Make a Homemade “Latte” in Less Than 2 Minutes

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So, you know I quit using sugar in my coffee awhile back (I know, I know, I still can’t believe it!!) and I’ve been playing around with different hot drinks.

I love this Homemade Latte recipe, but I’ve learned that I just can’t do much espresso or I’m too wired. I already tend to be a person who has a lot of energy and zest for life, so I don’t really need the extra hype that I get from having more than a tiny bit of espresso.

Plus, you know that I’m all about keeping it simple. So dragging out multiple pieces of equipment and going through multiple steps to make a latte just ain’t happening every day around here.

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But I love lattes, I really do. So I came up with an easy-peasy solution.

My easy-peasy solution is probably called some fancy name and I just don’t know it and it has been shared all over the internet. However, since I didn’t see the idea on Pinterest (Yup, can you believe that it’s possible to come up with an idea without Pinterest?!?), just humor me and pretend it’s a new idea. ;)

My Homemade “Latte” Recipe

1. Heat 2-3 Tablespoons of half and half or milk in a glass cup in the microwave for 45 to 60 seconds.

How to Make Homemade Latte

2. Use an electric frother (you can pick one of these up for just a few dollars from a place like IKEA or probably Walmart or Target. I got mine from Amazon, thanks to Swagbucks!) and froth the milk/cream for 15 to 20 seconds.

3. Pour the froth into a steaming cup of hot coffee. And ta-da! You have yourself a fancy looking”Latte” that is very low calories (it’s about 40-60 calories total if you use half and half), inexpensive, and doesn’t give you a caffeine headache or make you feel wired!

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Basically, this just requires one extra minute each morning to make and it feels like I’m drinking a super special coffee shop drink. :)

What’s your favorite coffee shop drink? Have you found a quick homemade version? If so, I’d love to have the recipe link or details so that maybe I can try it out, too!

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Make 10 Organic Freezer Meals from Costco in 60 Minutes!

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Kelly from New Leaf Wellness shows you how to make 10 Organic Freezer Meals from Costco in just 60 minutes.

Here’s what she made:

  • Two freezer bags of Italian chicken
  • Two freezer bags of Asian chicken and vegetable potstickers
  • Two freezer bags of crockpot “Monster” burgers
  • Four freezer bags of hearty tomato vegetable soup – two with chicken and two with beef

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Head on over to Kelly’s site for more details, the price breakdown, and to see pictures of the finished and cooked meals that she served her family.

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Gretchen’s $44 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

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Walmart

2 cartons Strawberries – $1.29 each

1 pkg Celery – $0.69 (Price matched to Aldi)

1 Cantaloupe – $1.29 (Price matched to Aldi)

1.03 lbs Asparagus – $0.71 (Price matched to Aldi’s $0.69/lb)

Total with tax ($0.40): $5.67

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1 Bar Keepers Friend – $1.50, used $0.75/1 printable (doubled) – Free after coupon

1 Glad Cling Wrap – $2, used $1/1 printable (doubled) – Free after coupon

2 Lance Cracker Packs – $1.67 each, used $1/2 printable (doubled) – $0.67 each after coupon

2 Rosarita Refried Beans – $1 each, used $0.40/2 printable (doubled) – $0.60 each after coupon

2 Kellogg’s Cocoa Rice Krispies – $2.50 each, used $1/2 printable (doubled) – $1.50 each after coupon (Buy 2, Receive Free Jet Puffed Marshmallows)

1 Jet-Puffed Marshmallows – $1.50, Bought 2 Cocoa Krispies – Free after sale

6 Hiland Yogurts – $0.44 each, used $1/6 printable (doubled) – $0.11 each after coupon

2 Red Bell Peppers – $0.33 each, Received $0.25 back from Checkout 51 – $0.20 each after rebate

1 Sargento Shredded Cheese – $2, used $0.50/1 printable (doubled) – $1 after coupon

Total with tax ($1.10) after coupons, sales and rebate: $8.67

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Dillons

2 gallons Dillons Milk – $1.99 each

1 bag Kroger Spinach – $2.50

1 Jello Pudding – $0.89

2 dozen Dillons Eggs – $0.99 each, received $0.50 rebate from Ibotta – $0.74 each after rebate

1 Kroger Dishwasher Detergent – $3.49, used $2/1 mailer coupon – $1.49 after coupon

1 Dishsoap – $0.99, received $0.25 rebate from Ibotta – $0.74 after rebate

1 Romaine Lettuce – $0.99

1 bag Kroger Flour – $1.49

1 Turkey Hill Ice Cream – Marked down to $1.92

2 Cucumbers – $0.50 each

2 Green Peppers – $0.50 each

1 Kroger Applesauce – $2.19

Items a part of the Mega Sale (Buy 10, Get $5 off):

