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.