Let’s cozy up this weekend with a homemade latte!
It’s true kids, weekend plans change as you creep closer to 30.
Truth be told, I still love a night out – but how the night unfolds is a little different these days. Date night outs, grabbing drinks with friends, live music – I’ll take them all. But, I no longer can hang to the wee hours quite like I used to. I mean, I could – and I have – and will – but in all honesty I’d rather not wake up the next morning feeling worthless, crummy, and unproductive.
Let’s kick it still, but be able to wake up at a decent hour, eat a great breakfast and make a latte before getting on with the day. Ya feel me? I know you do.
We only get two full days a week to do all the things we want to do (half the time it involves going out but shhh), so let’s use them to our advantage.
Ever since we (or I – since Erick doesn’t drink coffee at all) got the Nespresso machine as a shower gift (it was definitely one of the more indulgent gifts on the registry), I love treating myself to and espresso or latte. Mostly on the weekends, but occasionally as an afternoon pick-me-up, and if I have a little extra time one weekday morning I’ll go for it too.
When I was living in Chicago, there was a Starbucks on the first floor of our office building and I would treat myself to a beverage way more than my wallet could afford. Since then, I’ve gotten a ton better at making coffee at home almost every day, with the occasional stop now and then.
Honestly, I kinda hate spending money out on coffee. Mostly because I know myself and I wont just get a cup of coffee, I’ll get a latte or something along those lines, add almond milk (always extra), and end up spending over $5 on a cup. It just doesn’t seem right! Unless you’re on vacation, then it’s totally justified.
I really have no excuse now. I mean, I didn’t really have one before the Nespresso, because I could’ve made this latte concoction at home without one (see directions!)… but laziness took over, ya know? It’s also really easy for me to use because I don’t think I could be a barista and figure out the ratio of coffee to syrup/milk very well. So all I have to do is throw in a pod and froth the other ingredients together.
I’m especially grateful for weekend mornings these days. Now that the wedding (and all the other weddings we attended!) is over, and we have a few weeks at home before holiday travels begin, I really appreciate the down time.
Here’s to a perfect November weekend and all the coffee!
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 cup milk
- 2 teaspoons cinnamon
- 2 shots of espresso or 1 cup of strongly-brewed coffee
- In a small saucepan, bring the water and sugar to a boil over medium high heat. Once boiled, turn heat down to medium, and continue to cook at a rapid simmer until the mixture thickens, about -8 minutes. Remove the pan from the heat and immediately stir in the vanilla. Let cool, then transfer the syrup to a jar and refrigerate.
- Make your espresso, or if you don't have an espresso machine you can use strongly-brewed coffee as well!
- Add the cinnamon to the milk and froth. If you don't have a frother, pour the milk into a large jar with a lid. Screw the lid on tightly and shake the jar until the milk is frothy. Remove the lid and microwave for 30 seconds to warm. (If you need to, you can warm the milk up longer too)
- Add the espresso or coffee to a mug, stir in the vanilla syrup (as much as you desire), then pour the milk over top. Sprinkle cinnamon on top and enjoy!