DIY Antique Paper

There are so many things you can do with Antique Paper. But, it’s hard to find and often pretty expensive. I found a way to do my own DIY Antique paper and it’s with something the vast majority of us have ever morning!

Supplies you will need:

  • Brewed coffee (or tea) – I used left over coffee from earlier this morning :)
  • Paint Brush or sponge
  • Desired page(s)
  • Cookie sheet

Instructions:

  1. Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees.
  2. Choose the page(s) you want to “antique”.
  3. Lay the page(s) on cookie sheet. (You can crumple up and then straighten your pages as this will give a crinkle effect.)
  4. Brush on a light coat of coffee or tea, covering page completely.
  5. Bake on 200 degrees for 10-15 minutes or until dry.

Repeat steps 4 and 5 until you achieve the desired color.

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One of the projects I completed with the DIY Antique Paper was the Advent Calendar Ornaments. What crafts have you done with Antique Paper?


Homemade Foaming Soap

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Foaming soap is so luxurious, but now you don’t have to pay the luxurious price. I’ve got the skinny on the best and cheapest DIY Homemade Foaming Hand soap with the recipe and how to below!

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 Tbsp of Liquid Hand  or Dish Soap - *Don’t use the thick & creamy soaps.  The clear-based soaps foam best!*
  • 1 Foaming Hand Soap Dispenser – You can just refill the empty bottle, if you already have one or you could buy one here.
  • Hot Water

How to do it:

  • Pour one tablespoon of liquid dish soap into an empty foaming soap dispenser.
  • Slowly fill the rest of the dispenser with water (leaving a little space at the top of the container).
  • Put the lid back on, and gently tip upside down & side to side to mix.
  • Don’t shake (it will get too sudsy)

 


DIY: Adorable and Easy Photo Valentine’s Day Card in 3D

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A friend of mine made these sweet Photo Valentine’s Day cards for her little guy to distribute at school. Much cuter than any of the ones you buy in bulk and very easy to make. These photo valentines stay sweet even after the lollipop is gone!

How to do it:

  1. Start by getting a picture of your child with an outstretched fist and a smile.
  2. Overlay some “Happy Valentine’s Day” text in a photo editing program and print out as many 4×6 copies as needed.
  3. Then simply make a slit with a exacto knife or use a hole punch to make an opening at the top and bottom of their hand and slide the lollipop in. *You could also use piece of tape on the back to make sure the lollipops didn’t fall out.

Need some pictures printed for cheap? You can get buy 25 4×6 prints and get 25 for FREE at Walgreens with promo code BUYITGETIT through Feb 1st.

Thanks, Julie, for sharing your creation and the picture of your beautiful baby boy!


Save Up to 70% off With Blitsy

Are you a crafter? Do you spend hours on Pinterest (be sure to follow The Frugal Find on Pinterest…we will be pinning away soon!)? Maybe you have children at home who enjoy doing crafts as well…whatever the reason you need to join Blitsy here (it’s free!). When you sign up for Blitsy you’ll be saving yourself up to 70% off art and crafts supplies. The best part is that it’s delivered to your house!!!

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Epsom Salt to Replace Chemicals in Jacuzzi

Epsom salt replaces chemicals in jacuzzi

I love getting tips and money saving advice from the readers of The Frugal Find! Here’s one we received from reader Cynthia about how you can use epsom salts to replace chemicals in jacuzzis:

I use Epsom Salts in our outdoor jacuzzi instead of chemicals. We treat it like a Japanese bath & shower before getting in. The magnesium is good for you, and no nasty chemicals! I have done this for 4 years now & no jacuzzi problems other than old age. (I have cancer and refuse to use toxic chemicals in ANYTHING :) ) Citric acid & baking soda can be used to modify pH as needed. I am also going to start using some Dead Sea Salts in it. Dead Sea Warehouse sells the salts in buckets (cheapest online, of course) , waaaay cheaper than anyone else!

Cynthia, we hope you are kicking cancers butt! Thank you for the tip.

If you’d like to share a tip feel free to leave a comment below or contact The Frugal Find.

 


DIY Shea Butter Bars

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If you live in an area where it’s dry, you might want to use this recipe to make your own Shea Butter bars! These bars would also make cute and original gifts for family or friends. It could even be something for your kids to make and give as presents.

