The Best Pumpkin Spice Latte

I can only imagine the amount of revenue Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte is responsible for bringing into their coffers each year. It must be quite substantial. Heck, when they first came out with it in 2003, I alone must have bought enough of their Pumpkin Spice Latte’s to at least allow my local Starbucks to make rent for the months of September, October and November! Wikipedia says, “Pumpkin Spice Latte became Starbucks' most popular seasonal beverage, with more than 200 million sold between its 2003 introduction and 2015”. You do that math!Anyways, I still love pumpkin spice lattes, but being...

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Jack Be Little Pumpkins

In the grocery store, often times these mini pumpkins are sold next to the gourds which implies they should only be used for decoration. However, they are not only delicious when baked, but make a fun and festive presentation on a Thanksgiving table or buffet. Kids and adults alike enjoy seeing them and eating them!  Just as delish as baked acorn squash or baked butternut squash they are fast and easy to make. Don't just save them for Turkey Day. They add a pop of color to anything they are served alongside. We especially love them with pork as well...

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Frost on the Pumpkin Olive Oil Cookies

When is the Right Time for Pumpkin Spice? I love pumpkin spice whether it's in a latte, pie, donuts, cake, ice cream and even in cream cheese smeared on a well toasted bagel. But I just can't bring myself to consume this flavor before it starts to get cooler. I'm to busy trying to enjoy the last of the fresh tomotoes, corn and the like. Just like Christmas, many big-name stores start pushing pumpkin spice well before the season. I swear the coffee chain from Seattle, which will remain nameless, started offering it's pumpkin spice latte in July!  Summers in...

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A CAKE FOR A QUEEN ( Queen Elizabeth Cake)

If you are like me, over the past number of days you have been watching all the happenings in England related to Queen Elizabeth’s death including the Queen’s funeral yesterday. England does pomp and pageantry like no other country. And the display of this did not disappoint yesterday. The funeral was certainly fit for a Queen that devoted her entire life to service and country. From seemingly perfect execution to an emotional King Charles to the tearful end when the Queen's piper played, while walking slowly away and alone down a hall while her coffin was lowered slowly into the...

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The Best Tomato Fritter (Santorini Tomato Patties)

A few years ago, Matt and I took a trip to Greece. It was filled with natural beauty, history and of course, lots of food and olive oil. We visited Crete and Santorini and then went on to Athens where we spent our last 5 nights. In the middle of our Athens stay, we made the last-minute decision to do an overnight in Istanbul. We took a short flight from Athens early one morning and set off for a “24-hour taste” of Turkey. In the end, what the entire trip did was make us realize going back to Greece (and...

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French Herbed Potato Salad ( No Mayonnaise)

You will never miss the mayonnaise when you try this delicious French Herbed Potato Salad. Why do I call it French? Well, it uses two types of Dijon Mustard, Champagne Vinegar and three classic French herbs... tarragon, thyme and parsley and no mayonnaise or egg like American Style Potato Salad. If you don't like the herbs used in the recipe, use ones you do like. If you only have smooth style Dijon Mustard, use more of that type, and omit the grainy Dijon (but the grainy one does make it even better!). If you are an olive fan, it is...

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