I drink one large cup of coffee every day. Just the one. It’s enough. But, it’s a big cup of coffee and it’s very sweet. Truly, this is not an average cup of coffee. This morning as I made my coffee, I took pictures throughout the process. I fully realize how openly this reveals my insanity, but I’m taking that risk.
I start by grinding my coffee to espresso grade, then pressing it into the coffee holder of my cappuccino machine:
Then I put that into its proper place in my cappuccino machine and fill it with fresh, cold, tap water:
Then I start my machine:
While that brews, I put a pinch of cinnamon in the bottom of my cup:
Then I pour a generous portion of my store-brand, fat-free, French Vanilla creamer into a microwave-able container:
I cover the container and shake it hard for 30 seconds. This shaking puts air into the creamer, giving it volume.
I then microwave the cream for 80 seconds to create a froth:
When my coffee carafe is full, I stop it, pour it into my cinnamon-laced cup, then slowly add the frothed creamer, stirring:
Then I enjoy my morning cup of Joe!
You may wonder why I don’t use the frothing tool which is attached to my cappuccino machine. I used to, on a previous machine, but I do not like how this frother froths….it’s simply not very good at frothing! So, I googled how to froth milk without a frother and found many ways of doing it scientifically. This method works best for me!
This pasta dish is an absolute stand-by at our house. All I used was ground beef, marinara sauce, water, salt and pasta! It’s one-dish cooking that whips up fast and has a home-made flavor that’s a hit every time I make it.
Brown the ground beef:
When it’s almost completely cooked (see the pink remaining?), add the marinara sauce. The beef will finish cooking while the pasta cooks. This time, I used marinara sauce from the store but make your own if you have the chance.
Bring this to a boil, then add a generous pinch of salt and your pasta. I used Mezze Penne, but you can use what you like. I do recommend a hearty pasta such as penne or rigatoni as opposed to angel hair or linguine. Add 2 cups of water.
Bring to a boil, cover and simmer for about 10 – 12 minutes, till pasta is tender. Stir from time to time.
Serve with your favorite cheeses:
And your favorite veggies or a salad:
Serve hot and enjoy! I would normally serve this with bread sticks or rolls, but was out of yeast today!