It is raining here in the California foothills, and that means something beautiful: snow in the mountains!
There is typically a teaser storm every October, followed by a full month or two of varied weather before winter comes full force. I snag the teaser and wear my comfort sweatshirt like it’s not coming off until May. I huddle in the foothills as though I’m huddling in the mountains. Wool socks, fuzzy boots, hot cup of tea, grabbing that teaser like it is the biggest storm on record.
Thick squash and warm spices paired with a comfort sweatshirt and a cup of tea is stellar. Adding in music from your favorite band from high school, putting a twinkle in your toes and heating up the air with aromas is plenty of familiarity to calm whatever ache that hurts. Calm aches and twinkle toes. You’ve got it…one teaser storm at a time.
I brought these gluten free pumpkin squares to a dinner at Sweetpea’s parent’s house. His mom said the squares are like eating pumpkin pie filling and it’s true. They’re dense and sweet and the pumpkin flavor is there from start to finish – it doesn’t get lost in flour. Coconut flour is tricky to bake with but when you get the liquid-to-flour portion down, it makes for a unique treat. Even if you aren’t into gluten-free baking, I would suggest trying the pumpkin squares out. They’re full of fiber, protein, and vitamins; if you prefer your treats sugar-free, you can sub out the cane sugar for ½ a cup of honey or agave. Best consumed while wearing a comfort sweatshirt.