all things pumpkin

I don’t think I know anyone who doesn’t love autumn, and I’m no exception. I LOVE crisp days with clear skies, those days remind me of home. I LOVE crunchy leaves, dragging my feet through them with my kids. I LOVE the bright colors as the leaves change, although here they tend to rot more than change color, but I have my one favorite maple tree that always gives me lovely red leaves every fall. My greatest autumn love of all, though, is the fair pumpkin. I love it’s perfect shape and color, and I adore the goodies that can be created from its bright orange ‘fruit’. I haven’t yet tried to make my own pumpkin puree to use in those goodies, and it’s a rarity to find canned pumpkin on the shelves of the shops here in the UK. This past week a friend of ours made a quick trip to the States so I bribed asked him very nicely, (with the promise of some turkey from Canadian Thanksgiving), to bring me back some pumpkin.

Some of the pumpkin goodies I’ve been making…

Starbucks pumpkin scones… one of my all time fav treats. i used this recipe, and ate them all before I even thought to take a picture…here’s the one from the website.

impossible to resist - pumpkin scones

Today I tried to replicate the Pumpkin Spice latte, since Starbucks in the UK doesn’t offer these in the fall *sniff*. The recipe I used called for a LOT of cinnamon, even too much for this cinnamon-loving gal, I only realized this after I’d added it so I ended up having to double up the water/sugar/pumpkin puree to offset the intensity of the spice. I also added a tablespoon of vanilla. So now I have loads of the syrup, which I plan on sharing of course! My daughter loved the taste of the syrup and thought it’d be great on pancakes, genius I tell you. Here’s the recipe I used, but like I said it needed a lot of doctoring… I found this recipe later and think it might be a bit better, and the topping of whipped cream and caramel, amazing!

Okay, one more recipe. Mini Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, need.i.say.more. Absolutely delicious, perfect in every way really. I halved the recipe to stop us from eating all 36 cookies in one night! You think I’m kidding. I’m actually having to take breaks in my typing so I can keep taking bites.

Last on my pumpkin rant are these sweet fabric pumpkins.  I made a couple for our mantel, part of my attempt to make it look a bit more fall-ish without actually spending any money! I prefer the bright fabric combinations from the tutorial, but I had the brown so I used it! Bonus, they were pretty easy to do. (only injury was me jabbing my thumb with a huge embroidery needle, no biggie!)

my kids thought they really should be orange...

Well there’s a glimpse into my pumpkin obsession! Hope you’re enjoying the treats that the fair pumpkin brings as much as I am!  x


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