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Korean Cinnamon Tea

Remember when I made the pickled onions from the book: Made Whole by Cristina Curp, and I mentioned Star Anise? I ordered it from Amazon, because the local stores were out of it. I made the Korean Cinnamon Tea this morning and I’m addicted! This is so good! The recipe called for adding Stevia drops to your taste, but I didn’t need those, so I would add those as (optional) on the recipe.



Keto Protein shake

How to Make a Keto Coffee Protein Shake:

I make this once a week, and add to a large mason jar. Keep jar in the refrigerator and have a small cup of this every other day, or I add it to the end of a cup of hot coffee.

I also go lighter on the swerve; I change the flavor often. For instance, I will add a few scoops of the chocolate protein, as well as a vanilla protein. SAMS had a small bottle of peppermint protein powder on clearance, after the holidays; so, I add a scoop of that with the chocolate now and then to this drink. It does taste like a chocolate milk shake. You just want to play with the sugar amount; it’s easy to add more if needed. I make my own cold brew coffee, but the cheaper large bottles work fine with this also.

These are not my photos; they are from the All Day I dream about food blog


Jim got me an espresso machine, because he knows I’m curious about the Breville espresso, which I can’t afford. But he found this cute, little Krups one at a thrift store.

I like the deeper taste of the espresso shot

I’m amazed at how much better the flavor is when I use the steam wand on the cream. The tiny bubbles really do enhance the flavor, and create the perfect temperature.

I’m having fun with this, and so much cheaper to make the shots yourself, for that quick pick me up

mulling holiday scents

This is on my stove right now for the rest of the week, because I love the smells this adds to the home. Cranberries and then you toss in whatever fruit and cinnamon sticks you have; add water as it goes down. During Christmas I do this with wine and add wine, as we drink it down. I keep this on warm on the stove or in a crock pot. The greenery comes from my trees; we are surrounded by firs out here in the country. I don’t add the greenery when I’m making this with wine.

Cheesy Meat Taquitos, Horchata, and Zucchini Chaffles

Cheesy Beef Taquitos

Keto Celebrations: Low-Carb Dishes for Holidays and Special Occasions Paperback – July 14, 2020

by Mary Alexander 

I checked this book out from my library. The recipe called for chicken, but I had leftover hamburger to use up. I will definitely make this with chicken.

I am so impressed with the recipes in this book, I have ordered a copy so that I can make notes in it.

cheese wraps


I added a side salad; cabbage/kale dish and a celery stick with sugar free peanut butter. What a pleasant meal.

Happy St Patrick’s Day

Happy St Patrick’s Day! This was fun!

The shining star for this entirely homemade meal was the TOH Dessert! My college son said it reminded him of these little moist muffins he used to have for breakfast while between classes. He is trying to guess what the special ingredients are.

My husband said he wants more but will hold back and have another slice for breakfast. This was so very easy to create. I would not change anything.

The recipe now has a big star next to the recipe in my TOH Annual Recipes 2014 book, Page 224. Yes, I will definitely make this again.

Pistachio Cake with Walnuts

The corned beef cabbage recipes came from the food network site. It is delicious and I have saved the recipe.

Food Network Corned Beef and Cabbage

Years ago, I printed a Frozen Texas twister margarita drink from It looks like they are no longer around, but I was able to find this one, which is the same. My printed recipe is very stained.

Frozen Texas Twister

The bread recipe came from the book Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day: The Discovery That Revolutionizes Home Baking. I shared the recipe on here this past week.

Cinnamon Latte Syrup

Reasons to make your own syrup: Syrups are becoming harder to find due to availability, and postage is expensive, also, you are watching and hoping your package is not damaged or stolen, and the best reason is this is a much lower cost to you to make your own.

1 cup of sugar

1 cup of water

Add sugar and water to a pot.  Bring these to a boil and then add 2 cinnamon sticks.  Boil for 2-4  minutes; reduce heat and simmer for a few minutes.  Set the pot on the back of the stove and let it cool down.  When cool enough; pour the syrup into a container. Include the sticks in the container, if you want to intensify the cinnamon flavor.

Store in the refrigerator for 3-4 weeks.   

If you like to do canning; you can add this to a canning jar, seal, and keep for 2 to 3 months.   

I will be making a chestnut praline syrup this fall when our Chestnut tree is producing.  I’ll share that recipe after I try two ideas.  The recipe will include pecans and chestnuts, and I’ll be playing with a couple of syrup ideas as well as sugars, to decide my favorite.

Plus, I’ll need to figure out storage ideas, and time frames.  We do not go through this that often, but it is so inexpensive to make, I don’t worry about what I will have to pour out after a month. 

You can cut this in half also.

You can make this with vanilla beans, cranberries, orange peels, almonds, etc.  This would be good on waffles, pancakes, muffins, ice cream, yogurt, oatmeal, cold drinks, sparkling water, hot drinks, fruit salad, grapefruit wedge, hot and cold tea, etc.   

For the Cinnamon Latte coffee:

1 tsp of cinnamon syrup (your choice how much of this you prefer)

1 cup of coffee or espresso

Top with almond milk foam (or cream of your choice)   

I have a foamer I like to use for hot drinks.  

Stir together

Sprinkle cinnamon on top