DIY Delicious Caramel Frappes at Home!

DIY Caramel FrappeI LOVE Caramel Frappes! Every chance I get when I’m away from home, I buy one.

Being frugal, I got to thinking. By now there are probably thousands of copycat recipes on Pinterest! So I searched and sure enough I was right.

I tried a couple, and they were good. However, I wanted to be able to make it a bit quicker. So I decided to come up with my own recipe. And now I can enjoy them whenever I want and the best part, they are ever so yummy!

Instead of making fresh coffee and having to wait for it every time I wanted a caramel frappe, I decided to make ahead some strong coffee and freeze it in ice cube trays.

Your coffee flavor doesn’t get watered down when you add ice because the coffee is the ice!

I use my Keurig to make my coffee. I made a cup of coffee using the small cup setting. This makes a stronger cup of coffee. Then I pour it in the ice cube tray and freeze it. It doesn’t fill the tray but it is perfect size to make a great flavored caramel frappe.

I make a few trays ahead when I have time and pour each one, once frozen, into it’s own sandwich bag and throw it back in the freezer. Perfect portions is what I like to call them.

When I want a frappe I take out a bag, pour it in the blender, add 1/2 cup of milk, 2 tsp. sugar, 2 tbsp. caramel syrup and blend until smooth. Sometimes, I’m not sure why, but I have to add another 1/4 cup of milk so it’s not too thick.

Most of the ingredients depends on how sweet you like your frappes. I don’t like overly sweet but I DO want the caramel flavor. After all, it’s not a caramel frappe if you can’t taste the caramel, right?

Ingredients:

  • 8 Coffee Ice Cubes (Approx.)
  • 1/2 – 3/4 Cup Milk
  • 2 tsp. Sugar
  • 3-4 tbsp. Caramel Syrup (Divided) (Brand of your choice)
  • Whipped Topping (Optional)

Blend coffee cubes and 1/2 cup of milk in blender until smooth. Add 1/4 cup more milk depending on consistency,  2 tsp. sugar and 2 tbsp. caramel syrup. Blend again until creamy.

Pour into your favorite cup, add whipped topping if desired and swirl on the caramel syrup.

Enjoy your Caramel Frappes!

 

 

I Just Got SCAMMED Looking for Work From Home! Please Beware!

SCAMMED work from home jobsI just got SCAMMED looking for work from home! And I have to share with anyone who may be looking for remote work from home jobs!

This is big, real big! If you are looking for work from home, PLEASE, PLEASE, BEWARE!

The Story

I have been looking for work from home for awhile now. I’ve checked into many “real work at home jobs”. I really need a job and I need to work from home.

They all seemed kind of “phishy” to me. Then I found upwork. I’m sure many of you who have looked for work at home or read any blogs about online jobs, have heard of upwork.

Well, I set up an account, filled out my profile, employment, education, etc. and started looking for proofreading and or editing jobs.

I applied for one and almost got an instant reply! I was thinking this is awesome, I’m finally going to be able to make a few bucks!

Oh boy, was I ever wrong! But, they were good, REAL GOOD at making me believe this was legit!

The Interview

I went through an online interview that took more than an hour! They asked me to check their website and asked what I thought about the business. Like I said they were good at making me believe this was a legit job.

They told me the company paid for a “mini office” for each employee so all employees were working with the best technology. I thought wow, this is nice.

Now, at this time, I still thought it was legit because of everything I read on the website about their technology and how they trained employees through the laptops, etc. that they sent to you. And of course, it was a real company that had been in business for more than 20 years and has been hiring remote workers for years.

They emailed me a cashier’s check and asked me to print it out and do a mobile bank deposit. I did so, without thinking twice about it. The check even cleared, at first.

Once it was deposited into my account, the person I was communicating with told me to check back in tomorrow morning with him to set up the information to get the needed programs through the company vendor and to start orientation.

I was thrilled! Until the next morning!

I signed in at 8 am. He asked me to verify that the check had cleared. I told him I had. He told me to go take the money out “right away” and go to Walmart, then to contact him from there.

I told him I could not do that right then, I had a very important appointment I needed to get to.

He was persistent! I told him if it had been this important, he should have been a little more informative the day before, as I had to go to this appointment and this would have to wait.

To make a long story short, I asked for a way to send it back. He told me to go to CVS and send to a name and address through Moneygram, but that I still had to do it now. And again, I said no, I was going there around 11am anyway.

I then asked, if you need it back right now, why I can’t I just do it online through Moneygram or Western Union?

He said, oh yes, do it now and proceeded to give me a name and address, I asked if this was sending it back to the company? He said, just send it. Well at this point I just wanted to be done with this. I told him if this was a scam, I would find out!

So, I set up an account with Western Union to send the money, did the transfer and waited. Meanwhile this guy was bugging the crap out of me. I was getting pretty mad.

Declined and Frozen Bank Account

An a half hour later, the transaction was denied by my bank! I would soon learn how grateful I was too my bank for red flagging this transaction.

I suddenly could not even log into my bank account but had no time to find out why as I had to get to this appointment. When I returned I tried to log in again with no success.

I called the bank, they had red flagged the transaction and froze my account, for my own safety. Come to find out the check was a fraudulent cashier’s check from a bank in Alaska! I would have been out $1,450.00! Which I did not have in my account either so this would have been horrible!

My bank account was closed for my safety so today I have to go open a new one.

