Raspberry Simple Syrup

We love our ice tea and lemonade at our house.  When we go out to eat at a restaurant called Bob Evans, I almost order a flavored ice tea.  Yum!

I decided I needed to recreate the flavored ice tea at my house.  Especially since summer is going to be here before we know it.

My iced tea is made in my coffee maker.  Last July, I got rid of my Keurig.  I loved it for a long time but had been using my own grounds in little reusable coffee filters the majority of the time so I decided I would just bite the bullet and go back to a traditional coffee maker.  I ended up with a Hamilton Beach Brewstation.  Instead of a glass carafe, there is a removable reservoir.  It has a setting on it for iced coffee.  I used it for iced tea instead.  Hey, it works and is delicious.  Just make sure you wash the reservoir out before and after brewing the tea because you don’t want it the tea to taste like coffee and vice versa.

Now onto the raspberry simple syrup.
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Raspberry Simple Syrup

adapted from Geeks with Drinks

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 c. white granulated sugar
  • 1 c. water
  • 2 c. raspberries (washed and dried)

Steps:

  1. Combine sugar and water in a medium saucepan over medium high heat.
  2. Stir until sugar is combined.   (The sugar will become “clear.”)
  3. Add the raspberries.  Bring to a simmer and then reduce heat to medium low.  Cook for 12 minutes.  Keep a close eye on it.
  4. Remove from the heat.  Cover and allow it to seep for 10 minutes.
  5. Strain the syrup.
  6. Enjoy in tea or lemonade.

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Happy eating,
Traci

Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

As I said, I’m trying to post more salad dressing recipes on my blog.  I went to Pinterest to see if I could find any ideas of salad dressings.

This one is yum!  Simple and delicious.  I could have licked the bowl after eating the salad.  However, that might have looked a little silly.

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Maple Dijon Vinaigrette

adapted from Simple Bites

Stars of the recipe:

  • 2 Tbsp. pure maple (not breakfast syrup)
  • 1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 to 1 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. white wine vinegar

Steps:

  1. Whisk all the ingredients together.  Or blend the ingredients using a blender or food processor.  (I used my blender cup.)
  2. Enjoy on your favorite salad!

Use within a week.

 

Blueberry Vinaigrette

While I was looking through my Evernote account this afternoon, I found this recipe and picture.  Since I posted I was going to share more salad dressing recipes, I was delighted to find this recipe.

It’s a simple recipe to put together.

Blueberry Vinaigrette

Blueberry Vinaigrette

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1/2 c. partially frozen blueberries
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar or honey
  • 1/2 c. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 c. balsamic vinegar

Steps:

  1. Add the ingredients to a blender cup
  2. Blend together until smooth.
  3. Use over your favorite salad.
  4. Keep refrigerated.  It should last a week.

Enjoy!

Happy Eating,
Traci

DIY – Self Rising Flour

On Martin Luther King, Jr.’s birthday, I decided to make biscuits to go along with our supper of split pea soup.  The problem was I did not have any fresh self rising flour.  I decided to make my own self rising flour.

It’s so easy to make the flour.  Why waste the money of buying self rising flour when you can make your own?

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DIY – Self Rising Flour

Add a Pinch

Stars of the Recipe:

  • 1 c. all-purpose flour
  • 1 & 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt

Steps:

  1. Place all the ingredients in a bowl.
  2. Whisk to combine.
  3. Use in place of self-rising flour in recipes that require self rising flour.

Makes 1 cup of self-rising flour.

 

Grapefruit Vinaigrette

Grapefruit VinagretteWhen I was perusing my blog, I noticed there was an absence of homemade salad dressings.  I make my own on occasion but hadn’t shared any recipes.

During winter, citrus fruits are the stars of the fruit world.  They are refreshing.  The vitamin C in citrus fruits are great for you.

So I decided to use the grapefruit I had at my house to make a vinaigrette.  The result was pure deliciousness.

A hint about juicing fresh citrus fruits:  place the fruit in the microwave for 10 seconds.  This causes the fruit to release their juices.

I used the grapefruit vinaigrette on top of a simple salad of spinach, kale, goat cheese, and slivered almonds.  Yum!

