Pumpkin Dip and my little pumpkins

Trick or Treating this year was so much fun and yet so sad too.  Some friends invited us over to Trick or Treat with them around their neighborhood.   The kids had a great time and got a LOT of candy.  When you have food allergies, Trick or Treating can be challenging.  Our kids always do a great big candy exchange after each holiday where they get candy.   They dump their piles on the floor and do lots of trading.  It has worked great because Noah gives away his candy with food coloring.   Then, Anna gives her peanut, egg and wheat candy away.  They do a great job looking out for each other.  Josie generously shares her candy with Noah and Anna, giving them what is safe for them.  I love watching them work together, sorting it all out.  
Last night, I was feeling a bit sad for Anna.  This year she has spacers in her mouth and the orthodontist says, “No sticky candy”.  So no eggs, no wheat, no nuts, and now nothing sticky either.  When I looked through her big stash last night, I discovered she was only able to keep about 1/4 of what she got.  I wondered, does she think Trick or Treating is pointless?   Going door to door, getting candy that she can’t even eat.   But my husband reminded me, she was the last one out Trick or Treating.  When Noah and Josie had had enough and came home, Anna wanted to go to a few more houses with Dad.  
Our orthodontist does a Candy Buy Back Program.  We brought candy in to her office today, and the kids got paid for the candy they didn’t want.  Then the office sends the candy (with notes from the kids)  to our soldiers.  Talk about a win win!  I told them what a blessing this was for our family, especially with food allergies.  You might want to check around your neighborhood and see if a dental office or doctor office is doing a similar program.
I need to share this tasty little treat with you…Pumpkin Dip!  The original recipe is from Cooking Light but I have changed the quantities.  This goes great with apple slices or I bet it would be good with graham crackers too.  
8 oz 1/3 less fat Cream Cheese (1 block)
2/3 c packed brown sugar
2/3 c canned pumpkin
2 1/2 t maple syrup
1/2 t ground cinnamon
Mix together well with mixer at medium speed.  Cover and chill before serving.  Mmmm…delicious fall treat!