Pumpkin Posts

When Places Do Pumpkin: 2017, Part I: Pret A Manger

Missed my train, took a lap around the train station and what do I see? Pret A Manger is serving up a new toasted tortilla with butternut squash! A butternut squash ricotta toasted tortilla, that caught my eye because aside from Panera in the fall, […]

Renting the Runway & Recipe Testing // Happy President’s Day Weekend!

Renting the Runway & Recipe Testing // Happy President’s Day Weekend!

The gorgeous bride, Briana and I! Not much feels better then the Sunday of a 3 day weekend….amirite?! This weekend was especially sweet because it was one of my childhood best friend’s wedding! She was a stunning, glowing, radiant, insert any other adjective for gorgeous, […]

Every Bath & Body Works PUMPKIN Scent Ranked

Every Bath & Body Works PUMPKIN Scent Ranked

It’s time to stop and smell the pumpkins….

Pumpkin scents being back at Bath and Body Works is right up there with when Starbucks not so secretly brings PSL’s back in August. Don’t try to hang out with me the day after Labor Day. I’m busy hitting all stores I deem “pumpkin lovers”… bath and body works being near the top on that list! I don’t know if it’s the pictures of leaves and perfect pumpkins on the labels of these scents, or their names that I love more. If you’ve never stocked up on pumpkin hand cream, anti-bacterial soap, body spray, body wash, body cream, body lotion, shower gel, or bubble bath, from BB&W’s pumpkin collection I’m not sure you’ve experienced fall to it’s fullest. If you don’t smell like a pumpkin, you’re not doing it right. And I haven’t even mentioned the candles!

So here we go, I’m taking the time to stop and smell the pumpkins. Literally. You can thank me when it’s still hot out but that huge sign at Bath and Body Works announcing their fall flavor draws you in, and it’s over. Banana pumpkin muffin, pumpkin french toast…it might get confusing if I’m eating these or putting them on my body, so try to keep up! Enter my room and you’d think I’m living in one of these candles. And that’s just the way I like it!

#18 Pumpkin Woods

Maybe because I'm not outdoorsy, but the pumpkin in this one was lost on me! I do love the cute owl on the label, so props for that one BBW, just don't put me in the woods because that's not where the pumpkins are.... Maybe because I’m not outdoorsy, but the pumpkin in this one was lost on me! I do love the cute owl on the label, so props for that one BBW, just don’t put me in the woods because that’s not where the pumpkins are….

#17 Pumpkin Cranberry Cider

I do love dried cranberries in my pumpkin bread, and this scent reminded me of a sweet pumpkin dream. Not my favorite, but if cranberries are your thing it's definitely something to mull over...get it?! I do love dried cranberries in my pumpkin bread, and this scent reminded me of a sweet pumpkin dream. Not my favorite, but if cranberries are your thing it’s definitely something to mull over…get it?!

#16 Pumpkin Berry Crumble

Maybe it's the blue color of the label that doesn't draw me into this one, but anything pumpkin flavored with a crumble gets points in my book. When it's 3 for $12, this would be my 3rd! Maybe it’s the blue color of the label that doesn’t draw me into this one, but anything pumpkin flavored with a crumble gets points in my book. When it’s 3 for $12, this would be my 3rd!

#15 Pumpkin Spiced Cheesecake

I make a pumpkin cheesecake every year for Thanksgiving. The aroma fills the house and just smelling it baking is like a warm fall hug. You can almost smell the cream cheese and spices all baking together. This one reminds me of that, and I'm all for it! Definitely one to try if you haven't yet.  I make a pumpkin cheesecake every year for Thanksgiving. The aroma fills the house and just smelling it baking is like a warm fall hug. You can almost smell the cream cheese and spices all baking together. This one reminds me of that, and I’m all for it! Definitely one to try if you haven’t yet.

#14 Heirloom Pumpkin

Bring the pumpkin patch to your living room with this one, people. When I pluck a pumpkin right off the vine in the middle of an enchanted pumpkin patch somewhere in Michigan, this is what it smells like. Completely real! Bring the pumpkin patch to your living room with this one, people. When I pluck a pumpkin right off the vine in the middle of an enchanted pumpkin patch somewhere in Michigan, this is what it smells like. Completely real!

