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Making Pumpkin Spice Coffee at Home!

Hello, friends! A happy Friday to you all! I hope that your weekend is off to a wonderful start! Today I wanted to share with you the coffee that I’ve been having every day to get into the fall spirit! (As if I needed any help getting there!)

Oh my gosh, this has been my go-to drink for a couple of weeks now. Whilst at TJ Maxx, I stumbled upon a trio of pumpkin syrups for coffee. The flavors included are pumpkin spice, pumpkin cheesecake, and pumpkin caramel.

Now… here’s the thing. I went on Amazon to see if I could find them to link here, and boy did I… and I’ll tell you what, I hadn’t realized this this coffee was giving people such problems… bathroom problems to be exact. I won’t go into detail, and I will note that I have not experienced these problems, but I just wanted to give a warning so that I’m not steering you straight to a tummy ache.

I bought these not because they were “skinny syrups”, but because the flavors interested me. I don’t particularly like the idea of products being marketed this way, and I should have considered that more before buying them. I think if I finish all three and am still in the mood for some pumpkin spice beverages, I’ll probably try out another brand. Does anyone have any suggestions?

HOWEVER, I will say that this drink is delicious. I don’t know how well I’ve sold it, though… Anywho!

Here we go!

1. I make one cup of coffee with my Keurig. I always use the ten ounce option.

2. Then, I add a cup of sweetened vanilla almond milk. I suppose there are many other things you could add in place of that, but I just really enjoy it! After I do this, I pour the coffee into another container, because I heard that every time you pour a hot liquid into another container it gets cooler. I hope that that is actually true and I don’t just sound gullible…

3. After I’ve done that, I add about a teaspoon of the pumpkin spice caramel syrup. I’ve yet to try the other two syrups, but I quite enjoy this one!

4. Then, I add some ice cubes to the cup, and to top it all off…

5. I take a teaspoon or so of pumpkin pie spice and swirl it all around!

6. I don’t do this because I never have it in the house, but if you wanted to get REAL fancy, you could add a dollop of whipped cream on top. I’m sure that would be DELICIOUS.

And oh my goodness, is this drink wonderful. I absolutely love all things pumpkin, and this coffee is no exception. Speaking of pumpkin, I just had my first pumpkin shake from Culver’s of the season, and if you haven’t tried that yet… run to your nearest Culver’s and get one! They are SO tasty!

And that’s all, my friends! I hope that you enjoyed this little recipe and the inadvertent product review I gave alongside it (ha!)

Thank you so much for reading!


Mattie Mae

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My No-Nonsense Homemade Garlic Mashed Potatoes Recipe.

Hello, friends! Happy Wednesday to you all! I can’t believe that every day is bringing us closer and closer to September! How the heck did summertime pass so quickly? Personally, fall is my favorite season, so I’m getting really excited. I can’t wait to start decorating for fall.

Today’s blog post is all about my mashed potato recipe. I’m sure it’s nothing new or too unique, but Bobby and I really enjoyed it when I made it the other day.

Ingredients Needed.

  • Four medium red potatoes. (You can, of course, use whatever type of potatoes you prefer, but red potatoes are my absolute favorite. And of course you can use more or less potatoes, depending on how much you want. This ended up making six servings!)
  • Earth Balance Vegan Butter. (You don’t need to use vegan butter, but Bobby and I love how the Earth Balance tastes.)
  • Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk. (AGAIN, you don’t have to use almond milk, but it’s just what we end up buying instead of other types of milk.)
  • Garlic Powder.
  • Kernel Seasoning’s Garlic Parmesan Popcorn Seasoning.

Okay, friends! Here we go. When I cook, I tend to freestyle it. I taste it and then decide if it needs more of this or more of that. SO, this “recipe” isn’t going to be very exact.


  1. Wash your potatoes!
  2. Cut up your potatoes into evenly sliced pieces. I cut mine up pretty fine because I like my mashed potatoes to be very smooth, but if you like your mashed potatoes a little chunkier, I would cut them into slightly bigger pieces.
  3. Put a pot of water on the stove to boil.
  4. After the water has begun to boil, you can plop your potatoes into the water. I cooked them for about twenty minutes, which made them VERY tender.
  5. Once the potatoes are cooked, I put them into my mixer.
  6. At this point, I began to put in some almond milk. I poured some in, turned on the mixer, and repeated until it was the consistency I wanted. I would say it ended up being around half a cup.
  7. After the almond milk, I put in about two tablespoons of vegan butter.
  8. I mixed it all together so it was nice and creamy.
  9. My last step for all of this was to put in some of the garlic powder and then the garlic parmesan seasoning. I alternated between the two until I got it tasting juuust right!

