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Pumpkin Spice for grown ups

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Oooh 2 of my favorite things…pumpkins and owls… I discovered this ale on friday and I’m hooked.

Crafted by Elysian Brewing Company, it is perfectly balanced with enough pumpkin and spices to taste like a fall beverage should without tasting like dessert. Both the men and women at our table liked this ale. The brewery’s site describes the process as being “brewed with seven and a half pounds of pumpkin per barrel and spiced in conditioning with ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice”. Check out the ale’s stats here.

This is a seasonal ale and you should try a glass before it’s gone. Trust me, you’ll want to buy a 6 pack for your fridge.

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Giving Thanks for Pumpkin Spice Donuts

I know that pumpkin is everywhere this time of year, and frankly, I’m fine with that.

Today is Thanksgiving and my son’s 20th birthday. I thought it would be great to make homemade pumpkin spice donuts. I had the  recipe around for about a year and I finally bought a donut pan last night. All of the mini donut pans were sold out, so I made regular sized ones from this recipe. (I think it’s better that I make the larger ones, because if I made the minis I’d just keep eating them and thinking that I was just snacking….)

The recipe is very easy, and you likely have all of the ingredients on hand now. I brushed the pan with melted butter and used a zip top bag with a hole in one corner as a pastry bag to pipe the batter into the pan. I got 11 donuts out of the recipe. They turned out light and really good. The batter tasted a bit like flour, but the finished product was yummy.

Check out the recipe at the Blue Eyed Bakers.

Here are my photos taken with my old phone. The photos on the Blue Eyed Bakers site are much prettier, and make my mouth water.

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Stonewall Kitchen’s Milk Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Bar and Latte Mix

Stone Wall Kitchen Pumpkin BarIt’s the most pumpkin-y time of the year, and in case you haven’t overdosed on pumpkin spice everything,  this chocolate bar does not disappoint. I found it at a Stonewall kitchen store in Newburryport, MA.

The milk chocolate is smooth and the spice is pronounced and a nice compliment to the chocolate.

Stonewall Kitchen is known for all sorts of jams, sauces and mixes that make your kitchen smell as if you are a wonderful cook and baker.

In addition to the chocolate bar I was drawn to the Pumpkin Spice Latte mix. You mix it with warm milk for a delicious start to the day and I added a bit of extra coffee to lessen the sweetness. It makes quite a few cups and is on sale for about $10.50 which is the price of 2 large pumpkin spice lattes at the coffee store.

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Check out their website for more goodies. I love their packaging and foods. Who wouldn’t love to get a hostess gift of something from Stonewall? Hint, this means me.


Cranberry Island Kitchen’s Whoopie Pies

I spied these little boxes in the frozen food case. They were pricey, but tempted me with their lovely shapes and flavors. I bought the pumpkin and the lemon. They had a few more tempting flavors as well.
They took about 2 hours to thaw, and looked just like the photos on the boxes.
I sliced them in half so I could properly sample the treats. The cake parts were very flavorful and moist. The center was a buttercream that was too plentiful and a little too sweet for my tastes. I would enjoy them more with half of the filling.
Check their web site, they are a lovely company in Maine.



Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls…the best part of waking up


The perfect fall-themed breakfast roll.

rolls unicedThey are so good that I don’t think you need to ice them….

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but I iced them lightly while they were warm.

I have had this recipe “pinned” for a while and I finally found a time to make them. The recipe comes from the terrific Smitten Kitchen blog. The step-by-step photos, commentary and instructions give me confidence to try her recipes. I love her blog and her cook book is fantastic.

The rolls themselves are moist and not-too-sweet. The filling is pretty sweet, next time I’ll cut back on the sugar. The icing is made with cream cheese and 2 cups of powdered sugar, and I only used 1 1/2 cups. I don’t care for too much icing, so I frosted them lightly, and they were still great. I made the recipe the night before and baked them on Sunday morning.

My daughter had friends over, and the 2 pans were gone in minutes. One friend liked them so much that he said the rolls should win a prize.

Easiest Pumpkin Spice Latte….Ever!

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Yesterday I was yearning for a Pumpkin Spice Latte at home, but alas, I had used up the syrup from the week before. Then I saw the pumpkin butter right next to the milk in the fridge,  and SHAZAM…there was my answer. Pumpkin butter is made from Pumpkin, sugar, spices and a bit of citric acid. This is almost what is in the syrup (except for the citric acid, and there’s only a tiny amount of it).

So here’s my new recipe:

1 heaping teaspoon of pumpkin butter

4 to 6 oz. of strong coffee

4 to 6 oz. of milk


Put a scoop of pumpkin butter in a mug and fill the mug halfway with hot coffee.

Heat milk in a separate cup, and froth with a frother* if desired. Pour hot milk into mug with the coffee and pumpkin mix. Stir to combine. Top with foam.

Top with a sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice if desired.

Let me know if you like this. I thought it was pretty good for being so easy.

*those little frothers that have a flat whisk, are battery operated, and about the size of a pen are amazing. I don’t have one, but I will soon….

More Pumpkin Spice goodness from Trader Joe’s

Here’s an interesting drink from Trader Joe’s. Pumpkin Spice Rooibos is an herbal blend which tastes like a spiced tea, and smells delightful. It’s a nice way to add some scent to your workspace without getting complaints from H.R. about people with fragrance sensitivities….
The tin and sachet look strikingly similar to Harney & Sons teas, so I know why I like this product. Give it a try. If you don’t care for it, you can always use it as potpourri on the stove top, and you’ll have the lovely tin to use as storage. But, I think you’ll like it.