Bits of Bliss: A Simple DIY Pumpkin Spice Coffee

I know what you are thinking- “OH NO, not another PSL hack- Jeny, haven’t you seen all of the recipes online?!”  Oh YES, I have definitely seen all those “hacks” floating around out there that boast they are just as good or even better than Starbucks most famous coffee drink: the Pumpkin Spice Latte. I’ve even tried a handful of them myself, and unfortunately every time I attempted to make the “recipe”, my DIY PSL always came out tasting unsatisfactory.

I honestly think it’s because all of these recipes called for actual pumpkin purée. Yeah, it makes sense, pumpkin purée for pumpkin spice. But for me, something always tasted a little off. It just wasn’t the same at all! But hey, at almost $5 for a cup of “specialty” coffee, I don’t blame those people for trying a dupe. Seriously! $5 for ONE cup of coffee!? Pocketbook Ouch!

I must admit I have been totally guilty of indulging in one or two (a week) of the delicious PSL treats when the season comes around. I have been an AVID fan since I discovered that warm, sweet, cinnamon-y, concoction years ago. My friends have even told me that my “signature scent” is pumpkin spice. Hey, I’m totally okay with that!

So, you can imagine how excited I got when I saw a YouTube video that utilized Pumpkin Spice Extract (WHAT!? They make that?!) to make a simple syrup you can add to your coffee! Of course I had to try it! The only bummer was the video didn’t really give a recipe. So, I went on a mission to recreate this coffee “dupe” to see if it was any good, especially since it did NOT use pumpkin purée! And you know what? I like it just as much as my prized Starbucks PSL! Plus, there are a couple of bonuses-

  1. It takes less than 10 mins to make, and the simple syrup will last in your refridgerator for at least a week- depending on how often you use it!
  2. It costs significantly less than my faved PSL! You get at least 5 drinks for the price of 1 (that’s $1 a cup!)

So I am excited to share this incredibly simple recipe with you, and I sure hope you enjoy it as much as I do!


DIY Pumpkin Spice Coffee

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 C sugar (I used raw sugar, but you can use granulated white sugar as well)
  • 1/2 C water
  • 1-2 tsp Pumpkin Pie Spice Extract (you can add more or less to your liking)
  • A container to store your Pumpkin Spice simple syrup in (I used a leftover Bonne Maman jam jar, but you can use a mason jar, or any air tight container)
  • A plain cup of your favorite coffee

Directions to make Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup:

In a small sauce pan mix your water and sugar together. On a stove, over med-high heat bring the water/sugar mixture to a boil and boil until all the sugar has fully dissolved. Once the sugar has dissolved, remove from heat and stir in your Pumpkin Pie Spice Extract. Allow to cool before pouring it into an air tight container for storage.

Directions for your Pumpkin Spice Coffee:

Once your Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup has been made, it’s ready for some coffee!

Brew your favorite coffee at home, and pour into your favorite coffee cup- then add 1-2 Tablespoons of your Pumpkin Spice Simple Syrup (or however much you want) into your cup. It also tastes great with a splash of milk, and a sprinkle of Pumpkin Pie Spice on top!

No go enjoy your very own Pumpkin Spice Coffee!

You’re Welcome! 😉☕️

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Until Next Time…

Adventure Awaits!- DIY Reclaimed Wood Sign

Dare I say it? Is it really true? I’m just going to go out on a limb and say…

Happy Fall Y’all!

I have seen that cute saying on SO MANY signs for fall decor everywhere recently, and it just seemed fitting now that the weather is FINALLY cooling off. (It’s October. Enough with the 90° days already Mother Nature!) Hey, speaking of signs, I am super excited to share my most recent DIY project with you! I am totally in love with it, and have been wanting to make it since we have moved into the house, but haven’t had the chance until recently. No surprise I was inspired by something that I saw on Pinterest. This is the sign I’ve been coveting for a while now in all its rustic chic glory:

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The “Pinspiration” image

It felt like the perfect piece to add to our still (mostly) blank walls. Especially now for fall! So, when I finally decided to purchase it, I was bummed to find that the size of the sign was only 10″x 7.5″ (that is just too small for me). I wanted a big statement piece for the mantle! So I thought to myself, why don’t I try to make it? YES!

