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Did you know that Thanksgiving is tomorrow?

Can you even believe it?

Doesn’t it just seem like we were watching fireworks and swatting mosquitos and eating hot dogs and singing God Bless America yesterday…..on the Fourth of July?

But you see I knew Thanksgiving was right around the corner.

It was hard to miss.

For the past week, our local news station has shown “The Week In Weather” in the mornings with a dancing turkey graphic on Thanksgiving day.  The turkey dances all around and kind of squawks and wiggles and shimmies and shakes his tail feathers all over November 22.

And the best part…..he’s wearing a pilgrim hat.

Simple pumpkin rolls

Really, Channel 6….

…..a pilgrim hat?

Isn’t this the time of year when turkeys are supposed to make themselves scarce?

Maybe even go incognito disguised as a rhinoceros or a tyrannosaurus rex or a penguin.

Not here.

Not in Kentucky.


Here our turkeys are auditioning for commercials and getting agents and worrying about being typecast and dreaming of their name on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Impressive Kentucky turkeys—each and everyone.

I’m actually interviewing a few later this afternoon…..

……and I can’t wait for them to meet my Thanksgiving table 🙂

These adorable pumpkin rolls are so easy to make

Simple, Easy Pumpkin Rolls

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

(Don’t tell the turkeys, but these deserve a starring role in your next Thanksgiving production)

Make your own pumpkin rolls from brown and serve rolls

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

Coat pan with non-stick cooking spray.

Place rolls on a pan and cover with plastic wrap.

Let rolls rise for two hours.

Slice the edges of the dinner rolls

2:  Slice edges of dinner rolls

Uncover plastic wrap from rolls.

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

Press a hole in the center of the roll

Step 3:  Press hole in the center of the 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.

Add an egg wash to the rolls

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.

Cut pecans into thirds

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  🙂

 Make a roll that looks just like pumpkins


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  1. Image for Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique Kerryanne @ Shabby Art Boutique

    Wow... I love those cute little pumpkin rolls Kari. I so wish we had Thanksgiving here so I could whip a batch of them up. I'm pinning that idea ready for next winter, so when I make home made pumpkin soup I can make matching little bread rolls.

    1. Image for Kathy H. Kathy H.

      You really don't need a special holiday to simply enjoy great food! I've made these cute little rolls in every season, for no particular reason other than I just like them!

  2. Image for andrea cammarata andrea cammarata

    These are absolutely FABULOUS! LOVE THEM!!!! : ) Thanks for sharing my friend and I am dropping in to say HAPPY THANKSGIVING to you and your families...your friendship is certainly on my list of what I am thankful for...sending hugs and love!

  3. Image for Amy @ the Avery House Amy @ the Avery House

    I have just become aquainted with your beautiful blog (like in the past week) and I have found it to be such a warm and inviting place full of the neatest ideas and the most delightful images to look at. You have such a wonderrful gift for writing that draws us newcomers in as if we have known you for years. I love this post about these little pumkin rolls. We are traveling over the meadow and through the woods for Thanksgiving to a Great Uncles home this year and these little rolls will be the perfect thing to take along with me to add to the Thanksgiving feast. Have a very blessed Thanksgiving and thank you for sharing your world with us here at Thistlewood Farms!

  4. Image for Maureen Maureen

    In Canada our Thanksgiving has come and gone, but these rolls are adorable. Will be trying them for Sunday dinner! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  5. Image for Barb @ The Everyday Home Barb @ The Everyday Home

    For someone who puts out mac 'n cheese, hot dog pies and frozen gas station pizza - this sure is pretty darned clever. :) Hope your turkey is moist and your pumpkin pie is half as sweet as you are. Blessing my dear friend. May you and yours have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  6. Image for Beverly Beverly

    Okay, KariAnne. These are just too cute. Really. They are adorable. And, it just so happens I have a bag of Rhodes Rolls in my freezer at this very moment. I see pumpkin rolls in our future - thanks to you.♥ Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family..

