Thursday, September 14, 2017

Just Curious...Are You a Pumpkin Spice Fan?

Good morning! I hope that today is a better day for many and that they are able to return to their homes and assess the damage and to make a plan to move forward. In the last few days I have hears so many stories and I cannot get them out of my mind. I am praying and hoping for the best.

Pumpkin Soup with Chorizo

It''s September and the blogs and Pinterest have been featuring Fall decor, recipes and more for a few weeks. Don't get me wrong, I love Fall but as I have said I am trying to "live in the moment" or season as the case may be so I am easing my way into the season.

Pumpkin Bread

I have been a chocolate lover my entire life and in fact have another blog called Once Upon a Chocolate Life but to be honest pumpkin spice is my favorite flavor ever. I could eat pumpkin pie, pumpkin bread, pumkin mac and cheese, pumpkin soup and everything and anything containing pumpkin spice all year long I love it that much. Although, I do not like pumpkin spiced latte, or #PSL  as the millennials' refer to it but that is only because I do not like or drink coffee.

Pumpkin Patch Cupcakes

With that my question to you is,  are you a pumping spice lover? Pumpkin itself is a neutral flavor that is why they add it to so many things, but pumpkin spice is a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, allspice and mace. That heady and fragrant combination adds so much flavor to pies, breads, cakes, and even savory dishes.

Pumpkin Bread Pudding

If you would like to make your own pumpkin spice and you should because it is easy and tastes so much better than the pre-mixed version,  here is the recipe I use. 

1/3 cup ground cinnamon
1 tablespoon ground ginger
1 tablespon freshly ground nutmeg or mace
11/2 teaspoon ground cloves 
11/2 teaspoon ground allspice

Mix together and store in a jar. 

Pumpkin Pancakes

What is your favorite pumpkin spice dessert?  Pie, cookies, brownies, cheesecake? And what about a savory dish, soup, pasta, roasted pumpkin, salads or something entirely different?

I would also like to welcome you to share a recipe or two, perhaps your family has passed along a recipe that you cherish?

If you would like to know a little about the history of Pumpkin Spice this is a great article.

Have a great day!


  1. When I made pumpkin pie for friends in France, they were shocked because pumpkin is considered a savory vegetable. (I got similar reactions with zucchini bread and carrot cake.) I love cinnamon, but I don't want to taste or smell it everywhere. It's definitely a treat from time to time in the fall.

  2. Hello Elizabeth... Why do I always drool when I come to your site?? I am a confirmed chocoholic, however I have been known to cheat on my beloved if pumpkin is in the room. That pumpkin bread pudding has my name all over it!!

  3. Living in Florida all year we use food "smells" to create our fall and winter! So yes this one is important to us. I make a savory pumpkin pie which hits all the boxes.

  4. I'm kind of boring since I really haven't had much of anything pumpkin except for pie! And I do love pumpkin pie. I am writing down your recipe for pumpkin spice. I know it will smell delectable!

  5. I like pumpkin in baking. I've never tried one of those lattes Starbucks starts selling on the first of September.


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