1 Fritos Chips – $1.49

2 Bic Razors – $2.49 each, used 2 $3/1 coupon from the 3/8 SmartSource insert – Free plus overage after coupons

2 Prego Spaghetti Sauce – $1.49 each, used $0.40/2 coupon from the 3/1 SmartSource insert – $1.29 each after coupon

2 half gallons Kroger Orange Juice – $0.88 each

1 Nature Valley Loaf Bread – $1.49

2 Kroger Cottage Cheese – $0.88 each

Total with tax ($2.59) after coupons, sales and rebates: $30.15

Total for all grocery items: $44.49 

Menu Plan for This Week

Breakfasts

Toast & Eggs x 3

Cereal x 2

Cinnamon Pecan Coffee Cake, Orange Juice, Fruit

Oatmeal with Strawberries

Lunches

Baked Potatoes, Oranges

Turkey/Cheese/Crackers/Veggies x 2

Peanut Butter Quesadillas, Celery

Lunch at our friend’s house

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches

Leftovers

Tossed Salad/Spinach Smoothies x 5 (for me)

Dinners

Bean and Rice Soup, Biscuits

Venison Roast, Carrots, Potatoes, Banana Fudge Muffins

French Toast, Eggs, Bacon, Juice

Chicken Noodle Casserole, Tossed Salad, Peas

Chicken Fajitas, Fruit

Build Your Own Haystacks

Date Night (We’re celebrating our 6-year engagement anniversary this week!) :)

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Brigette’s $70 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6

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Aldi

1 head Cabbage – $1.29

2 4-lb bags Oranges – $4.98

2 12-oz bags Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips – $3.18

2 16-oz cartons Egg Whites – $3.98

1 2-lb bag Lemons – $2.29

2 3-ct pkgs Romaine Hearts – $3.98

1 2-lb bag Tilapia Filets – $5.49

1 bag Mini Sweet Peppers – $1.39

1 24-oz pkg Zucchini – $1.99

2 dozen Eggs – $3.50

1 16-oz bag Wild Caught Salmon – $3.89

Total: $35.96

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Target

10 boxes Mom’s Best Cereal – $10.00

4 Up & Up 2-ct pkgs Cleaning Sponges – $4.16, used $3/4 Up & Up Cleaning Products/Tools printable – $1.16/4 after coupon

4 bags Market Pantry Frozen Broccoli – $3.84, used $1/4 Target Mobile coupon, plus 5% off Market Pantry Frozen Vegetables Target Cartwheel Offer – $2.69/4 after coupons

2 12-oz cans Nestle Evaporated Milk – $1.92, used $0.55/2 printable, plus $0.50/2 Target printable, plus receive $1 back from Checkout 51 – $0.13 MM after coupons and rebate (these got put in the Harris Teeter picture accidentally – I will blame it on multi-tasking and having my children help me with unloading groceries/taking pics :))

2 15-ct pkgs Juicy Fruit Starburst Gum – $1.98, used 2 $1/1 Target printable – FREE after coupons

Used a $5 Gift Card

Total after Coupons, Taxes, Gift Card and Rebate – $8.77 

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Harris Teeter

3 bottles Pantene Shampoo – $10.00, used $5/3 Pantene Products, exp. 4/30/15 (P&G 03/29/15), plus $5/3 Harris Teeter evic – FREE after coupons

2 boxes Betty Crocker Cake Mix – $2.00, used $0.75/2 printable (doubled), plus $0.75/2 Harris Teeter evic – $0.25 MM after coupons, plus receive $0.75 back from SavingStar

3 jars Skippy Natural Peanut Butter – $6.00, used 3 $0.55/1 printable (doubled) – $2.70/3 after coupons, plus receive $0.25 back from Ibotta

2 15-oz cans Dole Sliced Pineapple – $2.00, used $0.50/2 Dole Canned Fruit, exp. 5/31/15 (SS 03/22/15 R) (doubled) – $1.00/2 after coupon, plus receive $1 back from Snap by Groupon

1 McCormick Grill Mates Hamburger Seasoning – $1.39, used $0.75/1 McCormick Spice, Herb, Extract or Food Color, exp. 4/19/15 (RP 03/15/15) (doubled) – FREE after coupon

1 2-ct package Hass Avocad0s – $1.67

2 8-oz bags Sargento Artisan Blends Shredded Cheese – $4.00, used 2 $0.50/1 printable (doubled) – $2.00/2 after coupons

2 32-oz containers Sorrento Ricotta Cheese – $5.49, used 2 $1/1 printable – $3.49/2 after coupons

1 gallon Milk – $2.99, plus receive $0.25 back from Ibotta

Total after Coupons, Taxes, and Rebates – $8.95

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Save-A-Lot

2 5-lb bags Flour – $2.98

1 5-lb bag Golden Delicious Apples – $2.99, plus receive $0.25 back from Checkout 51 – $2.74 after rebate

1 5-lb bag Granny Smith Apples – $2.99

Total after Rebate: $8.71

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Food Lion

3.56lbs of Ground Beef (@$2.49/lb) – $8.86 (also pictured is 5lbs of ground beef given to us this week by our retired butcher friend!)

