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!

 

 

Recycling Wine Bottles Into Home Decor

Recycling Wine Bottles into Home Decor

DIY Wine Bottle DecorRecycling wine bottles into home decor is a great way to be “green”. What better way to recycle than to actually make amazingly awesome home decor? I love it when I come upon an idea, usually from Pinterest, that you can make that actually looks good and is simple to make.

I’ve seen a lot of people recycling wine bottles into home decor. Some I love, some not so much. But hey, we all have our own style that we love and want to share with others.

Here is how I made my version and I just love the way it turned out! I will be making many more! You will see in the picture below I had 3 different size bottles and not all are wine bottles. Just to show you can make them even if your not a wine drinker or don’t know anyone who is. I started with only 1 bottle because I wanted to make sure I was going to like the finished look.

So without further ado, here is what you’ll need to make my version:

Step 1 – Gather all your supplies. If you choose, you can remove labels before you begin. I didn’t and they are not noticeable under the jute cord. Step 1Step 2 – Cover work area with newspaper for easy clean up. Glue and jute cord can be messy. Step 2Step 3 – Start at the bottom and work yourself up the bottle with glue and jute. (When you start with the first couple of strands you may have to hold for a minute or so to make sure it gets a good hold.) I only went about an inch each time with the glue because it does dry quick. I also would continue to “squish” the cord down so I got a tight fit and nice look of a covered bottled with no gaps in the cord. Continue until you get to the top of the bottle. Then cut the cord from the spool and be sure to hold the end tight to the bottle for a minute to again get a good hold. *The tacky glue dries clear so no worries if you can see glue seeping through right now. Step 3Step 4 – I let mine dry overnight, but I’m sure you don’t have to let it dry that long. I just didn’t want to rush to get it done before the kids came home from school. So let dry as long as you feel is necessary. Step 4

Step 5 – Using the tacky glue, paper flowers, and buttons or beads, decorate your bottle anyway you like! DIY Recycled Home DecorStep 6 – Display! You are finished and can proudly display your new piece of home decor. Or you can make more and display them all together as a centerpiece. I’m working on more right now myself, I loved them so much!

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Super Easy DIY Soy Candles

Super Easy DIY Soy CandlesDIY Soy Candles

I love candles but they are so expensive! Especially if you want a candle with a great scent that fills the room or even the house. I’m going to show you how to make your own for a fraction of the cost of buying them.

Supplies you will need:

  • Jars, depending on what look you want or how many you plan to make because, hint, they make a beautiful gift too! You may have some lying around the house, or you may want to buy some cute ones. I bought these, Libbey’s 4.5 oz mason look drink jars. Or you can use 4 oz mason jars too. Whatever you like and can afford, there are a ton of different styles and price ranges on Amazon.
  • Wicks, can’t forget these! **Note** Be sure to measure the height of the jars you are using, so you buy the right size wick, too big is ok because you can trim them back. *I also use little glue dots to help secure them to the bottom because they like to float around when you pour the melted wax in. Again, all depends on your budget.
  • 100% soy wax flakes. Different size bags available, depending on how many and what size you want to make. I still have a ton left over and I bought a 5 lb bag. But I also sell them on Etsy, so I’m always making them.
  • Fragrance oil or oils. Depending on what scent you want or if you want to be daring and mix scents to create your own unique scent. Example: Vanilla fragrance oil and strawberry fragrance oil smells like strawberries and cream!
  • Wax Coloring (optional) *If you do choose to buy coloring, make sure it is wax coloring, not soap coloring! There is a difference. I choose to do my soy candles color free.
  • Jar Decor (optional) I like cute and pretty things so I choose to add burlap ribbon, paper flowers and beads to my jars. I think they turned out shabby chic, what do you think?
  • Funnel * helps with pouring immensely so you don’t get wax drip all over. Some prefer the pouring pot, but I’m on a budget, so I use an old funnel from my kitchen stash. Works just fine!

You can cut costs of supplies by using jars you already have, opt out of coloring (they will still smell the same), leave plain or decorate jars with things you have around the house (use that imagination) and using a funnel and an old pot you already have (just don’t use them again for cooking, haha).

Now that you have all your supplies, let’s get started!

  • Set your jar or jars on some newspaper, easy clean up this way!
  • I use an older saucepan to melt my wax (no longer used for cooking). On low heat, melt desired amount of wax, I can never get the exact amount right for flakes and ounces. I usually do about 5 oz of wax flakes for a 4.5 oz jar. *Hint, if your unsure do extra and make wax melts with any leftover wax, by using any old mold or ice-cube tray. I have some molds because again, I sell wax melts too.
  • While your wax is melting, using a glue dot on the bottom of the wick, and with the handle of a wooden spoon, to help guide and set the glue, center the wick into the bottom center of the jar and push down with the handle of the spoon. If you are using a wide mouth jar, you can probably reach it with your fingers. (Don’t forget to watch your wax, it doesn’t take long to melt!)
  • Once the wax is almost melted, turn the heat off. The rest will continue to melt. Add your fragrance oil or oils, stir and sniff, add more if you want a highly scented candle, I think you’ll know when you’ve reached your desired scent. *Again this all depends on the size of the candle you choose to make. I make mostly the 4-4.5 oz size and I use 20-25 drops per candle. Also remember, if you are combining scents use roughly half for each scent, depending on which scent you want to be more prominent.
  • If you choose to add coloring, add this now as well. Depending on the color you want will be how much coloring you use. *Tip add a little at a time, drop a dot onto a piece of wax paper, it will cool in no time, then you will know what color you’ve got so far.
  • Now your ready to pour! Using the funnel or pour pot, pour your wax in slowly until you reach desired height. I usually go the lowest brim.
  • You can secure the wick to the middle by blowing on the top of the wax to get the top to cool quicker so it holds the wick in place and it stays centered.
  • Let set overnight. *Out of reach of little fingers!
  • Trim your wick to top of jar with scissors, decorate your candles if desired, and enjoy!

Super easy, DIY soy candles are made. They are fun to make too!

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My Ideas when it comes to Home Decor

Always having lived on a tight budget, I wanted to find ideas to still make my home cozy and comfortable. This is now where Pinterest comes in me! I love, love, love Pinterest, you can find me at, https://www.pinterest.com/athomefeelin/ . I have recently joined Google+ as well. I will soon start sharing the ideas I find for DIY home decor that I love. I hope that you will love them too!

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