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lemonade
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it’s a little early yet for lemonade, but all this extra sunshine has me craving the comforts of summer already! i just love these ways to spruce up this summer staple from i love eco (discovered via brittany campbell – i’m obsessed with her boards!).

what’s your favorite way to make lemonade?

 
here are a few lemonade related posts i’ve done in the past:

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French Toast Latte

February 27, 2012

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ashley pahl

french toast latte

One of my favorite breakfast treats is french toast. I had been planning on cooking it for breakfast this past weekend after months of not having it when it occurred to me: french toast latte! There is nothing about the combination of espresso, milk/soy milk, maple syrup, cinnamon, and vanilla that doesn’t go together. It tastes as good as it sounds!

french toast latte

The recipe isn’t difficult either – it still follows my basic simple syrup recipe for creating flavored lattes – this time we’ll just swap white sugar for brown sugar.

Serves 2

Ingredients

– 6 ounces brewed espresso

– 6-8 ounces steamed milk or soy milk, rice milk, etc.

– 1/2 cup water

– 1/2 cup brown sugar

– 1 tsp vanilla extract

– 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon OR two cinnamon sticks

– 1 tablespoon real maple syrup

Directions

Combine brown sugar and water in a small saucepan. When it reaches a boil, add vanilla extract. Allow to boil for one minute, then remove from heat. Quickly and cinnamon and maple syrup, and stir well. If you used cinnamon sticks, remove them when the syrup has cooled. Pour your finished syrup into two mugs – 1/8 to 1/4 cup, depending on how sweet you like your drinks.

french toast latte

When espresso or dark coffee is brewed, add to the mug. Stir coffee and syrup well, and add steamed milk, spooning any foam on top. Top with a sprinkle of cinnamon, and enjoy!

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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A Healthier Hot Chocolate

January 23, 2012

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I have tried so many homemade hot chocolate recipes in the past, and yet it is the healthiest recipe that might actually be my favorite! This recipe contains no added white sugar – the sweetness comes from the banana and the semi-sweet chocolate chips. While it is true that sugar is sugar, with this recipe, you aren’t getting empty calories: bananas contain potassium, vitamin B6, and some dietary fiber; semi-sweet chocolate has antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.

Surprisingly, this recipe is also incredibly rich and sweet. I wrote the recipe fully expecting to need a drizzle of honey on top to sweeten it up, but it was so not necessary! In fact, it may border on too-sweet, so if you may find yourself adjust the number of chocolate chip tablespoons from four to three, or even just two tablespoons.

Serves 2.

Ingredients

1 cup of low fat milk, soy milk, or rice milk

4 tablespoons semi-sweet chocolate chips

1/2 tsp vanilla

1 tsp cocoa powder

pinch of chili powder*

dash of salt

1 small to medium banana, sliced

*The chili powder doesn’t add any actual spiciness, it just gives the hot chocolate a little bit of an edge. My husband and I weren’t able to detect any spiciness in our drinks, but if you really don’t like chili powder, it isn’t completely necessary.

Directions

Combine the milk, chocolate chips, cocoa powder, vanilla, chili powder and salt in a small sauce pan. Heat on medium heat until just before it begins to simmer. Stir often.

Meanwhile, slice a banana and place in a blender.

Once chocolate mixture is hot enough (you’ll start to see steam), remove from heat and pour into blender with bananas. Blend for about a minute, making sure all banana chunks have been smoothed out.

The end result will be very creamy. Pour into two mugs, and you’ll see some foam on top. The end result is a warm, deliciously sweet treat. Yum!

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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Vanilla Ginger Latte Recipe

January 16, 2012

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This was the perfect warm drink recipe for a cold winter day in Michigan – but I suspect it tastes just as good in warmer regions, too! I created this recipe when I needed a little spin on my go-to favorite drink: the vanilla latte. All it takes is a bit of ground ginger to give this drink a kick!

Serves two.

Ingredients

– 4 ounces brewed espresso or strongly brewed dark roast coffee

– 1/2 cup milk, soy milk, or other milk subsitute

– 1/4 cup water

– 1/4 cup sugar

– 2 tsp vanilla extract

– 1/4 tsp ground ginger

Directions

Bring the water and sugar to a boil in a small sauce pan, stirring often.

When syrup has reached a rolling boil, add vanilla and ginger, continuing to stir.

Let mixture boil for another minute – this allows the alcohol in the extract to burn off. Remove from heat

Brew your espresso or strong coffee. Steam and froth milk or milk substitute. Pour espresso into a mug, followed by syrup, then milk

Spoon the leftover foam onto the top of the drink. Enjoy!

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte

October 10, 2011

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As with the autumn spice latte, the pumpkin spice latte is one of my favorite seasonal drinks. I could put pumpkin in just about everything in the autumn – it’s just so naturally delicious. This drink is no exception! To make this latte, you will need pumpkin spice simple syrup (recipe below), espresso or strongly-brewed coffee, and steamed or frothed milk. Makes 2 servings.

ingredients

 
– 1/2 cup sugar

– 1/2 cup water

– 2 tablespoons canned or fresh pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling!)

