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Gingerbread Latte + Life Lately

11 more days until Christmas! I can’t believe I’m typing that. This season just flies by at breakneck speed. Thank goodness for little traditions and treats to keep the Christmas spirit alive. Like this gingerbread latte.

To make this gingerbread latte, you start with a gingerbread syrup, which is super easy to whip up. Then you just add it to some espresso or strong coffee, then pour in some frothed milk. You can top it off with whipped cream if you like.

Oh, and you can make it kid friendly by omitting the coffee. Then it really tastes like you’re drinking a gingerbread cookie.

Click here to grab the recipe for this Gingerbread Latte over on The Pioneer Woman’s blog!

Now for a bit of Life Lately…

Here are the kids at Thanksgiving. James was looking at the cars that I made him put down for the picture. ?


James got his first haircut! He doesn’t have loads of hair, so it seemed silly to cut it. But it was getting pretty scraggly on the sides, so Reuben gave him a trim. Now he looks more like a little boy than a baby. ?

We got our tree! I let the kids decorate it one night, and then I fixed it after they went to bed. James had made a nice little nest of ornaments all thrown in one spot. ?


Christmas Tree Selfie

Christmas tree selfie! ?


Doin' Dishes

Even though Reuben works hard all day in the cold, he sometimes washes dishes for me when I’ve had a long day. James loves to “help” whenever he can.

So, I want to know: Are you ready for Christmas? Or do you wish this month would go on forever?


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Monday 5th of November 2018

[…] Kong and intermingle from that day onwards so now I am in the mix of fall and Christmas, the apple/pumpkin spice and the gingerbread taste, the falling leaves and the Christmas trees, my brown, jewel-toned […]

Michele Holmes

Friday 15th of December 2017

I love this time of year, too. We decorate EARLY here in Texas (usually at Thanksgiving) but the Christmas season still seems to rush by so fast. Your babies are ADORABLE (as are you). Our "babies" are now 27 and 26, grown and on their own. I know you probably hear this all the time but truly cherish these days with your little ones. They rush by faster than the Christmas season. Living with little ones is tough (Boy! do I remember) and it feels like you'll never have a moment to yourself, but before you know it, they'll be long gone and living lives mostly without you. However, always remember YOU were their first love, the recipient of their first kiss and hug and the one who centered their whole world. Enjoy each moment, Sweet Mom!!! God has richly blessed you!!!

Erica Kastner

Sunday 17th of December 2017

Aw, thank you so much for your kind words and encouragement! It's so true - kids are a lot of work, but I'm already seeing how quickly they grow up. I think it becomes more apparent the more kids you have. With the first one you think they'll never reach the next best stage, and with the second you realize it will happen all too soon. Thank you for the reminder to enjoys all these little moments!