Pumpkin latte with salted caramel

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Is it okay that I don't feel it this week? It has been a difficult few days. As I mentioned last week, a close family friend, Keith, passed away last week, and I guess I'm still a little shocked. And I can't even begin to imagine what his wife is going through. They were married for 40 years and of those 20 years, they have been dear friends, even relatives to us.

It just makes me hug my husband a little bit stronger and a little bit more. It makes me want to keep better contact with my brothers who live across the country and even in another country. It really shouldn't take someone's passing to shake you up a bit to make you appreciate those around you more. But it has. Thank you for all your kind thoughts on the site here and on Facebook. We will meet this weekend to say goodbye to Keith and I am so happy that all my brothers, even those who live far away, are there.

My mom reminded us all that it was almost exactly 20 years ago that Keith and Carolyn came into our lives and helped our family in one of the darkest moments we have ever had. We literally had nowhere to go and even feared for our safety. You see, my biological father was a violent man and my parents were going through a divorce. Keith and Carolyn gave us a place to stay and didn't ask for anything in return. They taught me the true meaning of friendship and even the meaning of family. I don't think they realized how much they gave us. And I can never really pay them. They say you're made up of the people who come into your life and I just wish I could pay a fraction of what Keith and Carolyn gave us, go ahead.

About this recipe … This is one of those recipes that are not recipes, right? Do you like cheating? But my logic is that when you are hanging around in the morning to prepare your coffee at home, you want it fast and you want it well. It is really easy to make caramel. Open a jar from your favorite store bought candy and measure 1 tablespoon and add a pinch or salt. Stir and then zap in the microwave in 10 seconds or less. Sprinkle the whipped cream on your coffee and you're done! And I have to tell you, I'm not a big pumpkin fanatic, but I love the pumpkin spice flavor in it.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte with Salted Caramel Recipe



Prepare your spiced pumpkin K-Cup in your Keurig coffee maker (according to the manufacturer's instructions). Add as much cream and sugar as you like.

Add a tablespoon of whipped cream on top.

Add caramel sauce to a small microwave-safe bowl and add a pinch or two of salt and stir. Microwave for 5 to 10 seconds. Drizzle over the whipped cream and serve immediately.

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