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Grapefruit Vinaigrette

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1/4 c. grapefruit juice (1/2 of a large grapefruit)
  • 1/4 c. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 – 2 tsp. honey
  • 1 tsp. salt

Step:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a jar.  (I use a mason jar.)
  2. After placing a lid on the jar, shake the jar until the ingredients are combined.
  3. Use on your favorite salad.
  4. Store in the fridge for 3 to 4 days.

Happy eating,
Traci

Do It Yourself – Spreads, Sauces, and Breads

This is my last installment of reviewing my Do It Yourself blog posts.  This DIY post features the spreads, sauces, and breads on my blog.

Sauces and Spreads

applesauce
Homemade Applesauce

Homemade Applesauce

 

Homemade pumpkin butter

root beer
Root beer Barbecue Sauce
Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
thousand island
Thousand Island Sandwich Spread

Breads

homemade baking mix
Homemade Baking Mix and Pancakes
homemade tortilla
Homemade Tortillas

I’ve created  a page with all the Do It Yourself posts for easy access.  Click on the picture below to go to the page.Do It Yourself.

Happy Eating,
Traci

Pressure Cooker Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

The other day I went an event.  They served frozen lasagna.  It made me crave homemade lasagna so I decided make some.    I asked Hubby to get me the ingredients for my lasagna.  Rather then using store bought sauce, I decided to use my spaghetti sauce recipe.  I adapted the recipe for the pressure cooker.

The kitchen smelled amazing as it cooked!  This is an easy recipe to put together.  If you don’t want to use the pressure cooker, click on the link to the original recipe.

I use an Electric Pressure Cooker.Pressure Cooker Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Pressure Cooker
Homemade Spaghetti Sauce

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 (28 oz.) or 2 (14.5 oz.) can of crushed tomatoes
  • 1/4 c. water
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. Italian seasoning
  • 2 Tbsp. minced garlic
  • 1 Tbsp. beef granules
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. white sugar or shredded carrots (reduces acidity and adds sweetness to the sauce)

Steps:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in the pressure cooker.
  2. Place the lid on the pressure cooker.
  3. Set the setting to pressure cook and the time to 10 minutes.
  4. After the sauce is done cooking, allow the pressure cooker to release the steam naturally for 10 minutes and then release the rest of the pressure.
  5. Carefully remove the lid to the pressure cooker.
  6. Enjoy over your favorite pasta!

Do It Yourself – Spices and Other Random Kitchen Tips

Making your own spice blends is so easy.  You can customize the amount of the spices.  Hubby doesn’t really like cumin so I put on a trace amount in my taco seasoning.  He enjoys when I make tacos because he knows it’s customized to his liking.  I haven’t bought taco seasoning in years.

Here are some of the spice blends I’ve shared over the years.

 

Spice Blends:

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Pumpkin Pie Spice
Homemade Ranch Dressing
Homemade Ranch Dressing

Other Kitchen Hacks:

brown sugar
DIY Brown Sugar
Pumpkin Puree
Pumpkin Puree

 

Here are the other Do It Yourself blog posts.

Drinks and Coffee Creamers

Breakfasts

Desserts and Snacks

Happy Eating,
Traci

Do It Yourself -Snacks and Desserts

I’ve been revisiting my Do It Yourself posts from the past 5.5 years of this blog.  I’ve already revisited my DIY Drinks and Coffee Creamers  and Breakfasts.

Today I’m going to revisit my Do It Yourself snacks and desserts. Continue reading “Do It Yourself -Snacks and Desserts”

Do It Yourself – Breakfast Version

Today I’m featuring my Do It Yourself Breakfast version.

For my DIY Drinks and Coffee Creamers, click on this link.

Pumpkin Spice Cream Cheese

apple cinnamon instant oatmeal

Granola

Gingerbread Granola
Gingerbread Granola
Almond Joy Granola
Almond Joy Granola
white chocolate granola
White Chocolate Granola
pumpkin granola
Pumpkin Granola
apple crisp granola
Apple Crisp Granola

Mixes

Instant Oatmeal Mix

All Star Muffin Mix

homemade baking mix
Homemade Baking Mix and Pancakes

Happy Eating,
Traci

Do It Yourself Drinks and Creamers

I’ve only got 3 responses to my Poll so far.  I asked what recipes you would look like to be posted on this blog.

