Vanilla Caramel Latte

Vanilla Caramel Latte- www.nourishingsimplicity.org

Rich coffee mingling with creamy vanilla and caramel. This simple vanilla caramel latte is the perfect dessert after a meal or savoured over the table with a good friend. It’s also perfect paired with a pumpkin scone.

I love how simple a it is to make many “fancy” coffee drinks in our own homes. It allows us to make treats we enjoy but curb the spending habit. I know that if I didn’t prioritize eating real foods and spending my money and time wisely I could easily find myself getting drinks like this at the coffee shop all the time.

For this vanilla caramel latte I used homemade vanilla extract and homemade caramel sauce. They are both easy to make and last for a long time. It’s great pulling vanilla off the shelf or caramel out of the fridge, using them for whatever I have in mind to make. You can also buy them at the store, just be sure to look for quality products that have a very short ingredient list sans things like corn syrup and caramel color.

Vanilla Caramel Latte
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Ingredients
  • 1 cup raw milk
  • ½ cup strong coffee
  • 2 TBS caramel sauce
  • 1 TBS vanilla extract
  • 5-10 stevia drops if desired
  • Extra caramel for drizzling on top
Instructions
  1. Pour the milk and caramel sauce into a sauce pot. Stir until the caramel dissolves. Simmer on low until hot.
  2. Once hot, remove from the heat and stir in the vanilla extract.
  3. Pour the hot coffee into a mug.
  4. Use a whisk or milk frother to forth the milk.
  5. Add the milk to the mug. Top with caramel sauce.

 What is your favourite latte?

Simple Meals Friday

SimpleMealsFridayLink-up

Welcome to Simple Meals Friday!

There is nothing like having a collection of simple meals to throw together in a slow cooker in the morning or in a skillet as a quick, last-minute dinner. What are your favorite to prepare slow cooker meals, skillet meals, freezer meals, soups, salads, drinks and desserts?

We want to know the foods to turn to when you are short of time. It’s great to learn from and be inspired by others. When you share your recipe on this link-up it will show up on all 3 of the host’s sites. If you don’t have a blog, no problem, you can also share your recipes in the comments.

 

Meet Your Hosts

  1. Katie Mae of Nourishing Simplicity
  2. Katie of Simple Foody
  3. Sarah of Simple Life Abundant Life

Please Read and Follow these Simple Meals Friday Rules

  • Keep the foods “nourishing”, such as homemade chicken stocks, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, healthy fats (lard, coconut oil, butter, olive oil, tallow), unrefined sugars, flours and salts and meats.
  • Please don’t include recipes using processed oils such as soy and canola oil, msg laden bouillon and other highly processed foods. If I notice a recipe using these ingredients it will be deleted. Try to incorporate traditional methods of preparing foods like, sprouting, soaking, sourdough and lacto-fermentation.
  • Link back to this blog hop, it is a common linking courtesy. It helps to build a stronger blogging community. That way we can all learn and share with each other.

We enjoyed reading all your submissions. The hosts will pick a favorite post to feature on next week’s Simple Meals Friday. If you want to be featured please be sure to link back to this blog hop. Our favorites will be featured on facebook and pintrest!

Featured Simple Meals

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1. One Skillet Pasta Pizza from Simple Life Mom

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2. Ground Beef and Cabbage from Axiom at Home

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3. Quick and Fun Donut Rolls from Creating Silver Linings

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Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce with Bacon and Rosemary

Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce with Bacon and Rosemary

Happy first day of fall! Just seeing the number change on my calender made me want to pull on a pair of jeans, fuzzy socks and warm sweater. Then I checked the weather, yup, it’s supposed to be 90 today… Oh life in the Central Valley of California- it’s a bit bittersweet.

Thankfully I have squashes like butternut and kobocha on hand to whipped up delights to convince my poor brian of the date. Since I have sent 26 of my 29 autumns either in California or Baja I have an arsenal of fallish (I don’t care if it’s not a real word!) recipes that cover both the hot days and the cool days.

One day I might be whipping up a sourdough kobocha spice cake the next I might be making chai ice cream. I just go with the flow, it is wonderful to celebrate the changing of season with both of them.

