Archive for 2017

Shoepeg Corn Salad

April 25, 2017
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This Shoepeg Corn Salad uses shoepeg corn, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, and green peppers tossed in a tangy dressing. This salad recipe is perfect for spring and summer BBQs!


Shoepeg Corn Salad


A little while ago, I came across a recipe in a cookbook for a salad with shoepeg corn and various other vegetables. I've heard of shoepeg corn, but I honestly didn't know what the difference was between that and regular corn. I knew I probably have had it before and didn't realize it.

Needless to say I wasn't surprised when doing a little bit of research that it's very popular in the southern part of the US, not so much in the northern part. So that explains why I didn't remember ever tasting shoepeg corn, since I was born and raised here in PA! I put it on my shopping list, not to be surprised if I couldn't find it in my local grocery store.


Shoepeg Corn Salad Recipe


English Muffin French Toast Sticks

April 21, 2017

This is a sponsored blog; while the views expressed here were genuinely mine, consideration was paid to me by Bays English Muffins to review this product.

These English Muffin French Toast Sticks are super easy and so fun for busy mornings! These are perfect for freezing ahead of time and packing into lunchboxes, too!



English Muffin French Toast Sticks



I know that when you typically think of English muffins, you think of breakfast. I will readily admit, we are English muffin fanatics in the morning. Especially busy mornings! Even when I was a kid, I have very fond memories of crazy school mornings spent eating toasted English muffins with warm melted butter before we were off to school for the day. Of course my kids share the love that I have of them, too! Especially with our favorite Bays English Muffins - seriously, the BEST you can find in the grocery store!

I will say, though, in our family - we honestly enjoy English muffins in all sorts of ways for lunch and dinner as well. There's the classic English muffin pizza of course, but I've been so inspired by Bays chefs' versatile recipe ideas - sandwiches, melts, paninis, and sides. I specifically can't wait to try their Bacon, Beer & Cheddar Muffin Wedges, doesn't that sound delicious? And I'm TOTALLY planning on making some English muffin garlic bread for our next spaghetti night, what a great idea!


French Toast Sticks made with English Muffins

Banana Coconut Coffee Cake

April 18, 2017
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This delicious Banana Coconut Coffee Cake is perfect for company! Sweet banana cake topped with a banana coconut streusel - serve with a pot of hot coffee!


Banana Coconut Coffee Cake


I firmly believe you can never have enough coffee cake recipes, wouldn't you agree? Traditionally, coffee cake is sweet, but not nearly as sweet as dessert cake. Just enough sweetness to accompany a cup of tea or, of course, coffee. Because of the dialed-down sweetness, they are great for breakfast, brunch, dessert, even snacks. Most have a crumb topping, instead of traditional cake frosting, so they can easily be packed into a lunch box as well. What's not to love?



Tuna Melt Zucchini Skins

April 17, 2017
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These yummy Tuna Melt Zucchini Skins are ready in under 15 minutes! Hollowed out zucchini slices stuffed with albacore tuna and melted cheddar cheese - these are perfect for lunch!



Tuna Melt Zucchini Skins


Albacore tuna is one item that is an absolute pantry staple in our house. I don't even add it to our grocery list each week because it's just a given that I pick up a few cans every time I do my shopping. I usually enjoy tuna in a pita pocket with some lettuce and tomato, as does Paul. And of course I pretty regularly make tuna sandwiches for the boys to pack in their lunch box.

One of my ALL TIME favorite sandwiches is the tuna melt. Whenever we find ourselves out to each at lunch time, I'm always tempted to order the tuna melt on the menu - and that is usually what I wind up ordering! There's just something about tuna and melty cheese together - the flavors just pair together so nicely.


Tuna Melt Zucchini Skins recipe

Lemon Poppy Seed Pound Cake

April 14, 2017
This Lemon Poppy Seed Pound Cake uses a lemon cake mix, lemon pudding mix, and only one bowl needed! Such a bright color and lemon flavor, perfect for spring brunch and parties!