#13 Berry Pumpkin Strudel

Fruity, pumpkin fun with this one. It fell short for me though, maybe the decor on the label did too. I love blueberries, but they wouldn't be my fruit of choice to pair with anything pumpkin. That right is reserved for bananas, duh! Save your pumpkin pennies for others.  Fruity, pumpkin fun with this one. It fell short for me though, maybe the decor on the label did too. I love blueberries, but they wouldn’t be my fruit of choice to pair with anything pumpkin. That right is reserved for bananas, duh! Save your pumpkin pennies for others.

#12 Pumpkin Apple

Pumpkin and apple. A quintessential fall combination...and for good reason! I would also call this one tart pumpkin. Think a cross between a granny smith apple and a pumpkin...aka granny pumpkin, or me on a Saturday night!  Pumpkin and apple. A quintessential fall combination…and for good reason! I would also call this one tart pumpkin. Think a cross between a granny smith apple and a pumpkin…aka granny pumpkin, or me on a Saturday night!

#11 Pumpkin Pie

Ah yes. You can't go wrong with this classic pumpkin scent. But with flavors like pumpkin french toast, are you really going to just settle with this one? Think about it. I still got one thought because, yeah.  Ah yes. You can’t go wrong with this classic pumpkin scent. But with flavors like pumpkin french toast, are you really going to just settle with this one? Think about it. I still got one thought because, yeah.

#10 Pumpkin Pecan Waffles

Let me start by saying, I hate pecans! I know! I know! They do go well with pumpkin stuff, but they don't go well with me. I have this one in a mini candle and that's the perfect amount of nutty pumpkin for me!  Let me start by saying, I hate pecans! I know! I know! They do go well with pumpkin stuff, but they don’t go well with me. I have this one in a mini candle and that’s the perfect amount of nutty pumpkin for me!

#9 Caramel Pumpkin Swirl

Ribbons of pumpkin laced into sweet sticky caramel..anyone else thinking of a decadent fall drink? Yeah, best part of this is the scent is calorie free, and lasts longer. A way better investment if you ask me!  Ribbons of pumpkin laced into sweet sticky caramel..anyone else thinking of a decadent fall drink? Yeah, best part of this is the scent is calorie free, and lasts longer. A way better investment if you ask me!

#8 Pumpkin Apple Cider

A little sweet for my taste, but with hints of sweet cinnamon-y apple cider, and buttered rum it may be confusing if your supposed to drink this body wash or use it in the shower! Either way, I don't hate it.  A little sweet for my taste, but with hints of sweet cinnamon-y apple cider, and buttered rum it may be confusing if your supposed to drink this body wash or use it in the shower! Either way, I don’t hate it.

#7 Sweet Cinnamon Pumpkin

Correct me if I'm wrong but this scent was one of the original BBW pumpkin scents. I have it in body wash, body lotion, hand cream, mini hand cream, anti bacterial and the list goes on! It will always remind me of fall, and a great gateway scent if you're just getting into the pumpkin game.  Correct me if I’m wrong but this scent was one of the original BBW pumpkin scents. I have it in body wash, body lotion, hand cream, mini hand cream, anti bacterial and the list goes on! It will always remind me of fall, and a great gateway scent if you’re just getting into the pumpkin game.

#6 Salted Caramel Pumpkin

My sister loves everything caramel. You could say that is her flavor! This scent is like a mix of the both of us. Sweet, classy and hard to resist! It's definitely one of my favorite new ones that came out last fall! Caramel lovers won't be able to stay away.  My sister loves everything caramel. You could say that is her flavor! This scent is like a mix of the both of us. Sweet, classy and hard to resist! It’s definitely one of my favorite new ones that came out last fall! Caramel lovers won’t be able to stay away.

