La Boulange – Pumpkin Treats

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Starbucks has new a new pastry supplier in Southern California, La Boulange. The change over to the “new” company (“new” because Starbucks purchased the company so, it’s kind of the same “old” company) means new pumpkin treats! Thank goodness because the pumpkin bread and the cream cheese pumpkin muffin were getting tiered.

We’ve been trying to purchase the Reduced-Fat Pumpkin Cream Cheese Loaf Cake (such a big name for such a small snack) for weeks but they keep selling out. Finally we found it and the Pumpkin Cheesecake Croissant. We couldn’t wait to try them, hence the bad picture.

They are both tasty but not craveable. If we don’t have them again, I’m okay with that. They taste exactly like you’d think they would. No surprises and nothing special but worth trying if you find yourself in need of a snack while at Starbucks.

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Pumpkin Spice M&Ms

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I don’t feel so good. Have you ever gone to a fair and eaten several fried, salty, cheesy, or sugared treats from the vendors? You know that feeling of overstuffed queasiness, we like to call it “fair tummy.” I have my first case of “fair tummy” this pumpkin eatin’ season.

On Sunday, we decided to have a special Fall celebration (more on this later). Part of the celebration was going to be watching “Gilmore Girls.” If you haven’t seen the show before, most of the episodes take place in Connecticut (aka Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, CA) during the Fall. There are lots of sweaters, falling leaves, and pumpkins. It’s our ultimate Fall television show.

While we were baking a semi-delicious meal, the baby decided to bust the HDMI cord connecting the blueray player. Thanks! We ended up at Target and found these Pumpkin Spice M&Ms. The shelf was almost empty. They seemed to be selling out quick. I think people in the Inland Empire believe that if they eat enough pumpkin or pumpkin-flavored items “The Great Pumpkin” in the sky will hear their sincerity and cool the temperature down to something below a hundred.

We picked up a bag of these with only a little excitement. We’re not a fan of the Pumpkin Spice Kisses and thought these would be similarly disappointing. These are actually pretty good. The chocolate in the Pumpkin Spice M&M is similar to a regular M&M. It seems to be the candy coating that is pumpkin spice flavored. The chocolate and a good amount of pumpkin spice makes these a Pumpkin Eatin’ Season must try item, just beware of “fair tummy” from eating too many of them in one sitting.

Let’s get this started

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Halloween dress 2008/ Pumpkin Tower at Dollywood

It’s here! The weather may say otherwise but my calendar says Fall is almost here. For this pumpkin season I will be crossposting to my new personal blog Pumpkin Pundit.

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The Week in Review – Week 2

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    Pumpkin Tasted

Autumn Mix Taffy found at Cost Plus

These were tastier than expected. The pumpkin was subtle but enjoyable. However, my favorite was the caramel apple.

Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea sampled at Cost Plus

The best pumpkin tea I’ve tried so far.

Pumpkin Pretzels found at Cost Plus

I was super excited when I saw these because I love chocolate covered pretzels. They were amazing! The only problem with these is that they too easily melt in this 108 degree weather we’re having.

    Pumpkin Seen


Pumpkin Pie Cupcake Kit found at Cost Plus

These are so cute but I think they take more icing decorating skill than I possess.

    On the Pumpkin Hunt For

My friend posted this picture on my Facebook wall and I think it generated more comments than anything I’ve ever posted before. There seems to be lots of excitement about these.

    Pumpkin Recipes to try

Pumpkin Templates

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Get your free (yep, I said FREE!!) pumpkin carving templates here! It’s never too early to start compiling a collection of templates so we can be geared up in time for Halloween. Pumpkin carving begins at different times for different people around the country…the colder the climate the earlier you can begin. Sadly, here at my home in Southern California, we must painstakingly wait until the week before Halloween or we will be left with nothing but a shriveled, moldy mess… so sad. But you better believe that when we do carve, we will be carving fools and with these templates, my porch is going to be a sight to see! I love the pumpkin template. A pumpkin carved into a pumpkin sounds like a philosophy question of some sort. Pictures will be posted!

