Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Pumpkin spice and someone very nice!

Today I want to introduce you to  my good friend, Jodi Webster, who graciously agreed to do the very first guest post here and share her new yummy warm drink recipe.  She describes herself as a stay at home wife and mother of 4 (with just 1 left at home these days).  We went to school together in Shelley, Idaho then life took us each our separate ways and Facebook reconnected us about a year ago.  Since then, we've found we have a lot in common as adults, too.  Jodi enjoys taking care of her home and family and does a lot of 'from scratch' cooking and baking... partly to save money and because she enjoys experimenting with new flavor combinations and also because there aren't many choices to eat out in the small Colorado town where she's currently living.  I think Jodi is completely wonderful!!  And I look forward to more guest posts and other collaborations with her this coming year!

Since the weather has turned chilly and we're all busy gearing up for Thanksgiving, Jodi shares this post:

How many of us try a product off the grocery shelf and think, "I can do way better than this?"

I bought a can of Stephen's Gourmet Pumpkin Spice drink mix... mixed it up and said this is good, but I think can make better.  So, I thought to myself... my family always made homemade hot cocoa mix, and with this knowledge in mind I set off to create my own tasty, hot, spicy drink.

When I had finished mixing it up and sat down with my first cup of heaven... I sat back with a smile on my lips (partly hidden by sweet pumpkin foam) and wondered what else can I (or any of us) do to improve or use something in a different way?  Get your imaginations going!!

Warm Pumpkin Spice Drink
3 Boxes of Jello Brand Seasonal Release Pumpkin Spice Instant Pudding.
3 C powdered coffee creamer (any flavor you feel would compliment)
1 C powdered sugar (or sugar-free equivalent like Splenda)
1 C powdered milk
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice

In large mixing bowl combine all ingredients. Mix thoroughly . Add 3-4 TSP of mix to a mug of hot water and stir, add as many Kraft Pumpkin Spice marshmallows as you like and sit back and enjoy!

Added 11/9:  Some of you are reporting difficulty finding the Pumpkin Spice Instant Pudding.  Jodi says she found it at Walmart in the seasonal baking area.  Albertson's (if you still have them in your town - sadly we don't in SLC) may also carry it.  But it sounds like it's not on the shelf with the other pudding mixes... look at the seasonal baking displays, too.


Emch2b said...

I will certainly check this out!! Thank you!! Happy Holidays!

Janne Melin said...

This is a must try! Thx

latter-daymom said...

Sounds like such a tasty warm drink! I will need to try this one! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

Anonymous said...

I will trying this, just added the ingerdients to my grocery list :D

Hubba hubba!

latter-daymom said...

I haven't been able to find the Pumpkin Spice Instant Pudding. Where have any of you found it?

Kathy Burton said...

I just asked Jodi where she found it... She says: I got it at Walmart in their seasonal baking area....I have also heard that Albertsons may carry it!

latter-daymom said...

Thank you. I'll have to try Walmart since we don't have Albertson's in our area!