Winter in Colorado is both a blessing and a curse! Despite popular belief, our winters are actually mild and beautiful. Most winter days are gorgeous and sunny (yup, sunny, we actually get more sunny days than Florida!). So you can go outside in 30 degree weather and it will not feel cold. Many days I only wear a sweatshirt or heavy sweater, as long as it’s not windy or snowing.

However, another reason why our winters feel so bearable is because Colorado is dry. And when I say dry, I mean there is hardly any humidity in the air. And that’s where the curse part of it comes in … when the air is this dry, your skin, nails and hair dry out like crazy. This is why Shea Butter has become a staple in my household. We use it to soften and moisturize our hands and body. It really is a fantastic product.

So here is how it goes …

Ingredients:

Equal Parts of the following:

Shea Butter

Bees Wax 

Almond, Olive or Avocado Oil

Melt shea butter and beeswax in a double boiler. If you do not have a double boiler, fill a pot with water and place a glass bowl that is a little smaller on top of the pot, ensuring that the water does not touch the bottom of the glass bowl.

Once the sea butter and beeswax has completely melted, add in the oil of your choice.

Pour into a silicon mold which are the easiest for removing the bars once they have cooled completely. You can find all sorts of cute shapes, and you can pick and choose them according to the season (hearts for Valentine’s, tree shapes for Christmas, etc.)

Once completely cooled, remove from mold.

To use:

Let your body heat gently melt the bar between your hands and rub into dry skin.

*Shea Butter can get grainy if it gets to hot. To avoid this, melt your butter and wax on a low setting.

 


DIY: How to Decorate Your Dorm Room For Less

dorm And it’s back to school time! This is the time of year students will be flocking back to college campuses, and cramming themselves into tiny and cramped dorm rooms which they will try to make their own. Decorating a small space such as a dorm room can be a challenge. And since most college students are on a ramen noodle budget, the challenge can be even greater. So what is the solution? Well instead of opting for a blank and boring space all year, take a look below at 7 solutions for how to decorate your dorm room for less. You might just be surprised how much function and style you can cram into that small space, and how you can do it for just pennies. Take a peek!


7 Tips for How to Decorate Your Dorm Room for Less:

1. Fix up some second hand furniture.
Hit up garage sales and thrift stores for chairs, desks, and end tables. Even if they are not visually appealing, as long as they are solid and stable you can always repurpose them. A fresh coat of paint and some fresh drawer liners can make a huge difference to any piece for less!

2. Buy carpet remnants
Most dorm rooms have tile floors, so a piece of great carpeting can help the space feel more cozy. Don’t spend big bucks on an area rug; instead buy a carpeting remnant from a local home improvement store. It will cost you a fraction of the cost.

3. Be creative with storage.
Since plenty of storage space is needed, find creative ways to offer it. Vintage suitcases not only look stylish stacked up as an end table but you can store items in them as well. Try using hat boxes, baskets, and other decorative objects for storing everyday items.

4. Use stick on wall decals.
While dorm rooms are unable to be painted, you can use stick on wall decals in order to warm up the space. Craft stores sell peel and stick decals that won’t damage your walls and come in a variety of designs. You can typically find these for as low as a few dollars! Stick on wall hooks are also ideal for not only creating more space, but hanging wall art as well.

5. Make your own throw pillows.
Don’t spend big bucks on decorative throw pillows to warm up your space. Hit up the local craft store for clearance fabric, cut simple 12 by 12 squares, stitch, and stuff! You can make your own for a fraction of the cost.

6. Find coupons!
Yes, you can find coupons good on home décor perfect for decorating a dorm room. Target.com offers a variety of printable coupons good on sheets, towels, prints, small décor and more. You can also keep your eyes peeled for Bed Bath and Beyond 20% off coupons in order to score practical décor items for less.

7. Find bargain lighting.
Lighting can make or break a space. Hit up secondhand stores for a variety of lamps as well as mirrors. The lights will come in handy when studying and just creating a warm space, and the mirrors will help make the space feel bigger. Snag a few of these items, you won’t be sorry.

As you can see, these are all great ways to fancy up a dorm room on a dime! Remember, small additions such as pictures frames and flameless candles from your local dollar store can also make it a sweet and cozy space. Combine all of these tips and see how easy it is to create a space that is relaxing, inviting, and very functional.

Back to school time is stressful enough, so don’t let dorm room décor drama make things even worse. Give these tips on how to decorate a dorm room for less a try and see how you too can create a space that gets an A+!


Oil Cleansing Recipe – Great For Your Face!

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So this one was a little far-fetched for me at first, but then I started further research and eventually just tried it! This oil cleansing recipe is great for your face. After you try it you may never go back to other products.

