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DIY Australian Pumpkin Spice Latte

DIY Australian Pumpkin Spice Latte

I was lucky enough to be in North America in November where I sampled many Pumpkin Spice Lattes.

There aren’t many Starbucks stores in Australia & I’m quite sure they don’t sell any of the wonderful seasonal American treats. Lucky for me, once I had tried a Pumpkin Spice Latte I had an idea of how I could replicate it at home.

To me a Pumpkin Spice Latte tastes like a chai latte crossed with a strong coffee. And I mean strong. There is no hint of pumpkin, as with many pumpkin or pumpkin spice flavoured treats. The spices generally used are cinnamon, nutmeg & cloves.

Quick Dinner for Two

quick easy meal

This is a great dinner for two when there isn’t much food in the pantry. These pasta side dishes generally serve 4 people as a side but also make a great dinner for 2 when you add a few extras. This time I added 1 copped carrot, roughly 1/4 cup of peas & 1 small tin of tuna. The idea of adding the extra items is to make more of a nutritionally balanced meal, plus add some more volume to fill you up.

Optional add ins:

  • chopped carrot
  • frozen peas
  • chopped broccoli
  • frozen mixed vegetables
  • small or large tin of tuna
  • cooked chicken pieces

Breakfast Protein Mug

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Smoothie Bowl

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Quest Bar Cookies

life by kathleen quest cookies

I have read a lot about the different things that can be done with Quest bars & was craving something sweet. I trolled some hashtags on Instagram & browsed Pinterest but decided that I could wing it.

  1. Pick a flavour
  2. Attempt to roll it out flat
  3. Cut into pieces, as big or small as you like
  4. Bake for 10 minutes at 180°c

I was surprised that they puffed up a bit & actually looked like square cookies. It’s best to eat them fresh out of the oven as they go a bit hard once they have cooled