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1) I WISH the coffees from this morning’s breakfast (see below) were Pumpkin Spice Lattes.  Alas, they were just regular French press coffee.  Not quite the same, but still delicious.  I’m thinking about buying some sort of Pumpkin Spice syrup so I can make PSL-ish coffees at home. 


2) Yes, I realized I was suppose to run a 5K this morning to make up for last week’s disastrous 5K (see recap).  I forgot to blog about my decision to forgo the race!  $25 for another 5K seemed steep, and my mom came into town. Additionally, I didn’t want to screw up my marathon training schedule to run another fast 5K (sprinting for 3.1 miles pretty much means the two days before and one day after the race are shot for long distances as I recover).  So, I decided to let my 5K record of 23:46 stand… for now.  :)  In exchange, I signed up for a Half Marathon on September 25.  It’s a local race and reportingly VERY hilly.  I don’t think I’ll break my Half record of 1:58:45, but it should be great training for the hilly marathon I’m tackling in December.


Oh yea… and I’m never going to be bib #13 again.  It’s bad luck!


So – two questions.


1) How the heck do I make a Pumpkin Spice Latte at home?


2) At what point do you think a previous personal record (PR) becomes null and void?  Meaning – when I’m 50, can I still claim PR’s from when I was 24?  What is the life expectancy on PRs – 5 years? 10 years?  Post-pregnancy?  (I realize not everyone is as focused on time and I do run some races just for fun, but I also care about PRs! I just can’t help it – I think self-competition is fun.)



  • Shari September 11, 2010, 8:10 pm

    I found this in Savvy Eats today…

    I assume you could just put some of this in your morning coffee. I’m not a coffee drinker so not really sure.

    Good luck in the half and with the PSL coffee 🙂

    • Caitlin September 12, 2010, 9:36 am


  • Jamie September 11, 2010, 8:12 pm

    I make pumpkin spice lattes at home- using this nifty tool:

    I make coffee and then put 1/4 cup of milk in a cup, froth it for about 30 seconds and then heat in the micro for 30 seconds. Pour 1/4 cup milk in the coffee (or espresso if you want) mix in 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice, and then put the foamed milk on top. Sprinkle more pumpkin pie spice on top. You could also add some maple syrup if you want to sweeten. (i never tried that, just thought of it while I was typing this) 🙂

  • kelli September 11, 2010, 8:12 pm

    buy this pumpkin spice syrup It will be similiar to starbucks!

    looks yum, even though I am not a fan of pumpkin 😀

    • kristin September 12, 2010, 12:01 am

      the monin pumpkin spice syrup is disgusting!

  • Evan Thomas September 11, 2010, 8:13 pm

    1. I was going to post Julie’s recipe but Shari already did. I haven’t tried it, but it looks promising

    2. Good question. I came in 1st for my school at the division championships when I was a senior for a 5k(I think I ran something in the 20:xx’s), but now I could never run that fast. I will still say I could though

  • BethT September 11, 2010, 8:13 pm

    If you find the pumpkin syrup, I’d actually get a milk frother and make it more like a cafe au lait with regular coffee. You can’t really do a latte without an espresso machine (or similar espresso maker) and the milk frothers are a lot cheaper. I loved mine until my hubby broke it….it was a battery operated one by Bodum.

  • Ginny September 11, 2010, 8:13 pm

    Can’t help with the Pumpkin spice latte, but hopefully some of your wise followers will help all of us out.

    As for the pr. I am 42 and still trying to pr. My last 5k pr was in 2008 @ 23:06 I am dreaming of another 5k pr this fall or late winter. When I am officially, clearly, no longer able to go for a “true” pr, I will go by decades for prs. I have a friend who is in her 60s, and that’s what she does. I thought it was a great idea. You, however, have many years of pr running. Keep up that training!

  • AngelaOSG September 11, 2010, 8:16 pm

    ^^I love the idea of the decade thing. That is fun.

    I don’t think a PR ever becomes truly void. It still is your personal record, even if you are 26, 50, or 92 or whether you ran it on a flat course or a hilly one. I think the beauty about being older is that when you are 90 you can tell the grandkids…oh I was a fast whippersnapper in my day…I ran a 5k in 6:23 mins. And watch their mouths drop. 😉

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) September 11, 2010, 8:18 pm

    Here is how I made mine at home I can’t have Starbucks, so this was perfect for me. I can’t find pumpkin still so I am waiting!