I have tried almost every product on the market…Over the counter products like Proactive, Clean & Clear, and Neutrogena and prescription products like Retin A, Tetracycline, and even Accutane. None of these products worked permanently. Accutane only cleared up my skin while I was on it and little while after.  I have tried mild and harsh products, expensive and inexpensive, but nothing had a lasting effect. Here I am, in my twenties and still struggling with acne! Yuck!

About a year ago, I was given a gift certificate for a facial and the results were eye-opening. It was not the facial itself that made a difference (all though it was wonderful),  it was more what the esthetician said about my skin. She mentioned that my skin seemed dry because of the way it soaked up the moisturizers. I had never thought of my skin as DRY! If anything I thought it was greasy!

Nonetheless, this inspired me to start moisturizing more (especially at night). I saw great results with just this step, but I was still experiencing breakouts. So, when I read about this Oil Cleansing method, I thought “It’s worth a shot! I will give it 2 weeks!”  And to my amazement, my skin was clear! Horray!

Picture 3 *Sorry for the grotesque close-up! 

I still experience the occasional hormonal breakout (to be expected), but nothing nearly like I was before. As long as I am consistent with this method (using once daily), my skins stays clear.

Here’s what you need:

  • Sunflower Seed or Olive Oil
  • Castor Oil
  • Soft Washcloth
  • Hot Water

How you do it:

First, figure out what skin-type you have and mix your oils accordingly. Use a container that is easy to dispense from, preferably something that pours or pumps.

Proportions:

  • Oily Skin: Try a blend of 30% Castor Oil to 70% Sunflower Seed or Olive Oil
  • Balanced Skin: Try a blend of 20% Castor Oil to 80% Sunflower Seed or Olive Oil.
  • Dry Skin: Try a blend of 10% Castor Oil to 90% Sunflower Seed or Olive Oil

For Cleansing:

  • Take about a quarter-sized amount of mixed oil in your hand and apply liberally all over your face. With little pressure massage the oil into your pores, focusing on problem areas.
  • Wet your washcloth with hot water. Cover your face with the washcloth and allow it to stay until it cools.
  • Wipe the oil gently away and rinse the washcloth well in hot, running water. Hold the washcloth to your face again, allowing it to cool. Wipe gently, rinse well, and repeat two or three more times.
  • Enjoy soft, supple skin!

Here is more extensive information about the Oil Cleansing Method, if you want to take a look.

 


At Home Shoe Makeover

Do you have a pair of shoes that you LOVE? That like if they were in the throw away pile you would throw a temper tantrum like a 2 year old? No worries! With this shoe makeover that you can do at home, you’ll save those trash shoes in a few simple steps!

I bought a pair of ballet flats at Old Navy that I loved. They were black and WHITE  zebra-print fabric flats with a little black bow on the front. I was not a huge fan of the bow, so I took it off. I very carefully used a seam-ripper to slice the threads that were holding it in place. I was in love with them after that and I wore them that way for about a year.

This year, however, they were looking so dirty and I could not get them clean to save my life. I put them in the washing machine, still dingy… I tried scrubbing them and just faded the black stripes instead of  cleaning the white sections. I had come to terms with the fact that they were GRAY and black instead of WHITE and black. Then I had a stroke of genius; I should dye them GRAY! That is precisely what I did and it increased the longevity of this inexpensive pair of shoes immensely!

What do you think?

 

Here’s how I did it:

Well, I had already washed them and let them dry. On the stove, in a large pot I heated 1/4 of a package of black RIT dye and enough water to cover the shoes. I submerged the shoes for about 5 minutes and then immediately rinsed them off.

*A few of things to note here:

  1. I was ready to give up on these shoes and throw them out, so I was willing to risk them in this experiment.
  2. I had already washed them before dyeing them, so they took the color very well. (Had I not washed them, they may have still had a treatment on them that might have prevented color absorption.)
  3.  I did not want the dingy white sections to be black, just gray. So I only used a small amount of dye and only left the shoes submerged for a short amount of time and rinsed them immediately.

Do you have pair of shoes that needs a face lift?  Extend the life of your shoes and save by foregoing the purchase of new ones.


Homemade Rice Pack That Can be Used Hot Or Cold

I experience tension headaches on a regular basis and occasionally suffer from a sinus headache every now and then too. I generally resolved to applying a hot washcloth to my face or neck to help relieve the pain. It did the trick, but I had to heat it up about 4-5 times before I experienced complete relief. I wanted something that held heat for longer, and came up with this Homemade Rice Pack that can be used hot or cold.

