Pumpkin Spiced Latte...Crock Pot Style

The holidays are here!!! Cooler temps in the morning (at least that is what we have in Arizona). Thanksgiving is here and spending time with family & friends at home is upon us. 

So many styles of crock pots available.  

So many styles of crock pots available.  

A time to be thankful. Thankful for your health, thankful for being with loved ones and thankful for all the blessing we have received this year.  

My whole purpose about what I do with my coffee, sweets and gifts is enjoying and entertaining at home. And now...this is the perfect time of year with family and friends getting together for the holidays. 

So what better time to share a great and easy recipe for your guests when they arrive....to walk in to a wonderful smell of spices wafting through the air. What's even better, you can make it ahead since you will slow cook in a crock pot. A Pumkin Spiced Latte. Here's the ingredients and directions on making this great tasting hot cup of spiced love (wink wink smiley face). 

Pumpkin Spiced Latte-Crock Pot Style

Ingredients  

  • 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  

Directions 

  • 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. 

Pumpkin Spiced Latte ready to enjoy.  

Pumpkin Spiced Latte ready to enjoy.  

If you try this recipe, let me know how you served it and if you added additional "spirits". I would not suggest you save leftovers and re-heat. It will not keep and the coffee with the milk and spices will NOT taste good reheated.  

I know this recipe is NOT for the coffee purist. I know you wish to smack my hand to even offer up this recipe. My thought is that you should enjoy your coffee, however you like to. If it's with cream, just sugar, honey etc. enjoy it your way. A wonderful way to serve lots of people.

So set up a small bar off to the side so people can serve themselves. Add regular coffee & decaf via coffee pot or create a small pou over station. Now....you can concentrate on getting your side dishes and turkey ready for the group.

I roast coffee twice a week and deliver and/or ship the following day. I would L❤️VE to roast your next order. AND....make a delicious sweet/treat and deliver locally to your home or office.

Lolita💋 

 

Providing "Concierge Service" For Your Coffee, Confections & Gift Needs

Concierge...You know who they are. You see them at your hotel when traveling. A wonderful customer service oriented professional looking to help you with what ever you desire. Searching for wonderful local places to eat?...your concierge will direct you to the best local haunts to enjoy wonderful dishes. How about unique stores???...he/she will provide you a list of fabulous boutiques or great finds that you won't see any where else. Ideas for the kids...you name it they are there to provide you that extra care and wonderful experience while staying in the area.

That is my desire for you here in the Phoenix Metro Area. My goal is to provide you fresh roasted coffee, delicious sweets & treats and other unique gifts made fresh and delivered to your home or office door. 

If you're in a bind and need a gift for a friend or coworker, you can order online and we can deliver to their door saving you some time and effort. How special it is to order a coffee subscription for a couple of months that is delivered fresh. Or create a small gift container of goodies wrapped and delivered with a note from you. I would love to assist you and customize gifts for you too. 

Here's a quick tutorial on ordering online and receiving local delivery in the Phoenix Metro area. I've taken some screenshots of my website as a walk through. I apologize if the pictures are not as crisp. I tried to make them clearer but it was not working. Hopefully you get the gist.

All you need to do is head to our website Johnny Lolita's

Hover your cursor over the "Shop Online" and click that page. 

Scroll down to the categories and click on the category you wish to shop. 

Click on a category you'd like to view  

Click on a category you'd like to view  

Screenshot of Coffee page and Sweets page  

Screenshot of Coffee page and Sweets page  

Click on item(s) you wish to purchase and click on the shopping cart and proceed to checkout. 

This looks yummy... 

This looks yummy... 

Submit and head to shipping/payment info page  

Submit and head to shipping/payment info page  

At the checkout screen you will fill out your email address so we can notify you that we received your order and let you know when your delivery is being made. 