Total: $8.86   

Weekly Total: $70.98

Weekly Menu Plan

Breakfasts

Cereal x 3

Easy Whole Wheat Muffins/Toast and Eggs x 2 (Veggie Omelettes for me)

Apple Baked Oatmeal (adapting this recipe) x 2

Lunches

Stir Fried Veggies over Rice, Apples x 2

Build-Your-Own-Tossed Salad Bar x 2, Crackers

Baked Potatoes with Cheese, Oranges, Carrot Sticks x 2

Leftovers

Dinners

Pan Fried Tilapia, Crispy Carrot Fries (substituting carrots for the sweet potatoes), Steamed Broccoli, Homemade Freezer Biscuits (Easy Paleo Biscuits for me)

Chicken Gravy over Brown Rice, Tossed Salad, Steamed Peas

Meat Potato Quiche (using leftover ham from the freezer), Steamed Broccoli, Easy Whole Wheat Muffins (I will make a double batch to have leftovers for breakfasts)

Venison Roast in the Crockpot, Sliced Baked Potatoes, Tossed Salad, Easy Homemade Whole Wheat Bread (recipe coming soon!)

Taco Salad, Best Spanish Rice, Oranges

Fried Egg and Cheese Sandwiches (meatless), Homemade Applesauce, Green Beans (from the freezer)

Leftovers

Snacks

Protein Smoothies or Muffin in Mug (for me), Popcorn, Chewy No-Bake Granola Bars

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Flourless Chocolate Cake recipe (+ my Trim Healthy Mama version)

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Last Friday evening, a few of us gals stole away from the homeschool conference to spend the evening at Allison’s house. She served us delicious homemade mochas and the most amazing Flourless Chocolate Cake ever.

I’d heard rumblings of this cake recipe here and there on the internet, but I’d never actually tried it. And now that I have, I understand why everyone has raved about it.

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It’s heavenly. And I knew I had to make it for my family because I was sure they’d love it, too.

However, you know me, I had to tweak the original recipe. :) I was determined to make it on plan with my Trim Healthy Mama lifestyle, so I made a few changes.

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And, because you know that life doesn’t look all Pinterest-y and perfect at our house, here’s a peek into my real-life, baking session pictures:

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I was so proud of myself for coming up with this double boiler alternative. In fact, I even considered that I should do a post about making do with what you have when you don’t own a double boiler.

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And, um, then I actually used said makeshift “double boiler”. Let me tell you, this is not a good idea. Water boiled out everywhere. Everywhere. Gratefully, it was just water or it would have been a huge mess!

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I made these right before dinner, so there was also a crock pot of meat sitting out plus some mashed sweet potatoes. And my computer balanced on the edge of the countertop so I could refer to the recipe.

{Now that I look at this picture and see how close my computer and phone were to the boiling over mess, it’s a miracle they didn’t get soaked. I can just see that Frugal Fail post… in an effort to make do without a double boiler, I ruin both my computer and my phone. Yes, I am very grateful they were spared!}

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This little guy was eager to help out!

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I realized that when you need to whisk 5 eggs in one at a time and you’re in the middle of helping kiddos with various things and answering questions and, yes, even breaking up one argument, it’s a good thing to keep the eggs in the carton and to start with a full carton. Otherwise, I would have lost track of how many I’d put in at least three different times!

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You mean you don’t have a sink full of dishes like this while you’re cooking??

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The aftermath. Yikes! I definitely wouldn’t win an award for being a Neat Cook!

Jesse was so kind to offer to clean up the kitchen after dinner. I went upstairs and laid down for a 10 minute nap… that ended up turning into a 3-hour nap! I woke up at midnight with my contacts still in and full makeup still on… whoops! Guess I was just a little bit tired!

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The final product was a winner recipe. The kids loved it. I loved it. And — score! — Jesse loved it. I believe this might be my first Trim Healthy Mama dessert recipe that got rave reviews from everyone.

It was worth the double broiler overflow incident and the messy kitchen. Well, I’m not so sure on the messy kitchen part. You’d have to ask Jesse about that. I was sound asleep dreaming of chocolate or something else pleasant like that! :)

Have you tried any new recipes this week? Any winners I should try, too? Tell us in the comments!

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