Pumpkin Spice Latte – Better than Starbucks!

October 20, 2010

This was my indulgence yesterday. It felt so “fallish” outside and I wanted a good excuse to try my new bag of Starbucks Decaf.

2 cups milk (I used vanilla soy milk – also an indulgence for me)
2 T. canned pumpkin
2 T. sugar
2 T. vanilla
1/2 t. pumpkin pie spice OR 1/4 t. cinnamon, 1/8 t. cloves, 1/8 t. nutmeg, and a teeny tiny pinch of ground ginger
1/2 c. brewed espresso or 3/4 c. strong brewed coffee

Garnish with Whipped Cream (optional)

This will make enough for 2 people to have a big mug with a bit left over. If you are having friends over, adjust the recipe accordingly. You can make this in a crockpot as small as a 1.5qt. Or, you can just make it in a pot on the stove.

Add the coffee and milk to the pot. Whisk in the pumpkin, spices, sugar, and vanilla.

If using a crockpot, cover and cook on high for 2 hours if everything is cold. If doing it on the stove, just heat it up until it’s the temperature you want. I had mine heating on very low for a good half hour, then let it sit on low for a good long while during the evening. It was still great. Whisk again.

Ladle into mugs, and garnish with whipped cream and additional cinnamon. To fancy it up a bit, add a cinnamon stick when serving.


Coffee Pick-Me-Up

February 19, 2010

I don’t tolerate too much caffeine very well – especially coffee. And yet, I love coffee. It is rare that I have it. The odd time, I treat myself to this Coffee Pick-Me-Up in the afternoon if I know I’ll be up late for some reason. It doesn’t affect my stomach as much with the grains in it, and it’s also more filling, so it’s a full-fledged snack. Or, you could have it for breakfast.

approx. 3/4 cup brewed coffee (I like it STRONG)

about 1/4 cup milk

about 1 tsp honey

a little less than 1/4 cup rolled oats

3-4 ice cubes

Place all in a blender in order listed and blend until well mixed and oats are ground. (If you have a regular blender, they will have a tendency to sink to the bottom, which can be disappointing, but what can you do? If you have a Vitamix, on the other hand, it will liquify those oats and you won’t even know they’re there!)