Happy first day of September! If you're rolling your eyes at the pumpkin spice that is taking over coffee shops & instagram feeds, you're gonna want to stop right about now. I could go on about this all day. This pumpkin spice is too good to be all hipster about it.
This stuff is easy to make, inexpensive, made with real pumpkin, will make your house smell like fall while you're making it, will be a fun project to do with your kids or a few friends, and it tastes amazing. So there. Don't be a pumpkin hater.
If you're looking forward to cooler weather and pumpkin everything, I'm happy you're here.
This one's for you (well, actually, these two are for you).
HOMEMADE PUMPKIN SPICE SIMPLE SYRUP
I found this recipe at One Sweet Mess and we love it. This is an easy to make option that can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for about one month. We had a few friends over last night to make it and the recipe was so well-written and it turned out really well. One of Lily's friends had so much fun decorating the bottle and she even added "made in the USA" to it - it all makes me so happy. Click over to One Sweet Mess for the recipe & let me know if you try it!
Homemade Pumpkin Spice Creamer
I made up this recipe as we went, but landed on a combination that I thought was pretty wonderful. I don't like my coffee very sweet, so if you do - make sure to add a little more maple syrup or brown sugar to taste. The fun thing about making your own creamer is that you can make it exactly as you'd want, so play around a little with the spices to see what your favorite is!
2 c. Half n half
2 tsp. Pumpkin spice - you can make your own with this recipe
1/4 c. Pumpkin
1 tbsp maple syrup or 1 tbsp brown sugar (or both if you like it sweet)
Mix ingredients (use a whisk or the blender) and simmer for about 10 minutes. Shake well before each use & enjoy in hot or iced coffee! Store in an airtight container (I used a mason jar) in the refrigerator for about a week.
Let me know if you try it & what you think!
I know there a lot of ways to make the pumpkin spice flavor but I love the way ours turned out!
How are you celebrating the unofficial start of pumpkin season this week?