Pumpkin dip, acorns and a goodbye

Alright, lets talk some food first! I had to jump on the fall food bandwagon!
I made the next two items for my second TV segment that should be airing closer to Thanksgiving(I promise I will get them up on my blog when the hubby figures out how to get them off the DVR).
Is that a turkey in my dip?? Yep, it sure is. Oh my word, let me tell you about this dip. It is evil, it is sooo good. Its like a fluffy pumpkin pie in a dip form. YUM! It is crazy quick and you can serve it up in a cute hallowed out pumpkin for a darling effect!


1 16 oz tub of cool whip,thawed out
1 5 ounce packet of Vanilla Pudding (instant)
1 can Libby’s Pumpkin
1 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
In a large bowl mix together pudding,pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla.
Gently stir in Cool whip. This takes about 5 minutes to get the mixture smooth.
Flour tortillas
Cinnamon Sugar
Butter flavored cooking spray
Preheat oven to 350.
Use a cookie or biscuit cutter to cut your tortillas into your desired shape.
Place them on a lined baking sheet.
Spray with butter flavored cooking spray.
Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar to your liking
Spray again with cooking spray to make sure cinnamon sugar sticks
Bake for 10 minutes or until lightly browned.
Enjoy the yumminess!

Arent these cute? They totally look like little acorns. I found this recipe in Family Fun


Chocolate Frosting
Donut holes(I used Pop ems)
Crumbled Toffee
Frost a third of the doughnut hole with chocolate frosting
Roll the frosted part of the doughnut in the toffee.
Break the curved part of a pretzel off and poke in the top of the doughnut so it looks like the stem.

And I leave you with a picture of me and my little munchkin. Isnt she cute?

And on to the bad news(well it could be good news if you don’t enjoy my blog)!

Well I have officially got sooooooo far behind with my blog I just cant catch up!!!!! Most of you know by now, that 99% of the time return every comment I get on all of my posts. I got behind on 3 of my posts. That is roughly 130 comments I have yet to return. And that doesn’t include the 600 items on my google reader I have yet to look at on all of your wonderful blogs. And it makes me feel terrible.

I don’t think it is fair for all of you wonderful people to read and comment on my blog if I cant return the favor. So if I cant blog my way I would rather not blog at all. I suppose it is my guilty conscious. I am not leaving for ever..I am just taking a break for now. PLEASE DON’T FORGET ABOUT ME!! πŸ™ I will be back as soon as I catch up on some things!


  1. 1
    VeggieGirl says:

    LESLIE!!!! I’m terribly sad right now :0( I’ll miss you terribly!!!!

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    That dip looks so cute in the pumpkin! And those acorns look like real acorns!

    No worries, come on back to blogging when you are ready! Sometimes it’s a good idea to take a break and then come back when you’ve got more time.

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    Say it isn’t so! Fine. Take your break but you have to come back. Or else. If it makes you feel any better, once I’ve left a comment, I usually get too busy to come back to see if you’ve responded, unless I’ve asked a specific question. But if it were really important, I’d email you. You really don’t need to hold our hands πŸ™‚ But I completely understand that you need to do things the way that you feel comfortable. But come back. Or else.

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    First things first, the dip looks and sounds so great!

    Second, of course we will miss you, but take your time catching up. We will still be here! πŸ™‚

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    NO! Say it ain’t so….

    Listen just because I comment here doesn’ mean that I expect a return comment! That’s not why I comment. I comment because I have something to say not because I’m looking for more comments on my blog. (I’d need to do a lot more than commenting)

    I do know that blogging takes up a tremndous amount of time and energy and I can understand your need to do it “your” way! I hope you’re not gone long and that everything works out for you!

    By the way love the pumpkin dip and torilla recipe. The “acorns” were too cute!

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    RecipeGirl says:

    Lordy girl, if I actually took time to respond to each and every comment on my posts- I’d never see my family. I only respond if someone asks a direct question… other than that I just read, enjoy and revel in happiness that someone read my post. I don’t think you should put so much pressure on yourself.

    You do such a nice job with your blogging, take wonderful pictures and have a witty, fun writing style. Take time for yourself and don’t worry at all about keeping up. It’s just not possible to do it all. Take care, and I’ll look forward to your return!

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    CookiePie says:

    How could anyone forget you??? Just promise you’ll come back as soon as you can — we’ll miss you!

    In the meantime, I have to make that yummy dip…

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    Say it ain’t so! Well, I hope you enjoy a well deserved break and get a lot of time to spend with your cutie!

    The pumpkin dip looks amazing and so cute in that pumpkin! Can’t wait till you return.

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    I totally understand your decision to stop (even if just for a while). I have been thinking daily about stopping as I am having a horrible time keeping up as well. Enjoy your time away, but I definitely will miss you.

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    the pumpkin dip and the acorns look so good… i hope to be able to see your tv appearances, i bet you were great… πŸ™‚
    honestly, i will miss you… you’ve made blogging so much fun… anytime you’re ready to come back, give me a shout, and i’ll definitely be running back… be waiting… πŸ™‚
    thanks for everything… cheers to you… and btw, your little one’s so pretty…:)

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    noble pig says:

    We’ll miss you!

