Pumpkin Fruit Dip

by Katie on October 23, 2014

I made this Pumpkin Fruit Dip for a craft class I had at church earlier this week. We made some really cute wood pumpkins and I wanted to make a few snacks for the ladies to eat while they worked. Crafts are fun, but everything is more fun when good food is involved!

I knew I wanted to make a fruit dip, but wanted to create something new so I took my regular fruit dip recipe and added some pumpkin to it.  The result was a super delicious fruit dip that has a great pumpkin flavor and is perfect for dipping apple slices.

It’s fantastic! But you don’t have to just trust me…it received great reviews at craft night! If you need to take something to a fall party – this is it! It takes no time to whip up and you won’t be able to stop eating it!

This recipe does make a good amount, so you may want to cut it in half if it’s just for your family.

Last year I posted a recipe for Pumpkin Pie Dip, which is amazing as well but it’s different than this. This is a fruit dip and the other dip is better with graham crackers!

Pumpkin Fruit Dip - perfect for dipping apple slices!

Pumpkin Fruit Dip


  • 2 (8 oz.) packages cream cheese, softened
  • 2 jars (7 oz.) marshmallow fluff
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin (pure pumpkin not pumpkin pie filling)
  • 1 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice


  1. First off, make sure your cream cheese is softened completely so you don't get little chunks in our dip.
  2. Beat cream cheese until smooth and fluffy. Add in marshmallow fluff, pumpkin, powdered sugar and pumpkin pie spice and mix until combined. Refrigerate until serving.


Homemade Gluten-Free Pizza Dough

by Katie on October 21, 2014

My life is divided into two categories – life with gluten and without gluten. Most of my life was a normal gluten-filled life. Three years ago it all changed.

A lot of things were difficult for me when it came to giving up gluten. One was that I run a cake business out of my home and I knew it would be super difficult to stay away from it when I was around it so often. It takes some serious will power to resist a cupcake. Right?

Pizza was also a very hard thing to give up. We didn’t eat pizza that often, but loved the convenience of  ordering a pizza on a busy night and the taste of making a great homemade pizza and enjoying a night in.

The first gluten-free pizza crust I bought tasted like a cracker. A cracker with pizza sauce just isn’t good…no matter how hard you try to convince yourself.  I wanted a cracker-less pizza SO bad and wanted to just eat it and deal with it. Lucky for me (and unlucky for me) – the consequence of me eating gluten is pretty much like the effects of food poisoning…so I never cheat and thought it meant a life of no pizza (besides the cracker variety).

Then I tried this recipe in Gluten-Free on a Shoestring: 125 Easy Recipes for Eating Well on the Cheap (a must for fellow gluten-free eaters)!

It’s so good – and doesn’t taste like a saltine cracker! It actually tastes like real pizza!!

I always make my own pizza sauce recipe because it is so easy and tastes better than the kind you buy. And if you eat gluten, you may want to check out this recipe for my pizza crust and this recipe for my wheat pizza crust that I used to enjoy before going gluten free.

Gluten Free Pizza Dough Recipe - this gluten free pizza crust makes a delicious pizza that you will love!

Homemade Gluten-Free Pizza Dough


  • 2 cups all-purpose gluten-free flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum (unless your flour includes it - I use Better Batter and it does)
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 cup warm water (about 100 degrees F)
  • 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (plus 1-2 more for drizzling dough)
  • garlic powder, if desired
  • parmesan cheese, if desired


  1. In a medium size bowl combine the flour, xanthan gum (if using), yeast, sugar and salt.
  2. Add the 3 tablespoons of olive oil and the water in a steady stream to the flour mixture and mix with a spoon to combine. If the dough seems super sticky, add more flour by the tablespoonful at a time. Press the dough into a disk.
  3. Place the dough in a new medium size bowl and drizzle it with olive oil. Turn the dough to coat with the oil. This will prevent a crust from forming while the dough is rising. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and allow it to rise in a warm place until doubled (about 1 hour).
  4. After the dough has risen, wrap it in plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour before rolling out.
  5. To make the pizza: Roll out the dough and brush it with olive oil and sprinkle with garlic powder and parmesan cheese and blind bake (bake the crust with no toppings) it at 400 degrees for about 5-7 minutes so the crust is crisp. Top with sauce, cheese and toppings and return to the oven for another 5-7 minutes or until done how you desire it.

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I’m digging deep into the archives today to pull out some long-forgotten pumpkin recipes. Some are from the beginning of the blog…so I can guarantee that they are good, but I can’t guarantee the photo quality. ;)

I’m really surprised that I have managed to have this many pumpkin recipes considering that my husband loathes pumpkin almost as much as mushrooms. Crazy dude, that husband of mine.

Pumpkin Recipe Galore - I'm pulling out the best pumpkin recipes that I have shared on the blog over the years!

This Pumpkin Pie Dip is a newbie that I posted last fall. All you need is 3 ingredients and about 3 minutes of time to whip up this crowd pleaser. It’s pretty much like pumpkin pie in dip form. Delish! And the 3 minute-3 ingredient part doesn’t hurt either!

Pumpkin Pie Dip - All you need is 3 ingredients and 3 minutes of time to whip this up!

