Friday, September 16, 2011

Weekly Menu - Week of Sept 17

I was amazed last week how far my grocery budget stretched in order to have lots of snacks on Football Sunday :-)  Our dinners were pretty simple but that's ok, my husband was gone several nights due to work so the kids and I ate simple anyway. 

This week we are starting out without kids (they went to see Papa and Nana) so our menu is more adult friendly. 

Saturday: We have plans to work all day in our basement so I know that by the time dinner rolls around we will be ready to relax without cooking.  We will order in - probably from our favorite Italian Place!

Sunday: Roast, Potatoes, Carrots in the crock pot

Monday:  I will be on my own - can't believe it HA!  I will absolutely be getting something from somewhere - just not sure where I'll go!

Tuesday: Teriyaki Chicken Thighs, Savory Rice, Peas and Biscuits

Wednesday: BBQ Cups and French Fries

Thursday: Taco Stuffed Shells, Corn, Crescent Rolls

Friday: Cinnamon Strudel Pancakes, Hash browns, and Bacon

Recipe Friday - Pumpkin Dip

Last Sunday was Football Kick Off in this house (yes, I know the first game was on a Thursday but that just doesn't count!).  We always enjoy appetizers when it comes to Football so I searched to find some new ideas for this year!  I shared our Muffin Tin Monday lunch and mentioned Pumpkin Dip.  I had several of you ask for the recipe so . .. here it is!

A few weeks ago there was a Dip Linky Party over at Boo Mama - I went through every link that was open the day I happened upon the blog and picked out some things that sounded good.  I can honestly say that of all that I made there was one that was a complete flop and one that wasn't but it wasn't good enough to make again.  This Pumpkin Dip was our top pick of everything I made.

Pumpkin Dip
adapted from The Ellis Nest

This dip is basically pumpkin pie in a bowl except better.  It is creamy and delicious and, as I mentioned in a previous post, my kids dipped everything, including their fingers, into this dip.  Josh called it "cake" HA!  We used graham crackers for dipping but you could also dip gingersnaps or vanilla wafers.

Pumpkin Pie Dip8 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 cups powdered sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
1/2 cup sour cream
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cup frozen whipped cream, thawed

In a large bowl, beat cream cheese and powdered sugar until smooth.
Add in pumpkin, sour cream, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, and ginger. Mix well. Fold in the thawed whipped cream. Serve with green apples, graham cracker sticks, or gingersnaps. Store in refrigerator.