  7. Image for shirley@housepitalitydesigns shirley@housepitalitydesigns

    Oh no..I thought I was finished with my grocery shopping...now I need to run to the store again and buy those rolls...They are too darn cute!!!...Have a wonderful, blessed Thanksgiving!

  8. Image for Lynn @thevintagenest Lynn @thevintagenest

    Well......now....J was looking for something cute and clever and EASY to put on the table at Thanksgiving so I looked like a gourmet cook and here it is! Thank you Karianne for this post. These are so clever. I wish you and yours and best Thanksgiving day. xoxo

  9. Image for Kim Kim

    Well, the turkeys that didn't make the cut in Kentucky ended up on the Atlanta weather dancing in their hat. Cute cute rolls. Too bad I am not in charge of rolls this year. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, my friend!

  10. Image for Suzy @ Worthing Court Suzy @ Worthing Court

    These are adorable and so clever, Karianne! I can just imagine the rave reviews that you'll get. It'll be like the lady in the commercial who puffs flour all over her face before she makes a grand entrance with her dish so that people will think she has been slaving away in the kitchen. A very blessed Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  11. Image for Debbie Hein Debbie Hein

    Hi Karianne, My grandkids would just adore this idea. And how simple it looks to do which is a good thing when you are crazy making all the rest of the meal. You have brought so much pleasure to me since I began reading your charming blog, so I just want to say that when I count my blessings this Thanksgiving, I am thankful for you... Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours.

  12. Image for Donnamae Donnamae

    Cutest rolls ever! Have to wait til next year...I'm not going to the store again!! Wishing you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving! ;)

  13. Image for andrea andrea

    how cute and so easy! I don't think we have that brand of rolls in Canada, but I'm sure I could find a suitable replacement. Have a most wonderful Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  14. Image for Cheryl B Cheryl B

    I love these rolls, I will be bringing the rolls this year and I think I will try this. I wish you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving. I don't know if thise Kentucky turkeys will have a happy holiday, though?

  15. Image for Jeannine @ The Concrete Cottage Jeannine @ The Concrete Cottage

    So your macaroni and cheese kitchen seems to be turning out some pretty awesome items recently! These are adorable! And as for those turkeys, I think they should be going incognito too, but they apparently haven't got the message here either. I nearly hit two of our wild ones trying to cross the road on my way home yesterday. Hubby said I should of so we could take the frozen one back... I couldn't bear to though, I enjoy watching them scurry around our pond too much. They'd better watch it though, one of these days hubby won't be able to resist and he'll "invite them to dinner". Hope you have a fabulous Turkey Day!!

  16. Image for Beth@Unskinny Boppy Beth@Unskinny Boppy

    These are so, so cute. I love it! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your precious family! This year I am thankful for many things, and YOU are one of those things! :) Hope you gobble, gobble gobble til you wobble, wobble, wobble tomorrow! :)

  17. Image for Doreen Doreen

    Love them! So glad I read your post before heading out to pick up the things I forgot for tomorrow's meal! Can't wait to hear the oohs and ahhs over these rolls! Wishing you a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family! Blessings to you Doreen

  18. Image for Betsy Betsy

    Oh wow, these look fabulous and so easy too. Thanks so much for sharing them...I'll be pinning:-) Hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving celebration.

  19. Image for Regina Regina

    I. LOVE. THIS. Honestly, this is as cute as the vegetable candles, and I loved those! These are more tasty, though. ;) Thanks for the great ideas - I can't wait to see what ideas you have for us for the NEXT holiday . . . Have a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving!!

  20. Image for Cecilia Cecilia

    too, too cute! I'm doing this with my rolls. And I thought the stem was a pretzel stick but they're pecans! LOVE!! I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Karianne! Blessings to you and your family.

  21. Image for Pat Pat

    Awesome!! I'm supposed to bring the rolls for a gathering on Saturday so this idea is just in time. Thanks so much for sharing! Happy Thanksgiving! Pat

  22. Image for Kim Kim

    What a very cool idea! I must do this sometime. I must pin this also! Thank you so much for sharing! Happy Thanksgiving to you & your family!

