DIY #PSL: Pumpkin Spice Latte

DIY Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe || On Simple Medicine

Fall is here.

That statement is based solely upon the fact that you can now purchase a piping hot (or iced) PSL at your local Starbucks. I’m guilty of buying into the Pumpkin Spice Latte hype because I love pumpkin spiced anything (pie, cake, cookies, cheesecake, bread…all of it).

DIY Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Latte Recipe|| On Simple Medicine

After Food Babe crushed the hearts of millions by revealing that Starbucks Pumpkin Spice Lattes are actually bad for you, I got to thinking…

  1. Who really believed they were getting a wholesome, organic, good for you beverage when they purchased a PSL at Starbucks?
  2. Did those same people also think there was pumpkin in the latte?
  3. What is the best way to fix this situation?

If you’re into living a healthy/whole foods kind of lifestyle, you’re making a conscious decision to choose foods that are good for you and good to you. For me, this includes occasional indulgences (like a Starbucks PSL) but I certainly don’t believe these choices are good for my body, healthy or necessary. They’re indulgences. They’re fun. They make me happy. And everyone deserves a little pumpkin spice happiness now and again.

I was sitting at my desk contemplating this #PSL dilemma when I had the greatest idea I’ve ever had in the history of this blog. Maybe even the history of my life: Homemade Pumpkin Spiced Coconut Creamer.

You’re probably thinking: DUH. You can make or buy any flavor creamer or syrup you want. Which is true. But I wanted to make something that would taste like my favorite coffee shop PSL and still contain high quality, wholesome ingredients. This recipe is part PSL, part bullet proof coffee and 100% deliciously fall approved.

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Meal Planning and Monday Night Football

Ohhh Football. This week you imposed upon my strict and structured meal planning. All was in place for homemade Ramen on Monday night but my husband failed to inform me that his beloved Lions were playing at 7:30. And that we were going to our local bar to catch the game. I managed to recover from this unexpected event and modify my menu a bit but then Matt got sick and the week ended up costing me TWO extra and unexpected shopping trips.

Monday (Night Football): Impromptu Burritos

  • Tortillas: $3
  • Beans: $2
  • Lettuce: $2
  • Cheese: $3
  • Sour Cream: $2
  • Taco Seasoning: $1
  • Salsa and Beef Purchased by our guests

Total: $13 for four servings

Monday Night Football and Meal Planning

Monday Night Football Crew: Lions and a Tiger


Tuesday: Ramen (Prepped for Monday, eaten on Tuesday):

  • Ramen Noodle Dough: Made from pantry items
  • Broth: Homemade using celery, carrots, yellow and green onion, thyme, butter and water, $12
  • Bok Choy: $3

Total: $15 for two servings

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Sweet Dreams

Sleep is one of those time consuming things that I often take for granted. I think it’s the consequence of being a perpetually sleep deprived student. Recently, my husband and I purchased a brand new firm-but-soft-super-comfy mattress and I LOVE it! I find it hard to leave my bed, especially after our sheets are freshly laundered.


Mom, I’m sleeping here!

I know we always hear about how important sleep is but it’s true. Sleep impacts multiple body systems and can impact every area of your life. Here are six reasons not to skimp on sleep: [Read more...]

Meal Planning and Holidays

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Week three of Meal Planning. I have to say I’m impressed with myself. Mostly that I’ve kept the cooking dinner/packing up lunch/purchasing everything in advance thing up for three weeks. I think Matt is impressed too. I haven’t been this dedicated to meal planning since 2009.

This past week we celebrated Labor Day weekend by heading down to Tampa for a wedding. It was a fun day trip with my parents and the Monday off meant one less day of hectic weeknight cooking and lunches. It was like a mini vacation. Added to that, my grandmother from New Jersey is in town until the end of September so we spent extra time at my parents house this week, hanging out with her.

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