Lemon Poppy Seed Cake


Easter is this weekend and our two older boys are home from school on Spring Break. We actually don't have a long extended spring break here in Central PA, at least not for our public school kiddos. They would have had Thursday, Friday, and Easter Monday off, but Thursday was knocked off that list as a make-up snow day. 

I love having them all home with me for a few days, but it does give me a bit of a preview of what the summer months will be like. As a person who is most productive when I keep to a routine, let's just say I'm going to have my work cut out for me this summer!

Something I discovered earlier this morning that works when the kids are getting really rambunctious is to have them pick a book and read it to Reuben. At 18 months I'm so excited to say that he already loves reading! His favorite book character right now is Pete the Cat, which is perfect because we have loads of those books on our bookshelf. Double bonus, both Silas and Wesley can read those books fully. Without a doubt, reading to Reuben will be on the daily summer schedule for sure!


Lemon Poppy Seed Pound Cake

Instant Pot Potato Salad

April 13, 2017
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This Instant Pot Potato Salad is ready in under 30 minutes from start to finish! Perfect for spring and summer BBQs!


Instant Pot Potato Salad



So, I've been seeing post after post from some of my favorite fellow food bloggers with their Instant Pot recipes popping up on my Pinterest feed. I pretty much ignored it through Thanksgiving and Christmas, but then the craziness of life started back when the kids went back to school. My menu planning started slipping and we started eating out again on a weekly basis.


instant pot pressure cooker potato salad

Sweet-and-Sour Pork Chop Casserole

April 10, 2017

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This recipe for Sweet-and-sour Pork Chop Casserole uses simple ingredients! Boneless pork chops, pineapple, green pepper, and brown rice in a sweet sauce. Dinner the entire family will LOVE!


sweet-and-sour pork chop casserole



As our boys get older, I'm very quickly realizing that my normal recipes are going to need to be doubled. In some cases, tripled. These kids drive me nuts, though, because they'll go through days where I can barely get them to eat a sandwich, and then other days where they literally eat the entire cabinet and are still hungry after! I'm happy to report they absolutely loved this recipe for sweet-and-sour pork! One casserole dish made plenty for all of us, which is somewhat of a challenge with these growing boys.

Another challenge I've been having recently with dinners is timing. I either underestimate how much time it takes to prepare dinner and we're all cranky and starving and eating snacks until it's ready. Or I overestimate how long it takes and it's ready hours before dinner time (some slow cooker recipes can be this way). 


sweet and sour pork chops

Rainbow Sherbet Ice Cream Cake

April 5, 2017
This Rainbow Sherbet Ice Cream Cake is SO EASY! Frozen pound cake slices, softened raspberry, lime, and orange sherbet, and whipped topping - this is perfect for spring!


Rainbow Sherbet Ice Cream Cake



I'm going to be completely honest with you here, and if you haven't figured this out so far as a Mostly Homemade Mom fan you'll know it now - I'm OBSESSED with desserts that are super easy, but look super impressive. I don't know about your situation right now, but I have 3 little boys, a husband, a house to take care of, and full time at home job to keep and I just don't have time to mess with things that are going to take a while in the kitchen. Can I hear an AMEN?!

I will often find something at my local grocery outlet that I immediately pick up because I just know there's something creative I can use with it. I've used frozen Sara Lee pound cake in quite a few recipes around here, so I snagged it on a good deal just waiting for inspiration.


Rainbow Sherbet Ice Cream Cake Recipe

Lollipop Flower Cupcakes

April 3, 2017
These Lollipop Flower Cupcakes are absolutely adorable and perfect birthday parties! Crushed Oreo cookies, Dum Dum lollipops, gummy worms and paper cupcake liners make these DIY cupcakes so easy!!


