At Home *Starbucks Inspired* Tea Latte Recipe!

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Good Afternoon Girlies!

I’ve always been a huge fan of tea but recently discovered lattes, and I’m obsessed! I’ve always thought lattes were coffee based so I was scared to try them(since I don’t like coffee), until my barista at Starbucks recommended a tea latte and now I’m hooked. Every Starbucks reward I earn I always get a Venti English Breakfast Tea Latte, but other then rewards I don’t normally purchase them for myself because they’re pretty pricey. Which is why I decided to invest in a milk frother and start making my own for a fraction of the price. I’m going to show you how to make an English Breakfast latte today, but this recipe makes an amazing London Fog as well, all you need to do is use an ‘Earl Grey’ tea bag instead!

What You’ll Need:

Tea Cup

Tea Bag (of your choice, I prefer English Breakfast)

Milk & Milk Frother (I use this one)

Vanilla Syrup (I use Starbucks Brand here)

Table Spoon

 

Directions:

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-Bring water to a boil and pour over teabag of choice

-let steep for 2 minutes (or to desired flavor) then remove bag

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-Add two tablespoons of Vanilla Flavored syrup and stir well

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-Turn on your frother and pour in about double the amount of milk you would normally put in your tea **but don’t over fill the frother because they do overflow. I usually fill just above the ‘minimum’ line on my frother.

-Once frothed, use a spoon to hold the foamy milk back and pour the warmed milk into your tea, stir, and cover with the foamy milk.

-Grab your favorite cookies, a book, and enjoy!

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Thanks so much for reading,

And have a wonderful week!

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The Best Sugar Cookie Recipe For The Holidays!!

Hi guys!!

Last week I mentioned that every year around Christmas my mom, sister and I bake up a huge batch of sugar cookies and spend a whole night decorating them. Well this passed weekend we did just that and today I’m sharing the recipe for the best sugar cookies ever!!

If you love soft baked chewy cookies you are going to love these, I promise.

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Our Famous Sugar Cookie Recipe: (Makes one batch)

Dry Ingredients:

1 cup sugar

2 cups flour

1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter

1 egg

1 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

1 tablespoon milk

Steps:

  1. When you start making the dough – first combine all the dry ingredients in one bowl and all the wet ingredients in another (separate) bowl. After that is complete then mix both bowls of ingredients together.
  2. Then divide it up by batch (if your making more then one batch) and cover in saran wrap. Keep it in the fridge over night to cool – or approx 4 hours until dough has cooled
  3. Next, roll your dough out (not too thin) using flour on the counter.
  4. Once you’ve got the dough rolled out grab your festive cookie cutters and go to town!
  5. Bake at 350 for 10(ish) minutes. You want to ensure these don’t over cook. I usually wait 8 mins and then keep an eye on them for the last few minutes.

**Depending on the thickness of the dough they may take a little shorter or a little longer then 10 minutes.

 

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Now for the best part….the decorating!

We like to make all different colours of icing just by adding food colouring to our icing recipe, which is just a bit of melted butter, milk, and icing sugar.

We don’t follow an exact recipe for this because we make so many different sizes of icing batches depending on the colour. Just keep adding icing sugar to your butter and milk mixture until you get to your desired consistency.

**You don’t want runny icing if your making designs on your cookies, so be generous with the icing sugar 🙂img_5533

I love making some of my sugar cookies into Belgium cookies by just adding some jam in the middle of two cookies and a little icing on the top! These taste amazingggg, you have to try them if you haven’t already!

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and Voila!

If you try this recipe I would love to hear what you thought of it. Hope everyone has a wonderful rest of the week.

 

 

 

 

Autumn Cookie Wreath Recipe!

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Hey guys!

Over the weekend my mom and I decided to do some baking in preparation for Thanksgiving next weekend(for Canadians). I remember my mom making a cookie wreath when I was kid and loved it, I’ve been meaning to make one myself for a few years now but just never got around to it. This weekend I didn’t have much planned so it seemed like the perfect time to try it out!

 

Sugar Cookie Recipe: 

**This recipe makes two batches for a full wreath**

1 cup Butter

2 cup White Sugar

2 Egg

2 1/2 teaspoon Vanilla

2 tablespoon Milk

4 cups Flour

3 teaspoon Baking Powder

1/2 teaspoon Salt

Bake at 350*

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Instructions:

  • Start off by pre-heating your oven to 350*
  • Mix all of your dry ingredients in a bowl and then go ahead and add your wet ingredients to the same bowl. Blend well.
  • Once you have your cookie dough, roll into three separate portions. Wrap 2 portions in saran wrap and then put in the fridge to cool for an hour (or until hard).
  • With your left over portion make your acorn cookies. I shaped mine by hand by rolling them into a ball and squishing them flat (photo below). Next I shaped the ‘cap’ of the acorn by pressing in on the sides of my flattened ball and then added a little stem and hash marks.
  • Brush cinnamon over the ‘cap’ of the acorn to give it some colour.

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  • Bake acorn cookies at 350* for 8 minutes or until desired (I like my cookies soft and chewy)
  • Next take your refrigerated dough portions from the fridge and roll flat. Cut out your leaf shaped cookies and lay on a baking sheet.
  • Bake at 350* for 7/8 minutes or until desired
  • Take some of your cookie dough scraps and roll into little balls and slightly flatten(to make berries) . Bake for 4 minutes.
  • Once all your cookies have been baked, let them cool in preparation for making the wreath!

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The best part – Time to assemble your wreath!

This can be done any way you want, I chose not to put any icing on my cookies because I didn’t think they needed it. I liked the way the neutral tones looked with the subtle hints of brown from the acorns and berries. I flipped my ‘berry’ cookies over to show the browned side as a contrast throughout!

