Homemade Coffee Creamer

I admit it.  Coffee and it’s accompanying creamy goodness is one of my vices.  I could save myself probably 200 calories a day if I just drank my coffee black but I have clung on to my daily cup and have no desire to let it go.

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I did however make a healthy switch a couple months ago from the artificially flavored myriad of coffee creamers on the market to Coffee-Mate’s Natural Bliss.  Made with just a few basic ingredients (sugar, cream and natural flavoring) I loved the simple flavor.  But now, with a second coffee drinker in the house I find that my little blue bottle doesn’t last long enough.  At almost $3.00 a bottle I am having a hard time justifying buying 3 of them a week!

So, today I decided to make my own creamers and am in total love with the simplicity of making it, the taste AND the price tag.  The ingredients together cost under $2.00 and made twice as much as the store bought variety.  Natural, yummy, cheap and the flavor possibilities are endless.

Enjoy!

Homemade Coffee Creamer (Natural Bliss Copycat Recipe)

1 qt. half and half (natural/organic if possible)

1/4 c. organic sugar

1/2 tbl. vanilla OR 1 vanilla bean simmered with liquid and then removed

4 tbl. Dark Amber Maple Syrup (the real stuff!!!)

Lightly whisk all the ingredients in a medium saucepan.  Heat over medium heat until it just reaches a simmer, stirring occasionally.  When it just reaches a simmer, remove from heat, let cool and then bottle and refrigerate.  Should last approximately 10 days in the fridge.

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Handmade Christmas

While I certainly did not make all the Christmas presents that we gave this year I did make a lot!!  I think there is a certain energy that is soaked up into whatever we make and then give to someone else.  Not only are we making something unique and special we are passing on lots of positive energy!!

Some of the things that I made this year:

1.  A fleece wolf scarf for my youngest.  It wasn’t very fancy but he is obsessed with wolves and I had a perfect piece of fleece with gray wolves on it that was destined to be made into something for him.

2.  Skittle flavored vodka.  Found a cute recipe on Pinterest, tweaked it and doubled it and whipped up batches of candy flavored yumminess. I packed them in cute little apothecary looking spice jars I found at a thrift shop.

3.  Mixed media art.  I made 2 mixed media art pieces this year as gifts.

4.  Gypsy Tutu.  I made this for my niece.  Pieces from a leftover cotton jelly roll mixed with ribbon, lace and tulle made a cute little dress up skirt for her!

5.  Scrabble Nameplates.  My kids have a couple of male elementary school teachers and I always find them the hardest to buy/make a Christmas gift for.  However these were a big hit!!

6.  Scarves.  Lots of different variation of scarves were made and wrapped this holiday season.

I posted a few pics below.  Sadly I am the worst at remembering to take pictures of my creations.  It is going to be one of my goals for 2012!!  Especially since I rarely ever make 2 of the same thing.

I hope everyone had a fabulous Christmas!!

Monster Pillow

Our “baby” is about to lose his first tooth so in celebration I whipped up this little cute pillow.

Now I had exactly 42 minutes from the moment I realized I should make this until I had to leave to pick up the boys from school.  I figured it was a 50/50 chance the tooth came out at school so I wanted to be prepared!!

If I had more time I would have probably added hair…maybe a stuffed arm or two and I would have applique stitched around the eyes…but all in all, I loved it..he loved it…and I made it to school on time!

I adapted the idea from The Long Thread.

Of course…my little one wanted to know why I made a Monster pillow for a tooth Fairy…well yeah…didn’t think about that one!!  🙂