I served it with a protein and a vegetable and it made for the perfect meal! It’s nothing revolutionary, but I thought I would share it with all of you, my dear internet friends!

Thank you so much for reading, friends!


Mattie Mae

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The Barber Family Cookbook: Triple-Treat Chocolate Chip Cookies.

Hello, my friends! A happy Monday to you all! Over the weekend I had my bridal shower. I received SO MANY wonderful gifts from so many wonderful people. The majority of my presents were for the kitchen, and that’s given me all the more motivation to be cooking and baking. My gifts included one such KITCHEN-AID MIXER!!! I’ve wanted one for AGES, and Bobby’s family got me one! Well, I suppose they got us one, but I’m definitely the chef of our relationship. His first request? Cookies!

I honestly haven’t ventured too far into the world of baking. I find that I enjoy cooking more, HOWEVER, I do enjoy the occasional cookie. I don’t know that I’ve ever made cookies by scratch on my own, so I thought that there was no better time to try than when you’ve been gifted a BEAUTIFUL mixer.

The Barber family is filled with wonderful cooks and bakers. Around ten years ago, my family compiled a book of Barber recipes. It is now my goal to do my best to go through as many as I can!

Today’s recipe: my Great Aunt Wanda’s Triple-Treat Chocolate Chip Cookies!

I unfortunately had to make quite a few modifications because the grocery store didn’t have the ingredients. As such, I will make a note for each item/step I substituted.


  • 1 cup of chopped pecans
  • 1 cup of chopped walnuts
  • 6 tablespoon of unsalted butter (I used Earth Balance butter)
  • 8 oz bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped ( I accidentally only bought 4 oz of bittersweet chocolate, so I supplemented with the semisweet chips.)
  • 3 oz unsweetened chocolate
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup of flour
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups of semisweet or milk chocolate chips (I used 1 cup of butterscotch chips and half a cup of semisweet chips.)


  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Use parchment paper on baking sheet.
  3. Melt the butter, add bitter chocolate, unsweetened chocolate in small saucepan — low heat.
  4. Remove saucepan from heat to cool.
  5. Beat egg and sugar in batter bowl.
  6. Add vanilla, mix two minutes until dough is thick.
  7. Add flour, baking powder, salt, and stir.
  8. Add nuts, melted chocolate (from the saucepan) and chocolate chips.
  9. Let the dough rest for twenty minutes before baking.
  10. Use 1-3/4 inch diameter scoop to drop spoonfuls to dough. (I just used a regular spoon.)
  11. Space 1-1/2 inches apart, wet fingers lightly with water to gently flatten the cookies. (I forgot to flatten them.)
  12. Bake 10-12 minutes. ( I baked them twelve minutes.)

Bobby LOVED these. He said he even liked them more than the banana bread! Thank you, Great Aunt Wanda!!!

And thank you so much for reading!


Mattie Mae




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Bake with Me: Banana Bread

Hello, friends! A happy little Monday to you all! Although as I write this, it’s closer to Tuesday than Monday. Sometimes the day can get away from us, my friends… And as a result, this blog is going to be a bit of a short one.

I posted a link to a video I made a little while ago onto my Facebook page, but I never made it a blog post of its own. This isn’t a recipe of my own creation, so I will link the recipe right here!

I make this recipe ALL the time and get nothing but compliments when I do. I think that cooking and baking is such a wonderful way to express our loves for others, and what could be better than receiving a sweet treat from a loved one?

I don’t post very much onto my Youtube channel, but I think it’s a fun way to supplement some blog posts, or to capture memories. I’m certainly more of a writer than a cinematographer, but I enjoy it as a creative outlet all the same! I like to think of them as home movies! Home movies that you can watch from wherever you are! So yes, this is a bit of a self-promo. 😉

And so, I present to you, my friends, my SECOND Youtube video.

Thank you for reading/watching!


Mattie Mae