Salted Caramel Mocha Latte

Like many of you, I am enamoured with all things fall most things fall, minus Halloween…I know, maybe I will love it one day.

Anyway, one of the best things about fall is coffee time.  I pass two Starbucks on the way to work (and I only live 8ish miles away), and I have tried the Pumpkin Spice Latte…YUM…and the Mocha Salted Caramel Latte…YUM.

Also like many of you, Pinterest has become a new hobby.  So when I found a recipe on Pinterest for the Salted Caramel Mocha latte, I decided to try it!

I used the Salted Caramel sauce from The Cooking Channel because I needed a little bit more direction on how the make the actual sauce.  Cooking sugar was a new experience for me!

Then, I followed the directions from 52 Kitchen Adventures, and viola! Salted Caramel Mocha Latte.

ps.  Mine was still a little bit sweet, so next time I am going to try cocoa powder into the hot milk.

Pps. To clean my caramel sauce pot (I had NO idea it would look like a crazy brown mess…but I guess that I should have known!), I added water and boiled on the stove top until all of the sugar dissolved off of the sides.


Hot enough to (not)fry an egg!

If you have watched the news at any time in the last week or so, you MIGHT have heard that Texas. is. hot. Like really hot.  Matter of fact, it is so hot that the trains are not able to run on time because they are worried about warping the tracks!

Anyway, I was SURE that it was hot enough to cook an egg.  I mean good grief, it was 114 on my car today!

So, I cracked an egg…on my husbands smoker.  (I have a dog people! She cannot eat an egg!)  Here is what it looked like at 5:30 in the evening.

And this is what it looked like two hours later…I wanted to check it in an hour but totally forgot….So not really cooked, but sort of dehydrated?

Gross? Yes.  A little disappointing? Yes.  Would I do it again? In a heart beat!

I am kind of curious what the egg will look like in the morning!

June Bug

I am not sure if you have met my dog yet. But you should. 🙂 When we got her, she was tiny.

And cute.She chewed on our grass.

And loved to fly through the air.  I swear we didn’t throw her.

Now, she loves to sleep with toys in her mouth.

I am not kidding.

She licks like crazy.

And sort of looks like a lion. Or chewbaca.  Or maybe those little monkey critters in Star Wars.

But most of all, we love her for being, well, June Bug.

Fabric Organizer

After purchasing my sewing machine a few months ago, I have already accumulated a plethora (school starts in less than a month…working on bringing back my vocabulary :)) of fabric. In combo with my husband at a bachelor party, this weekend was the perfect time for some cleaning and re-organizing of our office/craft room/study room/gun room.

We have a tiny home with even tiny-er closets.  Between the enormous gun safe (and I mean enormous) books, desks, and two people’s stuff, there is really not a whole lot of space left to put this fabric and it was dying for a home!! Err…my husband was dying for it to find a home.

Since we are on a budget (I also adore re-budgeting when he goes out of town, yep I am that girl), purchasing something new was out of the question.  Plus, I really don’t have any more floor space to put stuff and hanging something on the wall is out of the question in such a small room.

So, I found this old shoe holder from college and went to work.  It holds my fabric perfectly!!

Magic (oh my gosh I love this stuff) Shell

I. Love. Magic. Shell.  No lie. 

But I rarely buy the stuff because a) I will eat it all in one week and b) nothing that goes from liquid to solid like that can possibly be made with ingredients I can pronounce.  We try to eat relatively healthy around this place, so Magic Shell is really a once in a LONG while purchase.

But, then (while I was supposed to be studying…) I saw this, a homemade magic shell recipe.  Studying got thrown out the window…or just shoved the side for a few minutes…and I whipped this up.

And to make things even better, I poured it on ice cream.  Right in the container.  And it got hard. And it was good. SOOOOO good.

Find Homemade Magic Shell Recipe here

**I made a few changes.  I added 3/4 c. chocolate chips and used unrefined coconut oil.  It definitely has a coconut-y flavor, so be sure to use refined if you do not like coconut.  Mine tastes just like an Almond Joy!!!**

Headboard Heaven


Today, my brother and I hung the headboard in my bedroom.  A stud finder, level and screwdriver (plus some serious calculation) all came together to create a beautiful bed!!


After coming across Remodelaholic‘s post Head of the Board! Headboard tutorial, I knew I had…or at least my dad…had to build one 🙂 .  We are on a pretty tight budget with the hubby in Law School, so when I realized that my Home-builder pops would be able to help me construct this beauty, I was off!

After a few emails encouraging my wonderful Dad to take part in my endeavour, I headed to my local Habitat for Humanity ReStore for the cabinets.  Last weekend, the first weekend of my Spring Break (yay teachers!) I headed home to SA for the big build.

We followed the tutorial pretty closely, with the only big changes being the measurements simply because I have a queen (not a king like Remodelaholic).

It only took us about 5 hours to build the headboard and one to sand.  Now, I am working on making sure the paint is perfect before we get it all set up.  We are going to have to hang it on the wall like the tutorial because our bed is on risers.  As soon as it is up, I will post pics again!

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