Thursday, October 17, 2013

Really Random Thursday, 10/17/13: This one's for you, Hadley

Last week Hadley remarked on the US obsession with pumpkins. Being pumpkin-obsessed myself this time of year, my first thought was , "Um, yeah, and your point is.....?"

And that very same day the Trader Joe's Fearless Flyer arrived in the mail. So I pondered this supposed-obsession as I drank my Samuel Adams harvest pumpkin ale and paged through the mailer. These were the items available:

pumpkin bread mix
nonfat Greek yoguft flavored with pumpkin
organic pumpkin toaster pastries
pumpkin waffles
pumpkin soup
honey roasted pumpkin ravioli
mini pumpkin pies
pumpkin cream cheese muffins
organic canned pumpkin
pumpkin cream cheese
pumpkin pie spice
pumpkin bar baking mix
pumpkin cranberry scone mix
pecan pumpkin instant oatmeal
pumpkin ale
pumpkin on a stick
pumpkin body butter
pumpkin flavored dog treats
this pumpkin walks into a bar (the yummiest cereal bar with the best name)
pumpkin cranberry crisps
pumpkin biscotti
pumpkin cheesecake
pumpkin spice granola
pumpkin spice rooibos tea
pumpkin spice chai
pita crisps with cranberries and pumpkin seeds
pumpkin bread pudding
pumpkin croissants
pumpkin ice cream
pumpkin macarons
pumpkin butter
pumpkin spice coffee
pumpkin pancake and waffle mix

And plain old pumpkins.

I have no clue why the thought of pumpkin obsession even crossed Hadley's mind...

Oh, and this arrived in the mail. Thanks, Rene'!! It's getting a lot of use as I drink my pumpkin spiced coffee.
Your turn.


  1. I got the same Trader Joe's flyer and it made for entertaining reading. I think we must draw the line at Pumpkin Body Butter!!

  2. See I think the whole pumpkin thing is a bit weird - and I'm Australian, we doo all kinds of weird stuff and consider it normal.
    E xx

  3. wowsers!! pumpkin on a stick??! Must be a big stick.

  4. are in good company then, as I find myself pretty pumpkin obsessed this time of year too!

  5. I'm just sorry that pumpkin mania is seasonal. I vote for pumpkin everything all year round!

  6. The best pumpkin item - your gift from Rene' - cute!

  7. What wonderful pumpkins! It's definitely THAT time of the year. I saw the flyer too and noticed all of the pumpkin in it.

  8. I'm a nut for all things Pumpkin--I don't see anything wrong with it... Cute pumpkin mug rug, Rene'!

  9. No, I can't imagine what she was thinking... ;o)

  10. Well, I've just grown some fairly decent pumpkins but, apart from making lanterns, I was at a loss for what to do with them! Looks like I've come to the right place :D

  11. I love the color, name, and most everything about pumpkins- however I am allergic to them! Raw pumpkin makes my hands break out in a scary rash! I have never met anyone else with the same problem. Funny thing is though my dad has been calling me Pumpkin since birth- I wouldn't even recognize my real name coming from his mouth- and in college I drove a burnt orange 1983 toyota corolla that everyone lovingly bestowed as "the pumpkin car" - so even though I can't enjoy eating pumpkin- everyone seems to associate me with them anyhow.... lol!

  12. Ha ha ha ha!!!!
    You have proven my point ;)
    I meant to take a photo of our local store's display - think I will have to do my random Thursday on Friday!

  13. That is some list!! The pumpkin mug rug goes to the top of 'must have' pumpkin accessories!

  14. I think I'll go make some pumpkin bread. . . or sew with some orange fabric. . .or something.

  15. That is the cutest mug rug ever!! Next year maybe Trader Joe's will carry the awesome Pumpkin Spice English Muffins that I am addicted to right now!!

  16. Amazing...there are so many things pumpkin! I don't do pumpkin, so I guess I never paid attention before.

  17. I love the pumpkin mug rug - how sweet and aren't you lucky! Thanks so much for sharing the link to the Fearless Flyer - had no idea they had such a thing and signed up in a snap!

  18. Love the picture of all the pumpkins in a row!! The colours would make a great quilt :)
    Gee I loved Trader Joes when I visited San Francisco!! Wish we had something like that here in the UK :)
    Worthing, UK

  19. Ooh I have grown squash this year pumpkins.
    I have never eaten pumkpin before... I know where I shall come for advice next fall!

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  21. No Trader Joe's in our area (though 110,000 people are trying to get them here!) but all the pumpkiny goodness sounds great. Are pumpkins grown in CA? Or FL?

  22. love that photo where all the shapes and colours are lined up...some darks , some lights, movement , contrast, just like a quilt!

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