I am a college student, therefore I am in a constant state of tiredness.
I am a college student, therefore I am also very frugal with my money.
In an effort to combat my tiredness, I’ve become a fan of coffee. However, I’ve never become a fan about shelling out a good $3 per latte.
Still, I had some kind of stigma against homemade coffee drinks. On one hand, I didn’t want to feed into my “addiction” (of a cup a day) by buying a coffee machine. On the other hand, I told myself that nothing could compare with the coffee house’s drinks.
This began to change last summer when I was first introduced to the concept of instant coffee.
While in Germany, my friend Rebecca and I woke up to workout at 6:30 every weekday. Suffice it to say that I definitely needed some caffeine to get me through school. But, because my breakfast was provided by my busy host-mother, everything needed to be pretty simple.
Therefore, I started drinking instant coffee and was actually amazed by how decent it was. I even remember thinking, “Do we have this in America? Why did I never notice it?”
Upon getting back to the States, I was pleased to see that the stores do stock the varieties of instant coffee that I had become familiar with in Germany. What’s more, these stores also had the kinds of milk and sweetener that I like.
Would it — could it — be as good as the coffee shop?
I’ve since come to realize the answer is no… It’s even better. Not only do I get some good, customized coffee drinks, but I save more than $50 a month.
Pumpkin Pie Latte
- Spoonful of instant coffee
- 1/2 C water
- 1 t pumpkin pie sugar-free syrup
- 1/2 C almond milk
- In a large mug, microwave water for about one minute. Then add in a spoonful of instant coffee, being sure to keep it “strong.”
- Pour milk in an extra small saucepan and heat on medium-high, constantly stirring.
- When milk begins to simmer, remove from heat. Be careful that is doesn’t scald!
- Add steamed milk with pumpkin pie syrup with the strong coffee. Mix and enjoy!
As if I need to do anymore convincing, here’s how the price breaks down…
Questions: Do you make coffee at home? Do you stick to the standard “milk and sugar” combination or do you mix it up?
As one of my guilty pleasures, when I have some time and it happens to be on TV, I like to watch “Real Housewives of ________.”
In doing so, I totally accept that it will be outlandish, ridiculous and often offensive.
However, I don’t think that is an excuse for total social irresponsibility. That’s why, when I caught a recent episode of the “Beverly Hills” variety, I was a little ruffled when one of the housewives made a comment something along the lines of, “Size two/four is huge in Beverly Hills.”
Although that may be true, it does not need to be repeatedly perpetuated, especially by an unnecessary comment (this wasn’t at all important to “the plot.”)
Granted, this comment won’t make the world fall apart, but it certainly isn’t contributing to it, either.