Monday, September 15, 2008
The best part of waking up (for the next few months)
I've long held the belief that some of the best foods are pumpkin flavored: pumpkin pie, pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin squares*. Need more examples? Just go to the Circleville Pumpkin Show (and I really wish I could this year). But the gourdy goodness doesn't end with food. Next to college football and cooler temperatures, one of the things I love most about autumn is the prevalence of pumpkin spice coffee. Normally, I'm not into "candy coffees" and prefer my coffee to be, uh, coffee-flavored, but this is one time where I make an exception.
Every Christmas Santa puts a Starbucks gift card in my stocking, which I save for 9 months or so until the ubiquitous java chain offers their pumpkin spice lattes. I have it on good authority - a friend of mine who goes to Starbucks every morning - that they're back! Oh, glorious day! To maximize my enjoyment, though, I'm going to wait until the weather gets a bit more fall-like before I order my first cup.
This past weekend I bought my first International Delight Pumpkin Pie Spice creamer of the season, which is a much cheaper and healthier alternative to my above Starbucks fix. But it still does the job. Ah, it was great having this in my coffee over the weekend. And when this creamer is added to a pot of Millstone pumpkin spice coffee...well, I think that I have to change my shorts right now. Usually my morning joe routine is limited to Saturday and Sunday, but I just may have to expand it to seven days shortly. Maybe.
*It's like a pumpkin-flavored brownie. Excellent. Maybe one day I'll post the recipe.