Pumpkin Week {Day 1}: The Pumpkin Mystique

Mystique:   an air or attitude of mystery

and reverence developing around something …….


If you think about it, that’s EXACTLY what surrounds pumpkins.


It’s merely a squash, and yet it has become so much more.  We cook with pumpkin, decorate with it, carve it, and use pumpkins for DIY projects. We even give pumpkins center stage in our two major fall holidays.

What is it??  Did you ever think about it?


I have been thinking about it.  And wondering. Why do I {and SO many others}  get absolutely giddy upon the return of Pumpkin Spice Lattes to Starbucks each year?  What is it that warms my heart as I pass a dilapidated wooden wagon  loaded with pumpkins by the side of a country road?  What is it?


No one would argue that pumpkins are a symbol of the beauty and warmth of the colors of fall……

But also, as is the case so often with me, the answer comes to me in memories recalled by the feelings evoked……

…recollections of childhood, as well as the not so distant past..

…the musty smell & crunch of  giant leaf piles beckoning,  begging to be frolicked in.


Brittle leaves brushing my cheeks, as I lay in a soft mound of red & orange foliage, face toward the sky. Leaves gently rustlings about me.

The fall air, crisp.

The fall sky, clear.

The feeling, contentment.



…Sunday afternoons, with the warmth of  a fire in the fireplace, the dull roar of a football game  on TV, and smells of Sunday dinner coming from mom’s kitchen. Warmth. Safety. And contentment.

…well worn boots & favorite sweaters, that have seen me through many autumns and the comfort in that. And contentment.

…memories of having my 1st baby boy  in autumn. Satisfaction. Peace. And contentment.

…beginning to plan for and think about the approaching holidays.  Excitement. Anticipation.  And contentment.


 Autumn is a season of contentment for me. I’m not sure why, it just is.  As crazy as it may sound, if I were to be completely honest, I would tell you that pumpkins recall feelings of warmth, comfort, and contentment.
Clearly, pumpkins are not JUST a squash. There is a “reverence” that has developed surrounding them.  Pumpkins have become a sort of emblem for autumn, but I believe that in so doing, have  also become a symbol of all that autumn means to each and every one of us.
So, join me each and every day this week for Pumpkin Week.  I have some amazing DIY roundups, recipes roundups, a very favorite Pumpkin Bread recipe of my very own, and so much more!
Do you agree that there is just something about pumpkins?  Are you like me in that pumpkins have become a sort of  symbol of what this time of year means to you? If so, what feelings or memories do pumpkins evoke in you?  Or, do you think I’m completely off my gourd {pun intended} and once again am making dramatic mountains out of everyday, average molehills? I’d love to hear……..
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  1. This is wonderful! Orange is not my favorite color, but there is something about pumpkins that brings warmth to my home each fall. I look forward to decorating with them all over my house! Thank you for making my photograph a part of your week of pumpkin posts!

  2. Love this post (and your blog!), thank you so much for including our photo! I have an obsession with pumpkin – looking at them and eating them! 🙂 🙂

  3. Love the pics!

  4. Love your blog !!! I also love all the feelings that pumpkins and fall bring out—love this time of year!

  5. Absolutely my favorite time of year. Has been since grade school.

    I think it started when I was old enough to remember the traditions. It was always such fun to feel the cooler weather, pick pumpkins, do Halloween and autumnal crafts, drink apple cider and hot cocoa, raking leaves and jumping in the piles. Now it’s so special to be watching my young children experience these same events.

  6. I love pumpkins too! They make me think of going to the pumpkin patch with my children when they were younger!

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