Homemade Vanilla Chai Tea Mix

I love Chai Tea and used to spend a small fortune at my local coffee shop. Next I found some premade mix at the grocery store, but it got quite pricey as well.

After some experimentation, I came up with this mix that tastes even better than the store bought stuff. Adjust the sugar to your liking.

From “Homemade Mixes” (Kindle Cookbook)

Vanilla Chai Tea Mix Recipe
 
Ingredients
  • 2½ cups white sugar
  • 1½ cups unsweetened instant tea
  • 1 cup French vanilla powdered non-dairy creamer
  • 1 cup powdered non-dairy creamer
  • 1 cup nonfat dry milk powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1 tsp. ground cardamom
  • 1 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. allspice
  • 1 tsp. nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp. white pepper
Instructions
Directions:
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until it is a fine powder.
To use:
  1. Boil 1 cup of water or milk and add 3 tablespoons of mix, stir well.

 

Homemade Vanilla Chai Tea Mix

Ginger Mint Green Smoothie

Happy St. Patrick’s Day. How about starting the day with a yummy green smoothie packed full of stuff that’s not only tasty but good for you too.

If you’re making this smoothie for the kids, leave out the ginger (or only add a tiny piece) and consider making it with apple juice or adding more fruit to make it a bit sweeter.

Green Smoothie with Mint and Ginger
 
Ingredients
  • 6 cups of baby spinach, washed
  • enough fresh water for consistency you want
  • 1 pear, core remove and diced
  • 1 inch piece of ginger root, peeled and chopped
  • ¼ to ½ cup fresh chopped mint leaves
Instructions
  1. Put the spinach in your blender and fill about half way up with fresh water, then blend until smooth, adding more water to get the consistency you want to drink. Once you have it blended, add the diced pear, ginger root, and ¼ cup mint leaves. Blend, add more water if necessary, and taste. Add more mint if you like, then blend until frothy.
  2. Serve immediately. Will make 1 serving and is easily doubled.

 

Glass of healthy green vegetable smoothie with mint and ginger

On St. Patrick's Day Everyone Can Be IrishOn St. Patrick’s Day Everyone Can Be Irish

St. Patrick’s Day gives us all an excuse to have some fun and eat delicious comfort foods.

Just thinking about corned beef, cabbage & soda bread give me goose bumps.  Those classic Irish dishes are among some of my favorite but it’s fun when you can find new recipes that make your tummy happy.

Since St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner I thought it would be nice to put together some recipes and crafts and create a kindle ebook to celebrate.

You’ll find delicious Irish food along with a bunch of crafts that your family will enjoy creating together.

And remember, with all Kindle ebooks, you don’t need a Kindle to download them. Amazon makes it easy to put right on your computer, laptop, or other e-reader or device. And the price is right, too!

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Watermelon Coolers

We were recently blessed with two large watermelons from the garden of a family friend. They are treat just cut up into chunks, but there’s only so many slices of watermelon you can eat, no matter how great they taste. With quite a bit of watermelon leftover, I did some searching and came up with some ideas for watermelon coolers. They make the perfect summer drink and all you need is a blender. I had already removed the rind and cut the watermelon into chunks. They were sitting in a covered bowl in the fridge waiting to be turned into yummy (and healthy) drinks.

Watermelon Coolers
 
Recipe type: Drink
Ingredients
  • watermelon chunks (fill up your blender to the top)
  • juice of half a lime
  • sugar to taste
Instructions
  1. Fill your blender to the top with watermelon chunks. As you start blending, feel free to add a few more if your blender can hold more. Add the lime juice and sugar and blend until liquefied. I start with a teaspoon of sugar and add more if needed.

Serve the coolers right away, or store them in the fridge for a day. If you have leftovers, freeze them in ice cube trays and use them to add a little flavor to plain water.

Easy Mango Smoothie Recipe

I love smoothies for breakfast on a warm summer day. Here’s one of my favorites. You can make it with fresh or frozen mango chunks. If you’re using frozen, you can skip the ice.

  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh mango chunks
  • sweetener to taste
  • 1/2 cup ice

Put all ingredients into your blender and blend until smooth. I start without sweetener. Most of the time the sweetness in the Orange juice is enough to balance out the tartness of the Mango. If you want it a little sweeter, try adding a bit of sugar, honey or your favorite low-calorie sweetener.

Mango smoothie

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Watermelon Lemonade Recipe

We love lemonade in the summer time. This watermelon lemonade recipe adds a whole new refreshing twist. It's super healthy too.

  • 6 cups watermelon, peeled, seeds removed and cubed
  • 1 cup water
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • a handful of strawberries or raspberries

Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth and the sugar has dissolved. Chill in the fridge for about an hour and serve.

A delicious and refreshing summertime drink!

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That's exactly why I put together this ebook -
Summer Cooking – Keeping It Cool

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In this ebook you'll get lots of fresh and fabulous meals that will get you out of the kitchen fast, but also be flavorful and filling. Click on and buy this great little ebook and start enjoying deliciously simple Summer meals today! www.hillbillyhousewife.com/ebooks/summercooking.htm

Slightly Spicy Allison Crowe Cocoa – Video

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Terrific Toddler Smoothie – Video

Smoothie’s can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make them.  This video shows that even a toddler can help prepare a tasty and nutritious smoothie for breakfast, lunch, or a delicious snack.  And smoothie’s are the perfect beverage to carry along in a sippy-cup! [Read more...]

