Number 3: Been in a Hockey Fight…

So right after everyone seemed to be doing the Omnivore 100 meme, another one came out. This time about things that you had done in your life. Number 3….”Been apart of a hockey fight”. Several people when filling that out commented that they were interested in knowing how I would answer that question. So here ya go.
First off that question is vague. Hockey fight at a game where I was a fan or one in a game I played? For today’s story we shall focus on the latter. Yes, I have been in a hockey fight, two for that matter, and both with boys. I of course can not say a man, because no man would hit a woman, but onward with the story.
Fight number one I lost. I am playing. I score a goal. The next thing you know I was tackled by a very large man. He started pounding my head into the ice. I kept waiting for the referees to step in but they didn’t seem to (wimps). So, I threw off my one glove (since my other arm was pinned down beneath me) and I started punching. He wasn’t wearing a cage or shield so everything on his face was fair game. Meanwhile he kept beating me down. The refs finally came over and broke it up. I broke his nose, but he gave me a mild concussion and had me pinned the whole time so I consider him the victor of the fight.
Fight number two I won.  All night this guy was insulting me and so in return I paid the favor. After two periods of being jerks to each other. He was pushing on me and said, “ya wanna go”? I asked him “do you really want to get your ass kicked in front of God and every one by a girl?” That threw him off a bit. He shouted let’s go and threw down his gloves. I took off my helmet and gloves as well. I threw up my left arm as if to punch him. I noticed he was staring at that and so I gave him an upper cut to the jaw with my right hand. And down he went. In front of God and every one, he got his ass kicked by a girl. He laid there for quite sometime. Eventually getting up. He said nothing to me. Never said one thing to me the next time we played them as well. In fact, never again.
It’s a good time to bring this up since preseason hockey is just around the corner, in about two weeks to be exact. Then before you know it, October 4th will be here and regular season play will be on it’s way. Yes, everyone, the greatest time of year is approaching….Fall. Fall when I get to bake whenever I want without sweating. When my days can be occupied with watching hockey (and swearing at the TV screen). Watching the trees undergo a metamorphosis from lush greens to a rustic reds and glowing golds. And I get to eat all the foods I love…pumpkin being at the top of the list. Now, you can get canned pumpkin year round. But there is something about Fall that makes pumpkin just taste better.
I had been working on this idea for this bread in my head for awhile. And after a week of experimenting I finally got it where I wanted it. So you reap the benefits of my labor.
If you are allergic to nuts you can very easily leave them out. Also, if you are not a fan of maple (shudder) you can leave out the maple syrup and extract and just add vanilla.
So what have we learned here today boys and girls? Best not to mess with Peabody, as she may hit you. :P

Pumpkin Spice Bread with Maple Cheesecake Layer


  • Maple Cheesecake Layer:
  • 9 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 6 tsp real maple syrup (I use grade B)
  • 1 tsp maple extract
  • 1 TBSP all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg
  • Pumpkin Spice Bread:
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp ground ginger
  • ¼ tsp fresh ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree(plain, not the already made pumpkin pie kind)
  • ½ cup canola oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 ½ cups granulated sugar
  • 1 cup chopped pecans


  1. Preheat oven to 325F.
  2. Lightly grease and flour three mini loaf pans. In a medium mixing bowl, combine all the maple cheesecake ingredients; beat until smooth and creamy, about 2 minutes. Set aside.
  3. In another bowl, sift together flour, baking soda, salt, and spices; set aside.
  4. Place pumpkin puree, vegetable oil, eggs and sugar in a mixing bowl of an electric stand mixer. Using the paddle attachment, beat for about 1 minute, until fully combined
  5. Add flour mixture into the pumpkin mixture and mix just until combined.
  6. Fold in the pecans.
  7. Pour half of the pumpkin bread batter evenly into the three prepared loaf pans. Spoon cream cheese mixture on top of pumpkin batter layer and then pour on the remaining pumpkin batter.
  8. Bake in preheated 325° oven for 50 to 60 minutes, or until a wooden skewer inserted into center of the loaf comes out clean.
  9. Cool bread in pans for 10 minutes.
  10. Remove bread from pans and place on a wire rack to cool completely.
  11. Serve at room temperature or cool.



