3 S'mores Inspired Holiday Drinks


'Tis the season for all the hot and cozy drinks!  This is my favorite time of year to cozy up with a yummy warm drink - whether shared or alone.  When I think back to some of my fondest moments with friends, it is quite often that it was shared over a hot cup of coffee or tea.  I love that the simple act can bring people together and that with a few easy ingredients I can even create these moments at home.


Even in my current season of life - home bound with a little one in a new town - having a warm drink to savor come nap time or at the end of the day is such a treat for my taste buds as well as my spirit.  There is a calmness and pampering with each sip.

I have always been a make your own drink at home kind of girl.  I love having new and festive combinations to serve to guests as well as just for myself.  So whether you are serving a crowd or just need a little midweek pick me up, I have three delicious s'mores inspired recipes to share today!


All the recipes are made with Torani Sugar Free S'mores Syrup which makes them simple, easy, and delicious!  #AToraniHoliday


Smores Latte

Nothing seems fancier than pouring frothed milk over your coffee!  Taking the time to steam or froth milk is definitely worth it for that coffee shop luxury! 

Ingredients:
1 cup of coffee
2 tablespoons Torani Sugar Free S'mores Syrup
1/2 cup of milk (more or less depending on the ratio of coffee to milk you like)

Make your coffee and pour in a cup.  Combine milk and Torani Sugar Free S'mores Syrup in a separate cup.  Heat milk in the microwave for 30-60 seconds.  Use a frother to froth milk (or steamer if you have one).  Pour frothed milk over coffee.


Smores Hot Chocolate

We love a good cup of hot cocoa around here!  For this recipe you can use any type of hot chocolate.  This concoction is definitely a sweet one but if you love hot chocolate like we do, this will not dissapoint!

Ingredients:
1 cup/serving of hot chocolate (packet, instant coffee machine, etc)
2 tablespoons Torani Sugar Free S'mores Syrup
Whipped Cream
Graham Cracker and Chocolate for garnish

Make your hot chocolate in a cup.  Pour in Torani Sugar Free S'mores Syrup.  Top with whipped cream.  And if you are feeling really fancy include a piece of graham cracker and chocolate!  Yum!



S'mores Steamed Milk

Of all the drinks this one is probably my favorite.  It is so simple yet so delicious and such a nice treat at the end of the day with a cookie to dunk into!  If you haven't had steamed milk before, I encourage you to give it a try!  It's a great wind down at the end of the day treat that will make you all warm and cozy inside.

Ingredients:
1 cup of milk
1 tablespoon Torani Sugar Free S'mores Syrup

Pour milk and Torani Sugar Free S'mores Syrup into a cup.  Microwave for 60-90 seconds.  Use a frother to froth milk (or steamer if you have one).



// And in case you choose to stock up on a few Torani Syrups soon, I recommend Sugar Free Vanilla, Black Cherry, and Coconut.  These are my all time favorites.  When in need of a cold drink I will add these to diet sodas or sparkling water.  I also am known to put a dash in my protein shakes!  Yum!

Torani's got you covered for the holidays.

This holiday season, make sure to have Torani on-hand for those "spur of the moment" Holiday gatherings.  With Torani in your pantry, the possibilities are endless - so don't wait until it's too late!  Pick up a couple of your favorite holiday flavors and enjoy a stress-free season!

Torani offers unique flavors that are simple, easy to use and versatile.  Torani's original line is made with real, simple ingredients like pure cane sugar and natural flavors.  Torani offers the largest varieties of sugar free flavors that are simple, easy to use and sweetened with Splenda - so all of the flavor with none of the guilt!


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Easy Freezer Potato Wedges


We are big fans of potato wedges around here.  With a little olive oil and seasoning, this simple side dish never goes wrong.  While the recipe I have used for years is very simple, it was always a bit time consuming to cut all the potatoes before cooking.

So I set out for an easier prep process and learned how to blanch potatoes to freeze (this allows the potatoes to remain fresh tasting after being frozen).  This also cuts the baking time in about half since blanching partially cooks the potatoes.

When I bring home a giant bag of potatoes I cut, prep, blanch, and freeze the potatoes all at once so that when I am ready to make a batch I can just pull it out of the freezer and put it in the oven.

Easy Freezer Potato Wedges

Bag of potatoes
Olive oil
Seasoning (we really like using Red Robin seasoning but salt, pepper, and garlic powder also work great!)
Bowl of ice water

1. Bring a pot of water to boil - how big of a pot depends on how many potatoes you are blanching.

2. While water is starting to boil, wash and cut potatoes - I cut the potato into quarters and then cut 2-3 wedges per quarter.  This gives me about the right thickness of potato wedge I like.

3. Add cut potatoes to boiling water.  Blanch for 3-5 minutes.

4. Strain potatoes.  Add potatoes to a bowl of ice water and let sit for 5-10 minutes then drain.

5.  Once cooled, place potatoes on a baking dish and put in freezer.

6. Once frozen the potatoes can be placed in ziploc bags for storage in the freezer.

When ready to cook your frozen potatoes:

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees.

2. Line baking sheet with frozen potatoes.  Add olive oil and seasoning.  Toss until coated (you can also do this in a bowl but I like to have one less thing to clean!)

3. Bake for approximately 20-30 minutes (depending on thickness of potato).  I start checking around 20 minutes and let cook an additional 5-10 minutes, checking each time, until done.



Monthly Photo: Baby's First Year

 


Along with a weekly photo, we also documented our son's first year with a monthly photo.  It was especially fun to document some of his likes and dislikes each month giving a brief look at whatever stage he was in at the moment.  With how much they quickly change in the first year, this was such a great way to document it all!

Much like our weekly photos, I went with a similar look each month but with a different color scheme.  I used different colored blankets as the backdrop and a simple patterned onesie highlighting a monthly sticker.  I used my camera to take the photo (less blurry wiggly baby!), uploaded it to my phone, edited it in Snapseed, and then added the text using the Be Funky Photo App.  I also added a square background so that the entire image could be viewed on the square Instagram format (and why the photos have such large gaps between each other in this post!).


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