#5 Pumpkin Spice

The queen B of pumpkin scents, if you will. Anything but basic, this scent will put you right in the mood for fall, especially if you buy it in August when it's still summer. White barn is affiliated with BBW, so if you have one of those near you, you won't miss out on the pumpkinpalooza! The queen B of pumpkin scents, if you will. Anything but basic, this scent will put you right in the mood for fall, especially if you buy it in August when it’s still summer. White barn is affiliated with BBW, so if you have one of those near you, you won’t miss out on the pumpkinpalooza!

#4 Pumpkin Banana Muffin

Does anything sound better than actually eating one of these bad boys?! I'd take a pumpkin banana muffin any time, any where and that's just how I feel about this scent! Light the candle and bake some muffins, people.  Does anything sound better than actually eating one of these bad boys?! I’d take a pumpkin banana muffin any time, any where and that’s just how I feel about this scent! Light the candle and bake some muffins, people.

#3 Marshmallow Pumpkin Latte

This scent is like a fluffy pumpkin cloud. Can someone please tell me how to make an actual marshmallow pumpkin latte that I can drink while I rub marshmallow pumpkin latte lotion all over?! I'm obsessed with this one and have it in every single shape and form....you should too!  This scent is like a fluffy pumpkin cloud. Can someone please tell me how to make an actual marshmallow pumpkin latte that I can drink while I rub marshmallow pumpkin latte lotion all over?! I’m obsessed with this one and have it in every single shape and form….you should too!

2# Coconut Pumpkin Latte

Am I on a tropical island or pumpkin patch?! Or both?! This scent is the best of both worlds, and if you know a place where I can get an actual coconut pumpkin latte, I want to know! Stock up on this one in the hand soap, because long after you've washed your hands you'll smell this, and be happy for fall, pumpkin and life!  Am I on a tropical island or pumpkin patch?! Or both?! This scent is the best of both worlds, and if you know a place where I can get an actual coconut pumpkin latte, I want to know! Stock up on this one in the hand soap, because long after you’ve washed your hands you’ll smell this, and be happy for fall, pumpkin and life!

#1 Pumpkin French Toast

To give you a complete picture of why I picked pumpkin french toast as TOP PUMPKIN BATH & BODY WORKS SCENT, I can't even have this candle open in my room without automatically feeling hungry, thinking about fluffy pumpkin french toast and running to the kitchen to start making brunch. Absolute pumpkin genius with this one and recipe inspiration too! When you see this one out this fall, grab as many as you can and run! To give you a complete picture of why I picked pumpkin french toast as TOP PUMPKIN BATH & BODY WORKS SCENT, I can’t even have this candle open in my room without automatically feeling hungry, thinking about fluffy pumpkin french toast and running to the kitchen to start making brunch. Absolute pumpkin genius with this one and recipe inspiration too! When you see this one out this fall, grab as many as you can and run!

xoxo,

Pumpkin Girl

No Bake Pumpkin Oat Energy Bites

Roll em’, pop em’ and forget about em’! Don’t forget about these though, because they are seriously a must have when on the go this fall! They are the perfect mini bites of pumpkin indulgence you can feel good about—the best part is, this recipe […]

Pumpkin Chocolate Avocado Mousse

If I didn’t tell you, wouldn’t even know there was avocado OR pumpkin in this recipe. At a restaurant in Seattle this past fall, I had my first taste of chocolate avocado mousse. I did the whole “i’m just going to have a bit” thing […]

Pumpkin Spice Almond Butter

Pumpkin Spice Almond Butter

Pumpkin Spice Almond Butter

It’s no secret I’m a big fan of pumpkin spice peanut butter. Correction, I’m a big of peanut butter in general! When I don’t have peanut butter with something for breakfast, I feel like my whole day is out of whack. Any one else?! I do like switching it up with almond butter once in awhile, and having a Vitamix makes it super easy to not pay over ten bucks for a jar! (I buy my almonds in the bulk section of the grocery store when they’re on sale!) So especially this time of year, adding pumpkin pie spice extract and extra pumpkin pie spice to my almond butter was a NO brainer, and I’m telling you I can’t stop putting it on everything! It’s perfect on top of pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin waffles, with a banana, or just by the spoonful after a long day. Recipe below! You bettah, make this buttah 🙂

Ingredients

2 cups almonds, chopped into pieces

2 Tbsp. coconut oil

4-5 drops of pumpkin pie spice extract

1-2 heaping Tbsp. pumpkin pie spice

Directions

Place almonds, coconut oil, and pumpkin pie extract in Vitamix. Blend on high. Reduce speed as almond butter begins forming. On low, add pumpkin pie spice. Refrigerate and enjoy! 

