Homemade Pumpkin Coffee Creamer

homemade pumpkin coffee creamer recipe

I try giving up coffee probably once every three months. This last time I actually made it a few weeks without coffee because I was really sick and it never sounded very appetizing. Well, now that’s over and I’m back on caffeine and here I go again with something pumpkin flavored for the colder weather!

I keep baking these Pumpkin Molasses Cookies and end up with some leftover pumpkin puree that I keep in my fridge. Last time I made Pumpkin Hot Chocolate with the leftovers and this time I decided to make my own coffee creamer! You’ll want to make this in a container that can be shaken up because you’ll want to give it a good shake before each use to get the pumpkin and spices well mixed. I used a mason jar, but you can use whatever floats your pumpkin-shaking boat.

Pumpkin Coffee Creamer Recipe:

12 oz. half and half
3 Tablespoons pumpkin puree
1 Tablespoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
3 Tablespoons Turbinado sugar – optional, if you like sweet coffee

Pour your half & half into your mason jar.

homemade coffee creamer ingredients

Add your pumpkin.

homemade pumpkin coffee creamer ingredients

Sprinkle in your spices and sugar.

homemade pumpkin coffee creamer recipe

Give it a good shake and you’re ready for creamy, dreamy coffee!

homemade pumpkin coffee creamer

homemade pumpkin coffee creamer coffee

If you’re not a pumpkin fan, you can make this sans pumpkin puree and have a delicious cinnamon vanilla coffee creamer!


Mac and Cheese Review: Goldfish Butter Parmesan

I know I already reviewed Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Mac and Cheese, but I saw this Butter Parmesan flavor and had to try it. Sadly, I wasn’t that impressed.

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Butter Parmesan Mac and Cheese Review:

Pepperidge Farm Goldfish Mac and Cheese Review

Sauce: This sauce was a creamy consistency, but the flavor was just lacking. I didn’t think it tasted like parmesan at all, but more of a white cheese sauce without much flavor.

Goldfish Butter Parmesan Mac and Cheese

Pasta: I love shaped pastas and think they hold sauce really well. These fish are cute and I have no complaints!

Overall: I didn’t really like this mac and cheese. If you’re looking for a boxed mac and cheese with a Parmesan flavor, you should definitely try: Annie’s Homegrown Spirals with Butter and Parmesan.

Goldfish Butter Parmesan Review

Would I buy this again? No.


Garlic and Lemon Butter Shrimp with Fettuccine

Garlic Lemon Butter Shrimp Fettuccine Recipe

I was searching for something to make for lunch this week and realized I hadn’t had shrimp pasta in a while. I was able to whip up this buttery lemon shrimp in less than 30 minutes and use items I already had in my cupboard. That is always my favorite type of lunch recipe. Not only is it quick and easy, I can use up some of my spices and lemons before they expire or go bad!

Garlic and Lemon Butter Shrimp Recipe:

(makes 2 servings)
1/2 lb. fettuccine
15-20 large shrimp
2 cloves of garlic (or one large clove) – minced
3 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons olive oil
Juice from one lemon
Zest from one lemon
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2 Tablespoons grated parmesan cheese for topping

Cook your pasta according to the box in salted water.

In a skillet, melt your butter and olive oil. Add your garlic, lemon zest and lemon juice.

Garlic Lemon Butter Sauce

Stir in your shrimp and saute until they’ve just turned pink.

Garlic Lemon Butter Shrimp

Stir in your salt, pepper, oregano and red pepper flakes.

Garlic Lemon Shrimp Sauce

Instead of draining your pasta, scoop it with tongs or a pasta scoop right into your shrimp. The extra pasta water clinging to the noodles will help make the sauce perfect. Top with parmesan and a little extra lemon.

Shrimp Fettuccine Garlic Butter

Lemon Garlic Shrimp Fettuccine