Fall Recipe: Pumpkin Cake Roll

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This sweet spiced confection offers a festive twist on a seasonal favorite and can be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated until ready to serve. Rolling the cake is easy with these step-by-step instructions. The end-result will look and taste so professional, your guests will want to know where you bought it!

Ingredients

  • Vegetable cooking spray
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2/3 cup canned unsweetened pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans, toasted
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 cups powdered sugar, divided
  • 2 (3-ounce) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • Garnishes: powdered sugar, chocolate-coated pecan halves

Preparation

  1. Coat bottom and sides of a 15- x 10-inch jelly-roll pan with cooking spray and line with wax paper. Coat wax paper with cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Beat eggs at medium speed with an electric mixer 5 minutes or until thick and lemon-colored; gradually add granulated sugar, beating until well combined. Combine flour and next 6 ingredients. Gradually add to egg mixture, beating well. Combine pumpkin, pecans, and 1 teaspoon lemon juice, and gradually add to mixture, beating well. Spread batter evenly into prepared pan.
  3. Bake at 375° for 15 minutes or until a wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean.
  4. Sift 1/2 cup powdered sugar in a 15- x 10-inch rectangle on a clean, dry dish towel. Run a knife around edges of pan to loosen cake, and turn cake out onto prepared towel. Peel wax paper off cake. Starting at narrow end, roll up cake and towel together; place, seam side down, on a wire rack to cool completely.
  5. Beat cream cheese and butter at medium speed with an electric mixer until creamy; gradually add remaining 1 cup powdered sugar, beating until smooth. Stir in vanilla and 1 teaspoon lemon juice.
  6. Unroll cake; remove towel. Spread cream cheese mixture on cake, leaving a 1-inch border around edges. Re-roll cake without towel, and place, seam side down, on a serving platter. Cover and chill at least 3 hours. Garnish, if desired.

Image and recipe courtesy of Southern Living.

The Warmth of a Fire

This custom site-built fireplace is flanked by built-in Celtik® Wall seat walls for additional seating.

One thing that distinguishes an event from an experience is the creation of a lasting memory. Reflecting on our lives, we flip though these memories like the well-worn pages of a favored book, calling to mind the sights, sounds, flavors and textures of the world around us at that particular moment in time.

A fireplace or fire pit can transform a backyard or patio into the family’s favorite gathering spot and become the place where memories are made. In the setting of the dancing lights and earthy aromas of a crackling fire, a cup of coffee becomes a meditative retreat; a backyard gathering becomes a lively marshmallow roast; a glass of wine becomes a romantic interlude; an event becomes an experience.

The rustic Bristol Fireplace and matching wood boxes are part of the Belgard Elements™ Collection of modular outdoor living units.

That’s why fire features have become the hottest growing trend in outdoor living. Over the last few years, the outdoor living room concept has flourished as homeowners yearn to make their outdoor spaces as warm and inviting as the interior of their homes. By doing so, a homeowner can create an outdoor living space that is a true extension of the home and reflects the personality of those who live there.

The Bordeaux Fireplace is the latest in the Belgard Elements series and features a stacked-stone appearance.

The Bordeaux Fireplace is the latest in the Belgard Elements series of modular pieces and features a stacked-stone appearance.

Just as the indoor living room often centers around a fireplace, the outdoor fireplace acts as a striking centerpiece to the visual look of an outdoor living room and goes a step further by becoming the center of outdoor life, as a whole. Young and old alike are drawn to both its figurative and literal warmth. The appeal of fire crosses all strata and knows no age or cultural boundaries. Around the fire, time stands still as stories are told, lives are shared, and experiences become memories.

Product Spotlight: Brick Ovens

design3Nothing beats the flavor of wood-fired cooking. That’s why we’ve partnered with Chicago Brick Oven to offer a full line of brick ovens. Inspired by the ancient Italian wood-burning ovens first used over four thousand years ago, the secret to our ovens is our authentic, low-height dome design. The design creates a unique FlameRoll™, which generates high, even temperatures for balanced cooking and genuine wood-fired taste. Made from high-strength, cast-refractory materials, our ovens ensure long-lasting performance and reliability. All components are built in the USA and have been specifically designed to withstand North American climate extremes. With five different lines available, there’s a Belgard Brick Oven to fit any lifestyle, from compact urban spaces to expansive suburban backyards, and even a new model you take on the road.

