Pumpkin Cheesecake Day

Although October 21 is merely Pumpkin Cheesecake Day, I want to broaden that out, and acknowledge what seems to have become the pumpkin spice season.

Since it is its official day, I’ll start with pumpkin cheesecake. I have had this and it is quite good. For an easy recipe, go to the Philadelphia Cream Cheese page, and make one of your own.

But cheesecake is only one of multitudes of pumpkin spice items that appear in the autumn. One of the first to look for is the Pumpkin Spice Latte at Starbucks. Their web page says, “Our signature espresso and milk are highlighted by flavor notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove to create this incredible beverage that’s a fall favorite. Enjoy it topped with whipped cream and real pumpkin pie spices.”

From one of the original pumpkin spice foods, we go to one of the newest – pumpkin spice pizza, which the Delish site (among others) announced, adding, “Lord help us.”

You can also make your own pumpkin pie spice. Betty Crocker has the recipe at their site. [

Here’s a rundown of only some of the other foods you can buy.

  • Ghiradelli Milk Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Caramel Squares
  • Birch Benders Pumpkin Spice Pancake Mix
  • Terra’s Pumpkin Spice Potato Chips (Crisps)
  • Einstein Pumpkin Bagels
  • Nutrigrain Pumpkin Spice Bars
  • Pumpkin Spice Special K
  • Jet-Puffed Pumpkin Spicemallows
  • Ben & Jerry’s Pumpkin Cheesecake Ice Cream
  • Dunkin Donuts’ Pumpkin Spice Macchiato
  • Pepperidge Farm Pumpkin Cheesecake Cookies
  • Pumpkin Spice Oreos
  • Godiva Pumpkin Spice Chocolate Truffles
  • Pumpkin Spice Cheerios
  • Wolfermans’ Pumpkin Spice English Muffins
  • Kellogg’s Pumpkin Spice Frosted Mini Wheats
  • Pumpkin Spice Peeps
  • The Popcorn Factory’s Pumpkin Spice Popcorn
  • Pepperidge Farm’s Pumpkin Swirl Bread

As you can see, you need to get started if you are going to try even some of these!

Quotes about pumpkin spice season (that is, autumn)

All things on earth point home in old October: sailors to sea, travellers to walls and fences, hunters to field and hollow and the long voice of the hounds, the lover to the love he has forsaken.–Thomas Wolfe

Bittersweet October. The mellow, messy, leaf-kicking, perfect pause between the opposing miseries of summer and winter.–Carol Bishop Hipps

I’m so glad I live in a world where there are Octobers.–L. M. Montgomery

October is a symphony of permanence and change.–Borono W. Overstreet

October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again.–Hal Borland

October is the month for painted leaves…. As fruits and leaves and the day itself acquire a bright tint just before they fall, so the year near its setting. October is its sunset sky; November the later twilight.–Henry David Thoreau

There is no season when such pleasant and sunny spots may be lighted on, and produce so pleasant an effect on the feelings, as now in October.–Nathaniel Hawthorne

Autumn begins to decorate the ground
with its fragile bits of loosened gold.–Teresita Fernandez

Autumn burned brightly, a running flame through the mountains, a torch flung to the trees.–Faith Baldwin

Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.–Albert Camus

Autumn … makes a double demand. It asks that we prepare for the future–that we be wise in the ways of garnering and keeping. But it also asks that we learn to let go–to acknowledge the beauty of sparseness.–Bonaro W. Overstreet

Delicious autumn! My very soul is wedded to it, and if I were a bird I would fly about the earth seeking the successive autumns.–George Eliot

Let Autumn be our teacher; Everything must sleep and die, To rise and live again.–John E. Vance

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