This tops off as the most favorite thing I love! Half of me is a coffee bean. Imagine that! I’m 6 ft. tall and half of me is a bean! Everyone has some kind of addiction. Mine is coffee. Some addictions are good ones and others are bad. I consider mine right in the middle.
My day starts with a fresh brewed pot of coffee. I get up and work through a maze of children, teeth brushing, diaper changing, trying not to trip over toys when I at last find my way into the kitchen and to the coffee section where I would have a flashing OPEN sign if only my husband would let me. No matter. This section is outfitted with the coffee brewer, sugar bowl, spoon rest, and just above it is a cabinet with all kinds of coffee, tea, and accessories. I get to work.
That first cup is always the best. It gets me started because I feel like the whole day will be just like that cup….the best. I look around at my clean kitchen and think about the day ahead, of how this kitchen will soon become dirty. Sigh. I take another sip of coffee.
I love to indulge in a few things and coffee is probably the thing I indulge in the most. I’m a plain jane which means that my indulgence in coffee is down to just strong coffee with extra cream and three to five sugars, depending on the size. There are a lot of fancy smanshy coffee’s out there, a lot of different types, flavors, and ingredients but at the core, it all comes down to the quality of the coffee, which is why mine is usually a plain jane. However, in honor of the continuing Autumn season and the upcoming Winter/holiday season, the following recipe is my indulgence to take me away, away, and away:
Pumpkin Spice Latte
Ingredients: 3 cups hot whole milk, 4 teaspoons white sugar, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract, 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice, 6 ounces double-strength brewed coffee, 3 tablespoons sweetened whipped cream, and 3 pinches pumpkin pie spice.
Directions: Combine the hot milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and pumpkin pie spice in a blender; blend until frothy. Pour the mixture into 3 coffee mugs to about 2/3 full. Pour 2 ounces coffee into each mug. Garnish each mug with whipped topping and pumpkin pie spice. (source: www.allrecipes.com. I got this recipe from a friend but I can’t find the exact recipe she gave me but this is almost exactly what she gave me.)
Of course, you can always visit your neighborhood Starbucks, which I love, but isn’t it neat to make your own version, especially when the day is done and the kitchen is clean once again and you can make a fresh cup of coffee? I can’t wait until the end of the day.
Till next time, coffee lover!