Barks! Greetings my sweet friends. You know I’m getting ready for Halloween here – fun times at the Hotel Thompson. And yes, you get to see my costume before everyone else does. What do you think? I back the boys in blue and stand behind them. Call me Patrol Officer H. Thompson – sounds official huh? I’m thinking of wearing this to mom’s work with her on Halloween. Should be fun. They already call me her office mascot – barks with puppy laughter.
And check it out – I have handcuffs, a baton and a hat. I’m in official attire in my dress blues. Would you want me to frisk and arrest you? I’ve gotta get more training on reading the Miranda rights though. Mom says lots of humans don’t speak anipal. How do they live, right?
So now I leave you with my Jokes with Dad in his last Halloween joke – did you like them and the way he ‘dressed’ for the occasion? We saved the best for last – barks! He’s such a diva!
Today, October 27th, is Frankenstein Friday – booyah! Frankenstein Friday is always the last Friday in October. It’s a day to celebrate the birth of Frankenstein and its creator.
Frankenstein is one of the best known characters from horror movies and dates back to the 1800’s. Frankenstein was born and created in 1818 by Mary Wollenstonecraft Shelley at the age of 21 when she wrote the ever famous Frankenstein. Can you imagine being so young and creating a character that would last forever?!
Do you know where the origin of this day came from? Today was created by Ron MacCloskey from Westfield, New Jersey in 1997. He picked a Friday to celebrate so more people could participate.
Have you heard of Westfield, New Jersey before? Does that sound familiar? Well, Westfield, New Jersey is also the hometown of Charles Addams, the New York Times magazine cartoonist who created The Addams Family. Small world huh?
Welcome my friends to another edition of Shopping Around the World!
This month my brother Phenny is hosting SATW – thanks bro! This month we are highlighting pumpkin recipes. This should be fun because my mom loves anything and everything pumpkin. Doesn’t pumpkin just scream fall? In fact, mom just posted a funny on her Facebook about pumpkin spice. I thought I would share with you and let mom take it away with our recipe. Again thanks brother Phenny for helping us out here at the Hotel Thompson ❤
mmm – pumpkin – one of my favorites this time of year. Put spice behind it and I’m in hog heaven – sorry Bacon. My favorite recipe is Pumpkin Spice coffee. I love it so much throughout the year – not just at Halloween. And yes, you can ‘buy’ it in those fancy coffee shops and even McDonald’s has a great one; but, why not make it at home yourself. I mean think about, coffee shops will range from $3.50 to $5.50 a cup. And that’s just enough pumpkin spice coffee to make you want more. A second cup at a coffee shop and you will be getting out a loan – LOL. So what do you need?
Now I’m a sugar free girl. Of course fully leaded you get more of a pumpkin spice taste but sugar free gets me there. I use the following:
⇒ Skinny Syrup Pumpkin Spice (costs $9.00 a bottle. A full bottle can last about 30-35 cups = that’s only $0.26 a cup!)
⇒ International Delight Sugar Free Pumpkin Pie Spice (costs $2.50 a bottle. A full bottle can last about 20 cups = that’s only $0.13 a cup!)
⇒ Your choice of coffee. We use Maxwell House here. We buy a medium can for about $5.50 on sale. That has enough to last 52 pots! So basically how do you price that, right? LOL
⇒ Two packs of Splenda (a box costs $4.00 for 200 packets = $0.04!)
So let’s talk price first. For somewhere around $0.50 a CUP at home vs coffee shop prices. Doh! It’s a no brainer for sure.
Prepare your coffee as you normally do in your coffee pot. On our coffee pot, we have the option of making one cup or an entire pot. When I want one cup, I put my Splenda in my cup along with a shot of my Skinny Syrup Pumpkin Spice. I then place my cup on the coffee maker and hit Latte (I know I’m blessed). While that is percolating and the aroma is driving you crazy, pour some creamer into a glass container. Then froth that cream… again my coffee maker has a frother – don’t hate. Froth that cream as much as you want. I find the glass container keeps it cold.
Once your coffee is done, pour the froth into your cup. Then sit on the couch, prop your feet up and enjoy that pure delight. And then go back for another cup… .you’re welcome ❤