That’s when I came across this tutorial on how to transfer fonts to wood using chalk. I realized making it would be incredibly simple, and I could totally do it! So I finally pulled out my blank/half finished wooden sign that I had put together from the scrap wood pile left over from my sons Pirate Ship sand box, and got to work! (Side Note- Mad props to my hubby who worked so hard on that sandbox, and it came together beautifully with a crows nest, a usable captains wheel, and its very own Pirate flag!)


LETS MAKE IT!

What You’ll Need:

  • a wood board of some sort
  • wood stain (I used Minwax Wood Finish in the color Provincial)
  • protective gloves (*optional- when staining your wood)
  • larger paint brushes (for the stain & sealer)
  • smaller paint brushes (for the letters)
  • acrylic craft paint (I used Apple Barrel brand in White)
  • chalk
  • your favorite font- printed on paper
  • Multi Purpose Sealer

I’d like to preface that I put my salvaged wood scraps together months and months ago. Then my blank wood sign sat unfinished until we moved into our *new* home, and we were happily reunited. I also covered all my surfaces with a protective cover- hence the Halloween & dinosaur table cloths!

How I Did It:

  • So, when I finally decided what I wanted to do with the wood slats, I stained it with wood stain. You can stain your wood whatever color you prefer, the color I used just happened to be a leftover stain we had in the garage from a previous project that we had done. (*Note the gloves on my hands! I didn’t want to stain my hands so I wore gloves- but you don’t have to.)

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  • Next, I found a font that I liked that was similar to the one used in the “Pinspiration” photo. (The font I used is called “Moonflower” and I sized it around 750pt-so 2 letters fit per page). Then I measured the size of my sign (appx. 29.5″ x 16″), and printed out my letters. To be honest, finding the right font size for my sign took a little trial and error. I ended up printing out a handful of different sizes before I found the exact fit for my board size. I also used Adobe Illustrator, which made it easier to resize in my opinion, but you can use Word or Pages as well.

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  • After my wood stain had dried and set, I traced and filled in the back (wrong) side of the letters/paper with a piece of chalk. I then flipped the paper over so the right side was facing up and positioned it on the wood where I wanted the text to be.

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  • Next, I took the non bristled end of my paint brush and traced/rubbed along the letter to transfer the chalk to the board. You can use any thing with a hard tip to do this, like a pen or pencil.

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  • Once I had transferred all of my letters to the wood, I used an acrylic craft paint in white to trace the outline of the letters.

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  • Once the outline was dry, I painted in the letters. I didn’t try to make it perfect and completely filled in, I liked that it looked a little worn and rustic.

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  • When the letters were fully dry, I drew out an arrow (with chalk) in the center with a ruler, and then painted on top of it with the white paint.

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  • Finally, I allowed the paint dry completely and then I used a couple of layers of a Multi Purpose Sealer on top to seal and protect it.

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  • VOILA! A lovely piece of home decor perfect for fall! (And I made it!)

I’m totally loving my gorgeous Adventure Awaits sign. This is most definitely one of my favorite DIY projects to date, not only because it is a great statement piece for fall rustic decor, but I love the message it evokes! It reminds me of the quote Every great journey begins with a single step” (by Lao Tze). I truly feel each day that we are blessed with is the opportunity for an amazing adventure, and that journey begins with a single step.

My sign was definitely fated to become a constant reminder of this amazing journey in life that we are on, AND that our own “Adventure Awaits” us just outside our own front door!

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not rely on your own understanding. Acknowledge him in all your ways, and he will make your paths straight.”~Proverbs 3:5–6


Until Next Time…

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