Friday, February 27, 2009


This is from Meemo's Kitchen

You can make double strength coffee
if you don't have an espresso machine

Make Espresso Drinks At Home

You will need:
*An Espresso Machine.
Any espresso machine will work. Quality matters, and quality comes with a price. If this is something you are doing for fun then any machine will work.

*Espresso coffee, ground for an espresso machine. Starbucks sells espresso and they will grind it for you.

*Milk, your choice, whole, skim, 2%, soy

*A pitcher to steam milk



*Flavored syrups

*Mocha powder

Starbucks sells their mocha powder around the holidays. It isn't the same stuff they use though. You can get actual bags of Mocha Powder on e-bay.

*Caramel Sauce

*Whipped Cream

*Assorted Coffee Sprinkles, Cinnamon, Nutmeg (optional)

*Hot/Cold Cups


You can buy the hot cups/cold cups, lids and straws from any bulk store like Costco if you prefer these to real cups.

Tips for Making Great Coffee Use the right proportion of coffee to water. Use two tablespoons of ground coffee (10 grams) for each six fluid ounces (180 milliliters) of water. If coffee brewed this way is too strong add a little hot water to your cup of brewed coffee. The shorter the brewing process, the finer the grind.

Coffee ground for an espresso machine should be very fine, the brew cycle is only 19 to 22 seconds long. With a coffee press, the coffee should be coarse ground. The water and coffee are in direct contact for about four minutes.

Use fresh, cold water heated to just off the boil A cup of coffee is 98 percent water. Your water should be clean, fresh, and free of impurities. Water heated to just before a boil (195° to 205° F or 90° to 96° C) is perfect for extracting the coffee's flavor.

Use freshly ground coffee. Store coffee in an opaque, airtight container at room temperature. For the best results, coffee should be ground just before brewing. Whole bean coffee stays fresh longer because there is less surface area exposed to oxygen.

Steaming Milk and Making Foam
The instruction will vary depending on your espresso machine. Be sure you know how to use your espresso machine and how to turn your steam wand on and off.

*Pour milk into pitcher, leave about 3 inches room at top for foam.
*Place thermometer in pitcher.
*Place end of steam wand so that tip will be completely submerged in the milk.
*Turn steam wand on.
* Keep the steam wand near the bottom of the pitcher until the thermometer reads around 120 degrees (Fahrenheit).
* Pull the pitcher down so that the tip of the steam wand is very close to the surface of the milk. It should start to make a frothing noise- this means it is making foam.
* When the thermometer reads 160 degrees, shut the steam wand off.
* Let the milk cool and separate for 30 seconds before pouring.
*If you are making a cappuccino, or if you like extra foam on your lattes, leave extra room in the pitcher and keep the wand near the surface of the milk longer.

*Tip: Thoroughly clean off your steam wand after every use.

The Espresso Drinks
The following recipes call for a 16 ounce cup. If you are using a 12 ounce or smaller cup, use 1 ounce of espresso.

Steam milk
Brew 2 ounces of espresso
Pour espresso into cup.
Fill ¾ of the cup with steamed milk
Fill remainder with foam

*Tip: For extra flavor, sprinkle with cinnamon or nutmeg; or top it with whipped cream.

Vanilla Latte
Steam milk
Brew 2 ounces of espresso
Pour espresso into cup
Pour 3 teaspoons of vanilla syrup into cup
Fill ¾ of the cup with steamed milk
Fill remainder with foam

*There is less foam in a Latte than a Cappuccino

Steam milk
Brew 2 ounces of espresso
Pour espresso into cup
Fill cup halfway with steamed milk
Fill remainder with foam

*Cappuccino has more foam than a Latte

Caramel Macchiato
Steam milk
Brew 2 ounces of espresso
Pour 2 teaspoons of vanilla syrup into cup
Fill ¾ of the cup with steamed milk
Place a dollop of foam on top of milk
Pour espresso over foam
Top with swirls of caramel sauce

*The espresso goes on top of the foam in a Caramel Macchiato.

Café Mocha
Steam milk
Brew 2 ounces of espresso
Pour espresso into cup
Pour 3 teaspoons of mocha powder into cup
Fill ¾ of cup with steamed milk
Top off with foam or whipped cream

Hot Chocolate
Steam milk
Pour 3 teaspoons of mocha powder into cup
Pour 2 teaspoons of vanilla syrup into cup
Fill cup ¾ with steamed milk
Top off with whipped cream or foam

ICED DRINKS Using any of the above recipes, fill cup with cold milk and ice in place of the steamed milk and foam.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009


This recipe will clean your windows, glass and chrome just as well as that popular national brand at just a fraction of the cost of the brand name product.

Homemade Window Cleaner

1 cup rubbing alcohol
1 cup water
1 tablespoon vinegar
1-2 drops blue or green food color-optional

Mix all ingredients together and pour into a spray bottle. Add a couple of drops of color and shake to make it look more than that well known national brand.

Sunday, February 22, 2009


The following links are to some pretty good coupon sites. You may have to register (I know for sure Mommy
Saves Bigs requires registration)but I have not had a problem with unwanted email from any of the sites below.
Keep in mind that not all Super Markets take on-line coupons. They do out in the boonies where I live so it shouldn't be that much of an issue. If in doubt check with your store first.
You'll just need a printer for the grocery coupons. Others like at PromotionalCode.Com provide a code to use. This is great for on-line purchases and I have used these codes many time for Barnes and Noble on line with great success.
MommySavesBig has coupons for Ruby Tuesday, Coke products, Ann Taylor, Borders and Old Navy to name a few.
Link this site has grocery and sundries coupons. Current sample deal: $1.00 off any size (except 20 and 25 ft) Reynos Wrap Foil. Sample Deal:$2.00 Off Any Neutrogena Therapeutic Haircare Product and much more.
Coupon Cabin has discount codes for on-line purchase at well known stores such as Target, JC Penney and more. Also to many on-line retailers, like Zappo's and
PromotionalCodes.Com offers discount codes on on vacations, cellular service, Norton, 1-800-Flowers and much more.

Saturday, February 21, 2009


The economy is going to "heck" in a handbasket and I don't claim to be able to change that through this blog, but I hope to share ideas that will help others save a little money and make things a little bit better until we our back on the road to economic recovery.

There is always that little something that is a mini luxury to someone. That idea may seem silly or strange to others, but not for the person who finds it their indulgence. For me it was
Green Giant Niblets Corn in Butter Sauce. Most trips to the grocery store found me picking up the plain old bag of frozen corn, but when I needed an easy pick-me up I would grab a package of the frozen corn in butter sauce. Now I wonder what was so fasinating about this frozen corn.
Here is the recipe to make your own Corn in Butter Sauce.

Green Giant Niblets Corn in Butter Sauce
1 bag frozen corn (yellow or shoepeg white - (16 ounces) any brand)
1 Teaspoon salt
1/4 Cup butter - cut up
1/2 Teaspoon sugar
1/2 Cup water
3/4 Teaspoon cornstarch
Add corn to large sauce pan along with all ingredients except water and cornstarch. Stir corn mixture over medium heat until butter is melted.
Combine water and cornstarch and stir until cornstarch is disolved. Slowly add water to corn in sauce pan, stirring constantly.
Reduce heat to simmer and stir until sauce thickens. Let simmer, stirring occasionally, until corn is tender, about 10 minutes.
Servings: 4