I didn’t want to let go of summer. I really didn’t. Even as that last little blast of heat was dwindling, fading away to a memory, I wasn’t ready to give in to the fact that fall is here. It isn’t that I don’t like fall. It’s nothing personal. The colors, pumpkin spice, apple cider, the bonfires and festivals; it’s all amazing. I enjoy every bit of it. It’s just what comes after fall that I don’t like. Don’t even get me started on that ‘S’ word. Unfortunately, we can’t pause time, and eventually I had to let go of my summer lovin’, and embrace this new season. I’m not gonna lie, I pouted a bit.
When I was in full pout mode, my Mom walked in, told me its time to be an adult again, and gave me a great idea for a new recipe. Mom’s are good for that, am I right? Part of the reasoning behind this recipe is because apples are in season, and therefore an inexpensive grocery purchase. Part of it is because I can pretend for a minute that I’m eating healthy-ish. And part of it is because it is a beautiful combination of the two most popular fall flavors, apples and pumpkin spice. For once, #teamapplecider and #teampumpkinspice can sit down at the same table and be friends.
On a the easy scale of 1 to 10, this is about a 2, so it can definitely be something that the kids help you make, or something for those days when you really just DO. NOT. WANT. TO. COOK. I identify with those days on a deep deep level. You don’t even have to fire up the microwave for this snack, and that makes me happy.
An easy, tasty combination of my favorite fall flavors
- 8 oz cream cheese softened
- 1 tbsp peanut butter
- 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 7 oz marshmallow creme
- 4 apples cut into wedges
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
In a small bowl, beat cream cheese, peanut butter, and pumpkin pie spice until blended. Fold in marshmallow creme. Toss apple wedges in lemon juice mixed with a small amount of water. Serve immediately.