Lollipop Flower Cupcakes



I made these sweet little Lollipop Flower Cupcakes for my adorable nephew, Elliott's, 5th birthday. We weren't able to fully celebrate with him the week before on his actual birthday, so I think these put a smile on his face. They definitely put a smile on my face, especially after the weekend we had just had.

It was a rough one for the Miller household, friends.

We took the kids to a local children's museum and playground to celebrate Elliott's birthday. Of course it was a beautiful day, so after a while inside, they were climbing all over the outside playground. Silas and Wesley were climbing and jumping from a very high platform, down to another platform, something that I was encouraging them to do. After all, the previous summer at our old house they spend hours every day climbing and swinging on the monkey bars.

The first jump from platform to platform, both of them did just fine. On Silas' second attempt, unfortunately, that was not the case. His foot slipped from the high platform and he landed, hard, on his right elbow. I could tell immediately it was broken.

Peach Cobbler Bread

March 27, 2017
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This delicious Peach Cobbler Bread recipe is the easiest way to make peach cobbler! Canned peaches and a sweet bread batter, topped with a glaze - this is perfect for spring!


Peach Cobbler Bread



Springtime in the Miller household means a whole bunch of things we've been looking forward to all year long, including: baseball, playgrounds, chirping birds in our birdbath, and roadside produce stands. I look forward to using that fresh produce from local farms in all sorts of dishes this time of year and just seeing all the bright colors gets me in the mood to bake. I love having all those fresh and delicious smells wafting through the house!

Sometimes it can be really hard to incorporate in-season fruits into recipes, especially when you live in an area like ours that is short for many fruits. Most can still be easily found in supermarkets, but for a select few, peaches being one of them, you can easily used canned fruit instead of fresh if you really need to.


Peach Cobbler Bread Recipe


Best Ever Mini Cheesecakes

March 23, 2017
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THE BEST recipe ever for Mini Cheesecakes! My kids beg me to make these again and again!



Mini Cheesecake Recipe



Our oldest kiddo, Silas, turned 8 years old last month. Whenever I make treats to possibly photograph and post the recipe for you all, the boys taste test and tell me what they think. I know the recipe is a real winner when they ask, "Mom, can you make this for me for my birthday?" So, when Silas' birthday rolled around, I had a few ideas of past desserts he's loved in my mind as possibilities. You could imagine my surprise when I asked him what he wanted me to make for his birthday dessert this year. Mini cheesecakes.

It's been YEARS since I've tried a new mini cheesecake recipe.

I really have no clue where he came up with that idea, but I went with it! I'm not going to argue with the kid, I LOVE cheesecake!


Mini Cheesecake



We actually planned a small play date with some of his friends, they came home with us after school one day and they all spent the afternoon trading Pokemon cards. These kids are OBSESSED with Pokemon right now! They really aren't allowed to trade at school, so it was nice to give them some time outside of school together. Of course we had the family over for pizza and dessert later the same night, and literally everyone raved about this mini cheesecake recipe! 

Feel free to leave the cherry pie filling off, I did this for the first batch and they tasted great. I honestly prefer the pie filling on though, it gives it just a little bit extra to the cheesecakes.

Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

March 20, 2017
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Soy Vay for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.


This Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken Thighs recipe is absolutely perfect when you're craving Chinese take out! Juicy chicken, pineapple, onion, and teriyaki sauce over rice - your family will prefer the homemade version for sure!


Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken Thighs


Ok, indulge me for a minute. Raise your hand if you're a working mom? Raise your hand if you're at stay at home mom? Ok, now can we all just agree that being a mom in both capacities is HARD?? I have a unique perspective because I was a working mom, and now I'm a work-at-home mom. I can completely verify that BOTH ARE HARD. If you've landed on my blog, I think I pretty much predict that you're a person who wants to cook for your family as much as possible, but sometimes there's just not enough time in the day.


And to that I say: AMEN.


