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Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream Cake

Things have been a little crazy around here. Juggling soccer and baseball for my almost 5-year-old, potty training my 2 1/2 year old, and hosting my daughter’s Baptism celebration at my house for about 40 of our family and friends. We have also been hitting pumpkin patches, apple orchards, and enjoying the beautiful fall weather that Mother Nature sent our way for most of September and October. I also had a little blog hiccup which caused me to pull back a little in writing. I missed the site though…so, I have a ton of posts which are in draft mode which I need to finish up, and about a million things brewing in my head that I need to just put fingers to keyboard on.  With that behind us, I am jumping back on the pumpkin train. I saw a funny picture a couple of weeks ago on FB that had Forrest Gump saying – pumpkin coffee, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin soup, etc (picture the scene where he is talking about all the kinds of shrimp). I think that this is going to have to be my last pumpkin post for fear of sounding like Forrest…so enjoy this Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream Cake. It is, for lack of a better word, awesome. Seriously.

Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream Cake


Pumpkin Pie Ice Cream Cake
Recipe type: Dessert
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Serves: 24 pieces

  • 2 cups canned pumpkin
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (optional)
  • ½ gallon vanilla ice cream, softened
  • Graham Cracker Crust
  • 2 cups graham cracker crumbs
  • ½ cup butter, melted
  • ¼ sugar

  1. - Prepare the graham cracker crust – mix all ingredients, press into a 9×13 dish. Bake for 10 minutes, remove from oven and cool.
  2. - In a bowl, combine all ingredients, except ice cream. Mix well. Fold in the ice cream, and then pour the mixture into the prepared pan.
  3. - Seal the pan, and freeze until firm.
  4. - When ready to serve, remove from the freezer for 10-15 minutes, then cut into squares and serve.
  5. I like to add whipped cream and chocolate sprinkles to mine…because, why not?:)


Amanda @ MandaLoves - October 25, 2013 - 8:47 am

That sounds amazing!
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Apple and Cranberry Pork

Apple and Cranberry PorkThis past weekend, we went apple picking. It is one of my favorite family activities of the fall, and I look forward to it as soon as the leaves start turning. More on our adventures in an upcoming post, but I was so excited to make some of my favorite dishes to use some of our tasty apples. This Apple and Cranberry pork is so delicious. The sweet flavors make it a hit with the kids as well. My husband who is not a huge fan of pork liked it as well.  I have a reader who asked in a past post why my husband didn’t like pork. Well, side story….I went a little overboard during the swine flu time, where people thought that pork was affected, and it was always on sale – so I would buy it, and make pork 1-2 times a week. He was so over “the other white meat”, I now only make pork dishes once every 2-3 months, even though I am a big fan. Ah, marriage is all about compromise, right?:) Either way….enjoy this Apple and Cranberry Pork Dish – it is a huge hit for me and the kids:)


Apple and Cranberry Pork
Recipe type: Entree
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Serves: 6 ppl

  • 1 3 pound pork loin
  • 3 medium apples, cut in slices
  • 1 cup apple jelly
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tbsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp dry mustard

  1. Place pork into a freezer bag
  2. Place apple slices and apple jelly over the pork, then add the onion, cranberries, vinegar, and mustard.
  3. Seal and freeze.
  4. When you would like to eat this, thaw the pork in the refridgerator. Preheat the oven to 350. Place the roast in the center of the baking dish, put the apples, onions, and cranberries around the pork. Bake for approximately an hour and a half, or until the roast reaches 160 degrees.

Here is a view of the ingredients:

Apple and Cranberry Pork

The Freezing Method:

Apple and Cranberry Pork

And how I set up the ingredients in the pan:

Apple and Cranberry Pork

melissa - October 15, 2013 - 6:25 pm

I am a complete newb at freezing meals…but I am thinking I might start. I am pregnant with my third and was thinking how nice it would be to prepare for some meals. How long would you say freezer meals last?

30th Anniversary Cabbage Patch Kid Giveaway

Disclosure: Information on Cabbage Patch Kids 30th Anniversary provided by JAKKS Pacific, MMB received the item which will be provided for the giveaway.


