Never underestimate a good Pumpkin Latte

I cannot for the life of me remember where I got this recipe. I remember at the time thinking “pumpkin pie filling”? but what do ya know! It’s awesome.  Happy Fall.

Giant mug

1/2 Cup whole milk

2 tbsps pumpkin pie filling

1, 2 or 3 shots fo Expresso (Depends on your day!)

Whipped cream.

In a small saucepan heat milk and pumpkin pie filling and whisk until blended and all lumps are gone. When hot, pour into freshly made Espresso and top with whip Cream and a bit of Cinnamon.  Go watch Nancy Grace. Mute Larry Kobilinski’s parts.  Enjoy.

Magic Cold Killer Soup

I have a cold today and it’s the pits. It snuck up on me yesterday and did me in completely by 3PM. I slept all day and all night and…here i am.  No doubt this cold is having a house party in my head (does anyone else think those little green Mucinex guys could be real?) This cold however, hasn’t met my special cold killer soup. Along with Airborne and Sambucol, this is the first thing my husband and I reach for When we get sick. I make roasted veggie stock and freeze it in 1 Qt Ziplocs so I always have some around. 

Cold Killer Soup

  • 4 cups Vegetable Stock 
  • 1 tablespoon rosemary
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seed  
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 (6 ounce) can tomato paste (you can add more if you like)
  • 2 Tablespoons Butter
  • Pour broth into a large pot, and mix in rosemary, garlic, pepper, celery seed, fennel seed, red pepper flakes and tomato paste. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, and simmer 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Add butter and simmer for an additional 20 minutes and serve.


    Lee & Casey Anthony’s InBread

    Oh come on, like you haven’t thought about it :-)

    Lee Anthony didn’t want to give his DNA to the detectives, why? Could the rumors be true? Bake some Inbread, serve some wine and wait for the Anthony circus to get even weirder….

    Lee & Casey Anthony’s InBread
    Makes 2 loaves

    Starter (prepare one day ahead)
    1 1/2 cups (6 3/8 ounces)Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
    1/4 cup (1 ounce) pumpernickel, rye, or whole wheat flour
    1 cup (8 ounces) water
    1/8 teaspoon instant yeast

    Mix all starter ingredients in a medium-sized bowl until well-blended. Cover the bowlwith saran wrap, and leave it at cool room temperature (70 degrees-ish) for 24 hours. It will be bubbly..

    All of the starter
    2 1/2 cups (10 5/8 ounces) Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
    1/2 cup (4 ounces) water
    1 1/2 teaspoons salt
    1/2 teaspoon instant yeast
    4 to 5 ounces Asiago or Parmesan cheese, diced (about 1 cup), plus extra for grating over the top of the bread

    Mix the starter and the remaining dough ingredients, except the cheese, using a mixer on a slow speed for 2 to 4 minutes. Increase the speed to medium and mix for about 4 minutes; the dough should be soft and slightly sticky. Add additional water or flour if necessary. Mix in the cheese; don’t worry if some pieces pop out. Allow the dough to rise, in a greased, covered bowl, for 1 to 2 hours, until it’s very puffy. Note: You can also mix this dough in a bread machine and just add the diced cheese several minutes before the end of the final kneading cycle.

    Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface, and shape it into two long loaves, about 12 x 4 inches each. Place the loaves, floured side up, onto parchment paper (if you plan to bake on an oven stone) or baking sheets. Cover the loaves with oiled saran wrap, and allow to rise for 45 minutes, or until they’re very puffy. Sprinkle them with additional grated cheese.

    Bake the ciabatta in a preheated 450°F oven for 22 to 26 minutes, until it’s golden brown. Remove it from the oven, and cool on a rack.

    Casey Anthony Endictment Party Drinks – Absolute-ly!

    I am very, very, VERY excited about the prospect of Casey Anthony being indicted for murder. Only one thing could be better and thats if the skanky freak-of-nature cracks on the stand and implicates her entire family in the cover up, Oh what a joyous day that would be…I’m also very curious about why Lee would not give up his DNA, or take a lie detector test.He also uses the word “absolutely” a lot. What is is with those two and multi-syllable filler words? Is there a connection?

    Anagram for “Absolutely”: Autos Belly
    (yeah it’s a stretch but still interesting)

    I am putting together a Casey Anthony Indictment party for next weekend and over the next few days I’ll share what I will be making.

    These names are not made up folks :-)  If you want more, you can go to

    Absolut High Five

    Absolut Apeach
    parts Tea (hot)
    warm Honey

    Chill a cocktail glass in the freezer. Pour absolut vodka, apricot brandy and orange flavored brandy into a shaker. Fill the shaker with ice cubes and shake it until the shaker is very cold. Strain the drink into the cocktail glass. Garnish with lemon.

    Believe It Or Not

    Absolut Vodka
    Apricot Brandy
    Orange Flavored Brandy

    Chill a highball glass in the freezer. Pour absolut apeach and tea (hot) into the highball glass. Garnish with ginger and orange slices.

    *In honor of Cindy & George*

    Wake Up Call

    1 part Absolut Vanilia
    1 part Chocolate Liqueur
    1 part cold coffee
    1 part Dark Cacao Liqueur
    1 part Yogurt

    Chill a cocktail glass. Pour absolut vanilla, chocolate liqueur, cold coffee, dark cacao liqueur and yogurt into a mixing glass. Fill the mixing glass with ice cubes and stir.  Strain the drink into the cocktail glass. Garnish with a chocolate kiss and a cherry.

