Apples and Pumpkins

Lately I have been on an Apple and Pumpkin kick(if you haven’t noticed) but why not? The Holidays are here now and canned pumpkin is at its cheapest right about now. And you know how much I love using the word “cheap”. By the way, am I the only one who does? Every time I utter that scarlet word, my kids and everyone in my family cringes. It’s almost as if I had licked an envelope along the edge or something. Anyway, here is a great Smoothie recipe that can be enjoyed at anytime of the year or day. Try it for breakfast. Heck, it’s CHEAPER and better for you than eating out!

Cider-Pumpkin Pie Smoothie
Makes 2 servings

1 c. pure pumpkin
1 c. apple cider
1/2 t. pumpkin pie spice
Pinch cayenne, optional
1/2 c. whole milk or yogurt
1/4 c. maple syrup
1/2 c.  ice

Blend all together and sprinkle crushed gingersnaps on top if desired.

Yankee Apple Pumpkin Dip

Pumpkin, apple cider, pumpkin pie spice, maple syrup and brown sugar simmered and stirred until it is thick and spreadable. You can serve it with just about anything, like wedged apples or even a cut of sharp Cheddar cheese.

1 can (15 oz.) pure pumpkin
1 apple, peeled and grated
1 c. apple juice or cider
1/2 c. maple syrup
1/2 c. brown sugar
3/4 t. pumpkin pie spice

Combine pumpkin, apple, juice, sugar and pumpkin pie spice in medium saucepan. Bring to a boil; reduce heat to very low. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 1 1/2 hours or throw it all in a small crockpot and simmer for the same amount of time.

Recipe makes 3 cups.