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    That dip looks fantastic! I will definately make it for Thanksgiving!

    Your blog is awesome! I will miss reading it but understand why you need to take a break from it. πŸ™‚

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    Wow! That dip looks amazing!

    I’m so sad you won’t be blogging for a while, but I can’t wait for you to come back! You’re one of my fave bloggers. Take the time you need and hopefully you’ll return more refreshed and ready!

    Don’t feel bad about not returning comments. It’s incredibly sweet that you do that, but most of us understand if you can’t. πŸ™‚

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    I too have fallen behind in the comments dept. but I’m working on it. You’re getting video spots, your food and photos are looking better than ever and now you choose to take a break?

    I disagree…keep on postin’!

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    That pumpkin dip looks amazing!

    I understand the need to take a break and relax!
    Hurry back.

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    That dip sounds like dessert! What a bummer you’ll be leaving us….

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    You certainly won’t be forgotten Leslie! We all have to take care of ourselves and this is just that time for you.

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    Cathy - wheresmydamnanswer says:

    That dip looks so great and I love that you put it in a pumpkin…

    You will be missed but we will all be here for your triumphant return!!

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    What is going on, everyone is leaving me!!! Sad!!! We will miss you and will welcome you back with open arms when you return! Good luck with everything!

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    The dip looks really good! Cute in the pumpkin with the tortilla cut outs. WAY cute and fun donuts. My son would love those.
    We’ll miss you while you’re gone and will be waiting and checking for your comeback! Hope you can get things rolling again, soon!

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    Anonymous says:

    your daughter is such a cutie pie!!

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    I won’t leave you! Although I am very sad to see that you are taking a break when I’ve just found you! You’ll be back though!

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    Your daughter and the acorn are too cute!

    Don’t be gone too long!

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    Kristy - Where's My Damn Answer says:

    Love the dip … it looks FABULOUS.

    I don’t think you have to comment on everyone. I don’t think it’s feasible for people to hit every single comment and comment back. I comment here because I want to say something … not because it’s out of obligation. If you read me, I hope that you feel the same way. Yes, I love the comments every now and then because it let’s us know that people are out there reading what we’re saying, but we’re not going to lose sleep if they aren’t there.

    Figure out what you CAN do and make it happen on your own terms my dear – your life will be much happier.

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    I am so going to miss you! I love your southernness and the sweet goofy side of you. But hey, I have your email so you may hear from me again. I don’t expect a comment from you, but how nice it is that you get so many that you can’t return them. I don’t get that many, which is okay because I still appreciate every single one I do get. Hey, if you get to Central California, let me know. You promised to come back, don’t make us come to Florida. Or do, I could use a vacation.

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    Clumbsy Cookie says:

    I loved your presentation on the fall treats! You’re so creative Leslie! And don’t worry about catching up, just take it from here or you’ll get crazy. It happens to us all at times!

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    hot garlic says:

    Yep, jinx! I was wondering when the time would come for you, and assuming it would be soon with you on your way to stardom! Enjoy your well deserved break!

    Those acorn donuts are about the cutest thing I’ve ever seen! Just darling!

    I did the vanilla a couple of months back too, don’t expect it to be anywhere near ready after 1 month!! I’ve had mine in for about 3 and it isn’t ready, though this week I was desperate and did use it…

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    I am sad. You have to come back! Just know you never need to comment me back I come here because I love your blog not because I am looking for a comment in return.

    The dips look amazing!

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    We will miss you but I understand. Take a nice break and come back to us when you are ready!!

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    What a great dip. We will miss you.Your daughter is a cutie and she looks just like her mom.

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    Sorry to see you go, you and your daughter are gorgeous. You pumpkin dip looks great, I made one as well but our versions are very different. I know your busy but if you get a chance come by and see my dip and tell me what you think.

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    Okay, I was in a rush because it was my lunch break. I believe you must do what is best for you and your family. But you will truly be missed. Just let us know how being a star feels. The pumpkin dip sounds terribly yummy and the acorns are so cute. Don’t stress about the comments, I don’t take it personal when someone doesn’t comment back. I don’t know how Noble Pig does all she does.
    And now I end with the best for last…Your daughter is absolutely precious. What better reason to take a break. Much love…Amber

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    Go get caught up with life, we’ll all be here waiting when you are ready to come back! Best of luck with your tv shows!!

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    Those treats are adorable! I might give those a try. πŸ™‚

    Have a great rest and take it easy, girl!

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    I am really bummed you are taking a leave of absence but I understand life must go on. I do not answer my comments individually. That would put me right over the edge. When I can, I add a comment to the posted comments and touch on a few comments there. You gotta do what you gotta do, and if you don’t want to do it any other way, than so be it.

    Wait, it just occurred to me, that you wouldn’t be able to do that if you got more popular. What if that happened?

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    don’t worry–you won’t be forgotten. πŸ™‚
    great chips and dip recipe. they’d both be good on their own, but the combination would be stellar!

