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Sugar and spice, and everything nice. That’s what Rylee is made of! Rylee has loved cooking and baking since she was a little girl. Since moving to a ChildServe group home, Rylee has begun to share her love of cooking with her housemates and ChildServe team members. Rylee loves sharing the food she makes and even enters her recipes in competitions at the Iowa State Fair each year. Today Rylee is going to share her favorite fall recipe!

To do so, Rylee is also sharing her writing talent with us. Rylee uses an eye-gaze keyboard to write up stories, recipes and anything else she wants to share with the world. We loved reading the blog post she wrote and we hope you do too!


Hi, my name is Rylee and I love to cook and bake. I remember cooking as young as six years old. My favorite thing to cook at that age was enchiladas. My favorite thing about baking and cooking is enjoying the different smells. I think cooking helps calm me. I like to cook for all holidays but Christmas is my favorite. I love to share my food with my family and friends.

My favorite recipe to make during the fall and Thanksgiving season is cinnamon rolls or anything with a lot of spices. A couple of chefs that inspire me are Duff Goldman and the Pioneer Woman. I love watching Duff because he is funny and childlike and I love watching the Pioneer Woman because she is always so cheerful. 

Today I’m going to share one of my favorite cinnamon roll recipes that I got from the Pioneer Woman herself – Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls. This recipe is special because it reminds me of fall and I love the way it makes the house smell. I just love the combination of pumpkin and spices! I hope you’ll give this recipe a try and that you enjoy it as much as I do.

Pumpkin Spice Cinnamon Rolls


For the dough:

1 1/2 c. whole milk

1/2 c. vegetable oil

1/2 c. sugar

1 package (2 1/4 Teaspoons) active dry yeast

1 c. pumpkin puree

5 c. all-purpose flour, divided, plus more for rolling dough

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp. ground ginger

1/2 tsp. baking soda

3/4 tsp. baking powder

1/2 tsp. salt

For the filling:

1/2 c. salted butter, melted

1/2 c. granulated sugar

1/2 c. brown sugar

1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon

1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg

1/2 tsp. ground ginger

3/4 c. finely chopped pecans

For the frosting:

8 oz. cream cheese, at room temperature

1/2 lb. powdered sugar

2 tbsp. whole milk, plus additional as needed

2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted

Dash of salt

1/2 tsp. maple extract, optional

1/4 c. finely chopped pecans


For the full recipe, click here!


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