The farmer’s market started selling hearty squashes a few weeks ago so I stocked up on butternut and kobocha. I plan on spending the next few days making and canning puree. I generally use pumpkin, butternut and kobocha puree interchangeably in all of my recipes. They all taste great;  pumpkin latte just sounds better than butternut latte if you know what I mean. ;)

Last fall while still living in Mexico my girls and I got on a huge butternut pasta sauce kick. Whenever my sweet baby girl Karen (now 13) and I made dinner for the whole school of 50+ people we made a creamy and delicious butternut sauce with rosemary fresh from our garden. It was a hit! Everyone loved it and I was secretly happy when there was still leftovers for my lunch the next day. The girls loved it so much that the all agreed that this recipe HAD to go in the cookbook I wrote for them this spring.

This butternut squash pasta sauce with bacon and rosemary will make your taste buds so happy! It is creamy and full of good for you fats like raw cream, olive oil, bacon grease, and butter. It is given a bit of added extra “umpf” of flavour and nutrition from homemade chicken stock, fresh herbs and real salt used in the recipe.

I love that the traditional, nourishing diet embraces healthy foods just as God created them and how they have been enjoyed since the beging of time. Without them, this dish would just be a puree of squash, not nearly as exciting as this present dish.

I’m making the sauce again this evening for dinner to welcome in the fall season even if it doesn’t feel like it. Happy first day of fall!

Creamy Butternut Squash Pasta Sauce with Bacon and Rosemary
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Ingredients
  • 2 cups of butternut squash puree
  • 1 cup of chicken broth
  • ½ cup cream or whole milk
  • 4 strips of bacon
  • 6 cloves of garlic
  • 2 TBS olive oil
  • 2 TBS butter
  • 2 TBS chopped rosemary
  • 1 tsp salt
Instructions
  1. Fry the bacon until crispy until crispy, about 8 minutes over medium heat.
  2. Remove the bacon, add the butter and olive oil.
  3. Once the butter is melted add the garlic and fry for a few minutes until golden brown.
  4. Add the butternut squash (or pumpkin), chicken broth, rosemary and salt. Simmer for 10 minutes, stir every few minutes.
  5. Add the cream or milk, stir and remove from the heat.
  6. Chopped the bacon and add it to the sauce, reserving two tablespoons for the garnish.
  7. Serve over pasta or choice. Garnish with additional chopped bacon and rosemary if desired.

 This post is part of Wildcrafting Wedensdays,

Weekend Links

WeekEndLinks

Favourite Reads

Simple Blonde Granola from Emily Gardener

55 Real Food Chocolate Recipes from Simple Life Abundant Life

All Glory from Small Town Simplicity

Your Real Food Journey by Trina Holden (Review coming this coming week!)

 

 

Simple Meals Friday #100

SimpleMealsFridayLink-up

Welcome to Simple Meals Friday!

There is nothing like having a collection of simple meals to throw together in a slow cooker in the morning or in a skillet as a quick, last-minute dinner. What are your favorite to prepare slow cooker meals, skillet meals, freezer meals, soups, salads, drinks and desserts?

We want to know the foods to turn to when you are short of time. It’s great to learn from and be inspired by others. When you share your recipe on this link-up it will show up on all 3 of the host’s sites. If you don’t have a blog, no problem, you can also share your recipes in the comments.

 

Meet Your Hosts

  1. Katie Mae of Nourishing Simplicity
  2. Katie of Simple Foody
  3. Sarah of Simple Life Abundant Life

Please Read and Follow these Simple Meals Friday Rules

  • Keep the foods “nourishing”, such as homemade chicken stocks, whole grains, vegetables, fruits, healthy fats (lard, coconut oil, butter, olive oil, tallow), unrefined sugars, flours and salts and meats.
  • Please don’t include recipes using processed oils such as soy and canola oil, msg laden bouillon and other highly processed foods. If I notice a recipe using these ingredients it will be deleted. Try to incorporate traditional methods of preparing foods like, sprouting, soaking, sourdough and lacto-fermentation.
  • Link back to this blog hop, it is a common linking courtesy. It helps to build a stronger blogging community. That way we can all learn and share with each other.

We enjoyed reading all your submissions. The hosts will pick a favorite post to feature on next week’s Simple Meals Friday. If you want to be featured please be sure to link back to this blog hop. Our favorites will be featured on facebook and pintrest!

Featured Simple Meals

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1. Leftover Turkey and Rice Soup from Axiom at Home

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2. One Pot Spicy Chicken Sausage Rice from Avocado Pesto

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3. Gluten and Dairy Free Ranch Tenders from Worth Cooking

Are you ready to link-up?