One of the responses asked for more Do It Yourself Convenience Foods.  I already have a bunch of DIY recipes on my blog.  So I’m going to share some of those recipes.

Today I’m sharing coffee creamers and drinks.  Later I’m going to share other DIY convenience foods.

Coffee Creamers:

cinnamon bun creamer

peppermint mocha creamer

Eggnog Coffee Creamer
Eggnog Creamer

Gingerbread creamer

Honey Vanilla Creamer

Drinks:

Hot Chocolate Mix #2

Hot Chocolate Mix

pumpkin spice latte

pumpkin spice latte
Pumpkin Spice Latte (another version)
Iced coffee
Iced Coffee

Happy Eating,
Traci

Cinnamon Bun Coffee Creamer

I’ve been loving making homemade creamers.  They are easy to make and delicious.

This one tastes like a cinnamon bun.  Yum!

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Cinnamon Bun Coffee Creamer

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1/2 c. milk, half & half, or heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 c. condensed milk
  • 2 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. cinnamon

Steps:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a mason jar.
  2. Place the lid on the jar.
  3. Shake the jar until the ingredients are well combined.
  4. Use a Tbsp. or 2 in your coffee.

Notes:

  • Use the creamer within a week or a week and a half.
  • Shake up the creamer each time you use it.

 

Peppermint Mocha Creamer – Christmas Making and Baking

I’m enjoying making new creamers now that I got the ratio of milk/ half & half/ or heavy whipping cream to condensed milk.

This creamer needs to be warmed up so that the cocoa is dissolved.  I ended up having to strain the non dissolved cocoa so there isn’t any lumps left in it.

As you can see from my pictures, some of the cocoa did not dissolve.

peppermint mocha creamer Continue reading “Peppermint Mocha Creamer – Christmas Making and Baking”

Eggnog Creamer

If I could describe this creamer, I would say yum!

I made a batch of this on Monday evening.  The next morning, my coffee maker decided not to work.  :(  Finally my husband was able to get it to work on Wednesday afternoon.  We don’t know why it stopped working and why it began to work once again.  Crazy.

Wednesday evening, I was able to have a cup of coffee with this creamer.  It was even better then on Monday.

Continue reading “Eggnog Creamer”

Gingerbread Coffee Creamer

It costs $4.25 for a tall (small) Starbucks’ gingerbread latte.  You can make this creamer for half that price.  You’ll get the same great flavors found in gingerbread.

Molasses, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger are flavors you associate with gingerbread.  So those are the flavors I put into my homemade creamer.

Continue reading “Gingerbread Coffee Creamer”

Honey Vanilla Creamer

I made this for my coffee and then shared it with Hubby.  Hubby loves the flavor combination.

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Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 (14 oz.) can of condensed milk
  • 1 3/4 c. heavy cream or milk
  • 1/4 c. honey
  • 2 tsp. vanilla

Steps:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a mason jar or some other type of jar.
  2. Shake the ingredients until combined.  (I shake it up each time I use the cream.)
  3. Use about 1 Tbsp. or more in your coffee.
  4. Enjoy!

Happy Eating,

Traci

Homemade Hot Chocolate – Christmas Making and Baking

This is our family’s newest favorite hot chocolate.  The boys drink it with marshmallows or my homemade whipped cream.  The Imaginative One also loves to sprinkle cinnamon on his hot chocolate.

I’m sure you will love this hot chocolate as much as my family.

Hot Chocolate MixHomemade Hot Chocolate

adapted from Add a Pinch

Stars of the recipe:

  • 3 1/2 c. sugar
  • 2 1/4 c. cocoa powder
  • 2 tsp. salt

Steps:

  1. Combine all ingredients in an air tight container.

To prepare the hot chocolate:

  1. Pour 1 cup of milk into a mug.
  2. Add 2 Tbsp. of the mix.  Stir.
  3. Microwave for 45 seconds.  Stir.
  4. Microwave for 45 more seconds.  Stir.
  5. Enjoy!

We like it with homemade whipped cream and marshmallows.

