Sep 30

Pumpkin Pie Latte

Pumpkin Pie Latte or Fall Decadence in a Cup via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Once upon a time when I mixed up my first batch of Homemade Pumpkin Spice Mix, I made it for this recipe. Little did I know that this recipe would prove illusive beyond belief.

I wanted a piece of pumpkin pie in a coffee cup.

End of story, thank you very much.

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Instead I wound up with an entire series of delicious pumpkin spice drinks, none of which were exactly what I wanted.

Start Your Day Off Right Pumpkin Spice Latte — Delicious. Easy. Good for you. You could (and maybe even should) have this every morning.

Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate and Pumpkin Spice Mocha. Don’t get me wrong, these drinks are amazing — who doesn’t like chocolate? But these were not what I was after.

Pumpkin Spice Cider (with Whiskey). Did my failures drive me to drink? Not exactly. But I had just about given up on a cupful of pumpkin pie by this point, and thought I would end the series with a bang.

And then… the lightening bolt hit. I know how to make a thick, rich delicious hot chocolate drink. And I know how to make an amazing latte. So what was stopping me from basically using the hot chocolate recipe (sans chocolate) to make my Pumpkin Pie Latte? As it turns out, not a gosh darn thing. :)

And I’m not going to lie. This thing is pretty freaking amazing. It takes decadent to a whole new level. It is thick, rich, creamy and just about the best piece of pumpkin pie you have ever had.

Except, of course, it’s in a cup.

Pumpkin Pie Latte via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Pumpkin Pie Latte

serves two

You need:

1 cup brewed espresso. We use dark espresso ground coffee, and this adorable little espresso maker to brew it.

1 Tablespoon unsulphered molasses(like this)

2 cups of the best milk you can find. We use whole, cream top, vat pasteurized milk from grass fed cows.

2 eggs from pastured hens

4 Tablespoons of maple syrup (my brother makes mine, but this kind is good, too)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla (like this)

1 teaspoon Homemade Pumpkin Spice Mix 

2 Tablespoons butter from grass fed cows (like this)

2 Tablespoons canned pumpkin (like this)

To a heavy bottomed pan, add the milk and the eggs. Whisk to break yolks. Then add all the other ingredients except for the the espresso and the molasses.

Heat over low and, using a whisk, stir constantly. When the milk is warm, and the egg white no longer noticeable divide between two large mugs.

At this point you have really amazing mug of warm, pumpkin-y milk that would make an amazing bedtime snack. But it’s morning, and we want coffee, right?

Pour the brewed coffee into a measuring cup and add the molasses. Pour a 1/2 cup of the coffee into each mug and enjoy!

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Sep 26

From the Farm Blog Hop… Pumpkin Granola

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Happy Friday! And happy From the Farm Blog Hop Day! I can’t wait to see what you’ll be sharing with us this week!

Note: The link-up is at the very bottom of the page!

This week I chose Pumpkin Granola from Heritage Schoolhouse for my featured post!

Pumpkin Granola from Heritage Schoolhouse -- Featured Post from the From the Farm Blog Hop via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of WIldflowers

photo credit — Heritage Schoolhouse

Granola can make a quick, easy breakfast or a really excellent snack. Sometimes I send a bowl of granola and yogurt with the kids for a nutritious lunch — and this granola looks absolutely delicious! And very fall-like! :)

Now, let’s get on with the party, shall we??? This week’s favorites:

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Sep 25

My Week on Wednesday… September 24

Visit us each week for a great list of blogs I've visited and articles I want to tell you about. Plus a little of what's going on at my teeny tiny urban homestead || Once Upon a Time in a Bed of WildflowersThe Year Wheel has turned again, and fall is upon us. We just passed Mabon, the second of the Harvest Festivals, the Autumn Equinox…and for a brief moment the day and night were balanced, and now we are heading into the dark part of the year. It is a time for giving thanks — for the sunshine which has grown our crops, for the harvest, for our friends and families, and for all of the things we have accomplished over the year.

