It's Here! The Pumpkin Bucket List
We have but a few precious months to savor pumpkins.
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It's not October, but the pumpkin spice lattes are out in full force, as are pumpkin cookie and cake mixes, and cans of pureed pumpkin. I saw a woman leaving a local super center with two large carving pumpkins just yesterday.
Giant pumpkins and pumpkin laced confections and coffees used to appear in October. But folks loved them so much (translation: they brought in tons of profits), that companies decided to shelve them earlier so that the public could enjoy them longer (translation: so the companies could make more money).
In addition to noticing pumpkin-flavored everything all around me, I've also been keenly aware of the popularity of bucket lists of late. We are so rushed these days, our number one fear is not disease or crime. It's running out of time. And since we're so preoccupied with time, bucket lists have become a way to make us feel like we're in control and getting the most out of life, regardless of how fast it flies by, how crammed our schedules are or how tired we feel.
Therefore, I've decided to create a pumpkin bucket list. We only have a few precious months before the pumpkin-flavored deliciousness of fall melts away into the rich chocolate heart-boxed candy season of winter. Therefore, to ensure all our pumpkin cravings are satisfied until at least next August, when they are sandwiched between school supplies and early Christmas items — a little earlier next year to stretch out gross national pumpkin profits — I have created a pumpkin bucket list. Feel free to print and post it on your fridge, and then check off each one as you make your way through pumpkins this fall.
Pumpkin Bucket List
- Leave early for the school carpool, pick up a pumpkin spice latte (or shake if it's really hot outside) and sip it while waiting for school to dismiss.
- Make two pumpkin pies adorned with pecans and drizzled with chocolate; and give one to the most frazzled parent you know (if that is you, then it's yours, so hide it and eat it at your leisure).
- Have pumpkin soup for lunch on a cool day while watching leaves fall.
- Find a pumpkin recipe you've never tried before, and then give it someone else to bring it to an autumn covered dish event you are both attending.
- Make cupcake size pumpkin pies. There is a video making the rounds on social media if you need inspiration. If you are really creative, fill the crusts half full with cheesecake filling, sink a chocolate kiss halfway into the cheesecake filling, and then fill the remaining half with pumpkin filling. It will be my goal to successfully create these mini chocolate filled pumpkin cheesecakes by Thanksgiving. It's going to take a lot of practice, I'm sure.
- Buy or make one new pumpkin decoration.
- Roast the pumpkin seeds from one carving pumpkin and snack on them while watching "The Nightmare Before Christmas," "Casper," "Monster House" or another family-friendly, Halloween-appropriate flick.
- Toast pumpkin bread and top with something dramatic, like avocado, honey and cinnamon; or apple slices and chutney.
- Make pumpkin waffles this year, because pumpkin pancakes have been done.
- Ask your kids to come up with a creative, never-before-tried pumpkin recipe, then make it together for dinner. If it is great, post it on social media and brag. If your kids are adept with video editing apps, create a viral video of the recipe. If the meal is a flop, head out to a restaurant and spend the night making up jokes about the earlier pumpkin disaster while laughing hysterically and bonding as a family.
Good luck making your way through this list. And remember, if you don't quite get around to all 10, there's always next year.