Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Top 5 Fall Recipes For Warm Mugs!

The pumpkins are showing up in the grocery stores and the leaves are just beginning to change.  The cool air is welcomed after the blazing hot summer we had!  I'm feeling excited about the warm fall beverages that I love.  Budgets are tight though, and I don't want to drop five bucks for a Pumpkin Spice Latte at the coffee shop.   So I'm breaking out my favorite mugs that make me feel more special than a paper cup anyway and making my own at home!

 I hope you dig these recipes as much as I do. At the end of each recipe I've listed the magical properties of the ingredients that bring blessings to your cup!  If you like the mugs in the pictures below, they are all available in our Etsy shops, http://www.etsy.com/shop/MickieMuellerStudio & http://www.etsy.com/shop/VoiceOfTheTrees they are dishwasher and microwave safe and will make enjoying your favorite warm beverages at home even more special...and magical!
Pumpkin Spice Latte, made right at home and served in the Pumpkin Fairy mug.
1. Pumpkin Spice Latte
Everything pumpkin is gooood!
  • 2 cups milk
  • 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons sugar or 2 packages of stevia
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 cup of strong brewed coffee
In a saucepan combine milk, pumpkin and sugar (or stevia) and cook on medium heat, constantly stirring, until steaming. Remove from heat, stir in vanilla and spice, transfer to a blender and process for 15 seconds until foamy.
Pour into a large mug or two mugs. Top it off with the coffee. Sprinkle with a bit of pumpkin pie spice, if you want to get really fancy you can use whipped cream.
Magical Blessings in Your Cup:
milk:Goddess energy, nurturing
pumpkin: moon blessings, intuition, love
sugar:kindness, protection
stevia:balance, wisdom, love of self and others
vanilla: love, higher consciousness
pumpkin pie spice: prosperity, protection, love
coffee: energy, mental acuity

Mocha Coffee, can't get enough chocolate as you can see!  This warm beverage tastes even better in my Steampunk Fairy mug!
2. Mocha Coffee
This one is a super easy classic.
  • 1 cup hot brewed coffee
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar (or two packages of Stevia)
  • A splash of milk
Pour hot coffee into your favorite mug. Stir in cocoa, sugar and milk. 
Magical Blessings in Your Cup:
coffee: energy, mental acuity
cocoa: divine drink of love, prosperity
sugar: kindness, protection
stevia:balance, wisdom, love of self and others
milk: Goddess energy, nurturing

Nutty Irishman, I especially love the flavor of Frangelico hazelnut liqueur!
The hazel mug from our Voice of the Trees Etsy shop is perfect for this warming delight!
3. Nutty Irishman
I worked as a bartender for seven wonderful years, and while I don't have the urge to do it again, I had to share my version of this wonderful coffee drink!  Are you 21?  Let's see some ID!
  • 1 oz Baileys or generic Irish Cream
  • 1 oz Frangelico
  • 1 oz Kaluah or generic coffee liqueur
  • Hot coffee
  • Whipped cream
Dampen the rim of your coffee cup and dip it in cinnamon sugar.  I like a 15 oz mug for this one so I can have two and not get too tipsy.  You can adjust the liquor according to taste.  Top off with hot coffee, add whipped cream and top whipped cream with more cinnamon sugar.
Magical Blessings in Your Cup:
Frangelico/hazelnut liquor: inspiration, wisdom
Kaluah and coffee:energy, mental acuity
Baileys/vanilla, almond: love, higher consciousness, intuition
whipped cream:Goddess energy, nurturing
cinnamon: prosperity, health, and spiritual energy

Home made hot cocoa melts the ice from your cold bones, but won't melt the ice on this Midnight Ice Fairy mug!
4. Home Made Hot Cocoa
Perfect for a snow day, this recipe makes 4 cups so you can share!  If you believe the Old Farmers Almanac, we're supposed to get early snow this year, so keep these ingredients on hand!
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  •  1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 1/2 cups milk
  • 3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 12 oz can low fat evaporated milk
Add water to a large saucepan and whisk in the cocoa, sugar and pinch of salt, stirring, bring to a slow boil, reduce to simmer and for about 2 minutes, stirring so it doesn't scorch.  Stir in the milk and evaporated milk and heat until very hot, but do not boil.  Remove from heat and add vanilla. Divide between 4 mugs. Top with whipped cream or marshmallows.              
Magical Blessings in Your Cup:
sugar: kindness, protection
cocoa: divine drink of love, prosperity
salt:banishes negative energy, protection
water: balance, life force energy
milk, evaporated milk, whipped cream:
vanilla: love, higher consciousness
Hot Mulled Cider, we always serve it on Halloween night, you guys and gouls can fight over the other mugs, the Autumn Masque mug is mine!
5. Mulled Cider
An all time fall favorite, we love this one on Halloween/Samhain.  It makes the house smell so good!
1 jug of apple cider
5 cinnamon sticks
2 tsp ground cloves
1 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp ginger
1/2 tsp ground cardamom

Pour the apple cider into a large pot or crock pot and heat on low heat.  Add the spices to the cider and allow it to steep for 1/2 hour-45 minutes.  Share and enjoy!
Magical Blessings in Your Cup:
apple: love and healing
cinnamon: prosperity, health, and spiritual energy
cloves: truth, harmony
nutmeg: health, good luck
ginger: love, health, power
cardamom: love

I hope you enjoy these warm drinks this fall, I know we'll be enjoying them around the studio to keep our hands warm and our hearts happy!

From my kitchen to yours!




                

6 comments:

  1. Suddenly, my standard cup of drip coffee seems so bland. Great recipes, Mickie! I can't wait to try your version of the pumpkin spice latte, as the Starbucks one is a little too intense for me. And knowing that apple cider is just around the corner makes me giddy!

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  2. Yum, these sound GODLIKE! :-) Thanks Mickie, can hardly wait to try the pumpkin one! ;-)

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  3. Thanks for these recipes. You wouldn't believe it but on this very cool ND morning I was actually dreaming about a pumpkin spice latte from the Starbucks at the Barnes and Noble here in town!

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  4. Mmmm, I love a warm drink in my mug too! It was the sign for the Pumpkin Spice Latte at the local coffe shops that inspired this blog post. I love coffee and pumpkin, so it's a magical combination!

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  5. Is there a button to print these out to keep on the shelf at home? Also, I'm going to have to order me another pumpkin fairy mug. I gave mine to a friend who had a fit over it when she saw it. :)

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