I wish I could say something terribly exciting brought on an unplanned hiatus – but, alas, it was the simple fact that munchkin stopped sleeping. 2 weeks ago, to be exact. He wouldn’t nap, he wouldn’t go to sleep at night, he wouldn’t stay asleep if exhaustion caused him to nod off for a few minutes. And though we tried everything from music and white noise to soothing stories and warm milk, nothing would help. In the end everyone was sleep deprived and everyone was catching a cold. I just didn’t have enough energy to work all day, be up all night and blog. No one ever said being a parent was easy. :)
But finally, these past two nights, things have been getting better! The munchkin only woke up once each night. He also went to sleep with minimal crying. So even though I have a cold and a neck injury, I finally have enough brain power to write.
I figured a good place to start would be with the Homemade Starbucks Caramel Brulée Latte recipe I mentioned at the beginning of December. As far as copycat recipes go, this one is pretty darn close to what you get at Starbucks. Though the mix can’t be made in advance (unlike the Gingerbread Latte or Pumpkin Latte) it only takes a few minutes to put together. I warm the milk, caramel, brown sugar and vanilla on the stovetop while getting the munchkin’s breakfast ready. Then all that remains is pouring the mix into my mug, topping it off with coffee and adding a generous amount of whipped cream. I like to add a final drizzle of caramel over the whipped cream for an added boost of caramel flavor.
Here’s to coffee and a good night’s sleep!
- 1 – 1½ tablespoons caramel syrup (according to taste) *
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon brown sugar
- ⅔ cup milk
- 10 oz coffee**
- Whipped cream
- Combine caramel syrup, vanilla, brown sugar and milk in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Reduce heat to low cook, stirring frequently, 1-2 minutes. Pour mixture into a large coffee mug and add 10 oz of freshly brewed coffee. Top with whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel syrup.
** I realize that a “latte” is technically steamed milk + espresso, but I don’t have an espresso machine. If you’re lucky enough to have one I imagine you could increase the amount of milk and use a shot or two of espresso instead of coffee. :)