With the temperatures still climbing into the nineties here in Texas, it doesn’t feel like fall even though the calendar says it’s October. I admit I miss the beautiful fall colors and the crispness in the air from my childhood and college days living in Iowa. I close my eyes and see the huge trees brilliant display of gold, maroon and orange on my grandparents’ farm. I hear the leaves crunching under my feet as I strolled to the barn, and I miss the traditional falls of those days.
Living in Texas I’ve learned to manufacture my own sense of fall. I decorate my porch and landscaping beds with pumpkins, scare crows and fall colored mums. I also go a little pumpkin crazy baking. I make my mother’s pumpkin bread and shared her recipe with you one fall. I bake pumpkin cookies and pumpkin bars. And yes, I’m one of those people who has been lured into trying a few pumpkin spice creations to get in the fall spirit. I thought I’d sampled quite a few until I started searching for what’s available. The plethora of pumpkin spice items I found has exploded over the last few years, but I guess that’s to be expected because everyone wants to cash in on a trend. To help you bravely face the fall prepared, here are my thoughts and those of some Facebook friends.
The first category is my I’d try those items. Special K, recommended by Teresa Fordice, Cheerios and oatmeal. While I prefer the original Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice latte that started the craze, Emily Snyder and Jennifer Jacobson recommend the cold brew with pumpkin spice cream. Jell-O-O pudding and dog treats, not for me, but rather for my dogs ?, are also on this list.
Next, is my I-haven’t-decided-about-these-products list. Gum, deodorant—because I’m not sure I want to smell like pumpkin spice—and lip balm. Then there’s my you’ve-got-to-be-kidding-someone-must’ve-been-drinking-on-the-job-to-come-up-with-this category. This list includes Pringles, tortilla chips, salsa, cough drops, and believe it or not, Spam. By the way, there’s no way on God’s green Earth I’d try that one!
Lastly, is my that-sounded-good-but-wasn’t category of items I’ve tried but didn’t like. I couldn’t believe it, but the pumpkin spice Oreos were terrible. I ate a couple and threw the rest away. How could Oreos go so wrong? Kit Kat bars were also something I expected would be a sure good thing, but nope. I bought them last Halloween in snack size with the regular Kit Kits. The whole family hated them. Then there was the pumpkin spice hand soap I bought last year. While it wasn’t a fabulous scent the way I anticipated, hubby asked I get rid of it. He said the smell reminded him of medicine he took as a child! So the results are mixed on that one. And according to Von Jocks, we should pass on the pumpkin spice rum.
Now it’s your turn. Share your pumpkin spice recommendations or warnings in a comment and be entered for the random drawing. One person will receive a Starbucks gift card, zipper pouch, and a copy of Colorado Rescue.