I made us ice cream! In November.

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Okay. Lying. I made me ice cream. But in turn, it comes out to be your ice cream. It’s just how we do things here.

Today I turn 31 years old and I’m sort of… confused? Like what? When I see the number 31 I just start laughing and think “I’m not 31!” That’s not me! No, seriously. It’s happened multiple times already.

The good news is that I almost sat down with a glass of wine to write this blog post but instead, sat down with a bowl of this ice cream. So apparently the idea of 31 is not driving me to drink.

The bad news is that I sat down with a bowl of this ice cream. At midnight.

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If I was super creative, prepared and cleverly wordy enough, I could do one of those fun posts about the 31 things I’ve learned in my life or the 31 things that I hope to do this year or the 31 things that you should never, ever do. (one of them probably including eating ice cream at midnight at the age of 31.)

I could tell you what I consider to be really good secrets, things like work harder than everyone else and accept constructive criticism up until the point where it comprises who you really are inside. Things that sound totally awesome and might blow up the internets and while completely pertaining to me and my real life, still don’t really get across the point of… being myself.

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Instead! I’m going to do one of those fun posts about how while cookies and cream ice cream is okay, I really get all hot and bothered over chocolate chip cookies and cream ice cream.

Just kidding. About the fun post part.

Not kidding about the chocolate chip cookies and cream ice cream.

I don’t think it’s any secret that I spend a good chunk of time in the past, not necessarily in a bad way, but just because I am this weird nostalgic person who for some reason thinks she is 67 years old inside. It’s like I’ve aged myself in dog years.

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For real, the only thing I want 31 to bring me is more of a focus on living right now and all that jazz. Sure, it sounds disgustingly cliché, but it’s so very true. I mean, have you ever sat there and thought of the expression “living in the moment?” When you really think about it, man… it’s deep. I kinda want to make every second count.

Every bacon-eating second, heck – even every spinach eating second. (well, maybe.)

I just want to live and enjoy every single minute and love everything I do and be happy and help others and buy more neon blue leopard print pillows for our not-matching couch to drive my husband insane. (I might have just done that.)

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I just want to show you this ice cream that I can’t stop taking spoonfuls of from the freezer and talk to my invisible internet friends every day and only instagram things when my life seems really fun. Except I want it to be really fun. All the time!

Starting with this ice cream. Do it.

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Chocolate Chip Cookies and Cream Pumpkin Marshmallow Ice Cream

Yield: makes about 1 quart

Total Time: 8 hours


2 1/2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 cups whole milk
3/4 cup granulated sugar
3/4 cup pumpkin puree
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon salt
8 baked chocolate chip cookies, crushed
1 1/2 cups marshmallow fluff


Add the cream, milk, sugar, pumpkin puree, vanilla extract, pie spice and salt to a saucepan over medium heat. Stir constantly until the sugar dissolves and the mixture is combined, making sure not to let it stick to the bottom. Continue to heat until the mixture becomes warm and begins to bubble around the edges. Remove from heat, add the mixture to a bowl and refrigerate until cold, at least 30 to 60 minutes.

Once it's cold, add the mixture to your ice cream maker and churn according to directions. A few minutes before it's finished churning, add in 1 cup of marshmallow fluff and half of the cookies in a few increments. Once it's finished churning, scoop the ice cream into a freezer-safe container. Stir in the remaining cookies and marshmallow, then freeze for at least 4 to 6 hours. Let sit for a few minutes before serving so the ice cream can soften.

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[someone ate all of the bowls.]

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124 Responses to “Chocolate Chip Cookies and Cream Pumpkin Marshmallow Ice Cream.”

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    Gerry @ Foodness Gracious — November 8, 2013 @ 6:35 pm

    I’m glad to still see ice cream in November, in fact here in CA its still in the eighties so me and the kiddos are off to Baskin Robbs right now :)


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    Jeri — November 8, 2013 @ 7:38 pm

    Happy Birthday. This ice cream must be amazing; I can’t remember you posting ice cream without sprinkles before.


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    Maggie — November 8, 2013 @ 7:44 pm

    Happy birthday to my favorite blogger. When I read your posts I feel like I’m reading my own thoughts out loud. I’m 24 but feel more like my dog-year age too.


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    Renee @ Awesome on $20 — November 10, 2013 @ 2:56 am

    Happy birthday! My husband took turning 31 even harder than 30. I hope you get all the happiness you wished for. I absolutely love your work. Every aspect of your blog is a huge inspiration to me. Thanks for being so awesome!


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    Gaby — November 11, 2013 @ 1:13 am

    You and I have birthdays so close together! Scorpios unite!
    Happy belated birthday! If I had the time, the resources, and the kitchen to make this recipe and that amazing fontina bacon brussels sprouts mac and cheese you just posted, that would be my ideal birthday meal.
    P.S. What macaroni did you use in that mac recipe?


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    Melissa @ Treats With a Twist — November 11, 2013 @ 2:29 pm

    Happy (belated) birthday! I thought of you this weekend while I was raiding Sephora (not to sound weird or anything bc I’ve never met you in real life…). Anyways, those 31 things posts always sound good in theory but they make you sound like you have it ALL figured out and now you can live your life in peace…where as I do not have it figured out and won’t have it figured out until I’m able to compile a similar list. They’re only good if they’re funny and focus on life’s blunders. So, I’m glad you’re up eating ice cream at midnight instead :)


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    Halloween Cookie Cutters — November 13, 2013 @ 3:12 am

    These sound lovely! Chocolate and pumpkin are soooo good together! Yummmmyy !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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    Cate — November 17, 2013 @ 12:09 pm

    i’m glad i’m not the only one who gets freaked out by the sound of 31! The other day a little old lady on the train told thought i was only 17, and weirdly that that feels more right to me!

    Hope you had a lovely birthday, no matter how odd the age! x


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    Kaylyn — December 18, 2013 @ 10:55 pm

    This makes me want to buy an ice cream maker! Any tips on making this without one? I know its possible to make say, vanilla, ice cream, but it seems like most recipes suggested with the info about the DIY methods don’t have many (chunky) ingredients like this does. Thanks! and happy belated :)



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