Tropical Smoothie (DairyFree)

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This tropical smoothie recipe is made with mango, pineapple, banana and uses coconut milk for a delicious and healthy start to your day. Now that we are no longer eating toast or cereal for breakfast, smoothies have become my stand by for a quick, easy and delicious breakfast.  It took a while for my kids to get on board with drinking their breakfast, but they now request a smoothie in the morning.  While I mostly stick to strawberry and banana for the kids, I wanted something a little different to start the morning and the coconut milk was begging to be used in a tropical smoothie. I already had a huge bag of frozen mango from Costco in my freezer. I almost always have fresh pineapple on hand and bananas are a snacking staple for the kids.  Since we don't drink dairy anymore, I also keep unsweetened coconut milk in the fridge to use in place of dairy milk.   I always add at least a tiny bit of raw spinach and some ground flaxmeal in to all of our smoothies for an added ... [read more]

Homemade Irish Cream

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Homemade Irish Cream Recipe from Growing Up Gabel @thegabels #recipe

Irish cream is a decadent adult beverage that I often enjoy in my coffee or use to make milk shakes with a kick.  But store bought Irish cream is expensive whereas this homemade version is very affordable. I use homemade chocolate syrup to make it even more frugal. I don't like much alcohol, but Irish cream is one of the few exceptions.  Unfortunately, it's also pretty expensive so I rarely had it around.  A few years ago I ran across a recipe for homemade Irish cream and it turns out to be super easy to make. I looked at a lot of recipes and they are all virtually the same. Most call for whiskey, but I opted for vodka because that's what I have on hand. You can make your own sweetened condensed milk, if you don't have any in your pantry.  I've also made this before use a can of evaporated milk.  I just dissolved 1/2 cup sugar in the evaporated milk and called it good. I only used 1 cup of vodka because I don't really like the taste of alcohol in general, but you can use up to ... [read more]

Irish Cream Coffee Creamer

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Irish Cream Coffee Creamer from @thegabels #recipe

With St. Patrick's Day just around the corner, I have Irish cream on the brain.   My homemade Irish cream is a favorite adult beverage, but I wanted something the kids could enjoy, too. One of my favorite flavors is Irish cream and every March, I find myself trying to find fun ways to incorporate in to pretty much everything.  I'm not really in to dying food green, but Irish cream I can get behind! A few years ago I made my first batch of homemade Irish cream, which is basically a homemade version of Bailey's.  It's so good, but it does contain alcohol so it isn't for the whole family. I wanted to make the recipe in to an Irish Cream coffee creamer so the kids could enjoy a little Irish cream for St. Patrick's Day, too.    I'm a major coffee drinker of all kinds like cardamom coffee and iced coffee. I also like my tea with a little cream and I'm thinking this Irish Cream coffee creamer would be an interesting addition to tea. This coffee creamer comes together really ... [read more]

Hazelnut Hot Chocolate with NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto

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I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto. I received product samples to facilitate my review as well as a thank me for my participation. Add a special touch to your hot chocolate with hazelnut hot chocolate made with the NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto coffee machine. I love coffee.  I love it coffee in any form and will go to great lengths to get a good cup of joe.  In fact, I now have three coffeemakers in my kitchen, but no microwave.  Priorities, people!  My latest coffee maker is the  NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto coffee machine. NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto single-serve coffee machines are a global brand in the Nestlé family and are manufactured under the De’Longhi name.  I love De'Longhi products and was happy to see their name on the coffee maker. The NESCAFÉ Dolce Gusto line brews over 17 different hot and cold beverages including: Cappuccino Carmel Latte Macchiato Americano Skinny Cappuccino Nestea Peach Iced Tea Skinny ... [read more]

Peppermint Mocha Latte

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This post brought to you by Walmart. All opinions are 100% mine. A homemade peppermint mocha latte is the perfect pairing to have with a Holiday Cookie once all the baking is done! I love holiday baking! I did a lot of baking during the holidays before we had kids and now that the kids are old enough to "help" me bake, it's even more fun.  I like to bake the standards, like cut out sugar cookies, but I also enjoy mixing it up every year with something new. After a long day of holiday baking, I'm usually beat.  Cleaning up the mess is not really the best part of the activity.  But sitting down to a plate full of fresh baked cookies with a nice cup of coffee is just about the best part of the holidays. I love holiday coffee so I created a favorite holiday coffee drink, peppermint mocha, at home using Folgers® Black Silk coffee in place of espresso. I brewed the Folgers Black Silk nice and strong and then added in hot milk mixed with dark chocolate and peppermint ... [read more]