Posted in diy, recipes, vegan

Making a Pumpkin Spice Latte From Scratch

It’s pumpkin spice latte season!

Or at least according to Instagram it is. I, on the other hand, live in an area without a Starbucks in sight. I literally can’t even drive to one. I’ve never had the pleasure to travel somewhere and try one out (thanks, covid travel restrictions).

Instead I decided to make my own from scratch. I love picking popular fast foods like pizzas and takeaways and making them at home, so this seemed like a great one to kick off the autumn season. In the spirit of this blog, I also made it vegan, so no animals were harmed in the making of this popular drink!

First step was to make the pumpkin spice. It felt very old-timey to mix all the spices together in a wooden grinding bowl. The ingredients for this were cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. It was easy to do and took me less than a minute. The mixture smelt like Christmas.

The recipe I was following called for 2 cups milk, pumpkin puree and sugar to get mixed on a medium heat. I swapped out regular milk for Innocent hazelnut milk, which was a lot darker in colour than I hoped for but actually gave the latte a gorgeous nutty taste as a result.  

I also got regular tinned pumpkin puree. In previous years I’ve made my own, but it ended up being a lot of effort for very minimal results. Between buying a pumpkin, de-fleshing it, baking the flesh, then mixing it into a puree, the end result didn’t even taste great. I’d recommend the tinned stuff on this one.

Then it was time to add some vanilla, pumpkin pie spice, fresh coffee and whisk it all together. It smelled absolutely divine.

I poured it into a cup and sprinkled some pumpkin pie spice on top. The resulting drink was absolutely beautiful. You could never have guessed it was vegan. It tasted like a Christmas dessert in one drink.

If I had to do anything different, I’d buy some vegan whipped cream (or try to make it myself) to make it look even better. I would also love some vegan marshmallows to have on top too. It looked a little bare by the end, which didn’t do justice to the taste.

It turns out, you don’t have to make one of these lattes brand new! Making it myself ended up way more fun!

Recipe I followed linked here: https://www.inspiredtaste.net/8419/pumpkin-spice-latte-at-home-recipe/

Posted in thrifting

Thrift Shop Haul 4th September 2021

1. “Gerald’s Game” by Stephen King

I’m on a never-ending quest to read all of Stephen King’s books, but I always restrict myself to buying books I want from charity shops/listening to them on Libby rather than brand new because a) it’s cheaper, and b) I’m guaranteed to see the book I bought for full price in one of those places a week later. It’s like a curse.

So when I saw this on a hospice shelf I was ecstatic. I’ve wanted to read this one for ages! Its pure Stephen King – a small, horrifying idea (what would happen if my husband tied me up and then died and no one knew where I was?) made into a fully fledged book.

2. Beach bag

I live by the beach, and just this summer got into surfing, so this caught my eye immediately. It’s not what I would usually pick for a design (it’s pretty out there) but it’s eye-catching, big, and gives me summer vibes.

3. Karen Millen Coat

One of my greatest pleasures is finding designer items, in great condition, sitting on charity shop shelves next to moth-bitten shirts and Primark dresses which are falling apart. This was a real catch: it was just sitting on the end of the rack, untouched, and I could hardly believe it hadn’t been grabbed yet.

It’s almost new. I had a cheeky look on the internet later for the full retail price: £95. An absolute bargain. I got it for £10. This is why I keep on coming back to charity shops week after week.

4. Boohoo dress

Again, this wouldn’t be my usual choice of dress, but the colours looked so pretty that I figured I would give it a try. It looked stunning on! Even though it’s from Boohoo it honestly looked like a really luxury dress and hugged my figure well. Really pleased with this one.

Overall a pretty great haul. All of it re-used and eco-friendly!   

Posted in Intro

Welcome!

Hi there! Welcome to the blog! I’ll keep this short and sweet so I can move onto the fun stuff: actually blogging.

I’m a twenty-something girl (not quite gen Z, not quite millennial) who wants to focus less on keeping up with the joneses and more on having a happier, simpler and more eco-friendly life.  

I’ve created this blog with two ideas in mind: the first, to alter my life so that’s focused on the things that matter, rather than the next big thing I need to do. I’ve always had some issues with perfectionism and wanting everything to be flawless. This ranges from my career, to my relationships, to my body, to my skills, and it’s getting exhausting. I want to focus on experiences rather than things and spending time with the people that matter rather than the ones who don’t.

The second is to make my lifestyle better for the environment. I have a bunch of crazy plans around cycling everywhere, making everything from scratch, buying loads from thrift shops instead of brand new, and just generally taking less from the world than I currently do.

Simple Thrift will probably be more like a diary of all my attempts to do these things rather than a serious blog. I might have some months where I don’t write, and some where I write a lot, but the general plan is to keep this a relaxed, cosy space to write everything down.

Introductions over – let’s start blogging!

Sarah x