Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte


Pumpkin Spice Syrup
Now that the weather is cooling down a bit and fall is coming, everyone is talking about Pumpkins and Apples and Football and Halloween (already?!), etc. I’ll admit that when my Starbucks starting carrying the fall flavors I was extremely happy. My go-to drink at Starbucks is a Pumpkin Spice Misto. Love it. Half brewed coffee, half steamed milk, and that liquid gold – Pumpkin Spice syrup. That’s my beverage of choice because while I’d LOVE to have a Pumpkin Spice Latte every day, it’s a bit too rich to have on the regular. So I opt for a lighter drink with the same great flavor. Now I’m super lucky because the company I work for pays for my (and my coworker’s) Starbucks habit. It’s a wonderful perk (pun intended) that we have, and I’m very appreciative of it. But sometimes when I’m home I get a craving for PSL and I wanted to be able to make it and not have to go anywhere to get one.

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Iced Pumpkin Coffee Cake

Cover-Pumpkin-Coffee-Cake-Piece-text So I’ve always been a huge coffee cake fan. I just love that crumb topping. There’s just something about it that gets me every time. My favorite all-time coffee cake recipe is for New York Style Crumb Cake.  The more crumb topping on the coffee cake, the better. And it’s piled high! So my go-to recipe has always been the one I posted above. How can you go wrong?

Now that Fall is approaching and I’m getting into Pumpkin mode, I figured I should try making a Pumpkin Coffee Cake. Pumpkin + Coffee Cake = YUM. Am I right?  And can we talk about the drizzle on top? I love it. I’m quite confident that I go overboard, but I don’t even care. And my other half isn’t fond of the drizzle. What? I didn’t know that was possible. He loved the pumpkin coffee cake, but he didn’t care for the drizzle. It just doesn’t compute! So anyway, that just meant more for me. And more for my coworkers, since I ended up taking most of it to work with me. While I’d love to sit and eat myself into a pumpkin coffee cake coma, I just can’t do that to myself. I’d rather put myself into a buttercream frosting coma. LOL!

What kind food coma would you want to be in? [Read more...]

Pumpkin Spice Donuts with Cream Cheese Frosting



Sometimes I think that Donuts are just a way for me to eat something with frosting for breakfast, and I’m completely okay with that! I’m not sure if you’ve had Cake Batter donuts before, but my one regret was not putting some funfetti frosting on those suckers! The glaze was good, and the chocolate on top was good, but nothing beats a good vanilla funfetti frosting.

For a little taste of fall I thought I’d make some Pumpkin Spice Donuts. I knew that Cream Cheese frosting would go perfectly with them. I don’t believe that Cream Cheese frosting goes with any kind of cake. There’s only certain flavors that work with a cream cheese frosting. Carrot Cake, Red Velvet Cake (which I don’t like), and Pumpkin or Spice Cake!

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Apple Pie Cupcakes with Cinnamon Buttercream Frosting

I like Apple Pie, but my favorite is the Dutch Apple Pie. You know, with the crumbly stuff on top? I just can’t get enough of that streusel. But I figured I’d try making something without that streusel this time. So I decided on an Apple Pie Cupcake. You can’t go wrong with that. But I knew I didn’t want to do an actual filling in the cupcake. I wanted the Apple Pie filling to be folded into the batter. I knew this would create a nice, moist cupcake.

Now if you decide that you’d rather bake the cupcakes without the Apple Pie filling folded in, you can do that too. You can then add in the filling in after the cupcakes have cooled. Either way works. Go ahead and do whatever floats your boat! [Read more...]

Souper Bowl Sunday ~ Lasagna Soup

Lasagna Soup

Welcome to a special edition of Souper Bowl Sunday! If you remember, a few years back I did a “Souper Bowl Sunday” series and featured a different soup each week? Well now that the weather is cooler I’m back for a special edition! The weather is cooling down and it’s not too warm out to have soup. There are days where we still have to use the air conditioner, but overall it’s pretty nice outside. When I leave for work in the morning I love that I’m not sweating as soon as I step foot out of the door!

One of my favorite comforts foods is Lasagna. It’s always packed with so much flavor and there are always tons of leftovers to have for lunch the next day or to freeze for later. There are so many different things you can add to change up Lasagna so it’s not always the same. One of my favorite things to do is to add ground Italian sausage and spinach to my Lasagna. The sausage adds so much more flavor and the spinach gives you those extra nutrients!

I came across this Lasagna Soup and knew that I had to make it. I made something similar once before – Meatball Soup. But I had these cute little Mafalda noodles so I knew they’d work perfectly! If you don’t have those you can just use the broken up lasagna noodles or feel free to use any other kind of noodle.

This is the perfect soup to eat while watching Football! Go Eagles!! [Read more...]