Is there anything better on a cool fall morning than a warm breakfast? This Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal makes a healthy and delicious breakfast. It’s perfect reheated through the week and freezes wonderfully! You simply must try baked oatmeal if you haven’t.

Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal - Great warm breakfast on a cool fall morning!  Reheats well through the week and freezes wonderfully!

Chex Pumpkin Pie Crunch is a great snack and one of my favorite Chex recipes. It’s packed full of fall flavor!!

Chex Pumpkin Pie Crunch - A great fall snack that is also great for gifting!

A terrible picture, but you have to trust me on this one. Emmy’s Pumpkin Bread is THE best! Simply the best.

Emmy's Pumpkin Bread - Pumpkin Recipes from The Cutting Back Kitchen

I love a good scone with a cup of hot tea. These Pumpkin Scones are delicious and have the most wonderful glaze on them.
Pumpkin Scones - The Cutting Back Kitchen

Gluten-Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins can get me in some serious trouble. Since I’m the only pumpkin-lover in the house I have to freeze most of these for later or else I would eat them all!

Gluten Free Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins

This wins the award for the most unique use of pumpkin – Chicken Tortilla Soup. It’s a favorite around here! You can’t tell at all that it has pumpkin in it and it’s as great healthy dinner!

Chicken Tortilla Soup with Pumpkin

An oldie, but a goodie – one of my very first blog recipes – you can’t go wrong with Paula’s Pumpkin Bars!

Pumpkin Bars - Pumpkin Recipe Round-Up

Make a batch of Pumpkin Spice Latte Mix and you will have enough to drink all week! It’s so delicious it’s dangerous…for my waistline, that is. I want to literally drink it everyday, and that’s just a bad idea.

Pumpkin Spice Latte


Weekly Menu Plan

by Katie on October 14, 2014

Well, we are officially homeless for the week. This is the week we are getting our first floor wood floors refinished. I shared a “last day of golden oak” picture on Instagram Monday. I took the picture at 9 am and when I returned at 12 to pick a new stain color the golden oak was GONE. It was awesome to see it go.

The doors are now white, the baseboards white, and now new darker floors..the only remaining golden oak is the upstairs bath vanities – and I have big plans for those bathrooms in the near future. :) (I mean no offense if you like golden oak…it just isn’t my thing and I had to live with it for quite some time…so I’m more than ready to see it go.)

I was very nervous about picking a new color. I have to look at these floors every day and it’s not something you just refinish when you feel like it, so I wanted to make sure I got it right. It didn’t end up being as big of a deal as I thought because I pretty much knew in my head what I wanted. I’ve only seen a sample spot done, so I can’t wait to stop over and peek in today and see the stain on the floors. And hopefully we can move back in early next week!!

Until then here is my menu for this week, which includes my parents since we have moved in with them. What is on your menu this week?

menu planning

Breakfast: Quiche Cups or Eggs, Oatmeal

Lunch: Leftovers or Salad

Monday- Slow Cooked Spaghetti Sauce and Salad
Tuesday- Beef Cabbage Soup and Fresh Gluten-Free Bread
Wednesday- Homemade Pizza
Thursday- Creamy White Chili and Garlic Biscuits or Grilled Cheese
Friday- Breakfast for dinner
Saturday-  Out to eat
Sunday-  Out to eat


Keepers of the Covenant by Lynn Austin {Book Review}

October 7, 2014

About the Book: The Old Testament Comes to Thrilling Life in the Latest from Lynn Austin In one life-changing moment, the lives of the Jewish exiles in Babylon are thrown into confusion and despair when a decree arrives from the king’s palace in Susa. It calls for the annihilation of every Jewish man, woman, and […]

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Weekly Menu Plan

October 7, 2014

I will be cooking through Thursday this week and then we will have to resort to eating out or quick eating as we have to move out of our house because we are getting our floors refinished next week. We have been working on house projects for what seems like forever. I’m tired of talking […]

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Cherry Baked Oatmeal Cups {Perfect Back to School Freezer Breakfast}

October 1, 2014

Cherry Baked Oatmeal Cups make mornings easier!  Mornings are hard, right? Nobody likes getting up early. You’re tired. You’re in a crazy rush to get out the door on time. And you know what often gets neglected? Breakfast. {If you are shaking your head no to everything I just said…well, I’m afraid we can’t be […]

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Menu Plan Monday

September 29, 2014

My menu plan can be summed up with two words this week – EATING OUT!  Okay, that’s a joke, but I’m not going to lie…that’s what I feel like doing at this very moment on this very Monday afternoon. I was a baking machine this past week and had what might have been my busiest […]

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Bring A Little Fall Into Your Kitchen Without Spending A Lot

September 26, 2014

Can I just say that I LOVE fall!  There is just something about the pumpkins, mums and beautiful colors of fall!  That whole love thing carries into my home…every room of my home declares the entrance of the best season of the year. My Aunt Cherie is responsible for this fall decorating craziness because her […]

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Atomic Fireball Applesauce

September 24, 2014

Atomic fireballs. Oh my, these were my favorite as a child! This recipe takes me back to my childhood when my Grandma would always have homemade applesauce for us. She would make regular applesauce, but when she broke out the Fireball  Applesauce I was in heaven. Regular applesauce is good and all, but the Atomic […]

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