I wandered through the aisles of store
The ones I’d walked on times before
When all at once I saw a gourd
A host, of ten or twenty more
Above the apples, next to squash
A deepest orange I thought quite posh
Its flavor beckoned here and there
In beverage, food, upon the air
Oh autumn I am filled with glee
For pumpkin that you bring with thee
A smell, a taste, of pleasure, bliss
The dance of heart, and fall’s first kiss.
I have a pumpkin problem, and walking around the grocery store, or coffee shop, or really just about anywhere right now only intensifies my addiction. Pumpkin is everywhere, and I love it!
I picked up ingredients to make pumpkin pie, my first of the season. Since we’re gluten free, I make it crust-less, typically in little ramekins I’ve had for several years. Normally we eat straight out of them. But those things are so hard to clean after said pie is eaten that came up with the brilliant bake mini pies in cupcake liners.
And while I fully appreciate–and love looking at–all of the gorgeous pumpkin creations readily found on Pinterest … like these:
I truthfully will only attempt such beautiful things for very special and select occasions. Baking pie on a Tuesday is not one of those days, so easy route it was….cupcake liners!
They may not look good … someone on Instagram told me it looks like a sea slug. But let me tell you, crust-less pumpkin pie is just as decadent and delicious no matter what you bake it in. Yes that’s Ronin having pie for breakfast. (P.S. I’ve shared the quick and easy recipe below.)
The smell of pumpkin is still wafting through the house today and I just want to bottle it!
I recently got these pumpkin pie fragrance wax melts that are an amazing substitute for the authentic smell, which I think is why we’ve all been craving pumpkin pie. Scent memory really is incredible. Just smelling pumpkin makes me think of a cozy rainy Saturday when John, Ronin, Ellie and I are all together. Pure comfort and deliciousness.
I think Ronin loves pumpkin as much as I do, and I was shocked when Ellie actually ate almost a whole mini pie. She is so touch and go with new things. Not that pumpkin pie is new, it’s just new this season, and like any 4-year-old tends to be randomly picky.
My other favorite part of pumpkin season is taking a trip or two to the pumpkin patch.
We haven’t done this yet, but have our first trip coming up soon with Ellie’s preschool and I know we’ll also take a family trip. There are so many wonderful pumpkin patches here in the Pacific Northwest with hayrides out to the pumpkin fields and tons of activities for the kids to enjoy. We have made such wonderful family memories over the years because of pumpkins.
Plus who can resist pumpkin spice lattes, pumpkin egg nog, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin seeds, pumpkin pastries. I tend to sprinkle pumpkin spice on things too, like my morning oat bran.
Ack! This season is really hard on my diet.
I do try to incorporate pumpkin into our lives in other ways like fall decor and lovely pumpkin scents throughout the house, but it just keeps reminding me I want to eat it. Oh well, I can enjoy it while it lasts. Pumpkin season only comes once a year.
What pumpkin things do you love?
And by the way, if you have a fabulous pumpkin find, please share! Here’s my quick and easy pumpkin pie recipe.
- 1-30oz can of Libby's pumpkin pie mix
- 1/3 cup condensed milk
- 1/2 cup evaporated milk
- 2 eggs
- 12 cupcake liners
- 1 cupcake baking pan
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Place cupcake liners into a traditional cupcake tray.
- Mix ingredients in bowl until smooth. Pour pumpkin mixture into each cupcake liner filling to just below the top (pumpkin pie will not rise so no worries about overflowing.)
- Bake at 425 for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for an additional 30 minutes. Test mini pies with a toothpick to make sure it slides out cleanly.
- Let cool. Carefully remove pies from liner to plate, smooth edges with a butter knife, and garnish.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of SC Johnson candles and air care products. I received a #SmellsClean gift pack with all my favorite fall scents and a Walmart gift card. All opinions are 100% my own.