All you need to make your very own is:

  • 1 1/2- 2 cups (or enough fill your sock 3/4 of way) uncooked white long grain rice (NOT instant rice)
  • An old, but clean cotton sock
  • Optional: A few drops of essential oil

Note: Use peppermint for headache, eucalyptus for sinus relief, or lavender for general relaxation or achy muscles. 

Just pour the rice into the sock (and essential oil if you are using it) and tie closed. Next time you are in need of pain relief, just heat it in the microwave for approximately 45 seconds (depending), and place wherever you are in pain for instant relief.

* The rice could catch fire if heated too long (not just the instant rice). To prevent fires, put a glass of water in the microwave with your rice sock when heating it.

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You can also use the Rice Pack as a cold compress. Following the same concept in creation, leave the sock in the freezer for at least 45 minutes to get it cold. Or you could just store it there at all times, so you will have one ready at a moment’s notice.

I think I am going to make 3 more and have one with each essential oil and one in the freezer! Here’s to pain relief and relaxation!

 

Thanks for the tips Healthy-N-Balanced!


The Best and Most Frugal Homemade Glass Cleaner Ever!

I was skeptical of this Homemade Glass Cleaner at first, being a die-hard Windex user, but now I am hooked!

No, really…I am!

What you will need:

1 wet washcloth
1 dry hand/dish towel

What to do:

Wet the first washcloth with warm water and ring out all the excess water. Wipe down your mirror or glass and then come behind and dry it off with the dry towel. I like to work in small sections drying the water quickly so it doesn’t sit too long and start to dry on its own. If it dries on its own, you will have ugly water spots most likely. Also be sure to dry the glass completely for best results.

This is so easy and I never knew you could clean glass this way, but now wouldn’t dream of doing it any other way. Give it try and you will be amazed at the beautiful, streak-free glass before you.


Frugal DIY: Homemade Dog Food Recipe

This is an oldie, but it still get’s a lot of traffic and fresh comments weekly. I guarantee your little furry friend will LOVE this Homemade Dog Food recipe!

Please Note:  Take a minute to read through the comments, there are some great suggestions, tips, and warnings when it comes to making your own dog food.  This is something I’m new to, my dogs are loving it but just know that you’ll likely need to supplement with dry dog food (or add in specific nutrients to the food) for the various needs they may have.

I’ve been really enjoying my new-found love for DIY projects lately, specifically when it comes to cutting costs on everyday products. It’s been fun to investigate what we can do to save money outside of clipping coupons and scouring the deals.  Not that deal hunting and coupons aren’t an incredible way to save – but learning to make things from scratch is fun and in some cases can be much cheaper!  The catch is though that you are going ot be investing more time.  With that said, clipping coupons and deal hunting can also be very time consuming.  The main benefit I’m seeing is that you know what is going into the products you’re using such as the Homemade Laundry Detergent and the Homemade Dishwasher Detergent.  There are no surprises this way.

With that said, dog food is a big expense in our household.  We have a Border Collie and an Australian Shepherd, while I wouldn’t consider them large dogs they are very active dogs and eat twice a day.  Our Australian Shepherd (collie mix) has a very sensitive stomach and we’ve tried many different brands of dog food, some of the specialty ones are upwards of $40 a bag!  When I was visiting with my husband’s aunt over the holidays we began chatting about this issue and she said very matter-of-factly “Why aren’t you making your own food for him?”  Ummmm….that’s a great question, I have no idea!  So I came home eager to try out this recipe and test it on the dogs.  It’s a HUGE hit, they both licked their bowls clean.  I hope your pups enjoy it too.

Ingredients:

  1. 1lb Ground Beef (Chicken, Turkey, etc)
  2. 2 Cups Brown Rice (you can use other grains such as Barley or Oats too)
  3. 5 Cups of Water (I used 2 cups Beef Broth 3 Cups of water, but just because I had it on hand)
  4. 1 Package Frozen Veggies (Fresh would be better!)
Directions:
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First you’re going to brown the meat, then add the veggies to the pot.  Since dogs don’t chew their food up like we would it’s good to break up the veggies into smaller portions.  Not because they could choke, but to get the more of the nutrients.  I used a food processor to simplify it.
Next you’re going to add the rice and water to the post.  Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer for 20-30 minutes.
 When the liquid is gone and the rice is cooked it’s done!  I let it cool down a bit then I separated the pot into 9 (generous) 1 cup servings.  I formed each serving into a ball shape and placed them on a cookie sheet with wax paper.  Then you just stick it in the freezer so they stay in that form, then into a ziploc bag.  Now you have ready to serve meals, just thaw them out and serve!
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A few things you should note:
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I learned upon serving these dinners – 1 cup was quite a bit of food even though that’s how much dry dog food I’d normally serve.  I was able to split 1 cup between both dogs (one is still a puppy so I mixed hers with puppy food too) and they were happy as can be.  Whether it’s cheaper or not is still to be determined.