  1. I am blown away by this bread. Hockey is not my thing but I’d come and watch if you were serving this!

  2. OMG, this bread contains all the things I love! Beautiful! I’m keeping that recipe, thanks!



  3. What a lovely story of how you met your husband! lol!
    I am scared but in awe.
    I love the colder weather too and pumpkin. Yum.

  4. Uhm, hey to date? My boys might need some protection (they’re 15, 12 and 12, makes 39?).
    Lovely colour on your cake, adore maple!

  5. Great Bread and an even greater story! I used to play hockey (the field kind and not ice) and got sent to the sin bin once for swearing.. got into a lot of skirmishes but field hockey is like you get sent to the sin bin for just threatening someone! But yeah, after the game there were some fights! LOL

  6. YOU BET…don’t mess with Peabody. That’s a helluva good looking loaf; love the cheesecake interior. And yes, pumpkin tastes better in fall, as do apples & cinnamon! Great tale…

  7. Ho . . . how does a gorgeous cake with the finesse of a cheesecake layer go with a girl who can take out a boy in a hockey game like that go together . . . Oh, no problem, it’s Peabody!!
    Don’t mess with Peabody!

  8. I love the big chunks of pecans in that slice! that would be so good for a morning breakfast with some fresh fruit and maple glazed bacon!

  9. HAHA!!! Such a cute story, Peabody – I always love reading them :-)

    I too believe that autumn is the best time of year – it’s my favorite season, for sure!

    The maple cheesecake layer is SUCH an enticing addition to the already-scrumptious-looking pumpkin bread – fabulous!!!

  10. Seriously, can I just say you are my hero? B/c you definitely are. This brea looks MORE than fantastic!

  11. Oh my God! Were those guys high? On roid rage or something? Am I being sexist if I find it so unbelievable that guys would pick a fight with a woman? (Well, I am a pacifist as it is… This is just outrageous)

    I think the maple (yum!) cheesecake layer is just the thing to push this over the top, I love it!

  12. I love that story! You’re one tough cookie! I also love that recipe. It looks amazing! I definitely want to give it a try and I completely agree that pumpkin tastes so much better in the Fall!

  13. Well, I definitely love maple, this bread sounds delicious! And I’m sure that guy you knocked out will think twice about picking a fight with a girl! Go Peabody! :)

  14. I have been longing for fall, I can feel it coming closer, and then you come up with this? Pumpkin and maple cheesecake bread? You are truly a goddess.

  15. I wish I were as brave as you! Punching a guy in the face… I know a couple of morons that deserve that. I think I’ll call for your help next time, Pea. :)

    When I saw the photo I was stunned and could not guess what the filling was. So beautiful.

  16. Carole Resnick says:

    What a wonderful way to welcome the fall. The aroma of this beautiful bread will fill my kitchen this week.

  17. OK….the word’s out all you macho hockey guys…DON’T MESS WITH PEABODY! I love it!!! You go girl!
    And this bread….I’m swooning over the pictures-along with drooling I might add! This is definitely on my fall baking list.

  18. Wow. Can I hire you as my bodyguard? Haha. I like to think I’m tough, you know, *emotionally*, but if someone punched me in the face I’d curl into a ball and start crying and beg them not to kill me. Lol.

  19. I love this post. In fact, it just might be my favorite one out of your blog thus far. I know better to mess with Peabody… both in a hockey ring or anywhere near an oven. As for that ridiculously stunning pumpkin & cheesecake concoction, I’m speechless. Just damn hungry and in utter awe of your awesomeness. :)

  20. Great story and great looking recipe! I love fall also. It is winter I dread!

  21. Delurking, because that was the funniest post ever. I laughed and laughed and read it out loud to my husband (he’s a hockey player, I’m not). I plan to keep this to read to my girls (now 2 and 4) when they start playing hockey! Oh, and I love all things pumpkin, too. Bonus!

  22. The pumpkin bread looks fantastic, I’d love to surprise my husband with it at some point.

    I’d still say you won the first fight. After all, he’ll bear the testimony of your valor (the broken nose) on his face for the rest of his life!:)

  23. Who? Who doesn’t like maple? You can’t leave that out!

  24. LOL!! GREAT story!! And oh my goodness, this bread….last Fall I made a Pumpkin layer cake with maple icing and it was the most wonderful combo. This looks even better! I can’t wait to try this!!!

