My biggest weakness is coffee and my new go to version is Cafe Miel.
I've been adding honey to my lattes for a few months now but didn't know it was "a thing" until I stopped at Spearhead Coffee in Paso Robles on the way home from our vacation in Cambria and noticed the option, Cafe Miel, on the chalkboard.
Knowing a little French, I figured it was coffee with honey, so I ordered it up.
I asked for mine with almond milk and noticed that their recipe included cinnamon.
Damn if that wasn't the best cup of coffee I've ever had!
Now my hubby makes it for us every morning and it's every bit as delicious as Spearhead's.
I really think the secret is making the almond milk from scratch.
He has perfected what I think is the ultimate almond milk recipe.
He soaks about 2 cups of Trader Joe's raw almonds in unfiltered water for a day or 2.
When it is time to prepare the milk he rinses the almonds and puts them into the Vitamix with 3 to 4 cups unfiltered water, some honey and vanilla extract and blends it on high speed for several minutes.
He then squeezes the mixture through a nut bag which is essential.
He stores it in a Mason Jar.
Fresh almond milk has a shelf life of only a few days, but we never have a problem using it all up in time!
On a rare visit home our son tried a sip and proceeded to drink the whole jar, saying how delicious it was.
We make ours using our Nespresso capsules and Frother but here is a recipe I found on the internet.
Known as Cafe con Miel to the Spaniards and Café Miel to the French, this easy-to-prepare drink is sweet and flavorful, in other words, the perfect indulgence. With prep and cook time totalling only 5 minutes, Café Miel is low on fuss and big on taste. Milk, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla extract turns your typical drip coffee into a relaxing retreat.
2 cups freshly brewed drip coffee
1/2 cup milk
4 tbsp. honey
1/8 tsp. pure vanilla extract
1/8 tsp. cinnamon
Combine all the ingredients into a small pot and bring to a boil on low heat.
We haven't had a summer vacation yet but all it took for me to get inspired to do a little upgrade to our summer room or as my hubby calls it, his mancave, which is actually our garage, was this little number...
It had been sitting for the longest time in my favorite thrift store and as hard as I tried to ignore it, it finally got my attention when one night as I was watching a movie with my hubby I imagined it across the room replacing an existing bench.
Bright and early the following morning I high tailed it over there hoping it would still be there waiting for me!
I sighed a breath of relief when I spied it over in the corner.
It was originally priced at $250 but had been lowered recently to $100.
I asked politely if they might meet me at $75.
They promptly agreed as they were anxious to free up space.
Once I got it home it became the catalyst for further upgrades in the space.
I channeled India Hicks Hibiscus Hill and started pulling things out that I have had stored away in hopes of an opportunity to bring them to life!
I organized this formerly messy and overburdened bookshelf.
And installed this old wood shelf over the door to hold some of my beloved shells.
I swapped out the sisal for my trusty zebra rug.
(What you see behind the couch is my inventory of treasures)
I re-styled the areas on top of my built in cabinetry with some blue and white Chinese porcelain, vintage bottles in wicker and antique Chinese tins.
I picked up a small palm tree at Home Depot.
I love this antique painting of a handsome young lad holding a boater!
(Sorry for odd perspective but it was hard to photograph with the glare from the glass!)
And am in the process of hanging more of my vintage straw hat collection over my new "Cabinet of Curiosity."
It's funny, all these years I collected these random treasures, I never imagined I would find the perfect way to display them!
It's Summer and the living is easy :) Hope yours is swell!
I am a passionate treasure huntress addicted to "the thrill of the hunt." I pride myself on finding unique items and have spent a lifetime collecting unusual and interesting "treasures" which I have used in decorating our home. I shop with an eye for design and look for pieces that I like to call the "jewelry" of the room. Those pieces that have been around accumulating energy thereby bringing life into a space by telling its story or evoking a memory. The allure is found in the details of its journey... condition, provenance and patina. Our collected "treasures" tell the story of who we are. Billy Baldwin said it best, "Decorating is never successful unless it is personal." My treasures are available for purchase in my Etsy Shop and on my companion blog, Shop La Dolfina. The links can be accessed from my sidebar.
"All of life is about energy. It's about the energy that you're putting out; energy that you're drawing to yourself, every day, based on the way you think about your life & the actions that you take. Everybody is an energy field. And because of your attitude, your thinking, your actions; who you choose to be in the world, forms your own field. You are drawing into your field people who are like you... to remind you, to show you, to reflect back to you- who you are. Believe that or not, that is what is happening all the time... and it does not require your belief. It just is. It. Just. Is." -Oprah