What is it about Pumpkins?
Is it because it’s SEASONAL that we like them so much? At our house, we are into them. I love to look at them, decorate with them, carve them, bake with them, cook with them, even drink them!
And pumpkin stuff only comes once a year…it’s an Autumn tradition!
|kind of fuzzy photo of the cool pumpkin branches
at Trader Joes
The other day, I walked into Trader Joe’s and saw these Mini Pumpkin Branches. How terrific are they?! I wish I had an event to justify purchasing them for an arrangement! They are real (though they look almost fictional). In addition to these beauties, there was a food rack with all manner of pumpkin items including: pumpkin butter, pumpkin spice bread mix, pumpkin spiced tea, and even pumpkin spice granola.
The farmer’s market is brimming with pumpkins, gourds, squashes and mums…of all shapes and sizes.
And then, there are Pumpkin Spice Lattes. I imagine they top the list of Pumpkin Favorites for most people.
On September 4th, Starbucks sent out the word (via signs, tweets, etc.) that Pumpkin Spice Lattes were back. I think for some people, this announcement meant that the season of autumn officially began. People flooded the stores evidently, because the news reported last month that the onslaught of customers caused a shortage of Pumpkin Spice Syrup at many Starbucks stores. Customers were despairing!
|The Jam’s Pumpkin Pie Latte|
My friend Melissa sent an Instagram of the Pumpkin Pie Latte that she had at the Jam (a local coffee/tea shop near Belmont) a couple of weeks ago and I couldn’t get it out of my mind. I made my way there a few days later and the sign on the counter said, “Pumpkin Pie Lattes are back: Made with Real Pumpkin…Epic”. I have to agree. Theirs are EPIC.
Last fall, my friend, Sharon, made pumpkin syrup for some home-made lattes at a gathering and it was delicious! I was inspired to try to make some myself, so I started digging around on Pinterest to find a recipe for homemade Pumpkin Coffee Syrup. I found a lovely one on Annie’s Eats (always a lovely BLOG to peruse). I made a batch, tried it out, approved it, and then filled a glass bottle with it to give as an October birthday gift.
I made a latte for Asher, at his passionate request, who loves a coffee drink whenever he’s “allowed”. He gave it a thumbs up. (Of course he loved the whip and extra pumpkin pie spice sprinkled on top!)
O hushed October morning mild,
thy leaves have ripened to the fall;
if it be wild,
Should waste them all.
The crows above the forest call;
tomorrow they may form and go.
O hushed October morning mild,
begin the hours of this day slow,
make the day seem to us less brief…
– Robert Frost
(thanks to Margaret for this beautiful excerpt
that you shared this week via your blog… I just had to pass it along)
5 thoughts on “Something About Pumpkins”
We've had a Fall shopping weekend and decorating fest over here. Pumpkins galore! We are trying to recreate this Fall centerpiece that I found on Pinterst and we've collected all of the supplies except the wooden box it all goes in. So fun!
love that! so fun!
It's so good! I just made it then made a tea latte with that TJoe's Pumpkin Spice Rooibos tea. YUM! Can't wait to try it in my coffee later! Pulling a late one tonight with flowers! 🙂
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