This is my time of year, my friends. Some people live for those hot summer days with barbecues and boat rides. Others wait all year for picnics in the park on a spring afternoon. Still others are all about hot coffee in the snow while skiing and sledding. Me? I enjoy few things in life as much as being inside on a blustery fall afternoon. Something about a cozy afternoon with soft throws, warm drinks, and my people together brings peace and joy to my soul.
This Sunday was such a day. I awoke early and filled my crockpot with delicious pumpkin spice latte ingredients, turned it on, and waited for the amazing scent of fall to fill our home. Little by little, my people awoke and we enjoyed a morning together in our jammies. Marian was here, and soon we were playing games, watching movies, and drinking pumpkin spice lattes with homemade whipped cream. Later in the day, we gathered in the kitchen and made some yummy and festive caramel apples.
Outside it was windy and cold. Inside, we were happy and cozy and warm. And blessed.
Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte
In a slow cooker, whisk 8 cups of milk (I used Almond Milk), 6 cups freshly brewed coffee, 1 cup canned pumpkin, 1 cup sugar, 2 Tbsp. vanilla extract, and 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice. Add 1 cinnamon stick, cover, and cook on high for 2-4 hours. Top with whipped cream.
Maple Whipped Cream
2 cups cold heavy cream
1/4 cup powdered sugar
1 tsp. maple extract
1 tsp vanilla extract
Whip in chilled bowl until stiff peaks form.
Enjoy your cozy fall days, my friends!
*I attended a cooking class at a culinary school this past weekend. The chef and instructor had the pumpkin spice latte warming in the crockpot when we arrived. We made the whipped cream together and then tried a cup of the latte. It was amazing! Marian and my sister-in-law Sally were there with me. Neither drinks coffee, but both of them loved it!!!
I was so happy the chef printed out the recipe for us and went straight to Walmart to get the things I needed to make it at home. : )