There must be something in the air because about 75% of the bloggers I follow religiously haven’t posted in over two weeks, myself included! A lot has happened, and I have an updated post on the way soon, but first I wanna talk about pumpkins!!!
Pumpkins have never been something I immediately associate with Halloween in Ireland. Just like the potato is quintessentially Irish, pumpkins are a part of the Americanised Halloween that we all know and love. However, over the last few years, pumpkins have sneakily snuck their way into the festivities over the other side of the Atlantic, and this year I found myself wanting everything pumpkin I could get my hands on.
Hands up who was excited when Starbucks brought back the classic pumpkin spiced latte?
Great. Now hands up who doesn’t really like Starbucks’ pumpkin spiced lattes?
*Raises hand slowly*
I seem to be in the minority, but I honestly think the PSL from Starbucks could be so much better. So I decided to make my own by making a simple pumpkin spice syrup to add to coffee, or simply to milk for a non-caffienated beverage on these chilly Autumn nights. It’s super easy, and equally delicious.
First make your pumpkin spice. Contrary to popular belief, pumpkin spice does not actually contain pumpkin. It is simply the collection of spices that is added to a pumpkin pie. Recipes vary, but here’s mine:
*1/3 cup ground cinnamon
*1 tablespoon ground ginger
*1 tablespoon ground nutmeg or mace
*1 teaspoons ground allspice
*1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
Then make a simple syrup. A general guideline is to add equal parts sugar and water. Stir 2 cups of each over a medium heat until the sugar had dissolved. Next add the pumpkin spice, remove from heat and allow to cool for about 30 minutes.
And hey presto, pumpkin spice syrup to add an Autumn kick and sweetness to your coffee!
This cannot be a post about pumpkins without mentioning pumpkin carving. Before beginning this post I realised that I knew nothing about why Jack-o’-lanterns are a ‘thing’. Funnily enough, legend has it that the first Jack-o’-lanterns originated in Ireland and were carved from turnips and potatoes. I always thought they were an idea dreamed up by our friends across the pond 🙂
Armed with my pumpkin carving kit (thank you Lidl!), I used a sharp little tool to create a star and dot combo; as far from scary as you can get! My spontaneity got the better of me when I decided I wanted to cover the pumpkin in gold glitter, the most frightening of sparkling objects!! I didn’t have enough, but I worked with what I had! My pretty pumpkin is now proudly on display on our mantelpiece. Only in Autumn can you decorate your house with fruit!!
Carve a Pumpkin ✓
Create an Autumn Inspired Craft ✓
Autumn Bucket List Goals Complete: 3/14
Ok so I kind of cheated and combined two goals into one project! Only three goals down and I’m one month in; I’d want to get a move on wouldn’t I?!