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Guest Contributor Series: Treat or Threat

Bea Louis

It’s Monday and I’ve dragged myself into work.  Right now, I’m trying to figure out what this lovely mason jar is on my desk. Oh, there is a label!  Someone spent their weekend making Pumpkin Apple Rum Butter share with our office.  How thoughtful!  I have my own personal jar.  I could just open it right now.  I’ve got some spoons in my credenza.  But when you are trying to watch your calories, you must wonder is this a treat or a threat?  You know there is only one letter separating a “Treat” and a “Threat”. 

The dictionary says that a treat is “an event or item that is out of the ordinary and gives great pleasure.”  I guess this Pumpkin Apple Rum Butter could be classified as a treat.  My co-worker said it is wonderful in the mornings on hot toast.  I can imagine myself enjoying the toast with a nice cup of cinnamon apple spiced tea.  Or I could put the butter on a bagel.  What about a waffle or pancake?  It would also be delicious in a pumpkin square recipe I have.  STOP!  Is this a treat or a threat?

The dictionary says that a threat is “a person or thing likely to cause damage or danger.”  This Pumpkin Apple Rum Butter could be damaging to my waistline, my hipline, and my bottom line!  Okay, let me think.  Is this a treat or a threat?

I quickly find the key to my top desk drawer (someone has been taking scissors and staple pullers).  I unlock my drawer and put the Pumpkin Apple Rum Butter at the back – out of sight.   I’ve got lots of work to do.  Maybe I’ll forget about that Pumpkin Apple Rum Butter hidden at the back of my desktop drawer by the end of the day.

Well, it’s noon and I’ve got my answer.  That Pumpkin Apple Rum Butter was a Treat!!  I asked Tricia to share the recipe.  

Tricia’s Crockpot Pumpkin-Apple-Rum Butter

7 15-Ounce Cans of 100% Pure Pumpkin Pureed (Make sure it is not pie filling)                                                                               

2 Granny Smith Apples (Cored and peeled and cut into small cubes or shredded)

2 Cups of brown sugar

1 Cup of regular sugar

¼ Cup of ground cloves

¼ Cup of Cinnamon

2 Large Tbsp. of pumpkin pie spice

1 Bottle (2 fl. Oz) of maple extract

1 Cup of water (Optional)

½ Cup of Rum

3 small snack containers of “Strawberry Applesauce”

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