Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

I am happily one of the many fans of Starbucks’ Pumpkin Spice Latte. I get a little pang of joy when I see those signs go up each September telling us that the beloved PSL is back in action. However, I a. happen to think their PSL is a little on the sweet side and b. can’t bring myself to spend $4 and change every time I want one. So, I took it upon myself to play around with a recipe for an at home PSL that is not as sweet, a fraction of the cost, and kinder to your waistline!

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It all starts with Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Butter. If you’ve never tried it… well, you’re welcome for bringing it into your life. Just to clarify – it is not butter in the typical sense but more of a spread, similar to peanut butter or a thick marmalade made from pumpkin puree and a bunch of delicious autumn spices.

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I eat this with EVERYTHING. On my toast, in my yogurt, on my ice cream, waffles, pancakes… You name it, I’ll eat it. It also has a recipe for thinning it out with chicken stock and making it into pumpkin soup on the back of the jar. So… yeah.

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Ingredients:

1 Tablespoon Pumpkin Butter
1/2 Tablespoon Honey
1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Fairy Dust (just kidding, there is no fifth ingredient)
 

You can vary the sweetness by adding more or less honey.

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Mix all ingredients into one cup of coffee and allow flavors to marry for about 3-5 minutes.

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Strain through once to filter out any residue.

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Add milk of your choice, stir and enjoy! You can add whip cream and another dash of cinnamon if you’re getting really festive. It helps if you serve it in a fall-themed mug.

I was just delighted by how creamy and delicious this latte turned out. It’s obviously a bit more work than your normal pour and go cup of joe, but it’s perfect for sleepy Saturday mornings and rainy afternoons. And it’s at your fingertips whenever your heart desires.

Oh yes, and my favorite feature of this treat: a grande Starbucks’ PSL has 420 calories where as our at home pumpkin delight comes in at about 100 calories (both with whole milk)!!! If that’s not a reason to try this baby out, I don’t know what is. Happy sipping!

-Meg

Sophisticated Sweatshirts

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I’ve been at Kate Spade for nearly three months now. Slowly but surely I’ve been building my Kate wardrobe. This polkadot sweatshirt, with its tremendously oversized bow, has quickly become a staple piece of mine. I’m definitely a fan of these fancy sweatshirts that are popping up everywhere this fall. Now if only the Southern California weather would follow suit, I could bundle up in sweatshirts on the daily. I’m dying to break out my tights too. I check my weather app obsessively, naïvely hoping each time I check it, the forecast will drop a few degrees.

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Kate Spade sweatshirt, Free People Dress, ASOS booties, and Kate Spade bangle.

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Are you a fan of fancy sweatshirts?

-Allison

Pumpkin Everything

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Happy first official Friday of fall! Although you wouldn’t know it by the weather up here, fall is in full swing at Trader Joe’s. I can always count on Joe to meet my seasonal treat needs. He really brought it this year in the pumpkin department (even the check out clerk said he’d never seen so much pumpkin), and this girl is taking full advantage!

Products all from Trader Joe’s (clockwise from top)…

Iced Pumpkin Scone Cookies
Pumpkin Pie Pumpkin
Pumpkin Bread & Muffin Mix
Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Spice Salted Caramels
Pumpkin Cornbread Crutons
Pumpkin Seed Brittle
Pumpkin Cranberry Crips
 

Also in my household (not pictured):

Pumpkin Ice Cream
Pumpkin Butter
Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
 

May your weekend be as sweet and spicy as these pumpkin treats! Cheers friends.

-Meg

P.S. My sister-in-law sent me this last year, which just about made my life. Pumpkin and Game of Thrones? Game. Over.

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