  • Sassy Molassy September 11, 2010, 8:20 pm

    Just saw this yest from Savvy Julie…

    Might be the answer to your pumpkin prayers! 😉

  • Stacey September 11, 2010, 8:22 pm pregnancy, that’s funny 😀 I think they are good until you beat them! Seriously, I wouldn’t worry about it. You have bragging rights for as long as you dang well please! And as for the PSL–I’d look for a flavored syrup, like you mentioned-or a pumpkiny coffee. Maybe give Trader Joes or EarthFare a try?

  • emptynutjar September 11, 2010, 8:23 pm

    I used to be a runner and had lots of pr’s and races.
    Poor health and circumstances meant I had to give up running over a year & a half ago.
    To be honest, I don’t consider I have any pr’s at all. If I could jog for even 2 minutes without pain, then I would consider myself a runner. But since I cannot run at all, now I just consider that to be an old chapter in my life.
    I think you are very ambitious and should be proud of yourself no matter what you do though. Cherish your health. You don’t realize how much you like something till you lose it 😉
    I think it would all be a personal thing in terms of how long you take or rank past things as your best at anything (sports, relationships, movie watched…know what I mean).

  • Sara September 11, 2010, 8:24 pm

    I’ve made fake pumpkin spice lattes at home. I microwave the milk for 44 seconds add pumpkin puree, vanilla extract, sugar or sugar substitute and a dash of pumpkin pie spice. Its just as good as the starbucks latte, but a lot cheaper. You can google for exact recipes.

  • Charlie September 11, 2010, 8:25 pm

    Starbuck’s pumpkin spice latte is espresso, steamed milk and pumpkin spice syrup. Torani makes a pumpkin spice syrup, or make it without syrup!

  • Allie (Live Laugh Eat) September 11, 2010, 8:28 pm

    Pumpkin butter, cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice and milk/creamer of choice! Try it!!

    • Lindsay September 12, 2010, 11:05 am

      I second this! I like to microwave or froth the milk and mix it with the pumpkin butter then add it to the coffee so it all gets mixed properly!

  • Julie @SavvyEats September 11, 2010, 8:32 pm

    I was going to post my recipe for pumpkin spice syrup that I posted yesterday, but looks like a few people already did it for me. 😉

  • nicole September 11, 2010, 8:35 pm

    I think I read in Runner’s World that PRs are good for two years. After two years you have to say “I ran a ____ in ___… but that was X amount of years ago.” So you can claim PRs for life!

    • Caitlin September 12, 2010, 9:53 am

      Just two years?! Wah…

  • Krystina September 11, 2010, 8:36 pm

    I fell in love with this drink from Starbucks: Awake black tea with 1 pump pumpkin spice. I crave it all the time but can’t get my hands on it as often as I’d like, so I’m considering buying a syrup too!

  • Brittney September 11, 2010, 8:37 pm

    I have one of those milk frothers and found it at a TJ Maxx or Marshalls for pretty cheap. They are cool 🙂

  • Jaime Runs September 11, 2010, 8:43 pm

    If you find a good PSL recipe please do share!

  • Kim @ Kim Lives Healthy September 11, 2010, 8:51 pm

    I saw a few pregnant ladies at the rock n run this morning in Casselberry – I’d imagine your time goals change just like any other fitness goal when you’re preggers (or 50 years old). As long as you’re running consistently and not taking a long time away from it (like to focus on another sport or a baby), I don’t see why your PR would need to be reset, unless you want to just for another challenge like focusing on your form?

    I PR’d this morning and can’t wait to smash through it again 🙂

    • Caitlin September 12, 2010, 9:53 am

      congrats on PRing!

  • Kim @ Kim Lives Healthy September 11, 2010, 8:51 pm

    I saw a few pregnant ladies at the rock n run this morning in Casselberry – I’d imagine your time goals change just like any other fitness goal when you’re preggers (or 50 years old). As long as you’re running consistently and not taking a long time away from it (like to focus on another sport or a baby), I don’t see why your PR would need to be reset, unless you want to just for another challenge like focusing on your form?

    I PR’d this morning and can’t wait to smash through it again 🙂

  • Dori September 11, 2010, 8:54 pm
  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat September 11, 2010, 8:56 pm

    I’d love to find some pumpkin spice syrup here in Ontario… I’m pretty sure I’d buy everything in stock! Haven’t experimented much with making my own PSL’s yet (Starbucks is just too convenient!) but I think I will – wallet will probably thank me! 🙂

  • Katherine @ Left Coast Contessa September 11, 2010, 8:59 pm

    Good question about PR’s. I suppose it would stand. Maybe when your 50 you can have a PR for that decade? I suppose if years from now you run an average time of lets say 30 mins, then if you “beat” an average time it would be kinda like a PR?

