Now that we are officially in the Fall season and it is starting to get cooler, my cravings for all things pumpkin begin to come to the surface.
I’m sure I’m not the only one in the world with this condition since there are so many pumpkin products out there in the market today. I have to recommend Trader Joe’s Pumpkin bread first, because it’s easy to make and oh so scrumptious.
This past week I made two pumpkin delicacies. In the process of figuring out what to make for dinner and skimming my Vita-Mix recipe book, I came across a gem of a recipe for “Pumpkin Spice Syrup.” Say what? And as a side-note in the recipe book, it provided that this was a great recipe for pumpkin spice lattes and chai-lattes. Did you read my mind Vita-Mix?
This recipe does not contain many ingredients which makes it quick and easy to make. I think I went a bit strong on the ginger or possibly the nutmeg because there was a strong after taste. Still delicious though! I’ve been enjoying this syrup in my lattes every morning, in part thanks to my Nespresso machine which in my opinion is the only coffee machine you need. It has changed my life… and maybe made me a coffee snob. ;-)
I also made pumpkin fro-yo but this one did not turn out as good. I think mainly because I let the mixture churn in our ice cream machine too long. It’s a little hard to eat but I think if I mix it with some water or milk in our Vita-Mix, that should soften it up for eating.
Finally, we picked out our pumpkin for Halloween! We are so blessed to have a farm by our house that supplies yummy strawberries in the summer and then pumpkins in the fall! Hall Family Farm in Charlotte, NC is definitely worth the visit.
Today we took several friends to the corn maze which took us about an hour to get through. It was two acres of corn maze and very impressive if I say so myself. They have tons of activities for children including hay rides, mini corn-maze, and a hay spider perfect for picture taking. They have many pumpkins to choose from and you won’t leave spending more than $15 for a pumpkin… and a huge pumpkin at that.
Not to mention, if you stop by, you CANNOT leave without trying their strawberry slushie and taking home a loaf of jalapeno cheese bread.
We haven’t carved the pumpkin yet but I’ll be sure to share when we do.
How are you celebrating this fall season?
PS If you want the Pumpkin Spice Syrup recipe, leave me a comment and I’ll be sure to share. :-)