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Giving Thanks | Caramel Cream Cheese Apple Dip

October 8, 2012













Happy Thanksgiving to my Canadian friends!

Today I will be making a concentrated effort to stuff myself to the gills with turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie. Actually, pumpkin this, which is what I will be contributing to tonight’s dinner. I can’t wait to try it! Oh, and I don’t doubt that there will be plenty of wine consumption as well. What is a day holiday without wine?













Every Thanksgiving, we are encouraged to think about what we are thankful for. I remember as a young child in grade school, art classes around this time of year were always focused on colorful leaves, turkeys, and giving thanks. Even now, twenty years later, I still take a moment to think about some of the wonderful things in my life at Thanksgiving.

Driving to my parents’ house for Thanksgiving dinner yesterday (the first of two), I passed many houses with cars in the driveways and lining the streets. I thought of all of the families and friends gathering together to share a meal and give thanks for this beautiful life that we live. And I felt so thankful knowing that I had a house full of family waiting for me. I know that not everyone is so lucky.

























It’s kind of a shame that we don’t recognize all of these wonderful things more often. It’s so darn easy to get caught up in day-to-day life and to focus on negative things. How tired we are, how much work we have to do, how we don’t have the money to do this or buy that, and the list goes on. We live in a bit of a pessimistic society, no?

So today, I encourage you to think of five things in your own life that you are most thankful for. You don’t have to share them with anyone but yourself. But you might be surprised at just how much you’ve got goin’ on. You’re pretty awesome, in case you need to be reminded.

























Whether you’re celebrating Thanksgiving today or not, I do encourage you to try this little number. This dip comes from one of my coworkers (thanks K!) – she brought it to a potluck at work and everyone raved about it. Apparently she always gets requests for “the apple dip” when attending potlucks, and I can see taste why. It is SO delicious! And incredibly simple. And a great way to enjoy Fall’s apple bounty! I brought it to dinner yesterday, and when we ran out of apples, we just used our fingers to finish it off. We’re classy like that.













Caramel Cream Cheese Apple Dip

8 oz. light cream cheese, softened

1/4 cup brown sugar, loosely packed

~1/3 to 1/2 cup caramel sauce

2 Skor bars, finely chopped

Mix the cream cheese and brown sugar together well. Spread evenly into the bottom of a shallow dish (~8 x 10″) or pie plate. Pour the caramel sauce over top and gently spread it out evenly. Feel free to add more or less caramel, depending on your tastes. Top with the chopped Skor bar. You could also top with shaved or chopped chocolate, if you prefer. Cover and refrigerate until consumption. Serve with sliced apples. Pears would be delicious too!














Take good care, friends! xoxo

21 Comments leave one →
  1. October 8, 2012 12:51 pm

    This looks so delicious! Definitely have to make this. And happy Thanksgiving, Canada!

  2. October 8, 2012 4:38 pm

    My sisters, mom and I all make a dip a lot like this for potlucks and parties and every single time we get asked for the recipe, even though it’s so easy! Ours uses Skor toffee bits instead of chopped Skor bars though – I’m going to have to try that next time! Happy Thanksgiving!

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  4. October 9, 2012 9:32 am

    This recipe is like everything I shouldn’t have and everything I desperately want mixed in one! I will definitely be trying this against my better Halloween-diet judgement! xx

    • October 9, 2012 10:56 am

      Go for it girl! Diets were meant to be cheated on! 😉 PS. If you use light cream cheese (like I did) it will help you save a few calories!

  5. October 10, 2012 12:37 pm

    Looks sooooooo delicious ! Need to make some tonight !
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  6. October 10, 2012 2:54 pm

    This sounds so amazing, yum! And I agree, it’s always good to find things to be thankful for. 🙂

  7. October 11, 2012 10:01 am

    Oh my goodness that looks amazing! What a great idea! And lovely pics too.

  8. October 11, 2012 9:49 pm

    Oh, yum! Love fruit dips and this looks scrumptious!

  9. October 15, 2012 10:32 am

    Ugh, why did I have to look at this before lunch. Now this is all I want. YUM

    • October 17, 2012 9:36 am

      You must try it! But take my advice and have others around you to help you eat it, or you’ll be tempted to eat the whole thing!

  10. October 24, 2012 7:35 am

    This looks awesome! Breakfast, lunch and dinner right here! Super creative! Props! (:

  11. October 26, 2012 3:28 pm

    YUM!!! What a great recipe!


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