Still Full

DSC00093.JPG Thanksgiving is over and I’m still full. Does that prevent me from eating today? Sadly, no. There are good leftovers in the fridge! πŸ™‚ We had Thanksgiving dinner here with my folks and brother. Besides reflecting on all that we have to be thankful for, there was great eating, knitting (see below) and movie-watching. My favorite dish for any holiday meal is my mom’s special mashed potatoes (I will share the recipe here eventually). For today, here is a recipe for a great dessert that I made, that was easy easy easy. I’m a big Trader Joe’s fan. Anyone else shop there? They have the best dried fruit, besides all the other groceries that I buy there. I heard about this recipe and found it on Trader’s Joes recipe website. St. Louis is known for its Gooey Butter Cake, but this puts a pumkin-y twist on it.

DSC00092.JPGTrader Joe’s Gooey Pumpkin Butter Cake

1 box Trader Joe’s Pumpking Bread Mix
2 sticks of butter, very soft
2 eggs

1 jar Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter
1 8oz brick cream cheese
2 eggs
2 cups powdered sugar

Preheat to 350F.

Butter or spray a 9×13 pan with pan spray. For the base: mix together the pumpkin bread mix, softened butter and eggs until combined. Spread into greased 9×13 pan. For the topping: mix together softened cream cheese, full jar of pumpkin butter and eggs until well combined and smooth. Then add in the confectioners sugar in batches. Pour topping over the base layer. Bake for 45 minutes until the filling is set and the center is barely giggly. Allow to cool for 1 hour. Sprinkle powdered sugar on top.

(I love that they say to bake until the center is barely “giggly”. Surely they meant “jiggle-y”, right? But I like giggly better. πŸ™‚

DSC00094.JPG I finished up the first sock from my Yarn Pirate Frost. I love it so much that I’m actually casting on the second sock today. I know. Can you believe it? I’m sure it’s not going to be a trend (knitting pairs of socks at once). I will revert to my one twinless sock at a time status, soon, I’m sure. I seldom knit patterns on the foot part – usually just on the cuff. This one is the Ribbed Lace pattern from Charlene Schurch’s Sensational Knitted Socks book. It is a 24 row repeat and it went so fast. (I did the repeat twice). I like the way it turned out.

DSC00095.JPG Look what came in the mail from my wonderful Sockret Pal! These cute Thanksgiving magnets (which were on my fridge in time for the holiday) and this great DPN case. What I love about this case is that there is a pocket for my reading/knitting glasses on the front. So handy. This case fits perfectly in my Zelda sock knitting bag (which I continue to think is the next best thing since sliced bread). For each knitting project, I typically keep a few extra DPN’s of the size I’m using, plus one size up and one size down, in my bag. This is the perfect little case for keeping all of those needles, plus my glasses. Thank you to my Sockret Pal for a great gift, which I will use over and over!

I hope you had a wonderful holiday with your families. Did you get any knitting done?

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  1. I did get a little knitting done. My Scottish parents came for Thanksgiving, they love it – my father says it’s the only holiday built around food. We had turkey and ham, two kinds of potatoes and stuffing, creamed spinich, brussel sprouts, cornbread, cranberry sauce and pear apple sauce, plus two kinds of pie. My mother and I hit the mall this morning. She was a little over whelmed, to say the least. My new yarn was waiting in the mailbox for me when we returned, lots of oowing and ahhing from my mum as to feel and colour. My father and husband think we are certifiable. Hope everyone had a good day, off to finish my 9th tiny sock for my secret santa garland.
    Hope that everyone had a wonderful day and that you all get to put your feet up at some point during the weekend.

  2. Hi, Sherri! I just got my YP “Loopy” sock yarn in the post yesterday. WOW – it’s just beautiful!! Thanks for the speedy shipment. (Maybe if I only knit sock singles I could play with more sock colors??? tee, hee)

  3. Sherri, I did your Winter Fruit Salad for Thanksgiving and it was a major hit. One of my guests said it was the best part of the whole meal (she had made everything else but the turkey and the salad so I wasn’t offended!!!). Anyway, that will be a great stand-by for us now, and I plan to make it again tomorrow!! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  4. I want to go to Isobel’s house next year for Thanksgiving. Yum!

    I finished a sock in Cherry Tree Hill ‘Fall Foliage’ this weekend. It is the first in the pair for my mom this Christmas. It is purty. She really likes it but thinks it is too big for my own foot (had to lie since I was knitting it right in front of her). Ah, the joy of white lies during the holidays.

    Sure would like to see that cake giggle. (Also a fan of Trader Joes). :>)

  5. My sister made a very delicious pumpkin ooey gooey butter cake for Thanksgiving. She got the recipe from “Paula’s Homecooking”. I always thought it was just a Southern thing until I read this entry! Well anyway, I’ll tell her about this recipe since Paula’s uses canned pumpkin and a box of cake mix.

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