Pumpkin is one of my favorite pre-holiday season and holiday season coping mechanisms. With the smell or taste nearby, I can breeze through trick-or-treating, school fundraisers, kiddie activities and grownup gatherings. It comes in the form of pumpkin spice candles, pumpkin soup, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice latte, pumpkin spice doughnuts and now pumpkin scones. Maybe it’s the pumpkin AND the ginger, cloves, cinnamon and cardamom, not to mention the whipping cream in some recipes. Whatever it is, we have a beautiful relationship and I don’t want it to end, at least until cranberry season heats up.