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    Going to miss you, but totally understand!

    Love the pumpkin dip and the donuts are fabulous!!!

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    Your pumpkin dip and acorn donut holes are two of the cutest things I have EVER SEEN!

    Hope you enjoy your break from the blogosphere and come back recharged and better than ever πŸ™‚ I’ll miss you and your great recipes.

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    Awww what a beautiful picture!

    I’m heartbroken : ( please don’t leave forever, your posts make my day! Will miss you terribly xx

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    I love those little turkey’s!

    I’m sorry to see that you won’t be blogging for a while. You blog is one of the first that I stumbled upon and I love it!

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    I also wanted to agree with Ingrid, I comment because I love your posts, not because I expect one back : ) xx

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    Culinarywannabe says:

    Totally understand — blogs can feel like a job sometimes and the guilt of not doing them “full out” can be just as great as with real life responsibilities. Hope you get the urge back soon though, I’ve really enjoyed your blog!

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    That pumpkin dip is one of my favorites…I love it with ginger snaps.

    I’ll look forward to your blogging return…

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    Oh no! I’m sad, but I do completely understand. I’ve been seriously thinking about giving blogging a break too.

    Take all the time you need, do what you must, and we’ll be here when you get back. Take care, and have a great year if I don’t see you around for a while.

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    This looks great. I hope that you find what you need in your time off but I know the feeling I have been being neglectful as well and I am trying to get back on track. I will wait for your return.

  46. 46

    Oh Leslie!! You can have a break…but please please come back!
    I’ll miss your funny posts and your delicious food even more!!

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    I don’t know how you do it responding to everyone. I can’t, but I understand that you want to.
    So, take your time, and we’ll be here for you chicklet.
    I love those doughnuts, very dangerous for me to make though.

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    Aww, will miss you! Can’t wait til you get back. You and your daughter look so cute together :). Those little acorns are such a fun idea! Thanks for sharing :).

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    Leslie! You can’t leave, I won’t let you.

    That said, I’ve been MIA the past few weeks due to a merciless cold. But I’m trying to get back into the swing of things now.

    I won’t forget you because I know you’ll be back as soon as you’re up to blogging again. Take all the time you need; enjoy your family, including your adorable munchkin.
    I’ll be thinking of you.

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    Leslie, your daughter is gorgeous, as well as her mother! And the dip with acorns are yummy and so tempting!

    I understand how overwhelmed you might feel with the blogging. But, honestly, if you ask, I’m sure most of us tell you that we comment without expecting the same from you!
    Take time for yourself and, please, come back!

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    MOMMY-MOMO says:

    I love the idea of using the pumpkin! I have to remember that next year. I like your blog, excited to see what you have in store for christmas time πŸ™‚

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  53. 53

    you’re leaving? nooo! come back!
    haha its okay, im needing a blogging break too. btw you and your daughter are soooooo cute!

  54. 54

    Hi Leslie, I like lurking in your blog a lot. It’s fun, entertaining, and most of all real. Hope you get back to blogging soon.

    And no, I don’t expect you to return a comment to my blog. Enjoying what you post here is enough to keep me coming back!

  55. 55

    Oh I love how you serve your dip in a pumpkin. We have pumpkin dip every year too! It is so good! I love to dip fruit in it too! This year I will have to serve it in an actual pumpkin! Cute Cute!

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    Jerri - Simply Sweet Home says:

    The acorns are so cute!

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    OOOOH yummy!! and those acorns are tres cute πŸ™‚ x

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    Zesty Cook says:

    LESLIE – I can’t wait to see you back.. I will be waiting.


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    Girl, I know what you mean – I accidentally took a break of a few months (call it being swamped at work, putting me wayyy behind on home, family, and anything else that wedged its way in there). So just take a little time and come on back. πŸ™‚

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    Oh dear – you are way too hard on yourself. If you are behind, don’t try to catch up. No one is going to hold it against you… at least no one that you would want as a reader!
    Blog guilt free from now on. You can do it!

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    Your pumpkin dip and acorns are simply cunning! They look SO tasty. Congrats on the TV gig. I can’t wait until your husband can get them on your site.

    Your daughter is beautiful, just like you!

    I’m sorry you are so behind already! The blogging can get overwhelming at times. I think you should just keep posting when you can and don’t worry about catching up on comments. People visit your blog because the content is so EXCELLENT!

    Hope you and yours have a warm and cozy Thanksgiving! We will all still be here when you come back.

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    OK, so I'm about a year late to the Fluffy Pumpkin Dip Extravaganza….. We had a 'dip-off' at the Elementary school I work at and, you guessed it, this dip won, hands down… So, I then recreated it for my Thanksgiving holiday and it was the super-hit!! However, I think the jig is up, I try to lay-low in the culinary arts area so I can be waited on hand and foot. Oh well, it was totally worth it.

    Long Live the Hungry Housewife:)

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    I am soooo vety glad the dip went over so well. I havent made it yet this year, because last year I think I made like 90% of it! No too good for the hip size!