Fast & Easy Pumpkin Roll

Great Pumpkin Roll

-Autumn Traditions-


Make a fast and easy “great pumpkin” roll for dessert tonight. Unplug, order pizza… cuddle up with your loved ones and watch the heartwarming classic, “It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown.”


Go ahead, give yourself (and your family) permission to take a break from the world.

These past months I have connected with so many huckleberry hill fans, from around the world. Writing children’s books and this blog has allowed me to reach out and build several wonderful relationships. My new friends might not realize that I began my career as a kindergarten teacher (then I became a principal and now I work as a Professor with California State University, Los Angeles.)  In the beginning of my career, as a teacher, I was always thinking ‘themes’, ‘books’ and ‘fun’ when organizing learning activities. As a mom, this philosophy has remained with me.


To usher in autumn, we love to make this simple seasonal treat. We make it a “theme” night by watching ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown’ and calling dessert a ‘Great Pumpkin Roll’! Hope you enjoy this recipe. Feel free to share your fall traditions…I love to hear from you. You can reach me at  Huckleberry Hugs, Maxine (AKA “Molly”)

Raising Children…During Difficult Times…

I have had several e-mail’s from Huckleberry Hill followers asking how I ‘balancing life’ when tragedy strikes. Either natural, man-made or a personal crisis; any way one looks at it-difficult challenges greatly affect our youth (and family dynamics).  During my career (as a school principal) I have had a lot of families ask my opinion on this topic. How do we ensure psychological wellness for children? How do we assist youth with processing tragedy?  Due to the nature of our world, when developmentally appropriate, we need to keep children informed. As adults we must strive to continue to take time to share facts and give youngsters skills. This is so crucial, as children hear so much information from other sources in our technology connected world. We also need to take time to listen to children. Beyond that, it is important to keep family traditions going. By keeping family routines we are able to demonstrate resiliency. It is a fine balancing act; we cannot bury our heads in the sand…nor we can we consume ourselves with sadness. So, for the sake of our youngsters, give yourself permission to unplug, get out doors and continue making memories together.

-Super Easy Pumpkin Roll-


Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees

Use a jelly roll cake pan and line with parchment. This cakes freeze REALLY well! Plan ahead for the holidays. Easy to transport and simple to slice when slightly frozen.

3 eggs

¾ cup can pumpkin puree

1 cup boxed (super moist or pudding) spice mix cake mix- (It is easier to roll the cake if you get a super moist type cake mix.)

Beat the eggs, combine with pumpkin. Add cake mix to moisten (do not overbeat)

Spread into the jelly roll pan. Make sure to line the pan with parchment paper. Bake 8-10 minutes.

Remove from oven and turn the cake out onto a clean kitchen towel. While the cake is warm roll it up and let it cool (two hours).



– Easy Cream Cheese Filling-


½ cup softened butter

8 ounces softened cream cheese

4 coups confectioner’s (powdered) sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Mix well!


Unroll the cooled cake, slather on cream cheese frosting and roll. Enjoy with your favorite fall book or movie! Yummy…


The Molly and Fern ‘autumn collection‘ has a festive fall look for transporting treats…