Saturday Snippets – Lattes, Therapy, Outerwear & Reviews

With school back in session, my Saturday Snippets have been a bit MIA the last couple of weeks.  Not to worry… life is finally starting to get into a bit of a routine again.  With school starting, I start to crave all things fall – sweaters, soups, pumpkins, mums, my birthday month, and, the oh so yummy, Pumpkin Spice Latte from Starbucks.  These sweet treats return to Starbucks on September 2nd, and if you are on social media, you probably saw some of the hoopla over the PSL this week.

Food Babe had a post this week regarding the PSL.  Per her investigation, this cup of deliciousness is full of terrible, very bad things.  While I can’t take the word of someone that calls herself, “babe,” too seriously, she does bring up a point… there’s a whole lot of crazy things in the latte.  Check it out…



Of course, another source you may be familiar with, Snopes, has countered Food Babe’s article (again… you determine your level of faith).  Snopes happens to say, FALSE,  the Pumpkin Spice Latte is NOT full of toxins and that the Caramel Color Level IV that Food Babe went on about is, in fact, safe.  


My version of a PSL

My version of a PSL

By now you are probably wondering who to believe, so let’s go to my personal source… Facebook.  I posted the picture above and it received 23 replies.  Some folks had read the article from Food Babe and were in support of a PSL ban, and others, honed in on their high school chemistry skills and noted that all things in our world are chemical, which is true.  Perhaps the best comment was comment #23, “22 comments on a photo of coffee.  Seriously folks?”

So here’s my take… maybe it’s because I lived in a rural community where farming was the norm.  My family raised and butchered animals, had a garden, collected eggs and thought that a newly hit deer was a bonus for the deep freeze.  I didn’t question where my food came from because it was pretty evident.  I’m also very lucky that I live in the “salad bowl” and see lots of items I consume grown just down the road.  I have a tendency to want to eat what is local.  If it is fresh, has a majority of ingredients that I can pronounce, and has been raised humanely, then it is worth consuming in my book.

However, there are some things that don’t fit neatly into my categories above.  I don’t turn my back to such cravings, I just limit my intake of these things.  With that being said, if I’m craving a PSL from Starbucks, then I shall get it, and if I’m craving a PSL but don’t want the added sugar and things I can’t pronounce, then I’ll make one at home just like I did in the picture above.  If you want to make one at home, here’s the recipe (partly from Food Babe, partly from a recipe I’ve had tucked in a cookbook, and partly from Nespresso (this gadget is the BOMB… buy one!).

Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte

  • 1/4 pumpkin pie spice
    • (I used 4t cinnamon, 4t ginger, 4t nutmeg & 3t ground cloves to make a batch of pie spice)
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup
  • 1 shot espresso (I used a Nespresso pod)
  • 3/4 cup milk (I used almond milk and filled my frother to the top line)
  • Top with whipped cream (I didn’t… I’m not a big whipped cream fan)


Last week, I mentioned that I sprained an ankle after falling down the stairs.  I’ve been desperate to mend this thing so RICE has become my friend.  I spend a lot of time in the car, and with a sprained ankle, I have tried to spend a lot of time sitting versus walking.  I couldn’t get the ice to quite stay in place so I was looking for options.  


As luck would have it, I ran across the Cold Wrap from Arctic Ease in one of my running magazines (note to self… don’t read running magazines while injured – it doesn’t help).  The ad said that I could make the purchase at CVS so I figured that I could find it at Rite Aid as well.  It wasn’t at Rite Aid, but this was:


While it isn’t the same product, I was pretty pleased with the results.  It was cold, I’ve reused it several times, and the strong Ben-Gay like smell at least made me feel like it was something special.  I think a good old ice pack is best, but when trying to elevate my ankle high, or while driving, this was a pretty darn good thing.  It was on sale for $8.99, but I didn’t have the Rite Aid card so it was $9.99 for me.  Now… if only this ankle would speed up the healing a bit faster….

In the leather department, I fell in love with this jacket from The Flawless Fox Boutique.  What do you think?

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Link to the jacket is here.

I’ve never ordered anything from here before, but the price point isn’t bad and the jacket is darling in my book.  Please share if you have any experience with an order from here.

And now… a recipe review:

The simmering sauce...

The Italian Stallion simmering sauce…

On the last Saturday Snippet I mentioned that I planned to make Italian Stallion Crock Pot Chicken from the blog He and She Eat Clean.  While the recipe wasn’t too difficult to make, it just wasn’t very flavorful.  Sadly, it didn’t get a single, “Oh Wow!” from Adam.  Because it is a holiday weekend, I haven’t thought much about a menu this week since I get a bonus day off.  Do you have any new recipes on your radar this week?

Hoping your Saturday is full of joy and the chance to do something extraordinary!  Have a fun and safe Labor Day too!  Enjoy!




2 thoughts on “Saturday Snippets – Lattes, Therapy, Outerwear & Reviews

    • Hi, Christine! My husband checked out the company since he thought the jacket was pretty hot (that or he was just thinking it would get me into some leather pants). The site didn’t have any information regarding their location, direct email or phone and the return policy said no returns. This made him uneasy… So I’m still hunting for something similar. Not sure if this was helpful, but if you do end up ordering, I’d love to hear about your experience.


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