The other week, I shared a bit about my favorite childhood toy, my cabbage patch kids and the 30th Anniversary Cabbage Patch Kid Celebration. As I mentioned, my daughter has totally taken over as mommy to the dolls of my past, and loves them just as much as I did back in the day.  With the release of Cabbage Patch Kids 30th anniversary dolls, I was so excited for my daughter to receive a new CPK doll – one that maybe wasn’t as “loved” by her mom!

Cabbage Patch Kids 30th Anniversary


The CPK Celebration kid was the perfect one for my daughter.  It is described as dressed in fun, playful, party themed fashions with brightly colored hair streaks, the ‘Kids™ are ready to party.

30th Anniversary Cabbage Patch Kids

Um, yes, that sounds just like my daughter! She immediately loved the pink streaks in the doll’s pig tails, the funky boots, and she loved her birth certificate that makes the doll “hers”. I am absolutely in love with this line, and so is my daughter! I am excited, because I am sure that this will line will be a hit with MMB readers, and I am able to provide one for a giveaway.

Please use the rafflecopter entry below to win your own version of the Cabbage Patch Kids 30th Anniversary Celebration Kid. The entries start off with telling me what child in your life would love this doll and why:)
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Don’t forget about the other two new types of CPK dolls as well:

Cabbage Patch Kids® Babies (SRP $24.99, Ages 3+) come with either a magic disappearing-milk bottle or food bowl with spoon, removable bib and fashion. Of course, each baby has a unique name, Adoption Papers® and Birth Certificate®. The original baby-powder scent of Cabbage Patch Kids® can bring memorable smiles for generations.

The Cabbage Patch Kids® Cuties (SRP $9.99, Ages 3+) are even cuddlier this fall!  The adorable Cuties come in a variety of precious animal themes including bear, bunny and kitty with a new thumb-sucking feature.



Mary Happymommy - October 10, 2013 - 8:43 am

My daughter would love it because she’s really into dolls right now.

Meghan - October 10, 2013 - 8:52 am

My daughter is very into dolls right now so I’m sure she’d love this! I have also passed down my cabbage patch dolls to my daughter & would love for her to have a new one of her own…and this one looks SUPER fun!

Tabathia B - October 10, 2013 - 9:09 am

My youngest daughter would enjoy this doll

Judy Mariano - October 10, 2013 - 9:12 am

I fondly remember a trip to Canada to purchase my daughter’s first one – back in the day when they were difficult to find!

Elaine Koutsitzis - October 10, 2013 - 9:38 am

My daughter loooves CPD’s!!!

Kerry - October 10, 2013 - 10:04 am

My daughter would LOVE to have another baby to take care of…and it would be so fun to watch her with a doll from when I was a kid :)

Tami Vollenweider - October 10, 2013 - 10:15 am

My Niece would her!!

Chrisitne - October 10, 2013 - 10:19 am

OMG, B would love this dolly and so would my niece….

Rochel S - October 10, 2013 - 10:54 am

My daughter! She loves playing ‘house’ with all her dolls!

Tabitha P. - October 10, 2013 - 2:04 pm

This would be for my daughter.
She loves to be a mini mommy.

Emily O'B - October 10, 2013 - 2:32 pm

My oldest daughter is freaked out by cabbage patch kids. So I’m entering to win my youngest daughter one to see if she’s more like me. I loved my redhead sailor cabbage patch!

Laura J - October 10, 2013 - 3:27 pm

Oh my niece would love it! She loves dolls, and this would be extra special for her and her daddy! When my little brother was younger, he wanted a boy Cabbage Patch doll when they first came out! I remember running all over town for months before Christmas trying to help my mom find him one! She did finally get it….so this would be so neat!

Kelly D - October 10, 2013 - 6:33 pm

My daughter would like this doll because she enjoys pushing dolls in strollers and playing house with them.

Janice Cooper - October 10, 2013 - 7:56 pm

My 3 yr old niece would love this doll. My niece loves baby dolls and would get the biggest kick out of this doll. She loves putting her baby dolls in her toy grocery cart and stroller. Her mom which is my sister grew in the Cabbage Patch era and had lots of Cabbage Patch dolls. This would be a perfect Christmas gift if I win.

