Aug 24, 2012

This Week {illustrated} and Pumpkin Spice Lattes

Summer is quickly coming to a close, and I, for one, am eager for autumn.  It just feels so... cozy.  And it smells good.  And tastes good...

Which me brings to me pumpkin spice lattes.  I see that Starbucks is currently having some sort of contest over Facebook.  Apparently, cities can compete to be the first to have pumpkin spice lattes available at their Starbucks location.

There is simply no reason to play a game on Facebook and wait for your Starbucks to bring back the glorious treat when you can find the recipe right here and save yourself $5.  Am I right?

Pumpkin Spice Lattes (makes 2)

2 C milk
2 T canned pumpkin
2 T sugar
2 T vanilla
1/2 t pumpkin pie spice
1/2 C brewed coffee (I put 1 T instant coffee in 1/2 C measuring cup and fill it up the rest of the way with water)

Mix together the milk, pumpkin, and sugar.  Cook in a medium saucepan on medium heat, stirring constantly until steamy.  Do NOT boil.

Remove from heat and stir in the vanilla and pumpkin pie spice.

Whisk until foamy.

Pour into mugs and add coffee.
Top with whipped cream, pumpkin pie spice, and/or cinnamon, if desired.

Not sure what to do with all that leftover pumpkin?  I froze mine in an ice cube tray in 2T amounts so that we can make pumpkin spice lattes all season long.

And for the rest of the week:

Our tomato plants are taller than I am (and I'm not short)!  I'm so proud of our little garden and thrilled with all the produce we've been able to bring in from it.  We were completely inexperienced going into it, so we had pretty low expectations.  I'd say it turned out well!

That's all we've got for the week.  It's been a very busy one!  We've finished another bench, knocked out some sewing projects, and made some incredible, thrifty purchases.  Stay tuned for pictures!

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