Scrabble Photo Panel DIY

I tend to hoard scrabble games. Peices go missing and I end up canabalizing them to make a complete set. I’ve already used the extra boards for a chalk board DIY but what about the tile trays? Combined with a favorite peice of fabric I constructed a photo panel. To replicate this DIY you will […]

A coffee creamer lover’s dream

Fat is good for you.

Read that again and internalize it.

Fat is good for you.

I’m not a nutritionist, but I’ve learned a lot from reading and listening to nutritionists’ work. After listening to Dishing Up Nutrition, a podcast by Nutritional Weight & Wellness, I’ve learned a lot about what is good for our bodies and what we think is good for our bodies.

As a Tone It Up nutrition plan member, I know the right kind of fat is good at the right time of day. These fats are satiating and necessary for your physical and mental health.

Combining these approaches has proven to work well for me the past month. I use full fat foods and avoid processed foods as much as possible. I also enjoy full fat dairy sparingly. A dash or two in my coffee, cheese on top of a taco sometimes, and a glob of Greek yogurt with breakfast some days.

Now, to more important things….

I love coffee.

I know, I know. Typical writer crutch.

Buying bottled coffee creamer from the grocery store has been one of my crutches. I can lessen my cups of coffee, but I still love good-tasting coffee, which usually means a lot of creamer or syrups in a fancy latté.

When one of the nutritionists from Nutritional Weight & Wellness said you should have about a tablespoon of fat per meal and highly suggested adding a tablespoon of real cream with your morning coffee, I was sold. I decided to make my own coffee creamer.

You could just add cream flavoring straight to your coffee, but I like my coffee milky. So I adapted this recipe for coffee creamer lovers.

Plus, my husband recently had the chance to learn the process of making maple syrup, from tree to jar, and I was able to join him for a day. The boiling process intrigued me (unfortunately, I didn’t get any pictures), so I wanted to use maple syrup as my natural sweetener in this recipe.

I don’t know the nutrition facts, but I do know it’s way healthier than the stuff filled with stabilizers at the grocery store. To go a step farther, make your almond milk at home – I’m not quite there yet.

After my first cup of coffee with my homemade coffee creamer, I noticed I didn’t get dehydrated at all that morning. A few days in, I realized how it helped me feel fuller, longer. And that’s just the tip of the iceberg.

A Coffee Creamer Lover’s Dream Homemade Creamer

Ingredients

  • 8 oz. heavy cream or half and half*
  • 6 oz. almond milk (or until container is full)
  • 3 Tbs. maple syrup (more or less to your taste buds – aim for less as time goes on)
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions

Pour all ingredients into a mason jar or an empty, clean creamer bottle with the label removed. Shake well and keep refrigerated.

To Use

Shake well. Pour your desired creamer amount into your coffee mug first. Then pour your hot coffee on top. This creates a delicious foaminess, just like a simple latté!

This stuff literally tastes like melted ice cream. Just a splash (or three) revs your coffee!

*Heavy cream is also called heavy whipping cream at your local grocery store, though the heavy whipping cream may mean it has less fat than regular heavy cream for better whipping consistency. Heavy cream has a higher percentage of fat than half and half, so I prefer heavy cream, but there are days when you accidentally grab the wrong one at the grocery store.

If you liked this recipe, buy me a cup of coffee. Thank you!

DIY Valentines Day Cards

Is it just me or is it hard to find a Valentine’s Day card that says just the right thing?

Maybe I’m too picky or weird. But there is no way I’m looking through dozens of cards to find the perfect one this year. So instead, I’ve decided to make my own card and words. Lofty I know. But as a writer I know I can draft, edit, and revise till the words are exactly what I want.

For the card itself I’m in love with the watercolor look, problem is I don’t own water colors let alone know how to paint. I’d be better off letting my toddler paint instead of me.

So I’ve got a trick for those of us who are better with pens than with paint.

You will need:

  • blank cards
  • food coloring
  • Brine (1 tblsp of salt to 1 cup warm water)
  • essential oils (something dreamy)
  • glitter & glue (optional)

Make your our brine and wait till the salt dissolves, the water will go from cloudy to clear. Pour it into a shallow pan that fits your cards and add a drop of essential oil to the brine and stir.

Using a toothpick swirl two drops of food coloring on the surface of the brine. The color should float on top of the brine. Quickly, dip the cards into the dye and set aside to dry. Be careful- food coloring can stain so protect your surfaces!

Add more food coloring as needed. Your cards should turn out in a swirled watercolor effect. I went an extra step and added glue heart shape that I coated in glitter. You could do any type of add one you’d like but I’m a glitter girl.

All that’s left it is to add your thoughtful words of love and appreciation to the inside and enjoy your Valentine’s Day.

Happy Questing!