Monday, October 18, 2010

Fall Festival: Day 1... Fall Days After School

OK - we hope to be we'll be blogging all week folks! Crazy? I know!

First, before we get started I encourage you all to sit down with a cup of Pumpkin Spice Latte. This is a fall specialty coffee drink that Starbucks makes and, unlike their other seasonal drinks, this one really is seasonal; when they run out of pumpkin spice syrup then the drinks are gone until next season... until now!

I make my own pumpkin spice lattes at home, using a recipe I found online, and it is delicious! So, before you read any further... go make yourself a cup of pumpkin spice latte and then come back because it's gonna be a fun week.

Top 3 Things about DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte
1.  Much cheaper than Starbucks.
2.  You can control the fat and sugar content yourself.
3.  Does not require leaving the house or getting out of your jammies.

Moving on...

Dear Husband and I have been working opposite hours recently.  That is, he's home in the morning and I am home nights and weekends.  While this is great for the kiddos, it is not so great for Mommy... but that's okay because great-for-the-kiddos is more important than great-for-mommy, isn't it? 

Recently, I took advatage of a fall afternoon by taking the little ones to downtown Annapolis... by myself... which I think was more fun for them than it was for me because I had to keep one hand on Brielle while hoping that Bro didn't fall into the water. 

Brody is such a great brother and always eager to get his hands on his sister.  Brielle looks none-to-pleased to be here.

Brody refused to smile.  He wanted to play, NOT take pictures.  He made this face on purpose.  He's actually posing here folks. 

Yeah - there's mommy's smile.

Looking at her smile, I can't forget to mention that Brielle smiles at anyone and everyone for no reason at all.  She is the happiest baby I have ever met and the polar opposite of her brother.

We also ate dinner on the dock and watched the ducks swim by.  I think that we all had a good time.  

How was that Pumpkin Spice Latte? 
You come back tomorrow, ok?  


Fairy Grandmother said...

I have to go get some canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice...I will come back to you once I have tried this what looks like a great coffee!!

Ariane said...

So... what in the world is pumpkin pie spice? A mix of cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, possibly also allspice maybe? Something else again?

I don't think I've ever seen canned pumpkin in Australia, either.

Some recipes just don't travel. :)

SusieQ said...

Sounds good.. but what do you do with the rest of the can of pumpkin? And don't tell me to keep making coffee!!!

When you venture out with the kids on your own, have you thought of hooking a leash to Bro? Much better than seeing him splash into the drink...

Nap Mom said...

I am working on what to do with the rest of the pumpkin. We keep making coffee. I have a recipe for pumpkin butter (which I know that YOU will not like) and pumpkin french toast. Yum, I know! I'm going to try these and then share my reviews with you.