Pumpkin Rolls by Judi Lynn

Hi, I’m Judy Post and I write romances and mysteries as Judi Lynn.  When I have holiday get-togethers at our house, we usually have a small crowd—my 2 sisters, my cousin, my daughter, and my grandson and his girlfriend.  They live close enough to show up.  For each holiday, we have the same traditional meals.  I love to cook and try new things, but not at holidays!  Everyone knows what they want, and it’s always the same.  Every year for Thanksgiving, if I don’t make a pumpkin roll, I hear about it.  Usually, I make two so people can take some home?  Here’s the recipe:

Pumpkin Rolls

Beat 3 eggs for 2 minutes.  Don’t cheat.  They have to become thick.

1 c sugar
1 t lemon juice
2/3 c canned pumpkin (NOT pumpkin pie filling)

¾ c flour
1 t soda
1 t cinnamon
½ t nutmeg
½ t ginger
1 pinch salt

  1. Mix together.  Grease jelly roll pan.  Put waxpaper in it and grease wax paper.
  2. Do NOT overcook sponge cake.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes in PREHEATED oven.
  4. While baking, lay big dish towel flat and sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  5. Immediately turn out cake on towel.
  6. Roll up cake with towel & cool.

While cake cools, make filling:

  • 8 oz. room temperature cream cheese
    4 T soft butter
    1 c powdered sugar
    1 t vanilla
  1. Beat with mixer, then fold in 1 c Cool Whip.
  2. Roll out pumpkin roll & spread on filling.
  3. Optional:  can sprinkle about 1 c chopped nuts on top of filling.
  4. Roll back up. In cool place, let set for a few hours or overnight.
  5. Before serving, sprinkle with powdered sugar.

Welcome to River Bluffs, Indiana, a cozy small town populated with charming homes, close-knit families, and the occasional deadly secret. . .

House-flipper Jazzi Zanders and her cousin Jerod have found their latest project. The property, formerly owned by the late Cal Juniper, is filled with debris that must be cleared before the real renovation begins. But a trip to the attic reveals something more disturbing than forgotten garbage—a skeleton wearing a locket and rings that Jazzi recognizes . . .

Tests confirm that the bones belong to Jazzi’s aunt Lynda, who everyone assumed moved to New York years ago after breaking up with Cal. Soon enough, the whole family is involved, sifting through memories and rumors as they try to piece together what really happened to Lynda—and the baby she gave up for adoption. In between investigating and remodeling, Jazzi is falling for the old house’s charms—and for her gorgeous contractor, Ansel. But with surprises lurking in every nook and cranny, a killer might be waiting to demolish her dreams for good . . .

The Body In The Attic