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{Pumpkin Pie Spice}

Fall Flavors and Scents

Fall couldn’t have had better timing. Jake and I snuck away for a few days, enjoyed a bit of sunshine and down time, and upon returning home, the Fall weather seemed to follow us with a quite abrupt end to Summer. But, I’m not complaining. I love the Fall in Seattle. As a photographer, it’s a near perfect time of year where it’s not too cool to shoot outside, but I can do so in comfort, with perfectly filtering overcast skies and crunchy red and amber leaves falling from the trees. I really am quite giddy about it.

As I write this, I am sitting with a steamy mug of Market Spice Tea and I have my new “Leaves” scented candle burning and making the house smell soooo good. It might smell like a pot roast too, since I have one in the crock pot, but even that  is a delightfully cozy Fall scent. (And yes, friends, I am photographing the pot roast and will share that with you this week!)

A couple of weeks ago, Jake brought me home a small treat from Trader Joe’s, and I realized it would be the perfect fall treat to share with you: Pumpkin Pie Spice.

This magical, sandy-textured mixture is the BOMB. Sprinkle a pinch into your drip coffee or Americano, and you too can be taken away to delicious warm flavors of ground cinnamon, ginger, lemon peel, cloves, and cardamom. It’s way better than those coma-in-a-cup seasonal pumpkin-spiced lattes from you-know-who :)

Now, if  you don’t have a Trader Joe’s nearby, proceed with caution if you purchase a Pumpkin Pie Spice. Typical varieties are intended for things like (gasp!) pies, and I have seen them containing sugar and other non-good-for-you ingredients. So, get someone to ship you some from their local Trader Joe’s, or maybe even create your own at home with the ingredients listed above.

Happy Eating! Joey

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