Olivia what the hell. A week of posts and then you disappear for TWO? TWO WHOLE WEEKS?
Life is funny like that. I wish I could say that it was all sunshine and rainbows that kept my blog at bay. Instead it was more like discovering first hand just what happens when a tornado meets a volcano—no I’m not a writer at SyFy. It was an uncomfortable weather storm caused by some very good things on one front running into some really awful things on another to create the perfect storm and okay I’ll shut up with the metaphors now. Pardon the post—I’m stream of conciousnessing today just to get you all caught up on what has been going on and let me tell you it’s be a latte.
In short: I was whisked away to Barcelona for work. Good! I ate so much amazing food, gained 5 pounds in a week, explored the city and got to fly Business class. So Good! Then I got sick when I came back. Not so good. I lost seven pounds in two days and had to go to the hospital. Really not good. Then my stomach settled and I went home to rest for the weekend and see my family for the first time in months really. Okay, sort of good? Then my brother, always eager to keep up with me, felt the need to wind up in the hospital emergency room where I spent the night watching him making sure he didn’t die. Really. Really. Not. Good. Spent the next few days looking for lawyers because the reasons why my brother landed in the hospital are heartbreaking and totally litigious. I might get into it later….
But that’s been my last two weeks. Trouble is when trouble comes it’s hard to sit down and write about anything else. Since my troubles largely involved gastrointestinal “distress” I thought it best to put my blog on shutdown. Not a government shutdown though. That’s just stupid.
It’s hard to sit down and get back into it, it’s hard to realize it’s OCTOBER already—freaking fall is here. As usual for fall, my little neck of northern California has the not-so-politically correctly termed “Indian Summer” and so I’m hiding inside an air-conditioned Starbucks wracking my brain about how to best get back into the swing of things. Amazing how shifting your priorities for a few weeks can cause the normal work to pile up. It can be overwhelming not knowing where to turn to begin because so many things need your attention and need it right now. So I’m doing what I do best when that happens: deep breath in, deep breath out, plant my feet in tree pose and tackle one problem at a time armed with a latte. Oh and universe, whoever is responsible for the creation of coffee, be it satan himself, I swear my ever loving allegiance to.
Speaking of coffee and fall and getting back to school or whatever you need to do, apparently it’s the ten year anniversary of the Starbucks Pumpkin Latte. It’s kind of got a cult following doesn’t it? As I sit here mulling over how I let the last of summer pass me by I’ve already seen three orders for one—including one very excited young lady who was pretty much orgasmic at that first sip. I’ll admit I love the pumpkin spice latte but I have two major complaints about it: you can’t order it vegan (the flavor mix has milk in it) and you can’t get it sugar free. You’d think after ten years and a marketing power house that has turned this into such a fall tradition, Starbucks would have found a way to make the flavored powder without condensed milk and create a sugar free version too. I also was shocked to find out they discontinued the pumpkin scones this year. I tend not to eat pastries outside my own kitchen but many a friend did cry out at this slight.
So how best to get into the swing of things and embrace the fall that has come upon me? How about some Pumpkin Spice Latte Muffins. Yes that will do nicely. This recipe is mostly vegan…the vanilla streusel has some butter in it so you’ll have to avoid that with a vegan butter substitute if you wanna go that route. Hey at least I’m providing options—ya hear me Starbucks? (Just kidding I love you don’t take away my coffee…I don’t want to get itchy.)
Pumpkin Spice Latte Muffins
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