November is here, which means Thanksgiving planning season has officially begun in my family. The emails start to pour in just as the last trick-or-treaters head home. October ends with Halloween and November begins every year with an enthusiastic email from my aunt titled “THANKSGIVING!!!!!” What are your plans for Thanksgiving? Where should we have for Thanksgiving dinner? Who is bringing the pie? Your cousin might be in town, can someone forward this email to him? What are your in-laws’ plans? Is this your first Thanksgiving as a married couple??? (Nope, it’s our third.) Does anyone even like sweet potatoes? YES WE LIKE THE SWEET POTATOES. And so on and so forth.
I’ve had Thanksgiving on my mind all week, and with all the talk of turkey and my cousin’s favorite sweet potatoes, I’ve been craving my favorite Thanksgiving treat- Pumpkin Pie. If you’ve been following the blog for a while, you know I have a pretty serious pumpkin addiction. I bake pumpkin spice bagels year round, and I started drinking iced pumpkin spice lattes in July with no shame. Flipping through my recipe book, I found my overnight cinnamon rolls recipe. Scrumptious, hearty whole wheat cinnamon rolls just waiting to be pumpkin-fied. And just like that, pumpkin pie rolls were born.
This week, we turned our calendars from August to September. As summer winds down, I am so excited for my favorite season- fall! Time to unpack the sweaters, boots and scarves, and pull out my peacoat and mittens from the back of the closet. I love the crisp and refreshing fall mornings and the bright autumn leaves falling from trees.
I love pumpkin, and enjoy it all year round. Fall has arrived, and you can bet I’m capitalizing on this season. Here are some of my favorite pumpkin recipes to inspire you this autumn!
I was running errands this weekend and was offered a free cup of coffee. I’m not one to pass up free food, so I accepted without hesitation. One problem: I don’t drink coffee. However, I do drink coffee flavored drinks that are mostly milk and sugar! Pumpkin Spice Lattes have returned to Starkbucks and Caribou, and I have been craving pumpkin all week! I headed home with my piping hot, free coffee in hand, ready to make my own pumpkin spice beverage.
Coffee syrups are notoriously sugary, and never have enough pumpkin flavor for me. I decided to make my own. I was able to whip up a batch of pumpkin spice syrup before my free cup of coffee got cold. Plus there’s enough pumpkin in this syrup to make my drink orange. None of this wimpy may-or-may-not-contain-pumpkin nonsense! This batch made a generous amount of syrup, which means this girl is having pumpkin lattes and steamers for the next few days! Although I might have to brew my own coffee….