Java Chip Fauxccino

Real Food Java Chip Fauxccino-

Who doesn’t enjoy an occational drink at the local coffee shop? Even before I truly embraced coffee I enjoyed a special treat once or twice a year. When drinks are that chocolatey and sugary sometimes it’s easy to miss the coffee!

It’s no secret that I love crafting coffee drinks at home. It allows me to have all the flavor but get do away with the less than stellar ingredients you find when you go out.

The last “fancy” coffee I had out was a java chip frapuccino, since that day I have not been able to get it out of my head. Hence where this delightful treat came into play.

It is slightly sweet allowing the coffee to still shine. I like to use coffee ice cubes in my drinks. It really does make all the difference!

Real Food Java Chip Fauxccino
  • 2 cups raw milk (or milk of choice)
  • 8 coffee ice cubes
  • 2 TBS cocoa powder
  • 2 TBS maple syrup
  • 2 TBS mini chocolate chips
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 pinch unrefined salt
  • vanilla whipped cream (optional)
  • chocolate whipped cream (optional)
  • chocolate syrup (optional)
  1. Place the milk, coffee ice cubes, cocoa powder, maple syrup, chocolate chips, vanilla extract, and salt in a blender.
  2. Blend on high until smooth.
  3. Top with whipped cream and chocolate syrup if desired.

Java Chip

Homemade Whipped Cream Recipes

Whipped Cream Recipes-

White, fluffy peaks of slightly sweet cream-the perfect whipped cream. What is not to love about this humble treat? It is just what you need to top a mug of steaming hot chocolate, fresh fruit, or a piece of pie.

You could buy pre-whipped “creams” in the frozen section of the store or in a canister but when you can have a batch of fresh real whipped cream ready in 7 minutes or less why would you even bother? Growing up I didn’t realize that you could make your own whipped cream until one day I watched my best friend’s grandma make a batch. Since then I have been hooked!

I have a slight addiction to whipped cream. It is so exciting to create new flavors and variations like, lemonchocolate, and maple vanilla. (Not a bit of a nerd right?) Whipped cream is a fun treat any time of year. It makes a simple dessert extraordinary. Guess whose friends and family will be impressed next time you serve them dessert? That’s right, yours will!

Learn how at Little House Living where I am guest posting today!

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Homemade Turkey Breakfast Sausage Patties

Homemade Turkey Breakfast Sausage Paties

Breakfast sausage, what’s not to love about it? If it comes from the store there is generally plenty of reasons to not. Many contain fillers, MGS, and corn syrup. There are some decent brands out there but they have a pricy tag. Homemade breakfast sausage patties are so simple and less expensive to make that there are few reasons to hand over hard-earned cash for the ones from the store.

If you missed the confession a couple of months ago I’ll clue you in, I love sausage! There are few forms that I have yet to meet that I didn’t like. If you don’t want breakfast patties, these breakfast sausage crumbles with help you say goodbye to your favourite tube verities. It is amazing in gravy!

These sausage patties have a slight hint of maple from the syrup and just the right balance of savory from the dried sage and unrefined salt. For me it’s the perfect sausage. Many recipes call for more spice but for these breakfast sausage patties I like to keep it simple.

I’ve been making these homemade turkey breakfast sausage patties for years now. They are my go to for quick and tasty protein in the morning which is vital in my book.  They can be added to a homemade sourdough biscuit or English muffin for quick on the go meal or paired with eggs and hash browns for a lazy morning at home.

My personal favourite way to eat these simple homemade turkey breakfast sausage patties is sandwiched in an English muffin with lots of butter and a fried egg. If you are looking for more ideas to serve them with I LOVE my friend Red and Honey’s The Breakfast Revolution ebook!

The Breakfast Revolution

Homemade Turkey Breakfast Sausage Patties
  • 1 lb ground chicken, turkey or pork
  • 2 TBS coconut oil or lard
  • 2 TBS maple syrup
  • 2 tsp ground sage
  • 1 tsp unrefined salt
  • ¾ tsp black pepper
  1. In a bowl mix the ground meat, salt, pepper, sage and maple syrup.
  2. Form into patties size of your choice. I use about 2 tablespoons of meat, pressed to about ¼ inch thick.
  3. Heat the fat of choice in a skillet. Add as many sausage patties as you can fit comfortably in the skillet.
  4. Cook for about 3 minutes per side. Be sure to check one to ensure that it is completely cooked.

Do you make your own sausage patty? What is your favourite way to serve them?





