Pumpkin spice, winterizing plants, forcing bulbs

This is an archived issue of our Almanac.com Companion email newsletter.

Daily Newsletter for Saturday, October 29, 2016

Dear Readers,

Everywhere you look there are pumpkin-spiced foods and drinks for sale. If you, like us, wonder what this obsession is all about, read our new article, "A Century-Long Passion for Pumpkin Spice." Try making the real pumpkin spice mix at home—to add to pumpkin pie or sprinkle in your jack-o'-lantern. Learn more in your free Almanac Companion—plus, check your Halloween forecast

Sincerely, your Almanac editors

For pottage and puddings and custards and pies
Our pumpkins and parsnips are common supplies,
We have pumpkins at morning and pumpkins at noon,
If it were not for pumpkins we should be undoon
.
–Pilgrim verse, circa 1633

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Pumpkin Spice Mix Recipe
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