Thursday, October 14, 2010

Simple Pleasures and Thankful Thursday

all rolled into one.  :)

simple pleasure Today I am joining Dayle @ A Collection of This and That for Simple Pleasure and Lynn @  Spiritually Unequal Marriage emo_flowers1_thankfulThursday for Thankful Thursday. 

I have so much in this life to be thankful for and I give God the thanks on a daily basis. Even the small things.

By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name. (Hebrews 13:15)

Today my simple pleasure is really simple really.  Pumpkin Spice Latte…


When I see the signs go up at Starbucks or DD I know that fall has finally arrived.  It is the one thing during this season I afford myself the pleasure. 

I love curling up with my latte and thumbing through some old books or magazines or simply watching a wonderful old Classic movie.  Doesn’t get much better than that, does it?

You might ask why I am thankful for this little simple pleasure….well again for me, it is simple.  For the past several weeks, when my children Pumpkin-Spicehave come through town on the way to my house, they have stopped off and picked one up for me.  Why, because they know it is a treat that I love.  And seeing their giving and generous hearts is always something to be thankful for.  Plus I am thankful that it is a wonderful time to create  special memories with them while we sip our drink of choice for this colorful and beautiful season. So what are your simple pleasure today, and what are you thankful for?  

God is so good!

Pumpkin Spice Latte
makes 1-2 servings

2 cups milk
2 tablespoons canned pumpkin OR 1 teaspoon of Torani Pumpkin Spice Syrup (I use canned pumpkin)
2 tablespoons sugar or sugar substitute
2 tablespoons vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1-2 shots espresso (about 1/4 cup of espresso or 1/2 cup of strong brewed coffee if you don't have an espresso machine.)

In a saucepan combine milk, pumpkin and sugar and cook on medium heat, stirring, until steaming. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and spice, transfer to a blender and process for 15 seconds until foamy. If you don't have a blender, don't worry about it - just whisk the mixture really well with a wire whisk.

Pour into a large mug or two mugs. Add the espresso on top.

Top with whipped cream and sprinkle pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, or cinnamon on top.

Life is Good!

Romans 12:2“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God's will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”

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Denise said...

Such a yummy blessing.

It's Just Dottie said...

Oh that sounds so very good. I am going to make one this weekend. I liked how you enjoy drinking yours. I hope to have a restful weekend and spend some quiet time with God.

Dayle said...

Oh, yes! This is one of autumn's gifts that brings me much joy. I don't order one as often as I'd like one, but when I do, it's always with extra whipped cream. Yum!!

Kay K said...

Love your simple pleasure makes me want a Latte!!!! Hope you dont mind me browsing around a little on your blog !!

pam said...

Oh our daughters get so excited for the Pumpkin Spice Latte to come out...and then at Christmas there is some peppermint mocha coffee....we hear about the anticipation for weeks. I didn't know you could buy that flavor in the Torani syrups. That will make their day. We gave them a stovetop Italian espresso they love to make their own special coffee's at home.

LadyT said...

Hi Cindy;

I truly enjoyed your post and loved your simple pleasure. Thanks for reminding us to remember what we're thankful for my friend. Have a lovely end of the week and weekend. Hugs ;-}

Joan Davis said...

Oh yum!! I love the fall and I love Pumpkin Lattes! Thank you for sharing the recipe. I'll definetly try it out! It has been rather warm in California over the past few days, but it is supposed to cool off (finally) this weekend. So, I'm looking forward to enjoying some autumn blessings along with a sweet latte. Your post put a smile on my face - thank you! And thank you for dropping by my blog earlier today. Your comment was a blessing.

Living for Him, Joan

sarah said...

I don't like pumpkin or latte but boy do you ever make it look and sound so good. ☺

Kathleen said...

I'd love to try a Pumpkin Spice Latte, they look so good, but we don't get them over here yet. Sounds like you have great kids!

Jerralea said...

I love focusing on the simple pleasures that we have in this life.

It's great that your kids think about you and bring you your favorite treat now and then!

Jen said...

It makes my heart wild when I catch my children being so gracious and selfless. I am, too, thankful for those moments.

Tracey said...

Hi Cindy! I love your simple blessing, one of my favorites too! Hope you are having a wonderful week! ((BIG HUGS))

hip-chick said...

Oh those are so good. I only have them once or twice a season as they disagree with my stomach. But, I do love them.

Sue said...

Great Post Cindy, I love pumpkin spice Latte from Starbucks, and now I can make my own.And like you I do enjoy curling up with a good book or old movie and my coffee.How thoughtful of your children to think of this simple pleasure.I so enjoyed my visit.

Charlotte, Lover of His Name said...

What a blessing for both you and your children. I love it when they do something for us that makes them feel special somehow also. Funny how God made us love giving when Love is the center of its purpose.. its a Win Win...!
Loved your post.

Rita T. said...

The recipe looks wonderful!

Joan said...

There is just something about fall - the sights, the smells, the cozy evenings, and sunshine days... God is indeed good.


Ms.Daisy said...

I loved your Simple Pleasures post today even though I don't drink coffee! I do love most things pumpkin though, pie, muffins, cookies, lol!


Judy said...

Hi Cindy! Well, you know me & Pumpkin Spice Latte! My favorite! Like you, I get so excited seeing that it's back - even though it was triple digits here when it came. I think I'll have one tomorrow, & think of you as I sip & enjoy!

It touched my heart to think of your kids bringing you your fav drink. That's 'so' precious Cindy!

Your prior post really touched my heart too. You are such a blessing Cindy, & it does my heart good to read of your content heart, & of you doing the things that matter & that last...the things that bring us 'true' joy! Love ya too pieces!! Hugs

jhunnelle said...

I like latte too:) what a satisfied heart, small things but still it's from the Lord and must be thankful for. Thank you for sharing that, it just reminds me to be thankful even in small things.


Pia said...

a lot of times i tend to forget to thank God for the simple things, so it's really nice to participate on TT meme to make us sit back and think about what we can thank God for each week.

not a fan of whipped cream but this sure looks yummy!

My Life said...

This sounds like a yummy simple pleasure...Thanks for sharing I will have to try it.

Redeemed1 said...

Oh yum!

sewingseedscraftylife said...

I've packed me a bag of pumpkin spice coffee for a little trip I'm taking and am so looking forward to that first sip. I totally understand your simple blessing! Patty

sewingseedscraftylife said...

I've packed me a bag of pumpkin spice coffee for a little trip I'm taking and am so looking forward to that first sip. I totally understand your simple blessing! Patty