Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Mangia Mamma's Five Favorites- week 4

Mangia Mamma's Five Favorites- week 4

1. Mangia Mamma Dirty Chai

My favorite mug from friend Annette!

I usually have at least one cup of coffee in the morning, most of the time made with either a little half and half and demerara sugar or my homemade flavored creamer (the latest being Irish Cream~ yummy) and served in my favorite mug. Once in a while, however, I gotta have me some dirty chai. We had been buying the dry mix at Cash & Carry, but it was way too expensive for my taste. Leave it to Pinterest to have a bunch of recipes for a homemade mix. I found one I liked from although I know there are numerous recipes on many sites. It makes for a great regular chai, but I put three spoonfuls in my favorite mug and pop it under the Keurig for a great dirty chai. It also makes nice gifts!

Chai Mix
1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
1 cup French vanilla flavored powdered non-dairy creamer
2 1/2 cups white sugar
1 1/2 cups unsweetened instant tea
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground cardamom
Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl.  Working with about half the mixture at a time, process in a food processor until fine and smooth.  Store in a cool, dry place, in an airtight container.
To use, put three heaping tablespoons into coffee mug; add 8 ounces of hot water or coffee. Stir well. I like to add just a drop of half and half to the chai and coffee for a bit more richness!
2. Hosanna House
I always loved the movie, It's a Wonderful Life. The part where George and Mary look at the "old Granville place" and she say how much she loves it has always made me smile. When she's shown fixing the place up after they've moved in, I have often thought of our home. You see, we live in a 1912 farmhouse set in a neighborhood of much newer houses. It's a great old house with all that old houses come with- the history, creaky floors and no insulation. With all that being said, I am so grateful it's ours. We found out the area of where our home is located was called the Hosanna Division when it was first put into county records. I had decided then our home would be known as the "Hosanna House" as I've always felt our home would be used for whatever the Lord would want. We were able to meet some of the family that built our home and have them share with us about their family who lived here. Not only was it great to meet them, but we found out they were Christians too. Needless to say, it is truly a joy to live in a house that's so full of history and happiness!
3. Pallet Projects
Frugality is something I have been trying for longer than I can remember. I love to reuse things in everything from sewing to crafting to stuff for the house. Hence my newest project list of things made from pallets. I've been able to collect 6 pallets so far, and project #1 is going to be started this week. It's going to be shelving for our garage and laundry room. I am planning on making some outdoor furniture too, but I promised my family I wouldn't get more pallets until we use what we already have. Be assured I will be posting photos as soon as the stuff is done!
4. Dr. Ray
My early days of motherhood were filled with many days of listening to Dr. Dobson and Focus on the Family. Josh has commented that the kids turned out okay not so much thanks to me and their dad, but because they listened to Adventures in Oddesey. For the last couple of years, we've started listening to Dr. Ray Guarendi. He's a Catholic psychologist with a lot of chutzpah as he shares wit and wisdom while throwing in a bit of sarcasm here and there. I've been really glad to have found him on both KBVM and EWTN radio plus he's got a t.v. show - Living Right with Dr. Ray- on that we watch on   

5. Midsummer's Night Cream
Although I try not to buy very much stuff from Trader Joe's because a lot of it is just too expensive (not to mention I would go spending crazy if I don't watch it), there are a few things I think are a good deal and work great. One of these is their Midsummer's Night Cream. It is non-greasy, great for all year round and smells nice too. The best part is you get 16 oz. for $3.99 and it lasts for about 3 1/2 months or so in our house with a few of us using it at least once most days.

Be sure to check out Moxie Wife as well as these other blogs for their five favorites~

1 comment:

  1. Dr. Ray is a staple in my house. And I'm trying your chai recipe as soon as I use up the stuff I have already. Great faves!