I hope you feel like you've come to the right place! I'm right there with you, friend. Something I've learned, and I hope to inspire you with this as well, is to allow myself some grace. There are seasons of life where certain tasks and jobs are much easier than others. As a work-at-home mom of 3 kids, one of which is a toddler who is home with me all day, I definitely have the temptation to order dinner out. The mental and physical energy it takes to plan out dinners, get the grocery list together, find time to go to the store (preferably without kids), prepare and cook the meals - I'll admit, some weeks I just struggle!


Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken


I will tell you though, the simple task of cooking dinner for my family makes me feel really good about myself. It may sound silly, but it's so true! Last week in particular, I was really feeling in the mood to get takeout Chinese food so I set out to try and recreate one of our favorites here at home. I kept it simple while my last grocery trip though Target: chicken thighs, rice, pineapple, onion, and my favorite Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki sauce. 


You guys - this dinner was SO GOOD! Moist, flavorful, and that sauce is out of this world. Top it with some fresh sliced green onion!


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Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken Thighs

Skinless bone-in chicken thighs slow cook with onion, pineapple, and teriyaki sauce and served over steamed rice.
prep time: 15 MINScook time: 4 hourtotal time: 4 hours and 15 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 onion, peeled and sliced into rings
  • 20 oz pineapple chunks, drained
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 - 10 bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed
  • 1 cup Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce
  • steamed brown rice
  • sliced green onion

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Place onion and pineapple in the bottom of a slow cooker.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Cook chicken 4 minutes on each side to brown. Place over onion and pineapple in Crockpot. Pour sauce over chicken. Cook on high for 4 hours.
  3. Serve chicken over steamed rice with additional warmed teriyaki sauce and green onion.
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Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken


One of the reasons why I really love this recipe is the cost - it's SO affordable and it makes plenty for our very hungry family of 5. This would easily work with any type of skinless chicken that's on sale, and actually the cheaper bone-in cuts work even better in the slow cooker because of the moisture it retains. I definitely recommend serving this with extra teriyaki sauce drizzled on top - yum!


Crockpot Teriyaki Chicken Thighs with Soy Vay


I've tried different kinds of store-bought teriyaki in the past, and Soy Vay Veri Veri Teriyaki is by far my favorite. I LOVE the sesame seeds in the sauce! It's truly wonderful as both a marinade and a sauce, just the right consistency. Plus, you can't any easier than opening up the bottle and pouring it on your dish! You can very easily find it in the oriental grocery aisle at Target. Be sure to Save 20% with the Target Cartwheel app!


Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken Thighs


What's your favorite takeout meal to cook at home? Leave your recipe idea in the comment section below, I'd love to hear from you!
 
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Skinny Peanut Butter Cup Shake

March 16, 2017
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Whole Earth Sweetener Co. for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.

This Skinny Peanut Butter Cup Shake is the perfect drink on the go! Almond milk, cocoa powder, peanut butter, sweetener, and ice - into the blender, and you're on your way!





Friends, my mornings have been SO BUSY lately! Two kiddos need to get dressed, brush their teeth, eat breakfast, pack their school bags, and make lunches. Paul is in class two mornings out of the week, and then of course in the office the other mornings, so getting the kids ready and out the door on time is all on me! Add a crazy teething toddler to the mix and, needless to say, many mornings my breakfast is a cup of coffee. 

I know, I know - that's certainly not ideal!  

So I set out to make a quick, delicious, protein shake to get me through the absolutely crazy mornings in our family. I will tell you, too - if you've been searching for the right recipe for the same reasons, you can stop right here! I absolutely love the chocolate peanut butter combination in desserts, and in this chilled shake it works amazingly well.  





I start with unsweetened almond milk in my blender. Then add cocoa powder, powdered peanut butter (easily found in most grocery stores), protein powder, Whole Earth Sweetener Turbinado Raw Cane 50, and ice. I like to top it with some real whipped cream and one or two sugar free miniature peanut butter cups. 





