It is starting to feel like fall, and even though I so prefer summer and all the warmth it provides me, there is something cozily delicious about (slightly, only slightly) cooler weather and of course, fall foods.
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Pumpkin is one of at the great loves of my life, but it is a distinctly non-spring/summer item. It is very seasonally specific. Kind of like how Christmas carols belong only between the day after Thanksgiving to New Year’s. Don’t judge me for thinking that. Back to pumpkin. For her Bible study tonight, my mom made pumpkin dip. I didn’t make it, but I probably will at some point. It is not healthy, low-carb/calories/sugar, not even with the presence of pumpkin. I never promised that I was healthy ALL the time. Balance, people. Balance.It is smooth, luscious, and a lovely shade of autumn orange. It gives you a tiny tingle in the nose from the warm spices that is balanced by a whipped creaminess and lightness (alas, it is a false lightness, but as long as you don’t feel weighted down, that is at least one point in its favor). She serves it with ginger snaps. You see two snaps in the picture above? That is because it is impossible to just dip once and naturally you need 2 separate cookies to get multiple dips in. What more is there to say? Pumpkin Dip
1 can plain pumpkin
cinnamon, nutmeg to taste
ginger snaps, for dipping
We don’t really have a recipe other than the ingredients…just mix until you get your desired consistency.
I suppose you really could make this healthier by eliminating the sugar using light cool whip and low fat cream cheese, or even subbing in some plain yogurt. It wouldn’t be quite the same, but it would still be good. In fact, that sounds pretty good to me. I just talked myself into experimenting!