Game-Changer!!

We just inherited a brand new ESPRESSO MACHINE!!! Our neighbors are moving and wanted to get rid of their never-been-used-machine, we gladly took it off their hands๐Ÿ˜‰

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I like love adore my Starbucks drinks! There is something about a caramel macchiato that can restart a crazy/tired morning. Or sipping an iced latte in the hot summer- mmm perfection! But the price tag!!! I only indulge maybe twice a month, but at $5 a pop for a venti ( I’m a mom of three kiddos- it’s venti or bust) it’s such a money sucker! So, as you can imagine, from the moment I opened up the box and pulled out the machine, I was on Pinterest searching for any copycat Caramel Mach recipe I could find.

In the past few days I think I have found the one. It’s simple, stays true to the decadent layered form and is less than 200 calories! Decided to share it with ya’ll. I mean, this is goinghomemade and what better way to go homemade than through a homemade espresso slice of heaven?!

ingredients
2-4 shots of espresso
1c milk, steamed
2 TB caramel syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract

๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿ‘Š that’s all you need!

First pour your caramel syrup in the bottom of your mug. We are just using Smuckers brand. Next, using our machine I brew about 2-3 shots of espresso. Espresso grinds are best but we are using up our dark caribou coffee beans, they actually do the trick well! (I’m sure I will come back and post about a fav blend once we have discovered it- open to all suggestions).

Pour espresso over syrup and mix with a metal spoon until dissolved. Then pour vanilla extract on top of espresso. some recipes called for a vanilla syrup, but I prefer the extract-less sugar. Using your steamer froth until your desired temp. Pour milk over vanilla and top with the milk froth. Drizzle a little more caramel and enjoy!!!

20140529-141549-51349505.jpg Like I said game changer! Want it iced? Do everything the same except for steaming milk+add some ice and ta da!

Look back around the fall and winter. Because you better believe I’ll be perfecting my Starbucks PSL and Peppermint Mocha!
Would love to hear any of your fav drinks+ recipes!

Summer Vacation

Since Liesel completed her first year of preschool,

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I could not be more excited. I know L was only gone twice a week for 2 hours… But the idea of having absolutely no schedule is completely freeing! do we feel like spending the day in our jammies? why not. last minute plans for the zoo? absolutely!

We have already been indulging in a few summer activites:
Multiple trips to the park

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Picnic lunches

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Sprinkler fun with the neighbors

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And lots of outdoor walks and playtime

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Summer Vacation 2014, we are ready for you!!

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