Jennifer Marie - October 10, 2013 - 9:08 pm

My niece would love this because she loves dolls.

Courtney Renee - October 11, 2013 - 12:13 pm

My daughter and because she loves babies! I gave her one of my cabbage patch doll I had as a child and she adores it!

Rebecca Parsons - October 11, 2013 - 11:56 pm

My granddaughter would love this even though she doesn’t know exactly what a cabbage patch doll is she loves dolls.

Suzanne - October 12, 2013 - 12:22 pm

I have wanted to get one of these for my grand daughter but they are just too expensive! Would love to win one!

Karly - October 12, 2013 - 11:01 pm

My niece Aurora would love one for her birthday on New Years Eve.

rod jackson - October 13, 2013 - 11:43 am

Our niece would love this.

Rebecca Parsons - October 13, 2013 - 1:09 pm

My granddaughter loves baby dolls so this is right up her alley!

Kim Kihega - October 13, 2013 - 8:57 pm

My daughter because she loves playing with dolls and playing house.

Sarah - October 13, 2013 - 10:50 pm

My daughter. She’s got one full sized and mini cabbage patch dolls. She’s all about the “babies”!
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courtney b - October 13, 2013 - 11:20 pm

my daughter mila would love this :) she loves all dolls…

Sara Floyd - October 14, 2013 - 10:44 am

My daughter would love this! She likes dolls a lot.

Rea Liz - October 14, 2013 - 2:27 pm

My niece would love this!

amy pugmire - October 16, 2013 - 12:21 am

My daughter loves dolls and she plays with my old cabbage patch doll from 28 years ago.

Heather Turcany - October 16, 2013 - 5:24 pm

Me I have my originals!

Heather M - October 16, 2013 - 6:20 pm

My daughter would love this. She loves dolls, it’s one of the only toys she plays with. But my 21m old son would probably steal it from her, he loves dolls too.

Pumpkin Twice Baked Potatoes

Pumpkin Twice Baked Potatoes

Ok, I warned you that I was obsessed with fall flavors! Next up in Fall Flavor obsessions are pumpkin twice baked potatoes.   My neighbor and I each receive the Food Network magazine. We look through the magazine, and pick out the recipes to try, talk about how we would change them, and finally…make the recipes:) After reading through the magazine, these potatoes were first on my list to try, as I love twice baked potatoes, but rarely take the time to make them. I found that making whipping them in the stand mixer, adding more scallions, some milk, and a little more pumpkin and cheese to these potatoes made them a little better for our family. All in all,  these pumpkin twice baked potatoes are delicious….as in husband complimenting, kid clean plate club kind of delicious.  They were the perfect complement to our steak dinner (steak marinated in Stubbs, along with some broiled zucchini and tomatoes tossed with olive oil, salt, pepper and parmesan cheese), and I think it would be an awesome side dish for Thanksgiving. I love that you can freeze these as well, which would help if you are making them for something like Thanksgiving, and want to minimize your preparations right before the big feast.

Let me know what you think of these!

Pumpkin Twice Baked Potatoes
Recipe type: Side Dish
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Serves: 8

  • 4 Potatoes
  • ¾ cup canned pumpkin filling
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ¾ cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 4 tbsp butter
  • 2 tbps milk
  • 4 scallions, chopped
  • ½ tsp nutmeg

  1. Pierce potatoes and bake them in the oven at 400 degrees for 1 hour
  2. Cut the potatoes in half, and scoop out the insides. (save those potato skins, obviously!)
  3. Mash the potatoes together with all ingredients above. You can also mix them together in the stand mixer for a less lumpy potato mixture. Spoon the mixture into the halved potatoes.
  4. Bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes.
  5. If freezing – place potato halves on a baking sheet, and place in freezer. When frozen, transfer to a freezer bag. To reheat, either thaw and heat in microwave or oven for 15 minutes at 400.




