Happy First Day of Fall!
I actually had to Google if the UK’s first day of fall is the same as the states, which might sound stupid but our daylight savings times AND mother’s day are different, so you never know. From what I can tell it’s the same…or the UK doesn’t really care about the exact date because we live in permanent fall minus the beautiful foliage. Or at least Scotland.
You know what I love about fall? PUMPKIN. There are few things I love as much as pumpkin…mainly, s’mores. I am the total cliché white girl when it comes to fall and pumpkin madness. Seriously, my mom brought me some Bath & Body works pumpkin soap on her trip (even though I already have a surplus of 5 of them and will be fully replenished when I get home for Christmas) and I have no short of 7 pumpkin candles in this house. And you don’t even want to see my stockpile of pumpkin puree (which can be found seasonally in the “American” section of some grocery stores here for insane prices, or on amazon.co.uk). I buy anything pumpkin. Errrr…I did when I lived in American and there was everything you can buy pumpkin. I’m smuggled over pumpkin butter, pumpkin oatmeal, pumpkin m&ms, pumpkin pudding mix, pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin cliff bars (yes, they made them), pumpkin tea and coffee…like white girl wasted on pumpkin over here.
But my heart is still empty because I simply cannot bake the same quality of pumpkin goodness that will be all over America starting this month. It makes me so sad. And I have to use my pumpkin reserves carefully because they can’t be easily or cheaply refilled. I’m already out of pumpkin coffee and the stock on pumpkin oatmeal is dwindling….oh #expatproblems.
Anyway, what I didn’t previously mention is that I also brought over pumpkin coffee syrup…but unfortunately; I just don’t think they’re very good. I even brought over two different kinds but the fake sugar substitute crap they use leaves a bad taste in my mouth. Yes, I can go to starbucks and get the pumpkin Spice latte…but I don’t really go to Starbucks very often and I like my pumpkin coffee at home where I sit and write blog posts with a pumpkin candle lit and go into my own restroom and wash my hands with pumpkin soap and so on and so on.
There’s also that little issue that there’s no creamer in Scotland what so ever (which was in fact one of my first, unsettling expat life blog posts – see here). And that is why I decided to go down the path of homemade coffee creamer. But not just any creamer my friends, PUMPKIN coffee creamer. I wish I could say that the fact that store bought coffee creamers are filled with fake crap helped lead me down this path, but lets be honest, if I could get my hands on a big ole’ jug of International Delight Pumpkin Spice Toxic Creamer…I’d be all over that. (Shedding a little tear for Target as I type.)
So if you’re an expat mourning a morning cup of pumpkin coffee or just want to stop buying the expensive toxic crap creamer…I wanted to share my recipe with you.
Homemade Pumpkin Coffee Creamer
- 1-cup semi-skimmed milk (US- 1% milk)
- ½ cup single cream (as oppose to double cream here in the UK)
- 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- ¼ cup maple syrup
Just blend all ingredients with an immersion blender, hand mixer, or regular blender and refrigerate. Shake well before pouring into your coffee.
This recipe actually isn’t too sweet so don’t be fearful of that…I actually add one packet of fake-sugar-toxic-crap Equal and it is just heaven for me. Go on and embrace your white girl and give it a try!