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Pumpkin Latte

When fall comes around there is nothing more that I want than a deliciously warm pumpkin spice latte in my hand! Something about a spicy, hot drink just makes my day in the simplest way! (Plus it keeps you warm in chilly weather!) Usually the Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte is a staple of my fall diet, so you can imagine my delight when I came across this recipe for homemade pumpkin lattes courtesy of Perfectly Imperfect.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Ingredients for 2 servings

  • 2 cups milk (whole, reduced fat or skim) or half and half
  • 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 or 2 tablespoons sugar, Stevia or Splenda
  • 2 tablespoons (yes, tablespoons) vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (or your choice of nutmeg, ginger, cloves, cinnamon and allspice)
  • 1-4 shots espresso or very strong coffee

Directions

  1. Brew your espresso or strong coffee. If brewing strong coffee, use double the amount of ground coffee you would in your regular coffee.
  2. Combine milk (or half and half), pumpkin, sugar, and pumpkin pie spices in a small saucepan. Heat until very hot, but do not boil.
  3. Remove from heat and add vanilla.
  4. Transfer to a blender (or a milk frother) and blend until frothy.
  5. Pour 1 cup warm pumpkin milk mixture into coffee mug and add 1-4 coffee shots.
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Happy Weekend!

I don’t know about you, but to me this week seemed like the longest four-day week of all time.  It’s weeks like these that give us a reason to celebrate the week-end where we can catch up with people we love, watch a movie in bed, or sleep in. This weekend I plan on beginning my job search (gasp!), and doing a little of the aforementioned weekend activites. What are your plans for this weekend? If you’re like me, you will inevitably lose at least one hour of the weekend to aimless web browsing, so I’ve helped you begin by posting a few food and health-related things I’ve found this week:

Like everything that Smitten Kitchen does, this tart looks delish.

A fall-friendly margarita (for those of us who aren’t quite ready to let go of a summer favorite).

…and something to put said margarita on: I own these coasters from the hilarious Anne Taintor.

Soda-free is the way to be.

Finally, this dinnerware from Kate Spade is sure to make any healthy meal look fabulous.

Have a happy, healthy weekend everyone!

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Pillow Talk

How much do you love these throw pillows?
They are the creation of British designer, Stephen Reed, and I just cannot get enough of them. They add personality and humor to any space, while serving a completely practical (and comfy) purpose. I truly  adore them.
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They speak for themselves.

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An Open Door

When my roommate and I moved into our new apartment we were surprised to find something very familiar there waiting for us. In the new apartment there was a purple glass doorknob exactly like one we had in our old apartment!

Doors can be such an overlooked piece of art. We use them every day to get from one place to another, but how often do we stop to think about where we’re coming from or where we’re going?

Alexander Graham Bell once said, “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.”

So here’s to looking at open doors!

Have a happy weekend everyone!

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Pumpkin Spice

With fall right around the corner, I can’t help but start to have food fantasies about pumpkin flavored everything. Pumpkin lattes, pumpkin pie, and delicious pumpkin bread. So let’s all take a moment to thank the food gods for this tasty treat I’m about to share with you:

A pumpkin bread with chocolate chips in it!

This recipe is an easy way to welcome back the cooler seasons. It’s a spicy/sweet bread that can be eaten for a snack, for dessert, or even for breakfast. If you bring this pumpkin bread with you to work for lunch, you will be the envy of everyone with a boring bag of chips.

 Enjoy!

(Photos courtesy of The Kitchen Shoot)

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Homemade Body Scrub

Homemade body scrubs are an easy way to exfoliate without all the harsh chemicals. And with ingredients like brown sugar, extra virgin olive oil, and lemon zest you can find everything you need to make them right in your kitchen!

I love these body scrubs from one of my favorite chefs – Paula Deen. Her Citrus Salt and Brown Sugar Body Scrubs can easily be mixed together, placed into jam jars, and tied with the cutest of ribbons.

And they make the most perfect gifts!

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On the Rocks, Please

This summer I’ve been obsessed with bar carts. Not only are they a chic throwback to the Mad Men era, they also serve as a stylish space for one’s liquor, candies, and room accessories. I’ve decided that I need want one for my apartment.
Many of the more modern bar carts are pretty pricey, so I recommend looking for vintage or previously owned carts. My favorites are this and this, they both have a simple and fun aesthetic.
Still want more ideas? Check out this list of bar carts for every home and budget. Then all you have to do is stock it with your favorite cocktail ingredients and invite your friends over for a summery celebration!

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