Here in North Carolina, we’ve had our first hint of the cooler days which are fast approaching. A few trees have leaves that are turning and I did catch the scent of wood smoke the other day. But one of the biggest hints can be found in our local stores. It’s all about that big orange vegetable – it’s pumpkin time!
If you ask a botanist – he’d probably say that a pumpkin is a fruit, because it has seeds. A vegetable has other edible parts such as the leaves (celery), the roots (radishes and potatoes) and flowers (brocolli). It’s complicated!
But back to pumpkins:
The stores are literally filled with something pumpkin on every aisle.
In the food category it’s easy to find the following: pumpkin cake, pumpkin Cheerios, pumpkin M & Ms, pumpkin bread, pumpkin cupcakes, pumpkin cheesecake, pumpkin cream cheese, pumpkin Oreo’s, pumpkin Pop Tarts, pumpkin Eggo waffles, pumpkin marshmallows, pumpkin Wheat thins, pumpkin fudge, pumpkin yogurt, pumpkin butter, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin bagels, pumpkin pies, pumpkin donuts, pumpkin scones, pumpkin crepes, pumpkin French toast, pumpkin oatmeal, pumpkin cinnamon rolls, pumpkin cobbler, pumpkin soup, pumpkin Rice Krispie Treats (doing this one!), pumpkin peanut butter, and pumpkin macaroons. And I bet, if I go to that yummy bakery down the road a piece, they’ll have even more sweet pumpkin treats.
In the drink category you can find: pumpkin chai tea, pumpkin smoothies, pumpkin beer, pumpkin juice, pumpkin pie lattes, pumpkin coffee complete with pumpkin spice creamer, and pumpkin milkshakes.
You can cook with it: pumpkin spice, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin pancake mix, pumpkin spice chocolate chips, pumpkin muffin mix, pumpkin stuffed peppers, and pumpkin puree.
Target might win the prize for having the most variety of pumpkin goodies. Surely your dog needs some pumpkin treats and how long will it take him to chew up that pumpkin plush toy?
You can totally outfit your kitchen with a cute pumpkin rug, fluffy dishtowels with pumkins, candles that smell like pumkins, wooden cheese boards shaped like pumpkins, and also a bottle opener for the bar, shaped like, you guessed it.
In the baby department of Target is a precious onesie with an adorable jack o’lantern hat. In the seasonal department there is a really scary pumpkin headed ghost that would be perfect to scare away the Trick or Treaters!
For decoration, you can find pumpkin napkins, a pumpkin throw pillow, a pumpkin costume for Halloween, little string lights complete with teeny tiny pumpkins. Who wouldn’t love a table runner with orange pom pom trim? And doesn’t a gigantic inflatable pumpkin light sound perfect for your yard?
There’s a really cute pumpkin notebook, and bet there’s an orange pen for jotting down everything you’ll need for your pumpkin party.
Have to share something that I saw online. A very clever person made a list of things that should never be pumpkin flavored! Here are a few: pumpkin tuna, pumpkin mac & cheese, pumpkin popsickles, pumpkin sushi, pumpkin toothpaste and mouthwash, pumpkin Buffalo wings, and pumpkin pickles.
And, just when I thought the list was complete – I found a recipe for smushing it all over your head for a hair treatment. THAT will never happen in this house. Waste a good can of Libby’s pumpkin on my head? Not when pumpkin bread is so quick and easy to bake! It’s divine and stays moist and fresh for days. Well, for as long as it lasts! Warning alert – it’s addictive and you’ll find yourself making excuses to walk past the cake container and taking just a sliver.
Here’s a little ditty by a poet who’s been a favorite since childhood – James Whitcomb Riley
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock,
And you hear the kyouck and gobble of the struttin’ turkey-cock,
And the clackin’ of the guineys, and the cluckin’ of the hens,
And the rooster’s hallylooyer as he tiptoes on the fence;
O, it’s then’s the times a feller is a-feelin’ at his best,
With the risin’ sun to greet him from a night of peaceful rest,
As he leaves the house, bareheaded, and goes out to feed the stock,
When the frost is on the punkin and the fodder’s in the shock.
So, happy fall y’all as we say down here in the south! And happy Spring to our friends down under!
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