It is a time for harvesting, and storing away this year’s crop. It is a time for coming into ourselves a little: what are our dreams and hopes for next year? How will we accomplish them? In preparation for spending more time inside, it is a good time to clean your house.

It’s apple picking time! :)

In light of all that, I’m changing up My Week on Wednesday just a little bit. I’m still going to tell you a bit about what’s been going on in my life, and share great links with you… but instead of just listing random links that I loved, I’m going to try and go with a theme. This week, for example, I’m going to share a great list of Harvesting and Preserving Summer links.

This new thing is going to take a LOT more organization on my part — never my strong suit — so I’m not sure how well it’s going to work. But we’re going to give it a go! Be sure to let me know what you think.

*** pauses to take son to urgent care due to some confusion as to what Be Careful With Knives really means ***
*** train of thought completely lost ***
*** let’s all look at a picture of my dog ***

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Well, now, that’s better.

Where were we.

Ah, yes, Preserving Summer…

    • Homemade Mint Extract – We have oodles of mint in our yard. I dry it for tea, but I’ve never tried making mint extract before!
    • How to Freeze Peppers – This is actually not how I freeze my pepper… I do it this way because when I cook with them, I like them singed… so I singe them, and *then* freeze them.
      BUT, I also like them raw. In salads, maybe, and to send in with the kids’ lunches. I had never thought of freezing them this way! I am totally going to try this!!!
    • How to Make Old-Fashioned Peach Butter – Peach butter was the first thing I ever canned!
    • How to Harvest Sunflower Seeds – I’m embarrassed to say that I have never given much thought to sunflower seeds. I stick them in the kids’ lunches sometimes, but I have never even thought of growing my own sunflowers and harvesting my own seeds. Until now, that is. Surely there is a sunny patch somewhere in my yard that would consent to grow a sunflower or two!
    • Cinnamon Rum Pears – Enough said. :)
    • How to Make Sun Dried Tomatoes – Delicious!
    • Honey Spiced Dried Apple Rings – We can get tons of apples for free so I am absolutely trying this! They would make delicious snacks for the kids’ lunches!
    • Easy No Peel Whole Apple Applesauce – Applesauce is easy to make, and easy to can. And this method is even easier!
    • How to Pressure Can Green Beans – I love this post. It is like it is written in a way to make you think your friend is right there in the kitchen, showing you how to pressure can.
    • Ground Beef Jerky Using a Jerky Gun – I had never heard of a jerky gun. Now I want one.
    • Drying Fresh Rosemary – Dry your own spices. I can smell the rosemary now. :)
    • How to Butcher a Chicken – I thought this was important to share… blood, feathers, and dead chickens included. If you eat meat, I think you should have some understanding as to what it means to raise an animal, and then butcher it. Of course, most chickens are factory farmed, live in horrific conditions, and suffer at the time of death. This way is different. As Shaye Elliot so ably explains, her birds are sacrificed in a manner which allows for genuine thankfulness and for the bird’s sacrifice to be fully appreciated.

There you have it. The first theme-specific My Week on Wednesday. Did you like it?

Now for the Quote of the Week. Approximately daily, I post quotes on my Facebook Page. The quote with the most likes, shares, and comments will become the Quote of the Week.

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Thank you for joining me for My Week on Wednesday. Tell me, what did you do this week? I’d love to hear!

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Sep 23

Pumpkin Spice Mocha

Looking for Hot Chocolate with a wake-you-up kick? Try Pumpkin Spice Mocha from Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers
With the cold weather approaching, and longer nights, brisk days, and Halloween looming near, I am pretty sure you cannot have too many warming drink recipes up your sleeve.

And what makes a better warming drink than Pumpkin Spice… something?

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Last week I made up some Homemade Pumpkin Spice Mix, and have been having a lot of fun adding it to every warm drink I can think of.

A couple of days ago, I shared Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate which my kids informed me was “wonderfully delightful.”

(They were right!)

