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Pumpkin Spice Perplexed

“Each year, the Great Pumpkin rises out of the pumpkin patch that he thinks is the most sincere. He’s gotta pick this one. He’s got to. I don’t see how a pumpkin patch can be more sincere than this one. You can look around and there’s not a sign of hypocrisy. Nothing but sincerity as far as the eye can see.”~Linus, It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown


As I have mentioned before I am a great fan of coffee and really anything in the family of. I love Starbucks and have even worked as a barista. And, don’t get me wrong, I love some pumpkin spice flavor in my coffee just as much as the next person. In fact, I was quite excited to have tasted my first “Pumpkin Spice Latte” last week at Starbucks.

Okay, so now that I’ve cleared that up…What is with ALL the pumpkin spice flavored EVERYTHING!? Seriously? Have you noticed that September hits and suddenly we are bombarded with this flavor option (at least in The States). What the heck?! Yes, the pumpkin spice latte has cornered the market on this delicious cup o’goodness. But that does not mean I want to taste it in every stinkin’ thing from now until December!

However, if you really love this flavor you can incorporate it in your day from morning to night. And it’s not all just edible either. You have lotions, candles, toothpaste and more. Now, the sanitary napkins might be an exaggeration, but you get my point! While this move to take pumpkin spice to a whole new level has me completely confused, you may be thrilled. So, here is to the individual tastes of every human being! Me, I will just continue to enjoy my latte, coffee and occassional pastery.

What is your take on pumpkin spice? Do you enjoy the flavor option in something particular?

Also See: An Ode To Coffee

Daily Prompt: Perplexed


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An Ode To Coffee


Photo by Southern By Design

An Ode To Coffee

Oh coffee wonderful coffee

How early in the morning you’re poured to greet me

Before my eyes are barely open your aroma is sweet upon the air

I owe my very life to the single serve ability of my coffee maker

Without you I would be thrown into thee endless waiting abyss

Truly “The bean of my existence”

Oh coffee wonderful coffee

Written by~Southern By Design (MM)

Photo by Southern by Design


Expressing my love for the creation of coffee and the design of the Keurig single serve that makes my mornings easier and happier. via Discover Challenge: Designed for You

Check out my other offerings on coffee and food: Praise Be To Coffee~The Bean Of My ExistenceThe Love Of FoodGive Me Sugar and No One Gets Hurt




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The Love Of Food

52 Week Photo Challenge~Week 2~Food

“There is no love sincerer than the love of food.” ~George Bernard Shaw

This would be considered a picture of perfection for me. Coffee and a cinnamon roll are my two favorite things. Not healthy, but when I want to begin my day with a splurge, this is it!


Breakfast of Beauty~Photo by~Southern By Design


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Praise Be To Coffee~The Bean Of My Existence

“To me, the smell of fresh-made coffee is one of the greatest inventions.” -Hugh Jackman



I have what many would dub as “OCD” or Obsessive Coffee Disorder. I am also quite the coffee snob and would go as far to consider myself even a coffee connoisseur. I have worked formerly as a barista at Starbucks (surprise, surprise) and it has even been known to be called my second home. I like to think of myself as “Norm”…it’s where everybody knows my name! (If you don’t get the Cheers reference, I’m sorry for you!)


“You’d have coffee on a drip if you could, wouldn’t you?” 
― Kristina Adams, What Happens in New York

The answer is, “Yes, yes I would!” 



IMG_3545I enjoy my coffee many different ways. Not just coffee, but espresso is amazing too! I do NOT, however, enjoy the price tag that comes with Starbucks these days! So, I have gotten to the point where I do a lot of brewing at home. I buy the Starbucks espresso, and have an individual espresso maker. I have even got a frother. I make my coffee, iced coffee, tea, iced tea and espresso/lattes from home about 75% of the time. I even have gone as far to buy my syrups from Starbucks, if so desired. (Not everyone knows, but they will sell them to customers, just ask!) I have figured it out and my price tag on this habit has gone way down since making it from home! Honestly, I just CANNOT afford a twice a day habit otherwise!

“It is inhumane, in my opinion, to force people who have a genuine medical need for coffee to wait in line behind people who apparently view it as some kind of recreational activity.” -Dave Barry

13151834_829464563847462_4548214850113530614_nSo, how do I like my perfect cup o’Starbucks? Yes, I am indeed one of those folks that does not order plainly. I like a quad shot, iced Venti, caramel macchiato, with two pumps of vanilla, soy, extra caramel and light ice. Yes, this will not only keep me running for days (or at least a good hour) but it is probably enough calories for days also! So, I do not get this but on a rarity. Now, a normal brew for me looks like a dark Starbucks roast with some cream and touch of sweet (perhaps a flavored cream or a touch of coconut sugar). What about you? 


“I don’t know how people live without coffee, I really don’t.” -Martha Quinn

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