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Acts of Self Care: Books and Coffee

It's FALL!!!! Try this new Cinnamin Pumpkin Pie Spice latte from Celebrity Chef and Food Network Personality Alex Guarnaschelli, and @Folgers #ad #folgers

I love the Fall. It’s actually my favorite season. The weather cools off, the leaves change, it’s time for all things pumpkin and apple, and Saturdays are for football. If you look at my Saturdays series you know that Football season has started and I am officially a football mom again!  From the time we wake up on Saturdays, I hit the ground running: a quick cup of coffee, then breakfast for the hungry guys in my life, rush to find missing pads for the game and out the door!  Sometimes we are there ALL DAY LONG, and by the end of it, I really need a break. 

Since this is my year of making sure that I incorporate more self-care in my life, I have been taking the time for me on these busy Saturdays after these games. My favorite way to do this is curling up with a good book and a cup of Folgers® Simply Gourmet™ coffee.




I don’t know about you, but I like to savor my coffee and the new Folgers® Simply Gourmet™ coffee is the perfect balance of natural flavor and coffee for a rich, satisfying taste in every delicious cup.  100% premium Arabica beans are perfectly paired and balanced with natural flavors to create seasonal recipe classics including: Natural Vanilla, Natural Cinnamon, Natural Chocolate, Natural Caramel, Natural Chocolate Raspberry and Natural Mint.

All new folgers gourmet coffee flavors

 Now normally, I’m not one for flavored coffee, but Folgers Simply Gourmet coffee maintains the perfect balance of coffee to flavoring. They made sure no flavor (coffee or the flavor itself) is overpowering. And it’s perfect when you want to create your favorite seasonal recipes. 

Folgers gourmet coffee and a good book

These self-care moments that I allow myself on Saturday Afternoons are a part of what keep me grounded.  Taking simple act of taking an hour or 2 curled up on the couch in my sitting room with a special cup of Folgers Simply Gourmet Coffee and a good book helps me to relax and regroup so that I can go on being the mom and wife that my family deserves.

Folgers has teamed up with Celebrity Chef and Food Network Personality Alex Guarnaschelli, who has used each flavor to purposefully re-craft the most popular coffee drinks and to inspire new recipes using only natural flavors that taste delicious, such as Cinnamon Pumpkin Pie Spice LattesRaspberry Coffee Parfaits, and Vanilla Coffee Sweet Potato Puree.

folgers gourmet coffee nautural cinnamon flavor

If you know me, you know I am NOT a fan of Pumpkin Spiced anything, but I tried her Cinnamon Pumpkin Spice Latte and I must say it was good! I have included the recipe below just in case you want to try it out!

4.5 from 2 votes

Cinnamon Pumpkin Pie Spice Latte

Course Coffee
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 2
Author Alex Guarnaschelli


  • The Pumpkin spice mix:
  • 1 can about 1-1/2 cups canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup 8 ounces whole milk sour cream
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons molasses
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon “pumpkin pie” spice
  • Lattes:
  • 1-1/2 cup Folgers® Simply Gourmet™ Natural Cinnamon coffee strongly brewed, HOT
  • 1/2 cup whole milk


  1. Make the pumpkin pie mix: In a medium saucepan, whisk together the pumpkin, sour cream, sugar, Molasses, salt, cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice mix until thoroughly combined. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring with a wooden spoon, 2-3 minutes. Transfer to a storage container. Refrigerate.
  2. Make the lattes: In a small saucepan, heat the milk, whisking as it heats, until it simmers and becomes foamy. (Alternatively, microwave milk until hot and whisk). Divide the hot coffee between two cups, stirring in 3-4 heaping tablespoons of the pumpkin mix until smooth. Pour half of the milk over each.


How do you practice Self Care? Which Flavor of Folgers Gourmet Coffee are you going to try? Head over to for more seasonal recipes!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Folgers® The opinions and text are all mine.

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  • Reply
    Sarah Bailey
    September 21, 2017 at 7:21 am

    Oh now how interesting do those coffee’s sound, I love the idea of having different flavoured ones, I bet they are really nice to enjoy while you have some downtime.

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    Heather @ Kraus House Mom
    September 21, 2017 at 8:04 am

    I need to try these, I love flavored coffee. I feel you on the lost pads. It baffles me how my son can’t find his adult size large shoulder pads, how does that happen?

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    Amber Myers
    September 21, 2017 at 8:17 am

    Self care is so important. I love to read, so I always make sure I have time to do it on a daily basis. It’s also fabulous to sip on a hot drink!

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    Jaime Nicole
    September 21, 2017 at 8:18 am

    I love the idea of flavored coffees beyond just the standard vanilla! I am really excited to try the chocolate raspberry combo – that’s one of my favorite flavor combinations!

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    September 21, 2017 at 8:30 am

    I didn’t know Folgers had such an amazing line of coffee! And to think I’ve been calling myself a coffee lover! The shame! I love that you recognize you need some “me” time. I have been saying, “I miss reading.” or “I don’t have time to read anymore”. The truth is I am choosing to fill that time persuing something else that most likely is less satisfying. Thank you for the reminder that a good book with an indulgent cup of coffee makes the soul fill with peace.

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    September 21, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Self care is so important especially when everyone has such busy schedules. For me it’s a book, a blanket and a mug of my fave coffee or tea. Looking forward to trying these new Folgers Gourmet Coffees.

