Making the perfect Caramel Macchiato with McCafe Coffee Pods

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Ever since JP has begun kindergarten in September, I have been forced to start getting up and at ‘em at the ungoldly hour of 6am because he is expected to be sitting in his classroom at 7:30am. I wish I could say I was a “morning” person, but the truth is, I am not – and neither is he. With that being said, mornings can be slightly chaotic with all the coaxing I must do to get him out of bed, brush teeth, eat breakfast, get dressed.. etc.. It goes without saying that by the time I finish making breakfast AND lunch for both him and my husband, I am ready for a cup of coffee and a moment to myself to read my morning email in peace and see what’s going on in my facebook feed.

On certain days hubby doesn’t have to go into work until later, so there’s a few days a week we get to enjoy some quiet time together and have a cup of coffee before he hustles off to work. I usually like to drink my coffee straight up black, but he prefers something sweeter with lots of cream – his favorite? A Caramel Macchiato. I got really inspired to try my at-home version when I saw some McCafe Coffee pods for sale at Walmart. They were even giving out free samples to try!

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I decided to pick up some coffee pods for use in my favorite coffee machine at home. The store I visited had both pods and bagged coffee in light, medium and dark flavors but keep your eyes peeled for the 8 different flavors they have available at Walmart. McCafe coffee is made from 100% arabica beans and grown from the rich soils and mountainous regions of the foremost coffee-growing areas of the world.

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So to begin making my caramel macchiato, I start with about 2-3 tablespoons of heavy cream depending on how much cream you like in your coffee. Then I add 2 heaping teaspoons of caramel sauce, I used the kind meant for sundaes and it worked just fine. And then add another 2 teaspoons of sugar on top of that – perfect for those people who like lots of cream and sugar!

Then I blend it up with my secret tool…. It’s a portable formula mixer, but it works beautifully at whipping up the cream so its nice and thick before the coffee is poured in.

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Then of course, the fun part – the coffee!!

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So what kind of coffee do you enjoy drinking? Do you have a secret recipe that rivals that overpriced coffee house we all love?

Making Breakfast Smile with Pepperidge Farm Apple Cinnamon Sweet Rolls

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Ever since I became a mom, weekend breakfasts for the family has been something I love to make for everyone to enjoy. There’s something about sleeping in and staying in PJ’s while you sip coffee and get food cooking that makes me happy. Our weekend breakfasts consist of the usual staples like scrambled eggs, pancakes & toast, only this time I added some extra special sweet rolls by Pepperidge Farm.

I also chose to make some chocolate crescent rolls too – they looked too good to pass up when I was doing groceries at Walmart last!

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So the conventional way says to bake them in the oven… I decided to try a different way, and got my waffle iron out to try a new & unexpected way to cook them. As it turns out, they are ready in no time because you don’t have to wait for the oven to preheat or the 15 minutes of baking time they require.

Once I popped the can, I removed the contents which was 4 rolls, apple glaze and sugar glaze. I flattened each roll slightly and placed it on my waffle iron and closed it. Since I wasn’t sure of the cooking time, I checked it after 2 minutes and it was nicely browned – that’s what you’re looking for.

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Then of course there was those chocolate crescents… I didn’t forget those!! I baked them as directed on the package. Sometimes its fun to assemble these – great fun for kids to help with too.

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Then after 18 minutes of bake time….

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Irresistible chocolatey goodness!

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Back to those apple cinnamon sweet rolls turned waffles… After they came out of the waffle iron, I spooned out the apple glaze in the center and drizzled with the white icing glaze. Because they were so warm still, the glaze and icing melted slightly making it ooey-gooey.

This went really well with some Florida OJ too!

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What are some of your favorite breakfast traditions? I’d love to hear about them!

 

Making creamy, delicious Queso For All with Velveeta Cheese and Ro*Tel tomatoes

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So the big game is coming and every weekend I like to prepare yummy snacks to enjoy while its on. Our family loves to watch football, so gathering around the TV is my favorite time for us all to bond and spend time together. As much as I like to put out the classics like chicken wings, mini sandwiches and pizza, another family favorite is when I make Queso For All with Velveeta Cheese and Ro*Tel tomatoes.

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Its a zesty, creamy mix and the flavor fuses perfectly together like peanut butter and jelly. When paired with corn chips, it makes for the perfect Sunday afternoon game time snack that can be passed around to the whole family. It doesnt stop there either – try roasting some cut up potatoes and smothering them in cheesy goodness for a delicious dinner side. Making Velveeta / Ro*Tel queso dip is so easy, anybody can do it. All you need are the 2 ingredients and a saucepan to melt it in. I start by melting the cheese, and I like to cube it up so it melts evenly.

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Once you have a nice consistency, then I add an entire can of un-drained Ro*Tel tomatoes and mix it in. I continue to stir and keep it on a low heat for an extra few minutes until its perfectly creamy…. And serve!

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While game time is my favorite time to make this creamy delicious queso dip, I don’t limit myself. After all, football season only lasts a few months! I like to also make this for social gatherings, family barbeques in the summer and birthday parties. I guarantee that this will be a crowd pleaser for even your most discerning guests!

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