Please Share

Anyway, I just wanted to share my story with you just to help anyone who is looking for work online. It can be very harmful to you and your bank account. I will not be looking for extra work online for awhile now as this was a scary thing to happen to me. With  young children to support, had this transaction gone through, and not been caught by my bank, it would have been a huge set back for me as a single mom on a very tight budget!

I don’t blame upwork, as I know there really are legit jobs on the site, but my first experience was a bad one and I won’t be returning anytime soon. However, I did go back on the site immediately and let them know this was a fraudulent job!

I am very shaken by this thinking about the “what could have happened”, and it is depressing as I really needed this job. No matter how bad you need a job or money, be suspicious of anyone who wants money or offers you money when looking for online work.

Please, take the extra minute to share this so the word gets out! I would love to help prevent other’s from getting scammed!

 

 

Things Remembered Mother’s Day Sale!

Things Remembered SaleThings Remembered is a wonderful store with gifts that can be personalized for every occasion. Check out my board on Mavenx to see some of the amazing products available for Mother’s Day.

Today, I bring to you a special Promo Code to use now through Mother’s Day, May 14th, 2017.

This promo code, A159, will get you an additional 20% off and free shipping! So hurry over to Things Remembered to get your Mom a memorable gift that she will cherish forever! There are many reasonable priced items and sale priced items too, use the code above to get a great deal!

I found a few different things I would love to get for my Mother.

This wine glass is just adorable for the wine lover! Cute and fun for the Mom who loves her wine and fun gifts. Don’t like this one? There are other’s to choose from too.
And this tote is great for everyday use for the mom who loves practical gifts! This tote comes in a variety of colors and can be personalized just for Mom.
I just love this Family Tree necklace! Elegant and thoughtfulness combined for the Mom who loves sentimental gifts and jewelry. Many other styles available too.

These are just a few of the gifts available at Things Remembered. Check them out or see for yourself what other wonderful gifts are available and don’t forget the promo code, A159 for extra savings! But remember, this promo is only good through Mother’s Day!

 

Coffee Lovers, What’s Your Go To Coffee?

Coffee Lover'sGive me coffee! And I know I’m not the only coffee lover out there! Haha

I love many different coffees! Whether it is brands, varieties, styles, etc., I’ve got to have it!

I love mine with French Vanilla Coffee-mate Creamer, this is my go to coffee every morning, I just can’t start my day without it! Literally! I am NOT a nice person until I’ve had my first cup every morning! Haha

I love a good Vanilla Cappuccino too! And when I’m out and about I just gotta have a good Caramel Frappe! And every fall, I must have the Pumpkin Spice! See? I told you I love coffee. How much do you love your coffee?

100% Columbian is the best for a medium, rich cup of coffee. I don’t like weak coffee, I need to be able to taste and smell that rich aroma scent! My favorite 100% Columbian coffee is the Folger’s brand, but recently, while trying to cut back a bit more, I tried the Great Value brand of 100% Columbian, and to my surprise it is pretty good too!

Morning CoffeeI decided to try a sample pack of 3, that you can get at Wal-Mart for $1. That’s when I realized they were pretty good and my budget would be happy with the price difference. Here is a price break down comparing the Folger’s Columbian K-Cups and the Great Value Columbian K-Cups.

Folger’s 48 K-cups:  $.61 per cup at Wal-Mart or $.53 per cup at Amazon.

Great Value 48 K-cups: $.33 per cup at Wal-Mart.

The difference is almost half the cost! I’ll take that savings!

Now, I love coffee so much that I have tried countless flavors of coffee. Ya know, like the holiday flavors or variety packs and such (I ask for these as Christmas gifts). Some are awesome, some are ok, but other’s are just plain horrible!

I have a regular Black & Decker coffee maker and I have my Keurig. My Keurig is the best  non-personal Christmas gift I have ever gotten without a doubt! With this awesome machine, I can try all these coffee’s one cup at a time (perfect when trying all these holiday flavors they seem to be coming out with as I mentioned earlier).

Yes, as you all probably know by now, I live on a budget, a very tight budget. However, coffee is my one and only splurge that I cannot live without! Oh, and the occasional bottle of wine. Haha, but this post is about coffee!

Coffee ShopAnyway, being on a budget is where my Keurig comes in. Have you ever thought about how much you spend on a daily cup of coffee you grab on your way to work everyday at your local coffee shop? I bet it’s more than $1 a day and that’s low balling it, I’m sure! I know I pay like what, $2 for a Frappe at BK or McDonald’s? And that’s just a fast food joint!

Back to the Keurig. Even when buying a more expensive brand, I can make a good cup of java for less than $.65 a cup. So in all actuality I’m saving money by using my Keurig. Quality Coffee Shop coffee’s for a fraction of the price!

Do you have a go to coffee or a favorite coffee? Do you own a Keurig or Single Serve Coffee Maker (I know other companies make them now too)? But I’m on year six, I believe, with my Keurig, and it’s still going strong, so I have a lot of faith in the Keurig brand!

And now there are some pretty awesome colors to choose from! When I got mine as a gift, it was when they first came out, so there was only black and I think silver. And so many new versions, some of the new ones are pretty awesome!

If there was “K-Cup” subscription service, I would probably ask for that as a gift too. Haha I’m pretty sure I’ve seen them for regular coffee, so why not for K-Cups, right?

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