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Pumpkin

One of the issues with not writing as frequently as I used to on my previous blogs is that I forget what I’ve let you all in on… or not. For example, I don’t think I have confessed to my pumpkin spice… problem. It’s really a newer issue, as most people were well aware of my Reese’s addiction:

This picture is possibly… 14 years old now? I plan to reshoot it, but I use it every year in October as my profile picture.

Even before this photo, it was a well established fact that I have a Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup addiction (the miniatures are the best ratio of chocolate to peanut butter. Frozen.) Throughout the year, people will send me snippets of things about Reese’s or even just toss me a cup out of the blue. It’s kind of amazing actually, because I rarely expect it and it makes me feel good. I think it must be what other women feel like when they get flowers.

When the Pumpkin Spice Latte came out, I didn’t drink coffee. I have always loved the smell of coffee, but I couldn’t figure out why something that smelled that good tasted like licking a tire on a tow-truck! When I went back to college in my early 30’s, driving one hour each way, with two elementary age kids at home, coffee became a non-negotiable. I remember the very day I gave in at the school coffee shop, after walking across the green and literally starting to doze. I didn’t know you could WALK and doze at the same time, but people, it’s totally possible. Also, a wee bit terrifying. I knew I had an hour drive ahead of me, so I stopped in on that chilly Autumn day and got a not so great, but not awful hazelnut latte.

That was the day I realized you could do stuff to that horrible liquid (that my husband seems to drink by the gallon, black as tar) and it would actually accentuate the other flavors, coming together to make something decent. It wasn’t until much later, while traveling, that I tried a Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks. I was hooked. It was amazing! I don’t even like pumpkin pie, but I love the smell of the spices. I still only had lattes occasionally, because there aren’t many places here in Vermont that make them. Even if there were places, I’m not shelling out that kind of money for COFFEE!

Then one crisp autumn day, there it was! Creamer and coffee in the grocery store with the pumpkin spice flavors! That was it. Every season since, I have had coffee every morning during the season (and then I have a three day headache when I quit coffee in January, because I’m not supposed to be drinking it.) I have a milk-frother that I use with unsweetened almond milk and sugar free PS creamer to whip up something yummy for myself.

Then, I found this:

This whipped cream is SUBTLE in flavor, and just lovely. Even my husband likes it, and that’s saying something.

That’s it, my Pumpkin Spice Latte world is complete. My weight isn’t happy over it, but the rest of me is!

I don’t buy everything pumpkin spice, though. Some, because I cannot tolerate gluten, others because…ew. (Spam, people? Really?) When I could eat gluten, the bagels and breads were ok. But really, I’m just a latte purist, I guess. I do enjoy the candles, though.

However, I also love to decorate for the fall, which has somehow translated into pumpkin spice decorating to others (not sure how that worked, but they’re pretty happy with the idea. It actually kind of sounds neat, unless someone is saying it with a sneer. You know those folks, those PS haters who don’t like it when anyone likes something they don’t. And yes, I know, I sneered at the Spam. I’m a hypocrite.) A friend got this for me a few weeks ago, and it cracks me up every time I wear it:

I’m even wearing it right now. It’s the little things that make you smile, and this sure does!

My house is in total disarray, because the contractors are back ripping out and remodeling my master bathroom, while we’re remodeling the upstairs bedrooms and getting ready to tear apart the living room and dining room in two weeks. This means that I haven’t decorated at all. I haven’t even had a Reese’s this season! Without the decor out, my brain feels like it must be September, or even August…

My front driveway, yesterday. It’s even more red today!

Looking outside, though, it’s definitely October! With that in mind, we’re going to have a small gathering this weekend. I have decided that since the kitchen is done, I can at least decorate that. So, I guess you could say it’s time to pumpkin up at least parts of the house!

Time to get my pumpkin on! I know I became a total cliche, but I enjoy it! Are any of you into any of this autumn decor, lattes, etc?

7 thoughts on “Pumpkin”

      1. We have separate fall and Halloween decorations. We’ll put out the generic fall in mid September and add Halloween to it on October 1ish. Then Halloween will come down November 1 and we’ll keep generic fall up and add Thanksgiving stuff. Nathan loves it.

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  1. Oh, wow! Such stunning images both yourself and your driveway. Your Reese’s profile photo is as delicious as the peanut butter cups. 😀 And I got to try the Pumpkin Spice Latte, never drank one, but it sounds like pure indulgence. Enjoy the season, and embrace the contractors, because when they are done it’d hopefully worth it.

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    1. I’m definitely hoping it’ll be worth it. In particular with the bath tub. It’s my main goal! 😀 Also, I’m picking up reese’s today. It’s jus not the season without them.

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