New Year in New York Update!

New Year in New York Update!

  It’s been a while since I sat down to write and reflect on the happenings of my life, but today felt like just the right time to do so. I came back to the city after a long hiatus at home in Chicago for […]

Pumpkin Spice Peanut Butter Review

  TASTE #1 JIF Whips Pumpkin Pie Spice Peanut Butter This was my first love of last pumpkin season. The whipped texture is really like no other! So smooth, creamy and melts perfectly into the nooks and crannies of a toasted pumpkin spice english muffin. Either […]

The Sarcastic Nutritionist and Once Upon a Pumpkin Review Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice

The Sarcastic Nutritionist and Once Upon a Pumpkin Review Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice

Spiked Pumpkin Chai Cocktail

Pumpkin girl here, back for week two of the great pumpkin collab-o with The Sarcastic Nutritionist! This week we set our sights on Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice Liquor—I got my pumpkin juices flowing to marry this flavor with another to find amatch made in fall flavor heaven. Before I tell you about the recipe, let me start with how I found this liquor in the concrete jungle of random liquor stores, I call New York City! After calling 4 stores to inquire that they carried the flavor with no luck, I was beginning to lose hope on finding this variety! Then, after a last minute change of plans, I found myself a random subway ride away from home and my pumpkin sense tingling. I walked into the nearest liquor store, and what do I know, I spot one bottle, as if it was waiting there for me. I picked it up and heard “that’s not for sale”, from the store clerk. Here’s me thinking, “dude, I’m probably the only one buy this from you!” He was kidding, but any person on the hunt for something pumpkin, knows that when they finally find it, it’s no joke! Cheers to that!

 

Recipe (makes 1 drink)

½ cup TAZO Chai Pumpkin Spice Latte Mix

¼ cup Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice Liquor

1 shot vodka of your choice (optional, but you should probably add it!)

3-4 ice cubes

Rimmed Glass Toppings

Cinnamon Sugar

Pumpkin Spice Pretzels

 

Directions

Rim your glass, by getting the edge wet, and dipping onto a plate of cinnamon sugar. Use a knife to carefully shave an opening in the pumpkin spice pretzel so that it will sit nicely on your glass. And try not to eat 10 of them as you stand there and prepare the rest of the drink!! Next, pour the TAZO Chai Pumpkin Spice Latte mix over ice and add the Pumpkin Spice Liquor and vodka, if going that route.  Stir and enjoy!

 

Review

While I love pumpkin sweets, this liquor was a new level of sweet! Adding it to the chai mix, created an extra spicy sugar bomb beverage! If you were to close your eyes and smell it, every memory you have of fall festivities and foliage would come to mind. And talk about flavor –the pumpkin spice was intensely sweet. It’s also intensely orange, so be extra careful when pouring! I think the pumpkin spice liquor would definitely work better in a pumpkin martini or in another cocktail whose flavors are a little less sweet. I also don’t opt for chai tea lattes, (you know I’m pumpkin spice flavored coffee all the way!), which could by why the chai was just OK for me. If you’re true to your chai lattes, then this spiked pumpkin twist is definitely for you! All in all, I think Hiram Walker Pumpkin Spice has pumpkin potential, and can be fun to play around with for the season! 

For the full review and other recipe created by The Sarcastic Nutritionist go HERE! 

Pumpkin & The Big Apple

You can’t compare apples and oranges, but can you compare apples and pumpkins? The big apple, and the pumpkin girl, that is. What I’m really trying to say is, if you would have told me a year ago that I would be working in New […]