Angela Gilmore - October 4, 2013 - 11:24 am

These. look. amazing! I am absolutely going to try these out for Thanksgiving and freezing them is the perfect idea. I can imagine taking them on in the morning and then just popping them in the oven when I get home from work! LOVE it!

admin - October 5, 2013 - 9:11 pm

I am so glad you are going to try these! I can’t wait to hear what you think. I have a couple more Thanksgiving recipes coming up, so keep your eye out :)

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Please stop saying, “It looks like you have your hands…

As we head into week 8 with Baby C, I have become a bit more confident in my outings with my 3 munchkins, also known (to me especially) as my traveling circus.  I no longer fear going out as much as I did the first time. We have done parks, stores, the mall, multiple playgrounds, sports games, church and we have even done some restaurants.  Last week, I was about to pop into Target to pick up snacks for my son’s baseball and soccer teams, and got a quick call from my friend Jen, another momma to three. When I mentioned what I was about to do, she said – “Let’s take a bet on how many times you will hear the words…“It looks like you have your hands full.”  I was so grateful to hear her say that, because honestly, no less than 10 times in my last outings, I heard those words. I really thought it was just me.

As we walked down aisle number one, my daughter let out a whine when I said that I didn’t bring a snack to the store. A fellow shopper looked over with “the look” and said the dreaded words.

We walked down another aisle and my son tugged on his sister’s pig tails.  It is one of his favorite things to do, and oddly, something that she finds pretty funny. Regardless of the laughter in my shopping cart that followed the tug…we encountered another stare, and the words were said again.

And finally, at check out, my confident-self was busted when, despite attempting to predict a newborn’s eating schedule, I screwed up. My littlest started to scream and scream.  Despite my attempts to soothe her while we were in line, she let everyone in the store know that she needed to eat. She still has that identifiable newborn cry, so the looks were a bit more piercing, like “how young is that baby that you dare take out to the store?!?!”  The other instances I could handle, but not being able to calm my baby rattles me to the core…I can’t take it when my babies are sad and I can’t fix it.  And coinciding with this crappy feeling, someone made the distinct point to walk over to me, tap my elbow, and say the words. “It looks like you have your hands full.”  I guess they figured I really needed to hear their words, and I needed the tap. Because you know, I was paying too much attention to my children, who needed me at that point. My response the last time was a polite...”No Sh!t.” (As a side note to my mother…Mom, I know you read this, as do some of your friends, and you will shake your head at me at this time, but please remember, I take more after Dad than you, and everyone knows it. No one will  think less of you)

I am quite certain by the horrified look on the older woman’s face that those were not the words she expected to hear from me. But seriously – No Sh!t that my hands are full. What was I supposed to say – omigosh, you’re right. Maybe they’ll take the third one back at the hospital so that I can get through these trips to Target more easily.  No sh!t my hands are full. To make a simple trip to the store, I pack a bag that is the equivalent to most people of an overnight bag. I buckle car seats 6 times. Not only do I have to remember to bring home the three kids I came with, but I also remember  how many dolls and cars came to the store with us. Oh and sometimes we have days where my daughter decides shoes are optional so I also have to check every three minutes to ensure that we have the socks and shoes that we went to the store with as well.

My hands are full. Yes. My days are full as well. Starting when baby girl wakes up with the roosters (we don’t really have roosters, but you know what I mean) to eat, and her brother and sister follow shortly after…right until I check everyone’s room at the end of the day to ensure they are peacefully asleep, the day is full. Dinner is made at 7 in the morning, I shower at 2 in the afternoon when at least 2 kids are napping because I do things when I have the chance. There are the texts I respond to at 2 in the morning, because I have hands free (at least one, that is…and by the way, sorry to my friends that I woke up last night, but honestly, who leaves their phone volume on at night???).  And there are the moments where I realize I have cut 60 nails (toes and fingers), or served 12 meals (or really 19 if you count the growth spurt eating binge of late), and have not really sat down, besides to feed a baby or pee, at all in a given day. My days are full, because there are three kids, whose ages do not even add up to 7, that rely on me. I have pretty quickly become a crappy friend, daughter, and sometimes person…do I need a reminder? I’ll pass. Do I need a reminder from a stranger? No f#cking thank you.

