Stephen and I hosted the Peoplestown Neighborhood Fall Gathering at our house last night. Yes, we're crazy to host an event at our house on a week night, but we didn't think we'd have a huge turnout, we're not the only ones with a busy schedule during the week, so we weren't too stressed about it. I'll admit, I've been running around the house since Tuesday cleaning the place, but it was the first time we were inviting neighbors into our home, I wanted it to look nice.
|The snack spread (shrimp were still staying cool in the fridge), Pumpkin Dip in the green bowl|
It was a BYOB event and we asked people to bring drinks and/or a snack to share with the group, but we provided some snacks, too. What we had was enough for the group since most guest showed up after dinner. The big hit was the pumpkin dip, the shrimp cocktail and the pimento cheese dip.
I found the recipe for the pumpkin dip at Allrecipes.com. Here is the recipe I used. Super easy. There are only 6 ingredients and they're all mixed together in a bowl with a hand mixer. The recipe calls for Pumpkin Spice, but I didn't have any on hand so I added a few sprinkles of Nutmeg instead and it was delicious. Don't be scared by the OJ Concentrate in the recipe, either - such a fun twist! I tasted the dip before the OJ, so yummy, and then after, even better! You can, of course, leave it out, but I think it adds a great, unexpected flavor to the dip.
I served the dip with apple slices and Graham Crackers - I don't know which one I liked more. Great appetizer for a fall get together!