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Fall Treat Friday: Pumpkin Pie

Happy Fall Treat Friday, pumpkin!

Last night I was babysitting for my friend's music class and when it was over, my friend told me she was going to make a gourmet pumpkin pie for her husband as a thank you gift for something nice he'd done. Well, the baby started salivating so I went to the store to grab the ingredients on the way home. This is one pregnancy craving I wasn't about to pass up.

No pies were made last night, but they were today! I got to hang out with one of my dear friends and we talked and assembled pies while our kids played. It was SO NICE. I definitely needed some adult interaction and baking time. Wins all around!*

Now, let me tell you about this pie. You probably have a favorite pumpkin pie recipe, but this one is my favorite. It's my birthday this weekend, and besides donuts and delicious pizza, I can't think of anything else I'd rather have. The keys to what make it so good are fresh pumpkin puree (recipe found here), a buttery pie crust, an…
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Mama Llama Costume Contest 2017

Happy Candy Hangover Day, everybody!

I hope you had a Happy Halloween. We had a lot of fun making our costumes this year, but it ended up raining and I turned into a momzilla so we stayed home, watched Halloween cartoons, made a Halloween treat, and the girls trick-or-treated to our bedroom door where they got Nerds, marshmallows, pretzels, and peanuts (clearly we need to go grocery shopping).

It turned out to be an okay night after all was said and done, but I felt super guilty about how I had acted. A lot of the times I don't know whether my emotions are from pregnancy or if I really am this big of a jerk. Public apology to my family and anyone else who's incurred the wrath of Melissa as of late. We're going trick-or-treating next year and I'm going to be nice. And hopefully not pregnant.

Now I know you're not here to read stuff today. You want pictures and lots of them. So here we go. Our costumes....

And the lineup of amazing costumes that entered the contest …

Mama Llama Halloween Costume Contest 2017 Announcement

"Boom, baby!" Here's the announcement you've all been waiting for!

It's time to start sending in your entries for the Mama Llama Halloween Costume Contest 2017 (or the MLHCC2017 for those of you who want an acronym)! Woop woop, raise the roof.

One entry per person.You must send in a photo of your costume to put on the blog. It can be from any year you've dressed up, but by sending me your photo you are giving me permission to use the photo publicly. This means if  you had a lot of bad acne that year or you have children in the photo and you don't want their/your faces on the blog and visible to the world wide web, I can't count your entry for the contest.Must submit by midnight on October 31, 2017.Must be *mostly* family friendly (aka nothing super inappropriate and definitely no nudes. Nudists on strike OK).You can submit entries via... My Facebook Blog Page, Facebook Messenger, Email, or InstagramNew this year: If you submit your entry on Insta…

Fall Treat Friday: Pumpkin Crumb Muffins + Bonus recipe!

Happy Fall Treat Friday, ya'll!

Today's recipe was recommended by a friend on Facebook, so we decided to give it a try at our place! Get ready for some Pumpkin Crumb Muffins from Sally's Baking Addiction. Sounds amazing, right?

Now, Spouse Unit isn't a huge pumpkin fan, but he genuinely enjoyed these muffins, especially the crumb topping. Who isn't a sucker for crumb topping though?

We made a few changes to the recipe because 1. I was out of brown sugar (a shame, really. I'm a huge fan of brown sugar, like I would have probably substituted all of the white sugar for brown sugar in this recipe if I had had it), and 2. I didn't have time to make the maple icing. However, my family really enjoyed the muffins sans icing. I can't wait to make them again and try it out though!

So without further ado, here's the recipe for Sally's Pumpkin Crumb Muffins (original recipe found here)!

PUMPKIN CRUMB MUFFINS from: Sally's Baking Addiction
Muffins: 1 3/4 c. all-…

Fall Treat Friday: Pumpkin Cheesecake

Happy Fall Treat Friday, my friends!

Last weekend Spouse Unit and I had a date night in. We watched Lion (so good) and made this yummy pumpkin cheesecake for dessert! I always have fun working in the kitchen with my main squeeze--he's a great cook and it's always fun to eat whatever we make and reconnect while the girls are sleeping.

This recipe is from one of my favorite cookbooks, The Joy of Cooking. I've made this pumpkin cheesecake a few times over the years, and definitely worth repeating. It doesn't need much of an introduction, because most cheesecakes are great, but this one is excelente, like so good that if you started making this for Thanksgiving nobody would miss the traditional pumpkin pie. It's creamy, and a little bit tart with a super delicious gingersnap crust. The recipe is pretty easy, too! No water baths needed. Okay, introductions are over. Let's get to work.

PUMPKIN CHEESECAKE The Joy of Cooking, page 667-668, 745-746 Slightly modified by Melis…