So my hands are full, my days are full, but as a momma to three, my heart is full. My life is full. I am blessed. Life is full of love, hugs, laughter. Life is also full of frustration, tears, and exhaustion. I chose this life – I chose to have my children close in age, and was fortunate that God let me have that choice. As a mom, I do the best that I can every day, and some days, the best, is simply surviving.  For the most part though, my children are happy and more importantly, they are healthy.   While life is crazy, I know that our life is good.

Are there really any moms who deserve “the look”, or any words besides supportive ones? Now this is not including if they are smacking their kid or letting their child be a completely destructive brat…then I do judge, I must admit. So, if you are one of the people who are tempted to say those dreaded words – “You look like you have your hands full”, or anything similar to that, please remember those mom’s hands may be full, but her heart is full as well. At the end of the day, that is all that matters.


Megan - October 1, 2013 - 9:03 am

Bravo Dana! I love the rawness of this post, the edge that 8 weeks of 3 kids has brought in you. This is real life, thank you.

Veronica - October 1, 2013 - 11:52 am

I love that you actually said those words. Out loud. Good for you!! You’re an amazing friend, and I’m certain that carries over to wife, mom, and daughter. Don’t ever sell yourself short.

jenny - October 1, 2013 - 3:18 pm

i LOVE that you said No sh!t!!!! Go girl!!! I don’t know what gives people the right to not only say whatever they want, but TOUCH people and/or children. If she didnt like the No poop comment, then i guess she should have kept her comments to herself, no!? Good for you Dana!
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Bonnie - October 1, 2013 - 8:35 pm

Good for you!
I have to admit I’ve uttered those words to moms too, but not ever under those circumstances
It’s usually when I’m holding the door open for her to wiggle through with her stroller or shopping cart, or to help her with luggage and shoes during airport boardings.
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admin - October 1, 2013 - 8:54 pm

Bonnie – I definitely think that this is circumstantial. Knowing you, I know that you not only did the mentioned things above, but probably had the most reassuring smile on your face :) The judge-y looks/statements were what pushed me over that day. And….it takes a lot to get me to that point :) To be honest, I think it was that with the arm tap, I thought that it was a supportive statement coming, because many people know a newborn’s cries can be stressful, and are so sad sounding (my two kids were singing her songs to try to make her happy…an overall sad looking situation!) !! It was just that she really wanted me to know, I was not handling the whole thing well, in her eyes.

Ah…we move on. :)

admin - October 1, 2013 - 8:55 pm

Thanks Jenny =)

admin - October 1, 2013 - 8:58 pm

Thanks V…you know I try to make it all work. Tough when you have that core broken a bit and don’t have a supportive lady like yourself to lean on in that moment :)

admin - October 1, 2013 - 9:02 pm

Thank you, Megan :) There is no sugarcoating things these days! I would like to think that I am not the only one facing tough moments as a mom, and hope others other there found some comfort if it isn’t always sunshine and roses.

Jessie - October 1, 2013 - 9:03 pm

Ha! Who comes up to someone and TAPS them to make a comment about their crying baby?? I think your response was more than justified!
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admin - October 1, 2013 - 9:14 pm

YUP! That was what got me. And I definitely feel like you meet the winners when you have kids…the topper may have been the person in Michaels who pulled a tissue out of their pocket and went to go wipe my child’s nose. While it was an attempt to be helpful…I cringed and jumped in block-mode :)

Dad - October 1, 2013 - 11:53 pm

You know you have my support and love. I’ve always been amazed by how much you accomplish everyday of your life. And yes, “No Shit”, just might have been my response…

Anne - October 2, 2013 - 2:41 pm

Hooray to you for saying the No Sh!t comment! I love it! Especially when you have a screaming child. If they want to say anything they should say “Is there anything I can do to help?” Pointing out the obvious is not helpful, just annoying.

Chelle {Everyday Polish} - October 4, 2013 - 10:54 am

My mom had four of us and I know she would have been just as irritated as you were! I think you’re a total super mom who manages to juggle it all, hands full and heart full! You’re an inspiration!
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