    *In honor of the entire Anthony family*

    Absolutely Bananas

    Absolut Vodka
    Banana Liqueur
    Pineapple Juice

    Chill a cocktail glass. Pour absolut vodka, banana liqueur and pineapple juice into a shaker. Fill the shaker with ice cubes and shake it until the shaker is very cold. Strain the drink into the cocktail glass.

    *And Last but not least….Casey’s signature drink*


    Absolut Apeach
    Absolut Mandrin
    Chocolate Sauce
    Cranberry Juice
    Egg Yolk
    Simple Syrup
    Vanilla Ice Cream

    Chill a highball glass.Pour absolut apeach, absolut mandrin, champagne, chocolate sauce, cola, cranberry juice, egg yolk, simple syrup and vanilla ice cream into the highball glass.Serve to Casey before she’s led to the chair…..

    Will my cardboard box be cable ready?

    So I’m a little nervous about the economy tonight. My brother called me to tell me he cashed out his 401K, unintentionally reminding me that i need to suck up to him more just so I have somewhere to live when I retire.  I freely admit that being a child of the 80′s taught me nothing about the value of a dollar (that’s right, I’m blaming it on an entire decade). For me, caution flies out the window regularly, no doubt in search of my common sense, and usually right after I recieve one of Shopbops “New arrivals” emails.   

    I know that I struggle with certain aspects of  money management. Like saving.  Of course I have a savings account but I’m pretty sure that transferring portions of the balance  back and forth into my checking account 2-3 times a month isn’t really “saving”.  Several times I’ve talked myself out of anything longer than a 6 month CD because Eluxury might have a sale,  and I once told my husband we were “on a diet” but really I”d spent my entire paycheck on a purse and all we had in the house to eat for the week was carrots and oatmeal.

    Quite frankly, given the current state of our nation’s economy I’m concerned I may not be able to maintain my delusion-filled, L.A.M.B logo’d bubble.  Clearly I need to change my priorities a.s.a.p. and that may be the most depressing part of this depression. I hate change and I really hate not getting whatever I want. Is life as my generation knew it over? If it is as bad as I’m hearing then I need a plan. My husband was a bachelor until he was 30 so he can easily survive homelessness but I’m just not cut out for life under an overpass.

    This recipe is from my grandma whose mother made it regularly during the depression.  Yes folks, if your bank is failing, turn on Glenn Beck and make yourself a cake.

    Poor Man’s Cake

    • 1 cup raisins
    • 1 cup water
    • 1/2 cup cold water
    • 1/4 cup shortening
    • 1 cup white sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 1 1/4 teaspoons baking soda
    • 2 cups sifted all-purpose flour


    Preheat oven to 350. Grease and flour a 9×13″ cake pan. Sift together the flour, baking soda and salt and set aside.

    combine raisins and 1 cup water in a saucepan and bring to a boil. reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the cold water and shortening.

    In a large bowl, combine sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and the flour mixture. Stir in the raisin and water mixture and blend. Pour batter into prepared pan.

    Bake at 350 degrees F (175 degrees C) for 25 minutes.


    I’m told that you’re supposed to wrap this with saran wrap and leave it for a few days before eating it but I’ve never been able to wait that long.

    I looooove King Arthur Flour – $3 Shipping!

    Through Oct. 14th King Arthur Flour is offering $3 regular shipping on any order over $75. No code needed. I love their Italian Flour. It makes the best Pizza crust. Le sigh………

    Oh I can’t resist…..Casey Anthony Crab Cakes

    For anyone following The Casey Anthony case, you certainly don’t need me to explain how appropriate this Crab Cake recipe is. Yeesh, after reading all those Discovery documents I’m thinking her bedposts must be notched to mere stubs!  I apologize for the gross out factor but she is after all, most likely a child killer and at the very least a truly awful mother so I just can’t help it. In fact, I may serve these at my Casey Anthony Indictment Party.  I present to you:

    Casey Anthony’s Crab Cakes – Makes 4 Servings

    • 1 egg
    • 4 tablespoons mayonnaise
    • 4 teaspoons lemon juice
    • 1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
    • 1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
    • 1 tablespoon minced green onions
    • 8 ounces fresh crabmeat
    • 1/2 cup crushed Club Crackers (like Keebler)
    • 1 tablespoon butter

    In a medium bowl, mix The mayo, egg, lemon juice, red pepper flakes, Old Bay and scallions. Gently stir in crabmeat. Slowly add the cracker crumbs (leaving the crab meat as lumped as possible while mixing) .

    Form crab mixture into 4 patties. Heat the butter in your skillet and cook crab cakes until golden brown, about 5 to 6 minutes on each side.

    You’ll notice I didn’t use the word “fry” but oh yes Casey, I was thinking it :-)

    Investigation Discovery – Casey Anthony Discovery Documents

    Be sure and say hello to MIKE. Who felt it neccesary to copy my entire blog into HIS blogger page, and sign his name to it.  Dude you couldn’t even change one word? Better yet, write your own blog. loser.