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Thanks for stopping by!

 

 

Passion Tea Lemonade

Hey guys!

I’m sharing the perfect summer drink just in time for Canada Day long weekend! I’m sure most of you have tried the Starbucks Passion Tea Lemonade and love it because it’s so refreshing on a hot summer day (I know I do!). However Starbucks gets really expensive after a while, so I decided to make my own!

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INGREDIENTS
2 Tazo Passion Tea Bags
16 oz Water
4 oz Lemonade
2 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp Vanilla

DIRECTIONS
Boil water.
Remove from heat add tea bags, sugar and vanilla
Allow to sit for 15 minutes
Remove tea bags and refrigerate for at least 1 hour
Add Lemonade and stir thoroughly                                                                                                      *Add ice and optional berries to garnish

 

Thanks for stopping by!

 

Friday Feature/ Mini DIY

Happy Friday everyone!

Today’s post I wanted to talk about those super trendy black suede choker necklaces that everyone’s wearing right now, I think I’ve seen them for sale in every store I’ve been in lately! I love the look of them and how they remind me of when I was 7 and wore those black stretchy plastic chokers (which are actually back in fashion).

Feather Charm Choker – here / Plain Suede Choker – here /

I’ve really been wanting to buy one but I can’t get over the $15 price tag for the tiniest piece of suede. And being the crafty girl that I am,  I went to the dollar store to pick up the same suede string for $1.25 and then went to my local craft store and bought a little feather charm for $2.

 

Tadaaa almost identical necklaces for only $3.25! I tied mine at the back instead of in the front but whats great about making your own is you can wear it any way you want! You can switch it up to a ton of different looks using the same piece of suede. I’ll attach some ideas down below!

 

Thanks so much for reading! ❤

 

 

DIY Flower Planters

Hey Guys!

Today my sister (who is a major gardener) and I (definitely not a gardener) wanted to team up and do a post about how to make simple flower planters to spruce up your front porch, back patio or even your garden! Garden centers sell already-made planters for at least $30/40 a piece, sometimes even more, so we wanted to show you how to make your own for much, much less 🙂

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What You’ll Need:

  • Pots
  • Assortment of flowers

We Used:

Small Pot – Fiber Optics Plant

Medium Pot – Alyssum, Variegated Geranium

Large Pot – Sweet Potato Vine ‘Lime’, Variegated Ivy,  Dracena Spike, ‘Diamond Frost’ Euphoria, Dahlia

  • Potting Mix (as pictured)
  • Small Shovel

 

Step One: 

Fill your pots with the potting mix and then lay the flowers out in your pots. Play around with different combinations of flowers and placement until you’re happy with how it looks. You always want a few variations in height in your planters, 3 is ideal but in smaller pots 2 looks great! What I mean by that is, some plants grown downwards and drape over the pot, some grow flat across the soil and others grow upwards. Mixing different heights in your planters creates interest which makes for a more professional looking planter.

 

Step Two:

Plant your flowers! Dig a small hole with your shovel and place your flower inside, then gently fill in the rest of the hole with soil and press it into place to secure it. Repeat this step for all your flowers.

Step Three:

Give your planters some water and your all finished! The plants we used are full/partial sun plants so make sure if your using similar plants to always keep your planter in a sunny spot and water regularly.

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Thanks so much for reading, enjoy the rest of the week! ❤

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mothers Day Guide!

Since mothers day is just over a week away, I thought it would be a cute idea to put together a little gift/activity guide for mothers day! Moms do so much for us and as much as we want to show our moms how much they mean to us everyday– we don’t always do. So it’s always nice to make mothers day extra special for your mom every year!

Quality time with you is what moms want most, so my gift guide is going to be based more on things you can do together, and not so much material items.

 

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Starting the day with a Mani Pedi, followed by lattes and a little boutique shopping downtown would make the perfect mothers day for the fashionista mom!

on a budget? Give your mom an at-home manicure instead of hitting up the salon, and make her an awesome cup of tea/coffee to sip on while your doing her nails.

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My mom is a big gardener, so this has become a tradition for my sister and I to do for her every mothers day.

Take your mom to a green house and let her pick out her favorite flowers and plants, make sure to buy a bag of dirt too, because your going to be spending the afternoon filling all her empty planters and urns with fresh spring flower arrangements! Nothing makes a green thumb mom happier then seeing beautiful colours in the garden, and knowing you made those arrangements together makes it even better!

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Packing up a picnic for two (or more) and hitting the trails would be an awesome way to spend mothers day with your adventurous mom. Whether she loves hiking, biking, canoeing, rock climbing, do what she loves and bring lunch along with you!

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Sign up for a yoga class and then grab a post-workout smoothie with your zen mom! and if you really want to spoil her try getting facials together, or even try at-home facial masks to do together for a more wallet friendly option.

On a budget? Try bringing your yoga mats outside (backyard or park) and having your own yoga session without the fee!

You can even make your own smoothies using this recipe, or try using Pinterest for more options!

Strawberry Banana Smoothie:

1 Banana

6 Large Frozen Strawberries

1 Cup Milk

1 Cup Vanilla Yogurt

Splash of Water

2 Tablespoons Honey (Optional – to sweeten)

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For the mom who loves collecting pictures and scrap booking, bring over some photos that she has never seen before and spend the day scrap booking with her. Or even looking through old family photo albums together and reminiscing about old memories.

 

I hope this post helps give you an idea of what you can do with your mom next weekend, I know we’ll be busy in the garden!

Thanks for reading! ❤