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The Pumpkin Spice Latte

The day that the Pumpkin Spice Latte becomes available at Starbucks should probably be a holiday because it definitely feels like one. However, spending 5 bucks on a coffee can start to be a little draining on the pocket. So, I really wanted to try my hand at making one myself. I figured it had to be healthier than getting the few pumps of pumpkin flavored sugar. And CHEAPER.

It actually came out pretty well!

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Ingredients:

3 Tablespoons Sugar 2 1/2 Tablespoons Pumpkin Puree
1 Tablespoon Vanilla 1/4 Teaspoon Cinnamon
1/2 Teaspoon Ginger 1/2 Teaspoon Nutmeg
2 1/2 Cups Almond Milk 1 Cup Espresso

 

Directions:

1. In a small sauce pan, heat up the sugar, pumpkin puree, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg until well mixed. Add in the almond milk and espresso.

2. After the mix is warm, pour into 2 mugs and ENJOY! Top with some whipped cream or steamed milk.

I don’t like my pumpkin spice lattes very sweet at all but I do like it when it has a bit of spice to it. If you like it a little sweeter, reduce the nutmeg and ginger to 1/4 teaspoon each and up the sugar a bit. Another substitute is pumpkin spice for the ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. This recipe can definitely be changed to fit your latte likings 🙂

This definitely plays up the natural flavor of the pumpkin, which I love. It doesn’t taste as manufactured as the Starbucks version.

I hope you give it a try and enjoy it!

 

What is your favorite Starbucks drink?

Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies

Yesterday afternoon finished up with some Valentine’s Day Sugar Cookies. I was really in the mood to bake considering I hadn’t really been home for a long period of time and it was still snowing. The sugar cookie idea came from the desire for something simple…and that just developed into something a bit more festive.

Valentine's Day Sugar Cookies

 

Ingredients:

2 3/4 Flour 1 Teaspoon Baking Soda
1/2 Teaspoon Baking Powder 2 Sticks Butter, Softened
1 1/2 Cups Sugar 1 Egg
1 Teaspoon Vanilla

Directions:

1. Blend the butter and sugar until smooth. Then add in the egg and vanilla.

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2. In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking soda and baking powder. Then gradually add it into the wet mixture.

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3. Roll the dough out flat and cut into the shape you want. I obviously chose hearts!

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4. I covered my cookies sheets with tin foil. Then, bake it at 350 degrees for approximately 8-10 minutes. Be sure to watch them closely because you do not want them to turn brown.

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Let them cool before you put the icing on them.

 

For the Icing:

Ingredients:

2 Cups Confectioner’s Sugar 1 1/2 Tabelspoons Meringue Powder
3 Tablespoons Warm Water 1 Drop Red Food Dye

Directions:

1. In a small bowl, mix the dry ingredients. Then whisk in the water until consistent throughout.

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Just spread it on the cookies when they are cool and top with any sprinkles you like! If you want a thinner icing, add a tiny bit more water.

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Originally, I was making these solo, then Mama C joined in the icing part of it. But after about 25 cookies, she wasn’t really interested in helping any longer. Brent had just walked in the door and I asked if he wanted to help with the sprinkles portion. Simple and easy.

I finished icing the first one, handed it to Brent and as I was topping off the second, I glanced over and saw this monstrosity:

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Easy on the Sprinkles Brentley!

He ended up munching that one pretty quickly.

For a quick and easy sugar cookie, these ended up being great to take up an hour or so in the afternoon. AND, I have cute cookies ready for V-Day!

 

Easy Baked Egg Breakfast

This weekend, the plan was to head to Daytona Beach for the Air Show. But, the weather wasn’t looking great yesterday and today, a friend is feeling under the weather. No air show this weekend.

Instead, yesterday we met a few people for breakfast at the BriarPatch, which is a local resturant in Winter Park. It is absolutely delicious. You can bring your pups and enjoy their menu of unique omelets, breakfast plates and pancakes. YUMMO. I ended up getting an Apple, Brie Omelet. Amazing.

That was actually the second time I had visited the restaurant. The first time I had stopped by with my sister on her trip of Orlando over Labor Day Weekend. I had gotten a Gorgonzola and Pear Omelet that time, which was equally yum.

After breakfast we spent the day shopping and watching a bit of football. Michigan, not such a great showing yesterday…

This morning, Brent and I went to a local school yard and played fetch with Bacon and Oreo. They are EXHAUSTED. There was another pup out there for them to play with so they definitely got their exercise in.

They had a blast if you couldn’t tell!

FOr Breakfast this morning, I wanted something on the lighter side. I’ve been feeling really…mer…the past couple days. A simple egg breakfast was a perfect fit. I ended up making a baked egg breakfast, which is amazing for a couple of reasons. The flavors really mix in well to the eggs but you still get the texture of a hard boiled egg. If you cook it perfectly, you will end up with a well cooked egg white and a softer, gooey yolk. The options are really endless as far as what you put in it. AND, you don’t need to be standing over the stove to make it. Throw it in the oven, go put your make up on, come back and BOOM! Breakfast! Got to love that.

Ingredients:

3 Eggs 1 Tablespoon Milk
1/4 Cup Red Pepper, Chopped 1 Tablespoon Mozzarella Cheese
Salt to Taste Pepper to Taste

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Spray the ramekins with non-stick spray. Crack 3 Eggs,  without breaking the yolks, into the ramekins. Add the milk, peppers, mozzarella, salt and pepper on top. DO NOT MIX IT.

2. Place the ramekin into the oven for 15 minutes. You want the whites of the egg to be cooked and the yolks to be soft. The eggs will continue to cook a bit after to take them out of the oven. Let it sit for 1 minute.

It was delicious. The perfect texture and FULL of flavor. Definitely give this a try and mix it up! Maybe add some garlic? Or Salsa? Cheddar cheese? Chives?? Bacon? Ham? Options are endless.

What is your favorite way to eat eggs?