Pumpkin Pie Fruit Dip

Easy, different and addictive.
Great for Thanksgiving or Fall parties.


  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 (15 ounce) can pumpkin pie filling
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • apple slices and/or gingersnaps

Or, to cut sweetness, increase cinnamon, decrease sugar and substitute pumpkin pie puree for pumpkin pie filling.


  1. Beat cream cheese and sugar at medium speed with an electric mixer until smooth.
  2. Add pie filling, cinnamon, and ginger, beating well.
  3. Cover and chill 8 hours.

Makes 3 cups.  Awesome with apple slices.  Delicious with gingersnaps, too, but a little too sweet (even for me, a certified sugar-aholic).  I found several versions of this recipe at food.com.

Football Helmet?

My 2nd grader came home today wearing a milk jug on her head!

It vaguely resembled a football helmet, but we’re a big-headed family so it didn’t quite cover her ears.  The occasion was “college team spirit day” – a fundraiser, I think, since I paid a dollar so she could wear a football shirt to school.

If I could ever stay awake late enough to host a Super Bowl party, I’d use this as a craft to occupy the kids.

Or, on Thanksgiving, little houseguests could make them for the dads parked in front of the TV.  Imagine the group photos!


13 Things to Love about Halloween and Preschoolers

The Witch Hat Ring Toss game at Party City.

Pumpkin Bowling, where decorating the water bottles is half the fun.
Use them empty for the smallest kids, then fill with sand or water the next year.

Garland made from those big tubs of foam shapes at Michaels.

Painting pumpkins

Or just putting stickers on them.
The face kits at Oriental Trading- $5 for 12 kits -

Halloween Art Lesson: The Scream by Edvard Munch

Art Parent Sample

5-Year-Old Scream

As Art Parent for my son’s class yesterday, I had the pleasure of introducing 21 kindergarteners to “The Scream” by artist Edvard Munch.