  23. Image for Colleen Colleen

    Oh my! You are too clever! I might just give this a go. I hope these will make it into that cookbook you are going to publish!! Have a great Thanksgiving! xo

  24. Image for Baileywife Baileywife

    You are so cool! I just said the same thing to my daughter yesterday.....where did Summer go?? And who took Autumn from us already? I hope you and your family have a blessed Thanksgiving....~Kim

  25. Image for Linda Adams Linda Adams

    Karianne, Did you get that cookbook? These are so cute, I'm going to try it with the dough that comes in cans in the dairy section. lol Thanks for the inspiration. Happy Thanksgiving. I'm so thankful that I met you. Hugs, Linda

  26. Image for Maria @ Inspiration Affirmation Maria @ Inspiration Affirmation

    You make me smile. :-) These look delicious, and I just love their shape! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family -- I hope you have a wonderful one!

  27. Image for Kaaren Kaaren

    Bless your little heart. For a "non-cooking kind of gal" you really pulled this one off. Cute as a button and twice as tasty. Wish I had seen this a little sooner. Already have my Thanksgiving groceries in the house. But, I will use them another day with a big pot of home make soup. Have a wonderful turkey day.

  28. Image for Anita Anita

    Oh my gosh, my Thanksgiving assignment this year is to bring rolls. Your timing could not have been better! I can't wait to see their faces when I pull out a basket of these beauties! Thanks for the great idea!

  29. Image for Betsy(@coastal-colors) Betsy(@coastal-colors)

    What a great idea! These are just the cutest roll ever! I'm so making these! Thanks for sharing! Happy Thanksgiving! May your day be filled with many wonderful blessings!

  30. Image for Kelly @ View Along the Way Kelly @ View Along the Way

    These are SERIOUSLY cute. If I'd seen this recipe maybe yesterday? I totally would've made them. But do you know what's shameful? I'm supposed to make rolls tomorrow. And I still haven't even bought a single ingredient or even found a recipe. Store bought rolls, anyone? :)

  31. Image for Barbara F Barbara F

    The rolls are very cute - your kids must get the biggest kick out of the things you make and do! Enjoy every morsel and have a wonderful Thanksgiving Day KariAnne! xo Barbara

  32. Image for judi judi

    kari, how CUTE are these?! how i wish i had checked this out sooner so i could make these. have a wonderful thanksgiving full of family time, food and fun!

  33. Image for tara tara

    oh my goodness. i took a few days off from blogging, and i missed so many great posts from you! where in the world did you come up with this idea..please tell me they don't just appear in your head. pinned it for next year.

  34. Image for Chris Turner Pasek Chris Turner Pasek

    I found your blog and these pumpkin rolls and I just had to share them on my page. Halloween is coming up and we will be visiting our grandkids and I am sure they will be very interested in eating these rolls. I have Canadian friends and I am sure they will see my post and will be making these for their Thanksgiving that is coming up in a few weeks. Columbus Day here and Thanksgiving there. Chris

  35. Image for Heather Heather

    Hi Kari! I just wanted to let you know I featured you in my blog post for Bright Settings! Love your pumpkin roll recipe! Almost too cute to eat!....almost! ;) https://www.brightsettings.com/BrightIdeas/eight-flavorful-pumpkin-recipes/

  36. Image for Lisa Lisa

    These are absolutely adorable! I look forward to making these for my family this fall. I've listed this as one of my favorite finds of the week today. Thanks for sharing!

  37. Image for Ms. Pink Feet Ms. Pink Feet

    I'm fixing to make these for Thanksgiving - I can't wait. I love the idea of making something special out of premade rolls. I ordinarily do my Thanksgiving baking from scratch, but we're doing a smaller table this year (3, down from our usual 16!) so I think this is perfect. How precious, thanks for posting!!

  38. Image for lois dynes lois dynes

    Is there a reason you don't put the pecans in while baking? Just thought they might stay in better if the bread baked around the pecan.

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