My *new* Vintage Kitchen-aid and Homemade Coffee Creamer

So, it's HERE!! YAY! I have been waiting for this package for weeks and it's here!! Introducing the newest member of our family. My *new* vintage Kitchen-aid stand-mixer. It's a Hobart Solid State model which means it's AWESOME!  It's the big, menacing one, and the smaller one is my old mixer that I'm sad to say will be leaving us to go live with a new family that won't try to kill it every day.

Yes, it's beautiful, I know. She has a few nicks on her but it gives her character. Monday is my bread day so I'll put her to the test then. We spent a good part of last night cleaning and polishing her up. 35 years of grime doesn't stand a chance against a Magic Eraser!

So then I have been working on a baby clothes "Memory Quilt" for a friend of mine and I've placed the squares and gotten the overall design down and now it's sewing time! Once the rows are sewn, I'll border it, embroider the baby's name and date-of-birth, and back it! I hope I can get it done before her 1st birthday!

So tonight I tried a new "homemade" recipe. I decided to make my own coffee creamer. I. LOVE. COFFEE. and my creamer is what makes my daily cup a joy to drink. It's like sunshine in a cup and I can't wait to get out of bed every morning and drink my coffee. Now, coffee creamer isn't expensive, so that isn't my reasoning behind making my own. I'm more concerned with the fact that most coffee creamers don't contain cream...and are full of chemicals and artificial preservatives. I made Honey Vanilla creamer this round.

1 cup whole milk
1 cup heavy cream
1/4 cup honey
2 tsp vanilla extract
(You can also use 2 cups of Half-n-Half which is half milk, half cream in place of the separate milk and cream).

Heat the ingredients in a saucepan until the milk starts to steam. Remove from heat.

Let cool slightly and pour into a container and refrigerate. I saved my bottle from the creamer I finished a few days ago.

You can use the base of milk and cream and add whatever flavorings you want. Like caramel? Add 1/4 cup of caramel sauce. Or chocolate sauce...or whatever! Easy!

And I made my neighbor a quick birthday cake a few days ago, too. Triple chocolate cake, with chocolate frosting, and broken chocolate shards.

I love chocolate. Happy Birthday, Larisa!!

I'm currently on a homemade kick so expect more recipes coming up for homemade cream cheese, ricotta cheese, sour cream and others!


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