Monday, 31 December 2012

Gingerbread Latte with a guest appearance of Chai Tea

Ummmmm yummy.

I know that these can signal the start of the holiday season when they start appearing into coffee shops, I have always enjoyed them the whole year and have often thought about getting the syrup to make my own.

But why buy when you can make your own syrup and its really easy to do.

Gingerbread Syrup for Latte:
2 cups water, 1 1/2 cup granulated sugar, 2 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract - combine all the ingredients into a medium pan, bring to the boil then reduce heat to a simmer, leave uncovered simmer for 15 minutes remove from heat. Syrup will keep for a while pop it in an old clean jam jar or something similar. To make Latte:Add 1/4 cup of syrup and espresso shot into a mug and then top with steamed milk 

Oh and for the Chai Tea lovers out there:

3 cups of water, 3 cups of milk, 6-8 black tea bags, 1/2 cup honey, 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1tsp ground cardamom, 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg, 1/2 tsp ground cloves, 1/2 tsp ground ginger - bring water and milk to the boil, add remaining ingredients and return to boil. remove from heat and let steep for 3-5 minutes, remove tea bags and then filter. 
Now you can either serve this as it is hot or iced. Personally I fill half a mug with this mix and top with steamed milk (add additional sugar to taste if required). Mix keeps for a few days in the fridge 

Fa la la la la, la la la

Tis (still) the season to be jolly.

I hope that everyone had a fantastic Christmas and are looking forwards to the New Year.

Leading up to Christmas I was busy with Christmas makes, these looked great as tree decorations as well as present embellishments:

Beaded icicle drop decorations:

Pom Pom garlands (not just for Christmas) look fab draped over picture frames:

And then we knew that Christmas was on its way:

Presents to bake:

Dog biscuits 

Presents needed to be wrapped:

And then of course the big day itself - santa came woohoo

I got lots of fab presents including a snow leopard onesie from The All in One Company
Some crafting books and DVDs. Santa did good I was a happy happy Mouse.

And then of course not forgetting Ferdinands 3rd birthday on Boxing day:

Phew busy, busy time to relax and enjoy a homemade ginger bread latte (recipe to follow).

So here's a woohoo to 2012 you have been a year of ups, downs and learning. As we run towards 2013 lets make it the best year that it can be :)

Love Mouse x

Saturday, 29 December 2012

Blogging Will Resume Shortly

I will be blogging again soon.

The break was unintentional.

Gremlins got into my blog and stopped me posting photos - boo gremlins. I am getting it all sorted now and will be (fingers crossed) up and running again soon.

Love Mouse x 

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