Lego Birthday Party on a Budget! (10 kids for under $40!)

Lego Birthday Party on a Budget

Pinterest is my best friend.  Without it a special 7 year old’s birthday party wouldn’t have been so cool!  We’re on a super tight budget lately – you see Mr. Frugal has decided to go back to school (yay!) and we’re on the fast track to becoming DEBT FREE in 2013.  All that to say that our budget is tight but birthday parties must go on! Check out our Lego Birthday Party on a Budget!

Lego Pile

Tyler settled on a lego party, we have LOTS of legos so that part was easy to come by.  I knew games would also be easy because they’d all involve legos.  We started off with a huge pile of legos, they spent quite a bit of time just building.  In between each game, they all gravitated back towards the pile.  I even got drawn in, let’s admit it – building lego creations is fun!

Here in Central Oregon you just never know what the weather is going to be like in February so we planned to stay indoors just in case.  I like to keep the parties at 2 hours tops, this is plenty of time for you to become exhausted and plenty of time for the kiddos to have a blast.

Games and Entertainment:

Lego Guessing Jar IRL

As the kids come in they’ll be guessing how many legos are in the jar, the prize is a small Lego Creator set ($5.99 at Target)  You can download the little sign I made for the lego guessing jar here.

Lego Bingo Haley We played Lego Bingo with these FREE Lego Bingo printables and we used change as the markers.  At the end we let the kids keep the change, they loved that!

Collaboration Bingo

Secondly we got the idea to play Colaboration Lego Build (FREE!). We decided to use a dice as the determining factor for how many legos each kiddo chose on their turn.  Basically you start with a pile of legos and a blank board, and depending on what number you roll on the dice you pick up a certain amount of lego pieces and place them on the board.  It goes around and around and the creation gets sillier and sillier.

Lego Relay

Lego Relay 2

Lastly we’ did a relay race of sorts with clear plastic tubing and legos.  This was the most expensive item purchase for the party – $7.19 for 10′ of tubing at Home Depot.

Decorations, Invitations, and Goodie Bags:

Lego Birthday Party Decor As far as I’m concerned the decorations are what make a party, it’s where you get the initial “ooohs and aaahhs” from the kids as they enter your home, so we went with the following (once again thank you Pinterest for making this far-from-crafty mom look a little bit more put together and stay on budget). One thing I forgot to take a picture of was our the picture frames that I wrapped in birthday wrapping paper, it made the space look a little more decorated and festive.

I found these adorable lego invitations and thank you notes at Goodwill for $0.99 but there are many ways you could make and print FREE printable lego invitations.

Lego Guy Face Plates

Yellow Plates with “Lego Guy” faces drawn on (black permanent marker) ($1.99 for a 30 pack at Target)

Lego Juice Boxes

Juice Boxes wrapped in construction paper with circles cut out and pasted on the front for the lego effect. (The juice boxes were really cheap with coupons, I don’t remember where.)

Lego Goodie Bags

Goodie Bags with circles cut out and pasted on for the lego effect (inside I added a punch balloon, granola bar, and a box of chicklets gum because I thought they looked like legos :)  I found a 6pk of these at the Dollar Tree.  (Less than $1 per goodie bag)

Snacks, Lunch, and Dessert:

Lego Cupcakes

We kept it simple with the cake and made box cupcakes, actually I gave this task to my 11 year old daughter.  The perfect job for her and it sure save me time (and money!) $3 for 12 cupcakes, frosted and decorated.

We’re serving uncrustables (head on over here for a homemade uncrustables recipe) with strawberries and a juice box. (Lunch for 10 kids was around $10)

My final budget was $39.16 before the change that I decided to let the kids have last minute.  We packed 2 hours full of fun and entertained a bunch of kids on a $40 budget!  I hope you find some ideas here to make your next birthday party a blast while saving some money in the process.