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One of the modular options available in the Belgard Elements Collection, the Elements brick oven is pre-built in a factory and quickly installed on-site to offer the look of a custom installation for less time and expense. The Elements oven is available in three designer styles: Brighton Series, Bristol Series, and Wexford Series.

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With four versions to choose from, the counter top brick oven offers a small footprint and can easily turn any outdoor kitchen into a gourmet cooking space without the time and expense of a full custom installation. The counter top oven is available in copper or silver finish with either a pyramid (shown) or dome roof line.

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The perfect complement to an existing grill and patio, the mobile brick oven is available in two colors and two different styles and comes with a durable steel cart for portability around the backyard. Like the table top, the mobile oven is available with a silver or copper finish in either the dome (shown) or pyramid roof line.

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The hybrid oven is available in the Elements, table top, and mobile versions.

Hybrid Brick Oven

Our hybrid gas/wood brick oven allows you to cook with either gas, wood, or a combination of both heat sources simultaneously. The hybrid oven includes a two-burner gas system, with an infrared burner under the hearth and an ambient burner at the back of the hearth. Wood can also be burned at the back or side of the oven to provide smoky wood-fired flavor.

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Tailgater Brick Oven

Now, you can take your passion for wood-fired cooking on the road with our new towable Tailgater package, making it possible to take the unmatched experience of wood-fired cooking and entertaining to collegiate and professional football games, motorsport events, music concerts, festivals, and more. The Tailgater is currently available in the wood-burning model and will be available in the hybrid gas/wood model in 2015.

For more information, contact a local dealer or installer or visit the brick oven page on Belgard.com.

How to Make a Grand Entrance

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This tiered walkway was created using a combination of pavers and wall products. The classic smooth Dublin Cobble® pavers were laid in one pattern and edged with another to provide a subtle contrast. Celtik® Wall was used to build flower boxes and add a European look to the step edging.

As the old saying goes, you never get a second chance to make a first impression. From the moment guests pull up to your driveway, they begin to get a sense of your personality. The colors, textures, and materials you choose for your landscaping, driveway, and front walk can express as much about you as the architecture of your home.

When it comes to making a grand entrance to your home, there are a number of factors to consider.

Longevity

Pavers are definitely the way to go if you want a look that’s going to last. Concrete and asphalt will crack over time due to pressure and settling. With a paver drive or walkway, the physics are different, and cracking is rare. However, if a single paver does crack, you can replace it without issue. Once a concrete or asphalt driveway cracks, you’re stuck with unsightly blemishes that continue to worsen, even if you patch them, unless you break up and re-pour an entire section — a costly process that is both labor and time-intensive, and still looks out of place.

You should also consider longevity when designing the landscaping for your entrance. Even if you’re the type of person who likes to see new colors and textures in your yard with each season, you will want some perennials, trees, and bushes that will remain constant to give your yard a mature look. Before planting these, make sure to know the typical growth patterns for these plants for your climate and sunlight patterns. Otherwise, you’ll end up having to spend a lot of time digging up and moving plants that grew in an unexpected way.

Creativity

 Pavers can be hand-cut to create serpentine paths or add geometric shapes and designs. A circle of Cambridge Cobble was added to the design of this Old World paver driveway to create a grand entrance that begins at the property gate.

Pavers can be hand-cut to create serpentine paths or add geometric shapes and designs. A circle of Cambridge Cobble® was added to the design of this Old World Paver™ driveway to create a grand entrance that begins at the property gate.

This is the fun part. Whether you prefer a classic look, contemporary lines, or old-world country charm, don’t be afraid to get creative. A popular trend today is the multidimensional garden. Layer your garden with rows of plants that will grow to different heights, with taller bushes to the back and smaller colorful plants towards the front. You can also add dimension with retaining wall block that can be used to create plant boxes, vertical gardens, pillars, and tiered walkways.

Consider the pattern integration of your design, as well. Just as you can integrate patterns into your garden with plant colors and textures, you can also create patterns with your hardscapes. Pattern integration can be simple, such as trimming a walkway with a different color paver, or by alternating paved sections. Or, the pattern can be a complex design of swirls or shapes inside the paved area.

This Subterra permeable paver driveway not only creates a sophisticated entrance to the stately colonial brick home, it quickly drains water ensuring the safety of the steep drive in the heaviest of rainfalls.