  • christina cadden September 11, 2010, 9:03 pm

    I thought you found a way to make PSL. I was going to be in heaven to hear your ingredients. Let me know if you find a good way to make them at home.

  • Katherine September 11, 2010, 9:05 pm

    savvy julie just posted a recipe for pumpkin spice syrup! it’s super easy. i don’t know all of the copyright infringement laws, so i don’t want to post a link that isn’t mine, but she juuuust posted it like 2 days ago. it’s super easy and tasty—i made it this morning. the only negative thing is that it settles at the bottom, so don’t drink the last few sips and you should be fine.

    • Julie @SavvyEats September 12, 2010, 9:05 am

      I’ve found that if you heat the syrup with your milk or on its own, it mixes in much better and doesn’t sink to the bottom as much! Glad you liked it otherwise, though! 🙂

  • Erika September 11, 2010, 9:06 pm

    I say each PR can be renewed for each decade….so if you are in your 20s, whatever your PR was for that stands for that decade…then when you turn 30, it starts over, but you can still claim a 20’s PR 😉

    That’s my story and I’m sticking to that logic..makes sense to me, as you should have faster PR in your 20s than when you are 60…oh, and pregnancy, the PR is just getting out and doing it 🙂

  • Carol September 11, 2010, 9:07 pm

    According to my marathon instructor, who is quite the funny man, you may not claim your 24-yr-old PB when you are 50! You can try, as who’s really going to know? But since you’re all of 26, I think you’ve got plenty of time to set new records for yourself. And even if you don’t, what does it matter? You ran it, you set it, you own it. No one can ever take that away from you.

  • Shari September 11, 2010, 9:13 pm

    oh and another thing. Starbucks sells their syrups. I’ve bought a peppermint one for peppermint mochas.

    • bo September 12, 2010, 4:24 pm

      they can’t sell the pumpkin spice, its a different kind of syrup.

  • Alice September 11, 2010, 9:19 pm

    I’ve stopped by your blog on and off for awhile and I thought I’d give you my 2 cents on running. I’ve been running “competitively” for 14 years (since freshman year of high school)and have raced every distance from 800 to the marathon so I have a little experience.

    Speed is an important component of marathon training and a race can be an extra speed day. I treat races during marathon training as a supported speed day. You won’t be running on fresh legs but you may be surprised the added endurance from your marathon training could lead to a pr.

    Your question with splitting up prs, I think it’s different for everyone. I’ve seen women come back from pregnancy and get amazing prs and others don’t have the time to run as much and pre baby is as good as they get. There are 40 yr olds that win races and 40 yr olds that wish they could run as well as they did 10 yrs ago.

    I’m sorry this comment gone way too long… maybe one day I’ll start another blog about running advice and not leave novels of comments.

    • Caitlin September 12, 2010, 9:57 am

      <3 I like novels!

      Naw I know what you mean! Doing speedwork has been so helpful with marathon training but I definitely could not PR without fresh legs.

  • Erin September 11, 2010, 9:24 pm

    If you like your milk frothy my aunt told me a neat, cheap trick that even works with soy milk. Put the milk in a liquid-tight container and shake it until your arm feels like it’s about to fall off. Then stick the container in the microwave for about 30 seconds. The shaking and microwaving creates a ton of foam just like a frother would!

    As for PRs, I think they stand forever. You can just qualify your new times with “when I was in high school” or “since the baby” or whatever. So, you would say “my post-baby PR is…” or “my post-high school PR is…”

  • JoAnne September 11, 2010, 9:28 pm

    I read somewhere (pretty sure it was in Born to Run) that runners can actually have two peaks as far as speed is concerned! For example, if we start running in high school, we’re probably going to hit peak number 1 in our early twenties (later if we started running later). Then we get slower for awhile, but then, as we age, we start to get faster again and hit another peak! I’m pretty sure this only applies when running occurs on a consistent basis with no really long gaps (ie.,years of no running).

  • JoAnne September 11, 2010, 9:29 pm

    So to answer your question, maybe you’ll be just as fast at 50 as your are at 25!

  • Angharad September 11, 2010, 9:40 pm

    Hmm. No idea about number one but with number two, in my mind when you “graduate” to the next age bracket race-wise (i.e. 25-29) then I think you “lose” your PR….well, obviously you have bragging rights forever but I think that’s a pretty realistic cut off point. Except loads of people are way faster in their 30s than 20s….hmmm. I give up!

