Friday Favorites: Starting the Weekend Early

Happy Friday!!

This weekend is a nice, extra long weekend for me πŸ™‚ YAY for an extra day off!!

Here is a little glimpse at my day and some of my favorite things that I did on my Friday off.

Guess who is training for a half marathon?! It’s happening in just under a month. So… I’ve been doing some practice half marathons around my neighborhood. And by some, I mean two. This is my second one. It think my legs are slowing starting to catch on to this long distance running thing.

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What is a day off without a treat! After my run I stopped for a coffee and then headed over to the library to renew my library card. Turns out library cards are now free! YES! Books, books, and more books!!

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And last but not least, a trip to Costco. You are looking at a brand new Costco member!!

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Well. If you’re trying to find me, I’ll be reading my library books and enjoying my first purchase as a Costco member!

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Enjoy your weekend!

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Friday Favorites: A Mountain Getaway

imageWe are already one week into 2016!

I’m still getting used to writing 16 instead of 15… oh well, I’m really liking 2016 so far!!

One week in, and the highlight of 2016 so far has been celebrating our Anniversary πŸ™‚

So, of course this Friday’s Favorite is all about our getaway to the mountains this past weekend.

The mountains are always so breathtaking!! I love seeing them on my drive to work, but its even better getting to see them up close!

imageOne of my absolute favorite thing about being on vacation is resting and sleeping in; on our trip we thoroughly enjoyed lazy mornings!!

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We are both big coffee coffee fans, so it was a treat to have our days started off with coffee dates.

AND we had our fair share of treats. YUM!! We found this amazing little french bakery and the treats were to die for. It was so hard to decide what to choose!image

We went on a few fancy dinner dates, and left completely stuffed. I love the chance to get to dress up!

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We even braved the cold one of the days to enjoy the mountains, the outdoors, and see some ice sculptures. The ice castle was so neat πŸ™‚ and we attempted to sit on the ice throne, but just kept slipping off!!

For some reason we thought the weather was going to be ‘nice’. Nope. It was freezing. We had to keep taking breaks to go inside out of the cold to warm up, and we eventually got hot chocolate to sip on in the hopes it would warm us up a bit. By the end of the day my husband had transferred all of his extra layers of clothes to me, he is THE BEST. But I’ve learned my lesson, next time more layers!! Despite the cold we had so much fun walking around and taking in the beauty of the mountains.

image This trip was definitely the highlight of this week and a great way to celebrate our 2nd anniversary ❀

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Such a great start to 2016 πŸ™‚

Happy Friday!

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A Sweet Treat for Your Tuesday: French Vanilla Coffee Creamer

imageIt’s Tuesday!! Does anyone else lose track of the days between Christmas and New Years?

Around here Tuesday normally means some sort of cookies, cake or treat.

Well… we currently have an abundance of baked goodies around our home! And on-top of that we have atleast 6 boxes of chocolates…which means… there is no need to add to all the desserts, considering how many we already have… so instead I’m sharing this super simpleΒ  DIY Vanilla Coffee Creamer to sweeten up your morning coffee.

With vacation days between Christmas and New Years, I love to take an extra few minutes to enjoy a good cup of coffee. And I am a huge fan of these DIY coffee creamers!

I made some peppermint chocolate coffee creamer just before Christmas and we thoroughly enjoyed it; drinking every last drop! So, its time for some more!! And why not go for classic vanilla?!

This recipe is by far the simplest out of the other DIY coffee creamers I’ve shared… and tastes amazing!

Here’s how you make this French Vanilla Creamer:

DIY French Vanilla Coffee Creamer

Add a bit of whipped cream to top it off your coffee and enjoy!!

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Happy Tuesday!!

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A Sweet Treat for Your Tuesday: DIY Peppermint Chocolate Coffee Creamer

imageThe count down continues!!

3 days to go!!!

I don’t know about you but an absolute favorite treat for me are the specialty coffee drinks that come out around Christmas time.

My all time favorite: The Peppermint Mocha.

Going out and buying these Christmas coffees can start to add up… so, here is a simple DIY Peppermint Chocolate Coffee Creamer that makes it possible to have your very own at home Peppermint Mocha!!

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Here is what you need to make the Coffee Creamer:

  • 1 cup of Milk (use whatever you have at home)
  • 1 can of Sweeten Condensed milk
  • 2 heaping tbsps of Cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp of vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp of peppermint favoring

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All youΒ  need to do is pour everything into a bowl and whisk it all together. Simple!!

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You will REALLY need to whisk to get the cocoa powder incorporated, so give it some time.

Once your creamer is all done, its time to make a Peppermint Mocha! All you need now is to put DIY creamer into a cup of coffee… and add some toppings to make it extra festive πŸ™‚

YUM!!! This is so good! I was really impressed by just how chocolaty and sweet this creamer is… and with just the right amount of peppermint πŸ™‚

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Its highly likely that I will be making this coffee creamer ever AFTER Christmas has passed!! It is so good!!!

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Merry Christmas!

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Fall Flavors: Pumpkin Spice Coffee Creamer

IMG_5310In my opinion some of the best things about fall are all the warm flavors that go along with the season.

Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, apple…

And what is better than mixing some of these wonderful flavors with coffee!!

I love the treat of having a pumpkin spice latte…

…So why not come up with someway to have those yummy flavors in my coffee everyday!?!

I did some looking around and there are a whole bunch of different ideas on how to get those sweet and spicy pumpkin flavors at home. So after reading through a bunch of different recipes, I came up with my own!!

I’ve made my own coffee creamer before, and it was super good, so I figured I would wing while keeping a the basics of making your own coffee creamer in mind (aka milk/cream, sweeten condensed milk or evaporated milk and then your flavors). And it turned out SO good!!

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Here is my recipe:

pumpkin spice recipe

Perfectly sweet and pumpkin-y with just that right amount of spice!!!

The best way to add fall flavors into your day!!

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I’ve been adding my pumpkin spice coffee creamer to my coffee all week πŸ™‚

Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I am!!

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