[Plus my not-so-top-secret pumpkin spice latte recipe]
It’s Fall, y’all!
Close enough for me to break out my sweaters and cozy leggings and try to pretend like I’m not sweating under here.
So maybe it’s not, like, meteorologically Fall. But suddenly everything is turning into pumpkin spice and I saw a half-orange leaf outside my window this morning, so I’m just going to call it on this one.
If you’re like me, you’re beyond eager for those autumnal temps to start rolling in so you can fully enjoy the season of clear, brisk air and crunchy leaves underfoot.
But until then, you can still get into a fall mood by cozying up your house, keeping the air conditioner on, and pretending!
Here are some of my favorite home essentials for transitioning into Fall:
(P.S. Stick around, because at the end of this post I’m sharing my homemade pumpkin spice latte recipe!)
#1 Adelaide Candle from Prosperity Candle
Of course this list would start with a candle. And the Adelaide Candle from Prosperity Candle is everything you could want in a perfect Fall candle.
It comes in an adorable little ceramic pot with a gold rim that adds both warmth and glam to any room, which is the perfect combo if you ask me.
You can get the unscented version if scents aren’t your thing and you just want to add a little cozy ambiance to the room with the flickering flame, but I highly recommend the French Vanilla & Oak scent. It’s perfectly sweet and comforting, with a great balance that makes it just a tad bit different from your typical vanilla.
Give it a try!
#2 Cable Knit Throw from Boll & Branch
A cozy, cushy blanket is another absolute essential for Autumn.
It’s cute, cozy, and super soft, as well as being Fair Trade and GOTs certified. Plus, there’s just something about a chunky cable knit that’s quintessentially Autumnal.
This throw blanket is 50 x 70, so you’ll never have to work about cold toes poking out the bottom, it comes in 4 different colors, and it’s machine washable, so no worries if you accidentally spill some hot chocolate when you’re snuggled up by the fireplace!
#3 Pumpkin Spice Napkins from Mayamam Weavers
These 100% cotton napkins feature all of the best colors of Autumn, and would be perfect on any Thanksgiving table. Imagine them folded up in this special pumpkin napkin fold:
There’s also a matching dishtowel and potholder set to Fall-ify your kitchen!
Bonus: My Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe!
Here it is, the moment you’ve all been waiting for!
If you want to skip the lines at your favorite local coffee shop, stay home and whip up this easy diy pumpkin spice latte instead.
All you need is:
- A cup of milk, whatever kind you regularly use is fine
- ½ cup of strongly brewed coffee
- 1 Tablespoon of pumpkin puree (If you accidentally picked up pumpkin pie filling, that’s ok, but you may need to dial back the spices and sugar to compensate!)
- ½ Tablespoon vanilla extract
- ½ Tablespoon real maple syrup (Trust me, this is key)
- ¼ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- Optional: Whipped cream for serving, if you’re into that!
While your coffee brews, combine all the other ingredients in a saucepan over medium heat. Whisk it so that it comes together and keep your eye on it until it gets hot enough to start steaming. You don’t want to let it boil!
Once it gets steamy, take it off the heat. If you want to get fancy, you can froth the mixture up with an immersion blender or maybe a milk frother, I’m not really sure how those things work.
Once everything’s hot (and frothy, if you like) combine the milk mixture with the coffee and pour into a mug. You can also combine it in the mug. I’m not the latte police.
Top it all off with whipped cream and a sprinkling of pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, or cinnamon and bask in your culinary masterpiece.
This will make a pretty tall glass for one. Feel free to double or triple the recipe to satisfy your craving!
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