Pumpkin syrup and headstones.

Wednesday musings today.  I’ve been working a lot and my brain no worky very well.

The pumpkin spice sauce – AKA pumpkin drizz.

This is floating around the web and is pretty easy.

Basically, just simmer

1½ cups water
1½ cups sugar
4 cinnamon sticks 0r ground cinnamon (your choice)
1 tsp ground nutmeg
½ tsp ground ginger
½ tsp ground cloves
3 TBSP pumpkin puree (not pie filling)

Simmer everything together for about 5 minutes. Don’t let it boil or it will congeal.  Cool and bottle.

It is a little thick. Kind of like syrup.  You can use it to sweeten up your coffee for that Starbucks pumpkin spice latte. Or just drizzle it on top of milk foam like I do:

Heck, you could really live high on the hog and do whipped cream!

Yes, people, I have tried the Candy Corn M&Ms.

Now most of you know that I am a candy corn connoisseur. I have preferred brands and freshness is key.  So, how do the M&Ms stack up?  Well, they pretty much are white chocolate with a little interesting undertone to them. I wouldn’t say they tasted like candy corn per se, but they were pretty good.  I still like the coconut M&Ms the best.

I took a walk today and walked through the cemetery.  On the main road, you go by Pizza Hut, McDonalds, another pizza place, Dunkin Donuts, Stewarts convenience store and then the cemetery.  Is fate trying to say something there? You be the judge.

Anyway, this is a very interesting cemetery.  I like cemeteries, actually.  Our most famous resident is Jane McCrea, whom I have talked about before.  She was moved several times before coming to final rest here.

Fall colors are just starting to peep out.

This stone is huge.  Is that really necessary?

There are lots of older stones.  Many from the mid 1800s.

Then this one where the poor mother doesn’t even have a name.

I find it interesting when the headstones are broken and just propped together.

You wonder over all the years if these people are never visited any more or the families moved away or whatever.  Just makes you think a little bit.

Plus you can see how long they have been this way because they are solidly in the ground.

Then there was this family plot.  See the smallest headstone on the right?

I think that might be a family pet because it is a dog or something on top of the headstone!

Anyway, that was interesting.  I guess I should have saved this stuff for October near Halloween!

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24 thoughts on “Pumpkin syrup and headstones.

  1. Alice

    Lori, I am really into genealogy and came to your neck of the woods (Latham, actually, a bit south) to visit family and gather information and pics from graveyards. There is a website called “Find a Grave” that really appreciates it when you post pictures of headstones and the name of the cemetery. Check it out!

  2. Fran

    I pass our cemetary, I think, every 2 or 3 days when I walk with Bella but I never go there. I don’t like cemetaries, probably because I’ve been there more than enough already in my life. I also never visit my father’s grave, he’s not there, he’s in my heart and in my memories, not in that cold ground.
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  3. Helen

    I like cemetaries too – they’re quite peaceful actually. I really enjoy running through the one in my city. There are headstones dating back to the 1700s. People did not live long lives back then. Plus we have several relatives there so I try to run by them and say hi.

    Can I admit to you I’ve never tried coconut M&Ms. I love the combination of coconut and chocolate but Shelley scared me away from them!
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  4. Jody - Fit at 54

    That drizzle looks amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don’t buy sugar.. wonder if Splenda alternative would work or even stevia powder. I don’t have either in the house – just wondering….

    When I lived back east, loved checking out the cemeteries & the older graves in there… lots of character!

    I love that you love candy corn too! What are your fav brands & agree – freshness!!! I try not to bring in the house for fear I will eat too may! Thx for the up on the m&m ones so I don’t even bother! So many other flavor candy corns now too aside from the original…
    Jody – Fit at 54´s last blog post ..Better Butt & Legs – Have them Screaming for More!

  5. Ali @ Peaches and Football

    We have a tiny cemetery down the road from us but I’ve never stopped in to look around. I’m a little weird when it comes to them – they are fascinating from a historical aspect but I just see it as such a waste of space but I won’t get into a debate about that – no worries!! 🙂

    Yay on the pumpkin drizzle recipe – it looks so festive on top of your coffee too. Mmmm
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  6. Joanne

    I smelled some pumpkin bagels being made this morning on my run – OMG! Temptation! Unfortunately it was too early and the store wasn’t open 🙁

    As for the candy corn M&M’s – haven’t seen those yet! I’ll have to give them a try. I love candy corn.

  7. Aunt Krissy

    I love M&Ms! Any kind, any time, any place! There are my problem candy.

    Most often a Lamb headstone means that a child is buried there.

  8. Taryl

    I can’t say I’ve ever spent much time in a cemetery, but this was quite an interesting post. The historical aspect of these people is kind of neat!

  9. Roz@weightingfor50

    I love cemetaries. And seeing the headstone/memorials that those left behind chose to honor their loved ones. Fascinating stuff…especially the really old ones! I see pumpkin drizzle in my future. Thanks for the recipe Lori. Have a great Thursday.
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  10. Cammy@TippyToeDiet

    I had a small pkg of the candy corn M&Ms in my basket the other day, but I put them back. I suspected you would try these and let us know if they were worth a spin, 🙂 I might try them in an after-Halloween sale.
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  11. Jen

    Just a wondering about the head stone with the “dog” could that be for a baby/child it kind of looks like a lamb not a dog?

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