Pumpkin Spice Latte



  • 1 cup milk, divided
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar, or more to taste
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup brewed espresso



  1. Whisk 1/2 cup milk, sugar, pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, and vanilla extract in a small saucepan over low heat. Simmer for 5 minutes. Whisk in remaining 1/2 cup milk.
  2. Pour milk mixture through a fine-mesh sieve to remove pulp. Return milk mixture to saucepan and simmer, whisking, 2 minutes. Add espresso and whisk until foamy, 1 minute.
  3. Enjoy!


Recipe from allrecipes.com

Tacos in a Bag from the Merchants Family Cookbook



  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 package taco seasoning mix
  • 1/2 lb. shredded mild cheddar cheese
  • onions, chopped
  • tomatoes, chopped
  • lettuce, shredded
  • sour cream
  • avocado dip (optional)
  • taco sauce
  • 8-10 individual bags of chips — Fritos or Doritos work well!



Brown ground beef and drain off excess fat. Add taco seasoning mix and prepare according to directions on package. Crush chips in the bag and cut off the top of the bag. Add 1-2 Tablespoons of ground beef mixture, all or any combination of the “toppings” and stir. Top with sour cream and taco sauce. Great for camping!

Microwave Breakfast Cookie in a Mug

  • ½ medium banana
  • 1 ½ tablespoons peanut butter
  • ½ tablespoon honey (or agave)
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 4 tablespoons oats (rolled or quick oats)
  • 1 tablespoon raisins (seeds or nuts)
  1. In a large microwavable mug mash the banana well with a fork.
  2. Stir in the peanut butter, milk, and honey and mix well together.
  3. Add in the oats and raisins and stir until combined.
  4. Microwave for 45 seconds – 1 minute or until firm to the touch on top. (Cook time is based on my 1200 watt microwave so your timing may vary)
  5. Enjoy warm!

Bahama Mama from the Merchants Family Cookbook



  • 1 cup light rum
  • 4 cups lemon lime soda
  • 1 (46 oz.) can Hawaiian Tropical Punch
  • 1 (12 oz.) can frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar



Combine rum, soda, punch, lemonade and sugar; mix well. Cover and freeze for 12 hours. Stir and freeze for 12 hours longer. Stir and serve. Grab a tall glass and pour; garnish with fruit wedges or cherries. Pull up a lawn chair and place your feet in  a kiddie pool.

Peach Cobbler from the Merchants Family Cookbook



  • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 can (16 oz) sliced peaches, save liquid
  • 1 1/4 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tsp banking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt



Pour butter into a shallow 2 quart baking dish; set aside. Drain peaches, reserving 1/4 cup juice. In a saucepan, bring the peaches and juice just to a boil. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl, combine 1 cup sugar, flour, milk, baking powder and salt; mix well. Pour over butter in baking dish. Spoon hot peaches over batter. Sprinkle with remaining sugar. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes or until cake tests done. Serve warm.

Yield: 6-8 servings.


Merchants Family Cookbooks are available at all Merchants Bank locations for $15. Proceeds benefit local food shelf programs.

Honey And Soy Glazed Salmon from the Merchants Bank Family Cookbook



  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp soy sauce
  • ½ Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp water
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil.
  • 2-6 oz. pieces salmon fillet


In small bowl whisk together honey, soy sauce, lime juice, mustard and water. In small non-stick skillet heat oil over moderately high heat until hot, but not smoking and cook salmon 2-3 minutes on each side or until golden and just cooked through. Transfer salmon to 2 plates. Add Honey glaze to skillet and simmer, stirring 1 minute. Pour glaze over salmon.

Makes 6 servings.

Merchants Family Cookbooks are available at all Merchants Bank locations for $15. Proceeds benefit local food shelf programs.

Country Style Spare Ribs from the Merchants Bank Family Cookbook


Ingredients for Marinade:

  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup Worcestershire sauce
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • Enough water to cover ribs


Mix all ingredients together. Pour mixture over ribs. Add enough water to cover ribs. Simmer, covered, until done, about 2 hours, checking to see if tender.

Place on broiler pan or grill and brush on the following BBQ sauce:

  • ½ cup miracle whip
  • 1 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 4 Tbsp. hot sauce
  • 2 drops of Tabasco sauce

Grill or broil for a few minutes.

Merchants Family Cookbooks are available at all Merchants Bank locations for $15. Proceeds benefit local food shelf programs.