Tuesday, November 15, 2011

A little fall treat

I confess I have a hard time paying for drinks at coffeeshops. Sometimes I feel badly about that, because one of my best friends is a *bucks barista, and our neighbors own a local coffeeshop where two of our close friends also work. I want to support them, but it's hard for me to hand over $2-3 for some tea or steamed milk unless it's a special treat!

I'm not a coffee drinker, so that's not a temptation, but sometimes I want a fun warm drink, and I rarely make anything at home besides tea or hot chocolate with marshmallows. But I was excited when I saw a simple but unique beverage idea in a magazine: pumpkin pie cocoa! Here is the recipe adapted for one serving:

  • 1 cup low-fat milk
  • 1/4 cup hot cocoa mix
  • 1 heaping Tbsp. canned pure pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup whipped cream
In a saucepan, whisk milk, cocoa mix, pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice; heat until steaming. Pour into mug and top with whipped cream. (I omitted the whipped cream, and it was still pretty yummy!)

I think this drink cost me about 25 cents. Now that I can handle! =) And even though coffee is not my favorite, I did make this other pumpkin drink a few times last winter when friends came over, and it was also delicious!

What's your favorite drink on a cold day? And are you more of a coffeeshop person, or a make-it-at-home person?

*And speaking of treats, the winner of the hair accessory giveaway is #4, Katie! Thanks to all who entered, and remember, Kendra is offering free shipping until Friday!

Photo courtesy of The Motherload


Katie said...

No way, really!!!?? I'm so tickled!! I can't wait to give this to my dear friend who just had a baby girl ~ I know she'll be tickled!!!

Thank you, Carrie & Kendra! ♥

Tim and Emily said...

Yum! I am not a pumpkin latte person, but my husband will love this recipe. Thanks for sharing! I wish I had a problem paying for 4-bucks' (that's what we call it in the advertising world!) coffee; they get a lot of our business!

Leah in Iowa said...

Sounds like a recipe I should try. Thanks! Last year I bought many boxes of Victorian Inn flavored cappuccino, and am still working my way through all those cans. They're delicious, but I'm considering using them as Christmas gifts this year. :)

angie said...

I always seem to have a bit of pumpkin left over from opening a can for a recipe. Now I'll now just what to do with it.
I don't normally pay for hot drinks at coffee shops, which makes the ocassional splurge all that more enjoyable. Pumpkin spice chai at Glen Eyrie on Sunday!

Katie said...

Now, to answer your question, my favorite warn drink on a cold day would be a hazelnut mocha. I'm definitely a make-it-at-home person, unless I'm out treating a friend at a coffee shop.

This recipe sounds yummy, and I have all the ingredients on hand, except the pumpkin pie spice. However, I believe I easily have all the separate ingredients that would typically be in the pumpkin pie spice, so we'll try it! This would be fun to treat hubby with when he gets home!

kelseylynae said...

I'm the same way about buying drinks at coffee shops… even though I LOVE coffee [I've had a few decaf drinks over the past 4 1/2 months :-)]

When I was in Kentucky teaching I always got a lot of *bucks giftcards from my students at Christmas at at the end of the year. I have hoarded these away and am finally down to my last card. I think I have about 8 dollars left on it. Time to switch back to teaching middle school when they actually gave me gifts!!!

My favorite drink? white chocolate mocha with a shot of raspberry! [fairly fancy, I know].

Mom said...

It will come as no surprise to you that my favorite hot drink is MoCafe chai. Since I first tasted this yummy drink in Jody's home several years ago, nothing else quite measures up! Thanks for sharing -- love you, Mom

Jan said...

Ooh, I like the tip about using stick cinnamon instead of ground, will be trying that. I AM a Starbucks girl when it comes to most drinks but prefer my pumpkin spice.

Debra said...

That sounds yummy! I love coffee- usually strong and black - I know most people don't like it. I am like you in that I don't like to pay $ for something I can do at home. But if I am out I might stop by a coffee shop for something fun but if I'm at home I have plenty of coffee here to keep me happy. :) Thanks for sharing the recipe, can't wait to try it.

Speaky1013 said...

ha ha!! love your post about warm drinks! :) glad you found a lovely way to indulge a bit!

see you soon!

thehomespunheart said...

Carrie - how did you like this recipe?

Anne Marie@Married to the Empire said...

I'm with you. Not a coffee drinker, and I don't like paying coffee shop prices. I'm a tea drinker and a snob about my tea. I buy Whittard of Chelsea tea and bring it with me when I travel. (Drinking Lipton, which is what most hotels offer, is an insult.)