Homemade Coffee Creamer

I love Saturdays; waking at my leisure, reading the paper, making breakfast, and enjoying several cups of COFFEE!  Coffee and I have been buddies since my college days. The caffine in coffee used to keep me awake so I could keep up with my reading, but I’m immune to the buzz now and it’s the flavor I enjoy day after day, especially on the weekends. I like to dress up my coffee with flavors. Vanilla and almond are my favorite, so those are the flavors I chose for my creamers. One recipes is a dry powdered creamer and the other a liquid creamer. Both Yummy!!

Homemade Powdered Creamer

  • 1 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
  • 1 cup dry powdered milk
  • 1 teaspoon powdered vanilla
  • 1/3 cup xylitol OR 1/3 – 1/2 cup powdered sugar

Put all ingredients in a blender. Mix into a fine powder. Store in an airtight container. I use a jelly mason jar. This recipe can easily be doubled. My blender doesn’t mix well with mass, so I make small batches.

Three ingredients for a liquid homemade creamer.

Homemade Liquid Creamer

  • 1 1/2 cups of milk (your choice, my latest batch I made it from powdered milk by following the packaged directions)
  • 1 can sweetened condensed milk (I use fat-free)
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract

Put all ingredients in a blender.  Mix until well incorporated.  Store it in the refrigerator.

I bought some oil and vinegar jars to store the creamer.  Looks so pretty when serving =)

Homemade liquid and powdered creamers can’t be any easier to make!  Give it a try =)

Ebert’s Mai Tai Magic

Today is my best friend’s 20th wedding anniversary! This morning my dearest Shawn text me to from Maui, Hawaii! Her hubby planned a surprise anniversary trip for the two of them.

I’ve been testing and tweaking Mai Tai recipes for over a month (not every day!), and today is the perfect day to debut my Mai Tai concoction in honor of Shawn and Bill’s anniversary. This drink is STRONG and good! It’s smooth and goes down easily, but you may not notice because the fruit juice and sweeteners mask the alcohol, so pace yourself or just make sure you don’t have anywhere to go 😉

There are a few ingredients you may have to shop for like almond syrup, fresh lime, and mint. Get them. Don’t cut corners. You will be pleased with the results!

Ebert’s Mai Tai Magic

Ingredients:

  • 3 oz dark rum
  • 3 oz light rum
  • 1 oz grand marnier
  • 2 oz pineapple juice
  • 2 oz guava juice
  • 2 oz fresh squeezed lime juice (get 2 limes)
  • 1 oz almond syrup
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • mint leaves
  • fresh pineapple for garnish
  • Umbrellas!

Put all ingredients in a shaker. Shake vigorously until well blended. Pour in two highball glasses filled with crushed ice. Smash a few mint leaves to bring out the flavor and float on top of the drink. Garnish with umbrella, pineapple, and additional mint.

Enjoy!

“A successful married life requires falling in love many times, always with the same person.” “It’s so great to find the one special person you want to annoy for the rest of your life.” 😉

With love,

Matron of Honor….20 years ago xoxo, Sandra

Kalua Pork in the Slow Cooker

Hawaii is a special place for my husband and me. We fell in love right after high school during a senior graduation trip to Waikiki, our first child was born at the pink hospital (Tripler Army Medical Center), we had two military tours on Oahu giving us eight years of kamaʻaina (local) status. It just seemed like a perfect choice to spend our Silver Anniversary in paradise on the island we have never visited, Lanai!

We spent a relaxing week lounging on the beach, hiking, exploring, eating local foods, and drinking a few mai tais.  Somehow they tasted so much better with a beautiful sunset in our view!

I felt a little guilty that we left our son behind (and daughter, but she’s in college and doesn’t live with us full-time), so before we left, I made my son a staple in the Hawaiian diet, Kalua pig.  He would have survived just fine with his bagel, cream cheese, flaming’ hot cheetos sandwiches, but since he is my meat eater I wanted to make sure that he ate something homemade for a few days. The traditional way the pork is cooked is to dig a hole in the ground, line it with rocks and add fire forming an oven, then add the meat and cook all day long. I have a MUCH simpler way to cook Kalua pork by skipping the fire-pit underground oven and using a crockpot instead!  Three simple ingredients is all you need; pork, sea salt, and liquid smoke. That’s it!!

Kalua Pork in a Crockpot

Ingredients

  • 5-6 lb pork butt roast (also called pork shoulder)
  • 2 Tablespoons of Sea Salt
  • 1 Tablespoon Liquid smoke

Score meat and rub salt on the meat, then add the liquid smoke to the meat.

Put in your slow cooker on and leave it for about 12 hours (depending on your cooker, it may only take up to 8 hours). Turn it once. It’ll fall apart when it’s done.  Shred with a fork.

This is a great dish for a crowd.  I like to serve it with Hawaiian sweet bread like a sandwich.

I like to believe this dish brought good luck to our son. We just learned that he has been accepted to the University of Hawaii!!

I’ll have a mai tai to that!!

ALOHA 🙂

Menu for Christmas Dinner

Presents are under our tree, lots of cookies to munch on, egg nog and coquito to sip (that’s my glass with the sip mark)!  We are ready for a weekend of good food, drinks and family time!

Here is the menu I decided to cook for our Christmas dinner:

    • Pear and Pomegranate salad
    • Horseradish and garlic prime rib with mushroom gravy
    • Tofu with mushroom gravy
    • Scalloped potato gratin
    • Veggie (my mom’s menu choice)
    • Bread (my mom’s menu choice)
    • Bordeaux wine – lots!

    Recipes adapted from the following websites;

    Coquito from Always Order Dessert

    Pear & Pomegranate Salad from Inspired RD

    Prime Rib from Food Network

    Baked Tofu Steaks from Veggie Belly

    Scalloped Potato Gratin  by Tyler Florence from Food Network

    My taste buds are already watering.  Wishing you a wonderful, blessed holiday season!!