My son Myles goes to a preschool that follows the Project Construct model of education (it’s similar to Reggio Emilia, if that means anything to you). Rather than having a set curriculum, the kids explore topics they are interested in and the teachers act as guides in their experimentation and discovery. Myles’s class has been interested in measurement and the physical properties of objects. To encourage learning about concepts like height, weight, buoyancy, and temperature, the teachers leave things around the room called provocations. Provocations are objects that are meant to entice the children to experiment – rulers, tape measures, scales, and tubs filled with water are some examples.
I think of My Baker’s Box as a monthly provocation for bakers.
My Baker’s Box is a monthly subscription service that sends you a box full of fun, seasonally-appropriate, and often hard-to-find baking supplies. You won’t see flour and sugar in the box, although you might find a fun colored sugar that you’ve never seen before. You may remember My Baker’s Box from earlier this year when the box inspired me to bake dark chocolate potato chip cupcakes.
This month, My Baker’s Box included the Halloweeny sprinkles that you see on the rim of the mug above, the green striped paper straws, the edible pearls in Halloween colors sprinkled throughout the photo, the cupcake liners that I’ve stashed graham crackers in, the edible eyeballs that I’ve affixed to the marshmallows, and several other fun goodies.
Receiving the box definitely had me itching to make something for Halloween! I know it’s called My Baker’s Box, but once I saw those green straws (meant to be used for cake pops with the included cake pop cupcake mold), I was itching to make a drink instead.
What are Pumpkin Steamers and Why I Love Them
Pumpkin steamers are a hot beverage made with steamed milk, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and sweetened condensed milk. Pumpkin steamers are thick and frothy and taste like you are drinking pumpkin pie. I’ll take my pumpkin pie in any form that I can get (my favorite may still be my pumpkin pie frosting!). The way I see it, hot apple cider is for September and early October days, pumpkin steamers are for the rest of October through Thanksgiving, and then it’s hot cocoa for the rest of the winter. It’s fun to keep switching it up!
The monster eye marshmallows are not required, but they totally make me smile and kids love ’em! I got the idea from an adorable Better Homes and Gardens drink with meringue eye balls (marshmallows are much easier).
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by My Baker’s Box.