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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Starbucks Knockoff

Frugal Time!

I had promised you recipes for coffee flavorings in my

but haven't gotten around to it.
I apologize and intend to remedy that today
with some of our favorite knockoffs!

Now these, of course, will not taste exactly like Starbucks but you can tweak them to your liking. Once you figure in the money you're saving they taste much better! LOL

I make the mixes up and store them in mason jar with homemade labels.
But whatever thrifty airtight glass containers you find are fine.
With all the "negative things" coming out regarding plastic,
 I try to stay with glass as much as possible.

My favorites include:

Cappuccino Coffee Creamer

1 cup hot chocolate mix
3/4 cup dry non-dairy creamer
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

1 cup powdered sugar
1 cup dry non-dairy coffee creamer
1 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon vanilla

Melissa's fave is:

Cinnamon Coffee Creamer

2/3 cup sugar
2/3 cup dry milk
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Ty's fave is:

Toffee Coffee Creamer

1 cup dry non-dairy creamer
1/2 brown sugar

Cody's fave is:

Mocha Coffee Creamer

1/2 cup sugar
1 cup nonfat dry milk
1 tablespoons cocoa

We all like:

A Snowy Night Coffee Creamer

2 cups hot chocolate mix
2 cup dry non-dairy creamer
1/2 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

For those of you who like Amaretto: 

Amaretto Coffee Creamer

3/4 cup dry non-dairy creamer
1 teaspoon almond extract
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
3/4 cup sugar

The amount you add to your cup of hot coffee depends on the size of your cup and how strong you like your flavor. I normally use a larger 14 oz cup and add 2-3 heaping teaspoon fulls,
just to give you an idea. 

One of the good things about making these dry mixes is that you can control how much sugar you use. Or you could even use Splenda in place of the sugar since they are measured the same. Another thing is these can be made into instant flavored coffee mixes by adding 1/2 cup, more or less depending on your taste, to the mix.

Another way I keep costs down is by making my own...

Hot Chocolate Mix

5 1/2 cups dry milk
1 cup cocoa powder
3 cups sugar
1 cup dry non-dairy creamer

Use 1/3 cup of dry mix to 1 cup of hot water
for 1 cup of Hot Chocolate.


Thursday, February 9, 2012

Valentine Poems and Clip Art

Lve in in the air ~

An assorted variety of Valentine clip art dotted with some
classical Love poems. 


Enjoy :)


Monday, February 6, 2012


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