Making Time for Us with Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Casserole

I have been told by numerous people that every night is date night if you don’t have kids. That life before kids is basically made of endless free time, giggles, and sunshine. Maybe it was or IS for one of you, but certainly not us.

I know that many things will get harder when we have kids. I am not trying to undermine that for those of you that are parents. When my sister recently sat at the ER at midnight with my niece while also needing to be at work in 4 hours, I thought – I’m okay with “one day” not being today. Parenting is hard.

I am just saying that time before kids is not an endless date. No matter how hard someone tries to convince me, I will not consider a night with me working on my computer and my husband sick on the couch watching Californication a DATE. Relaxed? Sure, for the most part. Quite? Definitely. Date night? No where close to my definition.Delicious Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Casserole - the perfect fall brunch idea! {The Love Nerds} #recipe #breakfast #cinnamonrollrecipe #pumpkinrecipe

We are busy people. I never want to add up the hours in a week we actually work, especially since both of us work many non-traditional hours. I chose to start my business before kids because I knew how much work it would take. My husband chose to work in residence life before kids because he knew that heading out at 11pm, 1 am and 5am for a student call would make it even harder for him to help with late night feedings.We have to specifically carve out time for our marriage and for real dates, like Sunday brunch.

Almost every Sunday, we take the morning to hang out and relax together. No computers. No cell phones. This is also when we usually have our weekly check-in meeting: things that need to get done, appointments for the week, meals, budgets, etc. Sometimes brunch is coffee and crescent rolls. Sometimes it’s pancakes while we catch up on some TV. Whatever we feel like, it is time we reserve on the weekend for just the two of us.

Delicious Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Casserole - the perfect fall brunch idea! {The Love Nerds} #recipe #breakfast #cinnamonrollrecipe #pumpkinrecipe This past Sunday, I made this Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Casserole I am sharing with all of you today. It was a complete experiment. I had seen many people post about using cans of cinnamon rolls to make a casserole, but I wanted something special if I was going to take the extra time to whip it up in the morning. Then, I remembered I had pumpkin butter in the fridge! LIGHT BULB MOMENT!

Delicious Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Casserole - the perfect fall brunch idea! {The Love Nerds} #recipe #breakfast #cinnamonrollrecipe #pumpkinrecipe By tossing the cinnamon roll pieces in the pumpkin butter and adding a few of my favorite spices, this became the perfect fall brunch idea! Even better, it was a nice, cool morning Sunday so this Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Casserole and coffee together felt like absolute perfection. While eating it, I also had another light bulb moment – APPLE! I have homemade apple butter in the fridge, so that part will be easy. I also think it would be great with chunks of apple, so maybe I will use an apple pie filling. I see a new recipe for you all soon!

Delicious Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Casserole - the perfect fall brunch idea! {The Love Nerds} #recipe #breakfast #cinnamonrollrecipe #pumpkinrecipe

Making Time for Us with Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Casserole
Recipe type: Breakfast
  • 1 can of cinnamon rolls
  • ⅔ cup pumpkin butter
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp clover
  • ½ cup pecans (I used chopped)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Spray your pan of choice with a non stick cooking spray.
  3. Unroll your can of cinnamon rolls and cut each roll into 6 pieces. {set aside the icing for later}
  4. Toss the rolls into the pumpkin butter and then place into your dish. I added about ⅓ of the rolls at a time to the pumpkin butter. NOTE: If your pumpkin butter is very thick and hard to work with, try heating it up just slightly.
  5. In a bowl, whisk together the eggs, cream, vanilla, and spices until well combined. Pour the mixture over the cinnamon rolls, evenly distributing the mixture.
  6. Add the pecans on the top of the casserole.
  7. Bake for 25 minutes. It will turn a gorgeous rich brown color and fluff up slightly from the eggs.
  8. Warm up your icing slightly and drizzle onto the top.

NOTE: I put all of these in an 9″ pie pan. You could also use an 8×8 square pan. This recipe made enough for 2 people with a little leftovers and can easily be doubled for a 9×13 pan.

Delicious Pumpkin Cinnamon Roll Casserole - the perfect fall brunch idea! {The Love Nerds} #recipe #breakfast #cinnamonrollrecipe #pumpkinrecipe

Whether you have kids or not, what are some ways you take time for your relationship? No action is too small, so let’s share some idea! 

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  1. says

    I absolutely LOVE that y’all have a standing brunch date every Sunday. My husband and I need to start a tradition like that for ourselves because while we do spend a lot of time relaxing together, we certainly don’t go out on traditional “dates” often. And we’re having our first child in March, so everything’s about to change. 😉

    These cinnamon rolls sound DIVINE. Seriously. Favorite brunch food ever, and then you had to go add pumpkin and sent ’em over the top… This was one of my favorite links shared during last week’s #thatsfreshfriday link-up! I’ll be sharing it on my blog tonight, as well as on my social media throughout the weekend. I hope we see you at the new party later today. Keep up the great work!

  2. says

    I can totally relate to everything you just said, I seriously feel like we’re on the same wavelength most of the time. The recipe looks amazing and will definitely be a great one for family get togethers this fall!


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