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Showing posts with label coffee. Show all posts
Showing posts with label coffee. Show all posts


What to do with Leftover Coffee

Am I the only one who has this problem? I have leftover coffee every day. I make it at home plain black in a french press, nothing special but I hate to pour it out. So I started wracking my brain trying to figure out WHAT I could use it for and I came up with a few uses for old(er) coffee. Thought I'd share because every time I think I'm THE ONLY ONE EVER turns out that no, I'm not. 

Number ONE--my favorite go to for leftover coffee is to make iced coffee--I pour it from the french press and store it in the fridge until later, like when I'm cooking dinner, and then mix it with enough milk and ice to make a copycat Starbucks Iced Coffee with no sugar or flavor--like sugar or flavor? add them to the coffee and milk, mix well and then pour over ice--if you love iced coffee you will LOVE the thrifty homemade version

Number TWO--use it in stew or pot roast, when I was little my mom always added a dash of coffee to her pot roast, when I got older it seemed rather logical to add it to my stew-it adds a smokey deep flavor once it mingles with your spices but will not taste like coffee unless you add several cups

Number THREE--make coffee ice cubes--this started when I had a blinding realization that I love fresh hot coffee but don't like it being diluted with cream or a shot of water to make it a drinkable temperature-coffee ice cubes solve the problem I can drop one in and have still hot drinkable coffee with absolutely NO diluted flavor--BONUS?? you can drop these in stew or pot roast or even your iced coffee for a dash of flavor

BONUS USAGE for coffee grounds--body scrub! pop in a bowl and use within a day for excellent exfoliation that is FREE, now I wouldn't use them excessively/daily because they can and will build up and block your drain pipes but hey once every few weeks is good--for all the other grounds you create compost them in your pile or in your worm composter and BOOM less leaky trash too.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte--low cost and low calorie with REAL ingredients

Tired of paying 4-5 bucks for a cup of Pumpkin Spice Latte or missing out on that treat because you just can't afford it right now? In this easy to make version YOU control the coffee and all the other ingredients. Want it vegan?-heck yes coconut milk or almond milk will rock your drink. Want it low sugar? You can do that. Want low calorie with all the taste? It can happen. The ONLY thing you don't have to do is pay a lot for a sweet and spicy cup of joe. 
I was sort of shamed into figuring out how to make these at home. My oldest son has been in town for a while and last week he said something like "did you get some coffee mom? No? Why not? FIVE BUCKS FOR COFFEE?? Do you really pay that?" I laughed out loud and admitted sometimes I did in fact pay that much for coffee. He scoffed at me. My own child thought I was silly and then I heard what he was hearing "I willingly pay 5 dollars for a cup of coffee that costs less than a dollar to make." And I'm sure having the radio on and hearing about furloughed workers and people all across the country going without pay made my silly once a week coffee treat seem even more outlandish. So I set out to make my own Pumpkin Spice 5 dollar Latte and discovered it was easy. Let me show you how.
Pumpkin Spice Latte 
1/3 cup of milk-use skim or almond or coconut whatever you want 
2 TBSP brown sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 TBSP pumpkin puree
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
pinch of allspice
pinch of ginger
1 cup of brewed coffee 
whipped cream if desired 
in a small sauce pan mix the milk, brown sugar, vanilla, pumpkin and the spices together
gently heat them until warm and stir them occasionally--don't boil oh dear I did that and yuck--just warm it up 
make a cup of coffee or pour one
once the coffee is ready and the milk is mixed and warm it's time to mix together
pour the milk into the coffee and stir gently
before adding the whipped cream take a sip add more sugar or milk if it's not quite to your liking
once you tasted it and amended it then top with whipped cream if desired and a pinch of nutmeg
Lets do some numbers ok?
calories in a 16 ounce take out Pumpkin Spice Latte made with 2% milk and whipped cream = 380 calories
calories in homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte made with 2% milk and whipped cream= 105 calories
Annnnd price wise the numbers are
price of 16 ounce Pumpkin Spice Latte in Alaska is 4.50 
price of a Homemade Pumpkin Spice latte is .70 cents
Is it a REAL latte no, the milk is not steamed it's warmed over a stove burner. Is it an espresso, no but you could do it like that if you wanted to. Did it cost part of my retirement and make me feel ashamed that I spend that kind of money on a hot drink, no again, but for a small fee I will call you on the phone and make you feel bad and still save you cash in the long run. 
Now remember your calories and your price will vary depending on what milk you use, if you add whipped cream and if you add more sugar. I definitely recommend using my measurements as a starting point and tweaking it to your taste adding more milk, sugar, spices or coffee to suit you. 
Happy Autumn! 
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Vanilla Latte Facial Scrub

Looking for a quick and easy present to make with kids for coffee loving adults in their lives? This is it! No dusting, keeping forever and feeling guilty for throwing it out. A person can honestly use it and when it's gone, thank the gift giver honestly. Guilt free giving and receiving. I never want to burden folks with dust collectors because, well I hate to dust so why make others dust? The beauty of this easy gift is that with the exception of your small amount of help, kids  can practically make it on their own. Oh wait it's low cost too. Ohh and dust free. Hmmmm what is the true beauty of this gift? Great now I don't even know which is the best feature, maybe the great smell? Give it a whirl and let me know! Heh.

Vanilla Latte Face Scrub
2 TBSP Coffee Beans
2 TBSP uncooked rice
1 whole vanilla bean

grind the coffee beans and rice together in a coffee mill
split and chunk the vanilla bean, add that to the mill
whirl until the bean is finely chopped and incorporated
store in an airtight jar until ready to use
to use splash face with water
mix 1 TBSP or so of the face scrub with a few drops of water in your hand
rub lightly on to your face in a circular motion avoiding the eye area
continue rubbing gently for about 30 seconds
then wash completely making sure to avoid getting it in your eyes
moisturize and enjoy your freshly scrubbed skin
and the soft aroma of a vanilla latte

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Peace and Love--