We finally got some measurable snow, along with some of the coldest weather St. Louis has seen in 10 years. Temps have been in the single digits with windchills below zero! BRRRR
School was canceled yesterday and again today.

If you follow me on Facebook or Twitter – you probably hear me talk about making yummy lattes at home. So far this year we’ve been making Pumpkin Spice & Mocha Peppermint and occasionally just vanilla.

homemade latte

I always get asked how me make them……..

With all of this COLD COLD weather, we’ve been making them almost daily, so I thought I’d snap a few pictures and tell you how we make them!! They’re so easy and fun!

There are a few “must haves”…… (affiliates)

First you need one of these babies:
A Latte Maker! We LOVE this thing! You can find it here Latte Maker

Now, the Cocoa Latte Maker comes with a nice little recipe book and we mostly use the Caffe Latte recipe and make a basic Vanilla Latte.—-which is very good!! But we wanted to kick it up a notch and get fun flavors like you can get at Starbucks.

My secret ingredient? Coffee-Mate’s Flavored Liquid Creamers!! We’ve been using Pumpkin Spice (available Nov- Jan) and Mocha Peppermint, – we will try other flavors when we run out of these.


For your viewing pleasure…………………
I thought I’d share some shots of Cullen in his first snow.

and one of Allison sledding

Have a GREAT weekend! and stay WARM if it’s cold where you are!

homemade latte

Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe

Yield: 2 servings


  • 1 cup milk (we use 1% or 2% for lower fat)
  • 1 cup Coffee- Mate Pumpkin Spice Liquid Creamer (you canuse any flavor you wish)
  • 1 tablespoon Instant Coffee (you can use less if you don’t want as much coffee flavor)
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla Syrup (we use Sugar Free)
  • Whip cream
  • sprinkle of pumpkin pie spice or cinnamon


  1. Add the first 5 ingredients to the *Latte Maker and press “ON”.
  2. When it turns itself off, dispense it into a mug and top it with whip cream, and sprinkle with spices.


*if you don't have a cocoa latte maker: Add first 5 ingredients to a small sauce pan over medium heat. Cook string constantly until just simmering.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 2 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 238Total Fat: 11gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 192mgCarbohydrates: 31gFiber: 2gSugar: 17gProtein: 6g

Nutrition information is estimated based on the ingredients and cooking instructions as described in each recipe and is intended to be used for informational purposes only. Please note that nutrition details may vary based on methods of preparation, origin, and freshness of ingredients used and are just estimates. We encourage, especially if these numbers are important to you, to calculate these on your own for most accurate results.

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