19 October 2014

Coffee and Cream

If you drink your coffee with store bought creamer (I do!), have you ever taken the time to read the label? Store-bought creamers are kinda gross, as a general rule. They contain artificial ingredients, not to mention ingredients like corn syrup and partially hydrogenated oils. yuck. Its time to break up with chemical filled coffee creamers!

I have really been meaning to start making my own coffee creamer or switch to just using 1/2 and 1/2, but every time I search for recipes to make my own, they include sweetened condensed milk for part of the base...no thanks!

Well, I recently found a very basic recipe that I am pretty excited to try out.
 
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup half and half
  2. 1 1/2 cups milk (non fat, 1%, or 2%, personal preference)
  3. 2 tbsp. sugar (optional)
  4. 1 tbsp. pure vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. In a medium sauce, over low heat, add half and half, milk and sugar. Whisk until sugar is dissolved and bubbles start to appear on the sides of the pan; about 10 minutes.
  2. Take pan off of heat and whisk in vanilla extract. Let cool and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator. This will last about a week or more.
  3. Adjust sweetness to taste.
My only hesitation is that I would like to find a recipe that doesn't involve cooking. Am I being silly? I really should just start buying Plain Jane 1/2 and 1/2 for our coffee and just add a splash of vanilla. I just feel like I could save some money if I made creamer instead of having to buy it!
 
Thoughts?

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18 October 2014

Fall, DIY, and Pinterest.

There is something about the change from summer to fall that makes me feel like crafting. I have this crazy notion that I should start brainstorming Christmas gifts so they are extra thoughtful and I won't feel rushed in two months. Plus Nates 30th is in December and I really want to throw him a party. With projects on my mind (Should I quilt? Should I craft? Presents? What should I make?!), I naturally took to pinterest for inspiration. 5 hours later, I came out of the rabbit hole and here is what I came up with....what I plan to bring for Thanksgiving dinner this year! (not what you expected me to say?)

(but without the barley, that seems totally unnecessary)
 
Or, should I go with brussles and bacon?
You're right, I should probably do both.



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17 October 2014

Bloody Mary's

I have been on a real bloody mary kick recently, it seems to be the beverage of choice on football Sunday around our house. The only thing I really look for in a store bought mix is the right ingredient label (as per usual). I want the mix to be made from ingredients I can pronounce and buy in a grocery store- and so many mixes are full of preservatives and nastiness.

Anyway, all that to say we were invited to a bloody mary making competition this upcoming Sunday for the Seahawks game so I am trying my hand at making a bloody mary!

I started by finding a bacon habanero infused vodka recipe. That's right, I am bringing my A game to this friendly competition. I whipped up a batch last night, despite the recipe claiming that it needs to sit for 7 days... I have about 2.5 so that will have to do, haha.

Also, it better taste delicious because the infusing jar looks really gross right now. Bacon debris/grease floating about with peppers and pepper seeds. It's pretty murky in there, folks. I wont show you what it looks like, but just consider yourself warned if you try to make your own batch.

Here is the recipe and the online image (not an accurate representation of what's sitting on my counter...). Bacon and Habanero Infused Vodka



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Update: The vodka turned out excellent! Straining twice with cheesecloth was a must. The only thing I would change about the recipe is how long it says to let the mixture nfuse. I had my jar sitting around for about 2 and a half days but by the time I tasted it Sunday morning, it was the spiciest vodka ever, like not of this world spicy.  Why in the world would you let it infuse for a whopping 7 days?! That's madness. I might try letting it sit just one day next time, and nix the bacon. The bacon did add a hint of a smoky flavor to the vodka, but it was lost in the bloody mary. I say just infuse with the peppers.

12 October 2014

Church

I struggle with sticking with one voice when I blog. Generally, I feel like blogs are either personal (similar to a modern diary) or it has a more professional voice (recipes, fashion, topics). I want to do both but I don't feel like I have found the middle of my ideal blog venn diagram.

On that note, lets go full personal.

In the 10 years we have lived here, Nate and I still haven't found a home church in Seattle. We shop around a bit but haven't found one that we really want to stay with. I think it can be hard (for me) because I was raised as a pastors kid, and I struggle with comparing every church we visit here to my home church in Yakima (where my Dad pastors). I've never had a pastor who isn't my Dad nor have I ever had a different role within the church other than pastors kid. We are approaching a time of transition with my Dad's church, combined with a desire to find a home church in Seattle before we have kids, the eagerness to find a church to call home has been increasing around the Feltner household.

Why am I sharing this?

I want to be intentional in cultivating the desires I have for life. Plus we went to a really special church this morning - I am feeling very thankful about the possibilities there and hopeful we will soon find a Seattle church to call ours.

Now, to watch football. Happy Sunday!

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