Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Spread or Dip

It’s definitely pumpkin season and this lightly-sweet and very creamy spread is great on bagels or pumpkin bread for breakfast! Or, use this Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese Spread or Dip on crackers or as a dip for fruit—it makes a great autumn appetizer or snack! It’s flavored with warm spices that really add to the fall flavor—cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves.

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Caramel Apple Dip

I’m a big fan of caramel-flavored treats, especially this time of year! Like this Caramel-Apple Dip—it’s so good and easy to make! It has a rich, buttery, sweet, caramel flavor and the texture is just right for dipping slices of apples or pears. Or whatever fresh fruit you like! You could even dip dried fruit into this. Or pretzels, if you have a taste for something sweet-and-salty. As you can see, there are lots of yummy possibilities! 🙂

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Book Review: Born to Shine

Kendra Scott, the CEO of her jewelry company with the same name, shares the story of her journey in her new memoir, Born to Shine: Do Good, Find Your Joy, and Build a Life You Love (Worthy Books). It’s an inspiring story of her life experiences that shaped her into becoming the woman she is today. She shares both good things and hard things about her childhood, teen, and adult years as she continued to grow in her passion not only for fashion, design, and color, but in her gift for entrepreneurship as well.

Scott was raised in the midwest with her sisters by loving parents and learned the importance of strong family values and working hard: “As a kid, I learned that all work was meaningful,” she writes. Her caring and hardworking grandparents on both sides of the family also influenced her greatly, as well as an aunt who worked in the fashion industry—inspiring Scott’s love for fashion and accessories. While she had a strong family base in her younger years, she still dealt with some very difficult things growing up, including her parents’ divorce and being bullied at school. But Scott had a strong spirit—and she continued to carry that strength and wisdom from other life lessons with her to where she is now: a designer, founder of her own company, and philanthropist.

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Pumpkin Spice Yogurt

If you like pumpkin-flavored foods, this is a super-easy recipe you can make for breakfast or even as a snack. It’s made with pure pumpkin puree that’s mixed into yogurt, with honey, cinnamon, and other spices added in. And it’s topped with a sprinkle of your favorite granola!

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Pumpkin Pie Dump Cake

It’s always nice to have some yummy and easy dessert recipes on hand for fall, because it’s such a busy time of year! Like this Pumpkin Pie Dump Cake—just “dump” most of the ingredients into a large bowl, stir them together, and pour in a pan…and then sprinkle on the toppings—in this case, dry cake mix, pecans, and toffee bits. With melted butter drizzled over everything. So rich and delicious, no one will ever know it’s so easy to make!

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