Homemade Caramel Latte- Folgers Flavors

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I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Influence Central for Folgers. I received product samples to facilitate my review and a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

Mornings here can be described as many things. Sleepy. Busy. Lazy. Fun. Loud. Quiet. The list goes on. You never know what you’ll get during a morning at our house. 

One thing is for sure. Coffee is always involved. My husband enjoys his straight up, no frills, plain and simple- black. Me on the other hand, I like to change it up often. 

There was a time when I liked to add sweetener and milk. There was another time when I like to add sweetener and creamer. I get tired of things being the same sometimes so I like to find ways to create new coffee drinks.

The day I discovered milk frothers was a life-changing day (thanks to my mom!). Homemade lattes entered my life and it has never been the same. 

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These cool little bottles have also found a way to my heart! Folgers Flavors can be used at home or on-the-go and don’t require refrigeration. Because I don’t like to be a creature of habit, I’m thankful that Folgers Flavors come in 4 different flavors (Hazelnut, Mocha, Caramel, and Vanilla) to match any of my many moods. Most recently, it’s been a caramel mood.

In case you needed to know.

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It’s easy to take your coffee and make it into a latte. Folgers Flavors make it even easier. You can use a little or use a lot, hot or iced, the choice is yours to create your own flavored coffee. 

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To make a Homemade Caramel Latte, here’s my steps. I started with plain black coffee. Not exactly espresso, but I’m not a straight black coffee drinker so it’s pretty strong for me.

Add a good squeeze of the Folgers Flavors Caramel Enhancer. I didn’t even add sweetener!

I frothed some of my favorite creamer and poured that on the coffee. Then topped it off with a little whipped cream and caramel sauce.

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It doesn’t get much tastier than that for your morning! No matter what’s going on, I find peace when I’m drinking my lattes.

Check out this video by Mike Tompkins! Talk about a remix!

 

Want to try Folgers Flavors yourself? I’m giving some away!

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Folgers Flavors 2 Sample Giveaway

I am going to make this easy on everyone. Simply leave a comment with which flavor you’d like to try! I will use “And The Winner Is” to choose ONE commenter as the winner.

This giveaway will end Tuesday, November 10th at 11:59pm CT. I will contact the winner on Wednesday, the 11th and they will have 24 hours to respond. If I have not heard from them, I will name a new winner.

Contest entrants are only eligible to win once per sweepstakes, per household as part of a campaign sponsored by Influence Central.


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Have You Tried Your Milk Frothed?

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I went through a phase recently where I couldn’t drink my coffee from home. I got so used to McDonald’s coffee and how it tasted that not even Starbucks could come close. So I found myself at the drive-thru each morning. As you can imagine, my inner frugalness was screaming at me.

Then my mom introduced me to this amazing invention: a milk frother. I’ve always heard of them and thought why in the world would frothy milk even be something that was desirable. But after she made a couple of lattes for me with her new one, I was sold. I got me one the next week and haven’t been back to McDonald’s since!

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I picked this Aroma AFR-120B Hot X-press Milk Frother and have been making myself lattes. It’s cheaper than most out there. It seems like a splurge item, but I figure that since I’m not making my way to McDonald’s each morning that I’m saving money in the end. Ok maybe it is a splurge item.

There’s a bunch more frothers here.

Want to know my favorite recipe for a latte?

Easy Sweet Cream and Caramel Latte
Recipe Type: Drink, Beverage
Author: Pennywise Cook
Ingredients
  • 4 tbsp Italian Sweet Cream Creamer, frothed
  • 1 cup of coffee strongly brewed (smallest setting on Keurig)
  • 2 tbsp Caramel flavoring syrup (sugar-free)
Instructions
  1. Brew the cup of coffee.
  2. Add 2 tbsp caramel syrup and mix well.
  3. Pour frothed creamer on top of coffee.
  4. Ta-da!

 


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Triple Thick Banana Cranberry Smoothie

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Carton Smart for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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One of the forgotten ingredients around the holidays that can tend to get a bad rep is of course, the cranberry sauce. Typically at the family gatherings that I attend, someone always buys it "just in case" and then it never makes it to the table. However, this all changed last year when my oldest realized that she is in love with such cranberry sauce.

Now it is simply a requirement. 

Don't get me wrong, I like cranberry sauce. I'll even eat the kind out of the can. Although sometimes it can have a tinny taste to it depending on the brand. I got to try out some pretty cool products from Tetra Pak that are packaged in cartons, not cans! How perfect is that? No tinny taste and not only that, but they use 1/3 less packaging compared to cans.

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Tetra Pak doesn't just package cranberry sauce either. You can find a variety of products for making your upcoming holiday meals!

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The products that I got to try out seemed so much more compact in their little cartons. I love the fact that they make less waste than your regular everyday food packaging.

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Here are the beauties I got to try out. Look at that cranberry sauce. You can even enjoy a different shape than the famous can circle when you get it from a carton.

