Homemade Brown Sugar (Using Demerara or Turbinado Sugar)

Turbinado and Demerara sugar are delicious alternatives to white table sugar. Both have larger crystals and naturally have a hint of carmel flavor.  I started using Demerara in my coffee and mmmmmmmm. They also has more trace minerals than the regular variety so if I am going to use sugar, I try to use turbinado or Demerara. Many…

Homemade Play dough or “Play-Doh”

The weather here has been much chillier than usual. We love it, but taking a toddler and a newborn outside in 32 degree rain is not recommended. So we are working in our indoor fun- hence the play dough. It was a super simple fun project for my little one and I to do in…

Delightfully Rich Hot Chocolate L’Orange (Or Mocha!)

Hot chocolate. Or mochas. Yes, yes please. I love the process of heating up a little milk in a pan, then gently whisking sweetness and rich chocolate and then deciding what to do next. This time, I added even more chocolate, then added orange zest. Good, good plan. To sweeten, I used coconut sugar (just…

DIY Antibacterial Lemongrass Dishwashing Liquid

I love the smell of lemongrass, it smells fresh, citrusy and is reminiscent of the high-end candles I like to smell at various pottery barn type stores. It is actually one of the more affordable essential oils, at less than $5 for a small container. This dishwashing liquid works really well, smells great and costs…

Make Your Own Healthier Mexican Mocha (Or Warm Spiced Mocha)

Mmmmmm. Does the phrase Mexican Mocha mean anything to you? The basics are usually cinnamon, nutmeg and cayenne added to a rich mocha base, a little chocolatey spice for your morning. Coffee shops in Texas almost all have some version of this. California was a little hit or miss. I realized how easy it’s been…

Make Your Own DIY Cold Brewed Coffee Concentrate (French Press Method)

French press coffee is absolutely, positively wonderful. It requires no electricity and the flavors of the coffee are really brought out by the steeping method. I love it hot, but have found it maybe even more enjoyable (personally) cold. Cold brewed french press is the best of all worlds, it’s easy, cheap and yummy. If…

Make Your Own Coffee Concentrate or Espresso (Moka Pot Method)

Cold brew and coffee concentrate are not the same method of making coffee, but at times they are both included in one product. Cold brew implies no heat being added and coffee concentrate is a very strong coffee to be used in a multitude of ways. I love cameleon cold brew, but four servings costs…