Hey there guys!
Happy fall! I’m so excited for this time of season because not only do I get to start wearing all of my fall clothes but I also get to eat all things pumpkin flavored!
As I love baking, I’ve already made this annual pumpkin bread and muffins that Trader Joe’s has during this season. I also can’t wait for the pumpkin lattes, teas, scones, etc…
Perhaps a pumpkin’s classification is still being debated between fruits or vegetables, but when eaten in a nutritional manner, it can have some amazing benefits for your health. I tend to enjoy my pumpkin flavored treats with a ton of sugar, though. I’m a big fan of pumpkin pastries and sweets!
To get inspired to bake some incredible seasonal treats, embark on this post to see all the pumpkin flavored you have to create!
Pumpkin Muffins + Bread
Trader Joe’s has this impeccable pumpkin mix that has become a staple tradition in my house. Every time I see the bread-mix hanging around my house, I know fall has arrived! This mix can be made into a loaf or some muffins. Find the perfect cream cheese frosting and you can even make some cupcakes out of them!
When I first bought this mix this year, I decided to bake some muffins on an early Saturday morning. The batter sufficiently filled twelve muffin liners. After twenty minutes baking in the oven, I pulled them out to cool off. I come back an hour later to find only five muffins remaining! I then proceeded to take and eat it before leaving the house. As you can tell, these pumpkin muffins are super tasty; you might want to hide them as soon as you make them!
These pumpkin muffins are best enjoyed with my some of my favorite teas (Been searching for some fresh tea recommendations? 😉 Check out my last post!). In case you prefer to make bread instead of muffins, the box comes with instructions on the back for a variation of other baked goods.
Even before October hit, I already started drinking this coffee. It’s another Trader Joe’s classic called the Pumpkin Spice Coffee. Almost daily, I add in some hazelnut creamer to make it really tasty! My family makes it in a standard coffee machine before leaving for school and work. I enjoy drinking it on my way to school every morning.
Trader Joe’s seems to embrace a lot of seasonal items that I love, haha! This morning, my grandmother, who typically takes her coffee in a very plain and precise manner, asked me to prepare her a warm mug of this drink, adding that I should prepare it in the way that I usually take it. As my grandmother slowly begins to fall in love with this coffee, I feel she beautifully exhibits how this drink can perfectly change up your usual coffee routine. In addition to this at-home drink, I love getting a tall Starbucks pumpkin latte, too! All coffee drinks seem to gain so much exciting flavor during this time of year.
I’d like to give a wonderful shout-out to my mother, since she was the one who introduced me to this seasonal treat. She and I don’t buy this Starbucks scone often, but when we do, we typically rave about how great it is while taking a moment to decompress from our action-packed lives. When I see this scone in stores, it’s a little reminder of the sweet times my mother and I shared, either in the car or waiting for our warm drinks, talking about light-hearted, funny things. Thanks, mom!
The best part about these fall traditions are the sweet memories attached with them. Pumpkin-flavored sweet treats remind me of family times and the soon arrival of the best annual family holidays, like Thanksgiving and the all time favorite: Christmas! I’m already planning to start making some new fall treats from the abundant amount of recipes I’ve saved on Pinterest 😉
I hope you guys have a great weekend! If you have any comments or tried the muffin mix, please feel free comment down below and let me know how it went. I hope this post encourages you to reflect on this time of season and perhaps create a new fall tradition. Thank you for reading and enjoy the fall weather!
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