Pumpkin Challenge 2016: Days 21-25

Since 2011, every October I embark on a month-long journey to consume something with pumpkin in it, in some form, every day.

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Day 21: Pumpkin Macaron, Thomas Haas

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Out for a lovely, gray-day meeting with K.L., I found myself with an unexpected pumpkin item at Thomas Haas. Unexpected, because I had ordered an apple pie macaron, and was served pumpkin, instead!

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It had what looked to be pumpkin purée on the inside of its creamy filling, and was accompanied by a soy chai latte and a raspberry macaron. A delicious meeting, indeed!

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Pumpkin Challenge 2016: Days 18-20

Since 2011, every October I embark on a month-long journey to consume something with pumpkin in it, in some form, every day.

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Day 18: Pumpkin Seeds en Salada, Dining Room

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Today’s was a simple one – make a salad, throw some pumpkin seeds on it! I like to make sure that pumpkin seeds get a solo appearance at some point, because they are great.

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Day 19: Pumpkin Spice Latte, Starbucks at home

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As a part of a wonderful and much-needed pick-me-up pumpkin care package from out of province, I received some at-home pumpkin spice latte mix, and indulged in that a bit.

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This pumpkin item was featured inside one of my favourite mugs and alongside a new piece of decor that I think will be making an appearance in most of my challenge photos from here on.

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Day 20: Matcha Pumpkin Cookies, Food.com

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These might look frightening, but they taste great.

I found this vegan recipe online and was pleased to see how much pumpkin would be going into it! The recipe didn’t actually call for matcha, but I replaced some flour ingredients with it because it was my vision to have a pumpkin pie matcha powder from David’s Tea in some form of baked good this month!

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The recipe was very liquids-based with 2 cups of pumpkin purée and apple sauce in place of sugar. The cookies are very ooey-gooey as a result, but I’ve had positive feedback so far – the matcha has a bit of bitterness that cuts the sweetness of the pumpkin and apple somewhat, and despite their spooky appearance they are full of chocolate-chippy goodness.

Pumpkin Challenge 2016: Days 15-17

Since 2011, every October I embark on a month-long journey to consume something with pumpkin in it, in some form, every day.

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Day 15: Pumpkin Cocoa w/ Vegan Pumpkin Marshmallows, Sillycow Farms + Dandies
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I must say, this has been a highlight of my challenge so far (thanks, Mom!).

On a late night that was full of wind and rain, my mom reminded me that I had pumpkin spice hot cocoa (dairy-free!) and vegan pumpkin spice marshmallows. So, while the lighting may appear a bit warm in nature, the odd colouring of these marshmallows comes from their natural pumpkin flavouring! This was a very delicious experience and vegan marshmallows are the exact same marshmallow experience as their non-vegan counterparts, I would encourage trying them out!

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Pumpkin Challenge 2016: Days 10-14

I’m nearly halfway through my pumpkin journey this year…

Since 2011, every October I embark on a month-long journey to consume something with pumpkin in it, in some form, every day.

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Day 10: Pumpkin CrispsLesley Stowe

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It had been a few days of sweet pumpkin treats when I found myself Monday evening without a pumpkin item off of my to-eat list. However, after digging through my cupboard, I found one of my back-up pumpkin snacks: Raincoast Crisps!

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Pumpkin Challenge 2016: Days 7-9

Since 2011, every October I embark on a month-long journey to consume something with pumpkin in it, in some form, every day.

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Day 4: Pumpkin S’mores Bar, Edible Flours

 

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I want to show A.B. the world over the next eight months. Edible Flours became a part of this mission on Friday.

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Pumpkin Challenge 2016: Days 4-6

Since 2011, every October I embark on a month-long journey to consume something with pumpkin in it, in some form, every day.

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Day 4: Chai Pumpkin Latte, Starbucks

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A day with many activities led to a last-minute trip for a deliciously easy item.

Starbucks has made a few staple appearances throughout past challenges, and this year is no different. I tend to play it pretty cool with the pumpkin life at Starbucks due to the dairy in the pumpkin spice syrup and the sheer mass of the pastries, but on a night where studying would go late and pumpkin hadn’t found its way into my day… Wasn’t our next step obvious? I have taken to a half-sweet chai with half a pump of pumpkin spice to keep the sweetness at bay but to ensure a flavourful fun time is still had.

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Pumpkin Challenge 2016: Welcome! Days 1-3

For the previous 5 years, I devote one part of each October day to consuming something with pumpkin in it. It started as a shared challenge (thank-you, J.A.) and has since become one of my favourite personal projects (in addition to the Hot Chocolate Festival – but that’s for another time). Unlike my chocolaty winter challenge, there is no higher purpose being served by my participation in this challenge – only my own personal satisfaction from discovering new foods and drinks that contain pumpkin, the joy of baking, and the delight I derive from photographing and sharing my daily selection of pumpkin consumption.

Now that we have taken some time to appreciate the noble heritage of this annual personal endeavour, I welcome you all to the 6th annual Pumpkin Challenge!

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Day 1: Pumpkin Donut HolesDoomie’s Toronto

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I began October in a new city this year – Toronto, Ontario! When I am asked what my favourite part of Toronto was, Doomie’s usually comes up first (J was also obviously a really great part). Doomie’s is a vegan junk food restaurant that prides itself on no salads but also no marring of one’s conscience:

After a delicious burger with beet “bacon” and a generous serving of “Fun Fries” with pesto (!!!), I spotted what would be the first pumpkin item of my month: Vegan pumpkin donut holes.

WHAT.

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