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.
Raspberry Simple Syrup
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?
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 myspaghetti 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.
Homemade Spaghetti Sauce
Stars of the recipe:
1 (28 oz.) or 2 (14.5 oz.) can of crushed tomatoes
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.
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.
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.
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)
In a microwaveable bowl, combine the water and brown sugar.
Microwave the water and sugar in the microwave for 4 to 5 minutes until boiling.
Carefully remove from the microwave.
Add the pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice blend.
Blend until the pumpkin and spices are dissolved.
Enjoy in a coffee, hot black tea, or in a latte.
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
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
pumpkin spice blend
Brew the coffee.
While the coffee is brewing, pour milk into a jar. Place a lid on the jar.
Shake the jar for 1 to 2 minutes,
Take the lid off the jar.
Place the jar in the microwave. Microwave for 45 seconds to 1 minute.
To make the latte, pour the pumpkin spice latte syrup in a mug. Then the coffee. Finally the “frothed” milk.