Coconut Coffee Creamer Fail

I started drinking coffee in my late teens.  I worked in a store with people, mostly older than myself, who always had a pot going in the break room.  I started adding a little to my hot cocoa, then pretty soon I was adding a little cocoa to my coffee.  One day, the cocoa disappeared.  One thing that has remained constant all those years is that I cannot drink it black.  I want to, but I’m just a sugar and cream kind of girl. 

I especially love the flavored, bottled liquid creamers, but I’m pretty picky about the flavors.  Hazelnut – no.  Anything mint – no.  Fruit flavors – definitely no.  All of the vanilla, caramel and some Irish cream are on the yes list.  The fact that I made snowmen out of some of my creamer bottles might be a sign that I buy a lot of the stuff.

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I recently found one I like where I can actually pronounce all of the ingredients, but I’ve wanted to try making my own. 

There are lots of websites and blogs with recipes, but they all seem to be pretty similar to the ones I found at SheKnows.  They start with sweetened condensed milk, which I would eat with a spoon if it was socially acceptable, and whole milk.  I’m sure that they are delicious, but I went a different direction.  That’s where things went awry.

I wanted to make coconut creamer.  And I didn’t want to use whole milk.  I had a can of cream of coconut and some coconut-almond milk.  It made sense in my head.

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I put all the ingredients in a jar and shook it for a while.  Pretty, right?

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I stuck it in the fridge for the night.  The next morning, it looked like this.

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Not so pretty anymore, and frankly, a little unappetizing.  I wasn’t ready to give up yet though, so I shook it until I was dizzy.  Coconut cream has a high fat content, so those solids in the bottom weren’t going away.  I decided I didn’t need that fat anyway, so I measured a tablespoon, the amount of creamer I usually use, off the top. 

Just for comparison, this is what my coffee normally looks like.

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This is what my coffee looked like with my homemade coconut creamer.

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The only way you could tell I had added something was the shiny layer of grease on top.  Yum.

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Needless to say, I went back to my bottled creamer.  I might attempt it again sometime and actually follow the recipe.  For now, I’m rationalizing my store-bought creamer by saying I need the bottles if I’m going to make more snowmen!

Friday Favorites–Weddings

Next Wednesday, June 29th, my husband and I will be celebrating our 20th wedding anniversary.  It’s been 20 great years, but it feels like it was only yesterday that we were two kids, heading off to start our life together.  Now we HAVE two kids and a lot of road behind us.  There was really no choice in my favorites this week.  It had to be weddings.

We were married back in the days of the white guest book and feather pen.  I’m kinda glad to see we’ve moved on.  This Birthday Calendar Guestbook from The Bright Life is pure genius.

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Wedding or not, this Tree Pedestal Cake Stand from OnceWed is beautiful.

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This Embroidered Love Pillow from Growing Home would be a fun bridal shower activity and a lovely gift for the bride.

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It might be worth it to have this many bridesmaids just to make this rainbow.  And all the flowers match!  From The Knotty Bride.

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Coffee Bean Favor Bags from Intimate Weddings.  How do I get invited?

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For some reason, I just love the idea of these Mini Pinata Favors from Ruffled

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I don’t remember ever seeing Save the Date cards before I got married.  If I were going to have some though, I’d want them to be just like these from Weddingbee.

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There’s just something elegant about a black and white wedding cake.  Add some red, like this one shown on Project Wedding, and I might swoon a little. 

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I’ve noticed a trend toward smaller veils lately.  This Mini Veil from Emmaline Bride is just right.

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I love flowers, and especially wedding flowers, but whoever came up with bridesmaids carrying clutches instead was brilliant.  Etsy seller jennalou06 offers a Design Your Own option.

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My New Desk Set

As part of my office beautification project that started last week with my husband’s new coaster, I finally made myself a Mug Mat.  I’ve made lots of these at this point, but didn’t own one.  I was still using a sad little woven coaster my daughter made a LONG time ago.  Even she was ready to see it go.

I think we all spend at least a little time at the computer these days, but writing a blog, running an online shop and learning how to better edit my photos puts me in front of it probably more than average.  Therefore, the need for some pretty accessories was great.

Because my kids are a black belt and a nearly-black belt, I have a stack of karate-themed fabric in my sewing room.  I also have lots of law enforcement themed yardage, thanks to my husband and now my kids’ developing interest in following in his footsteps.  I rarely find any that reflects my own interests, so when I spotted some red, black and white sewing-themed fabric, I bought some just on principle.  Turned out, it made a perfect Mug Mat.

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Of course, I felt I needed a matching Coffee Cup Sleeve, in spite of the fact that I almost always drink my coffee from a Fiesta mug that it won’t even fit around.  I might have to throw it in my purse for my frequent occasional Starbucks visits.

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After I got the first side of these cut out, I grabbed one of the fabrics I had already used to cut out the backs.  Luckily, before I put scissors to fabric, I had an epiphany.  The backs could be completely different...these are for me, I can do whatever I want!

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I’ve been looking for an excuse to put red and turquoise together and I’m afraid I like this side better than the sewing prints.  That’s ok – my attention span is short.  The other side will be my favorite next week.

 

Because of the size of the strips I used to make these, I was able to cut two coffee cup sleeves from each combination.  If you’d like one of your own, they can be found in my Etsy shop.  Unlike mine, the two sides coordinate with each other!

First Anniversary Winners–What Did They Get?

Last post about my blogiversary.  Promise.  I just wanted to show you what I made for the two charming ladies whose names were drawn.  (Linda, if you haven’t received yours yet, and don’t want to see it, stop reading!)

Sue said she liked the Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeves and had found herself drawn to pinks and browns lately, so I made her this:

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The other side of the sleeve is striped, like the mat.  I couldn’t just make her a little sleeve, so the mat was a bonus.  Sue already received this in the mail and seems quite happy with it.  Which makes me happy too.

Linda promised to keep her Forever Fabric Flowers dusted and even suggested she might get them to grow.  Here’s how they came out:

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The day I finished this, it was sort of snowing at my house, but more just dark and gloomy.  It was hard to part with these, but Linda was so sweet I couldn’t help it.

Thank you Sue and Linda, for entering and being such cheerful and enthusiastic winners and thank you all, one last time, for sharing the last year with me.  Time to move on to new projects!

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Oval Mug Mat Winner

I promised a drawing and I have a winner!  I know what you’re going to say, and yes, I know about the website that will randomly generate a number for you, I just didn’t use it.  I went old-school.  I printed all of the entries on paper, folded them up and threw them in an old canning jar.  Then I stuck my hand in and pulled one out.  After a Pooh with his hand in the honey jar moment, I’m happy to announce the winner of the Oval Mug Mat and matching Reversible Coffee Cup Sleeve is…

Diane! 

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I’ll be sending them off to her and hopefully she’ll enjoy them!  Diane has an adorable website of her own at All In Stitches.  She’s completed and reviewed several sewing patterns from other websites.  It’s always nice to see a real-world view of something before you make it yourself.  Congratulations Diane and thanks for your entry! 

Diane is still eligible to win the First Anniversary Giveaway drawing on Saturday as well.  Are you?  If you haven’t entered, visit the post here and leave a comment.  There are other ways listed there to gain more entries.  Don’t wait, it’s almost time to draw the winners!