– 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice OR a combination of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, and cloves – what ever is available in your cupboard

– 2 tsp vanilla extract

– 2 shots of espresso OR 6 ounces of strongly brewed coffee

– 6 ounces of nonfat milk (or soymilk, or other dairy substitute)

directions

Start with the pumpkin spice syrup. Combine the sugar and water in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil on medium-high heat, stirring often. Once it reaches a boil, add the vanilla extract; continue to boil for one minute.

Remove from heat, add pumpkin puree and spices; stir. Let it sit in the saucepan while you brew the espresso or strong coffee.

Brew espresso as according to your machine, or use a very strongly brewed dark roast coffee. Steam and froth your milk or milk substitute. If you would like more information on brewing coffee and steaming milk for specialty drinks, see this previous post on Going Home to Roost.

Pour the espresso into two mugs.

Add 1/4 cup (or more or less, depending on your taste) of pumpkin spice simple syrup to your espresso. Add steamed milk, and top with foam from the frothing process.

My steam wand is currently broken, so I can steam, but not get the foam (otherwise this drink would be topped with a pillowing layer of foamy goodness). You can also top with whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon for a real treat!

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.


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Autumn Spice Latte Recipe

September 12, 2011

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Seasonal drinks are hitting the menu at coffee shops everywhere, but you can make a latte that smells like Autumn quite easily in your own home! I call this latte recipe Autumn Spice because it combines three of my favorite bold flavors – cinnamon, ginger, and cloves – and softens them with a touch of vanilla. Even better, making the flavored syrup for this espresso treat will scent your home better than seasonal potpourri.

This recipe will serve 2 – 4 people, depending on how sweet you like your drinks.

ingredients

brewed espresso

steamed milk, soy milk, or other substitute

1/2 cup sugar

1/2 cup water

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 sticks of cinnamon, or 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1 tablespoon whole cloves

directions

Start by preparing your flavored syrup. Bring water and sugar to a boil in a small saucepan. Once mixture starts to boil, add vanilla. Allow alcohol in vanilla to burn off in boiling mixture – about 1 minute. Reduce heat and add cinnamon, ginger, and cloves. Allow spiced syrup to simmer for at least 5 minutes.

While syrup simmers, brew espresso. I make about 3 ounces of espresso for each drink. For each ounce of espresso to be served, steam an ounce of milk. For more information on brewing espresso or steaming milk without an espresso machine, see my first latte tutorial on Going Home to Roost.

Before adding syrup to latte, skim out any cloves or cinnamon sticks with a slotted spoon.

To assemble the drink, I pour 3 ounces espresso, 1 – 2 ounces of spiced syrup, and 3 ounces of steamed milk into a mug, topped with the milk foam from the steaming process. Top with whipped cream or a sprinkle of cinnamon if you wish!

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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Go to a baseball game or an art fair in the summer, and one of the most fragrantly tempting scents are from cinnamon roasted almonds. These two flavors together make the most delicious simple syrup, perfect for ice coffee or lattes.

On a hot day, this iced coffee recipe works well with espresso or strongly brewed black coffee. Serves 2.

ingredients
4 ounces brewed espresso or extra-strength coffee
1 cup milk, soy milk, rice milk, etc.

cinnamon almond simple syrup
1 cup sugar
1 cup water
1 tsp almond extract
3 cinnamon sticks
ice

directions
Brew espresso or strong coffee. While espresso is cooling, make simple syrup.

To make simple syrup, bring 1 cup water and 1 cup sugar to a boil in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Once a boil has been reached, add cinnamon sticks; boil for another 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and immediately pour in 1 tsp almond extract. Stir and let cool. Remove cinnamon sticks before using syrup.

Combine espresso, milk, and 1/2 cup cinnamon almond simple syrup in a container and stir. Pour into two glasses filled 1/2 way with ice, and garnish with a cinnamon stick, if desired. Leftover simple syrup can keep in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for up to a week or more.

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

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lemon poppy seeds

The Lemon Poppy Seed smoothie was a fresh idea I had this weekend after having a “Chocolate Cake Shake” from a local restaurant. The Chocolate Cake Shake is simple: it’s just a slice of frosted cake blended into a milk shake. I started to think about using my favorite dessert: lemon poppy seed muffins. As you can imagine this isn’t the healthiest of ideas, so I went for a smoothie option, which allows for lighter ingredients.

ingredients

– 1 cup of ice, crushed

– 8 ounces of lemon yogurt

– juice of 1/2 a lemon

– 1/3 cup light vanilla soy milk

– 1 tablespoon lemon zest

– 1 tablespoon poppy seeds

– 1 tablespoon sugar – optional if you prefer a tart drink

yields one smoothie

directions

Place 1 cup of ice in a blender; crush. Add in yogurt, and blend for 10 seconds. Add soy milk, lemon juice, lemon zest, poppy seeds, and optional sugar. Blend for about 30 seconds or until smooth.

ashley paul indie pretty project Out to find ways to make life simpler, Ashley is tackling life one DIY project at a time. Learning as she goes, she also spends her days writing Indie Pretty Projects and creating for her Etsy shop.

 

 

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