It's Pumpkin Spice Time of Year

I love the smell of pumpkin spice.

Pumpkin spice means it’s time for the weather to start getting chilly, so I can pull out the flannel and the boots. Fall decor goes up, with lots of comfy blankets, plastic pumpkins, and of course, the pumpkin scented candles!

Now that Starbucks has released the famous Pumpkin Spice Latte, it’s almost like an official announcement— pumpkin is now allowed. Finally. We’ve only been waiting for this moment since last year!

How to Make Pumpkin Spice

One time, I was in the middle of baking pumpkin pudding and discovered that I was out of pumpkin spice. After an emergency run to the grocery store, I found myself staring at an empty spot on the shelf, as the employee said the three terrible words… “Out of stock.”

Of course, if I had mixed up my own pumpkin spice, this could have been avoided.

To make your own pumpkin spice, you will need:

  • 3 Tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 1 ½  teaspoons ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon allspice

Combine and store in an airtight container for up to 6 months.

Incorporate Pumpkin into Your Life

Did you know that you can use pumpkin spice in dozens of different foods, not just pumpkin pie? For starters, mix ¼ of a teaspoon of pumpkin spice with 4 teaspoons of honey, and drizzle it over prosciutto roasted figs. (Click Here for an easy prosciutto figs recipe.)

Also, pumpkin spice ice cream is a thing. A very good thing. Basically, it’s made of cream, pumpkin extract, brown sugar, vanilla extract, spices, and a dash of bourbon (for the adults). I found a good recipe on William Sonoma’s website (, but you can adjust the ingredients as you like.

Or, if you’re looking for more of an old favorite, check out our Paleo Pumpkin Bundt Cake from Cindy’s Table, available Here. It’s a great choice whether or not you follow the Paleo diet!

Don’t Forget Coffee!

And of course, pumpkin spice lattes. Some people love them so much, they buy two PSLs every day, from September to Thanksgiving.

But since that costs hundreds of dollars, here are some yummy homemade versions of the PSL that you can try for yourself. You’ll save money, and you can make as much as you want. Five or six refills in a row? No problem. (If you don’t mind the sugar crash that’s coming later.)

Which recipe do you like best? What toppings or extra ingredients would you add?

Well, now that pumpkin spice is here, I’m ready for pumpkin ice cream, pumpkin bread, pumpkin soup, pumpkin everything! I can’t wait to start cooking up some new recipes and getting into the spirit of fall.

What is your favorite pumpkin recipe? Leave a comment and let me know!

Thanks from Cindy's Table and Anschutz PR and Casting