  25. OMG!! I’m laughing my ass off in the office over this. I knew you would have kicked some butt…

    I love this bread and can’t wait until I can make some.

    AND hockey is coming up and you know what that means ;-)

  26. ROFL “In front of God and everyone.” Way to go Pea! As for the jerk who gave you a concussion – I think he should get some of this bread with a “special” little addition. I had a friend once who wanted to add ex-lax to the shake mix at McD’s when he quit (he didn’t by the way). Anyway, I’m sure that guy deserves something special! As for me, this bread looks wonderful and I can’t imagine why anyone would want to leave the maple out!? No way!

  27. Your stories always make me laugh! This bread looks amazing. I have been wanting to bake with pumpkin for the past few days but haven’t decided on what to make. This may be the answer!

  28. I hope I never get into a fight with you! Only maybe for the last slice of that bread! It looks seriosly good!

  29. Damn girl – remind me not to try and take your cake from you in a dark alley. :) This looks awesome…

  30. I’ve been making my Mom’s pumpkin pie recipe for years, but I think it could definately use a layer of cream cheese!

  31. I can’t say I’m a big pumpkin fan but this looks like it could change my mind. And yes, only a few weeks until HOCKEY!!!! If the Sharks season tanks can I have you come play and kick some butt???
    I did think of you yesterday when the weather was cold and how you would be happy with that :)

  32. I agree–pumpkin does taste better in the fall!

    And I know better than to mess with you, lady…

  33. You must be one tough cookie! I can’t believe that any guy would have audacity to hit a woman, regardless of competition, situation, whatever. This looks amazing, and so creative!

  34. When I looked at the picture, I thought, “that better be a cream cheese layer, not some whimpy white cocolate layer!” I love roasted pumpkin with a bit of butter and salt. Kudos for kicking that guy’s ass, and I too am excited for the hockey (and soccer) seasons to get underway. Husband says (jokingly, I think…), “you must have been raised by wolves.”

  35. Wow – I can’t believe there are guys that creepy out there. Geez! Anyhoo, the bread – this may have to be my first fall pumpkin baking project. I’m especially excited about the maple…yum!

  36. What a special treat in the middle. The cheesecake layer looks divine!! I can’t wait to try this…I guess fall is here so why not now??

  37. This bread looks so yummy! I can’t wait to make it. Thanks for perfecting it for us!

    I love hockey but I’m definitely a spectator and not a player. I cannot believe those guys you got into fights with. Good job on breaking the first guy’s nose!!

  38. That’s too funny! And even though you consider the first fight a loss, I would be pretty embarrassed if I were him, having pinned a girl down and still getting his nose broken!

    And I’m soooo excited for pumpkin recipes, so bring ‘em on! This one looks AMAZING!

  39. WOW, that looks absolutely outstanding! I love pumpkin bread.. but cheesecake bread.. OMG, i have GOT to try this one!

  40. This has got to the most delicious bread I have ever laid my eyes on!!!

  41. Oh, Peabody, you make me laugh so hard, my socks are wet (as my dear best friend, a Canadian and new American citizen, likes to say!)

  42. Wow, Peabody! This looks fantastic! I will remember not to mess with you :)

  43. would it be wrong for me to simply dig out the maple-cream cheese portion? good googa mooga. :)

  44. Well I certainly hope you kicked his ass! And giving a guy a broken nose while being pinned down and having your head pounded, well that sounds to me like you actually took the victory there. Afterall, if he’d been the victor, you’d never have been able to lay a hand on him. :-)

  45. Oh my god, this looks incredible! All of the best fall flavors, all in one loaf… I’m dying to try veganizing it.

  46. I totally agree that pumpkin tastes better in the fall. This pumpkin bread looks fabulous! Definitely one to bookmark and make soon. :)

  47. You are a genius. You just took the best part of fall and slapped an indulgent dessert in the middle of it. That looks AMAZING! This makes me love fall.

  48. that looks fabulous!

  49. It’s not quite fall in Alabama, but I have a feeling that this bread will materialize in the next week or so. Amazing. I can’t wait to mess around with it and customize it into lots of different flavors!!

  50. You crack me up!!! Thank you for the gut-busting laugh I just had. Now I’m even more of a fan!


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