Try this DIY Pumpkin Spice Latte and Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini Mocktail

The calendar has clicked over to fall, which means football, sweaters, and all the cozy things — including warm fall bevvies.

I have two incredible ones for you that you can easily make right at home — and they both come with a bonus secret ingredient that makes them that much better.

It’s Pumpkin Spice Latte season. Every coffee shop has them now, but you can make one that’s just as good, ACTUALLY BETTER and healthier, at home. Save a bunch of money. And feel better, too.

Pumpkin Spice Latte

  • Around a cup of your favorite brewed coffee
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin puree
  • 2 droppers of FOCL Pumpkin Spice Drops
  • Milk (of your choice)
  • Maple Syrup (desired amount of sweetness)
  • Cinnamon (desired amount of spice)
  • Mix all ingredients except coffee into your favorite large coffee mug.
  • Whisk with a hand blender.
  • Add the desired amount of your favorite coffee or espresso.
  • Sprinkle a dash more cinnamon on top and enjoy! 

Word to the wise: Also try it iced by using a shaker with ice, poured over ice, and topped with your favorite whipped cream topping! 

The FOCL Pumpkin Spice Drops not only make this coffee DELICIOUS, they are just the thing you need to feel centered, calm, and focused for the day — without the artificial sugar-high from those “other” coffee-shop drinks.

We need a good seasonal mocktail, right? This one is literally everything you could ever want in one autumnal drink.

Pumpkin Spice Espresso Martini Mocktail

  • 2 shots of espresso (or coffee of your choice — or use caffeine-free, if you’re sensitive to caffeine]
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin puree
  • 2 droppers of FOCL Pumpkin Spice Drops
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 1 oz whole milk (or any milk/cream of your preference)
  • Mix ingredients in a shaker with desired amount of ice. Shake thoroughly. 
  • Pour into a glass of your choice. Martini glasses are a plus. 
  • Top with 3 coffee beans and cinnamon, if you really want to get fancy.

The FOCL Pumpkin Spice Drops spice up this drink in all the right ways and they are an all-natural, healthy way to help you relax, calm your mind, ease everyday stress — without any of the alcohol side effects.

Save 20% on any FOCL product with my code JENFALL.

A legit adult person’s lunch

Okay so I mentioned Monday that part of my personal campaign to beat back the noisy chaos was carving out 30 minutes a day for a legit adult person’s lunch. Not shoving a slice of deli ham with a squeeze of mustard into my mouth hole like an animal. Something about eating good food with a fork and plate in the middle of my work day feels sane and nurturing.

Here is a banger you can have ready to go in four minutes if you prep your veggies and chicken and keep them in containers in the fridge all week.


1. Damn straight that is rotisserie chicken from HEB. Easiest time to pull it is straight from the store while it is still warm. Shred and put in tupperware for the week.

2. Chop your veggies: cucumbers, any bell peppers, jalapeños, carrots, lettuce, celery, onions, just all of them, man. Keep all your veggies in baggies or whatever and use them all week for everything (in eggs, stir fry, soup, sauces, wraps, casseroles, for noshing). Just stand there and chop for 15 minutes and be done with the veggie chopping for the week. Sing some Taylor Swift.

3. Whisk up a quick peanut dressing: 2 T peanut butter, 1 T soy, 1 tsp Thai chili sauce, juice of half a lime, squeeze of honey, bit of squeeze ginger (fave find of 2023), 1-2 T hot water to whatever consistency you like. Honestly just however much of all of this. (Double it and have more ready for tomorrow, queen. Just loosen it back up with a bit of hot water.)

Layer up your delish salad: lettuce or spinach, sliced bells, cukes, jalapeños (the WAY I love raw jalapeños), shredded carrots, that yummy shredded chicken. Drizzle your peanut sauce over the whole thing. Add some zig-zags of sriracha if you’re playing for keeps. Salt and pepper of course.

Eat it on a plate with a real fork because you are a GROWN UP. Scatter some herbs on top if you’ve got them. Big fan of chopped peanuts on here too. This is so delicious in your mouth and good for your little body. Flavorful, healthy, and gorgeous doesn’t have to be hard. Good food is not hard. We cannot be too busy and frantic to eat well. I hate that for us! Be nicer.

What are you go-to lunches that don’t make you feel like an escaped convict eating trash out of the gutter on the run from the law?

See the comments on this post for more lunch ideas — and check out my cookbook Feed These People for more recipes for all of us normals.