    • Caitlin September 11, 2010, 9:55 pm

      Oh I like the age bracket rule.

  • Kris September 11, 2010, 9:42 pm

    I’m going to have to try making a pumpkin latte at home. I have a great frother that is just a press type (no batteries needed).

    I’ve never worried about having a PR. Maybe because I’ve never been a great runner though I have done plenty of races. I’m just thankful that at my age (over 50) I’m really fit and healthy, and still running no matter what kind of time I have. I know you’re still disappointed about your results last weekend, but seriously, you’re so gifted and accomplished in so many ways! Be thankful for what you’ve been blessed with (I know you are), and put it in perspective. It’s great to have goals, but if you miss one once in a while, just put it aside and work on the next goal 🙂

  • Kate September 11, 2010, 9:50 pm

    Post pregnancy, and any (big) AG changes. Here in NZ, “Masters” kicks in at 35 (sometimes 40), so you can start counting again then.

  • Jill September 11, 2010, 9:55 pm

    I run faster now post partum, go figure. Once a PB always a PB!

  • Sana September 11, 2010, 10:40 pm

    Yea $25 is over-kill. You better be talking about your PR’s when you are 50!

  • Claire September 11, 2010, 10:45 pm

    PR’s are PR’s for life! Please…when I’m 70 I’ll still brag about my best marathon time. That being said, I think that each life milestone necessitates its own PR. So after I have my first kid, I can imagine myself saying, “My 5K PR is X, BUT, after having a baby my PR is Y.” But stay true to your real PR’s! You earned them at one point, after all!

  • Jessica@tastyandtrim September 11, 2010, 10:51 pm

    Stir in some pumpkin pie spice! I add it to my lattes (healthy coffee+steamed milk and sweetener) at home and it brings out a subtle pumpkin flavor!

  • Melissa September 11, 2010, 10:54 pm

    Got my nonfat pumpkin spice latte fix this am, but I need to go check out Julie’s recipe ASAP!

  • Courtney @ Sweet Tooth, Sweet Life September 11, 2010, 11:05 pm

    Pumpkin pie spice works great in a pinch, but now I need to go make Savvy Julie’s pumpkin spice syrup!

  • Stacey@ September 11, 2010, 11:05 pm

    You could add some spices like clove, cinnamon, ginger, and maybe a little honey or other sweetener.

  • holly @ couchpotatoathlete September 11, 2010, 11:09 pm

    I think a PR is a PR for life — I will still brag about PRs when I am old and gray, and you should too! To me that would be like a Gold Medalist sprinter not “counting” his Gold Medal anymore since he can’t run that fast anymore — it always counts!

  • Lori September 11, 2010, 11:14 pm

    World Market has Torani Pumpkin Pie Syrup – available in regular and sugar free.

  • Christine September 11, 2010, 11:14 pm

    I work at Starbucks and am also addicted to our PSL’s every year. You don’t want to know what the syrup contains but it’s mainly sugar and dairy and “natural flavors.’ It’s a thick syrup not a simple sugar syrup like the ones some people are suggesting above though those may be delicious, nothing is like the starbucks syrup… it is ridiculously addicting. There is really no way to duplicate it at home.

    • lisampls September 11, 2010, 11:25 pm

      so, does starbucks sell the PS syrup?

      • Caitlin September 12, 2010, 10:03 am

        I heart crack. AKA PSL.

        • Christine September 12, 2010, 1:16 pm

          No, we only sell the simple sugar syrups… the creamy ones are only for sale in your drank. 🙂 For real… crack…

  • Stefanie September 11, 2010, 11:22 pm

    I get this great pumpkin pie spice sugar-free by Torani. We have Cost Plus-World market that carries it! This year I am buying a few bottles!

  • Jazz September 11, 2010, 11:31 pm

    Starbucks DOES NOT sell the PSL syrup, trust me, I’ve tried to buy it off them for 3 years! it is thick and tastes different than the torani one.. ( I have two of them- only used it a few times.. just not the same). I’ve just decided to either give up and buy it at starbucks as a treat OR go dumpster diving next year (as the sales lady threw it out last year rather than selling it to me for health and safety reasons!) arg!

  • Paige @Running Around Normal September 11, 2010, 11:52 pm

    Ooh, ooh, I know!
    Go buy pumpkin spice coffee from fresh market.
    Add four scoops + 3 T. Turbinado sugar to your French Press.
    Make like any other coffee, but add more milk.