It truly tastes like I'm indulging in a heavy dessert, but in reality it's giving me the energy I need to get through the morning. You simply have to try this one!

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Skinny Peanut Butter Cup Shake

A low carb protein shake with almond milk, cocoa powder, powdered peanut butter, protein powder, sweetener and ice.
prep time: 5 MINScook time: total time: 5 mins

INGREDIENTS:

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon powdered peanut butter
  • 1/2 scoop protein powder
  • 3 packets Whole Earth Sweetener Turbinado Raw Cane 50
  • 1 cup ice
  • garnish: whipped cream, sugar free peanut butter cups

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Place almond milk, powders, Whole Earth Sweetener Turbinado Raw Cane 50, and ice in a blend and process until smooth.
  2. Pour into a glass and top with whipped cream and peanut butter cups. Serve immediately with a straw.
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I wish you could reach through the screen and take a sip of this delicious shake! This will quickly become a part of your healthy lifestyle routine, for sure.





Whole Earth Sweetener products are available at select Walmart Supercenters, Target, and other grocery stores nationwide. It has quickly become my favorite sweetener. They offer great tasting, zero or low calorie sweeteners crafted and blended from Non-GMO ingredients. I love using their Turbinado Raw Cane 50 in my skinny protein shakes. It has half the calories of traditional sugar per serving, just swap 1/2 teaspoon of Turbinado Raw Cane 50 for 1 teaspoon sugar - it works great! Click here to find your closest store that carries Whole Earth Sweetener products. 





How do you plan on trying Turbinado Raw Cane 50? Let me know your great drink ideas in the comment section below!


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Crockpot Hot Crab Dip

March 15, 2017
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This Crockpot Hot Crab Dip recipe is the perfect appetizer! Lump crab meat, cream cheese, milk, and green onion - feel free to serve this with crackers or veggie dippers!


Crockpot Crab Dip




We love us some crab dip in this house! Actually, I should change that to: we are obsessed with all things shellfish in this family! The boys absolutely love shrimp in any dish, and Wesley and Paul are completely addicted to crab legs. Paul has eaten them so much over the years that I actually suspected he may have brought on a shellfish allergy! Luckily, he hasn't had any other reactions so he can keep enjoying his beloved seafood.

Sheet Pan Chocolate Syrup Brownies

March 13, 2017
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These Sheet Pan Chocolate Syrup Brownies use a whole can of chocolate syrup and walnuts! Topped with homemade chocolate frosting, these are so fudgey and delicious - a perfect dessert recipe for a crowd!



Chocolate Syrup Brownies




Did you know you can make brownies with chocolate syrup? They are SO fudgey and delicious! 

I was walking through the grocery store and I spotted that very familiar can of chocolate syrup and it just HAD to come home with me! The sight of that Hershey's chocolate syrup can reminds me of my Grandmom. She always had an opened can in the refrigerator. I remember her using it to make me chocolate milk. It makes the BEST chocolate milk ever! The syrup is about the same consistency of the bottle variety, and I'm not sure if it's any different than the bottled kind either, but something about the can makes it taste SO much better!

Sloppy Joe Cornbread Casserole

March 1, 2017
This post is sponsored by Martha White, but all opinions herein are my own. 


This yummy Sloppy Joe Cornbread Casserole is going to be your new family favorite meal! Homemade skillet sloppy joes top delicious cornbread - this casserole freezes well, too!



Sloppy Joes Cornbread Casserole



I have quite a few products that I like to keep stocked here in the Mostly Homemade Mom pantry. If you've been following along here, even for just a short time, you know that I LOVE using my favorite grocery store shortcuts in new and exciting ways to get my family eating around the dinner table as many nights as I can. Or, I should say, as many nights as I have the energy to do so! Ha!


