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Smucker's Holiday TraditionsLast month, my friends from The J.M Smucker Company flew me to their headquarters in Orrville, Ohio for their Holiday Traditions Blogger Event. In the weeks ahead, I will be sharing with you some Holiday Tips that I learned while I was there - a collection of helpful information, recipes, and more that will help you Rock Your Holidays, while creating some memorable meals...

With Thanksgiving just a few weeks away, the Holiday Baking Season is in full-swing, and for those of you that wind up in a pie predicament - the Crisco Pie Hotline is back for it's eighth year of helping you become a pie rockstar.

mug up prizeBy now, I think it's safe to say that November is the Official Month of the Mustache (or Moustache). As many of you already know, I'm doing my part to combat men's health issues by taking part in Movember this year - my first-ever run at being a "Mo Bro." While I continue my quest to grow some amusing facial hair (as my wife calls it) for a great cause, you can celebrate The Month of the Mustache as well, by showing the world your Mug'stache. What's a "Mug'stache," you ask? Well, it's the latest chance for you to win some sweet prizes from Dunkin' Donuts by sharing a photo of yourself and tagging it with #DunkinMugUp on Instagram and your other social networks. My friends at the J.M. Smucker Company, makers of Dunkin' Donuts packaged coffee (available where you by groceries) will give you a shot at scoring a year's supply of delicious coffee, a $250 VISA Gift Card, or a Dunkin' Donuts mug. I'll show you mine if you show me your... Mug'Stache:

My love for the General Mills Monster Cereals is well-documented. This year, I may have even taken credit for their return to retro-style packaging at Target (I didn't, but I have requested this each Fall since 2008, and in 2013 it actually happened), and while it's been a joy to introduce my children to Daddy's love of COUNT CHOCULA, BOO BERRY, FRANKEN BERRY, FRUTE BRUTE, and FRUITY YUMMY MUMMY, this year I went beyond simply eating the cereal dry. Having not had a glass of milk since 1989, I returned to eating cereal proper with Silk Pure Almond Original Almondmilk... and the kids and I turned our Monster Cereals into some tasty treats - one of which is a quick-and-easy snack to make for your Halloween parties this week: General Mills' Monster Cereal Munch! 

There's a million ways to make a meatloaf, and in 37 years, I've sampled a bunch of 'em. Through the good and bad, no matter how tasty the dish, I keep going back to the best meatloaf I've ever eaten - a childhood staple made by my Mother that truly tastes unlike any other I've ever encountered. Since doing food here on The Rock Father is a new-ish thing for me, I decided to get into the background of this meatloaf, and my Mom was kind enough to crack open her recipe books for a look at this (and some other) tasty treats for exploration in my kitchen, and here on the site. Today I'll share the evolution of a special meatloaf that began in the early 1970s as "Pream Surprise Meatloaf," marketed on recipe cards for a forgotten dairy creamer, and how we've updated it for 2013.

Listen up, Turkeys: FREE BIRDS is hitting theaters on November 1st, and for the first-time ever, my old pal, Chuck E. Cheese will be appearing on the big-screen. To celebrate, he's teamed-up with The Rock Father to get one lucky family hooked-up with a rockin' prize pack containing goodies from his restaurant, CHUCK E. CHEESE'S, and the new family film from Relativity Media. Are you interested in joining the flock? Check out all the details below, and just for fun, we'll get you set-up with some fun printables, too!

Tombstone Pizza = Wolfman-Approved! #TrickUrTreat #shop #cbiasIt's officially Day 21 of 31 Days of Halloween here on The Rock Father, and what that means is that we're in the homestretch as we make our way toward the best day of the year... October 31, 2013. As we wind down the month, the Halloween Parties will be increasing in frequency, and whether planned or impromptu, there's a lot of fun ways to incorporate a Spook-tacular theme without having to crack the crypt for extra bones. With Tombstone ("The Official Pizza of Halloween!") and Nestle, we turned an early-evening dinner into a super-rockin' Halloween Party, complete with Pentagram Pizza, Monster Treat Cups and Kids' Graveyard Cake... and you can do this, too!

Gorton's Wicked Good SeafoodGorton's has been making some Wicked Good Seafood since 1849, and the Gorton's Fisherman has become an iconic figure, looming in the frozen foods section of your local grocer to guide you toward some delicious eats. Well, maybe he's not really there, but you know his yellow slicker. Today, the folks at Gorton's have teamed up with The Rock Father to help one lucky reader hook a prize pack that can help inspire some great meals.

If you ever browse the off-the-mainpage "For Grownups" section of The Rock Father, you might've already seen me proclaim my allegiance for Sweden's GHOST (now known in the U.S. as "GHOST B.C." for "legal reasons) in recent months. They're hardly what I'd call "family friendly," which is why they'd normally not be featured right here on the mainpage... but we're in the midst of the Halloween season, and certain bands just fit right in. GHOST is one of them, and today they land at Day 6 on The Rock Father's 31 Days of Halloween 2013... not for their music, but for their hamburger. A spooky treat for Chicagoans to eat?

Since Addie officially went "Back-to-School" today, this is probably the last food-related post I'll do for my inaugural BTS season. While we've been very fortunate to have a pair of healthy kids with no allergies thus far, studies show that 1 in 13 kids suffers from a food allergy. Because of this, we're always mindful of the snacks that are around when groups of kids are present. For parents looking for some special treats for special dietary needs, Lucy's might be exactly what you're after. Her Cookies and Brownies are All-Natural, Gluten-Free, Vegan, and Allergy-Friendly with no peanuts or tree nuts, milk or eggs. In addition, everything is crafted in a dedicated bakery.

In doing my first-ever round of Back-to-School coverage this year on The Rock Father, I started running across some things that were new to me overall... some of which I wasn't even aware of until they showed up at my door. One example: Funley's Delicious. An assortment of SUPER CRACKERS and WHOLLY GRANOLLY CLUSTERS arrived here for review consideration, and to say that they were a hit is an understatement... they were gobbled up by kids and grownups alike, sending this Dad and some fellow parents on a hunt for more. 

Fall is my favorite season of all. I've always figured it was because I was born in October - a Halloween baby of sorts - but my pumpkin-obsession is powerful. Each Fall since starting The Rock Father in 2011, I have posted something about the return of Pumpkin Spice Latte to Starbucks. No, these are not sponsored posts (though I did recently do a campaign with Starbucks)... I just really, really, really, really like Pumpkin Spice Latte. And just about everything else pumpkin-related, too. In fact, I put a Glade Pumpkin air freshener in my office almost a month ago. It's just part of the season that I love so much, and now I get to share the joy of the season with my daughters. Pumpkin Spice Latte returned to Starbucks for 2013 last week, and today I acquired my first taste of Fall... 

While it's the unofficial end-of-summer this weekend and the temperatures are still reaching nearly 100 degrees here at Rock Father HQ, both of my girls - at 4 and 14 months - have been loving their icy treats. One new addition to our Ice Box Arsenal (Rock Father slang for "the freezer") has been RUBY'S ROCKETS Frozen Fruit & Vegetable Pops. Since summer is ending and Addie goes Back to School this week, I'm thinking that Ruby's Rockets are a perfect after-school treat, and here's why...

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