Ain’t she pretty?
Buying this little baby is turning out to be one of the BEST decisions that we’ve made recently.
I’d been thinking a lot about the kids calcium intake or rather the lack thereof, and wondering what to do about it.
I’d also been trying to figure out a way to cut down on the cost of our daily latte habit.
A few things happened all at the same time, and the end result is hapiness and joy all around.
We’ve recently decided that I will be handling the family finances.Â I have the time, energy and drive to tackle that particular mountain…..in the hopes of turning it into a mole hill….it’s a work in progress and I’m sure you’ll hear WAY more about it in the not too distant future than you really care to.
Any way,….. for the same cost of one month of latte’s and coffee we bought ourselves an espresso machine.Â The old coffee pot, which isn’t very old at all, has become an “office” machine in case Jon has clients come to the house to meet.Â We fired up the machine, and made ourselves Americano’s the next morning in half the time that it took to run a a pot through, AND….it was fresh, and we didn’t have any coffee sitting around for half the day waiting to be thrown out ’cause it tasted like mud.Â Bonus points for freshness and the time factor.
Then, I asked for a latte, and I was pleasantly surprised that it tasted pretty good.Â That was a part of my concern.Â I actually LOVE the taste of Starbucks SoyÂ Latte’s, and didn’t think that I’d like a home made one – not the case AT ALL!Â It was delicious.Â
Being the frugal sort that I am, I didn’t want to go out and buy a bottle of sugar free hazelnut for two reasons.Â ONE being the cost, and TWO being the chemical factor.Â I’m trying to get further and further away from ingesting chemical’s and trying to stay closer to naturally sourced food.Â So, I decided tojust have plain latte’s, and that was okay, UNTIL….we thought we’d try a bit of cinnamon with the milk……OH!Â MY!Â GOODNESS!
No flavoring needed!Â It’s amazing!Â Try it!
So, at the same time that all this was happening, Jon got a Costco membership through his company, and we went down to pick a few things up, and found out that they sell a 3 pack of SILK SOY for $7.99.Â That breaks down to $2.66 per carton, and that is WAY CHEAPER than the $3.89 that the grocery stores are selling them for.
The kids were watching us make coffee’s, and I figured that I’d offer a cinnamon steamed milk….and they were hooked from the first sip.Â They actually ask for a cup of milk now, and I’m no longer concerned about their calcium intake.Â YAH!
Also, we are training our kids so that they have the option of being barista’s when they grow up – if they want to be…..