I am no ‘Suzy Homemaker’. I have moments of great entertaining and planning, but it is not my norm. I don’t have a recipe arsenal to choose from that wows that masses and my laundry is often taking over our home. I would much rather go through the family budget and bill paying than scrub the floors and bathrooms. Making anything from scratch…yeah, it’s intimidating, a rarity and when I do it, it usually results in an epic failure.
Recently, we went on vacation though with our wonderful friends and their son. My girlfriend is a wonderful cook and she bakes THE BEST Chocolate Chip Cookies on the planet. They are so good that they actually made me want to bake.
This morning, this same friend (who happens to be visiting for a couple days while enroute to see family), made pancakes from scratch for our family. The kids devoured them and my oldest daughter loved getting involved in the process. This gave me a small push towards a goal to domesticate myself a bit more. Sure, I’m don’t normally gravitate towards household tasks, but my daughter enjoys them and it’s an opportunity to bond. Additionally, I would love to find my own fantastic recipe to pass onto friends and family.
Although, I do have a pretty wicked Chicken Enchilada Dip…nice and “healthy” with all it’s cheesy goodness. But I digress.
So, when International Delight asked me to share their creamers and how they might be used outside of the standard coffee beverage, it got me thinking about this idea of improving my mindset and working towards a goal of integrating more family cooking and baking time in our lives. Time where we bond over making things from scratch, troubleshoot recipes and make them our own. It will be during these times in the kitchen that my daughter and I will bond and conversations will flow more seamlessly. Studies show that kids who know how to cook for themselves are healthier, which is very important to me as well.
So, I created a Pinterest board with one of International Delight’s creamers in mind. I give you Salted Caramel Mocha…
Hello yummy goodness….
This past year I became obsessed with the Salted Caramel Mocha. The problem with this obsession is that it’s a seasonal coffee drink at most coffee shops that serve it.
So, when I was asked to work with International Delight and discovered their Salted Caramel Mocha creamer…let’s just say giddy is an understatement.
What I love is that you can use their creamers to make smoothies, milkshakes, cookies, and so much more. So, I’m going to take the above ideas and see what I can do to tweak the recipes (ie: use the creamer to make shortcuts) in my new goal to “make from scratch” a few things.
My husband would tell you I’m hopeless. His birthday cake was truly an epic fail (although, being the good sport that he is, he ate it). I followed Pioneer Woman’s directions to a tee and still messed up her made-from-scratch chocolate cake!
But, I suppose, if I’m doing it with my daughter, it’s not about always having great success, it’s about the process, and spending quality time together laughing and enjoying one another as we create something new or revive an old favorite that brings joy.
Speaking of laughter, this little spoof created by International Delight, pretty funny stuff – so if you’re looking for a little silly today, check it out.
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of International Delight. The opinions and text are all mine.