

Re-cover with plastic wrap.

Let rise for an additional one to two hours.

Check to make sure your holes are still indented.  If needed, press again.

Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees.

Egg Wash

Step 4:  Coat rolls with egg wash

This gives your pumpkin a nice shiny coat.

Then bake rolls for 15-20 minutes, until golden brown.


Step 5:  Cut whole pecans into thirds

Insert a third into the center of each pumpkin roll as your stem.

Rolls Made to Look Like Pumpkins

Pumpkin rolls.

From my macaroni and cheese Thanksgiving kitchen to yours.

And all the Kentucky turkeys here at Thistlewood wish each and every one of you a wonderful, joyous, blessed Thanksgiving day.

Happy Happy Turkey Day  🙂

PS  Sharing over at my sweet friend Yvonne from Stone Gable’s party.



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  1. Image for Barb Schneider Barb Schneider

    Hey there! Looking pretty fancy my friend. I think it might have been my house you brought those slice and bake cookies to. LOL Pretty awesome! Wishing you a happy fall! Looking forward to seeing you soon. Hugs! B

  2. Image for Susan Susan

    You can come to dinner anytime! I love this idea and may have to borrow it for a special dinner when friends come over...and of course my grandson, who loves anything Pumpkin! XOXO

  3. Image for Debra Debra

    You are amazing!! I will be amazing my family with these. Of course I cannot give you credit. That way my family thinks I'm the coolest Mom!

  4. Image for marianne marianne

    I love these. I wiil be borrowing this one. With what you do with your beautiful home it's hard to believe that you shy away from cooking! Your creativity is amazing!! Marianne :))

  5. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    I'm saving this! My hubby and I have voluntarily given up gluten....but not when I feel the need for gluten...I'm making this! Thanks for enabling me! Giving up gluten is hard! ;)

  6. Image for Sarah Sarah

    This is a darling idea. I'm going to pin it for future reference. A bread baker I am not! But I think I can do this. '-) Happy, Happy Fall! ~ Sarah

  7. Image for Sheryll & Critters. Sheryll & Critters.

    Oh how gorgeous. And the letting them rise is the problem for me...... that and I am not a bread person. I want to make these anyway though, they are just so adorable. I am thinking that a broken pretzel piece would work for the stem also.... just in case. Me, not being a baker at all (quick breads only in the past) made a loaf of Russian Black Bread (yes real bread from scratch) and a loaf of banana peach bread and found both times my ingredients were a bit old. About now is a good time (for us non baker types) to purchase both new yeast AND new baking powder is a good thing. lol....... don't ask, but my from scratch Black Bread came out good, not the best I have had, but good, the banana peach could have used more salt. I was scared that with adding more baking powder it would be too salty, wrong, needed a bit more salt. Oh well, if I use salted butter it fixes it or adding a touch of salt with marmalade and warming it a bit is okay too.

  8. Image for Regina Regina

    I keep trying to re-Pin this method, and it keeps telling me I've already done that . . . I definitely want to try this! So, so cute!!!! Happy first day of FALL!!!!! getting my fall decor out this afternoon! :)

  9. Image for Kim Osburn Kim Osburn

    Too stinkin' cute. I have monthly get togethers with my Leverett cousins and play Bunco once a month. Got my idea on what to bring in November. Thanks for sharing. Pinned, Facebooked and tweeted. <3 Kim

  10. Image for marilyn marilyn

    I saw the title of the blog and I thought you were going to be pushing a pumpkin down a hill or something. You did say literally, I just was thinking of the wrong meaning of "roll". :-)

  11. Image for Jill Jill

    How cute! Love it! Our daughter will be cooking family Thanksgiving for the first time this year for us as well as her inlaws! We are so going to try this! Thanks for being amazing! Happy Autumn!

  12. Image for Jan Jan

    Precious! I'm not familiar with Rhodes bake and serve rolls. Are they frozen? If so, I take it you thaw them then let them rise. I'm guessing that would work with Sister Schubert frozen bake and serve rolls.

  13. Image for Pat Pat

    Love these ~ thanks so much for the reminder! I can't believe you hesitate about cooking ~ I'll cook for you anytime if you'll come and decorate here. :) xo Pat

  14. Image for Nikki Nikki

    What a cute idea! Love these! Can't wait to make them on Thanksgiving...and for a bunch of other random diners! They are just to perfect not too! Best, NMK

  15. Image for Mary Feguson Mary Feguson

    Oh how cute they are. Love the Rhodes dinner rolls - use them all the time. I am certainly going to make them like this the next dinner I make. Have a great Sunday. Mary

  16. Image for Judy Judy

    Wonderful idea. My daughter asked me today if I would make rolls for Thanksgiving. I will really wow her with these! Thanks for the post

  17. Image for Mimi Mimi

    Love it! And I'll be bringing to Sunday dinner to shock my family..4 great cook sisters and a dad who's practically a chef. And I can not boil water. I hope they turn out as adorable as yours

  18. Image for Beverly Beverly

    These are the cutest rolls I've ever seen! I'm bringing them to Thanksgiving dinner (the family will be SO impressed!) Now if only I could get my kitchen to look like yours.

  19. Image for Abbey Abbey

    Definitely trying this with my boys this weekend! Will be perfect for thanksgiving snack and decor. We've been using a super easy bread recipe I found over at Paging Supermom ( Thanks for sharing this KariAnn!

  20. Image for Joanne Joanne

    Adorable and easy. I will bring a batch or two to our Fall Festival pot luck. Always looking for something different.

  21. Image for mrsben mrsben

    Thoroughly cute! Thank you for the idea. Here is Canada we are celebrating our Thanksgiving on the 14th, so I will definitely be doing these but .... not from scratch. Those days of hand-kneading dough and homemade are long gone since the children left the nest. Now it is, 'the simplest way, is the only way and the best' for this old gal. ☺ -Brenda-

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