Friday, March 11, 2011

A Successful Copycat and the winner of the CSN Giveaway!!

I might as well just admit it now, I AM SUPER CHEAP!!! I try to say that I am frugal, but if
I can make something for cheaper than I can buy it? I WILL!!!

I remember back in 2007 when we moved from Missouri to New Mexico and I was first introduced
to Starbucks! Before I had a sip! I just wondered why everyone wanted to pay so much for a cup of coffee!?!?
And I feel bad, I never actually paid for one but I had some really GREAT friends who always showed up with a cup holder full of Caramel Macchiatos!!

And so my new love for Starbucks began!!

I didn't give it much thought when we moved to Texas during the Summer of '08 that I gave up Starbucks.
Granted there is one on just about every corner here, but I didn't feel the need to indulge.
My coin purse would not allow it!

Lo and behold I came upon THIS recipe the other day and I had ALL of the ingredients except the
Caramel Sauce. I kindly asked Sean if he would pick a jar up at Wal-Mart for me Wednesday night.
And guess what? He did!!  Yay!!

So yesterday I began making myself a Caramel Macchiato!!
It is very simple. The most time consuming was heating up the milk!

Doesn't that look Delicious??
Well, IT tasted Delicious!!!

Are you ready for the recipe???

posted by Posted by Angie McGowan

2 tablespoons vanilla syrup (recipe follows)
1/2 cup fresh espresso
1 cup milk, steamed and frothy with foam
3 – 4 tablespoons caramel sauce (I used the same jarred caramel sauce that is sold as an ice cream topping)
For the Vanilla syrup:
2 cups water
1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1. To make the vanilla syrup, combine sugar and water in a sauce pan. Bring to boil over high heat and boil for 5 minutes. Let cool and add vanilla extract. Stir well and keep in a sealed container, refrigerated.
2. To make coffee, either use an espresso machine to make coffee and steam milk, or heat milk until hot, but not boiling on stove-top and transfer to a blender. Blend until frothy. For espresso, if you don’t have a machine, just make double strength coffee.
3. Add vanilla syrup, espresso or strong coffee and hot milk to mug. Add caramel sauce and serve.

If you are fortunate to own a MAGIC BULLET, I suggest using that to 'froth & foam' your milk!!
Who wants to use a big ol blender when you have that little piece of magic?
However, if all you do have is a blender! Then use it! No need to go out and buy something new if
you can use what you have!!

* I apologize for the lack of pictures, but this is how it will be for awhile. I am unable to upload ANY pictures from my camera so for awhile my posts will only contain one picture taken with my phone!
I hope you understand. If you have any questions about any of the directions or if they seem a little tricky, please don't hesitate to shoot me an email or a msg on facebook and I will try and help you out!!
Or as always leave a comment here and I will respond back to you!!


Commentor #9 YOU are the winner!!!

Blogger Liz said...

The hardest thing for me is making sauces! Anytime I try to make a sauce, I get all anxious about whether or not I'm reducing it enough or whatever!
Congratulations Liz!! I will be sending you an email soon!

Thank you everyone for entering!! I sure wish I had a prize for ALL of you!

Now that I know what some of you are having problems with I am wanting to put up some posts
to address those issues. I remeber having trouble with everything that was mentioned and I would
have loved to have one spot to go to without searching the whole World Wide Web!!

Happy Friday Everyone!! I wish you all a wonderful weekend!!

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