Fall Is Here And So Are the Spices

And just like that....Fall is here. At least for me here in the Pacific Northwest. Actually on the Eastern side of WA. This is all new to me (Johnny has lived here before years ago) and exciting. 

We downsized quite a bit and really embracing the tiny living. We are enjoying new changes that are happening with Johnny Lolita's (we will keep you posted) HOWEVER...Fall hit us and I was walking around shocked at how cold it is now in the mornings. In the mid to upper 30's...thats C-O-L-D!!! Especially for someone that has spent their life in the Southwest and living in AZ for over 15 years. I'm certainly not used to the cooler temps and my "thin blood" from the hot desert has not adapted just yet.

On the plus side, I am really embracing the Fall weather and thinking of my favorite hot things to drink with "Fall style" spices. Of course it's coffee based...with some spice. 

I am sharing my recipe for Pumpkin Spice Crock Pot Latte again, however I am also going to share a simple recipe for Maple! Yes...maple! It's becoming very popular this season and something you should definitely try.

Here's the Recipe for Crock Pot Pumpkin Spice Latte:


Which is great for large gatherings. However, you can cut the recipe down as well. 


  • 6 cups of whole milk (you can use 2%, soy or almond milk)
  • 6 cups of strongly brewed coffee (Johnny Lolita's Brazil Dark or Lolita's Blend would be awesome) 
  • 1/2 cup of Pumkin purée  
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of sugar ( depending on how sweet you want it)  
  • 2 teaspoons of cinnamon
  • 3 cinnamon sticks  


  • Combine coffee and milk in your crockpot.
  • in a separate bowl, whisk/whip together the pumpkin, sugar, vanilla, and cinnamon and pour into crockpot. 
  • Mix all ingredients well.
  • Add the cinnamon sticks. 
  • Cover the crockpot and cook on high for 2 hours. If it seems like it's been boiling for a long time reduce the heat. 
  • Ready to serve and enjoy. 

This recipe will serve 15+ people. For the adults you can offer your favorite liquor to their spiced latte. 

Simple Maple Latte


When purchasing maple syrup...go for the pure ones. I've read that pure maple syrup contains antioxidants, minerals. vitamins and 13 other antioxidant compounds (chemistry verbiage) many of those compounds exclusive to maple syrup. 

Its a great alternative to honey (at times if you wish). Bottom line its packed with nutritional value and tastes great too! There is a lot of info on pure maple syrup, you should take some time and read up on it. I've eliminated most artificial sweetener and turn to stevia and maple syrup. 

Here's a simple recipe for a Maple Latte


  • Strong coffee Johnny Lolita's Brazil Dark is a great choice
  • Milk of your choice 
  • 1-2 Tablespoons of maple syrup (depending on the size of your mug)
  • pinch (or two if you have a large cup) of ground cloves
  • pinch (or two if you have a large cup) of allspice
  • pinch (or two if you have a large cup) of nutmeg


  • Add maple syrup and spices to the bottom of your cup and stir
  • Heat up your milk (whole, 2%, almond, cashew, soy etc) 
  • Add about 1/2-3/4 coffee in your cup to the maple mixture and stir
  • Pour hot milk and top with foam

A short cut to foamy milk

Another quick way to achieve hot foamy milk if you don't have a frother. Take your milk and add to a mason jar. Whatever size mason jar you are using, do not fill to the very top...leave some room. Place in microwave without lid or ring (no metal in microwaves). Heat milk...do not boil. Use an oven mitt if you need to remove mason jar. Add the lid and ring (tightly, I've learned the hard way) and shake vigorously. You will see that the milk gets foamy. Voila!!!! Instant foamy milk.  

Just writing these recipes is cause for me to go grab a cup and start making a latte. Let me know your thoughts or any ideas you'd like to share on making your favorite coffee drink at home.