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3 Ingredient Best Pumpkin Spice Chai

2 pumpkin spice rooibos tea bags, chai concentrate


I had one of my best girlfriends, Carma, over for lunch yesterday, and she brought along a super special treat.  I had seen a photo she put on instagram telling about Pumpkin Spice Chai that she loved so much that she used the hashtag #nocoffeenoproblem.  I know she is a coffee lover, so my ears, eyes and taste buds perked up! I asked her to bring the ingredients along to our lunch so I could try it out..because, you know…best girlfriends can do that. We can extend a lunch invitation but then ask them to bring a beverage so you can try it out. {smile}


4 picture collage of 2 friends


Our time together was precious and almost 2 hours of chatting felt like just minutes.  We have much in common.  Our husbands work together, we are both mothers of middle school girls, we share our faith & have lived a lot of life together the last 6 years.


She was a rock for me when I was sick.  The perfect balance of listening to me and letting me cry on the hard days but also cheering me on and not letting me get stuck in the yuckness of it all.  She was the one who came to the first Oncology appointment with Todd and I.  She was our stable notetaker, and boy, did I ever need stable that day! I was a mess, needing a bowl in the waiting room because I was so nauseous with fear and nerves. I couldn’t think straight so she thought for me. I still have her notes from that day.  Seeing her handwriting, knowing her hand wrote hard words out of love for me, touches my heart and made me keep those notes.  She also came to my first chemo and was my ride home.  I will never forget her love in the battle.


pumpkin spice rooibos tea, almond milk & chai concentrate


Back to our lunch. We are both foodies and both have certain restrictions to what we will eat due to health issues.  It is fun to have her for over knowing she will appreciate my weird food.  I took the easy way out and got some amazing vegan soup from a local spot nearby.  I made kale chips, roasted some carrots with a little oil, salt, pepper & garlic, & had some tomatoes from my garden to eat as sides.


Carma showed up with a cooler which made me smile.  Not only did it have the Pumpkin Spice Chai ingredients in it, but she also brought black bean hummus with chips & 2 individual bowls of fruit.  That made me happy.  She knows what I will love and appreciate.


We saved the Pumpkin Spice Chai for an after- lunch drink.  I’m so glad we did because I have to tell you…IT WAS SO GOOD THAT IT WAS LIKE DRINKING DESSERT!


We have had a few cool weather days here in Nebraska, and I’ve found myself wanting a comforting, fall-like drink.  A pumpkin spice flavored drink that was easy to make and somewhat healthy.  Well, people…I found it…or at least Carma found it for me.


two teabags in milk in a pan

Here it is:

Start with one cup of milk of your choice.  We used almond milk.

Add 2 bags of Trader Joes Pumpkin Spice Rooibos Tea.  If you do not have a Trader Joes near you, keep reading for good substitute ideas.

Let steep for 5-7 minutes, warming the milk gently on the stove.

two teabags steeped in milk


When it gets to be this milky, caramel-ly color, get your head down in there and take a whiff.  Deliciousness!  I told Carma I want a fall candle that smells like this! Remove the tea bags.


pumpkin spice rooibos tea bags


If you don’t have a Trader Joes near you, shed a few tears, then wipe them away and order some from Amazon using this affiliate link.   {I appreciate your support of this blog.}

a box of chai concentrate and a pan of chai

After you remove the teabags,  make sure the temperature is what you desire for warm, comfortable sipping.


Add 3/4 cup Oregan Chai concentrate.  This amount is flexible.  If you want less sweet, use less Chai concentrate.

pouring pumpkin spice chai from pan into a mug

Pour into your favorite mug & enjoy!

3 Ingredient Best Pumpkin Spice Chai
1 cup milk (I used almond)
2 pumpkin spice teabags
3/4 cup chai concentrate, or to taste

Put milk into a saucepan.  Add teabags.  Steep 5-7 minutes & warm to desired temperature.  Add chai concentrate.  Stir.  Pour into 2 mugs and enjoy!

