Pumpkin Spice Foods, Day 15: Meme Monday

There are so many funny memes that get passed around about the Pumpkin Spice craze, I have decided to designate Mondays as “Meme Mondays” where I will share some memes.  Friends have been sending them over so I am happy to share.  Obviously, I didn’t create these and I don’t know who did (otherwise I would give them credit).  But, enjoy…..Meme MondayMeme Monday 2


Pumpkin Spice Foods, Day 14: Pumpkin Spice Krispie Treats

A few friends have been sending me various pumpkin spice recipes as ideas to add to the blog.  At first, I was a little conflicted about posting someone else’s recipe.  Food products are one thing, but someone else’s original recipe is another.  I might try this a few times, for pumpkin spice recipes that look easy and delicious as long as I can get permission from the original blogger or source.

Gabby from the Essentially Eclectic blog was nice enough to grant permission to re-blog her recipe.  I should go on record to say that I haven’t actually made this-yet.  It was sent to me by several people so I figured there would probably also be interest in it from many.  So here it is directly from Essentially Eclectic: Pumpkin Spice Krispie Treats! Doesn’t it look amazing?

Source: Essentially Eclectic
Source: Essentially Eclectic

Pumpkin Spice Foods, Day 13: Stuff that is pumpkin spice-but not food-Saturday

It’s the weekend, so I decided to shake things up a bit.  I have noticed that there are a fair amount of non-food products that are also jumping on the pumpkin spice bandwagon.  This is so interesting to me, so I have decided to devote one day of the week, Saturdays, to non-food pumpkin spice items.  Here is today’s product:

Jamberry Nails is getting in on the action.  This is a repeat from last year, but if you are into wearing seasonal colors on your nails, this just might be your thing.

Jamberry Nails
Jamberry Nails

Day 13 NON Food

Pumpkin Spice Foods, Day 12: Twisted Gourd (Pumpkin Beer)

Sidenote: Because I am out of commission on taste-testing pumpkin beers and alcohol, my friend, Bobbie, has graciously offered to fill that void.  She will be submitting blog posts on her pumpkin beer adventures.  Not only has she been my BFF since second grade, she loves checking out breweries and having a beer.  She is the perfect person to fill the pumpkin beer gap here.
Frankly, I don’t like pumpkin stuff in general. However, a couple of years ago I discovered the wonders of pumpkin beers, and have been seeking to try new ones each year. Since Laura isn’t much of a beer drinker these days, her blog has fallen short on this category, so I thought I’d help her out!
This is my second pumpkin beer of the year (I’ll write about the first one later.) I’m starting with this because it is the BEST pumpkin beer I’ve ever had. I was on my honeymoon in Bend, OR, and came across this brewery near our hotel (no, my hubby wasn’t with me, that’s a whole other story for a whole other blog) called Silver Moon Brewing. I ordered a flight, and the bartender made sure to tell me that their pumpkin beer, Twisted Gourd, had just been put on tap that day. Of course I ordered it. In the picture, it is the small glass on the right, an amber color. It smelled of cinnamon and hops, but when I tasted it, I got hints of brown sugar, cinnamon, and that unique pumpkin flavor that’s hard to describe. It was a perfect balance–not sweet like a pumpkin pie, but not bitter like a hoppy beer. There was a lot going on with this beer, but one thing was for sure–the pumpkins were fresh. This was not made with pumpkin puree. This thing had real ingredients in it. I’m just sad that I couldn’t bring it back with me!
Photo Cred: B. Tidball
Photo Cred: B. Tidball

Pumpkin Spice Foods, Day 11: Thomas’ Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice English Muffins

DSC_0176 DSC_0174I saw recently that a friend posted a photo of these English muffins on their Facebook page and said they looked “gross.”  There are a lot of pumpkin spice foods that I think look gross (and won’t be trying), but I would have to respectfully disagree on Thomas’ Limited Edition Pumpkin Spice English Muffins.  I bought these at Target and they are sold in packs of six.

I popped one into my toaster, and all of a sudden, there was this glorious pumpkin spice smell that filled the air.  I put a little butter on the muffin and tried it.  I have to say, I love these. DELICIOUS.  There was a pumpkin spice taste to these muffins, but it was subtle.  Sometimes, pumpkin spice foods are overpowered by the maker’s version of pumpkin spice, and it gets to be overwhelming.  These are nearly perfect, and they will be on my list to seek out again next fall.  Maybe next year, I will be able to locate the whole grain version.

Pumpkin Spice Foods, Day 10: Sunbelt Bakery Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars

DSC_0179 DSC_0181I’ll admit, I tried the Sunbelt Bakery Pumpkin Spice Granola Bars with a bit of suspicion.  They just didn’t look appealing to me.  Yet, I have heard good things.  When my husband brought them home from our local grocery store, I figured I better try them.

After I unwrapped one, I could smell a pumpkin spice scent.  It was lovely.  I took a bite of the granola bar and was surprised.  These are delicious!  They have a hint of pumpkin spice to them, but it isn’t overpowering.  They are soft and chewy.  And filling.  In short, I was reminded not to judge a book by it’s cover…or a food by its label.  I noticed while looking at Sunbelt Bakery’s website that they also have a seasonal apple spice granola bar out.  I will probably give that a try too.

Pumpkin Spice Foods, Day 9: Pumpkin Spice Oreo Cookies

I’ll just cut to the chase here: Oreo nailed it with the Pumpkin Spice Oreo Cookies.

After checking out their website, I notice Oreo has tried several different flavors besides the original – lemon, chocolate, mint, berry, peanut butter, birthday cake, etc.  I haven’t tried all of those flavors, but the pumpkin spice is a hit. I believe this flavor of Oreo’s first came out last year.  I’m not a huge Oreo fan to begin with – the cookies are okay. In my mind they aren’t great, but, I would eat them if they were around. However, I will keep the Pumpkin Spice Oreo’s on my list of faves and seek them out again next fall.

The Pumpkin Spice Oreo cookies work out well flavor-wise and are a real treat.  I bought these at Target yesterday and noticed they also have the caramel apple flavor out right now too.

Pumpkin Spice Oreo Cookies
Pumpkin Spice Oreo Cookies