Enter email address to receive updates on your order

Enter email address to receive updates on your order

On the shipping section, fill in the address and person that the item(s) are going If it's for you or if you are sending to someone else. Be sure you enter the address that it is going to be delivered locally in the Phoenix Metro Area. 

Enter the address I will be delivering the item(s). Be sure you click on the "LOCAL DELIVERY" shipping option.  

Enter the address I will be delivering the item(s). Be sure you click on the "LOCAL DELIVERY" shipping option.  

On the Section 3 is the section where you can leave us a specific note. If you are sending as a gift, include a message or if you are sending to your office, let me know. 

Here you can write a personal message if it's a gift or provide me any additional details to your delivery such as delivering to office etc.  

Here you can write a personal message if it's a gift or provide me any additional details to your delivery such as delivering to office etc.  

You will then continue to the payment section and enter your credit card info. 

Fresh roasted coffee

Fresh roasted coffee

That's it! You will receive an email confirming your purchase and I will be following up with you when the order is completed and ready for delivery.

When delivering in the Phoenix metro area, I will contact you or the person that is receiving the item(s) that I will be in the area for delivery to ensure I can deliver and/or drop off at a specific location etc. 

Homemade caramels

Homemade caramels

You (or someone you gifted) will receive fresh roasted coffee, fresh homemade sweets and gifts right to their door!  

I love roasting coffee....I love developing great tasting coffee for you to enjoy at home with friends & family...or just on your own. I love providing a quality product and quality service. 

We also offer coffee & sweets for showers, corporate events, weddings, birthdays or any other special occasion you are having. We can provide gifts/favors for a few or many, just contact me, Lolita, with any questions you may have. 

I'm waiting for your order  

I'm waiting for your order  

I look forward to providing you my "concierge service" and deliver you great tasting coffee, sweet delectables and any other items offered on our site. 

Lolita💋

 

Tooting My Own Horn

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Ok...yes...I'm tooting my own horn. Why? Well I was so excited to see yet another great review on our coffee. I do L❤️VE roasting coffee. It's my quiet time...my "zen" in the morning if you will. It's a whole ritualistic thing for me. Writing out my orders, weighing the green beans, preparing the roaster and roasting the beans. I spend a lot of time on each batch of coffee I roast. Making sure I take the right amount of time, the right amount of heat and hit the right temperature to make a great tasting cup.

I constantly worry....worry about each roast ensuring I'm managing my roast resulting in a perfect cup for my customers. All my customers...old and new love the taste and have their favorite coffee. It's a constant worry for me that I'm producing a great cup. 

Step in CoffeeKen...click on his name and it will take you to his website.  I met Ken via Twitter a couple of years ago when I first started roasting coffee in New Mexico. CoffeeKen is a "Java junkie, blogger and coffee aficionado". He's been passionate about coffee since he was very young and has taken his passion and knowledge and created a great "all about coffee" website to learn about great coffee shops and coffee roasters as well as brewing techniques and best practices to making your morning cup. If you're a coffee lover and planning a trip, check out his website and see if there are cool coffee stops you can check out on your travels. 

Ok...I digress...Recently moving to Arizona, I wanted to meet CoffeeKen and provide him some of my coffee. I was so nervous....I'm basically putting myself out there with someone who's pretty darn knowledgable about coffee. The one thing I did know about CoffeeKen was he's a very positive person and if he doesn't like your coffee...he just won't write anything about it.  

I kept checking his site to see if anything had come up especially on our Turquoise Trail. I know he's busy and I know he's reviewing other coffees....but that wasn't helping my cause. Lol  

CoffeeKen texted me a brief note telling me he had a chance to try our Coffee and he loved it. WHEW!!! Heavy sigh of relief. Needless to say he wrote a great review on our Turquoise Trail. Along with the Turquoise Trail, I handed him our Buzz Kill Decaf. I wasn't sure if he drank decaf...most serious coffee people enjoy the caffeine jolt.  

