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How to Make a Pumpkin Latte

(A recipe for lazy people.)

Have you noticed every blog has posted a Starbuck's Pumpkin Spice Latte copycat recipe lately? This one is different. I promise! It's so good that I've been making a regular one with my breakfast each day and another decaf pumpkin latte every evening. At work, I shared the recipe with two patients last week!

When those pumpkin latte recipes started popping up, I couldn't wait to try them. They all had the same problem though - too much time and effort. Ummm, I want a pumpkin spice latte recipe that I can actually pull off before work in the morning, when my brain is still mostly asleep. Have you seen what some of these other recipe creators expect you to do? Boil down 3 cups of sugar until you have a simple (yeah right) syrup, shave fresh cinnamon from the stick you got from the farmer's market this morning, and have a unicorn spit into the mixture.

Who has time for all that?



Easy Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe (for LAZY people!)
   Serves 2

Mightier Than Indiana Jones

While on our roadtrip of national parks, we learned firsthand how the force of erosion carved our landscape, from the Grand Canyon to the hoodoos in Utah. But we never dreamed erosion could lead to our demise until, suddenly, a boulder dislodged itself and came slamming down the hillside toward us. We faced certain doom.

Luckily, Sexy Nerd sprang into action! The massive rock was no match for his muscles of steel. Don't be fooled by his quiet demeanor, affinity for cactus, and funny-looking footwear. When danger strikes, the man you want in your corner is the man with the pocket protector.

Hooray for Sexy Nerd!
Always the courteous one, Sexy Nerd rolled the stone off the trail, moving it as easily as one might spin a top. We resumed our leisurely hike, glad to leave our near-death experience in the dust.


Disclaimer: This story may have been *slightly* embellished.

Crock Pot Apple Cider Recipe

I looove hot apple cider! It's so easy to make, it makes your house smell amazing, and it seems fancy if you serve it to company, especially in a charming mug with a cinnamon stick. This is wonderful to drink in cold weather, which makes it perfect in our house, which I keep at a brisk 60 degrees during the winter. (Sexy Nerd adores 60 degrees - our agreement used to be 50!) I make this every time Sexy Nerd puts up our Christmas lights.

He's starting early this year. It seems a bit unfair to Thanksgiving, but here we are.

Our $5 Crock Pot is working hard!

The Best Slow Cooker Hot Apple Cider Recipe (approximately 8 servings)
Make a simple syrup by bringing 1/8 C water and a 1/4 C sugar to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and add 1/8 tsp each of allspice, cinnamon, and ginger. Whisk well and let simmer for 5 minutes before removing from heat.In a separate pan, bring the following to a boil: 2 C water, 1 can frozen apple juice, 1 cinnamon stick, 9 allspice berries, 9 whole clove…

The Ultimate Holiday Gift Guide

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 Also, I no longer recommend Groupon for gift-giving, as their return policy is TERRIBLE! LivingSocial, however, has an excellent return policy. A Groupon gift certificate, which would allow your gift recipient to select whatever they want from Groupon, would probably still be fine.


There are plenty of online gift guides for Christmas present ideas. Magazines during this time of year supposedly have a gift idea for everyone on your list, including the crazy ones. Is it just me, or are most of the holiday gifts suggested completely terrible?

A $45 votive candle holder? Oh, thank you so much. I'll put it in the box with the rest of my candle holders. Now, where is it? Ah yes, the back of the closet in the spare bedroom, underneath these boxes. Lemme just blow the dust off it real quick.
And, yes, I did p…

Bananas Are On My Diet

Sexy Nerd and I have spent the past week and a half driving (and driving. And driving some more!) on a national parks roadtrip. Stops included Mesa Verde, Arches, Canyonlands, Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce Canyon, and Petrified Forest. One of my motivations for taking this trip was that all the hiking would surely help me lose the last few stubborn pounds I gained on our crazy-eating ridiculousness Alaskan cruise last year. Below is a photo from dinner at the Galazy Diner in Flagstaff. How do you think my diet is working out?


 Yes, that is a strip of bacon on top.


In our defense, we'd misunderstood and thought the Elvis Split came with only (only!) 3 scoops of ice cream, not 6.