I wanted ice cream so bad the other night. SO BAD. The problem was that I’d already showered so my hair was a hot mess, my eyebrows weren’t done, and I had yoga pants on. I know what you’re thinking: “Why didn’t you just cruise through the Dairy Queen drive-thru, Amanda?!” and I will tell you why.

I am cursed.

No. Seriously.

We live on Fort Carson which  means whenever I leave the post, I have to go through an ID check to get back on. And they do random searches. And I am randomly chosen every time I leave the house looking like a disaster. Can’t even be chosen when I look cute and actually have my hair brushed. And let me tell you, there is nothing more embarrassing than having to stand out in the cold in your husband’s workout shorts while your 12 Target bags (when you only went for diapers of course) are poked through by military police. Cursed, I tell you.

So I have a new rule that I only leave post when I have my hair at least straightened.

Back to the original problem: I needed ice cream in my life but I couldn’t leave.

I had all the ingredients for this dip and while it wasn’t ice cream, it was cool and creamy and the little crunchy toffee bits mixed in made it almost feel like a B&Js flavor. My kids dug it and even though it’s not healthy at all, both kids ate their weight in apples over the next few days.

One year ago: Honey Chipotle Chicken Crispers
Two years ago:
Sausage and Bean Casserole
Three years ago: Chicken Mushroom Quesadillas

Creamy Caramel Apple Dip
adapted from Taste of Home
  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 cup Heath Bits 'O Brickle Toffee
  1. In the bowl of a mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, beat together cream cheese, brown sugar, and powdered sugar until combined. Beat in vanilla. Remove from mixer; use a rubber spatula to fold in the toffee bits.
  2. Serve with apple slices.



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