Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

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    Today is the first day of Autumn! YEA!!!! Fall is my favorite time of year! Although, the first day of fall in the Hann home was actually a few weeks ago, just ask Hunter Hann!! :)

    I have been wearing my cute house shoe boots for at least a few weeks, my NEW pumpkin candles are almost gone and I have already eaten my body weight in candy corn this month! (No, that is NOT a joke!) Yes, it is supposed to get up to 94 degrees in Birmingham today, but I just cannot help it; I just feel so fall-y!
    I am so excited to share this easy recipe with you-don’t worry, there’s no cooking involved in this one. It is Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice. I made this about a week and a half ago and I have already used it in 3 recipes. It is such a great blend of spices and goes well in SO many things. Let me just tell you about a few:
    This goes great in drinks. Turn a boring cup of coffee in to something wonderful with a few shakes of spice, or spice up a cup of hot chocolate. Use it in batters for pancakes or french toast or mixes of sweet breads or muffins. Use Pumpkin Pie Spice on some baked apples with a pack of sweetener for a healthy dessert. Last but not least, try it in savory dishes like sweet potato fries or hash. The possibilities are endless with this delicious spice so get creative. Feel free to alter my recipe to your taste.

    Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice
    Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice

    4 t cinnamon
    2 t ground ginger
    2 t nutmeg
    1 t ground cloves
    1 t Allspice

    Mix spices together in a bowl. Pour spices into a clean, dry spice jar for storage.

    Some Pumpkin Pie spice recipes only call for either cloves or Allspice. Some people think that Allspice has the spice cloves in it, but it does not. It actually is not mix of spices at all, it is it’s own spice from the dried fruit of the Pimenta dioica plant. (Thank you, Wikipedia!) For this reason, I like to use a combination of both.
    So try it out and let me know what you think. Oh, and give me some ideas too! Keep checking out the blog for the upcoming recipes with this little “magic spice” in it; you won’t wanna miss them!

    Here’s to a great fall! ~Steph