8 Oct

I have jumped on the pumpkin spice party train. Ever since the calendar rolled over to October, I have been indulging my cravings at every turn. I’m sure I’ll get over this fall obsession before you can say “November” but until then, I thought I’d share some things I’m currently pump’d about…

iced Pumpkin Spice Lattes from Starbucks.

It hasn’t been consistently cold enough yet in LA to venture to the hot variety…

pumpkin bread.

oatmeal with cinnamon, raisins, canned pumpkin, walnuts, and coconut. best. breakfast. ev-ah.

pumpkin cake batter cupcakes with cinnamon sugar icing.

[I got this recipe from a blog I follow, Girl Meets Life. It was super easy – and the pumpkin flavor tastes great but isn’t over powering].

my biggest October guilty pleasure.

And finally…

Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale.

One of my very favorite blogs, Carrots n Cake, has done a series of posts about all of the Pumpkin Ales she has tried near her home in Boston. While I have yet to see a Pumpkin Ale on tap at any bar out here (but then again, my bar-going has been limited due to that whole “school” thing), when I saw a 6-pack of this at Pavillions last weekend, I had to try it.

I’m not normally a HUGE fan of Blue Moon – it’s a little too sweet for me, so I was hoping this version would give it some spice. I appreciated the seasonal attempt from Blue Moon, but it wasn’t overwhelmingly pumpkin-y. In fact, it tasted just like normal Blue Moon! Fail.

I am determined to find a Pumpkin Ale I LOVE before the season ends. . .

What are your favorite pumpkin foods/drinks this October?

7 Responses to “pump’d.”

  1. Steve October 8, 2011 at 8:05 pm #

    LOL “pumpkin spice party train.”

  2. Kristen - Anywhere There's An Airport October 10, 2011 at 12:09 am #

    I’ve been trying to create my own pumpkin magic on this side of the pond. Thus far there has been a pumpkin stir-fry and a few pumpkin banana smoothies. The stores are not stocked with halloween candy and I miss seeing the aisles of gluttony.

    • gillian October 10, 2011 at 8:33 am #

      Wow – pumpkin stir fry? That sounds incredible!

  3. Gracie October 10, 2011 at 4:03 am #

    Yay, glad you liked the cupcakes! 🙂

    • gillian October 10, 2011 at 8:32 am #

      Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  4. Kaley [Y Mucho Más] October 10, 2011 at 5:06 am #

    I don’t like pumpkin beer (but then again, I don’t like beer much either). I do like pumpkin spice lattes, but we lack a Starbucks, so I can’t really go too crazy on them.

    What I do love is…candy corn! I like to mix it with dry roasted, salty peanuts. Yum!

    • gillian October 10, 2011 at 8:32 am #

      I will definitely be trying the candy corn/peanut combo. I love snacking on trail mix while I study, and that would be a perfect addition. I did popcorn and candy corn the other day – and that was pretty good as well!

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