Thirty Days Has September

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“…tell me you didn’t use pumpkin spice…”

Wow – that went fast.  Falloween has passed and we are on to the next.  I do hope October doesn’t speed by, I like to take time and savor this time of year.  Deeply Autumn, scent and sense and scintillation.  Spice and season, crackle and rustle, thrill and shiver.  Days spent in anticipation, the gradual reveal of funereal farce and festive folly.  Countdown to Halloween begins tonite, midnight, don’t forget to stop by and look over all the great Halloween themed blogs to surface this time of year, as a hand reaching through the ground that grabs for your attention.  Always so much to experience from the creators and curators of these specialized blogspots…a wonderful way to spend a little time during the coming weeks.  Check the link at right to get yourself started.  My own blog will be witch flavored this year, I will be stirring, spicing, swirling up a cauldron of tidbits about my favorite icon of the season.

 

Pumpkinology

Once again I update you on the various scrumptious offerings in pumpkin flavored treats to be had at your local Trader Joe’s.  Already gone through the seeds you roasted in October?  These bags of Pumpkin Seeds will satisfy that crunch that ice cream and pie can’t meet. Healthful and delicious and great when watching football. Good at Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas.  An all-arounder that is too yummy to pass up! I’ve got mine.

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Pumpkinology

Paciugo Gelato is meeting the need for pumpkin flavored yumminess that drives cravings this time of the year with their offering of a Spiced Pumpkin gelato thru November 27th.  Since Dallas based Paciugo has locations across the United States, chances are you are within driving distance of this amazingly flavored treat.  The spiciness comes from copious yet restrained amounts of clove in their mixture which builds as you devour it, I ordered mine doubled with their Dark Chocolate Fondente and all I can say is its well worth the caloric investment. Although gelato has roughly 70% less fat than premium ice cream without any loss of flavor or satisfying creaminess.  So indulge if you can. Did I mention they can turn any of their gelato flavors into lattes?  They don’t use syrups either. Sooo good.

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Pumpkinology

Trader Joe’s does it again. Quickly rising to the top of retail establishments offering pumpkin flavored delights, their Super Premium Pumpkin Ice Cream is a home run.  In fact, you should stop reading this post and go out and buy some, no kidding.  I found this ice cream to be richly flavored, abundantly spiced and smoother than any pie filling or cream cheese version of any traditional pumpkin desert that I’ve ever had.  If I have a criticism, I miss a little crunch to play off the creaminess.  Some nice additions would be crumbled graham crackers, or chopped walnuts. True decadence can be found with chocolate syrup. Gotta go, mine’s melting…

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Pumpkinology

I really hope you’ve got a Panera Bread shop near you because their Pumpkin Pie Bagel is an amazing monster like creation of pumpkin pie streusel flavoring atop their normally delicious bagels.  The spice flavored bagel is reminiscent of a cinnamon roll, but the clove and nutmeg are what bring the pie-ness alive.  The addition of cream cheese is both decadent and highly recommended.

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