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Tuesday
Oct152013

Pumpkin Pie Dip Recipe

Let's talk about the easiest pumpkin crowd pleaser there is, pumpkin pie dip. I feel like this recipe has been around the block a few times, but then I take it to a party and people have never heard of it before. It's a super simple recipe that makes a pretty decent amount of fluffy dip and, though I wouldn't say it's healthy, using fat-free CoolWhip keeps the calories down.

Pumpkin Pie Dip

  • 3oz softened cream cheese
  • 1/4c confectionary sugar
  • 3/4c canned pumpkin
  • 1 8oz container of fat-free CoolWhip (it doesn't taste any different, honestly!)
  • 2tsp cinnamon
  • 1tsp nutmeg
  • 1/2tsp ground clove

In a mixer, cream together cream cheese and sugar until combined. Add in spices and pumpkin and mix until just combined. Using a spatula, fold in entire container of CoolWhip.

Cover and let the flavors meld together in the fridge for an hour. Serve chilled with ginger snaps or graham crackers. This dip can easily be made the day before and hang out in the fridge until go time.

This recipe can be found all over the place, but this is my adaptation to it. I tend to like a spicier, more-pumpkin flavor so this recipe reflects that. Adjust spices to your particular liking, but keep in mind that the flavors really do come together in that hour in the fridge.

Enjoy this dip with friends, but save a little for yourself to sneak as dessert.

 

Friday
Sep202013

Recipe: Spiced Apple Cider

Guys, it's fall! And if you removed chai tea lattes, pumpkin spice lattes (PSL), and hot tea out of my life, I would be left with the deliciousness that is spiced apple cider. In the chillier months, I love to spend my nights snuggled up on the sofa with my heated blanket, computer, a mug of hot apple cider and preferably two kitties and a boyfriend. 

This is another super easy recipe and can even be made in a crock pot or in larger batches for a seasonal party. 

Spiced Apple Cider

Yields 2 mugs

2c apple cider

2-3 slices of orange

1tsp ground cinnamon

1/2tsp ground nutmeg

1/4tsp ground cloves

Throw all ingredients into a pot and simmer for 3-5 minutes until hot. Stir occasionally. Once the cider is hot, remove the orange slices and you can either strain out some of the spices with a fine mesh strainer, spoon some of it off the top, or stir and drink as is.

If I was having guests and serving this for a party, I would probably pour it through a strainer. But for just me, I'm fine with just spooning some of it off or leaving it alone. I'm easy. 

Garnish with a cinnamon stick and some orange slices. 

If you wanted to dress this drink up for a party, add 2-3 ounces of dark rum or another warm liquor like brandy or whiskey. You could add how ever much you want actually, depending on how crazy you want your party to get. :)

Now that we are in the full swing of fall, stay tuned for apple and pumpkin treats for the next month or two!

Also, chalkboard speech bubble mugs make ever drink better! That's a promise.

Wednesday
Aug072013

Grilled Cinnamon Sugar Peaches

After spending last week vacationing at my parent's home outside of Cape May/Wildwood, NJ, I knew that one of the things we needed to do was journey to the West Cape May farmer's market. There's local produce, delicious food, and puppies galore, and being that it's later in the day, we enjoy heading there after a day at the beach. One of the things we picked up, Jersey peaches.

I've had grilled peaches on the brain lately, and being that we don't have any outdoor space to grill at home, we knew we wanted to take advantage of my parent's outdoor grill. Here's what we did...

Grilled Cinnamon Sugar Peaches

4 peaches

4 tbsps cinnamon

4tbsps sugar

vegetable oil

ice cream, optional.

Cut each peach in half by cutting down to the pit and sliding the knife around the pit, similar to how you would cut open an avocado. Once you've cut all the way around, twist the peach in half with your hands and remove the pit with a spoon. 

Heat your grill to low/medium. Brush the inside of each peach-half with oil and place on grill, flat side down. Grill for 3 mins, then rotate 45 degrees and grill for another 3 mins. The peaches are done when they are heated through and have indentations from the grill.

Mix cinnamon and sugar together in a bowl. Spoon generous amounts of the mixture onto warm peaches. Serve immediately with ice cream. And that's it!

I absolutely loved these peaches. In theory, I thought they would be more grilled looking but the combination between the warm peaches and the cinnamon sugar is almost perfection. You could even try brushing them with maple syrup instead of oil! We will definitely be making these over and over again at home.

PS: you can also see one of my chalkboard spice jars peeking in the background!