February 19, 2020

Warm Drinks for a Winter Day

No matter what the groundhog saw, we're still expecting a bit more wintry weather before spring and there's no better way to warm up and add some cheer to your day than with a warm drink! 

Here are three simple recipes for warm drinks to make at home....just like the ones you get from your favorite barista except without the coffee shop prices!

London Fog Latte 

A London Fog latte is a delicious cold weather drink plus it's easy to make and can be customized to your preferences. Basically, it's just a hot Earl Grey tea with steamed milk. Don't have a milk steamer or frother? You can make do at home by just shaking up your milk in a can or jar.

Brew a nice cup of Earl Grey and add your milk. I like to add a bit of vanilla and honey as well. Garnish with a sprinkling of lavender or even just some dried tea leaves. Delish!

Chai Tea Latte

I love Chai and it's so easy to make at home....simple and delicious to enjoy from the comfort of your PJs and no lines or chatty baristas to contend with. 

Brew your Chai tea and add milk (I like flax milk for mine). There are also ready-made Chai concentrates available and some are pretty good. Add a shot of coffee for a dirty Chai. Stir with a cinnamon stick....yum! 

French Sipping Chocolate 

I was recently introduced to the idea of sipping chocolate, which I thought was the same thing as hot chocolate. Apparently the main difference is that it's quite a bit thicker than those Swiss Miss packets we grew up with. I got some at Trader Joe's but I've heard that it's a seasonal product so get yours now if you want to snag some while you still can! 

You can determine the thickness of your drink depending on your preference and how much milk you want to add. Dairy free? Cashew or oat milk makes a great substitution. 

February 5, 2020

Sweet & Simple Valentine's Day Treats

Valentine's Day is nearly upon us and I'm here for all the candy!! In honor of the occasion, I'm sharing some really sweet and simple treats to make for the holiday.

Love Stinks Pepé Le Pew Treats

When I saw this adorable idea on the blog Party Pinching, I knew I had to recreate it! I've always been a fan of Pepe Le Pew and it is true that while love is a wonderful thing, it also stinks from time to time. 

All you need is some sort of dark chocolate candy (heart shaped York patties shown). You could also do this with any sort of chocolate cookie or snack cake. Pipe a bit of white frosting down the center and add a few white sprinkles. 

Valentine's Robots

As soon as I spotted this cute idea, I decided to give it a try, too. I like that it would allow kiddos to be creative with all sorts of sweet treats as they build their own robot. 

All you need to make these cute V-day robots is a juice box for the body, and a bunch of different candy for the appendages. My go-to is Dollar General because they have affordable craft supplies like googly eyes, etc. 

Mini Raspberry Tarts

I've never been much of a baker so I tend to stick with dessert recipes that are a bit more foolproof. This mini raspberry tart recipe is so easy, even I don't feel intimidated by it! 

It's a variation on a recipe I used to make years ago, freezing yogurt in a piecrust. To give it a bit more pizzazz, I'm using canned raspberry pie filling and plain greek yogurt. 

Just mix together your fruit filling with the greek yogurt and put it into a graham cracker crust. Then freeze until firm. I made mine in the mini crusts which creates a fun individual presentation. The final touch is to whip up some homemade whipped cream to top it with. Yum!