But say you’re a grown up with a minor coffee addiction. Hot Chocolate, however delightful, isn’t going to cut it first thing in the morning!

I’ve got you covered.

Pumpkin Spice Mocha via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

Pumpkin Spice Mocha

serves two

You need:

1 cup brewed espresso. We use dark espresso ground coffee, and this adorable little espresso maker to brew it.

1 Tablespoon unsulphered molasses, like this

2 cups of the best milk you can find. We use whole, cream top, vat pasteurized milk from grass fed cows.

1 egg from pastured hens

3 Tablespoons of maple syrup (my brother makes mine, but this kind is good, too)

1/2 teaspoon vanilla (like this)

2 Tablespoon raw cacao powder (like this)

1/2 teaspoon Homemade Pumpkin Spice Mix 

2 Tablespoons butter from grass fed cows (like this)

2 Tablespoons canned pumpkin (like this)

To a pan which is NOT on a lit burner, add the milk and the egg. Use a whisk to break the yolk and mix well. Then add the rest of the ingredients, except the espresso, to the pan.

Do NOT turn on the burner until everything is in the pan, your whisk is in your hand, and you are prepared to stand at the stove for the next few minutes. The milk only takes a few minutes to warm up, but you have to stir it the entire time… or you will wind up with egg drop hot chocolate.

(It isn’t as gross as it sounds, believe it or not; I learned this making my Divine Hot Chocolate. But it is still way less than ideal!)

Important Note: At this point you still have hot chocolate, and your kids could bully you into giving it to them instead. You have been warned.

More Important Note: This recipe is easy to double. If you double it, you can give the kids Pumpkin Spice Hot Chocolate, and have your coffee — all without dirtying another pan! :)

Assuming you are actually going to get to drink your Mocha, divide the hot chocolate into two mugs. Use a whisk to make foam if desired.

By now your coffee should be brewed. Pour it into a measuring cup, add the molasses, and stir well. Carefully pour 1/2 cup of espresso into each mug and enjoy!

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Sep 21

Pumpkin Spice Cider (with Whiskey)

Pumpkin Spice Cider (with Whiskey) via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

So what do real food, urban homesteader bloggers (who walk to pick their kids up from school) do in the afternoon? They try to find ways to legitimately inject a bit of alcohol into their days.

Not every day. But sometimes.

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You know what I mean… how many of those stews you make really need that half-cup of wine? Outside of the amazing chefs who actually know what they are doing (and maybe even them) wine gets added because the recipe maker thinks the wine will make the finished product taste better or, more likely, she thinks it’s too early in the day for a glass of wine but wants one anyway.

True story.

So while I was standing in the kitchen, creating the next installment of my Pumpkin Spice series using my Homemade Pumpkin Spice Mix, and wondering if my Pumpkin Spice Cider was going to turn out as delicious as I thought it would, I began to think that, regardless, it would be better with whiskey.

(It was.)

I mean, it was all in the name of experiment, right? With good pictures, and an eventual article. Yes?

Plus I got to sit down on the porch with a delicious alcoholic drink in the early afternoon. ;)

Though, to be fair, this Pumpkin Spice Cider is actually quite delicious without the whiskey, so if you want to feed it to your kids, or feel like you might need to drive somewhere in the near future, it’s fine to leave it out.

Pumpkin Spice Cider (with whiskey) via Once Upon a Time in a Bed of Wildflowers

 

Pumpkin Spice Cider (with Whiskey)

serves one; easy to double

1 1/2 cup fresh apple cider

1 Tablespoon butter from grass fed cows (like this)

1 Tablespoon canned pumpkin (like this)

1/2 teaspoon Homemade Pumpkin Spice Mix

1 shot of Scotch Whiskey, optional

Add all the ingredients except the whiskey to a small pan and warm through, stirring often. Add a shot of whiskey to the bottom of a mug, and making sure the cider isn’t hot enough to flash off the alcohol, add it to the whiskey. Give it a quick stir, and enjoy.

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