MISSION: FEED YOUR INNER CHILD

Everything's coming up pumpkin

Sure, pumpkin pie is as much a part of October as falling leaves and cancelled TV pilots. But there are many more ways you can enjoy this traditional autumnal flavor. Here are our favorites ways to sneak in more pumpkin all day long:

Pumpkin pancake and waffle mix

Start your day with this all-natural dry mix that adds a seasonal twist to your usual breakfast platter.

Treat yourself: $7.50 for 1 lb, DancingDeer.com, (888) 699-DEER
 

Pumpkin spice quick bread mix

Fill your home with aroma of freshly baked pumpkin spice bread without all the hassle of making it from scratch.

Treat yourself: $5 for 1 lb, StonewallKitchen.com, (800) 207-JAMS (5267)
 

Pumpkin butter

Made with The Rodale Institute's certified organic pumpkins, this rich, creamy butter tastes like spreadable pumpkin pie and has no sugar added. Smear it on toast, bagels or your freshly baked pumpkin spice quick bread.

Treat yourself: $5.50 for 18 ounces, RodaleInstituteStore.org (Limited quantities)


Pumpkin cake mix

Becka's Pumpkin Cake Mix from Canterbury Naturals is a dry mix that makes it easy to whip up a flavorful pumpkin dessert that will be the perfect cap to any meal. Simply add the canned pumpkin and eggs, then bake.

Treat yourself: $4.30 for 1 lb, Conifer-Inc.com, (800) 588-9160


Pumpkin spice coffee

Available in whole bean or ground, this fair trade coffee is delicately flavored with cinnamon and pumpkin spices. Pair a cup of this pumpkin java with a slice of your freshly baked pumpkin cake!
 
Treat yourself: $8.49, 12-ounce bag, GreenMountainCoffee.com, (888) 879-4627
 

Pumpkin spice coffee syrup

If you like a double-dose of pumpkin in your pumpkin coffee, add a shot of Torani Italian syrup, which is  a staple in the chicest coffee shops.

Treat yourself: $5.80, 750 ml, BobaTeaDirect.com

 

For maple lovers only

Sure, you can get your maple on this season with traditional maple syrup. But there are a few other ways to sneak this delicious sweet sap into your day:

Maple BBQ sauce

Treat yourself: $5.20 (Canadian) for 250 ml, AcadianMaple.com, (888) 276-2753

Maple butter

Treat yourself: $15.95 for 16 ounces,  VermontCountryStore.com, (802) 362-8460

Maple coffee

Treat yourself: $6.99 per half pound, ParkersMapleBarn.com, (800) 832-2308

Maple candy

Treat yourself: Starting at $15.95 for four 1 1/2-ounce leaves,  VermontMapleOutlet.com, (800) 858-3121

 

Attend the festivals!

October 6-8:
15th Annual Great Pumpkin Festival and Weigh-Off, Allardt, Tennessee. Go for the great pumpkin weigh-off, quilt show, decorating contest, pumpkin run and tractor show. More info

October 18-21: Circleville Pumpkin Show, Circleville, Ohio. Go for the giant pumpkin weigh-in, gourd art exhibit, pumpkin carving world record attempt by Jerry Ayers and pumpkin pie eating contest. PumpkinShow.com

October 21: Pumpkin Festival, Keene, New Hampshire. Go to view the world record-holding jack-o-lantern exhibit. PumpkinFestival.org


  

 

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