You know what's really easy? Making your own pumpkin pie spice.
When I went to bake a Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Loaf on Saturday morning, I found that I was nearly out of pumpkin pie spice mix. Having just gone to the grocery store the night before, I was not very happy with myself for missing an essential ingredient. My plan was to bake the loaf to share with my Aunt Rita during her visit later that afternoon. Thanks to the wonderful powers of the internet, I quickly found a DIY version, scaled it down to 1/3 the recipe and still had plenty of time to get the loaf baked and ready for consumption alongside tea and a hefty dose of chatting. My only mistake was not sending some of the loaf home with her! I am powerless in the face of baked goods and have ate a large portion of it by myself!
(Oops! After I wrote this post, I realized that I actually needed the pumpkin spice mix for the pumpkin granola I was also making. It was a busy weekend in the kitchen, full of pumpkin and spice!)