    Whenever I make lattes like this, I prefer them cold, but to each their own 😀

  • Amber K September 12, 2010, 12:03 am

    I don’t drink coffee so I can’t help you with the first one.

    And what an interesting second question! I have never thought about that! Now I’ve gotta scroll through your comments to see the various opinions.

  • Ashley @ Nourishing the Soul September 12, 2010, 12:14 am

    Hmmm… My thought is that PRs never become void. You accomplished something and always have that in your back pocket to remind yourself that you kick butt. But obviously our bodies do grow and change and you might not be able to expect to beat your 24-year-old PR at 60… but maybe you can…! Set your sights high!

  • Julia September 12, 2010, 12:22 am

    PRs are for a lifetime!!! 🙂

  • Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat September 12, 2010, 12:43 am

    I agree that PRs are for life. Although, I think I would stop claiming them publicly (in conversation) as PRs after about 5 years. But you and I are still young enough where it is perfectly possible to beat a PR we had in our twenties in our thirties!

  • hippierunner September 12, 2010, 1:05 am

    I say once a PR, always a PR! (until the next PR!) 😀

  • Reenie September 12, 2010, 1:12 am

    I bought some Pumpkin Spice Coffee beans ~ but the taste is not what I expected….in fact, I really can’t tell a difference than my regular coffee 🙁

    Do they have P.S. liquid creamer?

  • John September 12, 2010, 1:44 am

    PR’s are for life in my books. You may at 50 end up saying it was back in 20xx but it’s still your PR.
    Can’t help you of the PSL as I don’t even know how to make coffee.Ok that’s going a bit far but I’ve never had coffee so no idea 🙂

  • Nicole - yuppie yogini September 12, 2010, 2:45 am

    I have a milk frother you can borrow.

    • Caitlin September 12, 2010, 9:37 am

      that’s what she said!

      • Nicole - yuppie yogini September 12, 2010, 4:12 pm

        You will regret that response when you start getting traffic from people who search that phrase!

  • Freya (Brit Chick Runs) September 12, 2010, 3:01 am

    I think a PR stands for all of time…after all, it’s your personal record, and unless you become a different person (like, an actual different person, not metaphorically speaking!), why shouldn’t it stand? I can’t imagine they wipe out all the Olympic records or whatever after 5yrs 😛
    Enjoy your PR- it’s an amazing one!

  • Stacey (The Habit of HEalthy) September 12, 2010, 5:05 am

    It sounds like a good idea to make your own PSL at home, you’ll probably save loads of monry. I think it’s wise not to try another speedy 5k and congrats on signing up for another half marathon. I admire your enthusiasm for racing! 🙂

  • Tonyne @ The Unlikely Success Story September 12, 2010, 5:54 am

    If you try out any of these PSL suggestions please post your favorite. Hi, my name is Tonyne and I’m a fellow PSL addict. Iced or hot, venti or grande…I just gotta have the pumpkin spice!

  • ~Jessica~ September 12, 2010, 7:10 am

    I think PRs are for life, no matter what your age. Your achievement still stands, regardless of the circumstances. Think about it: if someone was, for example, injured through no fault of their own and say…broke their leg. They’d never be the same again but no-one would think of taking away their PRs…they’d have to formulate new plans and goals…adjust to their new situation, but they would still retain their previous times in my opinion. Age is no different 🙂

    And I’ve only had bib number 13 once…I got lost on the way to the race!!! I literally turned up ten seconds before the gun went off and ended up starting right from the back. I recapped it on my blog:

    I HATE having bib 13…and I wouldn’t be crazy about having something ending in 13 or 666 either. But I’m not sure what I could do about it! Actually, I’m so paranoid that I even get worried when the numbers on a bib added together total 13. Yeah, I have issues 😛


    P.S All of your PRs are brilliant! Remember how amazing you are.

    • Caitlin September 12, 2010, 10:04 am

      You’re brilliant too!

  • Lauren at KeepItSweet September 12, 2010, 7:47 am

    i have found really good pumpkin spice coffees over the years at the supermarket

  • Alexis September 12, 2010, 7:50 am

    I have a keurig coffee maker (the ones with the little cups) and they have come out with the pumpkin spice cups!! THEY ARE DELICIOUS and similar to starbucks!

