Day Six of Give Away and another Autumn Recipe

Autumn is my very favorite time of year.  I love it when the temperatures drop and the skies are so blue.  Granted, a deep South Autumn really isnt what most view as Autumn.  The leaves just turn brown here.  Not too many hardwoods.  There are a few Chinese Tallow trees around my little town and I enjoy those like you wouldnt believe.  But it is usually nearly December before they completely turn.  So in honor of Autumn…a book goes in the box…a book titled…AUTUMN.  Autumn by Susan Branch, one of my very favorites!


I thought I would share a photo from my pumpkin harvest last year.  With my mom’s illness I didnt plant this season.  Maybe next year.  I have had so many people ask about them – I hated to disappoint but it just wasnt doable this year.   


And now for a lovely Autumn recipe!  

Pumpkin Dinner Rolls

2 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
1/3 cup sugar
3/4 cup milk, heated to lukewarm
7 to 8 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks (3/4 cup) cold unsalted butter, cut into bits
1 large whole egg, beaten lightly
16-ounce can pumpkin                                                                                                                                                                               an egg wash made by beating 1 large egg yolk with 1 tablespoon water

In a small bowl proof the yeast with 1 teaspoon of the sugar in the milk for 5 minutes, or until the mixture is foamy. In a large bowl combine well 7 cups of the flour, the nutmeg, the salt, and the remaining sugar and blend in the butter until the mixture resembles coarse meal. Add the whole egg, the pumpkin, and the yeast mixture and stir the dough until it is combined well.

Turn the dough out onto a floured surface and knead it, incorporating as much of the remaining 1 cup flour as necessary to prevent the dough from sticking, for 10 minutes, or until it is smooth and elastic. Form the dough into a ball, transfer it to a well-buttered large bowl, and turn it to coat it with the butter. Let the dough rise, covered with plastic wrap, in a warm place for 1 hour, or until it is double in bulk. Turn the dough out onto a work surface, divide it into 14 pieces, and form each piece into a ball. Place in a 10″ cake pan that has been well greased. Cover and let them rise, covered with a kitchen towel, in a warm place for 45 minutes, or until they are almost double in bulk. Gently brush the rolls with the egg wash and bake them in the middle of a preheated 350°F. oven for 40 to 50 minutes, or until they are golden brown. Let the rolls cool slightly in the pan, remove from the pan, and serve the rolls warm.


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be still my heart! does this recipe sound yummy or what? it will be just the thing to pair with my roasted chickens tonight! thank you for sharing it!

I get a little pumpkin crazy this time of year. I’m super excited to try out this one. ooh, and I think jayedee is right; pumpkin dinner rolls and roast chicken? yummmm

Your pumpkin picture is lovely. I really like all these different colours. Our pumpkins went in a bit late this year so didn’t turn orange before the weather turned a bit damp. Next year I’m going to pre-plan!


Those rolls sound great!

Your pumpkins are gorgeous! I would love to try to grow those – my grandmother used to.

Also, I love anything by Susan Branch. Her illustrations are so lovely.


Hi sweetie,
hope you are doing well. Thank you so much for that recipe. I’m going to bake those for my sister. She will love them!

Deanna 🙂


Wow another fantastic recipe to add to my collection. I will give these a try. I love your pumpkins. Don’t you just love the new colors and shapes. A lot more fun than just plain orange and round.


I love the artwork and books by Susan Branch. Those dinner rolls look fantastic. I may have to try them!


I love the Susan Branch books as well! This is the first year I haven’t decorated for fall. I miss my pumpkins, but don’t have the time or energy right now to dig out all the decorations.

Continuing to keep you in thoughts & prayers during this difficult time. Just keep taking one step at a time. Here’s a poem someone posted on PW’s website that I thought was very touching:

By Joan Kyler McManus

Give me your help, Lord,
To live this one day.
One knot to unravel,
One problem to weigh.
One path to discover and,
Choose the right turn.
One worry to conquer,
One lesson to learn.
One moment of gladness,
To overcome pain.
One glimpse of the sunlight,
One touch of rain.
No one can see
What’s coming tomorrow.
Nor tell if it’s hour
Will bring laughter or sorrow.
So turn to your love, and
With perfect trust, say,
“Give me your help, Lord,
to live this one day”.

Sounds like a yummy recipe!

Is that a Jarradale (sp?)…the blue pumpkin? I had beautiful ones last year, but couldn’t find the seeds this year, and the ones I saved did really badly. Where did you get the seeds?



oh this recipe sounds amazing too!