Don’t Forget To Pin It!
a collage of pumpkin spice chai photos


6 Awesome At Home Workouts & Why I Chose Home Over Gym

bedroom with yoga mat on the floor a workout space

I often use this blog as a way to keep myself motivated and on track with living my best life.  It is almost like a life journal if you will.  It keeps my most loved recipes organized, it keeps track of my weekly goals, my weekly home cleaning zone, my weekly hot spots & pins I want to accomplish. I use it to record my menu for the week with Recipes I Want To Make This Week posts.  I use it to leave behind a Legacy for my girls and to record Captured Life Tidbits & List The Gifts life brings.  Songs that touch my heart go here, and Garden Progress goes here.  It really is a labor of love that I SO ENJOY doing and sharing with you all!

A piece that I need to add back into my life in order to live my best life is the dreaded EXERCISE.

When I was sick, I had a gym membership gifted to me from a dear, most thoughtful and generous friend.  It was an overwhelming gift that made me feel so loved and hugged by her every time I entered the building of this luxury gym.  I spend hours healing there.  I healed physically and spiritually.  There were many moments of prayer spent in the steam room, God thoughts in as toxins perspired out.  It was a place I went to feel strong and beautiful again, pampering myself in the beautiful locker room that felt more like a spa.  A gift I will never forget.

Being 3 years out of my battle, I decided it was time to let go of that most generous gift.  Not only did I want to not take advantage of my friends generosity that had lasted so long, but I have been purposefully looking for ways to simplify life, and driving across town to my precious gym was not always the most simple use of time.  When I was healing it was perfect, for even the drive there was a time of reflection and rest.  But now, I decided, it was time to let it go and save the 40 minutes it took to drive there and back, and the gas, and figure out how to move my body without the membership.

What do do?
Enter Pinterest!

New Nostalgia Main Pinterest Boards page

I’m sure all know I am a Pinterest lover.  I can’t tell you how much it enriches my life.  It is a fun, simple way to keep the treasures I find online organized. I love how it is visual and creative it is.  By choosing a few pins to do each week, it becomes purposeful and meaningful.  Not only is it a place I love to go, but I love knowing it is a place where over 80,000 of my Pinterest followers enjoy too!  What fun we have had over there!

I have been saving workouts I come across on Pinterest onto my Pinterest Workout Board, knowing there would be a day I would need some inspiration.

New Nostalgia Pinterest Boards with an arrow pointing to workout board

That day is today!!

I am going to share a round up with you of workouts that have caught my eye.

New Nostalgia Pinterest workout boards

My main goal right now is to move everyday.  I want to walk at least 5 days a week, but also add in some strength training.  I am not going for perfection here.  If that were the case, I would never start!  My simple goal is to move everyday.  Here are 6 great pins that are going to help me do just that.

a roundup of 6 Pinterest workouts

1. 15 Minute Workout With Exercise Bands Via Women’s Health Magazine
Exercise bands are great for taking anywhere…on your walk to do when you arrive at the park, in your bed, in front of the tv.  Perfect, portable resistance!

2. 30 Day Ab & Squat Challenge Via Tribesports
Maybe a goal for the beginning of next month?

3. TV Workout Via Self
This is awesome.  30 minute TV show.  Do some easy strength training reps, timed perfectly for the first commercial break.  Commercial break-switch to cardio.  Alternating between the two is a great workout, and you can watch your fav show at the same time.  Multi-tasking!

4. The Quieter Workout Via Back On Point
For when the kids go to bed. Or if your college roommate is studying.  Or early morning when everyone is still sleeping.  Note from Pinner: Since pinning this a month ago, I’ve done this workout 3-4 times a week. I am now 15 pounds lighter and 1 entire inch thinner. My name is Erika and I approve this workout.

5. Good Morning Yoga Sequence Via (can’t find source)

A great way to stretch hello to the morning…or do after prolonged sitting at desk.

6. Works Fastest Workout Via Gaining Life Losing Weight
4 minute workout that burns calories and increases metabolism.