The Pumpkin Bug

I’ve been infected with the pumpkin bug, and so I must do my yearly duty with pumpkins. As one who loves pumpkin spice, I baked over a dozen pumpkin cupcakes, and 12 pumpkin muffins. I’ve got pumpkin spice flavoring to add to my coffee. What’s more, I chose the above graphic to feature my posts for the October Frights blog hop. I’ve earmarked Wawa and probably Starbucks for pumpkin flavored shakes and lattes. Finally, I went and bought pumpkin sauce to use instead of traditional tomato sauce for some of my spaghetti meals, for the pumpkin rules. My Mylar balloons understand because they deal with my fever every year.

Food aside, the pumpkin is an important ingredient for Halloween. We have the Irish Festival Samhain to thank for Halloween as we know it. Samhain marked the passage from the summer harvest season to the dark of winter. People believed that fairy spirits, and not the nice kind, lurked in the shadows. To distract these spirits, people would carve faces into large turnips and set lit candles inside them. They would then place these lanterns among roadways and gates to light the way for travelers and caution the fairies.

The immigrants from Ireland and Scotland arrived around the mid-1800s, and these folks found the pumpkins useful for the jack-o’-lanterns. Thus this Halloween ritual was born.

My other upcoming blogs will have three discussions on writing issues and one short story. My tales don’t contain any scenes involving pumpkins, but you can sure make some delicious treats. Since people are always hungry, you might want to stop by King Arthur Flour to check out their pumpkin recipes. For gluten-free diets, you can substitute their Measure-for-Measure flour for regular flour.

I know of a lot of folks who set up pumpkin jack-o’-lanterns, but I’d much rather buy canned pumpkin and bake. Carving involves a lot of hard work, and some pumpkins weigh as much as 25 pounds. That’s not to say I won’t indulge in pumpkin Mylar balloons—I’ve got about two or three of them now.

Today, I found a pumpkin cupcake in my lunch kit. I must give the pumpkin his due.

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About Barbara Custer

Author of:
Twilight Healer
Steel Rose
Life Raft: Earth
City of Brotherly Death
Close Liaisons
Infinite Sight
When Blood Reigns
Infinite Sight
Publisher / Editor of Night to Dawn Books & Magazine

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14 Comments

  1. I love pumpkin pies and my husband makes a great one!!. This has made me hungry!!!

    Judy Cox

  2. I’ve seen some pics of the turnips carved for this and they are creepy! Pumpkins are much more pleasant to crave. LOL

  3. I love this time of year when everything smells of pumpkin and spice! 😀

  4. It has been unseasonably warm in NY and I can’t wait for the cooler weather to start baking! Pumpkin Pie and Pumpkin Ravioli. Thank you

    • It has been warm here in PA, but I do my baking regardless of the temp – I even baked in June and July. I’d love to see your recipe for pumpkin ravioli. 🙂
      Barbara of the Balloons

  5. I can say no quite easily.

  6. I can’t wait to to start making my pumpkin pies and carving pumpkins with my son.

  7. Yes, indeed. It is the season of the pumpkin.

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