Pumpkin bread, pumpkin rolls, pumpkin coffee, pumpkin candles, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin beer, pumpkin…. You get the point! Yes, I am one of those crazy PUMPKIN lovers- pumpkin 'errythang'…. But for real- I just love it. Food, drinks, décor, candles, you name it, in fact pumpkin is a year round flavor in our house. Usually just in food and drinks. My husband will put up with pumpkin baking year round but not décor or candles. Balance, compromise, whatever you want to call it, but at least he puts up with my pumpkin baking year round. In fact, I had my first 2 pumpkin coffees of the season this past week while on vacation and took a pumpkin coffee cake into the office a couple weeks ago. They were glorious. For coffee, I usually just get an Americano with pumpkin flavoring added or if I want the ULTIMATE comfort then I get pumpkin flavoring in a chai tea latte… the pumpkin OR the gingerbread (it will be here soon) are the BEST compliments to a chai latte. Mmmmmm… my mouth is watering just thinking about it.
As much as I love pumpkin I cannot leave out my other favorite of Caramel Apple! This flavor is also awesome in drinks, food, and CANDLES! I have an awesome Apple cake I make that is going to be making a debut soon AND I love Starbucks Caramel Apple Spice drink- sooooo good. It falls into the same comfort category as the pumpkin or gingerbread chai latte. When you just want that yum yum warm feel good drink. You know what I am talking about, don’t you? Whether to bring a smile to your face or just drift off into a moment of pure bliss, the caramel apple spice drink is where it’s at. Its base is actually apple juice. AMAZING!
You know deep down what I think it is about pumpkin and apple stuff- it brings a sense of comfort to me because it is also a symbol of fall and fall is my favorite time of year- cooler weather, leaves changing colors, fire pits, hoodies and FOOTBALL!! Yes, we are a football house. It is on every day and I mean EVERY. DAY. Most of this is because of my husband but I do like to watch it as well. On top of football, it is also the kickoff in my mind of the holiday season and by holiday season I mean September-New Years. My mindset is that the holiday season starts with Fall…. So pumpkin and apple stuff also mean to me the feel good time of year. It all flows together. Does anyone else feel this way? I cannot be the only one who feels this way?? Maybe I am. Oh well. It brings that extra dose of happiness into my day.
I am smiling right now thinking of a cool evening, wearing yoga pants and a hoodie, sitting by the fire pit with a delicious pumpkin beer or coffee or even hot tea and just chatting with friends. I am thinking about those infamous “red” cups and how something so simple like those make me smile. I am smiling because of the giving feeling I get in my heart and the warmth within my house as décor is soon to come out. I am smiling because I am probably going to bake something apple or pumpkin in the next couple of days. I am smiling because all of these things make me happy. I am smiling because I am writing about all these wonderful things and sharing my thoughts with you.
Do any of these things make you smile? Do you love pumpkin or apple or fall or the holidays?? Do you love football or hoodies? Please tell me… what is it that you enjoy during this time of year?
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