Quick & Easy Homemade Cinnamon Latte

I am crazy about coffee. And there is something about the cold days of Fall and Winter that make me want a hot cup of joe in my hands a little more often. Of course, I would love to be able to stop at my favorite coffee cafe… Starbucks!!! every day but that isn’t realistic on the budget or with 4-6 kids in tow! Instead, I am finding a new way to enjoy some homemade cafe drinks at home. Making homemade lattes are super quick and easy. The first drink I made at home was a Cinnamon Latte. And it has been a favorite since!

Cinnamon Latte

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Crave the Orange Fizz Drink!

When I was pregnant with Jimmy Wray I had some pretty intense cravings! Unfortunately, I didn’t have a car to run out and to fulfill my crazy cravings, not to mention I was on bed rest and wasn’t allowed to anyways! But FORTUNATELY, my sister was more then willing to indulge me and quite often brought home my food obsessions to satisfy a pregnant mamma! (What a great sister, right?)

By a weird series of events, my sister and I were introduced to a bubbly orange drink that intrigued and excited us. Neither of us could pronounce the name, nor were we sure of where it came from. All we knew was it was amazing and it was Italian!

It has been three years since we discovered that amazing orange drink. And although my sister did happen to find it one day in an Italian bakery, I am unable to locate and buy this amazing drink.

Ok. I said all that to build up to my amazing discovery! Two ingredients! Yep! That’s it!

And just because it’s only two ingredients I’m gonna do a tutorial! (Hahahaha!)

You start with a glass full of Ice.

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Perfect Iced Coffee

I used to like coffee. Then, I loved coffee.
But after my third boy was born…

I enjoy a hot cup of joe in the cold winter mornings in Michigan. But now that it is no longer -50˚, and getting warmer… I am not really in the mood for hot coffee. I was despondent and cranky. I needed coffee, and was becoming desperate for a caffeine replacement. (Diet Coke is not a good substitute for coffee in the morning)

When I discovered Pioneer Woman’s Iced Coffee recipe, my world changed! So simple. So yummy! So Perfect!

Here is my take on it.

Begin by grinding a cup of your favorite coffee. (I am obsessed with Starbucks coffees…)

Pour your grounds into a gallon size pitcher.
(Yikes! Can you tell that this pitcher has been used quite a bit for this coffee recipe? Look at all those stains!)

Fill your pitcher with water. 
Make sure you stir the grounds into the water.
Looks kinda muddy, but trust me… After you let this baby sit overnight…. liquid GOLD!

My sister got this awesome dispenser for under $5! It’s perfect to hold our addiction and keep it cold and ready to dispense!
After letting your coffee grounds steep overnight in the fridge, you need to strain them. You can strain the grounds through a coffee filter, cheesecloth, or I have a flour sack cloth that I use.

Strain away. 
Pour your beautiful liquid into your container.

I really love the insulated re-usable cups. This one came with re-freezable ice cubes! They are perfect to use with iced coffee because they won’t water it down.

I add a little whole milk. You can add a little flavored creamer, some half & half or skim milk. Whatever is your fancy.

I also add a little Truvia packet for some sweetness.

Store your coffee in the fridge. It last up to two weeks. That is if you don’t drink it all in THREE DAYS!

Happy Day!
Enjoy your Coffee!