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    September 21, 2017 at 9:34 am

    This looks amazing! I had no idea that folders had a brand like this. I want to make something like this for my husband who is a coffee connoisseur!

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    Terri Beavers
    September 21, 2017 at 10:14 am

    I’m a huge Folgers fan, I slap photos of them all over the web, lol. So, it’s crazy that I didn’t know about these gourmet coffee’s. Of course, now that I do, I’ll try them.

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    September 21, 2017 at 10:32 am

    I am more of a tea drinker but I know what you mean by me time and indulge yourself My friends who drink coffee would enjoy these different flavors, especially the cinnamon one.

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    September 21, 2017 at 12:06 pm

    Caramel would be my favorite! I will order anything caramel lol. Self care is important especially when we are being superwomen

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    September 21, 2017 at 12:59 pm

    I am such a self care champion as of late. I’ve been making sure to take the time because things have been super stressful and I need to stay mentally grounded.

    These flavors look so appetizing. To save money and reduce waste I’ve been using a refillable k-cups with ground coffee. I’m excited about trying these. The mint and chocolate raspberry are at the top of my list

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    September 21, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    This looks and sounds fabulous. Just perfect for this time of year. There is just something about fall and hot drinks that is so soothing.

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    September 21, 2017 at 3:09 pm

    I love Cinnamon anything, but would try Caramel! Fall is my favorite season too!

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    September 21, 2017 at 4:00 pm

    I had no idea Folgers made flavored coffee! Woo hoo!

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    Liz Mays
    September 21, 2017 at 4:34 pm

    Ah, this sounds so nice right now! Settling in with a good coffee and a book is super simple but it’s such a good way to give yourself some time.

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    September 21, 2017 at 8:49 pm

    Oh, I haven’t heard of these coffee’s before. I’m going to have to grab some next time I am at the store. They look wonderful.

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    September 22, 2017 at 12:13 am

    I need the natural vanilla, cinnamon and mint. Like need not want. Coffee, at home manicures and time
    With my girls are my self care needs. It’s been happing and I’m enjoying it.

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    September 22, 2017 at 1:16 am

    Those coffee flavors all sounds delicious! I am all for taking things slow in the morning and enjoying my coffee. I have actually started not having breakfast until my kids are off to school, then I can enjoy my coffee and morning without the usual rush. A benefit for sure of working from home. 🙂

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    September 22, 2017 at 8:37 am

    Glad to see how you’re adding in self-care into your everyday routine, life can get hectic sometimes and often we forget to look after us.

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    September 22, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    I am just like you. Fall is my absolute FAVORITE and I love cuddling up with a great cup of coffee and a great book. It’s pure bliss and the perfect way to celebrate “Me Time.”

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    September 23, 2017 at 10:09 am

    I’m going to have to try this. Books and coffee always go well together.

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    September 26, 2017 at 7:59 am

    There are so many great flavors, but I think I would have to go with vanilla.

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    Robin Rue
    October 10, 2017 at 6:21 am

    I cannot live without my morning coffee and I really do love trying new flavored coffees. These Folgers coffees sound wonderful – especially that cinnamon one.

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    Ayana Pitterson
    October 10, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Lol…I literally just read tons of comments about the pumpkin spice flavor in one of my facebook groups. I don’t drink coffee, so I honestly can’t say. But many people stated it was LIFE, and many stated it was overrated or not tasty at all. I guess to each its own. But seems like this time of the year, this flavor gets people moving.

    Thrifting Diva

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    Cecilia C. Cannon
    October 10, 2017 at 2:45 pm

    loving the cinnamon option! i will have to check these out the next time I am at the store, thanks for the tip

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    October 10, 2017 at 4:27 pm

    I had no idea Folgers had so many flavors! This is great to know, and what a fun recipe at the end!

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    AnnMarie John
    October 11, 2017 at 8:56 am

    Fall is also my most favorite season and I love everything that comes with it! Especially the drinks and the food. I think these are all worth trying out, the flavors are amazing!

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    Terri Steffes
    October 11, 2017 at 3:36 pm

    I love all the flavors that are offered. That cinnamon, though…. I practice self care by listening to my body. If I need a nap, I take one. I am lucky that I work from home!

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    Cindy Ingalls
    October 11, 2017 at 5:10 pm

    I’m not a coffee drinker but I do love tea, especially Pumpkin Spice Chai Lattes. I can’t wait to give this recipe a try with my favorite pumpkin flavored tea.

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    Shannon Gurnee
    October 12, 2017 at 12:13 am

    We love drinking coffee at home and drink it everyday. I had no idea that Folger’s had so many different flavors!

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    October 12, 2017 at 7:41 pm

    These coffee flavors sound delicious! I grew up with Folgers in my home so this is a great way to enjoy a brand I’ve loved forever!

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    October 13, 2017 at 9:36 am

    It’s so important to take care of yourself and I love a good book! These are definitely gourmet coffee choices but they sound amazing

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    Claudia Blanton
    October 13, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    they have a raspberry flavored coffee? I did not know that, but now I have to find that as well. I am a Folgers fan, and a little crazy about raspberries, as you can probably tell. Thanks for this great article, and for pointing this out. Blessings!

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    October 14, 2017 at 10:06 am

    I’m like you, I love the Fall but it is a constant struggle to keep the boys in my home on the move and entertained with all their activities. I love coffee but I’ve never been very adventurous with it. These flavors sound divine and I think I’m going to need to give them a try!

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