It's been a weird year for gardening, and with Fall finally upon us, I wish we had a bit more to harvest. One of our apparent successes this year is technically still a work-in-progress, but I wanted to highlight it here on The Rock Father Gardening Blog: Pumpkin on a Stick. For the past two seasons, Addie and I have purchased a variety of "fun" seed packets from a local greenhouse (which sadly closed this past July after around 30 years of business), mostly gourds and a few other oddities from a company called Livingston Seed.
It's time once again for the return of an old friend - one that brings warmth and comfort to the cool Fall days and nights... one that's still welcome even though it's still hot here in Illinois. Yes, I'm talking about the Pumpkin Spice Latte from STARBUCKS, and yes - it's back. Officially released today for the 2012 season, they snuck out early at the Starbucks I visited within a TARGET store this past Saturday, and that said - the first Pumpkin Spice of the season was officially consumed. For The Rock Father, Pumpkin Spice is just another element of what makes Fall the best season of them all.
I was planning on writing this blog a few weeks ago, when as far as I'm concerned, Summer 2012 officially came to an end. The date? August 8. The reason? I picked up a 12-pack of BLUE MOON Brewing Company's "Brewmaster's Autumn Sampler." If Fall Beer is Here - Summer is over. At least that's what I told myself.