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin September 12, 2010, 8:50 am

    Ooh please share if you find a way to make pumpkin spice lattes at home. My wallet would really appreciate it! 😉

  • sarah September 12, 2010, 8:58 am

    I think that PRs are very subjective to the day, time, conditions, course, etc. In my training plan I am following for my 1/2 marathon it says to do speedwork at say a 10k or 5k pace for you that particular day. I try to keep that in mind, that those paces depend on how you are feeling, the heat, the wind, and all. I think PRs are neat, but I think they are only as important as you make them.

  • Maria September 12, 2010, 9:23 am

    Trader joes has a great pumpkin spice syrup. I put about a tablespoon in the bottom of my coffee mug, add a shot (or two….) of espresso and top it off with a cup of heated almond breeze. I have a nespresso machine for the espresso but any espresso machine will work. I think the syrup would be great in french press coffee with half and half as well.

    Hope this helps!

  • Kim September 12, 2010, 9:25 am

    I believe a PR stands forever. So much training and effort usually goes into achieving a PR, It is more than acceptable to own in 20-30-40 years later!

  • LindseyAnn September 12, 2010, 9:31 am

    I used to work at a coffeeshop, and we would use actual pumpkin pie filling in our PSL’s. I’ve never tried it with just coffee, but I suppose it could work. It would be healthier than using syrup, that’s for sure.
    I’ll sometimes put a dash or two of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice in with the beans when I’m brewing coffee, and it is awesome! 🙂

  • Tracy September 12, 2010, 9:41 am

    I think PRs are forever, but there comes a point where chasing a new PR isn’t realistic. For example, I ran a 21:50 5K when I was about 23 years old. I’ve had 3 full-term pregnancies since then, and am not 13 years older. My 5K times are now in the 24-25 minute range. So, I’m chasing a sub-24:00. If I get it, I will call it my P35PR (Post-35 Personal Record). Regardless of whether I can do it again, 21:50 is and always will be my PR (well, unless I miraculously beat that time).

    FWIW, my 5K times dropped dramatically after putting in all those miles for marathon training. Maybe yo ucould plan for a 5K PR after Thunder Road when you are coming off high mileage (ie, you have a good aerobic base, and can focus on sharpening your speed while maintaining a “long” run of 10 each week).

    • Tracy September 12, 2010, 9:42 am

      Ha, that should be, I am NOW 13 years older (as opposed to NOT 13 yrs older).

      • Caitlin September 12, 2010, 10:04 am

        I like P35PR!

  • Annie@stronghealthyfit September 12, 2010, 9:48 am

    I think you might need an espresso machine and a milk frother… 🙂

  • Liz September 12, 2010, 12:49 pm

    If you have a Cost Plus World Market in your area, they sell every flavor of Torani syrup you can imagine, and I saw in their ad this week that they now have pumpkin spice (both regular and sugar-free I think). I haven’t had the pumpkin ones, but all of the Torani brand syrups I’ve tried have been delicious!

  • Cassie September 12, 2010, 5:47 pm

    Not sure if it’s been mentioned already, but Mama Pea (Peas and Thank you) posted a “pumpkin latte” that i’ve made before and ADORE. I actually drank them often last fall! there’s the link. 🙂

  • Wendy Irene (Give Love Create Happiness) September 12, 2010, 7:55 pm

    If you find a PSL recipe you really like to make at home, it would be amazing if you could post it because I would LOVE that! 🙂

  • AllieNic (Frisky Lemon) September 13, 2010, 10:56 am

    I think your PR is your PR for life! I still tell people my PR from college XC…with the disclaimer that I was in college and training like crazy. In my opinion there are PRs for different stages in life– your All Time BEST PR, and your current PR

  • Ingrid September 13, 2010, 11:23 am

    I’m not sure if anyone has posted this yet, but I’ve made The Kitchn’s pumpkin spice latte several times to great acclaim. The best part is that you can use canned pumpkin rather than buying an expensive bottle of syrup. Of course, it’s not EXACTLY like Starbuck’s, but it’s the closest recreation I’ve seen. Plus you can decide how sweet/spicy it is.

  • danielle September 13, 2010, 3:17 pm

    you can buy the starbucks pumpkin syrup from them. some stores may be unwilling to sell it for some reason, but when i worked there, we’d always sell stuff, and just order more for the next week.

  • Jennifer September 14, 2010, 11:30 am

    This is kind of random, but I was wondering what your husband uses to lighten his coffee. He’s vegan right? I am always looking for creamy alternatives to my beloved half and half. Thanks!

    • Caitlin September 14, 2010, 1:36 pm

      He uses a soy creamer!

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