(Thanks HGTV, I heart you and your constant barrage of home remodels for slightly unbalanced people that have the ability to entertain while simultaneously annoy me. You rock!)

Pumpkin Crime

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This is the saddest pumpkin story I’ve ever heard. A 93 year-old woman woke up Friday morning to find a half–dozen of her pumpkins destroyed by vandals. They took large lawn umbrellas and stabbed them into her nearly 400 pound pumpkin she planned on entering in a local pumpkin growing contest

The karma on those rotten pumpkin vandals will be nasty. Not only did they destroy a beautiful pumpkin (the worst crime to be committed according to pumpkinpassion.com), but you dashed all hope and joy from a 93 (yeah NINTEY THREE) year old woman and the CHILDREN she was going to donate the pumpkin to. There is a special level of hell for people who do things like that.

Through all of this disappointment, this wonderful woman is not stuck on the injustice of this whole ordeal . . .no, she is donating all of the pumpkin seeds to members of the community “so everybody can have a pumpkin”. Well played. May we all learn from her kindness.

2012 Pumpkin Eatin’ Season

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It’s time! The first officialish day of Pumpkin Eatin’ Season. Can you believe it’s here already? I will celebrate by writing pumpkin posts and by waiting longingly for pumpkin spice lattes to go on sale this Tuesday.

This is seriously going to be the best season! When you have a baby to dress in pumpkin outfits and pose in pumpkin patches there’s no way this season can be anything but the best!

What pumpkin treats and activities are you excited about?

A Bad Case of the Blahs!

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It’s been difficult getting back into the swing of blogging again. I had so many great ideas for the 2011 Pumpkin Eatin’ Season. To start the season off I was all set to participate in NaBloPoMo’s blogging every day marathon for the month of September. My first and only post went up on September 1st but the next day, my grandmother died.

The first few weeks of September went by in a blur of activity. We made the unexpected trip to Idaho for the funeral and then there was the cleaning out of her apartment. After the chaos is when the blahs set deeply in my bones. Writing about pumpkin in the face of all that’s been going on seemed like a sacrilege. My thoughts were too melancholy for Pumpkin Passion. Eventhough I wasn’t blogging, my life has been revolving around pumpkins since July for good reasons that are better left to a future blog post.

My grandmother was the ruling matriarch of our family. As a kid, I thought she was the most glamorous adventurer to walk the planet. She left the small mormon town in Idaho where our family had lived for generations around the time that I was born. I knew her as the “Granny” that would come for visits in her fur coat and take us all out for nice dinners at the town’s most fancy restaurant. She traveled to places that this mormon kid could barely believe were real: New Orleans, Seattle, Hawaii, Ireland, and England. She was my real life celebrity.

Eventually, we moved out of Idaho and in with her while I was in high school. Moving from Idaho to Orange County, California, was a complete culture shock. She kept me sane.

From her I received my strong-as-steel independence (“God helps those that help themselves”), my wanderlust, and my love of crafting. She taught me how to sew and how to embroider. When we were cleaning out her apartment I took pictures of all the quilts, wall hangings, and embroidery that she’d been working on for years. She’d given away several pieces over the years but she still had over a 100 pieces jammed in every closet. I photographed all of her work but I thought I’d share these two with Pumpkin Passion.

I’m still sad but the blahhhs are subsiding a little.

Pumpkin Eatin’ Season 2011

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Pumpkin Eatin’ Season officially begins today! Over the past few non pumpkin eatin’ months, the Pumpkin Passion blog has gotten a little dusty but we’re ready to make 2011 the best pumpkin season yet. What new treats will we discover?

If you just can’t wait for a pumpkin fix head over to Facebook and join the Pumpkin Passion page or how about a pumpkin video?

Pumpkin Cupcakes

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All of them are amazing but my heart belongs to the pumpkin cupcake.