To make it for a Christmas present:

Place 10 Tbsp. of the mix and 1/2 c. mini marshmallows in a bag with directions on how to prepare the mix.

Happy eating,
Traci

Homemade Whipped Cream

My family loves homemade whipped cream.  We eat it on desserts such as the crockpot caramel apple crisp or put it on fancy coffee drinks such as pumpkin spice latte.

This is an easy recipe.  Actually I usually start the whipped cream in the mixer while I’m finishing up other dishes.  Don’t worry I still keep an eye on it.

I use my Kitchen Aid to make the whipped cream with the whisk attachment. You could make this with a hand mixer also.

Homemade Whipped Cream

Homemade Whipped Cream

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 c. heavy whipping cream
  • 2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. vanilla extract

Steps:

  1. Place all 3 ingredients in the mixing bowl.
  2. Starting on the lowest speed, whip up the whipping cream.
  3. After 2 minutes, increase to a higher speed.
  4. Whip for approximately 3 more minutes until there are peaks and it holds its form.
  5. Enjoy on your favorite dessert, fancy drink, or even it’s own.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Syrup and Latte and 31 Days of Slow Cooking Recipes

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Today I’m going to link up with one of the recipes from my blog.  Did you know you can prepare oatmeal in the slow cooker?  A hot and delicious breakfast will be ready for you in the morning.

It’s pumpkin season.  Once fall hits, it seems as though there is pumpkin spiced everything.  So today’s slow cooking recipe is a pumpkin pie oatmeal cooked in the slow cooker.  Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal sounds delicious!

While eating the oatmeal, I can use the remaining pumpkin puree to make a pumpkin spiced lattes.

I love drinking Pumpkin Spiced Lattes from Starbucks but at over $4 for a cup, it’s more economical to make your own.

This is an easy recipe that takes less than 10 minutes to prepare.

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Pumpkin Spice Latte Syrup

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 c. water
  • 3/4 c. brown sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. pumpkin puree
  • 2 Tbsp. pumpkin spice blend (homemade or store bought)

Steps:

  1. In a microwaveable bowl, combine the water and brown sugar.
  2. Microwave the water and sugar in the microwave for 4 to 5 minutes until boiling.
  3. Carefully remove from the microwave.
  4. Add the pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice blend.
  5. Blend until the pumpkin and spices are dissolved.
  6. Enjoy in a coffee, hot black tea, or in a latte.
Adding the pumpkin spice blend
Adding the pumpkin spice blend
Adding the pumpkin spice blend
Adding the pumpkin spice blend

During the summer, I discovered a way to “froth” my milk without any special equipment.  It only takes a few minutes to “froth” the milk in order to have a delicious treat.

Pumpkin spice latte
Pumpkin spice latte

Pumpkin Spice Latte

Stars of the recipe:

  • 1 to 2 Tbsp. pumpkin spice syrup
  • 3/4 to 1 c. brewed strong coffee
  • 1/4 c. to 1/2 c. milk
  • whipped cream
  • pumpkin spice blend

Steps:

  1. Brew the coffee.
  2. While the coffee is brewing, pour milk into a jar.  Place a lid on the jar.
  3. Shake the jar for 1 to 2 minutes,
  4. Take the lid off the jar.
  5. Place the jar in the microwave.  Microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute.
  6. To make the latte, pour the pumpkin spice latte syrup in a mug.  Then the coffee.  Finally the “frothed” milk.
  7. Enjoy!

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Happy Eating,
Traci

Pumpkin Pie Spice

Fall means the flavors of pumpkin and apples.  Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves are the spices that are often found in dishes made during the fall.  I love those flavors and smells.

I’m going to share a few recipes that use pumpkin pie spice.  You can either buy a container of pumpkin pie spice or make your own.  It’s more economical to make your own.  And it’s easy!

Spices ready to go
Spices ready to go
Pumpkin Pie Spice
Pumpkin Pie Spice

Pumpkin Pie Spice

Stars of the recipe:

  • 3 Tbsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1-1/2 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1-1/2 tsp. ground allspice (I don’t have it pictured.)

Steps:

  1. In a bowl, combine all of the spices.
  2. Store in a small container or jar.