Autumn is a busy season–it’s a season when school activities start up after the summer; football, field hockey, lacrosse, soccer and more sports kick into high gear; work-related and club conferences and retreats are scheduled; nonprofits host fund-raising events like walks and marathons, food festivals, carnivals; and so many other activities.
So when you are invited out to a friend’s party or decide to host a gathering, you are likely to be feeling rather pushed for time in your daily schedule and you don’t have a lot of extra time to prepare your food items. You would like to fix some special seasonal foods, but finding time to do so is difficult.
That’s why you need to collect some simple easy recipes and ingredients to keep on hand to use in case you need something to serve to company at the last minute. For instance, keep microwave popcorn, a bag of small shaped pretzels and a bag of seasonal M&M’s in your pantry to create a trail mix that you can literally throw together in five minutes for guests who drop by. Keep a small pound cake in the freezer, and have some chocolate sauce or a jar of all-fruit to drizzle on the cake for dessert and coffee with friends.
This pumpkin dip is a great seasonal recipe that “falls” into the category of “keep the ingredients on hand for a last-minute emergency”–it’s very simple to make and takes about five minutes to mix. The cream cheese and canned pumpkin will last in your refrigerator and pantry for a long time. It’s a sweet and tasty accompaniment to serve with many possible breakfast and dessert items.
Easy Pumpkin Dip
4 cups confectioners sugar
2 8-ounce cream cheese blocks
1 16-ounce can pumpkin
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
Cream the ingredients together. Serve with ginger cookies or sliced apples. You can also spread this dip on quick breads, pound cake, muffins, bagels or waffles.