Sunday, October 16, 2011

Fall and Pumpkins

I like fall. And it seems like every year when fall is nearing all anyone can talk about it pumpkin this and pumpkin spice that. Well I like fall because it gets a little cooler and because it's football season. I do not like pumpkin flavored items. And just the thought of pumpkin pie sometimes makes me cringe. This year, however, I'm trying to force myself to re-taste all things pumpkin in effort to join this pumpkin bandwagon everyone is always on. 

Things I have re-attempted:
Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks
Pumpkin Beer
Pumpkin Cookies

The Pumpkin Spice Latte went OK. I started with just a little tall latte a few weeks ago. It was drinkable, maybe even enjoyable. Comparable to the gingerbread latte I like at Christmas time. Then I got a venti last weekend. Bad choice. I'm off PSL's again. The pumpkin beer is debatable. The one we currently have in our fridge is hardly pumpkiny. I tried one at a bar and it was like a pumpkin vanilla overload. So the jury is still out on this one. Pumpkin cookies...also still undecided, I've had good and bad. 

In my opinion the best thing about pumpkins is still the seeds roasted in the oven. But the whole reason I'm writing this post is because my team at school is in charge of Birthday Breakfast this month. I am in charge of bringing a dessert/sweet. I am thinking about doing something pumpkin and I want to know what your favorite pumpkin item or recipe is so I can attempt it as a Recipe of the Week and hopefully get myself to enjoy pumpkin just a little more. Ok, ready, set, send me your pumpkin ideas!


  1. This weekend at the Phyrst, I had a 'Pumpkin Bomb'. It was Imperial Pumkin beer with a shot of whipped cream vodka, Goldslagger, and Baileys. It was excellent. You could make pumpkin loaf or pumpkin muffins. Libby's has a kit with the pumpkin, mix and frosting. It's pretty good, but don't over cook it.

  2. This is two food-related dislikes we have in common now! Breakfast foods & pumpkin! Derek L-O-V-E-S anything to do with in when I told him Target had pumpkin pie pop-tarts again for the fall season, he told me to clear the shelves. I am not kidding when I say we have an entire shelf in our pantry filled with them. Gross, I know. Anyhow, I have never been a fan of pumpkin..but I forced myself to bake a loaf of pumpkin bread this year per Derek's request, and I actually really really like it! Since I didn't have a recipe for pumpkin bread, I just used the recipe from allrecipes. com..and the pumpkin connoisseur in our house was a big fan!

  3. I have never been much of a pumpkin fan either, but I tried a friend's cake last year and lked it. I have made it several times since....

    Pumpkin Dump Cake
    1 29 oz. can pure pumpkin
    1 12 oz. can evaporated milk
    3 eggs
    1 cup sugar
    1 tsp salt
    2 tsp cinnamon
    1 box yellow cake mix
    1 cup chopped pecans
    3/4 cup melted margarine

    Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix first 6 ingredients until well blended and pur batter into a 9x13 greased pan. Sprinkle cake mix on top and cover with pecans. Pour melted margarine over the top. Bake for 50 minutes. Top with whipped cream.

    Hope you enjoy it, too!

  4. E, I'm not into pumpkiny stuff either. I don't even like carving pumpkins.