DIY French Vanilla Latte

Jasmine keeps no less than four coffee creamers in her fridge at a time. I’ve been at her house once when there were more creamers than condiments. I’m sure there isn’t a flavor she hasn’t tried. Me, on the other hand, is a different story 🙂

I’ve been drinking caffeinated drinks for many years now -mostly Pepsi. I normally try to wake up about an hour before my son to prepare for his homeschool lessons for the day. This summer, I have been trying to sleep in as much as I can because I’m home with my active child all day and need my energy. As a result, when my husband wakes up for work before me, he makes the pot of coffee.

In the past, he hasn’t been much of a coffee drinker. Drinking any type of caffeine normally makes him super excited and pumped. But for some reason, a morning cup of joe has become somewhat of a habit. Most people drink coffee for the taste and the caffeine, right? Not him! In fact, he drinks it black sometimes!

This week the official school year has started, and I have to get back into my normal morning routine. For years, I’ve been drinking the same flavor of coffee faithfully. There’s something about the hazelnut creamer that warms my soul.

Being the rebel that I am, I bought a different creamer at the store last week. We tried it for a few days, and of course my hubby liked it each day. But I’m harder to please. So much for trying new things right?! It was already half way gone when I decided to add a few ingredients to make my own flavor. I was so determined to make this creamer work-mainly because I’m cheap and won’t throw food away. After trying honey and hot cocoa, I think I found it! I don’t think I will be buying this particular flavor again but if I do, I know how to make the perfect cup of joe.

DIY French Vanilla Latte
-2 teaspoons Vanilla Extract
-Nestle Coffee Mate’s Italian Sweet cream, to taste
-Sugar, to taste

 It’s amazing how a few simple ingredients can be added to turn a basic coffee into a delectable experience. Now, my mind is spinning- I wonder what other flavor combinations I can come up with.

I’m looking for ideas. How do you spice up your coffee?

  

Quick & Easy Goulash

This recipe is one of my favorites. Growing up, my mom would always make this for me. In fact, if I remember correctly this was our Sunday dinner most of the time. In my own home, I must make it at least once a month. My son loves this dish and always asked for second helpings. Everyone including my hubby compares it to hamburger helper -which I find repulsive. Once you taste Goulash I’m sure you would enjoy this mouthwatering alternative.

Ingredients:

1 box of dry macaroni

1 pound lean ground beef

1 small onion diced

1/2 green bell pepper diced

1 can small diced tomatoes

1 can of sweet corn niblets

1 package of shredded mild cheddar cheese

1/2 cup sour cream

Salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika seasonings to taste

Instructions:

1. Bring a large pot of water to a boil and cook the macaroni according to the directions on the box.

2. While the pasta cooks, brown the ground beef in a large skillet. Cook for about 5 minutes making sure the meat is broken up into small pieces and no pink is visible.

3. Stir in the corn, onions and green peppers with salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika seasonings to taste. Spoon off any grease.IMG_5762

4. Drain the pasta once done and add the cheese. Stir until cheese is completely melted.

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5. Mix the entire contents of the skillet into the pot and stir. Cook for an additional 3-5 minutes. Taste and add more salt and/or pepper if needed.

IMG_5751Happy Eating!

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