Pumpkin Dump Cake (The only fall dessert you’ll ever need)

And I’m not joking. It really is the only fall dessert you’ll ever need.

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Pumpkin Dump Cake was a Thanksgiving staple in our home growing up. When I became a wife and began to run a home of my own, Pumpkin Dump Cake was no longer limited to Thanksgiving.

It was an every-week-fall-favorite kind of thing.

I’ve tried lots of fall desserts, lots of pumpkin things, and nothing compares to the magic of this recipe.

Here’s why: It’s the perfect blend of ease and deliciousness.

It takes literally two minutes to throw together. And it tastes like you’ve slaved for hours. See? Magic. :)

So, without further adieu, I give you the dessert that, should you be wise enough to make it right away, will make you the most-loved member of this year’s Thanksgiving celebration.

Pumpkin Dump Cake

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1 can pumpkin pie filling (or make your own from scratch, but that will definitely take longer than 2 minutes)

1 box spice cake mix

1 cup chopped pecans or walnuts (optional, but recommended!)

1/2 stick of butter


Dump the pumpkin pie filling into a greased 9×13 pan. Dump the dry spice cake mix on top of that. Sprinkle nuts across the top. Melt butter, then drizzle all of the melted butter across the top of the cake. Bake at 350 for 55 minutes.

DONE!! Oh, but as my Aunt Candi always says, you’ll need to top it off with just a little whip cream to cut the sweet. ;)

It’s AMAZING you guys. Go make it now. And revel in all the accolades that you’ll get when you bring it to Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow.  Forget the turkey, it’s all about the dump cake!


What’s your favorite fall dessert?

The Best Christmas Books For Kids | The Mommy List, Week 1

We decorated for Christmas over the weekend.

Don’t hate me.

I never do that before Thanksgiving. But we aren’t hosting Thanksgiving this year, and I have an almost-four-year-old who was SO EXCITED to decorate for Christmas this year. So I gave in and we decorated early.

(And I kind of love it!)

I love everything about Christmas. And this year, we’re embracing it a little early, because I want to enjoy every moment of it with my sweet, excited little girl.

And as a die-hard book lover, reading Christmas books is one big way that we do that. We’ve got a collection of Christmas books in our home, but there are a few that I know we’ll be reading over and over this month.

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Our Favorite Christmas Books for Kids:

1. God Gave Us Christmas, Lisa Tawn Bergren - I just found this book this year, and it’s so very sweet! It’s all about a momma bear who shows her little one how everything, including Christmas, comes from the Lord. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful, too. We’ve read it once already, and I know that we will be reading it many more times before Christmas!


2. This Is the Stable, Cynthia Cotten – Emmy loves this one because it’s super fun to read. Every page builds on the last, and by the end you’ve got the whole story of Christ’s birth in one very long sentence. :)


3. The Very First Christmas, Paul Maier – This one is for kids who are just a little older than mine. Maybe 5-12 year olds? It’s a really great account of the Christmas story, told in great detail and historical context. Emmy doesn’t quite have the patience for this yet (it’s pretty long), but I’m saving it for when she does, because it’s a really beautiful & meaningful book.


4. Who is Coming to Our House?, Joseph Slate – My friend, Hannah, just introduced us to this book last week, and it’s already a favorite!! It’s the account of Christ’s birth night through the eyes of the animals. And it’s a board book, so it’s great for both kids. Love it!

5. The Night Before Christmas, Clement C. Moore – What’s Christmas without this story? Always a fun one to read on Christmas Eve – and the illustrations in this edition are absolutely timeless.

6. The Crippled Lamb, Max Lucado – This is by FAR my favorite Christmas book. I love all of the children’s books that Lucado writes, but this one takes the cake. The sweet story of this little lamb is one that brings me to tears every time we read it! If you want one good kid’s book this Christmas, make this one it!


The Best Christmas Books for Kids

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