Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Shoveling and Sipping

It snowed on Saturday.  Unlike our other dalmatians (Cooper and Argos needed to have trenches dug for them in the backyard), Oliver loves the snow and bounds right out into the cold white yard.  However, he's not allowed out front except on a leash.  No matter his promises of good behavior, an errant squirrel would send Oliver right up a tree or into the road or wherever said squirrel chose to lead him.  So, he had to wistfully watch the lone shoveler from the warmth of the house.

When the lone shoveler came in, he asked if I'd like a pumpkin spice latte!!  I asked if he was going to Starbucks.  "No, I'll make one for us."  What?  Why didn't I think of that?  Wait!  I don't know how to make a pumpkin spice latte.

The lone shoveler put on his barista hat and  headed into the kitchen with a recipe he had seen in the Chicago Tribune and proceeded to make one for each of us.  This is from a man who rarely goes to Starbucks.  When he does, he has coffee--plain and simple.

Admittedly, I was a little skeptical but it was for naught.  This was one of the best lattes I've ever sipped.

DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte from the Chicago Tribune and The Lone Shoveler

For 2 servings:

2 cups of 1% milk (or whatever % you like)
3 tbsp pumpkin puree
2 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp vanilla
1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 cup strong brewed coffee
Whipped cream, optional (well, not really optional)

Combine milk, pumpkin and sugar in a saucepan and cook over medium heat, stirring until steaming and the sugar is melted.  Remove from heat.

Stir in the vanilla and pumpkin spice.  Whisk until foamy.

Pour into two heated mugs, filling each only half way; top off with the coffee.  Garnish with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkling of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon.

Curl up in front of a roaring fire.



  1. I'm a latte purist, except at Christmas when I love the flavored lattes! I'll have to try this -- for I've pumpkin puree in the fridge! Sounds yummy!

  2. oh wow... sounds so good... you guys do so much more than we do with your coffees / lattes / hot drinks... best I can hope for is a mulled wine and I have no idea where to purchase tinned pumpkin... I guess a trip to London is in order to stock up.... love the snow too!

  3. That Lone Shoveler is a real catch!! Cleared sidewalks/driveways AND Pumpkin Lattes!! Sounds like you two had a very nice day. Poor Oliver, didn't get to go help shovel or have a latte. LOL. I'm sure he had his fun in the backyard though!

  4. Thanks for sharing a fun recipe that looks easy. Nice work, lone shoveler . . . making a treat for a food blogger.


  5. What a great Lone Shoveller you have there! can I borrow him? If not for the snow, for the Latte!!
    Your lovely Dali looking out the window looks just like my daughter's Sebastian. I shall have to show her your picture.
    Hugs xx

  6. That's a terrific picture-it really captures Oliver's desire to go out and his reluctant acceptance of staying in.

    That latte looks downright delish!

  7. Wow, that looks so warm and inviting! You've got one nice shoveler in your home.

  8. Oh my! I've got to send this recipe to my cousin. It's her favorite drink! Thanks for sharing.

  9. HELLO!! is he real? He shoveles snow then after all of that he comes in and creates that awesome latte for you!!

    This sounds yummy, will have to make this for hubby, I wonder what he will do?

    Poor Ollie, he wants so much to help Lone Shoveler.

    Bitter cold here, in the teens at night now and mid 30s but this weekend we get a warming spell up to 50.

  10. That sounds delicious. I usually shovel paths for our dogs. Bonnie isn't bad, but she's the larger one. Patches is small and needs places to squat! We are getting nailed with snow now. Stay warm!

  11. Thanks for sharing the story and the latte. The man is a treasure. You are brave to let the world know of his talents. I hope you and the Lone Shoveler are both having a great day. Blessings...Mary

  12. These are delicious - I made one a few weeks ago. I know from experience that one of these lattes is just the thing after coming inside from shoveling ;)

  13. I bet the pumpkin spice latte tasted even better because it was made with love-awesome.

    Poor Oliver! It was for the best. :-)

  14. I think this would be right up my alley and it looks so creamy good; can almost taste it.
    An you uwere the love shoveller; so happy you had such a nice reward.

  15. I have never heard of such a recipe, you are very lucky indeed to have a husband who not only likes to cook, but also experiment with new recipes! And I just love that picture! I like the angle, the lone shoveler, Oliver watching, just everything about it!! It is so artistic, I think it could win a prize somewhere! It evokes many things...loyalty, waiting, eagerness

  16. When we were in USA hubby had always Latte at Sturbucks for breakfast.... the only one that's like a real italian cappuccino!!!
    ... :( here it's impossible to find pumpkins all spice!!!! It' unfair!!!! Anyway Oliver is fantastic!!!Hugs, Flavia

  17. Hi Bonnie, That lone Shoveler could probably make alot of money going from house to house a-shoveling..... BUT--I'm sure it would be worth it to him as long as he had one of those pumpkin spice lattes. YUM.... Thanks for the recipe... Looks GREAT.


  18. Yum! That looks delicious! That's the perfect post-shoveling drink. Your dog look adorable!

  19. Yum, that sounds so good on a cold winter day. I love lattes but never think to make them at home, especially pumpkin or eggnog. My daughter called me on Saturday from Chicago and was so excited about the snow.

  20. Oh Thank you so much for this wonderful and seasonal recipe. My husband loves this coffee. I'm going to surprise him with a mug this weekend.
    It looks so delicious.
    And I am so jealous that you got snow. I am a snow fanatic... as long as we can be inside.
    xo Yvonne

  21. This sounds fabulous to me! I'm usually a simple coffee purist but this got my attention. Sounds wonderful!

    What we don't do for the doggies to do do :)

  22. I'd keep him! Shovels and makes latte! Wonderful!

  23. That sounds like a yummy latte! I'll have to try it! Carla

  24. I love this photo of Oliver! Your composition is so artistic and creative, and I can just imagine the wistful look on Oliver's face! And the 'lone shoveler' may have a new job now, in addition to shoveling snow!

  25. On weekends, Hubby and I love preparing ourselves a warm concoction...especially with a few spirited drops. LOL
    This recipe you're sharing with us is very intriguing. I may not have the pumpkin spice but I certainly have everything else ;o)

    BTW...we just got a whopper of snowfall yesterday...and I'm not shoveling...loving every moment! Sorry for rubbing it in HA HA.
    Our dog 'Sushi' enjoyed hopping in the fluffy snow and it was pure joy to see him. Hope Oliver enjoyed himself too ;)

    Your Hubby sounds like one very special person. I guess, you must have done something right ;)

    Ciao for now,

  26. What a sweet photo. Ours chases after rabbits and neighbors :-)


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