Simple Garlic Butter

Simple Garlic Butter-

This simple garlic butter is the prefect addition to a slice of hot crusty bread fresh from the oven. It combines to of my favourite ingredients in the kitchen, butter and garlic, with those two it’s hard to go wrong.

It is inspired by an amazing Italian restaurant in town that has been in business for many years, Pietro’s. We went there about once a month for lunch after church growing up. In my younger years I didn’t care for butter unless it was garlic butter, then I would eat gobs of it! Bread was simply a vehicle for more garlic butter.

Simple Garlic Butter-

This simple garlic butter is so easy to make that you almost can’t even call this a recipe. It has three ingredients- butter, fresh garlic, and dried oregano. That is it. If you can use butter from grass-fed cows such as Kerrygold you are only going to up the nutrition value of the butter by getting extra Vitamin K2 and Vitamin A.

I created a wide verity of garlic butters growing up. If mom was cooking Italian you better bet I was making garlic butter. Some were amazing and some not quite as good but I ate them anyway. I would never have thought back then that garlic butter could be so good yet so simple!

Don’t just limit your garlic butter to bread. Have a steak? Top it with this simple garlic butter. Eating steamed vegetables? Garlic butter not only enhances the flavor but helps your body digest them more easily. Having chicken for dinner? Why not saute it with butter?

I think you get the point. If you are having a savory dish there are endless ways to use garlic butter. Remember they are all vehicle to eat more butter!

Simple Garlic Butter
  • 1 lb butter, softened
  • 4 cloves garlic, crushed
  • ½ tsp dried oregano
  1. Mix the softened butter, crushed garlic, and dried oregano together with a fork or spoon.
  2. Store in a glass, air tight container for up to a month in the fridge.

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Do you like garlic butter? How do you make yours?



Loaded Baked Potato Soup

Loaded Baked Potato Soup-

Loaded baked potato soup, creamy goodness top with bacon and green onions.

Any time I have this soup I’m brought back to memories of my family eating at Tony Roma’s. It was THE place we went for my little sis’s birthday and whenever my grandpa came to visit. It was not an ocation to eat light. We loaded up on things like ribs, chicken strips, fries, onion loaf, and of course baked potato soup.

The onion loaf and soup were what made the night. I’m still tinkering with a real food version of their onion loaf, it’s not ready yet. Instead I delved into searching the web for every knock off of baked potato soup known to man. I was flabbergasted on how many recipes called for instant potatoes and cups of heavy cream. I love cream but I can only have so much at once and instant potatoes, well I won’t even go there.

Loaded Baked Potato Soup 2

I found some good ones along the way and finally combined them with some ideas I already had running through my head. While this might not be 100% the same as the family favourite we had at Tony Roma’s it is still very good. It’s been almost 10 years since I had a bowl on my last trip there, where the waiters handed my 20-year-old self a kid’s menu, nothing like boosting your self-confidence…

What I love about this soup is that it shows that you can create nourishing real food dishes that don’t sacrifice a bit of flavor. When you start with homemade broth, satueed onions, and bacon it’s hard to go wrong.

Just looking at the photos makes me want to whipped up another batch. It is rich and filling without being too rich. It’s the perfect soup for a chilly night on these first few nights of spring or any time if you are a soupaholic like me.

Loaded Baked Potato Soup (Needs Everything)
  • 6 large russet potatoes, baked, peel and chopped
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • ½ cup white cheddar cheese (optional)
  • ¼ cup arrowroot flour
  • ½ large yellow onion, chopped
  • 8 slices of bacon
  • 4 green onions, chopped (optional)
  • 1½ tsp unrefined salt
  • ½ tsp dried basil
  • ½ tsp dried thyme
  1. In a large pot, cook the bacon over medium heat until almost crisp. Flip once. Remove and set aside for later.
  2. Add the onion to the pot, sprinkle with salt. Stir occasionally until almost translucent.
  3. Add the arrowroot powder and mix with the onions. Add ½ a cup of broth, stir until the arrowroot is completely dissolved.
  4. Add ½ the potatoes to the pot. Gently pour in the remaining broth.
  5. Sprinkle in the salt, basil, and thyme.
  6. Using an immersion blender, blend the soup until smooth.
  7. Add the remaining potatoes and milk Cook over low heat for about 5 minutes or until the soup is hot.
  8. Serve and sprinkle with cheddar cheese, bacon, and green onions.

Have you ever eaten at Tony Romas? What is/was your favourite dish there?