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I think what I loved most about the carton was how easy it was to open

I used some of my cranberry sauce to surprise my daughter with as an afterschool snack. We found out that my youngest is also a very big fan of cranberry sauce now too. Had to break up a sibling fight over it!

How can you be Carton Smart this holiday season? Well, you could make something up like I did! I some of the cranberry sauce to whip up a quick smoothie for my hubby while he was working. You know me and my experimentations. I threw this together in about 5 minutes and it was really good! A great way to use up leftoever cranberry sauce if you ever need to. 

Triple Thick Banana Cranberry Smoothie

Ingredients

1 whole banana, frozen
1/4 c. cranberry sauce
1/4 c. water

Directions

Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth. Viola! 

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 Triple Thick Banana Cranberry Smoothie


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Simple Homemade Iced Coffee

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There’s a definite time of day that if you were to come to my house and talk to me, I might just bite your head off. Don’t you just love these confessions? I’m sure that I’m not the only one with this issue. I’m talking about the moment in time before you’ve completely woken up and you have

not.

had.

your.

coffee.

It’s not because I’m an angry person. It’s not because I dislike you. It’s because I am just not a morning person. I never have been one and I don’t ever see myself becoming one. When I was in high school I can remember sleeping until 3 in the afternoon. Can I do that now? Absolutely not. Do I want to sleep that late now? Absolutely. Will it ever happen again? Absolutely not. Should I ask you another question and answer it for you again? Absolutely.

You’ve probably ordered some iced coffee at McDonald’s or Starbucks before. What did it cost you? An arm and a leg? Sounds about right. That’s such a rip-off considering what’s actually in it. Until recently I had always gotten mine at fast food places and thought wow this would be nice to have at home. Then one weekend my sister came up and stayed with us for a bit. (This is the part where I share with you how I slow I really am)

She walked up to my Keurig and made up a cup of coffee like normal. Then she grabbed her plastic wannabe fast food cup complete with straw and filled it up with ice. She poured the hot coffee over the ice and then poured a little creamer in it and stirred it all up. It’s almost as if a McDonald’s staff member appeared in my kitchen and created an iced coffee in front of me. I asked her if I could taste it and she handed it over. It tasted exactly like what you would pay $4 at the store. How did I never figure this out before? So insanely simple a concept that makes having your favorite coffee drink right from your very own kitchen.

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And honestly, because this is such a simple recipe (not really even a recipe at all), I’m not going to even give this a box y’all. Here are the steps:

1) Make your coffee and pour it over ice.

2) Sweeten as usual.

3) Add creamer or milk.

4) Optional: Add a squirt of canned whipped cream and a few drops of chocolate sauce to make it fancy.

DONE!

No need for a run to McDonald’s, Starbucks, or that fancy coffee shop around the corner.


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Me Without Make Up and My Cup of Joe

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Ok so I didn’t say it was a close up of me without make up did I?

There is but one time of day that I always know will relax me. Even if just for a moment, when I have a cup of coffee in my hand, I am content. Whether it’s the fact that I know it will put some pep in my step (Lord knows I need it!) or the fact that I get just a few seconds to drift away in the comforting aroma, I am content.

This is a picture of me, having my coffee moment. Before my hair gets did, before I plaster on the make up, before I even begin my day. This particular day I was drinking one of the newer flavors of International Delight creamer, Belgian White Chocolate Macadamia. HELLO! It’s incredible. I’m really not just saying that either, it really is that amazing. It just adds complete awesomeness to my coffee moments during the day. And did you hear? It’s being reported that those who drink lots of coffee tend to live longer! That means more International Delight White Chocolate Macadamia creamer for me.

I’ve always been a big fan of ID simply because they have a huge assortment of flavors to choose from. I absolutely cannot drink coffee without creamer so I make sure to have some in my refrigerator at all times. And I’m extremely random with which flavors I pick. Usually based on my mood, I grab what strikes my fancy at the time.

International Delight is currently running an awesome Dream Kitchen Sweepstakes through (our favorite place), Pinterest! It’s quite simple to enter and totally worth it!

Check out International Delight’s new Coffee Creamer packaging on Facebook!

Enjoying a coffee at home will be even more special for 4 lucky winners! Enter to win $1000 toward your dream kitchen and an International Delight Coffee break Kit, by completing these two steps:

1) Pin my coffee moment photo to Pinterest. Yes the world will get a glimpse of me without make up, but I will live.

2) Come back here and let me know you pinned the picture and then share your coffee moment with me!

That’s it, easy peasy lemon squeezy!

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•1. Re-pin my coffee moment photo on Pinterest. (* this will clearly be defined by blogger)
•2. Come back! In the comment field below, tell me you pinned and share your special coffee moment.
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•1. Re-pin my coffee moment photo on Pinterest. (* this will clearly be defined by blogger)
•2. Come back! In the comment field below, tell me you pinned and share your special coffee moment.
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•1. Re-pin my coffee moment photo on Pinterest. (* this will clearly be defined by blogger)
•2. Come back! In the comment field below, tell me you pinned and share your special coffee moment.
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