Coffee bean……me?

Mi Cocina
Wake Up & Smell the Coffee!

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:  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!


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