Again, I was excited to receive another note from him letting me know he reviewed the Buzz Kill Decaf. I was very very happy and humbled on the report he delivered on our caffeine free java. With a big smile on my face, here's an excerpt from his blog. "I was very much skeptical. Imagine my surprise, that when I finally got around to brewing this coffee up, I was completely taken aback by it’s richness in aroma, flavor, and body! Even the acidity was perfect for me!"

I am not a decaf person either, however, this decaf really makes a great cup of coffee. I don't realize I'm drinking a decaf as you do on most decaffeinated coffee. If you'd like to take the time and read the full review, please click here.  

Thank you CoffeeKen for your review...  I am sitting back with a cup and a BIG smile on my face. 

Lolita💋 

Yoga & Coffee...A Perfect Duo

Doodles for the day

Doodles for the day

Last year when I was quickly approaching the big 5-0, I was becoming more and more aware of my health. Reason being.... My mom had her first heart attack at 50. I was a junior in highschool and I will never forget that day when a student came into the classroom with a note asking me to go to the activities director's office. My parents were friends with the director and she was waiting for me. My dad was waiting on the phone and told me that mom was in the hospital. She had suffered a heart attack. Of course my mom was insistent on going home...she just wanted a couple of aspirin and she would head home to rest. Needless to say she started a new routine and program to get back in shape. 

Fast forward to last year...all that ( regarding my mom at 50) was weighing on my mind and I really didn't want to deal with the same situation my mom endured. So I started a new regime to get healthy, lose weight and exercise. I always managed to exercise all my life. I love to do stuff outdoors...bicycling is my absolute favorite as well as walking and hiking. The good news is Johnny and I lost weight. Johnny actually hit his goal weight (I hate him) and I'm working on hitting mine. I'm not there but I'm getting close (wink wink smiley face). We are big believers about healthy eating but not perfect. Calories going in verses calories going out. Yes...we do eat sugar from time to time. I digress and I really need to get back to what I wanted to talk about...Yoga and Coffee. 

If you're living in "two zip codes past hell" called Arizona with extreme temperatures, Johnny and I are going to start doing yoga indoors. There are some great apps via Apple & Android that you can mirror right on to your tv. 

There are incredible benefits to yoga. Yoga actually burns quite a bit of calories and stimulates your muscles. It's a whole mind & body workout uniting stretching and strengthening. I am focusing on some yoga exercises that focus more on weight loss. I can't wait to see Johnny stretching...he's never been a "bendy" person like me. 

Today, more and more research suggest coffee as an "assist" to losing weight. High quality coffee beans to improve the condition of the body and to stimulate your whole form. Yoga has been around for eons and has a great effect on your body to help you lose weight. It seems over recent years...yoga has become more popular. If you think yoga is NOT a serious workout? Just go and try out a class...be gutsy...go right into an advanced class and see how you do. It's not that easy.

My doodle of me and my coffee  

My doodle of me and my coffee  

Drinking coffee before or after your workout in helping in weight loss is heavily debated. The debate is about what you are putting in your coffee. Large amounts of cream and sugar is not going to offer the benefits you need from drinking coffee black. For years, I always drank lattes since I usually was drinking inferior coffee and adding lots of cream and sugar to help the taste. Now I drink coffee black and at times, I will add a little dry creamer. Adding cream and sugar is going to increase the calorie intake and the next thing you know you're basically "drinking a candy bar or two". 

Try drinking a cup of coffee an hour before your workout or yoga. Coffee can boost your energy and alertness, which will result in a more thorough and focused workout. I've also read more studies about the positive effects of coffee on joint and muscle pain. 

Always remember, too much of anything (even coffee) is not good for you. If you can't drink coffee alone because it will cause an upset stomach during your workout, maybe enjoy your coffee as a reward after your workout with your meal.  

I'll keep you posted how Johnny and I do on our new yoga regime.  

S-t-r-e-t-c-h-i-n-g now...... 

Lolita💋