Tuesday, February 3, 2015

My Sweetest Secret | Guilt - Free Vanilla Iced Coffee


I quit sugar a little over a year ago and the hardest part for me was giving up my morning drive-thru iced coffee & lattes.  The breakup was a physical & very emotional one, so I had to quickly come up with a solid, guilt-free rebound.  After lots of desperate experimenting in the kitchen, I now have a handful of healthier drink options, including this one - my favorite.  I make this every morning & it takes just seconds.  It not only tastes better than my ol' habits - but it's much healthier too.


My sweetener of choice is this organic liquid stevia from Trader Joe's. It's safe, calorie-free, low glycemic, and 300x sweeter than sugar (so it doesn't take much).  A bottle like this can last for weeks - & I use it for so many different things!  


What I use: 

Starbucks UNSWEETENED iced coffee, over ice
(I buy mine at Target)

A splash of unsweetened almond milk, but sometimes I switch it up with these:
Cashew milk
Flax milk
or Coconut milk 
-ALL UNSWEETENED-

(You could use regular milk, I don't because it's too much sugar for me.)

A few drops of pure vanilla extract, to taste.
(I store my vanilla in an old stevia bottle with an eyedropper)

& liquid stevia, to taste.


For this 20 oz jar - I typically use half an eyedropper of vanilla & 1-2 eyedroppers of liquid stevia.

This is so simple to make, there isn't any measuring - it's all visual & made to taste.  I've made this vanilla iced coffee so many times that I don't even think about what I'm doing as I whip it up on my way out in the morning.

& no, I don't always wrap it in lace appliqu├ęs & pink twine.  




Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Hayseed Hand-Pickin's >> "In Dolly We Trust"


Rise 'n' shrine - for "hair as high as heaven"... A Dolly Parton prayer candle from the Greaser Creatures Etsy shop.  Dolly is my beauty & fashion idol.. so this candle not only landed a special place in my heart, but also on my vanity.

A few more of my hand-picked shop favorites include these prayer candles; Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn, Johnny Cash, George Jones, & Hank Williams, Sr.



Lord, hear our prayer.
     

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Fall >> Porch Planting


Planting can be a simple & beautiful way to transition from season to season.  Fall & winter are my favorite seasons to shop local farms & greenhouses >> & that's exactly what I did.  I'm finishing up the rest of this porch over the next couple of days & I can't wait to share!    

 




Friday, September 26, 2014

Feathered Votive Holders


I dressed up these simple glass votive holders with a variety of feathers, a hot glue gun, & a strip of ribbon around the bottom... 

Trim the feathers to fit the glass votive holder (at the bottom of the feather).  Run a thin strip of hot glue up the center of each feather, press feather to glass & hold until secure.  I continued this all the way around, then finished it off with a strip of ribbon along the bottom - hot-glued at each end of the ribbon.

Avoid excessive glue, as it will show through when lit with a candle.





Monday, July 28, 2014

Milk Bottle Centerpiece


Vintage milk bottle, milk glass tray, glass votive holders, candles, wildflowers; perfection...




Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Mini Cactus & Stone Garden


I'm just going to start off by saying that this project wasn't as simple as I thought:  
To plant these things, you have to touch them... 

After several attempts bare-handed, I used my coated fillet gloves (made for fishing) to plant & it seemed to help, but I still ended up picking spines out of my hands when the job was finished.  

Using a small bag of cactus/succulent potting soil mix, I planted a variety of cacti & succulents in an old galvanized trough feeder.  I topped off the soil with gold decorative rocks & scattered various other stones & brooches throughout.  It was worth every prick.  




 




   












Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Desert Dreamin'


Tiny cactus, teacup & saucer, feathers, & gold stones... A pretty little something to add to my mini desert - I'll share soon! Stay tuned.