Is it wrong that I’m supposed to be writing a post about the easiest, simplest, most clever idea ever on the Thanksgiving planet and instead…

…I’m writing pumpkin jokes?


Did you hear the one about the pumpkin who was afraid to cross the road?

He couldn’t help it.  He didn’t have any guts.

Or have you ever wondered what you get when you divide the circumference of a pumpkin by its diameter?

Pumpkin pi.

Or the one about what the pumpkin pie said about Thanksgiving dinner?

It looked around and told everyone it was filling. 🙂

Today I’m partnering with some of my favorite blogger friends to make Thanksgiving easier.  Today is all about taking ordinary, simple, everyday items from the store and turning them into something spectacular that looks like you spent hours instead of minutes.  If you are stopping by from the ZDesign at Home Blog, hello, welcome and nice to meet you.

(total aside:  if you haven’t visited her blog before, be sure and start with her home tour–SERIOUSLY)

Now what to do with all that extra time you’ve saved getting ready for Thanksgiving?

How about sending me some more pumpkin jokes?

Here’s my entry into the look-super-clever-without-working too hard blogger collaboration.

Pumpkin dinner rolls.

I know, right?

Are you feeling less stressed already?

I’ve made these before, but just in case you needed a last-minute easy idea…

…my pumpkin jokes and I are here for you.

Here’s how to make your very own Thanksgiving pumpkins using frozen dinner rolls.

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.

Slice seven to eight sections of roll, leaving the center intact.

When you are finished, your roll should look like this.

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.

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

Remove rolls from the oven

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

Your pumpkins are now ready for the Thanksgiving table.

Pumpkin rolls.

Easy.  Simple.  Ready for their debut.


And when you escort your pumpkin to the table this Thanksgiving, be sure and ask them how they are.

They’ll tell you, “I’m vine.  Thank you.” 🙂

See?  Isn’t your table smiling?

And now?  Be sure and stop by and visit Erin from The Sunny Side Up Blog.

Here’s her Reese’s Peanut Butter Cheesecake.

Looking for even more clever ideas?

Oh, good.  These bloggers have a few more last-minute Thanksgiving ideas for you.



Kelley Nan

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  1. Image for ConnieL ConnieL

    Your remarkable! Who would have thought of making pumpkin dinner rolls! Thanks for sharing such a neat idea. Its going to be a great Thanksgiving this year for you and your love ones.

  2. Image for Michelle Michelle

    hahahaha...loved the pumpkin jokes! It had been an unfortunately long-standing tradition when I was growing up to have bottom burned dinner rolls at Thanksgiving. I think Mom was so exhausted and so stressed by the time those went into the oven (they were the last things to make it to the table), they just kind of got neglected. She would have loved these adorable rolls, though, so they probably wouldn't have had burned bottoms :-)

  3. Image for Ellen Ellen

    I often say that I've never met a pumpkin that I didn't love...these go right to the top of the list!! Definitely on the table for Thanksgiving dinner. Happy Thanksgiving to you and all of your family. Enjoy making new memories to add to the previous ones in your new "old" house. Thank-you for the pumpkin humor too!

  4. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    What a great idea! Fair warning...I’m stealing those pumpkin jokes. We’ll see if my grown kids still have their quirky sense of humor! Happy Thanksgiving! ;)

  5. Image for Lynn Lynn

    I was laughing all through the post. I even forwarded a few of the jokes to my best friend. Great way to start the day!!

  6. Image for JC at the uncommon pearl JC at the uncommon pearl

    I made these two years ago when you first posted this super easy and way too cute idea! I shared this again with my readers...because your jokes had me "rolling" with laughter! ;) Happy, Blessed and Beautiful Thanksgiving, friend!

  7. Image for Nancy Roach Nancy Roach

    These rolls are rising in my warming drawer as I write this. They are so cute! Any other ideas to use as the stem? My granddaughter has a peanut and tree nut allergy. Thanks for posting this in time for me to make them for Thanksgiving.


    What a cute idea! I am going to make them next year for our Canadian Thanksgiving in October! KariAnne, may you and your hubby and children have a wonderful Thanksgiving in your lovely new home! Make wonderful new memories! God Bless you all!

  9. Image for Peg Peg

    Those are the CAH UTE EST dinner rolls I've eva seen! I am definitely doing this!! Happy Thanksgiving!!! Love you, xoxo

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