When I was a little girl I used to spend much of my time at my grandparents house. My grandfather passed away when I was only 12 and my grandmother was already sick with Alzheimer's and in a nursing home at that point. Our activities always included a ride to the post office to get the mail and a stop at the local grocery store to drop off coca cola bottles and pick up more to drink. It is funny how those simple little things bring me so much joy looking back.
On one occasion my grandfather said we were going to get some apples and I just assumed we were going to the local grocery store but we didn't stop there. He kept driving and we ended up at someones house that he knew. They had a bunch of apple trees and so we loaded up on apples. The details are rather blurry as to where it was or what we did with the apples after we took them back home. For all I know it could have just been a dozen apples but at that age it seemed like we picked the entire tree. I carry that memory in my heart and cherish that I was able to spend that time with him. I can still hear his voice, see his face, and feel his love all around me. What an honor to have such a great man as my grandfather.
I am always on the search for new and exciting dips to serve at parties and special occasions. Fall at its best.
Toffee Apple Dip
8 oz package cream cheese, softened
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/2 cup toffee bits
Combine the cream cheese and sugars, mix well. Stir in vanilla and pumpkin pie spice. Stir in the toffee bits, reserving 2 tablespoons for the top. Serve with sliced apples or graham crackers.
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