October Flavor of the Month

I love October. There's something special about the way it feels - college football on every weekend, crisp air in the mornings, leaves changing colors (well, let's be real. In Houston they only change from dark green to light green, but I'll take what I can get!!), and pumpkins everywhere. I love all the pumpkins. The small ones, the flat ones, the yellow ones, the tall ones. All of them. So this month HAD to be pumpkin flavored! 

 

Pumpkin Pie Macarons

 

Pumpkin pie is fall in a bite, amiright?! So just imagine a macaron, a delicate French macaron, flavored like your favorite season. It's aaaaamazing. Spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and vanilla.... mmmm... I might have to go eat one now... 

 

Pumpkin Pie Macs

 

You know what pumpkins remind me of? The earth! Even though pumpkins come in all shapes and sizes, you can often find them in a globe-like shape - PERFECT for carving jack-o-lanterns! I love studying earth history, it's one of my favorite aspects of geology. That's why this flavor of the month is named after Pangaea, a supercontinent that is thought to have existed as long as 300 million years ago. Pangaea looked like a big boomerang, essentially, with an ancient ocean separating the north and south ends. The shape of this land mass caused drastically different climate and atmospheric patterns than we have today. Due to tectonic plate movement, similar to the continental drift theory that was originally proposed by Alfred Wegener in the early 1900s, the landmass began to rift and break apart resulting in the organization of the continents we have today. One of the strongest pieces of evidence for this supercontinent is fossil match. We find fossils of the same land animals along the west African coast as in the east South American coast. We also see some of the same rocks on different continents. The Appalachian Mountains in the United States are the same mountain chain as the Caledonian Mountains up in Scandanavia. The continents today are pretty much like the pieces to a jigsaw puzzle - you can piece them together with all the fossil data and rock evidence and get an image of what Pangaea may have looked like in the past!

 

pumpkin pie cupcakes

 

Today also marks the first day of Earth Science Week this year, an international event of education and celebration of the earth sciences. In Houston, there will be events at the Houston Museum of Natural Science and a guided field trip near the Woodlands (check here for more info!)

We are watching the OU-TX game right now (Boomer Sooner!), and will probably be watching football the rest of the day. #lazyday but I'm not complaining ;) Enjoy your beautiful (and hopefully pumpkin-filled) weekend, friends!