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Jul. 30, 2013 2:35 pm 
Updated: Aug. 3, 2013 6:10 am
Let's cool off with an easy to make Iced Caramel Macchiato that will save you a lot of money by making it at home! While I love Starbucks and I admit I am a frequent customer, there are days when I really enjoy creating the drinks at home and I love sharing them with you. Iced Caramel… MORE
Iced Caramel Macchiato
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How to make an Iced Caramel Macchiato
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How to make an Iced Caramel Macchiato
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Iced Caramel Macchiato
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Jul. 19, 2013 10:11 pm 
Updated: Jul. 25, 2013 1:00 pm
Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies  1/4 cup coconut oil  1/2 cup unrefined coconut sugar  1 egg  1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract  1 Tablespoon agave nectar  1/2 teaspoon salt  1/2 teaspoon baking soda  1/2 teaspoon baking powder  1 1/2 cups flour  1/2 cup chocolate chips (I use milk… MORE
Healthier Chocolate Chip Cookies
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Jul. 16, 2013 10:14 pm 
Updated: Jul. 28, 2013 4:38 pm
The Caramel Macchiato is one of my favorite drinks whether we are at Starbucks ( one of our favorite haunts) or a local coffee place. Do not be intimidated, it is very easy with make! All you need is some milk, vanilla syrup, brewed espresso, and caramel syrup for the top. You can have a… MORE
Caramel Macchiato
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Feb. 9, 2013 9:24 pm 
Updated: Feb. 17, 2013 7:58 pm
I recently discovered Affogato and have become obsessed! Affogato is a traditional Italian espresso drink. It is amazingly easy as it only consists of vanilla ice cream with a shot of hot espresso poured over the top. The fun comes with being able to play with the basics by trying various… MORE
Affogato
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Affogato
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Jun. 27, 2012 7:42 pm 
Updated: Jun. 30, 2012 9:17 am
I have been tweaking my recipe for homemade vanilla syrup and I am finally satisfied with my most recent result. That means I have been on a caramel macchiato kick since I figured out the basics of how they are made.   Ingredients: Milk Espresso Vanilla Syrup Whipped Cream Caramel… MORE
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Caramel Macchiato
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Caramel Macchiato
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May 18, 2012 8:58 pm 
Updated: Jun. 25, 2012 10:52 am
I recently came across this picture on Pinterest. You are looking at a full size Reese's Cup sandwiched between a double stuffed Oreo then dipped into chocolate. I knew I had to make these right away. I promise you won't be dissapointed as they were as delicious as they look. I didn't have… MORE
Peanut Butter Oreo Cups
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Peanut Butter Oreo Cups
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Peanut Butter Oreo Cups
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Espresso Chocolate Bark
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Apr. 26, 2012 11:34 am 
Updated: May 2, 2012 6:01 pm
I grew up on a farm in Iowa. My parents were primarily hog farmers with a few cows from time to time while my grandparents were dairy farmers. When I think of butter my memories immediately takes me back to my childhood. Butter was always sitting out on the counters to soften for toast for… MORE
Annie's Compound Herb Butter
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Real Butter: Annie's Compound Herb Butter Recipe
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Apr. 25, 2012 8:25 am 
Updated: Apr. 30, 2012 7:48 am
I think the photos speak for themselves, but here is how you can take basic frozen toaster waffles and create a gourmet breakfast for guest, a special occasion, or yourself!  Ingredients:1.) Frozen Waffles (I used Trader Joes Multigrain.)2.) Chocolate (I used milk chocolate.)3.) Fresh Homemade… MORE
Quick Gourmet Waffle Breakfast
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Quick Gourmet Waffle Breakfast
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Quick Gourmet Waffle Breakfast
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Quick Gourmet Waffle Breakfast
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Apr. 14, 2012 4:29 pm 
Updated: Apr. 15, 2012 6:01 pm
The retro candy theme birthday party was a success! I served a variety of mini bagels as well as a variety of cream cheese, fruit, and chocolate chip coffee cake from an AllRecipes recipe.  For beverages I prepared party punch from AllRecipes using blue punch, rainbow berry sherbet, and ginger… MORE
Retro Candy Birthday
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Retro Candy Party
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Beverage Area
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Retro Party Birthday - Balloons
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Apr. 5, 2012 4:11 pm 
Updated: Apr. 6, 2012 7:28 pm
It has been a while since I last made sugar cookie cut-outs. Yes...it is a little time consuming. You have to make the cookie dough, allow it to chill in the fridge, then roll it out and get flour all over the kitchen, then you finally to bake them.  Icing the cookies always seems like a… MORE
 
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Best Rolled Sugar Cookies in my chip and dip container.
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Getting Read to Ice Sugar Cookies
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House of Aqua

Home Town
Dubuque, Iowa, USA
Living In
San Diego, California, USA

Member Since
Jun. 2008

Cooking Level
Intermediate

Cooking Interests
Baking, Italian, Mediterranean, Healthy, Vegetarian, Dessert

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Biking, Walking, Reading Books

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I am a Southern California wife and mother of one. I am a simple person that enjoys home decor, baking, and spending time with my family. You can also find me on YouTube - House of Aqua: http://www.youtube.com/user/HouseOfAqua/videos?sort=dd&flow=list&page=1&view=0
My favorite things to cook
I enjoy making a variety of ice cream, cookies, cakes, and candies. In recent years I have branched out by making new dinner recipes and found that I enjoy the challenge.
My favorite family cooking traditions
I have a daughter that loves to help me bake. We spend Christmas Eve in the kitchen making special cookies for Santa together.
My cooking triumphs
I consider tempering chocolate and making caramels a triumph. You either get it right or your wrong!
My cooking tragedies
I failed several times at trying to make fondant centers for truffles. I decided to put my candymaking book away for a while!
 
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