This Subterra® Stone permeable paver driveway not only creates a sophisticated entrance to the stately colonial brick home, it quickly drains water, ensuring the safety of the steep drive in the heaviest of rainfalls.

Sustainability

If environmental consciousness is a priority, grand entrances can include a variety of environmental options, including the use of permeable pavers. Permeable pavers come in a array of colors and styles that help reduce pollution and stormwater runoff. A permeable paver system can even be designed to capture stormwater to reuse for garden irrigation.

 

Ultimate Tailgate Recipes

To complement the $6000 Bordeaux Grill Station grand prize of our Backyard Tailgate Sweepstakes, we’ve compiled a mouthwatering array of backyard tailgating recipes. Whether you’re a classic, gourmet or creative tailgater, these recipes will tantalize your taste buds and leave you wanting seconds. Whether your team wins or loses, everyone will walk away from your tailgate party with smiles on their faces. Click each photo below to view each recipe.

Classic Recipes

Smokey Chicken Barbecue Kabobs: A special dry rub and unique white barbecue sauce make these a crowd-pleaser.

Smokey Chicken Barbecue Kabobs: A special dry rub and unique white barbecue sauce make these a crowd-pleaser.

Sweet and Savory Burgers: This Asian twist on a backyard classic will inspire cheers for "more burgers".

Sweet and Savory Burgers: This Asian twist on a backyard classic will inspire cheers for “more burgers”.

Smoked Brisket: Feed the team in style with this savory tailgating favorite.

Smoked Brisket: Feed your team in style with this savory tailgating favorite.

Grilled Buttermilk Chicken: Talk about melt-in-your mouth goodness.

Grilled Buttermilk Chicken: Talk about melt-in-your-mouth goodness!

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Gourmet Recipes

Grilled Shrimp with Asian Barbecue Sauce:  This sweet and spicy treat will disappear quickly.

Grilled Shrimp with Asian Barbecue Sauce: This sweet and spicy treat will disappear quickly.

Coppa, Ricotta, and Arugula Pizza: An amazing combination of flavors, this is gourmet pizza at its best.

Coppa, Ricotta, and Arugula Pizza: An amazing combination of flavors, this is gourmet pizza at its best.

Thai-Seasoned Turkey Thigh Roast with Frest Herbs: Forget everything you thought you knew about turkey.

Thai-Seasoned Turkey Thigh Roast with Frest Herbs: Forget everything you thought you knew about turkey.

Grilled Fish Tacos with Tomato-Green Onion Relish: Healthy and delicious, a killer combination.

Grilled Fish Tacos with Tomato-Green Onion Relish: Healthy and delicious, a killer combination.

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Creative Recipes

Mojito Shrimp: Minty, tangy, and the perfect complement for a refreshing beverage.

Mojito Shrimp: Minty, tangy, and the perfect companion for a refreshing beverage.

Seasoned Lamb Kebabs: Mediterranean flavors that will knock your socks off.

Seasoned Lamb Kebabs: Mediterranean flavors that will knock your socks off.

Brown Sugar Grilled Salmon: Sweet, smokey, flaky deliciousness.

Brown Sugar Grilled Salmon: Sweet, smoky, flaky deliciousness.

Bacon, Peach, and Basil Burgers: An amazing new twist on a backyard classic.

Bacon, Peach, and Basil Burgers: You won’t believe how amazing this combination of flavors will be.

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Ready to “Visualize” Your Backyard Makeover?

LibraryBelgard’s new and improved online Project Visualizer gives you the ability to be your own hardscape designer. Choose from one of our library images of patios, driveways, and walkways or upload your own photo to experiment with a variety of paver styles and colors and explore an infinite number of design possibilities.

Image Editing

Library images are divided into paver regions. Regions will be listed on the left and viewable by mousing over the image. By selecting one of the regions, you can choose from the many styles, colors, and laying patterns available in your geographic area to change the paver design. The visualizer is powered by sophisticated imaging software that allows you to get a realistic view of each design. Mix or match paver choices in the available hardscape regions to create your own unique look.

Upload Your OwnTo create a custom design, simply upload your own photo and use the easy-to-navigate tools to create your own paver regions that you can customize with the same variety of paver choices. The design grid incorporates click-and-drag maneuverability, making it easy to edit your paver regions to create the exact look you desire.

Whether working with a design from the image library or creating your own custom design, you can print, save, or share your designs to turn them into realities.

Click here to get started.