Homemade Eggnog

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 quarts milk
  • 2 tbsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups heavy whipping cream
  • ground nutmeg

Beat eggs then place eggs, sugar and salt into a large saucepan. With stove temperature low, gradually stir in milk and keep stirring until the mixture starts to thicken (it takes about 20 minutes). Remove from heat and cool in the refrigerator. Once mixture has been cooled, pour into punch bowl and stir in vanilla extract and 1 tsp ground nutmeg.

Topping:
Beat whipping cream with mixer until it forms soft peaks. Gently add to the top of the eggnog mixture. Dust with nutmeg.

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How To Make A Watermelon Smoothie

Watermelon smoothies are a great healthy way to stay cool and refreshed this summer. They are very simple to make and you can very them up quite a bit. These smoothies are also the perfect way to use up all that extra watermelon that’s left when you buy a big one. Here’s how to make these simple smoothies.

Start by cutting some of the watermelon into bite sized chunks. Make sure the rind is off and you remove any seeds. Now you’re ready to work on your smoothie.

Watermelon Smoothie

  • 3 cups watermelon chunks
  • 1/2 cup vanilla yogurt (option)
  • 1 tsp lemon or lime juice
  • sugar to taste if needed

Put everything into your blend and blend until smooth. If the watermelon is good and ripe you should not need any extra sugar. It should also provide enough moisture to turn this into a deliciously creamy smoothie. If the mixture seems a bit try, add a splash of milk or fruit juice to thin it out.

You can also leave out the yogurt if you prefer and just increase the watermelon chunks to 4 cups.

Thanksgiving Smoothie Recipe

I love this smoothie as a healthy breakfast the day after Thanksgiving, or Thanksgiving morning while I’m busy cooking.

  • 1 can (16 oz.) cranberry sauce
  • 1 bag (16 oz) frozen unsweetened peach slices, partially thawed
  • 1 container (6 oz) vanilla yogurt
  • 3/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Add everything in blender and blend until smooth. Depending on how sweet your peaches are and how tart the cranberry sauce (and of course depending on your personal taste) you may want to add a little sugar or sweetener to your smoothie.

I always grab a few extra cans of cranberry sauce, just for this smoothie. Cranberries are full of antioxidants and I need all the help I can get after eating all turkey and stuffing.

Hot Apple Cider Recipe

Makes 6 servings

  • 6 cups apple cider
  • 1/2 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 3 sticks cinnamon

1. Heat all ingredients to boiling in 3-quart saucepan over medium-high heat; reduce heat. Simmer uncovered 10 minutes.

2. Strain cider mixture to remove cloves and cinnamon if desired. Serve hot.

Hot Buttered Rum Spiced Cider: Make as directed. For each serving, place 1 tablespoon butter (do not use margarine or vegetable oil spreads), 1 tablespoon packed brown sugar and 2 tablespoons rum in mug. Fill with hot cider.

Submitted by HBHW reader Christine from Dine Without Whine

Juice That Goes On And On

I have discovered that 1 can of frozen orange juice can make a whole gallon of if I add a cup of sugar and dilute it with a gallon of water! It’s the cheapest thing I could find for my four growing boys to drink.

Crockpot Wassail

  • 2 quarts apple juice or cider
  • 1t. whole cloves
  • 2 cups orange juice
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 18 oz pineapple juice

Heat on HIGH in crockpot until hot. Remove cloves and cinnamon stick. Simmer in pot to keep warm. 25-30 servings.

Submitted by HBHW reader Susan S. and here is her orange spiced cider recipe. Don’t forget to take a look at these other easy crockpot recipes as well.

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Mulled Apple Juice From The Crockpot

  • 1 quart apple juice
  • ¾ t. pumpkin pie spice
  • 4-5 cinnamon sticks
  • Orange slices
  • Whole cloves

Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Cook on high 2-4 hours. Keep warm until serving time.

Submitted by HBHW reader Susan S.

Another one of Susan’s favorite crockpot recipes is this crockpot wassail recipe. I haven’t had a chance to try it myself yet, but it sounds delicious.

Ready to learn more about crockpot cooking? Get my Crockpot Cooking Made Simple ebook today and find out how you can work this into your meal plan, how to choose a good crockpot and most importantly how to convert your favorite recipes to work in a slow cooker.

Mulled Spiced Apple Drink

  • 1 can (46 ounces) apple juice
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves

In a medium saucepan, bring all ingredients to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer for 15 minutes. Strain. Serve warm. This recipe makes about 4 servings.

Submitted by HBHW reader Susan S.

Here’s another yummy crockpot drink recipe: Mulled Apple Juice

Ready to learn more about crockpot cooking? Get my Crockpot Cooking Made Simple ebook today and find out how you can work this into your meal plan, how to choose a good crockpot and most importantly how to convert your favorite recipes to work in a slow cooker.