Pumpkin Spice & Everything Nice

Though I’m recovering from having two wisdom teeth pulled on Thursday, it didn’t stop Andrew and I from planning a last-minute trip to South Burlington, Vermont last night to see none other than Lee DeWyze. While I’ll talk more about that show in my next post, the four hour drive also filled me with excitement as it also meant I’d get to check out Target – a store I used to love going to in my native Cincinnati that are sorely missing from Canada in general – for their seasonal pumpkin spice items.

Altogether, the “stocking up,” as I refer to it, didn’t cost too much, and I managed to grab some of my favourite items alongside new items.

Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Swirl Bread — Rather you eat it straight out of the package or toast it beforehand, this has been one of my favourite items from years past. Pepperidge Farm manages to create delicious treats that taste just as fresh when you open them as if they were made that day.

Archer Farms Pumpkin Spice Coffee Pods — I’m a bit picky when it comes to pumpkin spice flavoured coffee, as I don’t particularly enjoy an overabundance of artificially flavoured pumpkin. So Archer Farms – which is Target’s own brand – manages to create a coffee with enough natural flavours that it has the right hints of pumpkin when drank directly. I like to add in a pumpkin spice almond creamer just to give it the perfect mix and pumpkin spice and creaminess.

Nature Valley Pumpkin Spice Pastries — One of the hardest things about being a vegetarian originally for me was losing one of my guilty pleasure treats in Pop-Tarts. As they contain gelatine, they weren’t vegetarian-friendly, so Nature Valley has stepped forward to create an organic, vegetarian toaster pastry that I absolutely enjoy. While they have the normal selection of strawberry, blueberry, etc., it’s their autumn option of pumpkin spice that I obviously consider my favourite.

Unfortunately, due to it being a smaller Target, there wasn’t much stock of pumpkin spice goodness, so I missed out on being able to track down a few regular options from years past. However, they were right across the street from a Trader Joe’s (another store that’s missing from Canada), so a quick walk-through of the store made it possible to grab some more items.

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Bagels — Available as both a regular and gluten free option, I picked up the regular option due to the cost difference. Trader Joe’s is preservative free, so I’ll definitely have to make sure to get these all consumed before they spoil… not that that’s going to be a difficult feat for me to accomplish.

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Rolls — The indulgent treat for this shopping treat, as these pumpkin spice flavoured cinnamon rolls are sure to be a warm treat for when the weather gets  particularly cold.

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter — A pretty self-explanatory item, but I usually enjoy putting this on top of unflavoured toast, waffles or pumpkins to give it an easily remedied pumpkin spice twist.

Trader Joe’s Cream Cheese — While I tend to try and avoid dairy to be as vegan-friendly as possible, I had to cave and get some pumpkin spice cream cheese. If you really want to go overboard on the pumpkin taste, you can put this on top of the pumpkin spice bagels or the Pepperidge Farm pumpkin swirl bread I talked above; adding it to regular bagels gives you a light pumpkin spice twist, as well.

Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pancake Mix — Because who doesn’t look a good pumpkin spice pancake to kick off their Sunday mornings? While my skill at actually making pancakes is hit-or-miss (I either make them perfect, or burn them beyond recognition with no in between), I’ve always enjoyed the taste of these.

In addition to the above items, I managed to grab some cookies, cereal bars, roasted pumpkin seeds and, something I’ve never heard of before, pumpkin spice tortilla chips. The latter option will probably take me a while to get to, as my dentist has said I can’t consume chips until my gums are completely healed, but I’ll be looking forward to chowing down on them every day until then.

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