Homemade Sloppy Joes Cornbread Casserole



One of my must-haves to stock up on with a sale is cornbread mix, specifically my favorite Martha White Cornbread Mix. I just love those little pouches! They don't take up much room at all on my baking shelf, but I can't even begin to tell you how much my kids light up when they see me pull it out to make cornbread muffins to go with dinner. If you have picky eaters and you're trying a new dish, throw together a quick batch of cornbread muffins and serve it with dinner. You'd be surprised at how much more likely they'd be to try a new recipe when they have cornbread to munch right along with the meal!

Irish Soda Bread Muffins

February 27, 2017
I took my favorite Irish Soda Bread recipe and made them into these delicious Irish Soda Bread Muffins - perfect for busy mornings year round or to celebrate St. Patrick's Day!


Irish Soda Bread Recipe



The beginning of March is in a few short days and even though we are in the thick of winter right now, this is one of the busiest times of the year for our family. It seems that most of our birthdays are in February and March, and our wedding anniversary is also in March. I actually really like it because I know a lot of people tend to get cabin fever when the weather is cold and you have to stay in the house all day with the kids. It can get depressing after a while!

Mickey Mouse Trail Mix

February 20, 2017
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This Mickey Mouse Trail Mix is absolutely adorable! Pretzels, yogurt covered raisins, and M&M's - this munch mix is perfect for your kids to snack on during their first trip to Disney World!



Mickey Mouse Trail Mix


At 16 months old, Reuben has lots of favorite characters. He loves watching Sesame Street for Elmo and Cookie Monster, and Daniel Tiger is another favorite. Of them all, though, Mickey Mouse tops the list! He was obsessed with Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and now absolutely loves Mickey and the Roadster Racers. He's so cute when he spots a Mickey book or a stuffed animal with his goofy grin. He's adorable!

Low Carb Peanut Butter Cookies

February 14, 2017
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These Low Carb Peanut Butter Cookies are Trim Healthy Mama compliant! Natural peanut butter, flax, eggs, sweetener, and dark chocolate - these cookies are delicious and super healthy!


Low Carb Peanut Butter Cookies



One Touch Latte Mornings

February 13, 2017
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My new favorite coffee in the mornings are my Mocha International Delight® One Touch Lattes! A cup of coffee and a press of One Touch Latte make my busy mornings go so much easier!







Ever since Silas graced us with his presence almost 8 years ago, my morning routine as a mom has been crazy busy. Back then, it consisted of getting both of us fed and dressed and out the door in time for him to get to my Grandparent's house and, hopefully, in time for me to arrive before my 2nd graders opened the door to my classroom. These days, I have three breakfasts to make, two lunches to pack, outfits to find, teeth that needs reminding to be brushed, backpacks double checked, and out the door in time to get the oldest two to school.

If it was one thing that I was unprepared for with Motherhood it was how, from the moment I open my eyes in the morning, I need to be wide awake and ready to get moving! 

Needless to say that by the time I get home from dropping the boys off from school, my coffee has long since grown cold. I will admit, some days I have so much work to get started on that I just roll with the room temperature coffee. I know you do it too, don't lie! :)

I've since discovered my new best friend every morning - International Delight® One Touch Latte. This thing seems to carve out a small coffeehouse right here in my own kitchen! It really is super simple to use, too:


1. Fill cup with 2/3 coffee - you want some room for that delicious froth, trust me!






2. Shake the One Touch Latte can; then press and hold the can above coffee, firmly, for 5 - 7 seconds. *See video tutorial below.





3. Enjoy your delicious latte!











I snagged my favorite Mocha during my last trip through the dairy aisle at Walmart, but I also can't wait to try the French Vanilla. I actually have some ground peppermint flavored coffee in my pantry just begging to be transformed into a One Touch Latte Peppermint Mocha- doesn't that sound just amazing?! These One Touch Lattes sweeten, creams, flavors, and froths your coffee all at the same time. Plus, you are able to get 7 uses out of each can - such a great value for a delicious at-home latte. 





What flavor are you going to try first? Leave you response in the comment section below!




 

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