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Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

28 Sep

It’s finally Fall and to me, that means a lot of pumpkin spice overload.  I am truly a sucker for pumpkin spice anything!  I don’t think I am the only one, either.  Walking into my local grocery store I am bombarded with all kinds of products jumping on the pumpkin spice trend from Cheerios to pop-tarts!


While you can always visit your local Starbucks for a Pumpkin Spice Latte, I have a homemade version that’s really delicious.  If you’re having people over to carve pumpkins or love to host a Halloween trick-or-treat gathering, you should whip up this great recipe for your guests.  I love adding our personalized napkins as your guests can take them home to make their own Pumpkin Spice Lattes!  Our “A Lot of Text” Napkins are really perfect for any party where you can share recipes from cocktails to your famous chili recipe.  I think they’re perfect for holiday cocktail parties and make great conversation starters, too.

Pumpkin Latte Ingredients


Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

2 Cups Milk

2 Tbsp Pumpkin Puree

3 Tbsp Sugar

1 Tbsp Vanilla Extract

1/2 tsp pumpkin spice

1/2 Cup Strong Hot Coffee

In a saucepan, heat milk, pumpkin and sugar and whisk.  Do not boil.  Turn off heat and add vanilla, spice and coffee.  Whisk!  Pour into cup/mug and top with whipped cream and a shake of pumpkin spice.

Let me know if you make my Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe in the comments below.  Would love to hear from you!



Celebrate National Chocolate Chip Day

15 May

Today is National Chocolate Chip Day (#nationalchocolatechipday).  To celebrate … why not make something yummy with a bag of chocolate chips?  Of course you could make chocolate chip cookies, chocolate chip pancakes or chocolate chip waffles.  But I have a family recipe that’s a HUGE hit with anyone who tries it.  It’s my Grandma’s Peanut Butter Bar recipe.  This recipe was handed down to me years ago and has been a favorite ever since.  People always ask me “Are you bringing your peanut butter bars?”  I could probably make them in my sleep (although I’d rather not).  If you make them, let me know how everyone liked (or LOVED) them!

75648_977Dorothy Congdon’s Peanut Butter Bars

3 c. graham cracker crumbs

1 stick butter, melted

2 c. powdered sugar

18 oz. peanut butter (creamy or crunchy)


1 (12 oz) pkg. milk chocolate chips

1 stick butter, melted

Mix graham cracker crumbs, butter, powdered sugar and peanut butter in a bowl until moist.  Press into a 9 x 13 inch pan.  Heat butter and chocolate chips until melted.  Pour on top and smooth with a knife.  Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.  Cut into squares and serve.  *You can substitute margarine for butter and use semi-sweet chocolate chips if you prefer.




Holiday Peppermint Bark (Recipe!)

8 Dec

We were recently asked if we’d like to be a part of a homemade holiday gifts segment for WGN-TV.  Carol Mackey showed viewers her homemade peppermint bark in our personalized gift boxes … the perfect gift for friends and family!


Carol was nice enough to share her recipe so we could share it with you.  Just in time for the holidays …

Peppermint Bark

1 lb chopped bittersweet chocolate
peppermint extract
1 lb chopped white chocolate
crushed peppermint

Line a 11×17 baking sheet with parchment paper or waxed paper. Melt bittersweet chocolate over a double boiler, stirring constantly. Stir in four drops peppermint oil or more to taste. Spread chocolate evenly onto the prepared cookie sheet. Chill until just set, about ½ hour. Melt white chocolate over double boiler, stirring constantly, if white chocolate seizes add a little canola oil. Quickly spread white chocolate mixture over chilled dark chocolate, spreading to the edge of the pan, sprinkle with peppermint. Chill until set. To cut, I trim the edges with a chef’s knife and then cut into squares and cut the squares into triangles.


I love how Carol tied off the boxes with red and white twine.  So festive and ready to gift!  Her homemade peppermint bark would make a great gift for teachers, friends, neighbors … anyone, really!  Of course, you can fill our boxes with any of your homemade goodies for the holidays.  I’ve even used them to give holiday treats for dogs (I love to bake homemade dog biscuits).

If you give homemade holiday treats, how do you gift them?  Share your creative ideas (and recipes!) with me in the comments below.



Photo courtesy of Carol Mackey.

To learn more about Carol Mackey and her recipes & classes, please visit her site at carolmackey.net