In this new series, blogger Brittany Cooper (an average Jane) tackles weekly DIY projects, giving you tips from her successes–and mistakes!
Welcome to the new series, “DIY For the Average Jane.” True, my name isn’t Jane, but it’s the best way to describe myself when it comes to the DIY realm. I do a little of this and a little of that, and I love DIY blogs, but you won’t find me sewing outfits for my entire family or hand-painting designs on my walls to give them the appearance of vintage wallpaper.
This series is dedicated to simple, quick and doable DIY projects that you can actually do yourself. So, if you love the touch of handmade but don’t have hours and hours to spend, I invite you to join me each week as I tackle these fun, bite-sized projects.
This week’s challenge: Crafting a deliciously homemade pumpkin spice latte (à la latte to the upper right). I love this seasonal drink with just the right amount of sweet pumpkin, milk, espresso and spice. To me, it signifies that fall has arrived. And while I celebrate the drink, I don’t get so skippingly happy about the price tag that accompanies it at certain mega-chain coffee shops. Solution? Learn how to make the lovely little latte myself.* Here’s how you can do the same:
Ingredients: (Makes enough for at least 2 lattes)
-2 cups of milk (skim is healthier; whole is more delicious)
-1 to 2 shots of espresso (or 1 cup of strong coffee)
-2 tbsp canned pumpkin
-2 tbsp vanilla extract
-2 tbsp sugar (I used turbinado sugar)
-1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, plus more for sprinkling
Step 1: Boil the milk and pumpkin pie filling over medium heat until it starts to steam. You can also do this in the microwave, but I thought the stove was simpler.
Step 2: Once the milk starts steaming, remove from heat, add the pumpkin spice and whisk it, whisk it good …
Step 3: Pour about a cup of the milk into a mug, and then pour 1/2 cup of coffee or 1 shot of espresso over the top.
Step 4: Top with whipped cream and pumpkin spice and enjoy!
*I originally found a recipe for a pumpkin spice latte here.