Gourdness Gracious

On the way home from my stand-up gig on Thursday night, my wife and I stopped at the Cook-Out for a celebratory milkshake. For 99ยข, I got a 16-ounce pumpkin pie shake that had significant chunks of pumpkin pie in it. Before drinking it, I spooned half into a separate cup, covered it and put it in the freezer for another day.

This is the time of year when pumpkin flavor is everywhere. Just last week, I read an article about overkill when it comes to pumpkin-flavored products. Gretchen McKay wrote, “Do we really need pumpkin-flavored dog treats or nonfat Greek pumpkin yogurt?”

Over the weekend, I scrolled through the list of Kindle bestsellers. I almost always find something in the list of Top 100 Free Books that interests me. Authors and publishers sometimes make their books available for free for a limited time only, so it’s worth checking the list every few days. While it was still free, I downloaded “Delicious Pumpkin Dessert Recipes – 135 Mouthwatering Pumpkin Dessert Recipes” with the intention of making at least one of them for Thanksgiving.

Based solely on the names in the table of contents, I think my first choice will be Pumpkin Gingersnap Cookies although Southern Pumpkin Whoopie Pies sound pretty good too. Toward the back of the book, author Rosemary Coleman has included drink recipes, both alcoholic and non-alcoholic. There’s even a recipe for a Pumpkin Pie Milkshake.

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2 Responses to Gourdness Gracious

  1. Keith Ely says:

    On your list of things to do should be the Morton Pumpkin Festival held in Morton, IL every year. Morton is the home of Libby’s pumpkin processing for most of Libby’s pumpkin pie filling. The pumpkins start “rolling” in in Sept. by the semi trailer load. They have pumpkin flavored everything available, you name it, they’ll put pumpkin in it.

  2. Keith Ely says:

    I’m sending you a link about the festival.

    http://www.mortonchamber.org/pumpkin-festival-daily-schedule

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