Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Happy Fall - It's Pumpkin Time

Fall has officially begun! It's my favorite season of the year. Sure Summer is warm and such, but because my skin is not friends with the sun, I love Fall - warm days, cool nights and nature's colors are truly fabulous.

And the best part......Pumpkin spiced everything!!!!!

I love that pumpkin is mostly limited to the Fall season for products as I would hate to overwhelm my buds and potentially dislike the flavor. I really, really enjoy it!

I am on the hunt for Pumpkin and Squash flavored items and hope to share with you my opinions of what I have found. Please let me know if you have spotted items at stores and restaurants for me to try.

Here is what I have tried so far:

Iced Chai Tea Latte from Cafe de Arts in Waukesha - Sure this is available year round, but the flavor reminds me of Thanksgiving and pumpkin spice. I will soon transition to hot Chai, but for now - this hits the spot.

I swung through the drive thru at McDonald's to get myself a sausage biscuit for breakfast and saw they have Pumpkin Spice Lattes, so I decided to give it a chance. I'm not much of a coffee drinker, (unless you count gas station cappuccino) but I figured with the pumpkin flavoring, it couldn't be too bad, right? WRONG!!!! It was a sweet pumpkin syrup that was dripping all over the outside of my cup and then the texture was just wrong. For saying that coffee even has texture, you know something is awry. It coated my tongue like liquid cough syrup. I had to dump it. Maybe I'm not ready for lattes, or maybe this one was just bad.

Kashi Pumpkin Spice Flax Granola Bars - They come two to a pack and are absolutely pumpkin-licious. They are crumbly and make a mess if you aren't careful, the but the cinnamon flavor comes through nicely. I am a big fan. 

 Next up are items that I'm going to be trying soon.

Found this granola at Woodman's

 Wasn't brave enough to buy this yet unless someone can tell me what I would use this for, for $9.99?
 Wasn't brave enough to buy this either - I am hoping for a smaller container to become available. Has anyone had pumpkin ice cream before to tell me if this is worth it or not?
My pumpkin beer tasting will hopefully ensue in the beginning of October. I am too pressed for time before my trip to Vegas this weekend to sit down and enjoy more than one and I want to have some friends try these with me. And I am trying to really watch calories before Vegas and work out more so that I feel good when I'm on vacation.
 Butternut Squash soup is one of my favorite types of soup and I bought two to see if they compare to this one or this one I made last year. And I hope that O' What A Day Cafe in Waukesha brings this one back again this year.

And pumpkin muffins, although they say they are made with sustainably grown Oregon pumpkin, I see a lot of other ingredients I can't read. Not to mention the fat content is a bit high. I'm sure they will taste great, but definitely not good for me. 
My friend Shauna raves about this tea, so I will take this to work to try tomorrow, and this Pumpkin Bar mix was on sale, so I snatched it up.

My friend posted a picture of Pumpkin Chocolate Chip cookies she just made. I think I will have to try the recipe soon.

Do you love PUMPKIN (and squash) as much as me or am I crazy? Do you know of other unique pumpkin items that I should try in the next few months? I'm definitely up to try anything so please share :)


  1. Because of my health issues I have been craving everything pumpkin and I just answered the questions that I just emailed you myself I know exactly what to get you now :)
    I love pumpkin everything as well. It's also something I can eat with health issues.
    I went to starbucks and ordered a steamer it's just steam milk bet you knew that and asked if they could make it pumpkin spice with out coffee/expresso's I know I'm socked those words came out of my mouth too but I have been staying away from coffee,pops,caffine anything and a ton of other stuff I can't have but we wont go down that list I can have steamed milk and with pumpkin spice it tasted even better. I think it's my new favorite drink. you should try it I only paid 4 something for the tallest cup or what ever they call the super large size.

  2. Hey! For some reason I thought of these post when I made these cookies yesterday! The pumpkin takes the place of the eggs so they are a cake consistency but the pumpkin spice part is great! We added some Pumpkin Spice M&Ms (yes they exist!) and paired them with New Belgium's Pumpkin. Quite the pumpkin combo! :)

    PS: I agree with Amanda about trying a pumpkin spice latte at a Starbucks or local coffee shop! I am a fan of Starbucks and their Pumpkin Spice Lattes are awesome! Get it in decaf if you don't need caffine :)