Lego Birthday Party Gifts

Oh and one last tip – take a photo of the birthday boy/girl with the gift and the friend (or sibling in this case) that gave it to them.  This makes thank you notes MUCH easier to write and they have a visual memory of the gift and their friend.

Happy Birthday Tyler

And that’s a wrap, Happy 7th Birthday Tyler – we LOVE you!

 


Homemade Butter: A recipe from my daughter.


Homemade Butter

I had no idea it was this simple to make Homemade Butter.  It’s so simple my 11 year old bought the ingredients with her own money and 10 minutes after getting home she had a piece of toast with freshly melted butter on top.  It was delicious.  So here’s what you need to do courtesy of 11 year old Chef Haley…

Ingredients:

  1. 1 container of heavy cream
  2. 1 mason jar

Directions:

Fill the mason jar up 1/2 way leaving room to “shake”.  Then start shaking vigorously until it becomes solid.  You may need to strain off the excess liquid (the buttermilk).  That’s it you have delicious butter!  If you prefer salted butter, just add a 1/4 teaspoon for every 2 cups of heavy cream.

If you’d rather not get a workout in the kitchen, the just pour the ingredients into a blender, mixer, or food processor.  Let it run for a good 10 minutes until it’s firm, then again you’ll just need to strain the buttermilk.

Now if you’d like to kick it up a notch you could add a few ingredients to the butter…

  1. Stir in some honey and you’ve got honey butter!
  2. Mix in some fresh garlic and parsley for garlic bread
  3. Lemon (delicious on fish)
  4. Cinnamon & Sugar

This isn’t so much about saving money since heavy cream isn’t exactly cheap but I do believe it tastes better and it’s all natural, fresh, and can be made organic with organic heavy cream.  Plus you have the added bonus of mixing in your own flavors and making just the right amount needed for a recipe.

Haley Colonnial Day Homemade Butter

Thanks to my daughter Haley for sharing this recipe with me!  She learned it at school during their “Colonial Days” study.


Homemade Flavored Coffee Creamer Recipe

Homemade Coffee Creamer

I have another coffee-related post for you today!  Coffee Creamers can be filled with tons of artificial sweeteners, flavors, and additives.   The shelf life of Coffee-Mate alone should make you wonder what’s in it.  Recently I began wondering if Homemade Flavored Coffee Creamer was even possible. If this was something that could be made from home for less money and possibly even healthier.  So I did a bit of research and came across this recipe.  I hope you enjoy it as much as I have!

Coffee Creamer Base Ingredients (you can use it as is or add the flavors mentioned below)

1 14 oz can sweetened condensed milk
2 cups milk (use non-fat to save on calories)

Directions:

Add the above ingredients to a 32oz bottle and shake well (re-use an old creamer container if you have one). Like I said above, this makes a deliciously sweet base creamer, but you can spruce it up with your favorite flavors too.

Homemade Vanilla Coffee Creamer

Flavors… just add to the basic mix and shake however this recipe suggests that if you’re adding powdered ingredients you should first dissolve them down by simmering them in some of the milk before you add them to the creamer base.

Vanilla:
2 tsp QUALITY vanilla extract

Chocolate Almond:
1 TB cocoa Powder
1 tsp Almond Extract

Cappuccino:
1 tsp almond extract
1/2 tsp orange extract

Strudel:
1 TB cinnamon
1tsp vanilla extract
1 tsp almond extract

Vanilla Caramel:
2 TB caramel ice cream topping
1 tsp vanilla

Chocolate Raspberry:
2 tsp cocoa powder
2 TB raspberry syrup

Irish Cream:
2 tablespoon chocolate-flavored syrup
1 teaspoons instant coffee
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon almond extract

Coconut:
2 tsp coconut extract

Peppermint Mocha:
2 TB chocolate syrup
1 tsp peppermint extract

Cinnamon Vanilla:
2 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla extract

A few bonus tips:

  • When you use a powdered ingredient, like cocoa or cinnamon, heat 1/2 cup of the milk and dissolve the powdered ingredient then allow it to cool and continue on with the recipe.
  • If you use cow’s milk, remember to note the expiration date!
  • If you need dairy free, try dairy-free sweetened condensed milk recipes with coconut or almond milks. I havent had a chance to test it yet , though.
  • For a flavor short cut you can get flavored coffee syrups like Torani or  Homemade Vanilla Syrup. Just add in a few shots to your taste preference
Thanks SuperPickle for the recipe!